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The Cost of Living Like This

By: Kennaway, James

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Atheneum: 1969

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22007

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight clean book, with no discernible wear; jacket shows a tiny bit of surface wear to the rear panel, short diagonal crease at bottom of front flap]. Novel set in London and Glasgow, about "the old triangle -- two women and a man -- a husband, a wife, a little girl from the office. If the basic situation is more than familiar, it still has never been explored with such power or described and dissected so vividly in contemporary terms." This was the first of two posthumously-published novels by Kennaway, a Scottish novelist who died in a car accident in 1968 at ... View more info

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Legs [*SIGNED*]

By: Kennedy, William

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan: (c.1975)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18864

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[nice tight clean book with just a trace of handling wear; jacket somewhat rubbed/scuffed, 2-inch closed tear at base of spine, wrinkling and wear along top edge, slight paper loss at spine corners]. The author's second novel, and the opening installment in his "Albany Cycle," is set in the 1920s and centers around the life and legend of gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond, with which Kennedy had grown up as a young newspaperman and (by his own admission) had come to obsess him. An opportunity to add a signed copy (albeit just a book club edition) to your collection at a bargain pri... View more info

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Some Kind of Hero [*SIGNED*]

By: Kirkwood, James

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company: (c.1975)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 21044

ISBN: 0-690-00757-4

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minimal shelfwear, faint dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the ffep. Novel about the readjustment to civilian life of a Vietnam War ex-P.O.W.; basis for the 1982 film starring Richard Pryor. Signed by Author View more info

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Stradivarius

By: Ladew, Donald P.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Carroll & Graf: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8598

ISBN: 0-7867-0136-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, mild wear at base of spine but appears unread; jacket has some very minor wrinkling and one tiny closed tear at top of front panel]. "An inspirational story of young love and the transforming power of music -- a novel that will engage and delight everyone who believes that wonderful things can happen to good people. On the Korean peninsula during the freezing winter of 1951, a wounded American soldier finds a rare violin hidden in the wall of a farmhouse where he has taken refuge. This is the beautifully told story of how a centuries-old Stradivarius came to be in... View more info

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The Horned Man

By: Lasdun, James

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, W. W. Norton & Company: 2002

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 14294

ISBN: 0-393-00336-1

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[slight bump to top front corner, otherwise tight, clean, as new; jacket is flawless]. First novel by this much-honored poet and short-story writer. It "opens with a man losing his place in a book, then deepens into a dark and terrifying tale of a man losing his place in the world. As Lawrence Miller, an English expatriate and a professor of gender studies, tells the story of what appears to be an elaborate conspiracy to frame him for a series of brutal killings, we descend into a world of subtly deceptive appearances where persecutor and victim continually shift roles, where paranoia as... View more info

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Arkansas: Three Novellas [The Term Paper Artist; The Wooden Anniversary; Saturn Street] [*SIGNED*]

By: Leavitt, David

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 11733

ISBN: 0-395-83704-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, no discernible wear, appears unread, tiny smudge at top of half-title page; rear panel of jacket shows some scuffing and surface-scratching, otherwise quite presentable]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Signed by Author View more info

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While England Sleeps

By: Leavitt, David

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16090

ISBN: 0-670-83349-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear; jacket shows only the faintest handling wear]. Leavitt's novel of a homosexual love affair, set against the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930s, and in particular the Spanish Civil War. The author borrowed a bit too liberally from poet Stephen Spender's 1951 memoir "World Within World"; Spender filed a plagiarism suit in England, which ultimately led to the preparation of issuance of a revised version. It's often stated that the original version was "suppressed," which is a considerable exaggeration. In fact, Viking recall... View more info

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Mystic River

By: Lehane, Dennis

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow: (c.2001)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17891

ISBN: 0-688-16316-5

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[solid clean copy, very light shelfwear; jacket a tiny bit scuffed]. The author's breakthrough novel, at least in a culture where "breakthrough" = "somebody makes a big successful movie out of it," as Clint Eastwood did with this one. View more info

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Amnesia Moon [*SIGNED*]

By: Lethem, Jonathan

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace & Company: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17882

ISBN: 0-15-100091-3

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[nice clean copy, the slightest hint of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket is flawless]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page. The author's second novel, "The Wizard of Oz remade as road noir," in which a character named Chaos sets off down the road in an (apparently) post-apocalyptic Wyoming, in "pursuit of a missing identity and a stolen love." View more info

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Move!

By: Lieber, Joel

Price: $8.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2681

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[book worn along bottom edge, corners bumped, numerous passages marked in pencil (erasable) throughout; jacket worn at corners/edges]. Moving as nightmare. Basis for the 1970 Elliott Gould film of the same name. View more info

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Falling Up the Stairs

By: Lileks, James

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8708

ISBN: 0-525-24655-X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, very minor soiling to page edges, NO remainder mark; jacket rubbed/scuffed, some surface-scratching]. The Minneapolis-based columnist/humorist's elusive first novel, about the " society" editor of a small-town Minnesota newspaper, whose wish for a simple life goes wildly awry, first when he inherits his great-aunt's house -- "the Minneapolis version of Mad King Ludwig's castle," complete with ancient servants and a freeloading cousin -- and then when he gets involved as the unwilling "media mouthpiece" for AIL, the Alimentary Instruction League, "... View more info

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Forgiving [*SIGNED*]

By: List, Shelley

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9854

ISBN: 0-525-24132-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, bottom corners bumped, light shelfwear, small smudge on bottom page edges; jacket a bit rubbed, minor wear at edges and corners]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep, with a long personal inscription to actress Marie Windsor (whose address label appears on the front pastedown), "with hopes that the message here - that we must forgive and come to terms with our demons - has meaning for you." The novel deals with a high-powered female photojournalist whose professional life consumes her: "Work is her reality, the rest of life something left aside, to be handled after the d... View more info

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She Walks in Beauty [*SIGNED*]

By: Longstreet, Stephen

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Arbor House: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22447

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[light age-toning to edges of text block, a couple of tiny stains on fore-edge, tiny white spot on front board; jacket a little bit rubbed, with very minor wear at base of spine]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, beneath his lined-through printed name. The author "creates in this new novel the inner world of the cosmetics industry, as dramatized in the personal and public lives of two remarkable women, and the struggles within -- and between -- their executive suites." View more info

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The Mothers

By: Loomis, Edward

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13403

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, light shelfwear, bottom corners a bit bumped; jacket shows light soiling and minor surface wear, remnants of old price sticker at top of front flap]. "Dean Candell's educational opportunities, in matters of the heart, were unusual in the extreme. His two principal instructors, Ethel and Verna, pursued their task, sometimes willingly and sometimes not, under remarkably varied and changing circumstances. Beginning as high-school girls and continuing as wives and mothers, they managed between them to create the episodes of tragedy and comedy -- or so it seemed to Dean -- th... View more info

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The Hunter Deep in Summer

By: Loomis, Edward

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7525

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, slight wrinkling at top of first few pages, bookstore name stamp on ffep; ; jacket moderately edgeworn, front panel internally dampstained and mildly wrinkled, a couple of tiny and unobtrusive surface-peel spots on spine, two small closed tears at bottom of rear panel]. When two Native American boys are arrested and charged with murder in a small town on the California-Nevada border, a semi-retired trial lawyer from Los Angeles takes on their defense. View more info

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Noela & That Man in Rio: Two Novellas

By: Maddox, Muriel

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Santa Fe NM, Sunstone Press: (c.2000)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17137

ISBN: 0-86534-309-8

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[bump to base of spine, otherwise a nice clean tight copy with no significant wear; jacket slightly wrinkled at base of spine (to match bump), very light scuffing to front panel]. Two "widely disparate" novellas. In "Noela," an American lawyer vacationing in Switzerland with his wife finds himself near the village where his plane was shot down during World War II (an experience during which he was hidden by a French family, had a brief affair with the eponymous woman, was helped to escape by a priest, and promised to return but didn't); visiting the village while his wife is ... View more info

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Dog Day Afternoon

By: Mann, Patrick (pseud. for Leslie Waller)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte Press: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12852

ISBN: 0-440-04399-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, minor wear to bottom edge, faint soiling to page edges; jacket shows minor edgewear, spine sunned, light soiling, one tiny tear at bottom rear hinge]. Not really the "source novel" for the movie of the same name, but a sort of novelization (which actually appeared a year before the movie) -- perhaps, more accurately, a kind of alternate telling, "based in part on material created by Frank R. Pierson" (the film's screenwriter, who in turned based his work on an article about an actual bank robbery-cum-media event. View more info

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A Question of Love [original title: Either/Or]

By: March, Hilary

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1966)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 17129

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, very slight indentation in bottom page edges (affecting about 3 pages); jacket lightly soiled/rubbed, one small closed tear at top edge of rear panel]. Who was "Hilary March"? This is apparently her only published book (unless she wrote a 1927 novel called "Wet Weather"), and when anyone writes a single novel which focuses rather intensely on the personal psychodrama of a protagonist of the same gender, a reader's speculations (OK, mine) inevitably trend to the autobiographical. Add to that a complete absence of any biographical cover blurb (at least in thi... View more info

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Born Too Soon

By: Marion, Robert, M.D.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co. , Inc.: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10026

ISBN: 0-385-19833-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, remainder spray on bottom edge but otherwise no significant wear; ditto the jacket, except for a few tiny and very unobtrusive edge-tears to the rear panel (if you can see 'em, you're looking too hard!)]. Novel (the author's first) about "an eager and idealistic young intern, about to bring his new skills and dreams of healing to Boston's famous St. Anne's Hospital, and to the most vulnerable of all patients: newborn babies -- some very sick, some dying, some not weighing more than a pound." The author himself was (surprise!) a pediatrician. View more info

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Ava

By: Maso, Carole

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Normal IL, Dalkey Archive Press: (c.1993)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14285

ISBN: 1-56478-029-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is tight and clean, as new with no significant wear; jacket shows the tiniest trace of surface handling wear, if you're the picky type]. A somewhat "experimental" novel (if people still use such a term), a kind of tour-of-consciousness through a dying woman's mind. Aside from husbands and lovers, the voices of her "literary loves" (Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, and others) are heard as well, along with "the voices of her parents, who survived the Treblinka death camp, and of her Aunt Sophie, who did not." View more info