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Confessions of a Homing Piegon [*SIGNED*], Meyer, Nicholas
161 Meyer, Nicholas Confessions of a Homing Piegon [*SIGNED*]
New York The Dial Press (c.1981) 0-385-27198-0 / 9780385271981 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon Signed by Author
[small light stain on top edge of text block, slight fading to edges of boards; jacket lightly rubbed, small v-shaped pull-tear on rear panel, vertical crease in rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ___ & / ____ -- / with much love -- / Nick / Oct 1981." Novel about "the half-Italian, half-Irish, half-Catholic, half-Jewis child of dead circus acrobats," who first finds himself living Paris in the custody of an eccentric, boisterous, alcoholic uncle "who introduces his little nephew to the finer things -- sporting houses in Pigalle, jazz concerts in Montmartre, sex by the railroad tracks," etc., then re-homed after a custody battle with "a more respectable aunt and uncle in Chicago," where he strives "to get through his 'addled essence' in the grey-flannel fifties of mid-Eisenhower America." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Death of David Debrizzi [*SIGNED*], Micou, Paul
162 Micou, Paul The Death of David Debrizzi [*SIGNED*]
London Bantam Press 1991 0-593-02362-5 / 9780593023624 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj illus) Mark Harrison Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, the faintest bit of soiling to top page edges; jacket a little rubbed, minor curling along top edge]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel about a would-be biographer, "resting comfortably on the terrace of a Swiss sanatorium," who takes pen in hand to compose a rebuttal to the "criminally unfair biography" of his intended subject, a renowned French concert pianist, that has been published by another writer. "He weeds through its distortions and omissions, its exaggerations and personal attacks, and supplies the version of the truth that he had intended to incorporate into his own biography." Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Misfits, Miller, Arthur
163 Miller, Arthur The Misfits
New York The Viking Press 1961 NO Fireside BCE Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Don Ervin 
[bumping to base of spine, otherwise a tight clean copy with no significant wear; jacket browned at edges and spine, as typical with the book club issue of this title, but otherwise quite nice with only slight wear]. (4 B&W film stills) Novelization (kinda) by Miller of his own screenplay, which itself had "evolved" from his short story of the same name (also included in this volume), first published in Esquire in 1957. The jacket copy dubs it a "cinema-novel," and in his "author's note," Miller describes it as being "in an unfamiliar form, neither novel, play or screenplay," and states that his goal had been "to create a fiction which might have the peculiar immediacy of image and the reflective possibilities of the written word.'" In other words, he didn't really know what the hell he was doing, and it shows on the screen. The film, directed by John Huston, is like a cinematic train wreck -- simultaneously awful and fascinating, the latter at least in part because of our knowledge that its principals were doomed: Clark Gable didn't live to see the film's release, Marilyn Monroe did but died before completing her next film, and within five years the haunted and damaged Montgomery Clift, too, was dead, at 45. If watching this movie doesn't depress you, in one fashion or another, then you are incapable of being depressed. Includes 4 photos from the movie. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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From the Realm of Morpheus, Millhauser, Steven
164 Millhauser, Steven From the Realm of Morpheus
New York William Morrow and Company, Inc. (c.1986) 0-688-06501-5 / 9780688065010 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Vittoria Semproni 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket similarly nice but for a surface-scrape mark at top of spine and some extremely minor edgewear]. "The adventures of Carl Hausman, a dreamy, dissatisfied young man who, while watching a baseball game one hot August afternoon, chases a foul ball into a thicket and discovered an opening into the underworld. Morpheus, the genial master of that realm, takes Carl on an epic tour that includes the lost kingdom of Atlantis, a library containing the conclusions of all the books that were never finished as well as all the books mentioned in other books but never actually written, mirrors with memories, mermaids, giants, and a man who sprang to life out of a mediocre painting." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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In the Penny Arcade [*SIGNED*], Millhauser, Steven
165 Millhauser, Steven In the Penny Arcade [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1986 0-394-54660-1 / 9780394546605 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj art and design) David Shannon Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [book is bumped and lightly shelfworn at bottom edge; rear jacket panel shows a little scuffing/surface scratching]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. His third book, and first story collection. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Portrait of a Romantic, Millhauser, Steven
166 Millhauser, Steven Portrait of a Romantic
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1977 0-394-41165-X / 9780394411651 Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Muriel Nasser 
[solid copy, bottom front corner bumped but otherwise clean and tight; jacket edgeworn, heavy rubbing/scuffing to front panel, sticker remnant on front panel, soiling to rear panel]. [NOTE that this is stated as a "First Edition" on the copyright page--but it's the book club issue, nonetheless.] 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Prudence and the Pill, Mills, Hugh
167 Mills, Hugh Prudence and the Pill
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company 1966 (c.1965) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Hallock 
[mild shelfwear, top corners lightly bumped; jacket shows some wear/rubbing along top/bottom edges and at corners, front panel a bit wrinkled]. "What happens when a successful, middle-aged banker and pillar of society named Gerald Hardcastle discovers that his wife possesses a supply birth control pills, even though their relationship has been platonic for fifteen years? Why, naturally, he switches the pills for aspirin tablets and waits to see what happens next." Basis for the not-overly-amusing 1968 film starring David Niven and Deborah Kerr. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Becoming Madame Mao [*SIGNED*], Min, Anchee
168 Min, Anchee Becoming Madame Mao [*SIGNED*]
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 2000 0-618-00407-6 / 9780618004072 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michaela Sullivan Signed by Author
[very light dampstain surrounding base of spine, with resultant fading to cloth at that point, but interior of book unaffected, otherwise no significant wear; jacket appears slightly faded at spine, minor rubbing to rear panel, slight wrinkle at top of front panel; all in all still an attractive copy]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page. The author "uses the facts of history and her lush, penetrating psychological imagination to take us beyond the myth of the person who so greatly influenced an entire generation of Chinese. The result is a complex portrait of a woman who railed against the confines of her culture, whose deep-seated insecurities propelled her to reinvent herself constantly, and whose ambition was matched only by her ferocious, never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Thou Worm Jacob, Mirsky, Mark
169 Mirsky, Mark Thou Worm Jacob
New York The Macmillan Company (c.1967) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Seymour Chwast 
[nice copy, bottom rear corner very lightly bumped, minor soiling/browning to fore-edge; jacket nice and clean, minor surface wear]. The author's first novel, a comic story set in the Blue Hill Avenue district, "the disintegrating Jewish ghetto of Boston, a crumbling neighborhood next to Irish and Negro slums." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard, Mo, Timothy
170 Mo, Timothy Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard
London Paddleless Press 1995 0-9524193-0-0 / 9780952419303 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Comic Company 
[nice tight clean copy, very light wear to top page edges; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. "Set in Macau, the Philippines, Japan, and New York for as long as it take to drink a cup and a half of indifferent coffee, Timothy Mo's new novel can be read as a revenger's tragedy, a comedy of polyglot manners, or simply as the newest instalment in his candid commentary on the waxing and waning of the struggle between the ways of East and West." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Moore, Lorrie
171 Moore, Lorrie Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1994 0-679-43482-8 / 9780679434825 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Barbara de Wilde 
[tight, unread copy, NO remainder or other marks; jacket is bright and clean, with the faintest trace of a short crease near the upper left corner of the front panel]. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Stones of Summer, Mossman, Dow
172 Mossman, Dow The Stones of Summer
New York Barnes & Noble Books 2003 (c.1972) 0-7607-4884-5 / 9780760748848 Reprint Hardcover First Printing Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Amy C. King 
[very nice copy, as-new, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows very light surface wear to rear panel, slight wear at bottom edge of rear panel]. Reissue of the once-obscure 1972 novel that had effectively vanished into cult-status before being rejuvenated by Mark Moskowitz's 2002 documentary film "Stone Reader," about his own discovery of the novel and his subsequent obsessive search for its author. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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El Niņo, Munson, Douglas Anne [aka Mercedes Lambert]
173 Munson, Douglas Anne [aka Mercedes Lambert] El Niņo
New York Viking 1990 0-670-83134-4 / 9780670831340 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Neil Stuart 
[lightly shelfworn copy, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, surface rubbing, top corners slightly dog-eared]. The author's first novel, about a 34-year-old L.A. lawyer, a court-appointed defense counsel for parents accused of child abuse, who is "struggling to overcome her own tragic past [while also] trying to untangle the difficult, delicate lives of her clients." (The author, who published two additional books under the name "Mercedes Lambert," passed away in 2003; a fair amount of the acclaim which eluded her during her rather troubled lifetime has come to her posthumously.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Ethel: The Fictional Autobiography; a novel of Ethel Rosenberg, Nason, Tema
174 Nason, Tema Ethel: The Fictional Autobiography; a novel of Ethel Rosenberg
New York Delacorte Press 1990 0-385-30168-5 / 9780385301688 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean solid copy; jacket has slight wear at corners, spine ends, and along top edge of rear panel]. The premise of this novel: "What if Ethel Rosenberg, put to death in 1953 for conspiracy after being found guilty of passing atomic bomb secrets to the Russians, had kept a diary in prison during the last year of her life?" 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Unexpected Pleasures [*SIGNED*], Naylor, Phyllis
175 Naylor, Phyllis Unexpected Pleasures [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1986) 0-399-13198-1 / 9780399131981 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Terrence Fehr Signed by Author
[moderate shelfwear to book, light fading to boards at top and bottom edges, browning and light soiling to page edges; jacket torn at spine corners, dog-eared at spine ends, worn along top edge, one small closed tear at top of rear panel, short diagonal crease at top of front flap]. INSCRIBED to TV producer/writer Joanna Lee and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A "profoundly touching love story between a thirty-two-year-old bridgeworker and a sixteen-year-old refugee from a mobile home, a drunken father and two trollopy older sisters"; set against a backwater of blue-collar tidewater Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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A Visit to Yazoo, Neider, Charles
176 Neider, Charles A Visit to Yazoo
New York Penguin Books 1991 0140134042 / 9780140134049 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover) James Sullivan 
Near Fine [just a trace of handling wear]. (Contemporary American Fiction) Series Trade PB A rich and ruthless banker, on his way to Florida, finds himself stranded by car trouble in a small backwoods Maryland town. "A dark, disturbing portrait of one man's fated collision with the very thing he craves-- control." A paperback original. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Naked Eye, Neider, Charles
177 Neider, Charles Naked Eye
New York Horizon Press 1964 (c.1962) 1125155418 / 9781125155417 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj 
[moderate wear, top edge dusty, agency stamp (H. N. Swanson) on ffep, tape marks on pastedowns & endpapers from formerly taped-down jacket; jacket edgeworn, faint water-stain near base of spine]. Novel about "the loves of a famous photographer"; blurbs on the front panel by Aldous Huxley, Mark Schorer and Max Eastman. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Last Station, Nelson, Bobby Jack
178 Nelson, Bobby Jack The Last Station
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1972 0-395-13948-1 / 9780395139486 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Ben Stahl, Jr. 
[nice tight copy, minor shelfwear, agency label on ffep; jacket has a couple of tiny scrapes near top of front panel, minor soiling to rear panel]. First novel by this New Mexico-born author, "a memorable tale of a harsh life in a far country -- the story of an American named Bob who finds himself on a drought-ridden cattle station, 300 miles from the nearest town, in the burning waste of the great Australian outback, the world's last frontier." The author had spent some time there himself, according to his jacket bio. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Truckstop, Nelson, Indiana
179 Nelson, Indiana Truckstop
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1979) 0-312-82052-6 / 9780312820527 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj and endpapers) the author 
[mild wear to bottom of book, top rear corner ever-so-slightly bumped; jacket has some wear at corners, and a 2" closed tear and associated wrinkling at the top of the front panel]. Novel centered in a small Arizona town, and populated by truckers, waitresses, and other denizens of the American road. Laid in to this copy is a brief story analyst's report from Walt Disney Productions; the reader allows as how the book "is both sensitive and well-written," but concludes that it's " overall tone is depressingly downbeat, and since it has no strong central story, I can't see anything here for us." Considering the sort of movies that Disney was putting out in 1979 (the year of THE BLACK HOLE), perhaps it's just as well for all of us that they didn't pick this one up. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Three Into Two Won't Go, Newman, Andrea
180 Newman, Andrea Three Into Two Won't Go
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1968 (c.1967) 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Alex Gotfryd 
[top of book slightly dust-stained; jacket rubbed, worn at edges/corners]. Basis for the 1969 film starring Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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