In Memory

Larry R. Nelson, CPA, Bookkeeper
and Bibliophile (he might say “Biblioholic”)
June 17, 1943-March 6, 2015

Photograph of the exterior of The Stray Dog Bookshop.In 2005, The Stray Dog Bookshop was envisioned by founder, Larry Nelson. Being a book “accumulator” since college, the dream of opening a bookstore was always present. After practicing as a certified public accountant in various capacities for thirty-five plus years, Larry moved into another phase of “bookkeeping,” founding the Stray Dog Bookshop. The Stray Dog shop is located in a refurbished home built in 1852 in downtown Three Rivers. Larry’s collection grew to over 25,000 hardcover and paperback books that were carefully selected and presented. The shop included comfy chairs and benches, stained glass, and complementary coffee in its later days. The bookshop became reality thanks to mentoring, guidance, encouragement, and assistance from many people, who meant a lot to Larry as he brought his dream to reality.

Photograph of Larry Nelson.The Stray Dog, including its stray cat, “Joey,” remained an important part of his life until Larry died suddenly on March 6, 2015 after a short battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

The Stray Dog Bookshop is going out of business. Please contact Larry's wife, Nicki Nelson, if you are a bookseller interested in acquiring the inventory as a lot. To inquire, get an inventory list, or make an offer, email or leave a message on the home phone, 269-244-5230. We are also selling all shelving and other fixtures. Photos available on request.


Book Collecting Tips

We encourage reading for fun and pleasure and collecting whatever you have a passion for. We love helping you grow your collection and develop your Literary Addiction (called Biblioholism, according to best-selling author, Tom Raabe).

Numerous books have been written on collecting and valuing books. We offer only a few of the primary tips that you should know to successfully collect, and buy or sell, books.

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