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21 Briskin, Mae The Tree Still Stands [*SIGNED*]
New York W. W. Norton & Co. (c.1991) 0-393-02894-1 / 9780393028942 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Jane Meredith Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, minimal wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "A novel of rescue and resistance," about a Jewish family from Warsaw attempting to reach the safety of southern France during 1939. "Based on historical fact and real people," and told through the eyes of the family's young daughter, the book puts particular emphasis on those who protected -- or betrayed -- them during their harrowing journey. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Night of the Big Snow, Brooks, Charles
22 Brooks, Charles The Night of the Big Snow
New York The Macmillan Company 1962 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Leo Manso 
[solid copy, mild browning at page edges and top/bottom edges of boards; jacket shows some wear at spine ends, soiling to rear panel, one tiny tear and associating creasing at bottom of rear panel]. Novel set in a neighborhood bar in lower Manhattan -- "a trifle too far north to be in Greenwich Village and a trifle too far east to be in Chelsea" -- with a narrative built around the fortunes and misfortunes of the "regulars," who "deliver up their lives to Dominick's benevolent dictatorship." Dominick is, of course, the bartender;according to the jacket copy, the author himself had "spent his life as a bartender, a job he now alternates with self-imposed writing sabbaticals." This was his first novel; near as I can tell, he published only one other, "The Death of Peterson's Wharf," the following year. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Incident at 125th Street, Brown, J.E.
23 Brown, J.E. Incident at 125th Street
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1970 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin 
[light age-toning to edges of text block, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows minor wear at extremities, a couple of tiny closed tears along top edge]. Novel about a middle-aged New York executive who comes to the aid of an elderly man who's being mugged by three young punks on a commuter train platform in Harlem; in the ensuing scuffle, one of the muggers falls to the street below. At first the executive is "publicly commended for his courageous act -- until the injured boy died and his father pressed manslaughter charges, setting in motion a bizarre chain of events. Is David Martin [the executive] a hero or a villain? A conscientious citizen or an abusive drunk? The incident is examined from many angles. A hard-bitten cop, a determined newspaperman, the boy's bitter father, a reluctant witness to the attack, all tell their stories, until their bits and pieces fall together and the truth is laid bare." The novel was adapted (and the locale changed) for the 1971 TV-movie INCIDENT IN SAN FRANCISCO, starring Richard Kiley and Leslie Nielsen. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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It's All Zoo, Browne, Gerald A.
24 Browne, Gerald A. It's All Zoo
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1968 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Milton Glaser 
[good solid copy, book appears Near Fine until you peek under the jacket and see that there has been fading to the green cloth (from dampness) along the edges of both covers -- NOT "water-damaged," since the interior of the book is completely unaffected and there is no warping or other damage to the covers (believe me, leave the jacket on and you'll never notice it); the jacket itself is clean and bright, with just some minimal edgewear]. Scarce novel (the author's first) about young Americans (of the "now" generation) in Paris. "Lillian was a beautiful, groovy bird in today's mod-hippy Paris. She did all the rave things: attended Destructivist art shows, painted protest signs on Paris Police stations, rolled joints for pot-loving boyfriends, wore vinyl raincoats with nothing underneath. Lillian was a swinger. Lillian never blew her cool -- until she met the square, of all things, who became her bag. She managed to keep her cool (well, almost!) through it all, but she was shaken right down to the foundations of her wonderful little mod-hippy philosophy." 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Maiden, Buchanan, Cynthia
25 Buchanan, Cynthia Maiden
New York William Morrow & Co. 1972 044035174X / 9780440351740 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Marcia McGinniss Shortt 
[nice tight clean copy, mild shelfwear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, otherwise clean with faint surface wear, short diagonal crease at bottom of front flap]. The author's first (and possibly only) novel, "the story of an innocent, a monstrous romantic, an anachronism of a heroine up against the metaphor of Southern California. Fortune Dundy is a free spirit among fools. What happens to her in this book is relentless, urgent, and above all, funny -- but behind the comedy lurks the absurdity of life." (Well, doesn't it always?) The book was well-reviewed upon its initial publication (the movie rights were reportedly sold to Columbia Pictures, and it was optioned at one point by Lily Tomlin, although no movie ever resulted); reprinted in 1999, it was called "a penetrating and original commentary on the deadly life of the American dream." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Aquarius Angel, Bullock, Lotte
26 Bullock, Lotte Aquarius Angel
London Macmillan (c.1970) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michael Foreman 
[nice copy, faint soiling to page edges but no significant wear; jacket similarly nice, bright and clean and marred only by some peeling damage (probably from sticker removal) at bottom of front flap]. "When he reaches his sixtieth birthday Mr. Angel, a retired engineer with substantial private means, suddenly develops an obsession with his own safety. A believer in astrology, he detects serious threats to his existence in the constellation of his stars. Convinced, however, that those born under Aquarius (his own sign) are safe in water, he contrives appropriate safety measures for himself. He begins by spending long periods in his bath but soon has a special thermostatically controlled mobile tank built. For his housekeeper, a German-Jewish refugee and the narrator of the story, life with Mr. Angel becomes a nightmare." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Dog Eat Dog, Bunker, Edward
27 Bunker, Edward Dog Eat Dog
New York St. Martin's Press 1996 0-312-14314-1 / 9780312143145 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Charles Rue Woods & Marc Montalto 
[nice tight fresh copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket, but some intermittent fading to black cloth at spine (not sure how that could have happened, since to my knowledge the jacket has never been off this book!); NO remainder or other marks]. "Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, [this book] is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way." The author's last published novel, although he did manage to turn out a memoir prior to his death in 2005. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Ticket That Exploded, Burroughs, William S.
28 Burroughs, William S. The Ticket That Exploded
New York Grove Press, Inc. (c.1967) NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Kuhlman Associates 
[slight crimping at top of spine, faint wear to bottom extremities; jacket has very shallow chipping at base of spine, has also been folded onto book somewhat off-center]. Review copy, with original publisher's slip laid in. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Rain Falling at Cascade Locks [*limited/signed edition*], Byrne, Peter
29 Byrne, Peter Rain Falling at Cascade Locks [*limited/signed edition*]
Pacific Palisades CA T. W. H. P. Press 2002 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, very slight spine turn, very slight bowing of covers; jacket shows faint rubbing, some wrinkling along top edge due to being manufactured about 1/8" taller than the book itself]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, which states that this "Collectors Edition" was published in an edition of 500, this being number 84. Novel about a man who, devastated by the breakup of his marriage, goes to live (and write a novel) in a one-time whorehouse in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. He also drinks a lot, and eventually finds himself involved in a "near impossible love" (well, near impossible except in novels like this) with a much younger woman, after which there's apparently some magicial realism stuff going on (a vanishing motel!), and things get better. The book is "dedicated to every man, everywhere, who has been through the misery of a divorce." Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Wild Was the Road, Candela, Benigno
30 Candela, Benigno Wild Was the Road
New York Vantage Press (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[some visible wear to boards along bottom edges, at both ends of spine, and corners, faint dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket edgeworn, rubbed, and lightly soiled, with a few tiny nicks and tears, 1-inch horizontal scrape on front panel, one 2-inch closed tear at bottom front hinge]. Vanity-press novel tracing "the history of an Italian family through two world wars, chronicling its triumphs and agonies, its material poverty and spiritual grandeur, its diminution and its resurrection in the new world." The author, you will not be surprised to learn, was born in Italy and drew on his family history and some of his own experiences for this novel; the jacket blurb refers to the disappearance of his brother "during the terrible retreat on the Russian front in the winter of 1942-43," the same fate suffered by a character in the novel, and to the author's own narrow escape from the Germans during the war. He subsequently relocated to San Francisco and went into the restaurant business. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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My Life as a Fake, Carey, Peter
31 Carey, Peter My Life as a Fake
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2003 0-375-41498-3 / 9780375414985 First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd 
[nice tight unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear and a teensy-tiny bit of wrinkling at bottom edge of rear panel (many would call it Fine, but I'm a bit Finicky)]. In this "audacious novel," Sarah Wode-Douglass, editor of a London poetry magazine accompanies a famous (and infamous) novelist to Kuala Lumpur, where they encounter a destitute Australian who had perpetrated a ruinous literary hoax decades earlier. The Australian's account of his own literary folly -- "marked by kidnapping, exile, and death -- a relentless saga that reaches from Melbourne to Bali, Sumatra, and Java" -- draws Sarah into his world, as she imagines the glory that could be hers if she's able to coax from him a manuscript that she's convinced is a work of genius. Unless, of course, he's just a raving lunatic -- as her writer-companion insists. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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After Silence, Carroll, Jonathan
32 Carroll, Jonathan After Silence
New York Doubleday 1993 (c.1992) 0-385-41974-0 / 9780385419741 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner 
[very nice copy, book itself is tight and clean with no discernible wear; jacket shows only light surface wear]. "A brilliantly honest tale of right, wrong, and heartache. In his late thirties, Max Fischer is a successful cartoonist living in Los Angeles. Scarred by recent love affairs, he is cautious yet intrigued when he meets Lily Aaron and her nine-year-old son Lincoln. Lily, the manager of an offbeat restaurant, devotes her life to raising her son alone. As Max spends time with the Aarons, he falls irresistibly in love with them. The perfect mate, the perfect child -- the perfect situation, since they seem to love him, too, with equal intensity. But as soon as Max moves in with the Aarons, he starts to uncover disturbing secrets about Lily. He can find no trace of her ex-husband. Worse, he discovers she has committed a crime so heinous that she has been running from the truth for years." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Outside the Dog Museum, Carroll, Jonathan
33 Carroll, Jonathan Outside the Dog Museum
New York Doubleday 1992 0-385-41973-2 / 9780385419734 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) William Joyce 
[lovely copy, tight, clean and unread, with no discernible wear to book; jacket shows the slightest bit of wear at spine extremities, otherwise bright and attractive]. "A novel of love, death, and architecture," about "Harry Radcliffe, a prizewinning architect and self-serving opportunist, ready to take advantage of whatever situations and women cross his path." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Sleeping in Flame [*SIGNED*], Carroll, Jonathan
34 Carroll, Jonathan Sleeping in Flame [*SIGNED*]
New York Vintage Contemporaries 1990 (c.1988) 0-679-72777-9 / 9780679727774 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover design) Lorraine Louie Signed by Author
[front cover a little curled, very slight dog-ear at top right corner, "Autographed Copy" sticker on front cover (easily removable)]. Trade PB SIGNED by the author in red ink at the bottom corner of the title page. "A hypnotic literary novel with irresistible elements of fantasy and magic. It is the story of Walker Easterling, who saves a woman's life only to place her in infinitely greater danger by falling in love with her. It's the story of Maris York, an androgynous beauty who arouses incinerating passions in the men around her. It is a novel populated by a shaman with a fondness for sandwiches, an autistic Adonis, and a tiny man as powerful and ravenously jealous as the God of the Old Testament." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Voice of Our Shadow, Carroll, Jonathan
35 Carroll, Jonathan Voice of Our Shadow
New York The Viking Press 1983 0-670-49240-X / 9780670492404 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Richard Adelson 
[nice copy, very light shelfwear, previous owner's name written upside down at bottom of rear endpaper; jacket shows a bit of surface handling wear, a couple of tiny closed tears at top of rear panel]. The author's second novel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories, 1966-1982, Carver, Raymond
36 Carver, Raymond Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories, 1966-1982
Santa Barbara CA Capra Press 1983 0-88496-195-8 / 9780884961956 Limited Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(red boards w/gold lettering, no dust jacket, as issued) [nice tight copy, minor smudges on front cover near top/bottom hinges, bumped at spine ends]. (This is the unsigned issue.) [I have fashioned a custom mylar jacket to protect the book (not pictured in scanned image).] 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Young Divorcees [*SIGNED*], Charell, Lissa
37 Charell, Lissa The Young Divorcees [*SIGNED*]
New York Macmillan (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[some soiling to edges of book; jacket mildly soiled, a few small tears, some corner wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep in 1971. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Darlin' Bill: A Love Story of the Wild West, Charyn, Jerome
38 Charyn, Jerome Darlin' Bill: A Love Story of the Wild West
New York Arbor House (c.1980) 0-87795-283-3 / 9780877952831 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Loretta Trezzo 
(price-clipped) [tight clean copy, bottom corners bumped; jacket shows minor wear along bottom edge, small tear at lower rear corner]. The book "recreates--and reincarnates--the life of the legendary hero of the wild West, James Butler Hickok--also known as 'Wild Bill'--whose much-bandied exploits as daring Union spy, ruthless Indian fighter, inveterate gambler and ladies' man spread his fame and infamous fortune throughout the land and straight into the heart of the story's fictional heroine, one Sally Ovenshine, Bill's sensitively conjured lover." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Mortal Belladaywic [*SIGNED*], Christensen, Mark
39 Christensen, Mark Mortal Belladaywic [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Dolphin/Doubleday & Co. 1987 0-385-23763-4 / 9780385237635 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Paul Reott Signed by Author
[moderate shelfwear to book; considerable edgewear to jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on ffep; the inscription is to a friend who "provided the only direct inspiration for any of the characters [and] also could probably make a couple of bucks by sueing me." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Goodbye, Jimmy, Goodbye, Christie, Kate
40 Christie, Kate Goodbye, Jimmy, Goodbye
London Macmillan & Company , Ltd. 1961 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear, bumped corners, shallow dent at top of rear cover, light dust-soiling to top edge, small bookseller's stamp on rear pastedown, bottom corner of ffep clipped irregularly; jacket shows wear at edges extremities, minor chipping at spine ends]. "Some people in the Cumberland valley remembered Jimmy as a child, others had never seen him before his sudden return to the Hall; all of them were uneasily aware of him down there, wandering about the empty rooms, alone and drunk." The American edition of this novel is blurbed as "a novel about love and alcoholism," and explains the plot as having to do with the "brilliant but besotted heir of the valley's only nobleman, [who] returns to inhabit the crumbling ancestral estate." He's apparently intent on drinking himself to death, but he hasn't reckoned with 18-year-old Clara. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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