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Visible Amazement [*SIGNED*], Garnett, Gale Zoe
101 Garnett, Gale Zoe Visible Amazement [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1999) 0-684-87306-0 / 9780684873060 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (cover photo) Deborah Frankel Signed by Author
[minor handling wear to both book and jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page -- a nice personal inscription to a friend. Author's debut novel, about a teenage girl who discovers that the professor with whom she's been sleeping has also been carrying on an affair with her mother -- a shock which sends her off on a journey of self-discovery. Signed by Author 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Heyday, Gascoigne, Bamber
102 Gascoigne, Bamber The Heyday
New York The Viking Press 1974 (c.1973) 0-670-36954-3 / 9780670369546 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Christina Gascoigne 
[light foxing to top of text block, slight fading to top edges of boards, no other significant wear; jacket has a few itsy-bitsy closed tears along top and bottom edges, minor surface-scraping surrounding base of spine]. Novel set in Edwardian England, about "an aspiring ingenue who in the summer of 1905 rushes happily into a third-rate repertory troupe that slogs peripatetically through the provinces under the magisterial eye of a thoroughly unreluctant dragoness named Mrs. Bandmann-Palmer (who, incidentally, has played the lead in Hamlet on a record four hundred Saturday nights)." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Leaving Pico [*SIGNED*], Gaspar, Frank X.
103 Gaspar, Frank X. Leaving Pico [*SIGNED*]
Hanover and London University Press of New England (c.1999) 0-87451-921-7 / 9780874519211 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Mary Hackett Signed by Author
[clean tight copy, appears unread; jacket shows just a trace of handling wear]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, dated in the year of publication. "A beautifully written coming-of-age-in-ethnic-America novel set in the Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts." Signed by Author 
Price: 13.00 USD
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The Lowest Trees Have Tops, Gellhorn, Martha
104 Gellhorn, Martha The Lowest Trees Have Tops
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1969 (c.1967) 0396058647 / 9780396058649 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Salem Tamer 
(price-clipped) [minor wear to bottom corners, otherwise a tight clean copy; jacket has a few tiny closed edge-tears, rubbing to rear panel, very slight browning to spine]. Novel set in a Mexican mountain village, about the relationships between "residents" (expatriate foreigners who "have come from near and far for the infinite variety of reasons that impel people to escape the dread advantages of civilization") and the native Mexican population, known as "dwellers." Among the former group are "three midwestern families who arrived seeking refuge from a stateside Red witch hunt." Gellhorn lived in a rented house in Cuernavaca for about four years in the late 1940s and early 1950s, a few years after her acrimonious split from Ernest Whatsisname, and drew on her happy memories of that time for this book. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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An Unfortunate Woman, Gifford, Barry
105 Gifford, Barry An Unfortunate Woman
San Francisco Donald S. Ellis / Creative Arts Book Company 1984 0-916870-73-1 / 9780916870737 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) James Brill Adams 
[previous owner's signature at upper corner of front pastedown, otherwise a tight copy with no discernible wear; jacket has just the teensiest bit of wear at a couple of corners]. A woman in her late fifties, finding in difficult circumstances after a lifetime of misfortunes, recalls "her fabulous -- and not so fabulous -- glamorous life with 'the boys,' the big shot racketeers of 1940's Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Cuba and Florida [including' Ben [Bugsy] Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Reata and others." Errol Flynn pops up as a character, too. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Night People, Gifford, Barry
106 Gifford, Barry Night People
New York Grove Press 1992 0-8021-1538-1 / 9780802115386 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) iT 
[very nice copy, tight/clean/unread, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit rubbed on the rear panel]. Four related novellas comprising a "road map of the American nightmare." The book "reaches even deeper into the vision of our world that Barry Gifford has painted in his earlier novels, and its pure light is often shocking. Yet no matter how odd, innocent, evil, or downright unearthly his characters are, Gifford dives into their souls, finds the truth of their lives, and delivers it to us with the energy and economy of a Picasso ink drawing." (All right, fine, but are we allowed to refuse delivery?) 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Salvage, Gillott, Jacqueline
107 Gillott, Jacqueline Salvage
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1969 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alex Gotfryd 
[spine somewhat turned, minor edge-soiling; jacket shows wear at top/bottom edges, minor stain on back edge]. "This startlingly perceptive novel records the few hours a man and a woman spend together. He would be her lover for the night but wants to know who she is. She offers her body, but it is all she can offer because she wears anonymity like a cloak -- her own identity seems to be slipping away. She is a wife and a mother and it is not enough; she hears echoes of another world, another time, another place." A first novel by the author, described on the jacket as "the first woman reporter on I.T.N. television." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Modern Love, Glass, Leslie
108 Glass, Leslie Modern Love
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1983) 0-312-54090-6 / 9780312540906 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Bradley Clark 
[minor wear at extremities, very minor scrunching to a few top page corners, bookplate on ffep; jacket lightly edgeworn, tiny tears at upper corners, light dampstain along right-hand edge of front panel, minor diagonal creasing at bottom corner of rear flap]. "Breaking up and falling in love again gets even harder when you're past thirty. [The author] writes of lovers, parents, marriage, divorce, and children; all the longing, heartache, and joy of modern love are here in this wry and sensitive romantic novel for grown-ups." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Sisters, Goodwin, Suzanne
109 Goodwin, Suzanne Sisters
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1984) 0-312-72748-8 / 9780312727482 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paolo Pepe 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows minor wear at a couple of corners, small closed tear at bottom front hinge]. "A novel of love and war in the classic tradition, [this book] is a brilliant and penetrating work set in England during the Second World War. Americans, New Zealanders, Free French -- they were all attracted to the Tyrrell girls. Ostensibly free spirits, the three sisters longed for an end to the miseries of wartime; for a day when there would be no rationing and no blackouts, no terrifying nights huddled under the table -- no agonized waiting for telegrams they hoped would never arrive." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Benjamin grabbed his Glicken and ran: an autobiography, Gordon, Fred
110 Gordon, Fred Benjamin grabbed his Glicken and ran: an autobiography
New York Harper & Row (c.1971) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (cover photo) C.P. Noyes 
[solid copy, light soiling to covers and page edges, black remainder stripe on top edge; jacket shows light surface/edge wear, very minor chipping at spine ends, some creasing to both flaps]. "This first novel introduces a young writer whose imagination offers a unique literary and visceral experience," and purports to be the autobiography of one "Benjamin Hackett -- frightening, fascinating, dangerous, lovable, a twenty-three-year-old living on the edge of madness -- [who] tries to explore the most remote corners of his mind." His instrument is his notebooks, in which he "talks about himself and pours out his deepest anxieties and most horrible thoughts, as well as medieval fantasies of great beauty. He [also] becomes enmeshed in a novel called 'Glicken On, Baby, It's Now' -- a futuristic fantasy about Lex Baker, a superhero of the 21st century assigned to save the world from Operation Suffocate, an evil plot...." Well, you get the idea: the author was evidently smoking some serious weed. (The unusual wrap-around jacket design features a photo of the author; because the blurb is actually printed on the inside, this jacket will NOT be provided with a Brodart protector as is my usual practice.) 
Price: 16.00 USD
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The Maniac Responsible, Gover, Robert
111 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
112 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
113 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
114 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.
115 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: 40.00 USD
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That Water, Those Rocks [*SIGNED*], Haake, Katharine
116 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
117 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
118 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
119 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
120 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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