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Whitey McAlpine; a tale of ambition, Ney, John
181 Ney, John Whitey McAlpine; a tale of ambition
New York Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. (c.1962) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[moderate overall wear, some edge-soiling, blue mark on ffep; jacket chipped/edgeworn, bottom 1/2" of spine missing, original price marked over on front flap]. "A startling novel of men and women who strike a shrewd balance between moral bankruptcy and life on the gold standard. For the relatively large number of people who have never manipulated lives, indulged in sleight-of-hand with signed proxies, concocted unsavoury deals with relish, or committed sane relatives to mental institutions--but would like to know how the rich and ruthless do it--[this book] gives an engrossing opportunity to find out. Touched off by a baffling mystery of personalities, it pits the well-heeled against the well-heeled in a stunning expose of how they play their game. This story of the dangers and rewards of modern American life is presented against a background of the Middle West of 1939." The author's first novel. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Everything and More, Nicholson, Geoff
182 Nicholson, Geoff Everything and More
London Victor Gollancz 1994 0-575-05805-6 / 9780575058057 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj construction) Richard Jenkins 
[very slight bumping to bottom corners and top of spine, agency label on ffep; jacket shows some surface wear, minor wrinkling along top and bottom edges, slight scrunching with one itsy-bitsy tear at base of spine]. "The very first Shopping and Terrorism novel," this book tells the story of what happens day and night in Haden Brothers, a vast West End department store that sells everything, and is "built along the lines of the Tower of Babel." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Footsucker, Nicholson, Geoff
183 Nicholson, Geoff Footsucker
Woodstock NY The Overlook Press 1996 0-87951-680-1 / 9780879516802 1st U.S. ed Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[tiny bit of shelfwear to bottom of boards; light rubbing to rear panel of dust jacket]. Novel by "the reigning master of obsessive black literary humor," which delves into the life of "a serious man with a full life [who] reads newspapers, follows politics, and holds down a steady job" -- but also happens to be a big-time foot fetishist, a sucker for "a woman with a great pair of feet; silky smooth skin, perfect arches, delicate curvature of the nails," etc. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Hunters & Gatherers, Nicholson, Geoff
184 Nicholson, Geoff Hunters & Gatherers
Woodstock NY The Overlook Press 1994 0-87951-559-7 / 9780879515591 First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj collage) Michael Hornburg 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows faint surface wear]. An author sets out to write a "mildly facetious study of that venerable institution, the English eccentric," but gets a lot more than he bargained for. His research "introduces him to a Felliniesque cast of characters, including an alluring woman named Victoria who collects lovers who collect cars," and eventually he himself becomes an obsessive collector, "eating, sleeping and breathing the works" of his primary quarry, reclusive novelist Thornton McCain. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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July, July [*SIGNED*], O'Brien, Tim
185 O'Brien, Tim July, July [*SIGNED*]
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 2002 0-618-03969-4 / 9780618039692 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michaela Sullivan Signed by Author
[lovely copy, in perfect as-new condition]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "Ten old friends join their classmates for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, regretting." The background is a 30th-anniversary reunion of the Class of 1969 at a Minnesota college. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Luke Benedict, Oliver, Mark (pseud. for Michael Tyler-Whittle)
186 Oliver, Mark (pseud. for Michael Tyler-Whittle) Luke Benedict
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1961) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Howard Title 
[solid copy, minor soiling to top edge, tiny nick in cloth at top of spine; jacket moderately worn at edges/extremities, a couple of tiny tears/chips along top edge of rear panel, short closed tear at top right-hand corner of front panel]. "The story of an angry young man who takes action and refuses to despair. Virtually abandoned at an early age by his father, reared by his uncle, a university professor, who compassionately tell's Luke's story, Luke fought the world for love. At school, at the university, he questioned the values held up to him, rebelling against and yet silently submitting to authority.Finally, forced abroad, he goes to Sicily and fights the hunger and poverty of the Sicilian poor. Later, in prison, in the Indian army, finally in his writing, again and again he is driven in the name of truth to defy the unthinking authority of small men. Luke survives a disastrous marriage to a Lesbian and becomes an Anglican priest [!]. In the church, though he finds wisdom to which he willingly submits, he finally discovers ranged against him the full array of the Establishment." The author, an English "writer, critic, broadcaster, and painter" per the jacket blurb, lived part of the year in the south of Italy, and had written at least one previous novel, "The Wanton Boys," about the poverty-stricken youth of that country. Given this book's subject matter (and its unaccountable scarcity), I wonder if it might not have had a bit of a cult following among the early-sixties college crowd. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Tell Me a Riddle: A Collection, Olsen, Tillie
187 Olsen, Tillie Tell Me a Riddle: A Collection
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company 1961 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover design) Ellen Raskin 
(softcover issue) [minor wear to extremities, light soiling to rear cover]. Trade PB The first book by this influential but not exactly prolific author, collecting four stories, "all the fiction she has written thus far." The stories, all concerning various members of the same family, are: "Hey, Sailor, What Ship?"; "O Yes"; "I Stand Here Ironing"; and "Tell Me a Riddle." The last-named, the longest of the four, won the O. Henry Prize in 1961, and was the basis for a lovely 1980 feature film adaptation directed by Lee Grant. (This is the softcover edition; the less common simultaneous hardcover edition reportedly had a printing of only 500 copies.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Clara's Heart [*SIGNED*], Olshan, Joseph
188 Olshan, Joseph Clara's Heart [*SIGNED*]
New York Arbor House (c.1985) 0-87795-744-4 / 9780877957447 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Terrence Fehr Signed by Author
[a decent solid copy, light bumping to all corners, minor shelfwear; jacket shows some wear at edges and corners, minor wrinkling along top of front panel]. INSCRIBED ("For ______________ / With Warmest / Wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, additionally dated 23 June 1986 in his hand. The author's first novel, about the loving relationship between a black Jamaican woman and the young boy for whom she cares. Basis for a well-regarded 1988 film adaptation starring Whoopi Goldberg and (in his film debut) Neil Patrick Harris. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Waterline [*SIGNED*], Olshan, Joseph
189 Olshan, Joseph The Waterline [*SIGNED*]
New York Doubleday 1989 0-385-26505-0 / 9780385265058 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino Signed by Author
[very nice copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. INSCRIBED warmly to friends and SIGNED by the author on the title page, additionally dated October 1989 in his hand; also laid in are two postcards promoting the book-signing event. Novel about the aftermath of the drowning of a seven-year-old boy, told in the voices of the members of the family that it most deeply affected. Signed by Author 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Off to See the Wizard, Ort, Daniel
190 Ort, Daniel Off to See the Wizard
New York Mason/Charter 1975 0884051048 / 9780884051046 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Donya Melanson Associates 
[good solid copy, light shelfwear, a couple of slightly bent bottom page corners; jacket shows a little wear at edges and top corners; review copy, with publisher's slip laid in]. The author's first novel, a comic tale (apparently) about a 35-year-old teacher/husband/father (with five kids and sixth on the way), who finds himself "bored with the homeowner routine of fixing leaky faucets in a house he hates. And so, with his equally fed up friend David, he masterminds a weekend plan to leave everyday reality behind. Leaving their credit cards at home, taking little cash, the two set off on what's supposed to be a fishing trip. Hitchhiking, they wind up somehow in New Haven, where they establish no rapport whatsoever with students." I'm laughing already. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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There Goes Davey Cohen, Owen, Wendy
191 Owen, Wendy There Goes Davey Cohen
New York Coward-Mccann 1966 NO 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sam Salant 
[moderate dust-soiling to fore-edge and top-edge, a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket scuffed, edgeworn, moderately soiled, tiny tears at corners of rear panel]. The author's first novel, examining "the complex texture of a marriage." Set in a picturesque Spanish resort town; jacket blurbers include Anais Nin and Anthony Burgess. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Serpent's Delight, Park, Ruth
192 Park, Ruth Serpent's Delight
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1962 NO 1st U.S. edition (see note) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Flynn 
[spine turned, some wear at spine extremities, top front corner lightly bumped, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket edgeworn, a few tiny chips/tears, mild browning at edges, minor paper loss at top of spine and at top rear corner]. "When Geraldine, youngest of the good-looking Pond sisters, announces she has had a vision of the Blessed Virgin, her entire family is suddenly shot from its mundane middle-class existence into the glare of publicity." (A stated "First Edition in the United States of America," yet with no printed price on dust jacket, therefore a possible Book Club ed., although with no other indicators of same). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Wilderness [uncorrected proof], Parker, Robert B.
193 Parker, Robert B. Wilderness [uncorrected proof]
New York Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence (c.1979) NO Uncorrected Proof Softcover Near Fine 
(printed wraps) [nice clean copy, very light handling wear, trace of browning to spine]. Uncorrected proof copy of Parker's first non-Spenser book, a suspense novel about a writer whose life is threatened after he witnesses a murder and agrees to testify against the accused killer, a professional mobster. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Face [*SIGNED*], Pineda, Cecile
194 Pineda, Cecile Face [*SIGNED*]
New York Viking 1985 0-670-80330-8 / 9780670803309 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Christopher Zachow Signed by Author
[nice and tight, minimal wear to bottom edge, previous owner's name on ffep; jacket rubbed, one tiny closed tear at top of front panel, a couple of vertical creases in rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half- title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Never Mind the Pollacks: A Rock and Roll Novel, Pollack, Neal
195 Pollack, Neal Never Mind the Pollacks: A Rock and Roll Novel
New York HarperCollins (c.2003) 0-06-052790-0 / 9780060527907 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj art/design) Dan Shepelavy 
[nice-looking copy, just a touch of wear to bottom edge of book; another touch of wear to the jacket]. "A rock novel that really rocks," by the (jacket-blurb-proclaimed) "greatest novelist of his generation." An over-the-top satirical novel, "a raw, protean yawp from the depths of nowhere, a hilarious trip through time that savagely parodies the history of rock and roll and its grandiloquent journalism." The novel's narrator is a fictional rock journalist who is called upon to tell the posthumous story of a fictional "Neal Pollack," a rock critic who seems like a cross between (among?) Hunter S. Thompson, Sid Vicious and every opinionated, self-important, unsocialized asshole you've ever met and wish you hadn't. Like CITIZEN KANE, the story opens with its subject's death; all resemblances end right there. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Way of an Eagle, Potter, Dan
196 Potter, Dan The Way of an Eagle
New York Stein and Day 1970 (c.1969) 0-8128-1273-5 / 9780812812732 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tim Gaydos 
[slight discoloration to top edges of boards, bumped at base of spine, small literary agency label on ffep; jacket edgeworn and creased (mostly along top edge), with a few tiny chips along top edge of front panel "A young man comes into a Midwestern town on a white motorcycle. The townspeople don't know what to make of him: is he a turned-on no-good looking for trouble, a reincarnated James Dean, or some unusual kind of Christian?" The story is told in the voices of the people who get most involved with him: a gas-station owner who gives him a job; a cafe owner in whom he awakens a motherly instinct, and something more; a troubled Vietnam veteran; the local "bad girl" (she's the one who thinks he's James Dean); and the local rich girl. It's a "warm, yet disquieting story [that will give the reader] a special understanding of what it's like -- what it's all about -- now." And who couldn't use that, eh? 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Golden Spur, Powell, Dawn
197 Powell, Dawn The Golden Spur
New York The Viking Press 1962 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice copy, very light wear to bottom edge, slight bump to top edge of rear cover near spine; jacket shows a little edgewear, one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel, short ragged tear and associated creasing at base of spine (no paper loss), a couple of small scuff marks to rear panel]. The author's final novel, set largely in the New York she loved (specifically in this instance that city's art world), and telling the story of a young man's quest to find his real father, which leads him into the circle of a charismatic painter. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Golden Spur, Powell, Dawn
198 Powell, Dawn The Golden Spur
New York The Viking Press 1962 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [a very presentable copy, with some light soiling to yellow cloth at rear cover, but no other significant wear]. The author's final novel, set largely in the New York she loved (specifically in this instance that city's art world), and telling the story of a young man's quest to find his real father, which leads him into the circle of a charismatic painter. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Me For Posterity! A Roisterous Spoof on the New Wave, Price, Stanley
199 Price, Stanley Me For Posterity! A Roisterous Spoof on the New Wave
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1961) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hiram Ash 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, spine slightly turned; jacket shows a little handling wear, minor soiling]. "Now that the kitchen sink reigns on London stages and screens and has almost replaced the ash can on our own Broadway, now that London is wearing leather jackets and getting 'with it,' now that the Outsider is In and the Insiders Out, James Breedin has his heyday. He is one of the New Men of British culture riding the crest of the New Wave -- who write the 'working class' novels, dramatize them, compose the music, write the lyrics, highlight the squalor, and then buy shares in the show. In this novel, the Not Very Angry Young James Breedin makes his irreverent confessions to the world. Hilarious, satirical, inimitably succinct and endearingly vulgar, he spares no one the acid of his wit, least of all himself." Apparently a review copy, with a photo of the author laid in. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Serial Killer Days, Prill, David
200 Prill, David Serial Killer Days
New York St. Martin's Press 1996 0-312-14411-3 / 9780312144111 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Kent Christensen 
[tight clean copy, bumped at base of spine but no other significant wear; jacket a bit worn along top edge and at base of spine]. The author's second book, a comic novel about a small town that decides to turn its annual visitation by a serial killer (who kills one person from the town on the same day each year) into a yearly fair, including a beauty pageant. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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