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The Maniac Responsible, Gover, Robert
101 Gover, Robert The Maniac Responsible
New York Grove Press 1963 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj 
[good solid copy, some foxing/soiling to top edge, minor shelfwear, small light stain on ffep; jacket mildly soiled at top/bottom edges, short vertical laminate wrinkle at top right front panel, short diagonal crease in front flap]. "Murder mystery and satire on the common folkways of American life, this is also a parable on the twin themes of sex and guilt that haunt the American conscience." In other words -- the "American Psycho" of its day? 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Harry and Tonto, Greenfield, Josh, and Paul Mazursky
102 Greenfield, Josh, and Paul Mazursky Harry and Tonto
New York Saturday Review Press/E.P. Dutton & Co. 1974 0-8415-0306-0 / 9780841503069 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) One Plus One Studio 
[solid clean copy, a few tiny dents in top and bottom edges of both covers, very light wear to cloth at spine ends; jacket dog-eared along top edge of front panel, light surface wear, a bit of soiling and a small sticker-scar to front panel]. Novelization, more or less, of the duo's screenplay for the film of the same name -- the cross-country odyssey of a man and his cat, beautifully played on screen by Art Carney. The man, not the cat. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Glory Circuit, Gregg, Jess
103 Gregg, Jess The Glory Circuit
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1962) NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tom O'Brien 
[book itself is in beautiful condition, clean and tight with no discernible wear; jacket faded at spine, but otherwise just minimally edgeworn]. Novel about a "sincere if uneducated" itinerant preacher of the hellfire-and-brimstone variety, who attracts converts and repentant sinners in droves -- until he comes under the influence of a woman who persuades him to change his tune and message to that of "joy and loving kidness," which unfortunately causes his business to go right to Hell (so to speak). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Sheepshagger, Griffiths, Niall
104 Griffiths, Niall Sheepshagger
New York Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press 2002 0-312-30073-5 / 9780312300739 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design/Illustration) Lisa Force 
[nice tight clean copy, one single page has short diagonal crease at top corner, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows itsy-bitsy traces of edgewear here and there]. "This is the story of Ianto: the feral, inarticulate, inbred, ignoble savage; haunter of mountains, killer of innocents, Ianto is a sheepshagger -- a yokel, a Welsh redneck. But Ianto is also a seer, a visionary -- the genius loci -- who comprehends nature with a Blakean intensity, and is at one with the world he lives in: the moss and lichen, the lamb and the raven, the summit and the scree. Robbed of his ancestral home -- a near-derelict hovel in the mountains of west Wales -- Ianto pledges revenge not only on the English yuppies who have turned his grandmother's cottage into a weekenders' barbecue party but on all those who have violated him and the land that is his." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Something of Courage, Guglielmino, Terese S.F.
105 Guglielmino, Terese S.F. Something of Courage
San Francisco Courage Publishing, Inc. 1987 0-9619205-0-5 / 9780961920500 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, just very slight wear to book and jacket]. A novel of the 1960's, apparently self-published, by a woman who (it sez here) "grew up in San Francisco in those incredible days chronicled in this novel [and] is one of those battered by the events of 60s and 70s ( which is to say that she is an American)." Although this very wordy book appears to be very much like a stream-of-consciousness journal, the author denies that it's autobiographical, claiming instead that the protagonist is "who she would like to have been." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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That Water, Those Rocks [*SIGNED*], Haake, Katharine
106 Haake, Katharine That Water, Those Rocks [*SIGNED*]
Reno/Las Vegas University of Nevada Press (c.2002) 0-87417-530-5 / 9780874175301 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
[soft creasing and light surface wear to front cover]. (Western Literature Series) Series Trade PB INSCRIBED ("For _______ / With all good wishes"), SIGNED and DATED (2003) by the author on the title page. "Shasta Dam, the graceful, curved centerpiece of California's Central Valley Project, lies at the heart of this multilayered work. The dam's construction, and the impact of its presence, becomes the obsession and occupation for all of Haake's characters [in this] brilliant novel that interlaces autobiographical writing, natural history, and reflections on the craft of writing itself." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Erasmus -- With Freckles, Haase, John
107 Haase, John Erasmus -- With Freckles
New York Simon and Schuster 1963 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Alcorn 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear to bottom edge of book, one-time owner's name and source annotation on ffep; jacket lightly soiled, a little tanned at spine, with a few small closed tears at top and bottom of front panel]. Comic novel about "an unorthodox poet and professor of poetry" whose self-created Utopia (on a ferryboat moored in San Francisco Bay, with his wife, his five chidren, and "a merry band of nymphs and bearded poet-disciples") is turned upside-down and inside-out when his eight-year-old son Erasmus (who plays the French horn and is utterly devoted to Brigitte Bardot, to whom he writes regular proposals of marriage) turns out to be a mathematical genius, "a human computer. IBM with freckles." The good professor, "holding fast against the Philistines" (which include the Bank of America, the Defense Department, IBM and the Russians, all of whom develop a keen interest in the capabilities of Erasmus's brain), is forced to leave his university post and take a job writing greeting cards; this and other developments add up to "total hilarity [it sez here] -- a triumph of spoof and satire." Filmed in 1965 under the title DEAR BRIGITTE, directed by Henry Koster, with Jimmy Stewart as the beleaguered professor and the great Billy Mumy as Erasmus. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Downhill Racers, Hall, Oakley
108 Hall, Oakley The Downhill Racers
New York The Viking Press 1963 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Constantin 
[light wear to book at extremites, small black ink mark on top edge (probably not a remainder mark); jacket a little edgeworn, somewhat faded at spine]. Novel set in the world of amateur ski competition; basis for the well-regarded 1969 film starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, director Michael Ritchie's first film. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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No Sanctuary, Harriott, Ted
109 Harriott, Ted No Sanctuary
London Secker & Warburg 1983 0-436-19108-3 / 9780436191084 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Eric Rose 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light shelfwear, faint dust-soiling to top edge, very light bumping to top corners; jacket moderately edgeworn, one tiny tear at top of rear panel]. Third novel by this journalist (who is also a poet, librettist, and author of children's books) whose first book, "Keep on Running," was the 1980 David Higham Award winner for best first novel. In this tale of the "Troubles," the protagonist, Michael Sullivan, becomes obsessed with the legend of the Black Irishman, "the wildest of the wild boys, the one the girls can't resist and the men have to follow. More and more it dominates his life. It drives him into a morass of modern intrigue and treachery in which he creates his own legend. It also makes him an uncomfortable friend and a dangerous adversary. Inevitably Michael becomes the quarry in a gripping and terrifying hunt by a strangely diverse pack which finds him unexpectedly hard to destroy." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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From an Inland Sea [*SIGNED*], Harsent, David
110 Harsent, David From an Inland Sea [*SIGNED*]
London Viking 1985 0-670-80395-2 / 9780670803958 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[one very light spot on top edge, otherwise just the faintest bit of shelfwear; jacket shows some uneven fading to front panel, spine sunned]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the colophon page (preceding the title page), and additionally SIGNED above his printed name on the title page itself. The novel, the first by this writer (better known as a poet), "charts the progress of an obsession. We first encounter the novel's protagonists during one of their frequent trips abroad, and at once they become strikingly present to the reader: he clever, heated, questioning; she cool, successful, wary. Freed, briefly, from ordinary domesticity, they are still unable to liberate themselves from the accumulated expectations and anxieties of their relationship." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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I Killed Hemingway [*SIGNED*], Henderson, William McCranor
111 Henderson, William McCranor I Killed Hemingway [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press 1993 0-312-08816-7 / 9780312088163 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj art) Eric Dinyer Signed by Author
[tight, unread copy, bottom of spine slightly bumped; mild surface wear to jacket]. SIGNED by the author on the title page (signature only, no inscription). Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Stark Raving Elvis, Henderson, William McCranor
112 Henderson, William McCranor Stark Raving Elvis
New York E. P. Dutton (c.1984) 0-525-24264-3 / 9780525242642 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Neil Stuart 
(price-clipped) [tight clean copy, very minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has minor wrinkling at bottom of front panel, otherwise flawless except for price-clipping]. The author's first novel, about the Elvis impersonator to end all Elvis impersonators, and his rise to the pinnacle of a very strange world. "The conclusion is a veritable orgy of Elvis worship: the colossal Battle of the Elvises, where the cream of the world's would-be Elvises vie to become the New King of Rock 'n' Roll and where [the protagonist's] madness explodes like a bomb." 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Midnight Cowboy, Herlihy, James Leo
113 Herlihy, James Leo Midnight Cowboy
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1965) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[moderately shelfworn book, especially at bottom edge and heel of spine, but clean inside and out; jacket somewhat nicer than the book, with a little surface- and edgewear]. The author's second novel, basis for John Schlesinger's excellent film, the Academy Award-winning "Best Picture" of 1969. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Ozuma in L.A. [*SIGNED*], Hertz, Richard
114 Hertz, Richard Ozuma in L.A. [*SIGNED*]
Ojai CA Minneola Press 1995 0-9640165-0-8 / 9780964016507 First Edition Softcover Very Good Signed by Author
[some underlining/annotation in text, moderate edgewear, front cover slightly curled at fore-edge]. Trade PB INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The book is "an open-ended meandering through the mind of Ozuma, a Japanese born graphic designer living in Los Angeles who attempts to find his way through the cliches of contemporary relationships. The result is a humorous stroll through uprooted layers of consciousness, sexual encounters and cultural stereotypes." (NOTE that there is a small amount of underlining/annotation in the text.) Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Brother Holyfield [*SIGNED*], Higginbotham, Jay
115 Higginbotham, Jay Brother Holyfield [*SIGNED*]
New York Thomas-Hull & Co. 1972 0-913208-01-9 / 9780913208014 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) A. Lisa Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, with some wear to cloth at top/bottom edges; jacket clean and bright, with just a couple of tiny edge-tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author (in 1999) on the ffep. Novel about a Southern Baptist preacher in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Meeting for Burial, Hitchman, Janet
116 Hitchman, Janet Meeting for Burial
New York Atheneum 1968 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Harsh/Finegold 
[good solid copy, bottom corners lightly bumped; jacket a tiny bit dog-eared at top of spine]. Novel set against the background of a Quaker community, examining the life of Mildred Moore through the narrative device of remembrances at her funeral service. "What was the meaning of Mildred Moore's work in France during the First World War, in Russia during the famine of the twenties, in Depression-torn mining villages of Wales? Had she loved herself more than God's people? Was her goodness preferable to another's evil? Such questions bedevil the minds of those come to mourn. With love, fear or resentment coloring his view, each is finally compelled to see how his life has been forged by the philanthropist." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Buddy System, Hoffman, Michael
117 Hoffman, Michael The Buddy System
New York Holt, Rinehart & Winston (c.1971) 0-03-085994-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Charles Raymond 
[trace of exterior wear to book; jacket folded onto book slightly off-center, wrinkling at top of rear flap, no tears or chips]. "Nobody but Buddy Solloway, the disaffected, flip, ironic, and blackly funny hero of Michael Hoffman's first novel, could cram so much into one summer -- the summer between high school and college. He manages to get into trouble with the black gang that hangs around the neighborhood drugstore where he works; to have a fling with a friend's mother who then kills herslef; and, when he rejects his parents and their middle-class lives, to fall completely out of the net of safety. During all this Buddy is dating his sister's best friend and this leads to a sexual encounter that, less deftly handled, would seem shocking, even to glutted readers today." 
Price: 13.00 USD
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Our Only May Amelia [*SIGNED*], Holm, Jennifer L.
118 Holm, Jennifer L. Our Only May Amelia [*SIGNED*]
New York Harpercollins (c.1999) 0-06-027822-6 / 9780060278229 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alison Donalty Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, very light abrasion on top edge near spine; jacket has a tiny dampstain at top of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The title character in this, the author's first novel (inspired by the diary of her Finnish-American grandaunt), "is the only girl ever born on the Nasel River -- A Real Miracle, her family says. And with seven brothers she believes it. Most of the time she forgets that she's a girl, like when she wears her overalls to go fishing with Wilbert or helps Uncle Aarno and the boys make the fishing nets." 2000 Newbery Honor book. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Time of the Unicorn, Jefferis, Barbara
119 Jefferis, Barbara Time of the Unicorn
New York William Morrow & Company 1974 0-688-00249-8 / 9780688002497 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Terry M. Fehr 
[good solid copy, light shelfwear, faint smudging to fore-edge; jacket torn at top of spine (with resulting dog-earing and minor paper loss), also a bit dog-eared at base of spine, otherwise just moderately rubbed, diagonal creasing to rear flap]. "A novel of sorcery and the ultimate pagan sacrifice," about thirteen people shipwrecked off the coast of Portugal in the 12th century, who must endure a forty-day trek to survive. "Harrowing on the physical level, this is also a spiritual struggle, for faith in the Christian God is at best tentative, and hate and fear and lust prevail." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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A Dream of Silence, Jewell, Bruce and Wanda
120 Jewell, Bruce and Wanda A Dream of Silence
New York Crown Publishers (c.1970) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, very light wear at extremities; jacket shows just a trace of wear at a few corners]. Novel about a "half-breed" boy, Jamie, who "lives in an average American suburb, loves his mother, idolizes his father, and is appealing and normal in every way. Except that he refuses to talk," except to an invisible companion, Mr. Bow, who is "not quite a mystic, but has qualities of a sachem or guru." The authors, per the jacket blurb, were personally acquainted with "a number of medicine men of various American Indian tribes [and had] lived with the Cherokees on the Oklahoma reservation," where they learned about many of the basic tribal myths. Bruce Jewell was also a psychologist and child therapist, and the book is described as "important for its insights into the psychology of children leading a borderline imaginary life, meaningful to them, but often difficult for adults." 
Price: 80.00 USD
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