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The Love Hunter, Hassler, Jon
121 Hassler, Jon The Love Hunter
New York William Morrow & Co. 1981 0-688-00483-0 / 9780688004835 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner 
[nice tight copy, light foxing/browning to top edge but no discernible wear; jacket has minor wear at bottom edge, insignficant chipping at base of spine, faint yellowing to rear panel]. A novel of suspense -- about a man who plans to murder his terminally-ill best friend (by staging an "accident" on their annual duck-hunting trip), and to subsequently marry the man's widow -- that is also "a novel of love, of friendship, and of thoroughly decent people caught by circumstances they cannot control." A contemporary newspaper review of the book is laid in. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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122 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: 20.00 USD
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Stark Raving Elvis, Henderson, William McCranor
123 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
124 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
125 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
126 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
127 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: 65.00 USD
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The Buddy System, Hoffman, Michael
128 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.
129 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: 50.00 USD
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The Hallelujah Side [*SIGNED*], Huffey, Rhoda
130 Huffey, Rhoda The Hallelujah Side [*SIGNED*]
Harrison NY/Encino CA Delphinium Books (c.1999) 1-88328-517-8 / 9781883285173 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Klaus Fussmann Signed by Author
Fine in Fine dj [nice tight clean copy; faint trace of handling wear to jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Dream Life, Huston, Bo
131 Huston, Bo The Dream Life
New York St. Martin's Press 1992 0-312-08182-0 / 9780312081829 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[clean/tight, slight fading to boards at top/bottom edges; jacket shows a little wear at spine ends, wrinkling along bottom edge, small sticker-removal scar to upper spine]. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Time of the Unicorn, Jefferis, Barbara
132 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
133 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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The Known World, Jones, Edward P.
134 Jones, Edward P. The Known World
New York Amistad/HarperCollins (c.2003) 0-06-055754-0 / 9780060557546 First Edition Hardcover First Printing Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Laura Blost 
[beautiful, as-new copy, with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. "An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, [the book] weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, white, and Indians -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery." The author's second book (and first novel), winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Evalore, Jones, Eva
135 Jones, Eva Evalore
New York J. B. Lippincott Company (c.1976) 0-397-01259-4 / 9780397012596 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Ed Zack 
[solid copy, minimal wear but some foxing to page edges; jacket has some very light interior dampstaining, but the visible part is quite decent-looking]. "If Holden Caulfield and Lolita had produced a child, it might have been Evalore." Yikes! Novel about a 13-year-old girl, "an astonishingly precocious adolescent who manipulates her parents, her friends, and even her psychiatrist with the cunning of a Machiavelli. Life, as she construes it, is a series of skirmishes in which the chief adversary is her mother, the embodiment of womanly mystery and sexuality, the wife with whom she must share her adored father's love and attentions. But Evalore's own sexuality must be reckoned with." (And how perfect is it that the cover model for this character was none other than the young Brooke Shields -- two years prior to her sensational appearance in Louis Malle's "Pretty Baby.") 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Thanksgiving, Jordan, Robert
136 Jordan, Robert Thanksgiving
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1971 0-525-21553-0 / 9780525215530 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Toni Goldmark 
[moderate shelfwear, top corners rather heavily bumped; jacket rubbed, some wear at corners/edges, both ends of spine chipped and heavily dog-eared]. Novel about a group of Sixties activists who decide, despite their commitment to peaceful change through the democratic process, to blow up a Long Island country club using homemade bombs. At first the bombing is planned for after the annual Thanksgiving Day celebration, when the club is empty. However, after a passionate exploration of their motives, their frustrations, and the morality of their actions, they decide that a symbolic act is not enough -- and the plan is changed, to destroy the club at the height of the celebration. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Profane Chronicles [*SIGNED*], Kafallo, Ivan Demitrius
137 Kafallo, Ivan Demitrius Profane Chronicles [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Wexford & Barrow 1995 1-879593-50-5 / 9781879593503 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Claude Vandelli Signed by Author
[faint scuffing to bottom page edges; minor wrinkling at top/bottom edges of jacket]. SIGNED by the author opposite the title page. "A lush, exotic tale of sexual obsession and ecstasy. Few writers have reveled with such bacchanalian gusto in the arcana and subtleties of language, rewarding the percipient reader with an awareness of nuance that lends profundity to the banal, elegance to the coarse, precision to the crude, originality to the quotidian. Summoning his formidable linguistic arsenal to fire salvos upon the clichés of erotic literature of yesteryear, the author brings a brilliantly unconventional wit and insight to the evocation of his lusty passions." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Six Months with an Older Woman, Kaufelt, David A.
138 Kaufelt, David A. Six Months with an Older Woman
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1973) 0-399-11154-9 / 9780399111549 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Neil Fujita Studio 
[tight and clean, just the faintest bit of smudging to top edge; jacket rubbed/scuffed, mild edgewear, a little soiling]. The author's first novel, "the story of a unique love affair. It begins in the publicity department of a large New York publishing house, where thirty-year-old Robert Fine and forty-five-year-old Isobel Ross meet. Robert has a string of ex-girlfriends all embodies in the carnivorous Rhoda; he also has a mother who makes Mrs. Portnoy look like a lamb and a psychiatrist whose specialty is meaningful silences." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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One Hand Clapping, Kell, Joseph (pseud. for Anthony Burgess)
139 Kell, Joseph (pseud. for Anthony Burgess) One Hand Clapping
London Peter Davies 1961 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Charles Gorham 
(price-clipped) [very light foxing to top edge, otherwise a nice fresh copy with no significant wear; jacket has one tiny chip at top of front panel, also torn with a bit of paper loss at top rear hinge and bottom front hinge, one additional small closed tear at top of rear panel, minor edgewear elsewhere]. Early novel by Burgess, the first of two published under this pseudonym. Satirical novel about a young married couple, "the husband having a sort of brain good an winning quizzes, so he wins The Big Money on a TV quiz and then puts the money on horses and he becomes a rich man. And so then they have the best of everything, like a mink for her and staying at posh hotels [etc.] .... but there's always been something niggling in him all the about the world being a rotten place and not even money can buy anything to make the world a less rotten place and so he suggests that they do themselves in." Burgess supposedly limited the novel's vocabulary to just 800 words, part of his message about the dumbing-down of modern media culture -- but he made up for this atypical restraint with "A Clockwork Orange," published the following year. It was reported well over a decade ago that Francis Coppola had acquired the movie rights, but that would seem to have gone into deep turnaround. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Sweet Summer, Kelley, William
140 Kelley, William The Sweet Summer
Louisville KY Westminster John Knox Press (c.2000) 0-664-22224-2 / 9780664222246 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jennifer K. Cox 
[minimal handling wear to book; jacket front panel a bit scuffed, one tiny closed tear and very slight dog-earing at top of spine]. "A powerful story of moral awakening told through the voice of Cully Madden, a young airman and aspiring priest who joins the all-black Air Force boxing team in the summer of 1947. During the team's tour of the South, Cully's friendships with his teammates deepen as they face their opponents in dilapidated vaudeville halls, on the rusting hulks of barges moored at backwater Mississippi River towns, and in remote Louisiana canebrakes." The author is best-known as a writer for film and television, most notably an Academy Award-winner for his screenplay for WITNESS (1985). 
Price: 8.00 USD
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