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The Buddy System

By: Hoffman, Michael

Price: $13.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2109

ISBN: 0-03-085994-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[trace of exterior wear to book; jacket folded onto book slightly off-center, wrinkling at top of rear flap, no tears or chips]. "Nobody but Buddy Solloway, the disaffected, flip, ironic, and blackly funny hero of Michael Hoffman's first novel, could cram so much into one summer -- the summer between high school and college. He manages to get into trouble with the black gang that hangs around the neighborhood drugstore where he works; to have a fling with a friend's ... View more info

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Our Only May Amelia [*SIGNED*]

By: Holm, Jennifer L.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harpercollins: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 10594

ISBN: 0-06-027822-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, very light abrasion on top edge near spine; jacket has a tiny dampstain at top of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The title character in this, the author's first novel (inspired by the diary of her Finnish-American grandaunt), "is the only girl ever born on the Nasel River -- A Real Miracle, her family says. And with seven brothers she believes it. Most of the time she forgets that she's a girl, like when she ... View more info

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A Dream of Silence

By: Jewell, Bruce and Wanda

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12737

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, very light wear at extremities; jacket shows just a trace of wear at a few corners]. Novel about a "half-breed" boy, Jamie, who "lives in an average American suburb, loves his mother, idolizes his father, and is appealing and normal in every way. Except that he refuses to talk," except to an invisible companion, Mr. Bow, who is "not quite a mystic, but has qualities of a sachem or guru." The authors, per the jacket blurb... View more info

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The Known World

By: Jones, Edward P.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Amistad/HarperCollins: (c.2003)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16753

ISBN: 0-06-055754-0

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[beautiful, as-new copy, with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. "An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, [the book] weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, white, and Indians -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery." The author's second book (and first novel), winner of... View more info

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Thanksgiving

By: Jordan, Robert

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4673

ISBN: 0-525-21553-0

Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dj


[moderate shelfwear, top corners rather heavily bumped; jacket rubbed, some wear at corners/edges, both ends of spine chipped and heavily dog-eared]. Novel about a group of Sixties activists who decide, despite their commitment to peaceful change through the democratic process, to blow up a Long Island country club using homemade bombs. At first the bombing is planned for after the annual Thanksgiving Day celebration, when the club is empty. However, after a passionate e... View more info

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Six Months with an Older Woman

By: Kaufelt, David A.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11843

ISBN: 0-399-11154-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[tight and clean, just the faintest bit of smudging to top edge; jacket rubbed/scuffed, mild edgewear, a little soiling]. The author's first novel, "the story of a unique love affair. It begins in the publicity department of a large New York publishing house, where thirty-year-old Robert Fine and forty-five-year-old Isobel Ross meet. Robert has a string of ex-girlfriends all embodies in the carnivorous Rhoda; he also has a mother who makes Mrs. Portnoy look like a... View more info

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One Hand Clapping

By: Kell, Joseph (pseud. for Anthony Burgess)

Price: $175.00

Publisher: London, Peter Davies: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18232

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dj


(price-clipped) [very light foxing to top edge, otherwise a nice fresh copy with no significant wear; jacket has one tiny chip at top of front panel, also torn with a bit of paper loss at top rear hinge and bottom front hinge, one additional small closed tear at top of rear panel, minor edgewear elsewhere]. Early novel by Burgess, the first of two published under this pseudonym. Satirical novel about a young married couple, "the husband having a sort of brain good a... View more info

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The Sweet Summer

By: Kelley, William

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Louisville KY, Westminster John Knox Press: (c.2000)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17906

ISBN: 0-664-22224-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal handling wear to book; jacket front panel a bit scuffed, one tiny closed tear and very slight dog-earing at top of spine]. "A powerful story of moral awakening told through the voice of Cully Madden, a young airman and aspiring priest who joins the all-black Air Force boxing team in the summer of 1947. During the team's tour of the South, Cully's friendships with his teammates deepen as they face their opponents in dilapidated vaudeville halls, on the rusti... View more info

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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." Th... 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

ISBN: NO

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 c... 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 o... 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, w... 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 o... 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 -... 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 who... View more info