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She Walks in Beauty [*SIGNED*], Longstreet, Stephen
141 Longstreet, Stephen She Walks in Beauty [*SIGNED*]
New York Arbor House (c.1970) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon Studio, Inc. 
[light age-toning to edges of text block, a couple of tiny stains on fore-edge, tiny white spot on front board; jacket a little bit rubbed, with very minor wear at base of spine]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, beneath his lined-through printed name. The author "creates in this new novel the inner world of the cosmetics industry, as dramatized in the personal and public lives of two remarkable women, and the struggles within -- and between -- their executive suites." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Hunter Deep in Summer, Loomis, Edward
142 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
143 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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Noela & That Man in Rio: Two Novellas, Maddox, Muriel
144 Maddox, Muriel Noela & That Man in Rio: Two Novellas
Santa Fe NM Sunstone Press (c.2000) 0-86534-309-8 / 9780865343092 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[bump to base of spine, otherwise a nice clean tight copy with no significant wear; jacket slightly wrinkled at base of spine (to match bump), very light scuffing to front panel]. Two "widely disparate" novellas. In "Noela," an American lawyer vacationing in Switzerland with his wife finds himself near the village where his plane was shot down during World War II (an experience during which he was hidden by a French family, had a brief affair with the eponymous woman, was helped to escape by a priest, and promised to return but didn't); visiting the village while his wife is having lunch with a friend, he discovers a secret that "threatens to destroy his life." "That Man in Rio" concerns an American Navy officer stationed in Rio de Janeiro in the 1930s with his bored ex-Southern belle wife, who falls in love with a "dashing German diplomat" who wants her to run off with him to Germany, and "as she is torn about what to do, fate steps in." Well, doesn't it always? 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Happy Families, Maloff, Saul
145 Maloff, Saul Happy Families
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1968) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Appelbaum & Curtis 
[boards slightly bowed, minor shelfwear/soiling to bottom edge; jacket has a couple of small tears and some wrinkling at base of spine, a little dog-earing at top of spine, minor soiling]. Review copy (with publisher's slip and press release laid in) of this author's first novel, about "a man of intelligence, uncertainty and goodwill, who returns to New York City in search of his seventeen-year-old daughter, only to discover that she has disappeared." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Dog Day Afternoon, Mann, Patrick (pseud. for Leslie Waller)
146 Mann, Patrick (pseud. for Leslie Waller) Dog Day Afternoon
New York Delacorte Press (c.1974) 0-440-04399-9 / 9780440043997 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[good solid copy, minor wear to bottom edge, faint soiling to page edges; jacket shows minor edgewear, spine sunned, light soiling, one tiny tear at bottom rear hinge]. Not really the "source novel" for the movie of the same name, but a sort of novelization (which actually appeared a year before the movie) -- perhaps, more accurately, a kind of alternate telling, "based in part on material created by Frank R. Pierson" (the film's screenwriter, who in turned based his work on an article about an actual bank robbery-cum-media event. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Question of Love [original title: Either/Or], March, Hilary
147 March, Hilary A Question of Love [original title: Either/Or]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1966) 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Roy Kuhlman 
[nice clean copy, very slight indentation in bottom page edges (affecting about 3 pages); jacket lightly soiled/rubbed, one small closed tear at top edge of rear panel]. Who was "Hilary March"? This is apparently her only published book (unless she wrote a 1927 novel called "Wet Weather"), and when anyone writes a single novel which focuses rather intensely on the personal psychodrama of a protagonist of the same gender, a reader's speculations (OK, mine) inevitably trend to the autobiographical. Add to that a complete absence of any biographical cover blurb (at least in this, the American edition), and one begins to suspect a pseudonym. Add to THAT the particular thematic concern of this particular book -- "An unwanted child, she found her ability to trust and love constantly thwarted. A tentative first friendship was destroyed by a schoolmistress who accused her of Lesbianism. Accepting the woman's accusation as truth, Barbara spent her adolescence questioning her feelings and despising herself." -- and I just can't help but wonder, as I said: "Who WAS 'Hilary March'?" (Published in the U.K. in 1966 as "Either/Or.") 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Born Too Soon, Marion, Robert, M.D.
148 Marion, Robert, M.D. Born Too Soon
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. , Inc. 1985 0-385-19833-7 / 9780385198332 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Darryl Zudeck 
[nice clean copy, remainder spray on bottom edge but otherwise no significant wear; ditto the jacket, except for a few tiny and very unobtrusive edge-tears to the rear panel (if you can see 'em, you're looking too hard!)]. Novel (the author's first) about "an eager and idealistic young intern, about to bring his new skills and dreams of healing to Boston's famous St. Anne's Hospital, and to the most vulnerable of all patients: newborn babies -- some very sick, some dying, some not weighing more than a pound." The author himself was (surprise!) a pediatrician. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Citizens of Eden [*SIGNED*], Martin, William Neil
149 Martin, William Neil Citizens of Eden [*SIGNED*]
Glendora CA Keelco Publishers (c.1980) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[spine slightly turned; jacket rubbed, edgeworn, tiny nicks at spine extremities]. Novel about a prison experiment, in which a wealthy sociologist, " convinced he has the answer to America's correctional problems," embarks on Project Eden, a four-year, four-phase criminal rehabilitation program for which he recruits twelve convicted felons. Trouble ensues. (This is number 20 of a limited edition of 500 copies, and is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author.) Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Ava, Maso, Carole
150 Maso, Carole Ava
Normal IL Dalkey Archive Press (c.1993) 1-56478-029-5 / 9781564780294 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (cover photo) Arnold Genthe 
[book is tight and clean, as new with no significant wear; jacket shows the tiniest trace of surface handling wear, if you're the picky type]. A somewhat "experimental" novel (if people still use such a term), a kind of tour-of-consciousness through a dying woman's mind. Aside from husbands and lovers, the voices of her "literary loves" (Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, and others) are heard as well, along with "the voices of her parents, who survived the Treblinka death camp, and of her Aunt Sophie, who did not." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Pictures of the Journey Back, Matthews, Jack
151 Matthews, Jack Pictures of the Journey Back
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1973) 0-15-171920-9 / 9780151719204 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin 
[trace of shelfwear, "7-73" in blue ink on ffep; jacket rubbed, a bit of wear at spine extremities]. "...the intense story of a long trip from Wichita to eastern Colorado," as a rodeo veteran attempts to reunite a long-estranged mothe and daughter; the story also involves a young filmmaker, whose "cinematic visions of the experience [are blended] into the straight narrative." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Lucky Bastard, McCarry, Charles
152 McCarry, Charles Lucky Bastard
New York Random House (c.1998) 0-679-44761-X / 9780679447610 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Gall 
[nice clean copy, possibly read once (but with care), light bumping to a couple of corners; jacket shows minor surface wear (also note that the jacket, by design, is about 1-1/2" shorter than the book itself)]. "The suspenseful and hilarious story of a gifted politician with dangerous friends and a zipper problem," who also "has good reason to believe he is the illegitimate son of JFK. His goal is the same as that of any Kennedy: to reclaim the presidency....and enjoy as many women as possible along the way." This highly-regarded author is an ex-CIA agent who has achieved a significant following in two fictional genres -- spy fiction (the "Paul Christopher" series) and novels of political intrigue. His work has been praised by the likes of Eric Ambler and Richard Condon, and compared (favorably) by critics to that of Ian Fleming, John Le Carré and even William Faulkner. As one critic (Morton Marcus) has remarked, his spy novels "create a fictive world as convincing and inclusive as Faulkner's microcosmic Yoknapatawpha County. His concerns are similar to Faulkner's, and his characterization and style alone place him beyond the claustrophobic categorizing of genre literature. [He is also] beyond Le Carré in vision and purpose and is producing some of the best, most readable and provocative literature today." Somewhat mysteriously, his works never seem to have sold particularly well -- and hence, have tended to go out of print rather quickly. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Shelley's Heart, McCarry, Charles
153 McCarry, Charles Shelley's Heart
New York Random House (c.1995) 0-679-41533-5 / 9780679415336 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Joseph Sohm 
(price-clipped) [very nice clean copy, no discernible wear, appears unread; aside from the price-clipping, jacket shows only light surface wear, mostly to rear panel]. "The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen. On the eve of the inauguration the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and demands that he stand aside. The winner refuses and takes the oath of office, thereby setting in motion what may destroy him and his party, and even bring down the Constitution." McCarry's not only a terrific writer, but apparently somewhat prescient, too. A stolen presidential election? Who'da thunk? 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Last Supper, McCarry, Charles
154 McCarry, Charles The Last Supper
New York E. P. Dutton, Inc. (c.1983) 0-525-24173-6 / 9780525241737 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino 
[very light wear to book, slight browning to page edges; front of jacket shows minor creasing, rear panel has some surface scratching and a small scrunch at the bottom edge, jacket still very presentable]. One of this excellent author's most ambitious works, in which, "through the life of his central character, Paul Christopher, he traces the labyrinthine history of the secret American intelligence group known as the Outfit from its early buccaneering days in the war against the Nazis and the Japanese, through the shadowy years of the Cold War, and on to the bitterness and moral complexities of the present day." Jacket blurbs from William Stevenson, Tom Wicker, Eric Ambler and Richard Condon -- the latter calling McCarry "the American master" of the spy novel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Tears of Autumn, McCarry, Charles
155 McCarry, Charles The Tears of Autumn
New York Saturday Review Press/E. P. Dutton 1975 0-8415-0309-5 / 9780841503090 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, very slight turn to spine, faint soiling to top edge, Christmas gift inscription on ffep; jacket shows light soiling, tiny tears at top spine corners]. The author's second novel, as well as the second adventure of American spy Paul Christopher -- who, in this book, set in 1963, figures out all by himself exactly who was behind the assassination of JFK, but has to quit the agency in order to pursue the truth. One of the very best entries in the entire "who killed JFK" literary sub-genre, the book puts forth a highly plausible scenario -- all the more so when you consider that McCarry himself is an ex-CIA man. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Cooling Off, McCool, J.M.
156 McCool, J.M. Cooling Off
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1984) 0-316-55436-7 / 9780316554367 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Donald Langosy 
[very slight dust-soiling on top edge; jacket shows a bit of wear along top/bottom edges, one tiny nick at top of rear panel]. The author's first novel, a Mississippi-set tale about "a young woman [who] is frozen for five days in a compartment cooled to ten degrees below zero," as a promotional stunt for a car dealership. "A macabre, funny, and page-turning tale in the finest southern tradition." (Sounds like it might be a good companion piece to Harry Crews's "Car.") 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Running Scared, McDonald, Gregory
157 McDonald, Gregory Running Scared
New York Ivan Obolensky, Inc. (c.1964) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tony Post 
[moderate wear to extremities, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket is a bit on the ratty side, with paper loss at top of spine, small chip at bottom left corner of front panel, small tears and bits of paper loss at most corners, rubbing/wrinkling/general wear]. The author's first novel, about "a 'perfect' young man -- brilliant, attractive, and a top athlete," who nonetheless permits his college roommate to commit suicide before his eyes, and who finds himself drawn to a girl who hates him. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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This Coffin Has No Handles, McGrath, Thomas
158 McGrath, Thomas This Coffin Has No Handles
New York Thunder's Mouth Press (c.1988) 0-938410-62-8 / 9780938410621 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Loretta Li 
[nice tight copy, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB Novel of labor strife on the New York waterfront, written in the late 1940's but not previously published (although the introduction doesn't explain why). The author, better known as a left/socialist poet, presents "a startlingly immense and detailed tableau of longshorement, communist labor organizers, gangsters, thugs, brilliant yet cynical bosses, and the many ordinary peole unwillingly drawn into the battle and forced to choose a side, weighing their fear against their faith, their self-respect against their self-interest." The introduction, by Joe Doyle, discusses the author's personal involvement in the novel's milieu. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Hometown, Meaker, M.J. [aka Vin Packer]
159 Meaker, M.J. [aka Vin Packer] Hometown
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1967 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Helen Federico 
[corners moderately bumped, slight soiling to bottom edge, generally a good solid copy; jacket a bit yellowed, small tear at upper right-hand corner of front panel, minor chipping at spine ends]. "This is the story of the First Family of an upstate New York town in the years from World War I through the aftermath of World War II." The author, herself a product of an upstate New York town, was better known as a mystery/suspense novelist under the pseudonym of "Vin Packer," and somewhat later as award-winning young adult fiction writer "M.E. Kerr." (She used a few other pseudonyms as well, for other genres/fields.) This was her second book (and first novel) to be published under her own name (which is actually Marijane Meaker). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Norska: A Viking Woman's Journey [*SIGNED*], Meek, Doris, with Mike MacCarthy
160 Meek, Doris, with Mike MacCarthy Norska: A Viking Woman's Journey [*SIGNED*]
San Diego San Diego Writers' Monthly Press (c.1995) 1-885516-01-0 / 9781885516015 First Edition Softcover Very Good Signed by Author
[nice clean book, a bit of insect-nibbling along the top edge of the front cover and bottom corner of the rear cover]. Trade PB SIGNED by author Meek on the title page. Novel about a young woman who emigrates from Denmark to America in the late 19th century; she gets married and eventually makes her way to Chicago and ultimately San Francisco, where she and her family are living at the time of the 1906 earthquake. (Usually these kinds of novels are founded in the author's family history, but if that's the case here nothing is explicitly said about it.) Signed by One Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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