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Less Than Kin, Dobie, Charles Caldwell
1 Dobie, Charles Caldwell Less Than Kin
New York The John Day Company 1926 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good in Poor dj Illustrated by (dj) Edward A. Wilson 
(incomplete jacket) [book is moderately shelfworn, light dust-darkening to top edge and age-toning to other edges of text block, but all in all a good solid copy; all that remains of the jacket, however, are the front panel and flap (and even those are tattered and age-browned), held in place by a jacket protector]. "This is the story of Adrienne, lovely and rebellious, of mysterious parentage, and her foster mother, the infamous Selina Parsons. In the seclusion of the old Sinclair estate of Laguna Vista, in the California hills, Selina rears her fair, amber-eyed charge. Under this guidance Adrienne grows to womanhood, ignorant of her rich heritage but confident of a shining future." The jacket blurb is a little coy about the real-life inspiration for the story, but as the New York Times reviewer put it, "to any one familiar with San Francisco's history it is evident that in Selina Parsons, the dominant figure of the story, he has reconstructed the career of an actual person, the notorious Mammy Pleasant. The strange personality of that mysterious old negress was woven into the social life of the city by the Golden Gate for over thirty years. She knew almost everything -- mining ventures, divorce scandals, matters of questionable birth, complete family skeletons -- [and] is said to have made and broken more men than any other ten speculators in her day." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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American Me; selections from the award-winning book, Griffith, Beatrice
2 Griffith, Beatrice American Me; selections from the award-winning book
Boston Pennant Books (P39) 1954 (c.1948) First Paperback Edition Softcover First Printing Good Illustrated by (cover art) Mitchell Hooks 
[well-used copy, covers worn along spine and edges, soiling/browning to page edges, binding intact but a little delicate; basically a reading/reference copy only]. Mass Market PB Essential work of Mexican-American life in California (specifically Los Angeles), a blend of fact, fiction and sociology, derived largely from the author's conversations with "the children of America's last great immigration." An early chapter discusses the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots, and the book examines nearly every aspect of Mexican-American life: employment, juvenile delinquency, the church, the family, schools, housing, health, the effects of World War II on the community, etc. Although this paperback edition was supposedly abridged somewhat from the original 1948 book (hence "selections"), and has been given a somewhat sensationalized packaging ("Here is love, death and violence and a happiness -- 'kicks' -- that can come only with Marihuana."), any actual excisions appear to have been minor; in fact, a table-of-contents comparison between the two shows only a slight re-arrangement of chapter order. (Although it's possible that individual chapters or sections were edited or abridged.) Although the 1992 film of the same name (the directing debut of actor Edward James Olmos), a saga of Mexican-American gang life spanning three decades, was not derived directly from any material in the book, one could still legitimately say that it was the film's spiritual source. Includes a 9-page glossary of Spanish and Pachuco words used in the book. (The original hardcover edition was a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship book.) 
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