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Pride of the Bimbos

By: Sayles, John

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Atlantic-Little, Brown: (c.1975)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19115

ISBN: 0-316-77230-5

Condition: Good in Fair dj


[reading copy ONLY, an ex-library book with typical markings (incl. giant DISCARD stamps on top and bottom edges and both endpapers, pocket on rear fep), scarring to pastedowns from peeling-up of formerly glued-down jacket protector flaps; jacket moderately soiled, and the spine is a mess, badly torn with some paper loss]. Sayles' first novel, about an itinerant five-man softball team that tours the Deep South in drag. View more info

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Mountain of Winter

By: Schoonover, Shirley

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-Mccann: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3820

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[mild edgewear to both book and DJ; mild soiling/slight discoloration to top edge, a couple of bent page corners]. View more info

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The Handyman

By: See, Carolyn

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17850

ISBN: 0-375-50155-X

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[beautiful, as-new book, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. "The story of Bob Hampton, an aspiring young painter who has had to face the humbling fact that he doesn't know what to paint." Thus disillusioned, "Bob trades in his artist's palette for a minivan full of house paints, hammers, and nails, and sets about earning a little cash as a handyman. Although he turns out to be very bad at fixing the things he's hired to fix, Bob demonstrates quite a knack for fixing the lives of the people around him." Yet another of the author's books that zones in acutely on so... View more info

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Lucinella

By: Segal, Lore

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21881

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[slight bumping to bottom front corner and base of spine, no other significant wear to book; jacket slightly faded at spine (impacting only the publisher's name), also slightly scrunched at base of spine; a review copy, with the original publisher's slip and a small photograph of the author laid in]. A novel of the New York literary life, centering around the title character, "a poet [who] lives in New York, and knows writers," and incorporating elements of magical realislm. And speaking of writers, the rear jacket panel features glowing blurbs from a pretty impressive trio of same: ... View more info

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures

By: Selznick, Brian

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Scholastic Press:

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15570

ISBN: 0-439-81378-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean attractive copy, just the slightest bumping at base of spine and a teeny-tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover; jacket shows very slight wear at spine ends, tiny tear at bottom of spine]. Caldecott Award-winning illustrated tale -- do we call this a semi-graphic novel? -- about a young orphan living secretly in the remote corners of a Paris railway station, and how his life intersects with the great French filmmaker Georges Méliès. Adapted into the multiple-Oscar-nominated 2011 film HUGO by director Martin Scorsese. View more info

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Love is Not Enough [*SIGNED*]

By: Shanks, Bob

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, W. W. Norton & Company: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9615

ISBN: 0-393-01586-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, very light soiling to top edge; jacket rubbed, mildly edgeworn, short diagonal crease in front flap, a bit of wear at bottom front corner]. INSCRIBED to a friend and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "It all begins one night in Manhattan in the company of eight naked women, who are trying to come to terms with their bodies and themselves. This novel is a compelling, contemporary love story with any number of unexpected crises and a surprisingly happy ending. It is a kind of feminist fairy tale written, interestingly enough, by a man." (Who, interestingly enough, c... View more info

The House of God

By: Shem, Samuel

Price: $4.50

Publisher: New York, Dell Publishing Co.: 1988 (c.1978)

Edition: 2nd ptg. thus

Seller ID: 14057

ISBN: 0-440-13368-8

Condition: Very Good


[decent, clean copy, with moderate edgewear and slight spine roll; reading creases in spine, slight binding split starting in middle of book]. Mass Market PB The "Special Tenth Anniversary Edition" of this medi-cult novel, described by one blurber as "Catch-22 with stethoscopes." With a new Introduction by the author. View more info

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Glimpses: A Novel [*SIGNED*]

By: Shiner, Lewis

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: (c.1993)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13540

ISBN: 0-688-12411-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy, minor shelfwear at base of spine; jacket shows a bit of wrinkling here and there, mostly to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, in the year of publication (dated in his hand). "Ray makes his living repairing stereos in his upstairs workshop. Like so many others of his generation he's trying to cope with lost ideals and broken dreams. The father he rebelled against for years has just died, and his marriage looks like a demilitarized zone. Then the strangest things start to happen. Ray begins to hear music in his head: glimpses... View more info

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It Happened in Wayland [*SIGNED*]

By: Shroyer, Frederick

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Reynal & Company, Inc.: 1963

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15558

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, minimal shelfwear, very light age-toning to page edges, old price/inventory code lightly stamped on ffep; jacket shows light wear at corners, minor chipping at top of spine, one small triangular chip at top of rear panel]. INSCRIBED warmly to a friend and SIGNED and dated (April 8, 1964) by the author on the ffep. "The story of the growth to maturity of a young man set against a powerfully evoked background of the Depression" in a small Indiana town." First published in England in 1962 as "Wayland 33." Signed by Author View more info

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Squeegee

By: Siegel, Jack

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Horizon Press: 1965

Edition: 1st (unstated)

Seller ID: 1111

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[book moderately shelfworn, edges of covers soiled; jacket is scuffed and soiled, with a 1"x1-1/4" chunk missing at bottom front hinge]. "The story of a single day whose seemingly minor events shatter and transform the lives of four people: the Negro couple Benny and Althea Robinson, and the white couple David and Alice Marko, with whom, at varying levels of need, they come into contact. Before the day is over, each of them, using lust as 'false balm against the gray world,' will have been violated and revealed, to each other and to himself." The jacket blurb assures the pot... View more info

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Central Park Underground

By: Siegel, Maxwell E.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Walker and Company: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8966

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, mild soiling to top edge; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, one small tear at bottom of rear panel]. "George Revere, when he regained consciousness, though not his memory, after being blackjacked one hot August night, learned a great deal about the Park and its secret life." View more info

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Heir [*SIGNED*]

By: Simon, Roger Lichtenberg

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan: (c.1968)

Edition: First printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2845

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[mild shelfwear, green inked dot (remainder mark?) on bottom edge; jacket has one small tear at top fo spine]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. The author's first novel, being essentially "the diary of Marcus Rottner, aged twenty-four, heir to a major American fortune [and] heir to the frustrations of his contemporaries"; eventually he "splits, cracks, turns inside out into the abyss of violence, drugs, madness until...." Signed by Author View more info

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Cosmetic Effects [*SIGNED*]

By: Sinclair, Clive

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1990

Edition: First American Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22477

ISBN: 0-670-83341-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, minimal handling wear, top corners slightly bumped; jacket just a teensy bit rubbed]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "for ____ & ______ / with admiration & / love from / Clive Sinclair / Chelsea, Summer 2000." "A novel about terrorism and infidelity that manages to be simultaneously hilarious, apocalyptic, and erotic. It tells the story of Jonah Isaacson, who lectures in film at the University of St. Albans," who discovers the glories of powdered rhinoceros horn -- "not only the greatest aphrodisiac he's ever had, but something th... View more info

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The Courtship of Peggy McCoy

By: Sipherd, Ray

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1990)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18134

ISBN: 0-312-04286-8

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[lovely book, tight and clean, with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. Novel of mature romance between the title character, "a proud woman -- proud of her Yankee heritage, proud of her own feisty independence, and proud, too, that she and her small sailboat can outsail any man or woman in the coastal town of Hasty Harbor, Maine," and a retired admiral who she meets at the launching of a navy ship. Laid in is a 1990 letter from a Hollywood TV producer to actress Lee Remick, who apparently was under consideration for the leading role in a proposed adaptation; Remick died the... View more info

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The New Moon with the Old

By: Smith, Dodie

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston, Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown and Company: (c.1963)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 18696

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [spine slightly turned, bottom corners bumped, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket edgeworn, small tears at several corners, small chip at top of spine, slight browning/fading to spine, light soiling to rear panel]. Novel about a woman who signs on as a secretary-housekeeper to a handsome widower ensconced in a comfortable country house with his four attractive and talented children. All is happy in "the delightful private world of Dome House," until the father informs our heroine that "he is in danger of prosecution and must leave England," thus leaving hi... View more info

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Ursus Major [*SIGNED*]

By: Smoodin, Roberta

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12003

ISBN: 0-394-50973-0

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[remainder stamp on bottom edge, light soiling to page edges, a couple of slightly bent lower page corners; jacket a bit soiled, marks on spine from old labels]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the half-title page. Her first novel, about "your everyday, decent, wholesome ber whom fortune piteously obliges to suffer the abundant society of men. Which is not to suggest that this bear is entirely the blameless bystander to those zany events that usher him from relative obscurity to the very threshold of Hollywood stardom. Because this particular bear, decent and wholesome and eve... View more info

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Edgar Henry

By: Snider, Paul

Price: $10.00

Publisher: [New York], Bernard Geis Associates: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14658

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[light shelfwear, one tiny nick at top edge of front cover; jacket worn at extremities, a couple of small tears at top of front panel, a couple more at bottom of rear panel]. Novel set in Detroit, "a story of violence -- of brother against brother in brutal battle; of man against the union, where simple strength is pitted against dynamite and numbers; of man against a system, where he cannot be his own master." The author was a Detroit native and a Korean War veteran; this was his first (and apparently only) novel. View more info

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The Lemon Eaters

By: Sohl, Jerry

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2741

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[mild wear to book, spine slightly turned; DJ worn at edges/corners, torn at top hinges, various small chips/tears]. A novel in which "twelve people, strangers to each other except for husbands and wives, are brought together in a California motel to experience today's newest form of psychotherapy, the 'marathon' or '300- year weekend.' Old and young, married and single, black and white, they spend the entire weekend with a psychologist in a non-stop truth game, with only a few hours respite each night for sleeping." A mainstream novel by an author (who went through a "sensitivit... View more info

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Candy

By: Southern, Terry, and Mason Hoffenberg

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1964)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19936

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, very light shelfwear, one-time owner's address label on ffep; jacket slightly age-toned, a trace of wear along top edge, two-inch wrinkle/pucker along top rear hinge, minor soiling to rear panel]. Erotic take-off on Voltaire's Candide -- generally thought of as an artifact of the 1960s, although it was first published in France (as by "Maxwell Kenton") in 1958 -- here making its first legit (i.e., non-smuggled) appearance in the U.S., this also being the first hardcover issue, ditto the first with the authors' real names acknowledged. The book has (thankfully) outli... View more info

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Secret Anniversaries

By: Spencer, Scott

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15475

ISBN: 0-394-57817-1

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[nice tight unread copy, no significant wear but a red remainder stripe on bottom edge close to spine; jacket shows only light handling wear]. Novel set in 1940, in which a young "government girl" enters into a love affair with another woman; both of them are aides to a Congressman who, "in his effort to keep America out of the war, has slipped into collaboration with the Fascists." View more info