And in the heartland, all those terms are in common use.
A purse isn't the same thing as a pocketbook or a handbag. A purse gets all puckered up when you close it, just as your lips get all puckered up when you purse them. Think of a "coin purse".
Both a pocketbook and a handbag are containers used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories. However, a pocketbook was traditionally stashed in one's pocket (especially the large pocket of an apron) as opposed to a handbag, which was carried by hand.
The first mass-market, pocket-sized, paperback book printed in America was an edition of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth, produced by Pocket Books as a proof-of-concept in late 1938, sold in New York City, and now very collectible. They chose the name "Pocket Books" because the books were small enough to fit into a pocket - and the price was "small enough to fit in your pocketbook" (that is, small enough to fit into your budget.)
The term "pocket book" was around long before it was about books.
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