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Serial Killer Days, Prill, David
201 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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In the Hollow of His Hand, Purdy, James
202 Purdy, James In the Hollow of His Hand
London Peter Owen 1988 (c.1986) 0-7206-0695-0 / 9780720606959 1st U.K. ed Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Keith Cunningham 
(price-clipped) [very slight bumping to a couple of corners; jacket shows some rubbing, mild edgewear]. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Angels All Over Town, Rice, Luanne
203 Rice, Luanne Angels All Over Town
New York Atheneum 1985 0-689-11616-0 / 9780689116162 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Alcorn 
[sharp-looking copy, with just the faintest bit of foxing to top page edges; jacket shows extremely light edgewear]. The author's first novel, about the Cavan sisters, an "inseparable triumvirate" -- "inseparable, that is, until the invasion of husbands and houses." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Secretary, Ringer, Vivian
204 Ringer, Vivian The Secretary
New York Delacorte Press (c.1974) 0-440-08235-8 / 9780440082354 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg 
[nice tight copy, very faint soiling to page edges, no significant wear; jacket shows mild soiling]. Novel (the author's first and only) about a young, attractive, single secretary, and her obsession with her boss, a New York book publisher; the jacket blurb describes it as "a warm and telling picture of a modern-day Kitty Foyle, a novel that makes clear how complicated it is to juggle the personal and professional roles of the office 'second wife.'" The author herself had come out of the New York publishing world, was co-founder of the liberal Book Find Club, and had a long career as a journalist with the old Los Angeles Daily News. The novel was written, interestingly enough, at Virginia Woolf's desk -- she and her husband leased Woolf's former home during a stay in England. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Search for Happiness, Ritz, David
205 Ritz, David Search for Happiness
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1980) 0-671-25233-X / 9780671252335 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Myers & Noftsinger 
(price-clipped) [beautiful copy, tight and clean, appears unread, one tiny dent at top of rear cover; jacket nice and bright, faint surface wear]. The author's first novel, a comic tale of goings-on behind the scenes of a TV soap opera. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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Kissing Through a Pane of Glass [*SIGNED*], Rosenberg, Peter Michael
206 Rosenberg, Peter Michael Kissing Through a Pane of Glass [*SIGNED*]
London Simon and Schuster 1993 0671718061 / 9780671718060 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped, faint browning to page edges; mild surface wear to rear jacket panel, very slight edgewear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page, dated 24/6/93. A novel (the author's first) of sexual obsession, set in India and England; runner-up in the 1992 Betty Trask Prize. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Experiments with Life and Deaf, Rosenthal, Chuck
207 Rosenthal, Chuck Experiments with Life and Deaf
New York Weidenfeld & Nicolson (c.1987) 1-55584-104-X / 9781555841041 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) David Shannon 
[nice clean copy, one tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, no other significant wear; minor surface wear to jacket]. (The Loop Trilogy, Book Two) Series The second book in the author's Loop Trilogy, centering around the adventures of 17-year-old Jarvis Loop, "a fugitive from the law for an ever-increasing list of offenses." The novel "offers a brilliant, hyper-real vision of coming of age in working-class America that sweeps from the wildest comedy to the darkest pathos." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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To the Precipice, Rossner, Judith
208 Rossner, Judith To the Precipice
New York William Morrow & Co. 1966 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by Jacket by Ellin Raskin 
[clean + square, a bit of wear at spine ends, a couple of lightly bumped corners, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket worn at edges/corners, several small tears]. Presentable copy of the author's first novel. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Flicker, Roszak, Theodore
209 Roszak, Theodore Flicker
Chicago Chicago Review Press 2005 1-55652-577-X / 9781556525773 1st printing Softcover Near Fine 
[minor wear at extremities, light soiling to page edges, otherwise a good clean tight copy]. Trade PB Horror novel (sort of) about an L.A. film buff who develops an obsession with the life and work of a forgotten film director, a mysterious figure who vanished in the 1940s. "Max Castle," the director, is a sort of amalgam of F.W. Murnau and Edgar Ulmer, and the author gets the film-geek/ film-school milieu of the 60's and 70's dead-on. This paperback edition was issued when the book was "soon to be a major motion picture" directed by Darren Aronofsky, although as of mid-2007 that project was apparently placed on hold. It includes an 16-page appendix of "never-before-seen documents excluded from the original edition," the most interesting of which is a long 1972 letter from Edgar Ulmer to the book-within-the-book's author, in which Ulmer sets the record straight about his relationship with Max Castle, and about the latter's non-contributions to Ulmer's great film THE BLACK CAT. It's all completely made-up, of course, but still interesting to Ulmerites. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Never Mind the Goldbergs [*SIGNED*], Roth, Matthue
210 Roth, Matthue Never Mind the Goldbergs [*SIGNED*]
New York PUSH / Scholastic, Inc. 2005 0-439-69188-5 / 9780439691888 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (cover design) Steve Scott Signed by Author
[minor handling wear, tiny corner bends on a couple of pages; jacket shows very light surface wear, vertical crease in front flap]. INSCRIBED generically ("oy vey, dude!") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, apparently with a black sharpie which has bled through and slightly marked the title page. "The greatest Hollywood punk rock Orothodox Jewgirl story EVER TOLD! Don't this for a second that you know Hava or her place in the world. Yes, she's an Orthodox Jew. But that doesn't mean she can't rock out. (She just has to be careful about who she touches.)" Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Coalitions, Rounds, David
211 Rounds, David Coalitions
New York Outerbridge & Dienstfrey 1970 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Christopher Simon 
[trace of soiling on top edge; jacket rubbed, some wear along top edge, top of spine ragged with about 1/4" missing, a few holes at foldover edge of rear panel]. The author's first novel, set in Boston, centers around two interracial couples and climaxes in a dramatic civil rights demonstration. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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212 Sager, Carole Bayer Extravagant Gestures [*SIGNED*]
New York Arbor House (c.1985) 0-87795-765-7 / 9780877957652 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wear at corners, a bit of wrinkling at bottom of rear panel]. INSCRIBED warmly and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. First novel, about a troubled mother-daughter relationship, by the noted songwriter, which "vibrates with the energy of the characters and the worlds she writes about: New York and Los Angeles, media celebrity, fast-track careers, and lives that are glamorous, comical, and poignant." Jacket blurbs by Erica Jong and Neil Simon. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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A Few Last Words, Sallis, James
213 Sallis, James A Few Last Words
New York The Macmillan Company (c.1970) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Colos 
[nice clean copy, slight fading to cloth at top/bottom edges, tiny smudge on top edge near spine, one-inch surface scratch (not a puncture) on ffep, also visible on half-title and title pages; jacket has small tears at a couple of extremities, minor rubbing/soiling]. The author's first book, "A Parable and a Prophecy," in which he "takes up a number of themes from the range and variety of speculative fiction [and] writes about the intimate textures of life on worlds vastly different from our own and on some which are disturbingly similar." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Pride of the Bimbos, Sayles, John
214 Sayles, John Pride of the Bimbos
Boston Atlantic-Little, Brown (c.1975) 0-316-77230-5 / 9780316772303 First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[reading copy ONLY, an ex-library book with typical markings (incl. giant DISCARD stamps on top and bottom edges and both endpapers, pocket on rear fep), scarring to pastedowns from peeling-up of formerly glued-down jacket protector flaps; jacket moderately soiled, and the spine is a mess, badly torn with some paper loss]. Sayles' first novel, about an itinerant five-man softball team that tours the Deep South in drag. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Union Dues, Sayles, John
215 Sayles, John Union Dues
Boston Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown and Company (c.1977) 0-316-77231-3 / 9780316772310 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[tight, unread copy, with just minor dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a bit of wear at corners and spine ends]. The author-filmmaker's second novel, set in the revolutionary underground in Boston in the late 1960s. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Mountain of Winter, Schoonover, Shirley
216 Schoonover, Shirley Mountain of Winter
New York Coward-Mccann (c.1965) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Charles Ray McCurry 
[mild edgewear to both book and DJ; mild soiling/slight discoloration to top edge, a couple of bent page corners]. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Therapy [*SIGNED*], Schwartz, Steven
217 Schwartz, Steven Therapy [*SIGNED*]
New York Harcourt Brace & Company (c.1994) 0-15-100062-X / 9780151000623 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Brad Weinman Signed by Author
[nice clean copy with just a trace of wear to bottom edge, lower corners lightly bumped]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the page between the ffep and the half-title page, and additionally SIGNED on the title page]. Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Mothers, Daughters, See, Carolyn
218 See, Carolyn Mothers, Daughters
New York Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (c.1977) 0-698-10837-X / 9780698108370 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Anthony, Inc. 
[nice clean/tight copy, tiny dent at bottom of front cover, slight fading to boards at top edge; jacket slightly rubbed but very clean, no tears or chips]. The author's second novel, "a witty, sometimes withering novel of marriage and divorce and the way we live today--a story of two people in love who ignore their own sexual history, of their children, poised to repeat it, and of the loose Southern California culture that formed them." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Handyman, See, Carolyn
219 See, Carolyn The Handyman
New York Random House (c.1999) 0-375-50155-X / 9780375501555 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robbin Schiff 
[beautiful, as-new book, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. "The story of Bob Hampton, an aspiring young painter who has had to face the humbling fact that he doesn't know what to paint." Thus disillusioned, "Bob trades in his artist's palette for a minivan full of house paints, hammers, and nails, and sets about earning a little cash as a handyman. Although he turns out to be very bad at fixing the things he's hired to fix, Bob demonstrates quite a knack for fixing the lives of the people around him." Yet another of the author's books that zones in acutely on some essence of Southern California life. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Lucinella, Segal, Lore
220 Segal, Lore Lucinella
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1976 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj drawing) William Steig 
[slight bumping to bottom front corner and base of spine, no other significant wear to book; jacket slightly faded at spine (impacting only the publisher's name), also slightly scrunched at base of spine; a review copy, with the original publisher's slip and a small photograph of the author laid in]. A novel of the New York literary life, centering around the title character, "a poet [who] lives in New York, and knows writers," and incorporating elements of magical realislm. And speaking of writers, the rear jacket panel features glowing blurbs from a pretty impressive trio of same: Stanley Elkin ("witty, clever, wise, touching, funny, compelling, heartbreaking, and true, and just about twice as beautiful as all these attributes put together"); John Gardner ("a perfectly simple, wonderful, magical book"); and William H. Gass ("a witty, elegant, beautiful book"). The Austrian-born author first came to prominence with the publication of her first book, "Other People's Houses," which had originally been presented as a series of autobiographical stories in The New Yorker, derived from her experiences as a refugee during World War II (she was one of the first Jewish children to reach safety in England as part of the Kindertransport rescue mission). 
Price: 35.00 USD
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