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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

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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

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The Super Summer of Jamie McBride [*SIGNED*]

By: Wren, Christopher S., and Jack Shepherd

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6040

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, faint soiling to top edge; jacket shows some wear along top edge, moderate soiling, one small damaged spot (surface peel) at top center of front panel]. INSCRIBED ("From your colleagues on the wrong side of the generation gap") and SIGNED (by both authors) on the ffep. "Everything that's going on, baby, gets a pie in the eye in this side-splitting spoof of today's radical, flower- power Youth culture. Spend a super summer with Jamie (age 13) and his hip guide, Constance Flowersong ( age 21), as they live on 'Love, Freedom, Truth, Beauty, Credit Cards, and Birth Co... View more info

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Uncle Herschel, Dr. Padilsky, and the Evil Eye: A Novel of Old Brooklyn

By: Young, I.S.

Price: $12.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14339

ISBN: 0-15-192690-5

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, remainder stripe on bottom edge (but so close to base of spine that it's easy to miss), light wear to book at spine ends; jacket shows only light surface wear]. "When thoroughly engaging and profound Uncle Herschel, a felsher (paramedic) by profession, leaves Russia around the beginning of the century and comes to live in a Jewish community in Brooklyn, he soon discovers that there is more to the business of becoming successful than meets the eye. In America, unlike Russia, he cannot practice medicine without a license. So, to make a living, he sets about opening up a ... View more info