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Hometown, Meaker, M.J. [aka Vin Packer]
181 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
182 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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183 Metzger, Deena What Dinah Thought [*SIGNED*]
New York Viking 1989 0-670-82750-9 / 9780670827503 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Greg Harlin Signed by Author
[nice copy, slight browning to top page edges, top rear corner lightly bumped; jacket shows minor surface wear]. INSCRIBED ("Peace, Shalom, Salaam") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. This poet/playwright's first novel "springs from Genesis, from the story of Jacob and Leah's daughter who is loved and ravished by a heathen, and whose brothers avenge her honor by slaying him on his wedding night. It is also the story of a modern woman, Dina Z., a Jewish-American filmmaker who goes to Israel to document the lives of people who dwell on ancient holy ground and to discover how that history-- of miracles, of sacrifice, of revelation--might affect them." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Confessions of a Homing Piegon [*SIGNED*], Meyer, Nicholas
184 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
185 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
186 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. 
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From the Realm of Morpheus, Millhauser, Steven
187 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
188 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
189 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
190 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
191 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
192 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
193 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
194 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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195 Moore, Susanna My Old Sweetheart
Boston Houghton Mifflin Co. 1982 0-395-32516-1 / 9780395325162 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Billy Al Bengston 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, minor wear to bottom edge; jacket very slightly edgeworn, tiny tear at top rear corner]. The author's first novel, "the story of Lily, a young woman driven to make sense of her exotic parents, and peace with her extraordinary past. Set in a Hawaiian paradise of languorous days and sleepless nights, the drama of Lily's childhood casts a spell over her later life until the disappearance of her father catapults her into a journey that leads from past to present and back again--from stunning visions of innocent idylls to the war-torn jungles of Southeast Asia where she seeks her father and begins to free herself from the prison of memory."[Interesting to note that the name of the artist whose work is used for the jacket is misspelled as "Dengston" on the rear jacket flap -- probably by some New York editor with zilch knowledge of California artists.] 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Stones of Summer, Mossman, Dow
196 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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Leave It To Me [*SIGNED*], Mukherjee, Bharati
197 Mukherjee, Bharati Leave It To Me [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1997 0-679-43427-5 / 9780679434276 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Barbara de Wilde Signed by Author
[book is tight and flawless; jacket has a tiny rubbed/scuffed spot at edge of front panel, otherwise unblemished]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. "The Electra story, stunningly reimagined for our time." Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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El Niņo, Munson, Douglas Anne [aka Mercedes Lambert]
198 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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199 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: 8.50 USD
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Taller Women: A Cautionary Tale, Naumoff, Lawrence
200 Naumoff, Lawrence Taller Women: A Cautionary Tale
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1992) 0-15-187991-5 / 9780151879915 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Vaughn Andrews 
[nice clean tight unread copy, essentially as-new except (alas!) for a black remainder stripe on the top edge]. "Does it seem to you that women are taller than they used to be? That men are falling short? That the world is getting stranger?" Then this is the book for you, brother. "[It] surprises, enlightens, provokes, and disturbs." (Hey, just like actual women do!) "With its heightened sense of reality and devastating social satire, [this book] is a cautionary tale about possession and cruelty, innocence and love, weakness and desire." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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