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The Game, Abrahami, Izzy
1 Abrahami, Izzy The Game
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1973 0-684-13024-6 / 9780684130248 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Aulicino 
[tight, clean copy, faint bumping at top of spine; jacket shows minor edge/corner wear, faint soiling, one small and slightly ragged tear at upper front left hinge, and a bit of scarring at that point also, from label removal]. The author's first novel,a satirical fable about a bored man who creates a game based on the happenings in the hundreds of other windows he can see from his own. Jacket blurbs by Anthony Burgess and Marshall McLuhan. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Elgar on the Journey to Hanley, Alldritt, Keith
2 Alldritt, Keith Elgar on the Journey to Hanley
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1979) 0-312-24214-X / 9780312242145 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Brian Knight 
[good solid copy, a bit of soiling to top edge, very lightly bumped at top rear corner but otherwise very nice; jacket shows just a bit of handling wear, wrinkling at top of rear flap, also seems trimmed so that it's just a tiny bit shorter than the book]. "Early in his career Edward Elgar, together with his much older wife, breaks a journey at Wolverhampton and meets Dora Penny, the young, beautiful, spirited daughter of a rector. A passion develops between them. With elegance and wit the novel traces the course of this relationship, which is shaped partly by genuine affinity, and partly by the egocentricity with which genius takes what it needs from life and protects itself from what it does not." The third in this author's series of novels about the English Midlands; preceded by "The Good Pit Man" and "The Lover Next Door." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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To Tojo from Billy-Bob Jones, Allen, William
3 Allen, William To Tojo from Billy-Bob Jones
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1977 0-395-25376-4 / 9780395253762 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Ned Glattauer 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, some fading to topstain near spine, faint wear to bottom edge; jacket worn along left-hand edge of rear panel, otherwise clean and bright]. "It is the wartime summer of 1945 -- the last American summer of innocence -- and this is the story of the wild misadventures of a family of Texas country folk come to the big city. In the case of 14-year-old Billy-Bob Jones and his Maw-and-Paw-Kettle-ish grandparents, the big city is Gainesville Port, Texas (pop. 82,823), and everything that can go wrong for them does." The author's first novel. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Is That Your Best Offer?, Auerbach, Arnold M.
4 Auerbach, Arnold M. Is That Your Best Offer?
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1971 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj) John Alcorn 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, marred only by some soiling/spotting to top page edges; jacket moderately worn, a couple of tiny edge tears, soiling/scuffing to rear panel]. "A novel about literary lions, money and love; a witty novel about New York's chic publishing world, the people in it, and the impact of a naive colelge girl upon them. Claire Franklin, an attractive literary agent, suddenly finds herself both employer and substitute mother of Amy Larkin, an intense Bennington freshman who is spending her work period in New York." First novel by a long-time writer for radio, theatre, TV, and movies; hard to resist the assumption that some of the book's characters (including "a too-successful novelist, a wheeling-dealing editor, an underground film-maker, and an author who's a best seller in spite of himself") might have their origins in real folks. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Fuel-Injected Dreams, Baker, James Robert
5 Baker, James Robert Fuel-Injected Dreams
New York E.P. Dutton (c.1986) 0-525-24417-4 / 9780525244172 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) James Wang 
[nice tight copy, both book and jacket show only minor handling wear]. The late author's first novel, a "gothic, intense and erotic" tale of an L.A. disc jockey who becomes drawn into the world of Dennis Contrelle, a brilliant rock composer of the '60s and '70s who has subsequently become " a recluse in a world guarded by high walls and savage servants." (The usual disclaimers aside, Phil Spector is said to have been the inspiration for Contrelle. I couldn't possibly comment.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Alamo House: Women Without Men, Men Without Brains, Bird, Sarah
6 Bird, Sarah Alamo House: Women Without Men, Men Without Brains
New York W. W. Norton & Co. (c.1986) 0-393-02323-0 / 9780393023237 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Vivienne Flesher 
[nice tight copy, faint soiling/shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket clean and attractive, with one unobtrusive closed tear at top rear corner (at foldover)]. Comic novel of a Texas sorority house, "a woman's hilarious answer to Animal House" -- Secrets of the Yee-Haw Sisterhood, perhaps? -- based on the author's own undergraduate experiences at UT-Austin. Her second book (and first hardcover) to be published under her own name; for a time, she also had a parallel career as a romance novelist under the pseudonym "Tory Cates." (Her subsequent work has included several novels, one of which, "The Boyfriend School," she also screenplayed under the title DON'T TELL HER IT'S ME.) [This book is featured in ReadInk's Catalog #2, "Skirts, in Jackets"; ask for it by name or number.] 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Against Heaven's Hand, Bishop, Leonard
7 Bishop, Leonard Against Heaven's Hand
New York Random House (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Abner Graboff 
[solid copy, light spotting to top edge, minor shelfwear; jacket worn at edges and extremities, a few tiny tears, some wrinkling/creasing at top of front panel]. "The plane, like all planes, had two sharply separate groups: the crew and the passengers. This plane was even more sharply separated -- the passengers were blind. When the plane crashed in the wilds of the Northwest, most of the passengers and all of the crew were killed. The seven passengers who were left were blind." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Peep Show, Black, David
8 Black, David Peep Show
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1986 0-385-27416-5 / 9780385274166 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Honi Werner 
[nice tight clean copy, top rear corner lightly bumped, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows only faint handling wear, one small and almost-invisible closed tear at bottom left-hand corner of front panel]. "A startling showdown between the sixties and the eighties in which Portnoy meets Lolita, at last. It is the story of five people caught in a web of obsession that reaches back into the honky-tonks of the 1800s, the burlesque shows of the 1920s, the free-love communes of the 1960s, and the nocturnal world of 1980s after-hours clubs." Jacket blurbs by Tim Cahill, Madison Smartt Bell, Robert Ward and others. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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9 Briskin, Mae The Tree Still Stands [*SIGNED*]
New York W. W. Norton & Co. (c.1991) 0-393-02894-1 / 9780393028942 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Jane Meredith Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, minimal wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "A novel of rescue and resistance," about a Jewish family from Warsaw attempting to reach the safety of southern France during 1939. "Based on historical fact and real people," and told through the eyes of the family's young daughter, the book puts particular emphasis on those who protected -- or betrayed -- them during their harrowing journey. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Night of the Big Snow, Brooks, Charles
10 Brooks, Charles The Night of the Big Snow
New York The Macmillan Company 1962 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Leo Manso 
[solid copy, mild browning at page edges and top/bottom edges of boards; jacket shows some wear at spine ends, soiling to rear panel, one tiny tear and associating creasing at bottom of rear panel]. Novel set in a neighborhood bar in lower Manhattan -- "a trifle too far north to be in Greenwich Village and a trifle too far east to be in Chelsea" -- with a narrative built around the fortunes and misfortunes of the "regulars," who "deliver up their lives to Dominick's benevolent dictatorship." Dominick is, of course, the bartender;according to the jacket copy, the author himself had "spent his life as a bartender, a job he now alternates with self-imposed writing sabbaticals." This was his first novel; near as I can tell, he published only one other, "The Death of Peterson's Wharf," the following year. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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It's All Zoo, Browne, Gerald A.
11 Browne, Gerald A. It's All Zoo
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1968 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Milton Glaser 
[good solid copy, book appears Near Fine until you peek under the jacket and see that there has been fading to the green cloth (from dampness) along the edges of both covers -- NOT "water-damaged," since the interior of the book is completely unaffected and there is no warping or other damage to the covers (believe me, leave the jacket on and you'll never notice it); the jacket itself is clean and bright, with just some minimal edgewear]. Scarce novel (the author's first) about young Americans (of the "now" generation) in Paris. "Lillian was a beautiful, groovy bird in today's mod-hippy Paris. She did all the rave things: attended Destructivist art shows, painted protest signs on Paris Police stations, rolled joints for pot-loving boyfriends, wore vinyl raincoats with nothing underneath. Lillian was a swinger. Lillian never blew her cool -- until she met the square, of all things, who became her bag. She managed to keep her cool (well, almost!) through it all, but she was shaken right down to the foundations of her wonderful little mod-hippy philosophy." 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Maiden, Buchanan, Cynthia
12 Buchanan, Cynthia Maiden
New York William Morrow & Co. 1972 044035174X / 9780440351740 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Marcia McGinniss Shortt 
[nice tight clean copy, mild shelfwear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, otherwise clean with faint surface wear, short diagonal crease at bottom of front flap]. The author's first (and possibly only) novel, "the story of an innocent, a monstrous romantic, an anachronism of a heroine up against the metaphor of Southern California. Fortune Dundy is a free spirit among fools. What happens to her in this book is relentless, urgent, and above all, funny -- but behind the comedy lurks the absurdity of life." (Well, doesn't it always?) The book was well-reviewed upon its initial publication (the movie rights were reportedly sold to Columbia Pictures, and it was optioned at one point by Lily Tomlin, although no movie ever resulted); reprinted in 1999, it was called "a penetrating and original commentary on the deadly life of the American dream." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Aquarius Angel, Bullock, Lotte
13 Bullock, Lotte Aquarius Angel
London Macmillan (c.1970) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michael Foreman 
[nice copy, faint soiling to page edges but no significant wear; jacket similarly nice, bright and clean and marred only by some peeling damage (probably from sticker removal) at bottom of front flap]. "When he reaches his sixtieth birthday Mr. Angel, a retired engineer with substantial private means, suddenly develops an obsession with his own safety. A believer in astrology, he detects serious threats to his existence in the constellation of his stars. Convinced, however, that those born under Aquarius (his own sign) are safe in water, he contrives appropriate safety measures for himself. He begins by spending long periods in his bath but soon has a special thermostatically controlled mobile tank built. For his housekeeper, a German-Jewish refugee and the narrator of the story, life with Mr. Angel becomes a nightmare." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Dog Eat Dog, Bunker, Edward
14 Bunker, Edward Dog Eat Dog
New York St. Martin's Press 1996 0-312-14314-1 / 9780312143145 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Charles Rue Woods & Marc Montalto 
[nice tight fresh copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket, but some intermittent fading to black cloth at spine (not sure how that could have happened, since to my knowledge the jacket has never been off this book!); NO remainder or other marks]. "Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, [this book] is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way." The author's last published novel, although he did manage to turn out a memoir prior to his death in 2005. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Rain Falling at Cascade Locks [*limited/signed edition*], Byrne, Peter
15 Byrne, Peter Rain Falling at Cascade Locks [*limited/signed edition*]
Pacific Palisades CA T. W. H. P. Press 2002 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, very slight spine turn, very slight bowing of covers; jacket shows faint rubbing, some wrinkling along top edge due to being manufactured about 1/8" taller than the book itself]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, which states that this "Collectors Edition" was published in an edition of 500, this being number 84. Novel about a man who, devastated by the breakup of his marriage, goes to live (and write a novel) in a one-time whorehouse in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. He also drinks a lot, and eventually finds himself involved in a "near impossible love" (well, near impossible except in novels like this) with a much younger woman, after which there's apparently some magicial realism stuff going on (a vanishing motel!), and things get better. The book is "dedicated to every man, everywhere, who has been through the misery of a divorce." Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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My Life as a Fake, Carey, Peter
16 Carey, Peter My Life as a Fake
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2003 0-375-41498-3 / 9780375414985 First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd 
[nice tight unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear and a teensy-tiny bit of wrinkling at bottom edge of rear panel (many would call it Fine, but I'm a bit Finicky)]. In this "audacious novel," Sarah Wode-Douglass, editor of a London poetry magazine accompanies a famous (and infamous) novelist to Kuala Lumpur, where they encounter a destitute Australian who had perpetrated a ruinous literary hoax decades earlier. The Australian's account of his own literary folly -- "marked by kidnapping, exile, and death -- a relentless saga that reaches from Melbourne to Bali, Sumatra, and Java" -- draws Sarah into his world, as she imagines the glory that could be hers if she's able to coax from him a manuscript that she's convinced is a work of genius. Unless, of course, he's just a raving lunatic -- as her writer-companion insists. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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After Silence, Carroll, Jonathan
17 Carroll, Jonathan After Silence
New York Doubleday 1993 (c.1992) 0-385-41974-0 / 9780385419741 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner 
[very nice copy, book itself is tight and clean with no discernible wear; jacket shows only light surface wear]. "A brilliantly honest tale of right, wrong, and heartache. In his late thirties, Max Fischer is a successful cartoonist living in Los Angeles. Scarred by recent love affairs, he is cautious yet intrigued when he meets Lily Aaron and her nine-year-old son Lincoln. Lily, the manager of an offbeat restaurant, devotes her life to raising her son alone. As Max spends time with the Aarons, he falls irresistibly in love with them. The perfect mate, the perfect child -- the perfect situation, since they seem to love him, too, with equal intensity. But as soon as Max moves in with the Aarons, he starts to uncover disturbing secrets about Lily. He can find no trace of her ex-husband. Worse, he discovers she has committed a crime so heinous that she has been running from the truth for years." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Outside the Dog Museum, Carroll, Jonathan
18 Carroll, Jonathan Outside the Dog Museum
New York Doubleday 1992 0-385-41973-2 / 9780385419734 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) William Joyce 
[lovely copy, tight, clean and unread, with no discernible wear to book; jacket shows the slightest bit of wear at spine extremities, otherwise bright and attractive]. "A novel of love, death, and architecture," about "Harry Radcliffe, a prizewinning architect and self-serving opportunist, ready to take advantage of whatever situations and women cross his path." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories, 1966-1982, Carver, Raymond
19 Carver, Raymond Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories, 1966-1982
Santa Barbara CA Capra Press 1983 0-88496-195-8 / 9780884961956 Limited Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(red boards w/gold lettering, no dust jacket, as issued) [nice tight copy, minor smudges on front cover near top/bottom hinges, bumped at spine ends]. (This is the unsigned issue.) [I have fashioned a custom mylar jacket to protect the book (not pictured in scanned image).] 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Young Divorcees [*SIGNED*], Charell, Lissa
20 Charell, Lissa The Young Divorcees [*SIGNED*]
New York Macmillan (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[some soiling to edges of book; jacket mildly soiled, a few small tears, some corner wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep in 1971. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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