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Famous Potatoes

By: Cottonwood, Joe

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8829

ISBN: 0-440-03098-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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). View more info

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The Concrete Wilderness

By: Couffer, Jack

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Meredith Press: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3981

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[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 sever... View more info

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The Destruction Committee

By: Coughlin, William J.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: London, Harrap: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13284

ISBN: 0-245-50549-0

Condition: 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... View more info

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The Kneeling Bus [*SIGNED*]

By: Coyle, Beverly

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Ticknor & Fields: 1990

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8610

ISBN: 0-89919-932-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[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 autho... View more info

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The Kneeling Bus

By: Coyle, Beverly

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Ticknor & Fields: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12054

ISBN: 0-89919-932-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(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 ... View more info

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Shoot!

By: Cronley, Jay

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11763

ISBN: 0-312-15655-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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. View more info

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Quick Change

By: Cronley, Jay

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13876

ISBN: 0385151802

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[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"). View more info

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Not Soldiers All [*SIGNED*]

By: Crowley, Robert T.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7438

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[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 View more info

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Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies

By: De Haven, Tom

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Metropolitan Bks/Henry Holt: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2680

ISBN: 0805044450

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[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). View more info

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The Satyr

By: DeMaria, Robert

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1972)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14038

ISBN: 0491001290

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, minimal shelfwear, marred only by some light spotting to fore-edge; jacket somewhat rubbed and scuffed, a few small edge-tears]. Darkly comic novel about a 35-year-old textbook editor (described as "a sensualist on a grand scale") with two objectives in life: (1) to marry a virgin, e.g. his 20-year-old girlfriend; and (2) to avoid being disinherited by his mother, who can't stand his fiancee. He decides, therefore, "that the only logical thing to do is to bump off mama before she has a chance to bump him out of her will. And off we go on one of the funniest, mos... View more info

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Doctor on Trial

By: Denker, Henry

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: (c.1992)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8233

ISBN: 0-688-11388-5

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[some shelfwear to bottom edge, mild soiling at page edges, shows evidence of having been read, but still quite a decent copy; jacket shows minor surface wear, a bit of wrinkling along top edge, no tears or chips]. When the daughter of the most powerful man in New York City dies in the emergency room of a city hospital, "beautiful, dedicated young doctor" Kate Forrester finds herself charged with malpractice and manslaughter. Although "her innocence is clear, the hospital authorities fear a ruinous lawsuit and media fire [and]to avoid the risk, they abandon her to face [the rich g... View more info

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The Next-to-Last Train Ride

By: Dennis, Charles

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13450

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good solid copy, top front corner very lightly bumped, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket has a pinky-tip-size chunk missing at top of front panel, dog-earing at top of spine]. "You cast the movie," begins the jacket blurb -- but alas, despite the author's (or at least the blurb writer's) strenuous-to-the-point-of-tedious suggestions ("Al Pacino? (or Dustin Hoffman?) as Michael Rangeloff, the hapless all-American con-man..." etc.), no movie has ever emerged from this "zany-sad-funny-mad saga of a lovably corrupt Candide's adventurous journey across America." (Or i... View more info

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The Beach Road

By: Diamond, Sarah

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, Orion: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14314

ISBN: 0-75283-784-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely, as-new copy, with just the faintest bit of surface rubbing to rear panel of dust jacket]. The author's highly praised debut novel, a psychological thriller about two teenage girls who are drawn together by their personal troubles, despite being seemingly of quite opposite personalities. View more info

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An American Girl

By: Dizenzo, Patricia

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12791

ISBN: 0-03-085968-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, very light wear to bottom edge; jacket mildly rubbed/scuffed, one small closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. "In this arresting and highly original novel, a young girl tells what it was like to grow up in a deeply disturbed and alienated family in the America of the abominated Fifties and at the same time gives us a picture of that America -- of the disparate elements of a culture and of personal experiences that don't seem to fit together in any way except that they make up the fabric of our lives." View more info

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Faulty Ground [*SIGNED*]

By: Donnelly, Gabrielle

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz Ltd.: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3695

ISBN: 0-575-04326-1

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[slight yellowing of pages at top edge and fore-edge]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. "Susan Barnes, resilient, reserved and so terribly British, decides to take an extended trip to visit her cousin, Joanna, in Los Angeles...[the novel] explores the paradoxes of Californian life." Signed by Author View more info

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The Road to Leenane

By: du Maurier, Angela

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10800

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, very light fading to cloth at edges, no significant wear; jacket mildly worn at edges/corners, spine lightly sunned and with minor spotting, one small tear at top of front panel]. Novel "set amid the beautiful mountains and lakes of Ireland's Connemara," it's "the story of Micky Renvyle, a talented painter, and of the three women who loved him." The author was the sister of Daphne du Maurier. View more info

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A Bad Man

By: Elkin, Stanley

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3334

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[book clean and solid, minor ink markings on ffep; jacket has a slightly ragged 1-1/2" closed tear at upper right front panel, a copule of small tears & a little wrinkling at top of rear panel]. View more info

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King Windom

By: Farris, John

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Trident Press: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4278

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[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. View more info

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The Pledge [*SIGNED*]

By: Fast, Howard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13134

ISBN: 0-395-48308-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


(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 View more info

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The Shallow Man

By: Felske, Coerte V.W.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers Inc.: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14046

ISBN: 0-517-70035-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[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 becom... View more info