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While England Sleeps

By: Leavitt, David

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16090

ISBN: 0-670-83349-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear; jacket shows only the faintest handling wear]. Leavitt's novel of a homosexual love affair, set against the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930s, and in particular the Spanish Civil War. The author borrowed a bit too liberally from poet Stephen Spender's 1951 memoir "World Within World"; Spender filed a plagiarism suit in England, which ultimately led to the preparation of issuance of a revised version. It's often stated that the original version was "suppressed," which is a considerable exaggeration. In fact, Viking recall... View more info

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Move!

By: Lieber, Joel

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, David McKay Company Inc.: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2681

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[book worn along bottom edge, corners bumped, numerous passages marked in pencil (erasable) throughout; jacket worn at corners/edges]. Moving as nightmare. Basis for the 1970 Elliott Gould film of the same name. View more info

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Falling Up the Stairs

By: Lileks, James

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8708

ISBN: 0-525-24655-X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, very minor soiling to page edges, NO remainder mark; jacket rubbed/scuffed, some surface-scratching]. The Minneapolis-based columnist/humorist's elusive first novel, about the " society" editor of a small-town Minnesota newspaper, whose wish for a simple life goes wildly awry, first when he inherits his great-aunt's house -- "the Minneapolis version of Mad King Ludwig's castle," complete with ancient servants and a freeloading cousin -- and then when he gets involved as the unwilling "media mouthpiece" for AIL, the Alimentary Instruction League, "... View more info

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Forgiving [*SIGNED*]

By: List, Shelley

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9854

ISBN: 0-525-24132-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, bottom corners bumped, light shelfwear, small smudge on bottom page edges; jacket a bit rubbed, minor wear at edges and corners]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep, with a long personal inscription to actress Marie Windsor (whose address label appears on the front pastedown), "with hopes that the message here - that we must forgive and come to terms with our demons - has meaning for you." The novel deals with a high-powered female photojournalist whose professional life consumes her: "Work is her reality, the rest of life something left aside, to be handled after the d... View more info

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The Mothers

By: Loomis, Edward

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13403

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, light shelfwear, bottom corners a bit bumped; jacket shows light soiling and minor surface wear, remnants of old price sticker at top of front flap]. "Dean Candell's educational opportunities, in matters of the heart, were unusual in the extreme. His two principal instructors, Ethel and Verna, pursued their task, sometimes willingly and sometimes not, under remarkably varied and changing circumstances. Beginning as high-school girls and continuing as wives and mothers, they managed between them to create the episodes of tragedy and comedy -- or so it seemed to Dean -- th... View more info

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Dog Day Afternoon

By: Mann, Patrick (pseud. for Leslie Waller)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte Press: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12852

ISBN: 0-440-04399-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, minor wear to bottom edge, faint soiling to page edges; jacket shows minor edgewear, spine sunned, light soiling, one tiny tear at bottom rear hinge]. Not really the "source novel" for the movie of the same name, but a sort of novelization (which actually appeared a year before the movie) -- perhaps, more accurately, a kind of alternate telling, "based in part on material created by Frank R. Pierson" (the film's screenwriter, who in turned based his work on an article about an actual bank robbery-cum-media event. View more info

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Born Too Soon

By: Marion, Robert, M.D.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co. , Inc.: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10026

ISBN: 0-385-19833-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, remainder spray on bottom edge but otherwise no significant wear; ditto the jacket, except for a few tiny and very unobtrusive edge-tears to the rear panel (if you can see 'em, you're looking too hard!)]. Novel (the author's first) about "an eager and idealistic young intern, about to bring his new skills and dreams of healing to Boston's famous St. Anne's Hospital, and to the most vulnerable of all patients: newborn babies -- some very sick, some dying, some not weighing more than a pound." The author himself was (surprise!) a pediatrician. View more info

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Ava

By: Maso, Carole

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Normal IL, Dalkey Archive Press: (c.1993)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14285

ISBN: 1-56478-029-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is tight and clean, as new with no significant wear; jacket shows the tiniest trace of surface handling wear, if you're the picky type]. A somewhat "experimental" novel (if people still use such a term), a kind of tour-of-consciousness through a dying woman's mind. Aside from husbands and lovers, the voices of her "literary loves" (Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, and others) are heard as well, along with "the voices of her parents, who survived the Treblinka death camp, and of her Aunt Sophie, who did not." View more info

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Pictures of the Journey Back

By: Matthews, Jack

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2981

ISBN: 0-15-171920-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[trace of shelfwear, "7-73" in blue ink on ffep; jacket rubbed, a bit of wear at spine extremities]. "...the intense story of a long trip from Wichita to eastern Colorado," as a rodeo veteran attempts to reunite a long-estranged mothe and daughter; the story also involves a young filmmaker, whose "cinematic visions of the experience [are blended] into the straight narrative." View more info

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The Last Supper

By: McCarry, Charles

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton, Inc.: (c.1983)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14266

ISBN: 0-525-24173-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[very light wear to book, slight browning to page edges; front of jacket shows minor creasing, rear panel has some surface scratching and a small scrunch at the bottom edge, jacket still very presentable]. One of this excellent author's most ambitious works, in which, "through the life of his central character, Paul Christopher, he traces the labyrinthine history of the secret American intelligence group known as the Outfit from its early buccaneering days in the war against the Nazis and the Japanese, through the shadowy years of the Cold War, and on to the bitterness and moral complexiti... View more info

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Shelley's Heart

By: McCarry, Charles

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12420

ISBN: 0-679-41533-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


(price-clipped) [very nice clean copy, no discernible wear, appears unread; aside from the price-clipping, jacket shows only light surface wear, mostly to rear panel]. "The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen. On the eve of the inauguration the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and demands that he stand aside. The winner refuses and takes the oath of office, thereby setting in motion what may destroy him and ... View more info

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Lucky Bastard

By: McCarry, Charles

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24795

ISBN: 0-679-44761-X

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, virtually as-new with no discernibile wear to book; jacket shows just a touch of surface rubbing on the rear panel (NOTE that the jacket, by design, is about 1-1/2" shorter than the book itself)]. "The suspenseful and hilarious story of a gifted politician with dangerous friends and a zipper problem," who also "has good reason to believe he is the illegitimate son of JFK. His goal is the same as that of any Kennedy: to reclaim the presidency....and enjoy as many women as possible along the way." This highly-regarded author is an ex-CIA agent who has achi... View more info

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Cooling Off

By: McCool, J.M.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1984)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4313

ISBN: 0-316-55436-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very slight dust-soiling on top edge; jacket shows a bit of wear along top/bottom edges, one tiny nick at top of rear panel]. The author's first novel, a Mississippi-set tale about "a young woman [who] is frozen for five days in a compartment cooled to ten degrees below zero," as a promotional stunt for a car dealership. "A macabre, funny, and page-turning tale in the finest southern tradition." (Sounds like it might be a good companion piece to Harry Crews's "Car.") View more info

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This Coffin Has No Handles

By: McGrath, Thomas

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Thunder's Mouth Press: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7126

ISBN: 0-938410-62-8

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight copy, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB Novel of labor strife on the New York waterfront, written in the late 1940's but not previously published (although the introduction doesn't explain why). The author, better known as a left/socialist poet, presents "a startlingly immense and detailed tableau of longshorement, communist labor organizers, gangsters, thugs, brilliant yet cynical bosses, and the many ordinary peole unwillingly drawn into the battle and forced to choose a side, weighing their fear against their faith, their self-respect against their self-interest." The int... View more info

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Portrait of a Romantic

By: Millhauser, Steven

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1977

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 12046

ISBN: 0-394-41165-X

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[solid copy, bottom front corner bumped but otherwise clean and tight; jacket edgeworn, heavy rubbing/scuffing to front panel, sticker remnant on front panel, soiling to rear panel]. [NOTE that this is stated as a "First Edition" on the copyright page--but it's the book club issue, nonetheless.] View more info

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Prudence and the Pill

By: Mills, Hugh

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: 1966 (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7180

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[mild shelfwear, top corners lightly bumped; jacket shows some wear/rubbing along top/bottom edges and at corners, front panel a bit wrinkled]. "What happens when a successful, middle-aged banker and pillar of society named Gerald Hardcastle discovers that his wife possesses a supply birth control pills, even though their relationship has been platonic for fifteen years? Why, naturally, he switches the pills for aspirin tablets and waits to see what happens next." Basis for the not-overly-amusing 1968 film starring David Niven and Deborah Kerr. View more info

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Thou Worm Jacob

By: Mirsky, Mark

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10004

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, bottom rear corner very lightly bumped, minor soiling/browning to fore-edge; jacket nice and clean, minor surface wear]. The author's first novel, a comic story set in the Blue Hill Avenue district, "the disintegrating Jewish ghetto of Boston, a crumbling neighborhood next to Irish and Negro slums." View more info

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The Stones of Summer

By: Mossman, Dow

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Barnes & Noble Books: 2003 (c.1972)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 13132

ISBN: 0-7607-4884-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, as-new, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows very light surface wear to rear panel, slight wear at bottom edge of rear panel]. Reissue of the once-obscure 1972 novel that had effectively vanished into cult-status before being rejuvenated by Mark Moskowitz's 2002 documentary film "Stone Reader," about his own discovery of the novel and his subsequent obsessive search for its author. View more info

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El NiƱo

By: Munson, Douglas Anne [aka Mercedes Lambert]

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15478

ISBN: 0-670-83134-4

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[lightly shelfworn copy, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, surface rubbing, top corners slightly dog-eared]. The author's first novel, about a 34-year-old L.A. lawyer, a court-appointed defense counsel for parents accused of child abuse, who is "struggling to overcome her own tragic past [while also] trying to untangle the difficult, delicate lives of her clients." (The author, who published two additional books under the name "Mercedes Lambert," passed away in 2003; a fair amount of the acclaim which eluded her during her rather tr... View more info

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Ethel: The Fictional Autobiography; a novel of Ethel Rosenberg

By: Nason, Tema

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte Press: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7986

ISBN: 0-385-30168-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean solid copy; jacket has slight wear at corners, spine ends, and along top edge of rear panel]. The premise of this novel: "What if Ethel Rosenberg, put to death in 1953 for conspiracy after being found guilty of passing atomic bomb secrets to the Russians, had kept a diary in prison during the last year of her life?" View more info