‘Common Books’ Pushcart Returns After Extended Hiatus

Posted on: September 30th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

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The Lower East Side peddler who sells reads from her pushcart returns after an extended, months-long hiatus.

Common Books, as it’s called, should be back on track tomorrow.

“Bookshop Baby started school this week,” owner Brittany Bond said in an Instagram post earlier this month. Which translates to more time strolling the street, but mainly weekdays.

Bond, an area local, started the mobile book business in January 2019, with an initial literary focus on female authors. Her beat is typically the Seward Park environs and the waterfront.

“I started selling books on my Instagram about a year before I took the book cart out for the first time, but now I can display all the covers together and let people actually feel the satisfying flop of the pages,” Bond told us during an interview at the time. “New York City, and the Lower East Side specifically, has a rich history of street peddling and it is a privilege to have a small part in that now.”

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