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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Coffin, Tristram
41 Coffin, Tristram Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
New York The Macmillan Company (c.1964) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) S.A. Summit 
[minimal wear to book; jacket worn at corners/edges, minor paper loss at lower corner of front panel]. "A novel of the New American Revolution," namely the South's reaction to the civil rights movement. (===) 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Mary Lacey [*SIGNED*], Connell, Maureen
42 Connell, Maureen Mary Lacey [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper & Row (c.1981) 0-690-01950-5 / 9780690019506 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, faint edge-soiling, one tiny dent at top of front cover; jacket just shows the slightest bit of surface wear, short diagonal crease in rear flap]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the ffep. (===) Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Famous Potatoes, Cottonwood, Joe
43 Cottonwood, Joe Famous Potatoes
New York Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence (c.1979) 0-440-03098-6 / 9780440030980 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Edward Wong 
[minimal shelfwear, front cover very slightly bowed; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. (line drawings) "...the exuberant, irresistible story of the adventures of Willy Middlebrook, a.k.a. Willy Crusoe--veteran, fugitive, wanderer, and lover. On the lam from a spurious murder charge, with an aching heart and broken balls, Willy sets off in search of his mystical bride, Erica." A damn funny book, if memory serves (and sometimes it does). 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Concrete Wilderness, Couffer, Jack
44 Couffer, Jack The Concrete Wilderness
New York Meredith Press (c.1967) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Ned Glattauer 
[book just slightly worn, a bit of residue to edges of front/rear pastedowns where jacket had been stuck down; jacket has chipping/some paper loss at both ends of spine, various small tears along bottom of front panel (+ small triangular pc. Missing + various associated creases)]. Novel about a New York City freelance photographer and amateur naturalist, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a 14-year-old boy who is hiding a wild dog in the subterranean world of New York's storm drains and culverts. The author was a cinematographer and director, whose credits, oddly enough, included several films with "wild dog" elements -- "The Legend of Lobo," "Nikki, Wild Dog of the North" and "Never Cry Wolf." According to the jacket blurb, the film rights to this novel "were purchased by Paramount Pictures before publication," but apparently no film version was ever produced. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Destruction Committee, Coughlin, William J.
45 Coughlin, William J. The Destruction Committee
London Harrap 1971 0-245-50549-0 / 9780245505492 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj 
[solid copy, but with some slighly unsightly brown staining to bottom page edges, light dust-soiling to top edge, spine slightly turned; jacket sunned at spine, mild edgewear, faint stain on front panel, one tiny tear at bottom of rear panel]. Novel about "six Vietnam War veterans, graduates of the toughest kind of guerilla training. Every month they meet to select a target for assassination. The candidate for death must be socially undesirable, have no dependent relatives, and provide the team with the challenge necessary to maintain the same razor-sharp efficiency in killing which the army has taught them. The America in which they live -- the America of the near future -- is in political turmoil. A presidential election is at hand and the leading candidate is incurably ill. HIs running mate shows dangerous left-wing leanings, and so, having rid society of some of its most notorious members, The Destruction Commitee turns its professionalism to its most ambitious target yet." 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Taken In, Coyle, Beverly
46 Coyle, Beverly Taken In
New York Viking 1998 0-670-86398-X / 9780670863983 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design/photo) Elizabeth Van Italie 
[a lovely, fresh, as-new copy]. This wonderful writer's third book, a superb novel about a family with relatively ordinary problems of its own which become exponentially more complicated as they get involved, for the best of motives, with a runaway girl and her violent boyfriend. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Kneeling Bus, Coyle, Beverly
47 Coyle, Beverly The Kneeling Bus
New York Ticknor & Fields 1990 0-89919-932-1 / 9780899199320 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Lane Smith 
(price-clipped) [nice clean tight copy, faint wear to spine ends; rear jacket panel scuffed and edgeworn]. Not quite a "novel" (though the jacket copy calls it such), this is rather a series of eight interconnected stories depicting the narrator's coming- of-age in Florida in the 1950's. Whatever ... it's an absolutely terrific book, odd and off-center and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. One of the stories deals with a personal encounter, more or less, with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. The author's first work of fiction; she has published two additional novels to date, which I can also highly recommend: "In Troubled Waters" and "Taken In." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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The Kneeling Bus [*SIGNED*], Coyle, Beverly
48 Coyle, Beverly The Kneeling Bus [*SIGNED*]
New York Ticknor & Fields 1990 0-89919-932-1 / 9780899199320 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Lane Smith Signed by Author
[nice tight clean unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket flawless except for tiny scrape near base of spine, small scuff mark on rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the title page (signataure only). Not quite a "novel" (though the jacket copy calls it such), this is rather a series of eight interconnected stories depicting the narrator's coming- of-age in Florida in the 1950's. Whatever ... it's an absolutely terrific book, odd and off-center and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. One of the stories deals with a personal encounter, more or less, with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. The author's first work of fiction; she has published two additional novels to date. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Car [*SIGNED* twice], Crews, Harry
49 Crews, Harry Car [*SIGNED* twice]
New York William Morrow & Company 1972 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Terry M. Fehr Signed by Author
[solid clean copy, a couple of very shallow dents to bottom edges of boards, minor scrunching at fore-edge of a few pages; jacket shows a bit of wrinkling, no tears or chips]. SIGNED by the author, on a card affixed to the ffep, and SIGNED again on the title page. A gruesomely funny novel about a guy who agrees to eat a car (a 1971 Ford Maverick, if you must know), half an ounce at a time, in a hotel lobby, with a national TV hookup. Crews has his finger on the pulse (or the throttle) of America's love affair with the automobile, and spins an outrageous yet entirely plausible satire, that forty years later looks almost prescient: in our "reality"-TV-saturated era, it's pretty easy to imagine a proposal for just this sort of thing sitting on some Hollywood executive's desk, right this minute. Signed by Author 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Naked in Garden Hills [*SIGNED* twice], Crews, Harry
50 Crews, Harry Naked in Garden Hills [*SIGNED* twice]
New York William Morrow and Company 1969 NO 1st Edition (2nd state) Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon Studio Signed by Author
[shelfwear to book covers at top and bottom edges, spine slightly turned; jacket moderately soiled, wrinkling and a few tiny tears at edges, two faint price-sticker shadows on front panel, rubbing/scuffing to spine]. SIGNED twice by the author, on a card affixed to the ffep and again on the title page. The author's second novel, set in "a corrupted paraside, the Florida-peninsula town of Garden Hills, which once flourished as the site of the world's largest phosphate mine and now is nearly abandoned, decrepit." The book is the second state (two dots at bottom of copyright page), as is the jacket (with rear-panel review excerpts for this book). Signed by Author 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Mulching of America, Crews, Harry
51 Crews, Harry The Mulching of America
New York Simon & Schuster (c.1995) 0-684-80934-6 / 9780684809342 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design/illus) Marc Burckhardt 
[nice tight clean copy, essentially as new with no signficant wear to book; jacket shows just a trace of wear at bottom of rear panel, nothing to call the book police about]. Hilarious black comedy about a Miami-based door-to-door salesman for Soaps for Life, who's determined to win this year's annual sales contest -- "the Cadillac, the trip to Disney World, and the $2,000 in cash." Problem is, he has to beat "the Boss himself, who always outsells his own salesmen, just to show them who's boss." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Quick Change, Cronley, Jay
52 Cronley, Jay Quick Change
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1981 0-385-15180-2 / 9780385151801 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj) Paul Bacon 
[clean tight book, light remainder spray on bottom edge, otherwise only minor shelfwear; jacket edgeworn, moderately scuffed/soiled, a couple of unobtrusive closed tears]. Comic novel about "the Emmett Kelly of crime" -- a bank robber who pulls off his heists dressed in a fright wig and a polka-dotted clown suit. Basis for the somewhat underrated 1990 film directed by and starring Bill Murray (and also bearing at least a glancing resemblance to the 2006 Spike Lee joint "Inside Man"). 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Shoot!, Cronley, Jay
53 Cronley, Jay Shoot!
New York St. Martin's Press 1997 0-312-15655-3 / 9780312156558 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Julia Kushnirsky 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, NO remainder or other marks, very tiny dent at right edge of front cover; jacket shows a little shopwear at edges (and a tiny bump/scrape matching aforementioned cover dent), light scuffing here and there]. A very funny novel by a very funny writer -- about a discontented married couple, each of whom simultaneously hits on the solution to their problems: hiring a professional killer to eliminate their (well-insured) other half. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Twice-Born, Crowe, Cecily
54 Crowe, Cecily The Twice-Born
New York Random House (c.1972) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[nice clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows a trace of scrunching at spine ends, slight fading to spine, minor edgewear to rear panel]. Uncommon novel about "a fine-bred, talented woman who, in the most ladylike way, slips into alcoholism -- and takes the reader with her." "The Lost Weekend" is evoked in the jacket blurb, and the book traces its heroine's descent "from the 'drink to dress with' to the gallon jug of sherry, from the 'non-addictive sleeping pill' to a dependence on drugs to get from from day to day," to the point where she is "physically battered, in d.t.'s, [and] in a strait jacket." She ultimately finds her way to Alcoholics Anonymous, hence her "rebirth." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Not Soldiers All [*SIGNED*], Crowley, Robert T.
55 Crowley, Robert T. Not Soldiers All [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1967 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Charles & Cuffari Signed by Author
[moderate wear at corners and spine ends, spine very slightly turned; jacket moderately worn/soiled, small tears and some chipping at top of spine, a couple of tiny edge-tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author opposite the title page. "An exciting and suspense-filled novel about an American army surgeon in the Italian campaign of World War II who risks his life to save a wounded fellow officer caught behind enemy lines -- and himself from a nagging guilt his conscience won't ignore." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Home at the End of the World, Cunningham, Michael
56 Cunningham, Michael A Home at the End of the World
New York Farrar Straus Giroux 1990 0-374-17250-1 / 9780374172503 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Carol Carson 
[clean copy, a bit of shelfwear, slight bump to bottom front corner, shallow dent at top of rear cover; jacket shows some surface wear, minor wrinkling along top edge of front panel, short diagonal creases in rear flap]. The author's second novel, the story of a modern-day love triangle that produces a child and various other complications. In the wake of the success of the 2002 movie adaptation of Cunningham's "The Hours," a film was made of this book, too (with the author screenplaying his own work); alas, despite a pretty good cast (Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Sissy Spacek), it pretty much sank like a stone at the box-office. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Golden States, Cunningham, Michael
57 Cunningham, Michael Golden States
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. (c.1984) 0-517-55279-5 / 9780517552797 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj painting) David Hockney 
(price-clipped, else Fine) [a very nice copy, the faintest finger-smudge and a couple of tiny pencil marks on top edge near spine, tiny diagonal crease at bottom of one page (due to accidentally turned-up corner); jacket is virtually flawless but for the price-clipping, and has been spared the sunning/yellowing that commonly afflicts this book]. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's first novel, which he reportedly was determined to finish by the time he turned 30, whether the book turned out "good, bad or indifferent." Jim Shepard and Denis Johnson liked it (per the jacket blurbs), but Cunningham subsequently distanced himself from it (it's not listed among his works on his official site, for instance), feeling that it wasn't up to his later standard. Although the book was well reviewed upon its initial publication, another six years passed before the appearance of Cunningham's second novel, "A Home at the End of the World." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Rise & Fall of Jake Sullivan, Davies, Hunter
58 Davies, Hunter The Rise & Fall of Jake Sullivan
Boston Little, Brown & Co. (c.1970) NO 1st U.S. ed Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Fay Godwin 
[nice solid copy, mild wear to bottom edge; jacket moderately edgeworn, a bit soiled, some chipping/wrinkling at spine ends, short tear at bottom corner of rear panel (at foldover)]. "A Big Money Novel" about a one-time Teddy Boy -- "a crude-talking, double-dealing school dropout who wasn't afraid to get in on the big action" -- and his meteoric rise to the top in 1960's London. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Six Black Horses, Davis, Nolan
59 Davis, Nolan Six Black Horses
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1971) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Judith Kazdym Leeds 
[solid copy, minimal shelfwear, light age-toning to page edges, faint tape marks (from what?) at top and bottom edges of endpapers; jacket nice and white, with just a trace of soiling, minor wear at top of spine]. The Kansas City-born author's first book (and alas, to date his only novel), an absurdist comic tale set at the nexus of KC's funeral services industry and its African-American community. The protagonist, a young man named Lawrence Xavier Jordan -- obviously a stand-in for the author himself, who once served as an undertaker's apprentice -- learns all about both the technical and "artistic" aspects of the funeral business from his mentor, one Southwall Lovingood, while also dealing with his domineering mother and encountering such characters as Sister Fannie Lartarska Fears (who runs a rival mortuary with a fleet of pink Cadillac hearses) and Sister Carrie Samuels, a "perennial mourner" for whom funerals represent the highest form of entertainment. Lawrence eventually gets the opportunity to stage a funeral extravaganza that brings him instant fame and enables him to establish a "mortuary palace," the House of Jordan. A critic for Newsweek commented that "if Evelyn Waugh and Ralph Ellison had collaborated on a novel, the result might well have been something like Six Black Horses" -- but if the guy had been a little hipper (i.e. not writing for Newsweek), he'd have more likely cited Chester Himes than Ellison. I think Gravedigger and Coffin Ed would be right at home in Davis's Kansas City. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies, De Haven, Tom
60 De Haven, Tom Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies
New York Metropolitan Bks/Henry Holt 1996 0805044450 / 9780805044454 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Art Spiegelman 
[remainder mark on top edge, a couple of tiny dents at top and bottom of boards, otherwise a clean, tight, unread book; jacket shows minimal handling wear]. Another comic-strip homage from De Haven; this one does for the 1930's what his earlier book, Funny Papers, did for the 1890's. The book was designed by Art Spiegelman with Kelly Soong, and features a color frontispiece, a full-page Sunday "Derby Dugan" strip by "Walter Geebus," the book's protagonist (actually drawn by Spiegelman). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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