Housing Works Bookstore

courtesy of NYU Local

Whenever my Brooklyn Mamma visits Manhattan, we always make a trip to her old stomping grounds in Soho. Somehow my mother has never made it to one of my favorite bookstores in the city, Housing Works. As part of a larger non-profit organization to assist those living with HIV/AIDS, all of the proceeds of the bookstore go to this noble cause.

The used bookstore itself is beautiful. It has high ceilings with a second level and was most likely a former industrial space. In the back is a small cafe with tasty coffee and wine. All of the employees are volunteers and a pleasure to chat with. Once a month, they take 30% off store-wide and for the month of December, every day is 10% off.

Seriously, this bookstore has so many great finds. They have a HUGE literature section and have wonderfully organized their other sections like, history, psychology, horror, etc.

I made out with a couple of great finds (both paperbacks): Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson [$3]  and a novel I’ve never heard of but stuck out to me because of the subject matter which I will gift to a friend, Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital [$7.50]. Also, as a congratulatory gift, my mother bought me an old book of German poetry from the 19th and early 20th Centuries for a $1 in honor of recent news about  the translation project I am working on. My project sponsor has decided to send me back to Germany next year!

Housing Works is great to stroll around in for an hour or to meet a friend for coffee and a fresh knish. Once a year, they also have a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

126 Crosby Street, New York, NY


  1. Winesburg, Ohio is one of those watershed moments in 20th century literature. Came out around the same time as Dubliners and was equally influential, seems like. Hemingway was completely in awe of that short, disconnected form — not quite short stories like Chekov — and definitely not a full novel. IN OUR TIME was basically Hemingway’s answer to Winesburg, Ohio. Very cool stuff and a great find for only three bucks! Agreed 100 percent that Housing Works is the best.

  2. The only thing that I’ve read from Mr. Anderson is Death in the Woods.

    I love the idea of this bookstore.

    Germany huh? Well it’s too early to say bon voyage! I think you’re very excited about that trip. 🙂

  3. Yes, Hemingway’s response to Sherwood’s novel wasn’t popular among his friends and I believe he had to change agents to get his book published, I haven’t read Sherwood, but would love to, being popular at the time of publication.

    What a wonderful bookshop, a Dicken’s marathon indeed!

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