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The Known World, Jones, Edward P.
121 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
122 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
123 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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Six Months with an Older Woman, Kaufelt, David A.
124 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: 25.00 USD
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One Hand Clapping, Kell, Joseph (pseud. for Anthony Burgess)
125 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
126 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). 
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The Cost of Living Like This, Kennaway, James
127 Kennaway, James The Cost of Living Like This
New York Atheneum 1969 First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Treld Pelkey Bicknell 
(price-clipped) [nice tight clean book, with no discernible wear; jacket shows a tiny bit of surface wear to the rear panel, short diagonal crease at bottom of front flap]. Novel set in London and Glasgow, about "the old triangle -- two women and a man -- a husband, a wife, a little girl from the office. If the basic situation is more than familiar, it still has never been explored with such power or described and dissected so vividly in contemporary terms." This was the first of two posthumously-published novels by Kennaway, a Scottish novelist who died in a car accident in 1968 at the age of 40. He remains best-known for his first novel, "Tunes of Glory," published in 1956, which he adapted for the 1960 movie of the same name. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Legs [*SIGNED*], Kennedy, William
128 Kennedy, William Legs [*SIGNED*]
New York Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (c.1975) NO Book Club Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner Signed by Author
[nice tight clean book with just a trace of handling wear; jacket somewhat rubbed/scuffed, 2-inch closed tear at base of spine, wrinkling and wear along top edge, slight paper loss at spine corners]. The author's second novel, and the opening installment in his "Albany Cycle," is set in the 1920s and centers around the life and legend of gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond, with which Kennedy had grown up as a young newspaperman and (by his own admission) had come to obsess him. An opportunity to add a signed copy (albeit just a book club edition) to your collection at a bargain price; and if you happened to have a copy with a better jacket, you could dress it up right nice. Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Some Kind of Hero [*SIGNED*], Kirkwood, James
129 Kirkwood, James Some Kind of Hero [*SIGNED*]
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company (c.1975) 0-690-00757-4 / 9780690007572 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Arthur Beckenstein Signed by Author
[minimal shelfwear, faint dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the ffep. Novel about the readjustment to civilian life of a Vietnam War ex-P.O.W.; basis for the 1982 film starring Richard Pryor. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Wars of Pardon, Kirsch, Robert
130 Kirsch, Robert The Wars of Pardon
New York Simon and Schuster 1965 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
Very Good in Very Good+ dj [mild wear at top/bottom edges]. First-person narrative of a gambler, whose "play has ranged from the battlefields of Italy and Israel to the casinos of Las Vegas and Havana, from the crap games of Coney Island and Harlem to the luxurious clubs of Southern California and Reno." The author was a longtime book critic and literary editor for the Los Angeles Times. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Stradivarius, Ladew, Donald P.
131 Ladew, Donald P. Stradivarius
New York Carroll & Graf 1995 0-7867-0136-6 / 9780786701360 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[nice tight clean copy, mild wear at base of spine but appears unread; jacket has some very minor wrinkling and one tiny closed tear at top of front panel]. "An inspirational story of young love and the transforming power of music -- a novel that will engage and delight everyone who believes that wonderful things can happen to good people. On the Korean peninsula during the freezing winter of 1951, a wounded American soldier finds a rare violin hidden in the wall of a farmhouse where he has taken refuge. This is the beautifully told story of how a centuries-old Stradivarius came to be in that unlikely place and how it changed the life of all who possessed it. For this great instrument carries with it a kind of magic and all who use it well are wrapped in its beneficent spirit. It is also the story of two families from different cultures and different parts of the world -- one rural, Baptist, Southern; the other, sophisticated, European, Jewish. The link between them is an abiding love of great music, possession of the violin, and the boy genius from the mountains of West Virginia, Ailey Barkwood." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Horned Man, Lasdun, James
132 Lasdun, James The Horned Man
New York W. W. Norton & Company 2002 0-393-00336-1 / 9780393003369 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Curry/Skouras Design 
[slight bump to top front corner, otherwise tight, clean, as new; jacket is flawless]. First novel by this much-honored poet and short-story writer. It "opens with a man losing his place in a book, then deepens into a dark and terrifying tale of a man losing his place in the world. As Lawrence Miller, an English expatriate and a professor of gender studies, tells the story of what appears to be an elaborate conspiracy to frame him for a series of brutal killings, we descend into a world of subtly deceptive appearances where persecutor and victim continually shift roles, where paranoia assumes an air of calm rationality, and where enlightenment itself casts a darkness in which the most nightmarish acts occur." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Jest of God, Laurence, Margaret
133 Laurence, Margaret A Jest of God
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1970 (c.1966) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Warren Chappell 
[mild shelfwear, covers bowed very slightly outward, minor soiling to fore-edge, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket a bit edgeworn along top/bottom edges, a little paper loss at top of spine, one small closed tear at bottom of rear panel, mild soiling to rear panel]. A good, solid copy of the second printing, which followed the release of the superb 1968 film adaptation, RACHEL, RACHEL, directed by Paul Newman and starring Joanne Woodward (referenced in the rear panel text). The Book Club edition of this novel is quite common, but the trade edition (noticeably heftier) is much harder to find. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Arkansas: Three Novellas [The Term Paper Artist; The Wooden Anniversary; Saturn Street] [*SIGNED*], Leavitt, David
134 Leavitt, David Arkansas: Three Novellas [The Term Paper Artist; The Wooden Anniversary; Saturn Street] [*SIGNED*]
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1997 0-395-83704-9 / 9780395837047 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michael Ian Kaye Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, no discernible wear, appears unread, tiny smudge at top of half-title page; rear panel of jacket shows some scuffing and surface-scratching, otherwise quite presentable]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 18.00 USD
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While England Sleeps, Leavitt, David
135 Leavitt, David While England Sleeps
New York Viking 1993 0-670-83349-5 / 9780670833498 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michael Ian Kaye 
[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear; jacket shows only the faintest handling wear]. Leavitt's novel of a homosexual love affair, set against the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930s, and in particular the Spanish Civil War. The author borrowed a bit too liberally from poet Stephen Spender's 1951 memoir "World Within World"; Spender filed a plagiarism suit in England, which ultimately led to the preparation of issuance of a revised version. It's often stated that the original version was "suppressed," which is a considerable exaggeration. In fact, Viking recalled the book from stores only in England (pending the outcome of the lawsuit) -- but by the time the whole brouhaha (which included duelling essays by Leavitt and Spender in The New York Times Book Review) had worked itself out, as the Times reported, about 30,000 copies had already been sold in the U.S., and according to a Viking spokesman there "was no possibility of recalling books or demanding that stores return unsold copies." The settlement (also according to the Times) involved the removal of about three pages worth of material, hardly the "significant revisions" claimed by some. (And besides, if the book had truly been "suppressed," why would there be so darn many copies still for sale?) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Mystic River, Lehane, Dennis
136 Lehane, Dennis Mystic River
New York William Morrow (c.2001) 0-688-16316-5 / 9780688163167 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd 
[solid clean copy, very light shelfwear; jacket a tiny bit scuffed]. The author's breakthrough novel, at least in a culture where "breakthrough" = "somebody makes a big successful movie out of it," as Clint Eastwood did with this one. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Amnesia Moon [*SIGNED*], Lethem, Jonathan
137 Lethem, Jonathan Amnesia Moon [*SIGNED*]
New York Harcourt Brace & Company (c.1995) 0-15-100091-3 / 9780151000913 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Alexander Munn 
[nice clean copy, the slightest hint of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket is flawless]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page. The author's second novel, "The Wizard of Oz remade as road noir," in which a character named Chaos sets off down the road in an (apparently) post-apocalyptic Wyoming, in "pursuit of a missing identity and a stolen love." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Move!, Lieber, Joel
138 Lieber, Joel Move!
New York David McKay Company Inc. (c.1968) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[book worn along bottom edge, corners bumped, numerous passages marked in pencil (erasable) throughout; jacket worn at corners/edges]. Moving as nightmare. Basis for the 1970 Elliott Gould film of the same name. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Falling Up the Stairs, Lileks, James
139 Lileks, James Falling Up the Stairs
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. (c.1988) 0-525-24655-X / 9780525246558 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy, very minor soiling to page edges, NO remainder mark; jacket rubbed/scuffed, some surface-scratching]. The Minneapolis-based columnist/humorist's elusive first novel, about the " society" editor of a small-town Minnesota newspaper, whose wish for a simple life goes wildly awry, first when he inherits his great-aunt's house -- "the Minneapolis version of Mad King Ludwig's castle," complete with ancient servants and a freeloading cousin -- and then when he gets involved as the unwilling "media mouthpiece" for AIL, the Alimentary Instruction League, "a nonimperialist, nonsexist, nonracist, pronutrition radical cell dedicated to the struggle of changing America's eating habits by whatever means necessary." The organization's motto is "Eat Right or Die," and they soon hatch a plan to put plutonium into the water supply. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Forgiving [*SIGNED*], List, Shelley
140 List, Shelley Forgiving [*SIGNED*]
New York E. P. Dutton (c.1982) 0-525-24132-9 / 9780525241324 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino Signed by Author
[nice copy, bottom corners bumped, light shelfwear, small smudge on bottom page edges; jacket a bit rubbed, minor wear at edges and corners]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep, with a long personal inscription to actress Marie Windsor (whose address label appears on the front pastedown), "with hopes that the message here - that we must forgive and come to terms with our demons - has meaning for you." The novel deals with a high-powered female photojournalist whose professional life consumes her: "Work is her reality, the rest of life something left aside, to be handled after the deadlines." Needless to say, this doesn't do wonders for her love life. [Marie Windsor, to whom the book is inscribed, is best remembered by film buffs for her role in Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing."] Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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