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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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Tightrope Minor

By: Topor, Tom

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16896

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[very presentable book, with light shelfwear and faint soiling to bottom edge, slight bumping to bottom corners, minor dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a bit of wear at corners, small closed tear at top of front panel]. The playwright and (more recently) thriller writer's scarce first novel, "the story of Charlie Minor, of what he is and what he wants to be and of how he manages to become almost a hero. Charlie is a dreamer, a lover, a veteran, an ex-Communist, a diligent men' s room entrepreneur-employee of the New York City Parks Department, a faithful fan of the late late movie,... 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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The Panama Story

By: Vasilou, George

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Jericho NY, Exposition Press: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20807

ISBN: 0-682-47926-8

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[some shelfwear to bottom edge, top corners and top of spine bumped, slight discoloration to pastedowns; jacket lightly rubbed and a bit edgeworn]. Vanity-press novel set during World War II, about "a draftee first sergeant among the first group of new soldiers shipped to tropical Panama Canal Zone to bolster up the regular forces immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor." Per the jacket blurb, it's "a lusty tale that encompasses more than a wartime experience. It reveals differently the way war neurosis changes men even when far from combat. But it also unfolds the only wa... 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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Love Lies Bleeding

By: Viertel, Peter

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16813

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, very light shelfwear, shallow dent at top of rear cover; jacket is clean and attractive despite one short and slightly ragged closed tear at bottom of front panel and another at top of rear panel]. My God, did any writer ever want to be Hemingway as badly (and baldly) as Peter Viertel? His 1992 memoir, "Dangerous Friends: At Large with Hemingway and Huston in the Fifties," while a fascinating read, is also more than occasionally a little sickening for the degree of sycophancy it displays towards "Papa." Anyway, it's not surprising that he waited until the ol... 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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The Asphalt Campus: Monotremata of the Academe

By: Wagner, Geoffrey

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York/London, The Macmillan Company: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21008

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped, although price remains visible) [good sound copy, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows some wear at spine ends, one-inch diagonal closed tear at top left corner of front panel, with associated wrinkling/creasing across top edge of front panel, also small closed tears at both top corners of rear panel]. Scarce novel set on the campus of the fictional "Lincoln College, purveyor of education to the vast multitudes of New York City's youth, the people with the unpronounceable names and the flat pocketbooks, who flow in daily by subway." The story, a tract again... 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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These Same Men [*SIGNED*]

By: Warman, Eric

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, Ronald Whiting & Wheaton: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22046

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very slight wear to base of spine, faint soiling to top of text block; jacket slightly browned at spine, minor scuffing to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For Sally & Chris / Affectionately, / Eric / October 1966." Novel about a strange sort of romantic triangle, involving a British television personality, a "wealthy but unstable" young poet, and the latter's fiancee. When the TV guy (an acerbic panel member on a show called the "Television Brains Trust") gets to messing around with the fiancee, a practice known as Candaulism comes into ... 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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Hail, Hero!

By: Weston, John

Price: $60.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20210

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, minor wear to base of spine; jacket slightly age-toned at spine, no other significant wear]. Novel about "the twenty-four hours in the life of a young man just before he goes into military service," even though he's passionately against war and does intend to do any killing: "he wants only to look in the face of the man who will try to kill him, and love that man if he can." Basis for the 1970 film of the same name, directed by David Miller and starring a young Michael Douglas in his first starring role, with Arthur Kennedy and Teresa Wright as his uncompreh... View more info

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Birdy

By: Wharton, William

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17845

ISBN: 0-394-42569-3

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[a bit of soiling at top and bottom edges of covers, faint foxing to top page edges, spine slightly turned; jacket shows moderate wear at edges and corners, surface rubbing, vertical crease in rear flap, small tear at top front foldover (rendered unobtrusive by new jacket protector)]. The author's first novel, a National Book Award winner, which takes the reader "into the life -- into the abrasive real world, the extraordinary mind and the inspired obsession -- of a boy whose entire being, from his thirteenth year, is focused on his desire for flight, on his fascination with birds." O... View more info

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In the Balance

By: White, M.E. [Mary Ellen]

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17908

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, with light shelfwear; jacket slightly wrinkled at top of front panel, very minor dog-earing at top of spine]. A bit of Sixties-ness, "a satire and very funny in parts, but also a tragedy." Per the jacket blurb, it's "the story of a girl's round trip to the dentist's office" -- but actually there seems to be quite a lot more to it. The action wanders episodically all over California, North and South, involving "cabbies, truck drivers and hub-cap collectors," and "each step of [the heroine's] journey is parallel with some other, [an... View more info

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A Feast of Freedom

By: Wibberley, Leonard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15276

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, very light wear at ends of spine; jacket shows some faint soiling, one small tear at bottom edge of front panel, tiny chip at top of spine and another at bottom front hinge]. A typical bit of farcical whimsy from this author, a spoof of international affairs about a not-(then)-too-distant future (1968) in which Britain, in the interests of maintaining world peace, is asked by the United States to grant independence to her last two colonies, Omo Lau and Omo Levi,"two little islands in the South Pacific, their cannibal past all but forgotten, happily drowsing in the trade w... View more info

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Skyblue the Badass

By: Wiebe, Dallas

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc. / Paris Review Editions: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20934

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate soiling and light dampstain to top edge of text block (interior of book unaffected), white patch (probably from sticker removal) on ffep, otherwise just lightly shelfworn; jacket slightly tanned at spine, tiny stain at bottom right corner of front panel]. The first of only two published novels by this Kansas-born author (1930-2008), a ribald satire that became a small-scale literary cause célèbre after an excerpt published in The Paris Review in 1967 ignited a somewhat bizarre censorship attempt in the Long Island town of South Farmingdale, N.Y.; in the course of the kerfuffle, TP... View more info