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Unexpected Pleasures [*SIGNED*]

By: Naylor, Phyllis

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1986)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15327

ISBN: 0-399-13198-1

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear to book, light fading to boards at top and bottom edges, browning and light soiling to page edges; jacket torn at spine corners, dog-eared at spine ends, worn along top edge, one small closed tear at top of rear panel, short diagonal crease at top of front flap]. INSCRIBED to TV producer/writer Joanna Lee and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A "profoundly touching love story between a thirty-two-year-old bridgeworker and a sixteen-year-old refugee from a mobile home, a drunken father and two trollopy older sisters"; set against a backwater of blue-collar tidewater... View more info

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A Visit to Yazoo

By: Neider, Charles

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Penguin Books: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2585

ISBN: 0140134042

Condition: Near Fine


Near Fine [just a trace of handling wear]. (Contemporary American Fiction) Series Trade PB A rich and ruthless banker, on his way to Florida, finds himself stranded by car trouble in a small backwoods Maryland town. "A dark, disturbing portrait of one man's fated collision with the very thing he craves-- control." A paperback original. View more info

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Naked Eye

By: Neider, Charles

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Horizon Press: 1964 (c.1962)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 3097

ISBN: 1125155418

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


[moderate wear, top edge dusty, agency stamp (H. N. Swanson) on ffep, tape marks on pastedowns & endpapers from formerly taped-down jacket; jacket edgeworn, faint water-stain near base of spine]. Novel about "the loves of a famous photographer"; blurbs on the front panel by Aldous Huxley, Mark Schorer and Max Eastman. View more info

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The Last Station

By: Nelson, Bobby Jack

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15831

ISBN: 0-395-13948-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, minor shelfwear, agency label on ffep; jacket has a couple of tiny scrapes near top of front panel, minor soiling to rear panel]. First novel by this New Mexico-born author, "a memorable tale of a harsh life in a far country -- the story of an American named Bob who finds himself on a drought-ridden cattle station, 300 miles from the nearest town, in the burning waste of the great Australian outback, the world's last frontier." The author had spent some time there himself, according to his jacket bio. View more info

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Truckstop

By: Nelson, Indiana

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5096

ISBN: 0-312-82052-6

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[mild wear to bottom of book, top rear corner ever-so-slightly bumped; jacket has some wear at corners, and a 2" closed tear and associated wrinkling at the top of the front panel]. Novel centered in a small Arizona town, and populated by truckers, waitresses, and other denizens of the American road. Laid in to this copy is a brief story analyst's report from Walt Disney Productions; the reader allows as how the book "is both sensitive and well-written," but concludes that it's " overall tone is depressingly downbeat, and since it has no strong central story, I can't see anythi... View more info

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Whitey McAlpine; a tale of ambition

By: Ney, John

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.: (c.1962)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3824

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


[moderate overall wear, some edge-soiling, blue mark on ffep; jacket chipped/edgeworn, bottom 1/2" of spine missing, original price marked over on front flap]. "A startling novel of men and women who strike a shrewd balance between moral bankruptcy and life on the gold standard. For the relatively large number of people who have never manipulated lives, indulged in sleight-of-hand with signed proxies, concocted unsavoury deals with relish, or committed sane relatives to mental institutions--but would like to know how the rich and ruthless do it--[this book] gives an engrossing opportu... View more info

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Hunters & Gatherers

By: Nicholson, Geoff

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Woodstock NY, The Overlook Press: 1994

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 13437

ISBN: 0-87951-559-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows faint surface wear]. An author sets out to write a "mildly facetious study of that venerable institution, the English eccentric," but gets a lot more than he bargained for. His research "introduces him to a Felliniesque cast of characters, including an alluring woman named Victoria who collects lovers who collect cars," and eventually he himself becomes an obsessive collector, "eating, sleeping and breathing the works" of his primary quarry, reclusive novelist Thornt... View more info

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Everything and More

By: Nicholson, Geoff

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18414

ISBN: 0-575-05805-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very slight bumping to bottom corners and top of spine, agency label on ffep; jacket shows some surface wear, minor wrinkling along top and bottom edges, slight scrunching with one itsy-bitsy tear at base of spine]. "The very first Shopping and Terrorism novel," this book tells the story of what happens day and night in Haden Brothers, a vast West End department store that sells everything, and is "built along the lines of the Tower of Babel." View more info

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Luke Benedict

By: Oliver, Mark (pseud. for Michael Tyler-Whittle)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8863

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy, minor soiling to top edge, tiny nick in cloth at top of spine; jacket moderately worn at edges/extremities, a couple of tiny tears/chips along top edge of rear panel, short closed tear at top right-hand corner of front panel]. "The story of an angry young man who takes action and refuses to despair. Virtually abandoned at an early age by his father, reared by his uncle, a university professor, who compassionately tell's Luke's story, Luke fought the world for love. At school, at the university, he questioned the values held up to him, rebelling against and yet silently submi... View more info

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Off to See the Wizard

By: Ort, Daniel

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Mason/Charter: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11720

ISBN: 0884051048

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, light shelfwear, a couple of slightly bent bottom page corners; jacket shows a little wear at edges and top corners; review copy, with publisher's slip laid in]. The author's first novel, a comic tale (apparently) about a 35-year-old teacher/husband/father (with five kids and sixth on the way), who finds himself "bored with the homeowner routine of fixing leaky faucets in a house he hates. And so, with his equally fed up friend David, he masterminds a weekend plan to leave everyday reality behind. Leaving their credit cards at home, taking little cash, the two set off ... View more info

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There Goes Davey Cohen

By: Owen, Wendy

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-Mccann: 1966

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 7959

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate dust-soiling to fore-edge and top-edge, a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket scuffed, edgeworn, moderately soiled, tiny tears at corners of rear panel]. The author's first novel, examining "the complex texture of a marriage." Set in a picturesque Spanish resort town; jacket blurbers include Anais Nin and Anthony Burgess. View more info

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Serpent's Delight

By: Park, Ruth

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1962

Edition: 1st U.S. edition (see note)

Seller ID: 7780

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[spine turned, some wear at spine extremities, top front corner lightly bumped, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket edgeworn, a few tiny chips/tears, mild browning at edges, minor paper loss at top of spine and at top rear corner]. "When Geraldine, youngest of the good-looking Pond sisters, announces she has had a vision of the Blessed Virgin, her entire family is suddenly shot from its mundane middle-class existence into the glare of publicity." (A stated "First Edition in the United States of America," yet with no printed price on dust jacket, therefore a possib... View more info

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Wilderness [uncorrected proof]

By: Parker, Robert B.

Price: $35.00

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

Edition: Uncorrected Proof

Seller ID: 15640

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


(printed wraps) [nice clean copy, very light handling wear, trace of browning to spine]. Uncorrected proof copy of Parker's first non-Spenser book, a suspense novel about a writer whose life is threatened after he witnesses a murder and agrees to testify against the accused killer, a professional mobster. View more info

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Face [*SIGNED*]

By: Pineda, Cecile

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 5254

ISBN: 0-670-80330-8

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice and tight, minimal wear to bottom edge, previous owner's name on ffep; jacket rubbed, one tiny closed tear at top of front panel, a couple of vertical creases in rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half- title page. Signed by Author View more info

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The Golden Spur

By: Powell, Dawn

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16005

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [a very presentable copy, with some light soiling to yellow cloth at rear cover, but no other significant wear]. The author's final novel, set largely in the New York she loved (specifically in this instance that city's art world), and telling the story of a young man's quest to find his real father, which leads him into the circle of a charismatic painter. View more info

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Me For Posterity! A Roisterous Spoof on the New Wave

By: Price, Stanley

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1891

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, spine slightly turned; jacket shows a little handling wear, minor soiling]. "Now that the kitchen sink reigns on London stages and screens and has almost replaced the ash can on our own Broadway, now that London is wearing leather jackets and getting 'with it,' now that the Outsider is In and the Insiders Out, James Breedin has his heyday. He is one of the New Men of British culture riding the crest of the New Wave -- who write the 'working class' novels, dramatize them, compose the music, write the lyrics, highlight the squalor, and then buy shares in ... View more info

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Serial Killer Days

By: Prill, David

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15562

ISBN: 0-312-14411-3

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[tight clean copy, bumped at base of spine but no other significant wear; jacket a bit worn along top edge and at base of spine]. The author's second book, a comic novel about a small town that decides to turn its annual visitation by a serial killer (who kills one person from the town on the same day each year) into a yearly fair, including a beauty pageant. View more info

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Dirty Pictures from the Prom

By: Rauch, Earl M.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday Projections Books / Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22970

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[good solid book with minor shelfwear; jacket is lightly soiled and a bit age-toned, and has been nibbled just a bit along the bottom edge by some insect]. The author's first novel, written when he was 19, which "describes the quest of an existential Candide, searching vainly for a search worth searching for, trapped by the paradox that destroys the distinction between freedom and restriction, acceptance and rejection, affirmation and despair." (You know -- the Sixties.) Given its current scarcity in the marketplace, I suspect this book -- described by one online critic/appreciator a... View more info

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The Secretary

By: Ringer, Vivian

Price: $30.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9684

ISBN: 0440082358

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, very faint soiling to page edges, no significant wear; jacket shows mild soiling]. Novel (the author's first and only) about a young, attractive, single secretary, and her obsession with her boss, a New York book publisher; the jacket blurb describes it as "a warm and telling picture of a modern-day Kitty Foyle, a novel that makes clear how complicated it is to juggle the personal and professional roles of the office 'second wife.'" The author herself had come out of the New York publishing world, was co-founder of the liberal Book Find Club, and had a long career a... View more info

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Kissing Through a Pane of Glass [*SIGNED*]

By: Rosenberg, Peter Michael

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Simon and Schuster: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7539

ISBN: 0671718061

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[bottom corners bumped, faint browning to page edges; mild surface wear to rear jacket panel, very slight edgewear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page, dated 24/6/93. A novel (the author's first) of sexual obsession, set in India and England; runner-up in the 1992 Betty Trask Prize. Signed by Author View more info