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Unexpected Pleasures [*SIGNED*], Naylor, Phyllis
201 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
202 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
203 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
204 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
205 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
206 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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Whitey McAlpine; a tale of ambition, Ney, John
207 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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The Voice of the Butterfly, Nichols, John
208 Nichols, John The Voice of the Butterfly
San Francisco Chronicle Books (c.2001) 0-8118-3201-5 / 9780811832014 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Melinda Beck 
[lovely copy, as-new except for some wrinking to the top rear jacket flap]. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Everything and More, Nicholson, Geoff
209 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
210 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
211 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
212 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)
213 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
214 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
215 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: 65.00 USD
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The Waterline [*SIGNED*], Olshan, Joseph
216 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: 60.00 USD
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Off to See the Wizard, Ort, Daniel
217 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: 60.00 USD
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There Goes Davey Cohen, Owen, Wendy
218 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
219 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.
220 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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