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Tim and Pete [*SIGNED*], Baker, James Robert
1 Baker, James Robert Tim and Pete [*SIGNED*]
New York Penguin Books 1994 (c.1993) 0-14-023493-4 / 9780140234930 First printing Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[small tear at top left corner of front cover (at hinge); otherwise clean, appears unread]. Trade PB SIGNED by the author on the title page. "A harrowing odyssey through the neon wilderness of post-riot, post-AIDS Los Angeles -- a freewheeling symposium on themes of sex, art, homophobia, and radical gay terrorism -- a novel that reads like a collaboration between Larry Kramer and William Burroughs, scored with the music of Sonic Youth and Lou Reed." The last of this author's novels to be published during his lifetime (he committed suicide in 1997), and especially uncommon signed. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Out at the Old Ball Game, Bookbinder, Bernie
2 Bookbinder, Bernie Out at the Old Ball Game
Bridgehampton NY Bridge Works Publishing Co. 1995 1-882593-09-X / 9781882593095 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[spine very slightly turned; one tiny tear in dj at bottom of spine]. A "Runyonesque" (it sez here) novel about a major league first baseman -- the only star player on a failing team -- who comes out as gay, whereupon the team's sleazy manager takes advantage of the situation by "outing" other closeted ballplayers and shaking up the "high-testosterone world of American baseball" by assembling the first all-gay team. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Ride the Whirlwind, David, Richard (pseud. for Dick Sanders)
3 David, Richard (pseud. for Dick Sanders) Ride the Whirlwind
New York Vantage Press (c.1973) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) John D. Klamik 
[book itself is in nearly-new condition, with just a touch of wear to the extremities; jacket is bright and clean, but unfortunately has a sizeable chunk torn away at the bottom of the front panel, one additional small closed tear and associated creasing at top rear hinge]. Early post-Stonewall gay novel by a Los Angeles author, chronicling "one eventful year in the life of Pete Clayburn, an attractive, 23-year-old homosexual cowboy from Amarillo, Texas, who searches determinedly for a permanent and meaningful relationship amidst the instability and superficiality of modern gay life." The novel takes place largely in the Western U.S. -- attributed (per the jacket blurb) to the author's childhood devotion to the works of Zane Grey -- and includes scenes set in L.A., San Francisco, and Chicago, as well as the San Joaquin Valley and Yosemite National Park. "In the course of Pete's ceaseless quest for a lasting love, he becomes entangled in a succession of fast-moving, dramatic episodes involving truck drivers, ranchers and cowboys, the Syndicate, and a variety of big-city types such as drag queens, hippies, hustlers, body-builders, sado-masochists and astrologers." OCLC records only six copies in American libraries (one of which -- you gotta love it -- being the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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We Cannot Live Without Our Lives, Deming, Barbara
4 Deming, Barbara We Cannot Live Without Our Lives
New York Grossman/Viking 1974 0-670-75335-1 / 9780670753352 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jacqueline Schuman 
[mild shelfwear; fragile, brown-paper jacket has long tears at top rear hinge and top rear foldover, with some associated wrinkling/creasing to top section of rear panel, but is still clean with minimal paper loss]. A collection of poems, essays, letters and eulogies, in which the author "reveals her deeply personal struggles as she confronts today's problems -- the Vietnam war, racial inequality, the never-ending battle of women against oppression, and her special experience as a lesbian." Especially notable is her "vivid account of three days in 'concentration camp' with the Mayday Tribe," during a 1971 antiwar demonstration in Washington, D.C. Deming, a feminist, journalist, and activist for non-violent social change, died in 1984. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Captain Swing; a love story [*SIGNED*], Duplechan, Larry
5 Duplechan, Larry Captain Swing; a love story [*SIGNED*]
Boston Alyson Publications, Inc. 1993 1-55583-234-2 / 9781555832346 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[clean and tight, extremely minor wear to bottom edge; jacket shows mild surface wear/rubbing]. INSCRIBED ("For _____ - Happy Birthday! From an admirer--") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "Johnnie Ray Rousseau's life is at its lowest ebb. The love of his life was killed in a hit-and-run, and now he's been called to the death-bed of his hateful, homophobic father. There he meets Nigel, his second cousin, who looks like mortal sin in Levi's and tank top, and who offers a love that Johnnie is none too sure he ought to accept." In one jacket blurb, author Michael Nava calls the novel, Duplechan's fourth, his "best work yet--funny, erotic, moving, and wise." Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Movie Hooky, Foster, Dan
6 Foster, Dan Movie Hooky
San Diego Los Hombres Press (c.1992) 1-879603-04-7 / 9781879603042 First Edition Softcover Fine Illustrated by (cover) Jeff Kronen 
[nice tight copy, no discernible wear, just the tiniest bit of soiling to bottom edge]. Trade PB "The period is 1935 to 1938, the location Dallas, the star a young boy named William Carfax who -- long before he discovers his sexuality -- discovers his drug of choice, the movies. Real life pales by comparison." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Melody Jones, Galloway, David
7 Galloway, David Melody Jones
London/New York John Calder Ltd/Riverrun Pr. 1980 0-7145-3733-0 / 9780714537337 Reprint Softcover Near Fine 
[mild edgewear]. Trade PB "Strippers and Go-Go girls warm up the audience and straights and gays find Melody's bar a good place to pass an hour or make a pick-up. And then Melody Jones himself, his shrivelled arm partly disguised in a sequined tuxedo, brings real artistry to his songs and is often compared to Barbara Streisand by his fans. It is through their eyes and those of the barman, the pianist and other members of staff and clientele, that the romance and passion of Melody and a young married man is observed and followed to its inevitable climax. Melody's own sequined world of small town glamor emerges from his thoughts, fantasies and conversations and it is through his fantasy that he risks his destruction." The author's first novel, originally published in 1976; a stage adaptation was presented in Los Angeles, circa 2000. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Breakfast With a Stranger, Kortner, Peter
8 Kortner, Peter Breakfast With a Stranger
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1975) 0-312-09520-1 / 9780312095208 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Colin Andrews 
[mild wear to both book and jacket; agency stamp on ffep and half-title page]. "When Kurt Heller was in his tender twenties, he exploded onto the Hollywood gay scene sweeping all before him -- finally even Hollywood itself. Now in his not-so-tender forties, his life and career a shambles, Kurt has retreated to a modest London apartment and resentful domesticity with a lover, Dennis. On the floor above them live a young American couple,Bob and Nancy Williams. It began so innocently. Business took Bob to Brussels for the weekend, and Dennis was out of town visiting his parents, thus it seemed only polite for Kurt to take Nancy to dinner. But before the night was over Kurt Heller had exploded again, this time into heterosexuality ... and by the time Bob and Dennis returned he was deeply in love." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Butterfly Man, Levenson, Lew
9 Levenson, Lew Butterfly Man
New York Castle Books N.D. NO Reprint Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn, small dents at bottom edges of covers, slight deterioration of binding at spine ends; a reading/research copy only]. Circa 1960s reprint of a 1934 novel (originally published by Macaulay) about the adventures and misadventures of a young Texan in the Gay Twenties. Leaving his small Texas town at 17 (with the consent of his father), the boy, Ken Gracey, is first taken to Los Angeles under the wing of a mysterious older man, "Mr. Lowell" (known in his circle of bitchy gay associates as "La Lowell"). Ken hasn't yet come out (to himself), however, and when he catches on to Lowell's designs on him (which are perfectly obvious to the reader since the second page of the book), he takes a powder -- to Tijuana, where he hooks up with a hard-boiled dame named Anita. They're a sensation as a dance team, and Ken is thus introduced to the sybaritic showbiz lifestyle; by the time they hit the bright lights of New York and Ken meets ambitious young theatrical producer Howard Vee, he's primed and ready for "the half world where men and women are no longer men OR women." But true to form in the gay-themed fiction of the era, he's also "tormented," and in lieu of embracing his emergent gayness he sinks into a miasma of booze, dope and general debauchery. Think this ends well for poor Ken? Think again. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Harlan's Race [*SIGNED*], Warren, Patricia Nell
10 Warren, Patricia Nell Harlan's Race [*SIGNED*]
Beverly Hills CA Wildcat Press 1994 0-9641099-0-5 / 9780964109902 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, bottom rear corner very lightly bumped, otherwise as new; jacket shows very mild surface wear]. INSCRIBED generically ("Love") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Sequel to the author's landmark 1974 novel "The Front Runner," following that book's main character, track coach Harlan Brown, and his life in the wake of the murder of his young athlete/lover at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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