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Pictures of the Journey Back

By: Matthews, Jack

Price: $10.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2981

ISBN: 0-15-171920-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[trace of shelfwear, "7-73" in blue ink on ffep; jacket rubbed, a bit of wear at spine extremities]. "...the intense story of a long trip from Wichita to eastern Colorado," as a rodeo veteran attempts to reunite a long-estranged mothe and daughter; the story also involves a young filmmaker, whose "cinematic visions of the experience [are blended] into the straight narrative." View more info

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The Tears of Autumn

By: McCarry, Charles

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Saturday Review Press/E. P. Dutton: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13973

ISBN: 0-8415-0309-5

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, very slight turn to spine, faint soiling to top edge, Christmas gift inscription on ffep; jacket shows light soiling, tiny tears at top spine corners]. The author's second novel, as well as the second adventure of American spy Paul Christopher -- who, in this book, set in 1963, figures out all by himself exactly who was behind the assassination of JFK, but has to quit the agency in order to pursue the truth. One of the very best entrie... View more info

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The Last Supper

By: McCarry, Charles

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton, Inc.: (c.1983)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14266

ISBN: 0-525-24173-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[very light wear to book, slight browning to page edges; front of jacket shows minor creasing, rear panel has some surface scratching and a small scrunch at the bottom edge, jacket still very presentable]. One of this excellent author's most ambitious works, in which, "through the life of his central character, Paul Christopher, he traces the labyrinthine history of the secret American intelligence group known as the Outfit from its early buccaneering days in the war... View more info

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Shelley's Heart

By: McCarry, Charles

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12420

ISBN: 0-679-41533-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


(price-clipped) [very nice clean copy, no discernible wear, appears unread; aside from the price-clipping, jacket shows only light surface wear, mostly to rear panel]. "The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen. On the eve of the inauguration the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and deman... View more info

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Cooling Off

By: McCool, J.M.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1984)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4313

ISBN: 0-316-55436-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very slight dust-soiling on top edge; jacket shows a bit of wear along top/bottom edges, one tiny nick at top of rear panel]. The author's first novel, a Mississippi-set tale about "a young woman [who] is frozen for five days in a compartment cooled to ten degrees below zero," as a promotional stunt for a car dealership. "A macabre, funny, and page-turning tale in the finest southern tradition." (Sounds like it might be a good companion piece to Harry... View more info

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Running Scared

By: McDonald, Gregory

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Ivan Obolensky, Inc.: (c.1964)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17630

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


[moderate wear to extremities, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket is a bit on the ratty side, with paper loss at top of spine, small chip at bottom left corner of front panel, small tears and bits of paper loss at most corners, rubbing/wrinkling/general wear]. The author's first novel, about "a 'perfect' young man -- brilliant, attractive, and a top athlete," who nonetheless permits his college roommate to commit suicide before his eyes, and who finds hi... View more info

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This Coffin Has No Handles

By: McGrath, Thomas

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Thunder's Mouth Press: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7126

ISBN: 0-938410-62-8

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight copy, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB Novel of labor strife on the New York waterfront, written in the late 1940's but not previously published (although the introduction doesn't explain why). The author, better known as a left/socialist poet, presents "a startlingly immense and detailed tableau of longshorement, communist labor organizers, gangsters, thugs, brilliant yet cynical bosses, and the many ordinary peole unwillingly drawn into the battle and f... View more info

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Hometown

By: Meaker, M.J. [aka Vin Packer]

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18222

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[corners moderately bumped, slight soiling to bottom edge, generally a good solid copy; jacket a bit yellowed, small tear at upper right-hand corner of front panel, minor chipping at spine ends]. "This is the story of the First Family of an upstate New York town in the years from World War I through the aftermath of World War II." The author, herself a product of an upstate New York town, was better known as a mystery/suspense novelist under the pseudonym of ... View more info

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Confessions of a Homing Piegon [*SIGNED*]

By: Meyer, Nicholas

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Dial Press: (c.1981)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22023

ISBN: 0-385-27198-0

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[small light stain on top edge of text block, slight fading to edges of boards; jacket lightly rubbed, small v-shaped pull-tear on rear panel, vertical crease in rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ___ & / ____ -- / with much love -- / Nick / Oct 1981." Novel about "the half-Italian, half-Irish, half-Catholic, half-Jewis child of dead circus acrobats," who first finds himself living Paris in the custody of an eccentric, bois... View more info

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The Death of David Debrizzi [*SIGNED*]

By: Micou, Paul

Price: $30.00

Publisher: London, Bantam Press: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17657

ISBN: 0-593-02362-5

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, the faintest bit of soiling to top page edges; jacket a little rubbed, minor curling along top edge]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel about a would-be biographer, "resting comfortably on the terrace of a Swiss sanatorium," who takes pen in hand to compose a rebuttal to the "criminally unfair biography" of his intended subject, a renowned French concert pianist, that has been published by another writer. "He weeds through ... View more info

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The Misfits

By: Miller, Arthur

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1961

Edition: Fireside BCE

Seller ID: 19884

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[bumping to base of spine, otherwise a tight clean copy with no significant wear; jacket browned at edges and spine, as typical with the book club issue of this title, but otherwise quite nice with only slight wear]. (4 B&W film stills) Novelization (kinda) by Miller of his own screenplay, which itself had "evolved" from his short story of the same name (also included in this volume), first published in Esquire in 1957. The jacket copy dubs it a "cinema-nove... View more info

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Portrait of a Romantic

By: Millhauser, Steven

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1977

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 12046

ISBN: 0-394-41165-X

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[solid copy, bottom front corner bumped but otherwise clean and tight; jacket edgeworn, heavy rubbing/scuffing to front panel, sticker remnant on front panel, soiling to rear panel]. [NOTE that this is stated as a "First Edition" on the copyright page--but it's the book club issue, nonetheless.] View more info

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In the Penny Arcade [*SIGNED*]

By: Millhauser, Steven

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16858

ISBN: 0-394-54660-1

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [book is bumped and lightly shelfworn at bottom edge; rear jacket panel shows a little scuffing/surface scratching]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. His third book, and first story collection. Signed by Author View more info

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From the Realm of Morpheus

By: Millhauser, Steven

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company, Inc.: (c.1986)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20112

ISBN: 0-688-06501-5

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket similarly nice but for a surface-scrape mark at top of spine and some extremely minor edgewear]. "The adventures of Carl Hausman, a dreamy, dissatisfied young man who, while watching a baseball game one hot August afternoon, chases a foul ball into a thicket and discovered an opening into the underworld. Morpheus, the genial master of that realm, takes Carl on an epic tour that includes the lost kingdom of ... View more info

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Prudence and the Pill

By: Mills, Hugh

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: 1966 (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7180

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[mild shelfwear, top corners lightly bumped; jacket shows some wear/rubbing along top/bottom edges and at corners, front panel a bit wrinkled]. "What happens when a successful, middle-aged banker and pillar of society named Gerald Hardcastle discovers that his wife possesses a supply birth control pills, even though their relationship has been platonic for fifteen years? Why, naturally, he switches the pills for aspirin tablets and waits to see what happens next.... View more info

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Thou Worm Jacob

By: Mirsky, Mark

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10004

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, bottom rear corner very lightly bumped, minor soiling/browning to fore-edge; jacket nice and clean, minor surface wear]. The author's first novel, a comic story set in the Blue Hill Avenue district, "the disintegrating Jewish ghetto of Boston, a crumbling neighborhood next to Irish and Negro slums." View more info

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Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard

By: Mo, Timothy

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, Paddleless Press: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17659

ISBN: 0-9524193-0-0

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, very light wear to top page edges; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. "Set in Macau, the Philippines, Japan, and New York for as long as it take to drink a cup and a half of indifferent coffee, Timothy Mo's new novel can be read as a revenger's tragedy, a comedy of polyglot manners, or simply as the newest instalment in his candid commentary on the waxing and waning of the struggle between the ways of East and West." View more info

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Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?

By: Moore, Lorrie

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5711

ISBN: 0-679-43482-8

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[tight, unread copy, NO remainder or other marks; jacket is bright and clean, with the faintest trace of a short crease near the upper left corner of the front panel]. View more info

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The Stones of Summer

By: Mossman, Dow

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Barnes & Noble Books: 2003 (c.1972)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 13132

ISBN: 0-7607-4884-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, as-new, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows very light surface wear to rear panel, slight wear at bottom edge of rear panel]. Reissue of the once-obscure 1972 novel that had effectively vanished into cult-status before being rejuvenated by Mark Moskowitz's 2002 documentary film "Stone Reader," about his own discovery of the novel and his subsequent obsessive search for its author. View more info

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El NiƱo

By: Munson, Douglas Anne [aka Mercedes Lambert]

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15478

ISBN: 0-670-83134-4

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[lightly shelfworn copy, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, surface rubbing, top corners slightly dog-eared]. The author's first novel, about a 34-year-old L.A. lawyer, a court-appointed defense counsel for parents accused of child abuse, who is "struggling to overcome her own tragic past [while also] trying to untangle the difficult, delicate lives of her clients." (The author, who published two additional books under... View more info