thumbnail-2Serendipity Books is a local, independent, curated community book shop.  It’s a pretty special place.

The owner, Michelle, will help you find the perfect book. If you’d rather gather suggestions in peace, curated selections with information notes are displayed throughout the store.

Michelle loves to write short stories, and is most recently published in The Avalon Literary Review. She has an MA in Creative Writing. She is on the board of the Kerrytown Bookfest and an active member of Washtenaw Literacy. Michelle is available as a freelance editor. Information on those services is available here.

If not writing, you’ll see Michelle with her head stuck in a book; she reads voraciously and shares her opinions — in her still strong Yorkshire accent — with other members of the Washtenaw Reads Selection Steering Committee, friends and customers alike.

After everything stories, Michelle’s other great love is music. There’s always some interesting music — Verdi, early choral music, Giuseppe Di Stefano, or Bessie Smith — playing out between the books.

Annelore, our Resident Artist

Annelore is our resident artist, helper and Michelle’s daughter extraordinaire. She has drawn and painted our lovely chickadees throughout.



Henry, our Resident Renaissance Man

If you ever come into the store and see a teenage boy behind the counter, papers spread everywhere and deep in thought, that would be Henry, also part of the family.

When Henry reads Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ he discusses moral relativism versus absolutism. Marcus du Sautoy’s ‘The Great Unknown’ is a current favorite. And then there’s ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran,’ ‘Just Mercy,’ and ‘The Kite Runner.’ Ask him for suggestions. You might be surprised.