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How to Get Balled in Berkeley: A Historical Romance of the Sixties

By: Steinhardt, Anne

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4934

ISBN: 0-670-38335-X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight book, mild soiling to top edge; jacket has minor edgewear, a couple of creases in front flap]. "In her new work--perhaps the only "how-to" novel ever published--[the author] explores the zany West Coast world of the 1960s, and more specifically the hot-bed of that new life style, Berkeley, California." View more info

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The Big U

By: Stephenson, Neal

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Vintage Books: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5087

ISBN: 0394723627

Condition: Near Fine


[tight, attractive, apparently unread copy; mild edgewear, a bit of soiling to page edges, faint red stripe across top edge, a couple of tiny creases in front cover]. Trade PB Very presentable copy of the author's first novel, a trade paperback original about campus life described as "One flew over the animal house." Stephenson's long-standing resolve to never allow this early work to be reprinted did finally crumble,and a reissue is now available; given the following he has now achieved, however, this true first edition will remain no less collectable in years to come. View more info

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Beginners [*SIGNED*]

By: Strange, Maureen

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7963

ISBN: 0-385-14518-7

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minimal wear to book; jacket has some soiling/spotting on front panel, a bit of wear at extremities]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, a nice personal inscription stating that "I had some of the best times of my life writing this." Subtitled (on the jacket) "A Family Story," the novel follows the fortunes of a young Brooklyn married couple in the 1950s and 1960s, "she the forties teen-ager who lands a husband and plunges headlong into motherhood,he the young sailor-turned-cop who is swept up in her tidal wave without ever really knowing what hit him. Togethe... View more info

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The Elizabethan Garden

By: Sykes, Pamela

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: 1973 (c.1972)

Edition: 1st U.S. ed

Seller ID: 5117

ISBN: 0381982335

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[tight/solid, mild darkening of top edge; jacket's front panel rubbed, spine a bit browned, minor chipping at spine ends]. View more info

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Dr. I.R.T.

By: Tanner, Louise

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Coward, Mccann & Geoghegan: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3696

ISBN: 0-698-10730-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minimal wear to book, slight fading to cloth at top edge; jacket rubbed, a few edge tears, some chipping & dog-earing at spine extremities, 1/4" x 1/4" damaged spot at top left of front panel]. Story of an unlikely pair -- Miss Eunice Tichenor, an eccentric NYPL librarian, and Snake (aka "Dr. I.R.T."), a Yale dropout/Vietnam war deserter/rock songwriter -- and the young Mexican student they take under their collective wing. View more info

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Rules for Saying Goodbye [*SIGNED*]

By: Taylor, Katherine

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15684

ISBN: 0374252718

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket has a tiny bit of wrinkling along the top edge]. INSCRIBED boldly ("______ / Hearting you!") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, and addtionally SIGNED on the title page, with a line drawn through her printed name. Debut novel, in which the protagonist, Kate (hmmm) "makes the unlikely migration from suburban California to the chilly rigor of a New England prep school, and then to Manhattan. Here she will enjoy a dissipated life of bartending and writing novels, falling in love with the wrong boys, and discussing the... View more info

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The Hated One

By: Tracy, Don

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Trident Press/Simon & Schuster: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8009

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[solid copy with minor shelfwear; jacket soiled, edgeworn, bottom 2-1/2" of spine missing]. Novel about an alcoholic lawyer who returns to his hometown in North Florida, where he gets involved in defending the daughter of a former family servant against a charge that she murdered a prominent local (white) citizen. "Once he becomes convinced of her innocence, he faces the crucial problem--how he, almost as hated by the community as [the woman], can secure her a fair trial and acquittal." View more info

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The Box: A Conversation Piece

By: Turpin, Allan

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13215

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight clean copy, very light shelfwear; jacket shows some minor surface wear, a couple of rubbed spots at corners and edges, black markings at upper left part of front panel and top of spine, a couple of small tears]. "The 'box' of the title of this charmingly witty novel is one of the largest in the London variety theater in the 1920's. Complimentary entrée to it is the weekly privilege of the London dramatic critic of the newspaper Retriever -- a position occupied first by Robert Chancellor and then by his youngest brother, Johnny. Pride in its possession comes, however, from the... View more info

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Hart

By: Veillon, Lee

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3194

ISBN: 0-06-014508-0

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[a little wear along bottom edge, one corner slightly bumped; jacket has mild edge/corner wear, wrinkling/chipping at top of spine, some rubbing]. "This is the story of Hart, the brokeback, who knew his place, and his place was where he had always been, shuffling around the Vieux Carre, the Quarter in New Orleans. The Quarter knew Hart and trusted him, with the affectionate embarrassment bestowed on children who are ugly, not quite loved but tolerated. .... Hart, the brokeback, was searching for his father. He kept himself alive by collecting bits and pieces from the local dumps and sell... View more info

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Joe the Engineer [*SIGNED*]

By: Wachtel, Chuck

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London/New York, Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd: 1985 (c.1983)

Edition: 1st U.K. ed

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4498

ISBN: 0-7145-2831-5

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[corners bumped, otherwise nice and clean, except for a gray stain of undetermined origin along the rear gutter (interior binding); jacket somewhat rubbed, mild wear/wrinkling along top edge, 1/2" tear at top right edge of front panel, a couple of diagonal creases in front flap]. Uncommon British edition of the author's highly-regarded first novel, SIGNED and dated (July 31, 1987) by the author on the title page, with an additional authorial inscription and first-name signature. Signed by Author View more info

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Joe the Engineer

By: Wachtel, Chuck

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11760

ISBN: 0-688-01548-4

Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dj


[ex-library, minimally marked as such (just a "discard" stamp on the rear fep) but with other traces, notably large glue stains on both pastedowns (and bleeding through both jacket flaps), the single letter "F" on the ffep, and a tiny scar on the rear fep (from removal of some sort of label, I presume); the jacket itself, aside from the aforementioned glue stains, is quite presentable, with just some minor soiling, one small tear at top of rear panel, one tiny tear at top of front panel]. "The intensely human story of [this book] takes place in Richmond Hill, Queens, New Yo... View more info

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Strike the Father Dead

By: Wain, John

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1962)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2608

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[book mildly edgeworn, boards slightly bowed, a couple of tiny tears in cloth at top of spine; jacket worn at corners and edges, chipped/small tears at spine extremities]. Novel set largely in post-WWII Paris, with a jazz background. View more info

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Meeting the Pieman

By: Wartofsky, Victor

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12720

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Near Fine dj


[ex-library book, ffep badly scarred by removal of label, a couple of much smaller scars on rear pastedown, but the only actual library marking is a small "withdrawn" stamp on the title page; spine moderately turned but just lightly worn; jacket almost perfect, with just a hint of edgewear]. "A violent novel about a Jewish grocer in a black ghetto. Because Simon Farber can't find a job anymore as a carpenter, a trade he has worked at all his life, he allows himself to be talked into a supposedly money-making proposition involving little effort: to buy and manage a small grocery st... View more info

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A Family of Shopkeepers [*SIGNED*]

By: Waterman, Ray

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, W. H. Allen: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9301

ISBN: 0-491-01230-6

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, all corners bumped to some degree, minor soiling to page edges; jacket worn at edges/corners, a few small tears, dampstain across bottom of spine, internally tape-reinforced at both ends of spine]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel about Jewish immigrants settling in London's East End in the early 20th century. "Especially [the book] is about Jacob and Ada Samuels, Jews who have immigrated from Poland to Stepney. She tells of the life they create for themselves in a country strange, if not actually hostile; of the shop that they own and live above; and of thei... View more info

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A Shadow World

By: Weber, Patricia

Price: $15.00

Publisher: La Jolla CA, Pacifica Editions: (c.1992)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9671

ISBN: 0-9617765-0-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is tight and clean, with the faintest trace of wear to bottom edge; jacket shows minor wear at top of spine, faint surface wear]. "The book deals with several generations of the family of Gregor Morghann," with episodes set in Nairobi and California -- specifically La Jolla (described as a "utopian fishing village"), where most of the novel takes place. The main character is the grandson of the original Gregor Morghann (also named Gregor), who "early in his life becomes an expert surfer and an excellent underwater photographer. A mysterious lady enters his life and... View more info

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They Shall Not Die

By: Wexley, John

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20845

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(patterned paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [slight bumping to bottom corners, some fading to spine, tiny tear at top of spine; firmly bound and internally clean]. Dramatization of the Scottsboro Boys case and trial, by a playwright who went on to a relatively brief screenwriting career before his political associations caught up with him and got him blacklisted. The original Broadway production starred Claude Rains as attorney "Nathan G. Rubin," a fictionalized version of Samuel Leibowitz; also in the cast were Tom Ewell, Ruth Gordon, Dean Jagger and Erskine Sanford. Wexley ha... View more info

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Rich is Better

By: Wilk, Max

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9179

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[mild shelfwear, bottom corners lightly bumped, slight browning to page edges; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, minor wrinkling to front panel]. The author's second novel, about "Walter Fleming, small businessman and normal neurotic," who has cause to wonder about the wisdom expressed in the book's title (as the end of a quote from Joe E. Lewis: "I have been poor and I have been rich, and believe me, rich is better."). "Partner in an electronics business in a small New England community, Walter is suddenly -- thanks to the development of an electrical gadget that... View more info

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UNIAD

By: Williams, Jay

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1108

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[book mildly shelfworn, a bit of soiling to edges, spine turned; jacket a little dog-eared/edgeworn, with a rather clumsily tape-repaired tear at bottom of front panel]. What is UNIAD (Universal Advisors, Inc.)? A "personal advisory guild" with limited membership, that promises it can and will change your life -- if you can meet the entrance requirements. (Imagine that -- a novel based on the idea that computers might play an important role in human social interactions. What a silly notion, eh?) View more info

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Fierce People

By: Wittenborn, Dirk

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Bloomsbury: 2002

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 14788

ISBN: 1-58234-242-3

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[beautiful book, clean and unmarked, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. "A modern coming-of-age novel about a boy's struggle for survival in a lush and corrupting world," in which a 15-year-old boy is abruptly transplanted from the mean streets of New York's Lower East Side to an exclusive rural New Jersey community, thanks to his cocaine-addicted masseuse mother's hooking up with one of her clients, an aging billionaire. View more info

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Opinion of the Court

By: Woolfolk, William

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7011

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


Near Fine in Near Fine dj [nice tight copy, faint yellowing of page edges, small dented spot on fore-edge; jacket has one small tear at upper front corner, mild chipping at spine ends]. "When [the author] was editor for a well-known television series, 'The Defenders,' he found it impossible to win approval for a script that embodied the central thesis of a Supreme Court decision. 'Far too controversial' was the network's verdict. Ths persuaded [the author] that more should be known about the operations of our highest tribunal and how its decisions are arrived at." This spurred him on t... View more info