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CoverSpy

If you watched, and liked, the viral Youtube video Hey You! What Song are you Listening to? NEW YORK, you might be interested to find out that a Tumblr has been doing the same thing with New Yorkers, but for books; and they've been at it for a long time. CoverSpy is "A team of publishing nerds hits the subways, streets, parks & bars to find out what New Yorkers are reading right now." Here are some spied covers from the site, linked here to the CPL catalog:

Mountains beyond mountains by Tracy Kidder — At CoverSpy — (F, 20s, circle-patterned dress, C train)

The fountainhead by Ayn Rand, with an afterword by Leonard Peikoff — At CoverSpy — (M, 20s, ordered iced coffee w/ just a tiny bit of milk, Grey Dog on Carmine)

Fire and rain: the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the lost story of 1970 by David Browne — At CoverSpy — (F, 30s, brown hair in ponytail, orange laptop bag, Swedish Hasbeens, L train)

The fountainhead by Ayn Rand, with an afterword by Leonard Peikoff — At CoverSpy — (F, 30s, silk shirt, chunky beaded necklace, bell bottoms, E train)

Any man of mine by Rachel Gibson — At CoverSpy — (F, 40s, stripey tote, black pants, F train)

The girl with glass feet: a novel by Ali Shaw — At CoverSpy — (F, 30s, brown curly hair and blue eyes, jeans, white T-shirt, 4 train)

The fountainhead by Ayn Rand, with an afterword by Leonard Peikoff — At CoverSpy — (F, 30s, long black hair, hot pink maternity shirt, shopping bag at feet, 6 train)

The solitude of prime numbers by Paolo Giordano — At CoverSpy — (F, 20s, red skirt, blue stripey ballet flats, Queensboro Plaza station)

Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue — At CoverSpy — (F, 20s, shorts, boat shoes, white tee and tote, Ann Taylor Loft bag, F train)

A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin — At CoverSpy — (M, 30s, khakis, blue and white checkered shirt, gray rolling luggage, F train)

The devil in the white city [electronic resource] by Erik Larson — At CoverSpy — (F, 20s, pink dress, gray flip flops, reading on iPad, Q train)

Fathers and sons by Ivan Turgenev, translated by Rosemary Edmonds, with the Romanes lecture, Fathers and children, by Isaiah Berlin — At CoverSpy — (F, 20s, heather gray dress shirt, silver earrings, Russian currency as bookmark, G train)

Blink: the power of thinking without thinking by Malcolm Gladwell — At CoverSpy — (M, 20s, thick framed glasses, gelled hair, jeans, green cardigan, to-go coffee, G train)