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81 Elliott, David W. Pieces of Night: A Novel of Childhood
New York Holt, Rinehart & Winston (c.1973) 0-03-007591-2 / 9780030075919 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Wendell Minor 
[solid copy, minor soiling to page edges; jacket rubbed, moderate edgewear, a couple of tiny edge tears]. "In his critically acclaimed first novel, Listen to the Silence, [ the author] told the story of a fourteen-year-old whose crime was being unwanted and whose punishment was incarceration in a mental hospital. Now, in this companion volume, the author goes back to an earlier period in his protagonist's young life. Beginning with the boy's first memories, memories centered around the erratic behavior and eventual crack-up of his mother, [this book] follows the child through a succession of loveless foster homes until, at the age of ten, he, too, cracks up. This is the moving and painful story of a child's slow slide into insanity and of his furious fight to hold on even as he knows he cannot." 
Price: 16.50 USD
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Voltaire! Voltaire! [*SIGNED*], Endore, Guy
82 Endore, Guy Voltaire! Voltaire! [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster 1961 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Milton Glaser Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [solid clean book with no significant wear; jacket shows some edgewear, small closed tear at top of rear panel, minor surface damage to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the ffep. Biographical novel tracing the parallel lives of Voltaire, "the wittiest, most irreverent, most spectacular philosopher who ever lived," and Rousseau, "the poor, half-educated lad of Geneva who became the most radical, most talked-of philosopher (after Voltaire) of Europe." Endore, a successful screenwriter and novelist, was also a political activist and pamphleteer who became involved in many left-wing and anti-racist causes (notably the "Sleepy Lagoon murder" in Los Angeles in 1940); a member of the Communist Party, he somehow managed to avoid being hauled up before HUAC in the 1950s -- although he was blacklisted nonetheless. Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Brotherhood of the Grape, Fante, John
83 Fante, John The Brotherhood of the Grape
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1977 0-395-25046-3 / 9780395250464 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [reading copy only; ex-library (stamped "Surplus - 1 / Library of Congress / Duplicate" on ffep, with library pocket on rear endpaper, tape residue on both pastedowns, various other markings), bumped corners, light soiling to top edge of text block]. Fante's penultimate novel (at least of those published during his lifetime), optimistically jacket-blurbed (although note that this copy has NO jacket) as "Francis Ford Coppola's next film -- with a screenplay by Robert Towne, who did the script for Chinatown and The Last Detail." That never happened, of course, and everybody moved on, including Towne (to various movies of varying quality) and Fante (to his final rest). Towne had Fante in the blood for a long time thereafter, though, and finally got to make his long-dreamed-of version of "Ask the Dust" in 2006, a film about which the less said the better. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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King Windom, Farris, John
84 Farris, John King Windom
New York The Trident Press 1967 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Bob Levering 
[good solid copy, minor edge-soiling; jacket shows a little wear at edges/corners, a couple of tiny tears at top front panel]. Ambitious novel about a fundamentalist Southern preacher who uses the power of radio to become the head of a nationwide revivalist movement. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Long Light of Dawn, Farris, John
85 Farris, John The Long Light of Dawn
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1962) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice solid copy, minor soiling to page edges, spine very slightly turned; jacket mildly soiled, spine a little sunned, chipping at bottom of front flap]. "A shocking novel of broken medical ethics and a doctor's family whose search for love explodes into violence and adultery." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Pledge [*SIGNED*], Fast, Howard
86 Fast, Howard The Pledge [*SIGNED*]
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1988 0-395-48308-5 / 9780395483084 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Rogers Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep (signature only). Novel about a veteran foreign correspondent who is "plunged into the McCarthy madness, stripped of his career, abandoned by friends and colleagues, and railroaded into jail by a congressional committee." Any resemblance to the author's own life is not coincidental. (++) Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Shallow Man, Felske, Coerte V.W.
87 Felske, Coerte V.W. The Shallow Man
New York Crown Publishers Inc. (c.1995) 0-517-70035-2 / 9780517700358 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Corsillo/Manzone 
[nice tight clean copy with only minor shelfwear at base of spine; jacket a bit scuffed but still quite presentable]. The story of Nick Laws, hand model and party promoter. "Nick's world is a social network run by Thing, his generic name for gorgeous fashion models and other beautiful women. ... an elusive but fascinating arena populated by Bookers, Dromes, Donuts, Civilians, Snappers, 4B Girls, Guy, and, of course, Thing -- a world of fast-food romance, delicious sex, vicious grunge rock, and mind-boggling glamour. ... Welcome to Generation Face." (I believe this was slated to become a Major Motion Picture at some point a little while back. Can you say "turnaround"?) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Shallow Man [*SIGNED*], Felske, Coerte V.W.
88 Felske, Coerte V.W. The Shallow Man [*SIGNED*]
New York Crown Publishers Inc. (c.1995) 0-517-70035-2 / 9780517700358 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Corsillo/Manzone Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy with just the slightest bit of wear at base of spine; jacket shows faint surface wear, very minor wrinkling along top edge]. INSCRIBED humorously and rather extravagantly (covering the whole page) and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. The story of Nick Laws, hand model and party promoter. "Nick's world is a social network run by Thing, his generic name for gorgeous fashion models and other beautiful women. ... an elusive but fascinating arena populated by Bookers, Dromes, Donuts, Civilians, Snappers, 4B Girls, Guy, and, of course, Thing -- a world of fast-food romance, delicious sex, vicious grunge rock, and mind-boggling glamour. ... Welcome to Generation Face." (I believe this was slated to become a Major Motion Picture at some point a little while back. Can you say "turnaround"?) Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Back to China, Fiedler, Leslie A.
89 Fiedler, Leslie A. Back to China
New York Stein and Day (c.1965) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Owl Studio 
[good solid copy, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge and top of spine, light soiling to top edge; jacket shows mild wear at edges/corners, a couple of ragged closed tears at top of rear panel near spine]. "This is the story of Professor Baro Finklestone and his manifold disguises: handball player, boy revolutionary, avenging Marine, imaginary Japanese, adopted Indian, pacifist, and, as ever, a jerk, as he pursues a crucifixion that turns into a pratfall. Baro Finklestone wants to remain absolutely innocent even in middle age. He is haunted by the need to make personal amends for a vast range of evil, for Hiroshima, for instance, and for the oppression of the American Indian. His attempt to atone for the guilt of Hiroshima leads him to a method so absurd that it is bound to bring him the Happy Ending he neither desired nor deserved. He makes victims of others and of himself a clown." 
Price: 9.50 USD
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Jacob's Son [*SIGNED*], Field, Ben
90 Field, Ben Jacob's Son [*SIGNED*]
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. (c.1971) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Larry Lurin Signed by Author
[spine slightly turned, faint soiling to top edge; jacket heavily sun-browned at spine and along top of front panel, with miscellaneous rubbing/soiling, a couple of tiny edge-nicks, vertical crease in front flap]. SIGNED and DATED (no inscription) by the author on the ffep. Novel about the son of a revered teacher and poet -- "a touching account of a young man of a generation ago seeking personal, physical, and psychic liberation." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Collector Collector [*SIGNED*], Fischer, Tibor
91 Fischer, Tibor The Collector Collector [*SIGNED*]
New York Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt and Company 1997 0-8050-5118-X / 9780805051186 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Evan Gaffney Signed by Author
[tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, very slight bump to bottom front corner, still a nice-looking copy, tight and clean; jacket has the tiniest nick to match the dent, faint soiling]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. In this novel, the author "turns a conventional boy-meets-girl story into a brilliant comic romp. The hero of Fischer's tale is a bowl that comes into the possession of a young, lovelorn London art appraiser named Rosa. Rosa's bowl is no ordinary piece of clay, however: it is a ceramic sage, an urn of uncommon erudition that has witnessed all of history's major convulsions -- revolutions, famines, massacres, wars -- and has survived more than four hundred breakages and three thousand thefts. By investing his bowl with soul, Fischer gives a hilarious, mantel-eye view of depravity and redemption, sex and lust, burglary and archaeology." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Bookshop, Fitzgerald, Penelope
92 Fitzgerald, Penelope The Bookshop
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company (A Mariner Original) 1997 (c.1979) 0-395-86946-3 / 9780395869468 4th printing Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, very light handling wear]. Trade PB "In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop -- the only bookshop -- in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers." 
Price: 4.00 USD
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Cold Mountain, Frazier, Charles
93 Frazier, Charles Cold Mountain
New York Atlantic Monthly Press (c.1997) 0-87113-679-1 / 9780871136794 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Gall 
[minor shelfwear to cloth at base of spine, otherwise a nice clean book; jacket just a bit rubbed, John Behrendt endorsement/blurb sticker NOT present (see notes)]. National Book Award-winning Civil War novel, basis for the 2003 movie of the same name, for which Renée Zellweger hauled in a Supporting Actress Oscar. This is the true first edition (stated)/first printing (full number line), with all called-for points (including "man-woman" misprint on page 25, line 16). NOTE that the circular label bearing the laudatory quote from John Berendt is not present on the front jacket panel, although we are not prepared to claim it was never there; in fact, if you look closely it's possible to detect an extremely faint shadow outline in the area where the sticker is typically found (this is as the book was received by us). 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Cold Mountain ["Uncorrected Manuscript" (advance proof), "ver 97.1.14"], Frazier, Charles
94 Frazier, Charles Cold Mountain ["Uncorrected Manuscript" (advance proof), "ver 97.1.14"]
New York Atlantic Monthly Press 1997 NO Uncorrected Proof Softcover Near Fine 
(printed glossy wraps) [a very nice copy, with just a touch of wear at the right-hand and bottom edges of the front cover, faint scuffing to front cover, tiny bends to bottom corners of two pages mid-book]. Uncorrected Advance Proof (labeled "Uncorrected Manuscript" on front cover, "ver 97.1.14" on title page) of the author's debut novel, which went on to win the American Book Award and subsequently to serve as the basis for a respectable but imperfect 2003 film adaptation written and directed by Anthony Minghella, with a Brit and an Aussie (Jude Law and Nicole Kidman) doing their best to pass as American Southerners, and a Texan (Renée Zellweger) doing her best to Act Up a Storm (and an Oscar). Laid in is a publisher's promotional letter to booksellers dated February 27, 1997, offering a $50 credit for a brief newsletter review plus an extra $30 if a photo of the book jacket is also used, along with the blank form necessary to apply for said credit. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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144 Piccadilly, Fuller, Samuel
95 Fuller, Samuel 144 Piccadilly
[London] New English Library 1971 (c.1971) 0-450-01314-6 / 9780450013140 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[slight age-toning to page edges, but no significant wear; jacket spine lightly soiled, slight scrunching at spine ends]. Novel about a group of London hippies who barricade themselves inside a decaying Mayfair mansion and resist all efforts to evict them. The much more common American edition rather obscures what the photographic dust jacket of this U.K. printing makes explicit, which is that this was based directly on an actual event -- "ripped from the headlines," as Fuller might have put it. In September of 1969 a radical group known as The London Street Commune, formed to highlight concerns about rising levels of homelessness in London, took over a large house at the corner of Piccadilly and Park Lane (just across from Hyde Park); they occupied the building for six days before being forcibly evicted by the police. Fuller's literary conceit was to insert himself into the situation, "playing" the narrator, a cigar-smoking American film director (in London for a BFI retrospective of his films, no less) who gets involved with the squatters by accident. Unlike most of Fuller's books, it's not just a novelization of one of his own film treatments; as he tells it in his posthumously-published memoir, he actually had been in London when the occupation was taking place, had witnessed the initial break-in while out on a late-night walk, and with his "newspaperman's nose," had contrived to have a chat with the occupiers. "The disheveled squatters invited me to stay on," he wrote, "[and if] I hadn't had prior commitments, a wife, and a flight back to the States the next day, I would have." He subsequently got "damn mad" about the treatment accorded the squatters by the British media and the police, and knocked out a novel in which "an American film director very much like me participates in an illegal entry in London, then tries to bridge the generational gap by becoming the group's mascot and witness. The fictional 'me' does what I was tempted to do but couldn't, abandoning his hotel suite for a mattress on the floor with the flower children." (Fuller does not, however, mention that he'd ever had any notion of turning this yarn into a film.) 
Price: 85.00 USD
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96 Gabriel, Claire Bernadette Black
New York Crown Publishers (c.1973) 0-517-505916 / 9780517505915 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[ex-library but just a bit worn, library markings mostly confined to ffep (date stamps, etc.), spine slightly turned; jacket spine sunned, faint purple stripe across bottom of rear panel]. Novel about a intelligent middle-class Catholic adolescent, who "has begun to heal psychic illnesses and see a vision, and who may be an American Bernadette" -- and who also happens to be African-American. "Terrifyingly real in its account of violence, hysteria, and religious fanaticism, [the book] is the story of a modern-dress witch hunt, with all the participants' lives shattered by the unfolding of fear and prejudice." The author, a white lady from Wisconsin (who had also lived in Kansas, Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska) felt that her book "attempts to present 'now' Catholicism and 'now' black Americans as they really are, rather than as many people believe them to be." 
Price: 16.50 USD
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Flesh, Galef, David
97 Galef, David Flesh
Sag Harbor NY The Permanent Press 1995 1-877946-55-9 / 9781877946554 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Sydney Butchkes 
[nice tight clean copy, just a trace of wear at extremities; jacket shows very slight wear and minor wrinkling along top edge]. This novel, the author's first, examines "what happens when a sexual obsession grows larger than its creator and threatens to disrupt an entire Southern town." 
Price: 16.50 USD
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Crusoe's Daughter, Gardam, Jane
98 Gardam, Jane Crusoe's Daughter
New York Atheneum 1986 0-689-11792-2 / 9780689117923 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Gloria Adelson 
[nice tight copy with a diagonal crease at the top corner of a single page that had been turned down (I hate when people do that; get a bookmark, fer chrissake) but no other significant wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface rubbing]. Novel about a six-year-old girl who's marooned in 1904 in "a lonely house on a salt marsh in northern England" when her father dies, and for whom Robinson Crusoe "becomes her hero and her obsession." The book follows her life over the course of nearly 80 years, during which "love, death, and two world wars [leave] neither Polly nor the salt marsh unchanged." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Grendel, Gardner, John
99 Gardner, John Grendel
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1971 0-394-47143-1 / 9780394471433 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Emil Antonucci 
(price-clipped) [book itself has no discernible wear; jacket quite faded at spine (one of the chronic problems with this book), with a small black smudge at the upper left corner of the rear panel and a tiny razor-cut on the spine] "The first and most terrifying monster in English literature tells his own side (the true side) of the Beowulf story in this revisionist novel . . . comic, grotesque, at times very sad." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Nickel Mountain, Gardner, John
100 Gardner, John Nickel Mountain
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1973 0-394-48883-0 / 9780394488837 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Thomas O'Donohue; dj design, Earl Tidwell 
[very nice copy, no discernible wear to book at all; jacket just a bit faded at spine, a few tiny rubbed spots at a couple of corners]. (sepia-tone etchings) Gardner's sixth novel, an unconventional love story set in a small community in the Catskills in the 1950s, about a 42-year-old man who marries a 17-year-old girl who's pregnant with the child of a local boy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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