This Lower East Side Peddler Sells ‘Common Books’ from a Mobile Cart
There is a literary peddler wheeling around the Lower East Side.
If you see a woman wheeling a book cart down by the river with her young daughter in tow, you are crossing paths with Common Books.
Area local Brittany Bond just started the mobile book business, and her first day pounding pavement was last Saturday. She was spotted on the East River esplanade at the termination of Market Slip.
The Common Books offering is paperbacks with focus on female authors. In fact, the first book sold was A Modern Mephistopheles, by Louisa May Alcott.
“I personally hunt down and curate each book myself, many from local bookstores and library book sales,” Bond replied when asked about her inventory. “Sometimes I look online when I want a particular edition or cover. I only sell paperbacks (able to read everywhere, and hardbacks are heavy and take themselves too seriously) and keep the prices low to make it more accessible.”
For the moment, location of the Common Books cart is announced via Instagram. And while the book route is not finalized, Bond tells us that she’ll be at the river between Market and Catherine Slip for the near future. At least until warmer weather opens the map, so to speak.