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The Kneeling Bus

By: Coyle, Beverly

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Ticknor & Fields: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12054

ISBN: 0-89919-932-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean tight copy, faint wear to spine ends; rear jacket panel scuffed and edgeworn]. Not quite a "novel" (though the jacket copy calls it such), this is rather a series of eight interconnected stories depicting the narrator's coming- of-age in Florida in the 1950's. Whatever ... it's an absolutely terrific book, odd and off-center and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. One of the stories deals with a personal encounter, more or less, with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. The author's first work of fiction; she has published two additional novels to date, which I can also ... View more info

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Taken In

By: Coyle, Beverly

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17638

ISBN: 0-670-86398-X

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[a lovely, fresh, as-new copy]. This wonderful writer's third book, a superb novel about a family with relatively ordinary problems of its own which become exponentially more complicated as they get involved, for the best of motives, with a runaway girl and her violent boyfriend. View more info

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The Mulching of America

By: Crews, Harry

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17642

ISBN: 0-684-80934-6

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, essentially as new with no signficant wear to book; jacket shows just a trace of wear at bottom of rear panel, nothing to call the book police about]. Hilarious black comedy about a Miami-based door-to-door salesman for Soaps for Life, who's determined to win this year's annual sales contest -- "the Cadillac, the trip to Disney World, and the $2,000 in cash." Problem is, he has to beat "the Boss himself, who always outsells his own salesmen, just to show them who's boss." View more info

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Car [*SIGNED* twice]

By: Crews, Harry

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17176

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[solid clean copy, a couple of very shallow dents to bottom edges of boards, minor scrunching at fore-edge of a few pages; jacket shows a bit of wrinkling, no tears or chips]. SIGNED by the author, on a card affixed to the ffep, and SIGNED again on the title page. A gruesomely funny novel about a guy who agrees to eat a car (a 1971 Ford Maverick, if you must know), half an ounce at a time, in a hotel lobby, with a national TV hookup. Crews has his finger on the pulse (or the throttle) of America's love affair with the automobile, and spins an outrageous yet entirely plausible satire, that f... View more info

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Naked in Garden Hills [*SIGNED* twice]

By: Crews, Harry

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: 1969

Edition: 1st Edition (2nd state)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17180

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[shelfwear to book covers at top and bottom edges, spine slightly turned; jacket moderately soiled, wrinkling and a few tiny tears at edges, two faint price-sticker shadows on front panel, rubbing/scuffing to spine]. SIGNED twice by the author, on a card affixed to the ffep and again on the title page. The author's second novel, set in "a corrupted paraside, the Florida-peninsula town of Garden Hills, which once flourished as the site of the world's largest phosphate mine and now is nearly abandoned, decrepit." The book is the second state (two dots at bottom of copyright page), as i... View more info

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Shoot!

By: Cronley, Jay

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11763

ISBN: 0-312-15655-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, NO remainder or other marks, very tiny dent at right edge of front cover; jacket shows a little shopwear at edges (and a tiny bump/scrape matching aforementioned cover dent), light scuffing here and there]. A very funny novel by a very funny writer -- about a discontented married couple, each of whom simultaneously hits on the solution to their problems: hiring a professional killer to eliminate their (well-insured) other half. View more info

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Quick Change

By: Cronley, Jay

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13876

ISBN: 0-385-15180-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[clean tight book, light remainder spray on bottom edge, otherwise only minor shelfwear; jacket edgeworn, moderately scuffed/soiled, a couple of unobtrusive closed tears]. Comic novel about "the Emmett Kelly of crime" -- a bank robber who pulls off his heists dressed in a fright wig and a polka-dotted clown suit. Basis for the somewhat underrated 1990 film directed by and starring Bill Murray (and also bearing at least a glancing resemblance to the 2006 Spike Lee joint "Inside Man"). View more info

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The Twice-Born

By: Crowe, Cecily

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22532

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows a trace of scrunching at spine ends, slight fading to spine, minor edgewear to rear panel]. Uncommon novel about "a fine-bred, talented woman who, in the most ladylike way, slips into alcoholism -- and takes the reader with her." "The Lost Weekend" is evoked in the jacket blurb, and the book traces its heroine's descent "from the 'drink to dress with' to the gallon jug of sherry, from the 'non-addictive sleeping pill' to a dependence on drugs to get from from day to day," to the point where she is "physically battere... View more info

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Not Soldiers All [*SIGNED*]

By: Crowley, Robert T.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7438

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[moderate wear at corners and spine ends, spine very slightly turned; jacket moderately worn/soiled, small tears and some chipping at top of spine, a couple of tiny edge-tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author opposite the title page. "An exciting and suspense-filled novel about an American army surgeon in the Italian campaign of World War II who risks his life to save a wounded fellow officer caught behind enemy lines -- and himself from a nagging guilt his conscience won't ignore." Signed by Author View more info

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A Home at the End of the World

By: Cunningham, Michael

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus Giroux: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16167

ISBN: 0-374-17250-1

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[clean copy, a bit of shelfwear, slight bump to bottom front corner, shallow dent at top of rear cover; jacket shows some surface wear, minor wrinkling along top edge of front panel, short diagonal creases in rear flap]. The author's second novel, the story of a modern-day love triangle that produces a child and various other complications. In the wake of the success of the 2002 movie adaptation of Cunningham's "The Hours," a film was made of this book, too (with the author screenplaying his own work); alas, despite a pretty good cast (Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Sissy Spacek),... View more info

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Golden States

By: Cunningham, Michael

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers, Inc.: (c.1984)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18373

ISBN: 0-517-55279-5

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped, else Fine) [a very nice copy, the faintest finger-smudge and a couple of tiny pencil marks on top edge near spine, tiny diagonal crease at bottom of one page (due to accidentally turned-up corner); jacket is virtually flawless but for the price-clipping, and has been spared the sunning/yellowing that commonly afflicts this book]. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's first novel, which he reportedly was determined to finish by the time he turned 30, whether the book turned out "good, bad or indifferent." Jim Shepard and Denis Johnson liked it (per the jacket blurbs), but... View more info

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Six Black Horses

By: Davis, Nolan

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17921

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[solid copy, minimal shelfwear, light age-toning to page edges, faint tape marks (from what?) at top and bottom edges of endpapers; jacket nice and white, with just a trace of soiling, minor wear at top of spine]. The Kansas City-born author's first book (and alas, to date his only novel), an absurdist comic tale set at the nexus of KC's funeral services industry and its African-American community. The protagonist, a young man named Lawrence Xavier Jordan -- obviously a stand-in for the author himself, who once served as an undertaker's apprentice -- learns all about both the technical and &#... View more info

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Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies

By: De Haven, Tom

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Metropolitan Bks/Henry Holt: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2680

ISBN: 0805044450

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[remainder mark on top edge, a couple of tiny dents at top and bottom of boards, otherwise a clean, tight, unread book; jacket shows minimal handling wear]. Another comic-strip homage from De Haven; this one does for the 1930's what his earlier book, Funny Papers, did for the 1890's. The book was designed by Art Spiegelman with Kelly Soong, and features a color frontispiece, a full-page Sunday "Derby Dugan" strip by "Walter Geebus," the book's protagonist (actually drawn by Spiegelman). View more info

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The Satyr

By: DeMaria, Robert

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1972)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14038

ISBN: 0491001290

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, minimal shelfwear, marred only by some light spotting to fore-edge; jacket somewhat rubbed and scuffed, a few small edge-tears]. Darkly comic novel about a 35-year-old textbook editor (described as "a sensualist on a grand scale") with two objectives in life: (1) to marry a virgin, e.g. his 20-year-old girlfriend; and (2) to avoid being disinherited by his mother, who can't stand his fiancee. He decides, therefore, "that the only logical thing to do is to bump off mama before she has a chance to bump him out of her will. And off we go on one of the funniest, mos... View more info

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Doctor on Trial

By: Denker, Henry

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: (c.1992)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8233

ISBN: 0-688-11388-5

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[some shelfwear to bottom edge, mild soiling at page edges, shows evidence of having been read, but still quite a decent copy; jacket shows minor surface wear, a bit of wrinkling along top edge, no tears or chips]. When the daughter of the most powerful man in New York City dies in the emergency room of a city hospital, "beautiful, dedicated young doctor" Kate Forrester finds herself charged with malpractice and manslaughter. Although "her innocence is clear, the hospital authorities fear a ruinous lawsuit and media fire [and]to avoid the risk, they abandon her to face [the rich g... View more info

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The Next-to-Last Train Ride

By: Dennis, Charles

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13450

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good solid copy, top front corner very lightly bumped, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket has a pinky-tip-size chunk missing at top of front panel, dog-earing at top of spine]. "You cast the movie," begins the jacket blurb -- but alas, despite the author's (or at least the blurb writer's) strenuous-to-the-point-of-tedious suggestions ("Al Pacino? (or Dustin Hoffman?) as Michael Rangeloff, the hapless all-American con-man..." etc.), no movie has ever emerged from this "zany-sad-funny-mad saga of a lovably corrupt Candide's adventurous journey across America." (Or i... View more info

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The Beach Road

By: Diamond, Sarah

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, Orion: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14314

ISBN: 0-75283-784-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely, as-new copy, with just the faintest bit of surface rubbing to rear panel of dust jacket]. The author's highly praised debut novel, a psychological thriller about two teenage girls who are drawn together by their personal troubles, despite being seemingly of quite opposite personalities. View more info

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A God for Tomorrow [*SIGNED*]

By: Dibner, Martin

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20680

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minor wear to book at extremities; jacket shows a little scuffing at spine ends, tiny scrape near bottom of spine, very slight paper loss at top of spine]. SIGNED by the author (signature only with no inscription) on the half-title page. Suspense novel about an American journalist in Berlin, following a tip that he thinks might lead him to a surviving son of Adolf Hitler -- but he's not the only one on Junior's trail: "'Good' Germans want to kill the boy, and neo-Nazis want to find him, to deify him, use him as their symbol." Signed by Author View more info

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An American Girl

By: Dizenzo, Patricia

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12791

ISBN: 0-03-085968-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, very light wear to bottom edge; jacket mildly rubbed/scuffed, one small closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. "In this arresting and highly original novel, a young girl tells what it was like to grow up in a deeply disturbed and alienated family in the America of the abominated Fifties and at the same time gives us a picture of that America -- of the disparate elements of a culture and of personal experiences that don't seem to fit together in any way except that they make up the fabric of our lives." View more info

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A Man of Little Evils

By: Dobyns, Stephen

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Atheneum: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21961

ISBN: 0-689-10567-3

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[tiny nick in cloth at bottom edge of front cover, faint spotting on top edge, light foxing to fore-edge; jacket has a 3/4" closed tear at top of front panel, light stain at rear hinge, faint soiling/rubbing to rear panel]. "A superior novel of intrigue and pursuit," set in London, as a newspaperman becomes obsessed with solving the murder of a casual acquaintance, a man he'd never liked very much. The author's first novel, following one book of poetry. View more info