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The Cost of Living Like This, Kennaway, James
141 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
142 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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143 Kimball, Philip Harvesting Ballads
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. (c.1984) 0-525-24228-7 / 9780525242284 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, minor shelfwear; jacket has a couple of small edge-tears, minor soiling]. The author's first novel, about a young farmhand who, whose life is thrown into turmoil when "he learns that Keeper, the quiet, aging cowboy who has raised him, is only his guardian," at which point "the legend and legacy of [his] dead father -- Roger Lyons, Rodeo Rider and Poet -- begins to take over." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Some Kind of Hero [*SIGNED*], Kirkwood, James
144 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
145 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.
146 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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147 Lanchester, John Fragrant Harbor
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 2002 0-399-14866-3 / 9780399148668 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Royce M. Becker 
[lovely, as-new copy]. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Horned Man, Lasdun, James
148 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
149 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: 30.00 USD
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150 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: 20.00 USD
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Equal Affections [*SIGNED*], Leavitt, David
151 Leavitt, David Equal Affections [*SIGNED*]
New York Weidenfeld & Nicolson (c.1989) 155584202X / 9781555842024 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[jacket wrinkled/creased along bottom edge of rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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While England Sleeps, Leavitt, David
152 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
153 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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154 Leland, Christopher T. Mean Time
New York Random House (c.1982) 0-394-52557-4 / 9780394525570 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) David Tamura 
[book tight/clean, apparently unread; jacket has the mildest trace of handling wear]. The author's first novel; jacket blurbs by Reynolds Price and Mary Gordon. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Amnesia Moon [*SIGNED*], Lethem, Jonathan
155 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
156 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
157 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: 50.00 USD
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Forgiving [*SIGNED*], List, Shelley
158 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: 25.00 USD
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The Hunter Deep in Summer, Loomis, Edward
159 Loomis, Edward The Hunter Deep in Summer
New York The Viking Press 1961 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Frederic Marvin 
[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, slight wrinkling at top of first few pages, bookstore name stamp on ffep; ; jacket moderately edgeworn, front panel internally dampstained and mildly wrinkled, a couple of tiny and unobtrusive surface-peel spots on spine, two small closed tears at bottom of rear panel]. When two Native American boys are arrested and charged with murder in a small town on the California-Nevada border, a semi-retired trial lawyer from Los Angeles takes on their defense. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Mothers, Loomis, Edward
160 Loomis, Edward The Mothers
New York The Viking Press 1962 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Stanford Raymond 
[good solid copy, light shelfwear, bottom corners a bit bumped; jacket shows light soiling and minor surface wear, remnants of old price sticker at top of front flap]. "Dean Candell's educational opportunities, in matters of the heart, were unusual in the extreme. His two principal instructors, Ethel and Verna, pursued their task, sometimes willingly and sometimes not, under remarkably varied and changing circumstances. Beginning as high-school girls and continuing as wives and mothers, they managed between them to create the episodes of tragedy and comedy -- or so it seemed to Dean -- that initiated him into the world of emotional maturity." Set in a "California college town." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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