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The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, Davis, Kathryn
101 The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf Davis, Kathryn
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1993 Knopf. Light edgewear to jacket; PRICE CLIPPED from flap. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 400 pages. Cover art by noted photographer Arthur Tress. Language: English. 'Davis's second novel is as lyrically intense as Labrador (1988) and is also set in a cold, remote landscape--heightening the operatic passions of this dense, fabulistic invention. A magical evocation of Hawthorne, Dinesen, and Stephen Millhauser, this imaginary biography of a Danish lesbian composer has all the intrigue of a New England gothic romance. Helle Ten Brix--born at the turn of the century and famous for her unusual life and art--ends up living in upstate New York, where she becomes an integral part of the narrator's life. Frances Thorn is a waitress with twin daughters conceived in rape, who was on this account disowned by her wealthy parents. ... Though Helle leaves most of her estate to Frances's daughters, she leaves to Frances, a former Juilliard student, her last unfinished opera. ... Artifice and reality clash, then merge, in this strange and visionary novel.'--Kirkus Reviews, 1993. Keywords: fiction, contemporary, 1990s, Nineties. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Hard to Catch Mercy, Baldwin, William
102 The Hard to Catch Mercy Baldwin, William
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition HARDCOVER with dustjacket 1993 Algonquin. Remainder mark on bottom page edge. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Jacket has light shelfwear; slight crumpling at top spine edge. 452pp. Language: English. NOTE: Large size -- Cannot ship outside U.S. via Flat-Rate envelope. 'In Cedar Point, South Carolina, in 1916, 14-year-old Willie T. Allson, teetering on the edge of manhood, talks about the year that his 2 cousins came to live with the family.'--Ingram. Keywords: South, Southern, American, literature, fiction, novel, coming of age. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Haunted House, Brown, Rebecca
103 The Haunted House Brown, Rebecca
Like New. 
Paperback. Brand-new 1st U.S. softcover reprint 1990 Seal Press. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight; never read. Gift-giving condition. 196pp. Language: English. Novel of psychic repercussions of growing up with alcoholic family. 'Through a lyrical weaving of fantasy and childhood memory, narrator Robin Daley considers the contradictions between her material existence and unmet needs. Given her transient childhood and distant family relationshipsher father finally abandoned his wife and childrenshe is prone to question the very concept of identity. Robin's search for a sense of self is continually frustrated, as even the Victorian house she and her lesbian lover are restoring violates her need for permanence by flooding mysteriously from the floorboards. The most transparent moments of her surreal dialogue may still be fragmentary and fleeting, but they represent reality as she perceives it. Here, fluid language becomes the post-modern truth of subjectivity.'--Mollie Brodsky, Library Journal, 1987. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Hundred Secret Senses, Tan, Amy
104 The Hundred Secret Senses Tan, Amy
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 Putnam. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; appears unread. Only the merest hint of wear. 358 pages. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority--Surface or Airmail only. 'A Chinese-American woman and her China-born half-sister undertake a journey toward the truth about our various selves as they rediscover the natural gifts of their hundred secret senses.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Ice Storm, Moody, Rick
105 The Ice Storm Moody, Rick
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1997 Warner Books. Very clean; no marks; spine uncreased; pages bright; binding tight. Light-to-average wear; spine edge rubbed. 279pp. Language: English. 'Exhaustive detailing of early 1970s popular/consumer culture in suburban New England provides the context for this archetypal tale of the American nuclear family in decline. The affluent WASP community of New Canaan, Conn., is home to the Hood and Williams families, neighboring 2-parent, 2-child households built around increasingly dysfunctional marriages. Benjamin Hood, plagued by a loss of importance at work and a growing drinking problem, pursues an ill-fated affair with Janey Williams; his wife, Elena, feels herself losing what little regard she has left for him. Meanwhile, the adolescent children of both families experiment with sex, alcohol and drugs to find identities and to overcome a ponderous sense of alienation....'--Publishers Weekly, 1994. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Invisible Circus: A Novel, Egan, Jennifer
106 The Invisible Circus: A Novel Egan, Jennifer
Good. 
Paperback. 6th printing softcover 1996 Picador. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. NOTICEABLE WEAR: spine and 1 corner creased. 352pp. Language: English. From back cover: 'The high ideals and inevitable compromises of the 1960s form the background to this acclaimed novel. Phoebe O'Connor, 18 years old in the summer of 1978, is too young to know the 1960s, but old enough to feel the anxiety of their influence. She is obsessed by the memory of her charismatic older sister, Faith, a flower child who died in Italy in 1970. Searching for the truth about Faith's death and life, Phoebe retraces her steps across Europe to the very place where she died. Her search yields more complex and disturbing revelations than she had wished for--about her sister and the generation she emblematized.' 
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107 The Ladies' Man Lipman, Elinor
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover. Very clean; no marks or creases. Only light wear. Language: English. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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The MacGuffin, Elkin, Stanley
108 The MacGuffin Elkin, Stanley
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1992 Penguin. Very clean; no marks; spine uncreased; binding tight. Faint age-tanning to pages. Only light wear. 283 pages. Language: English. Cover art by Fred Marcellino. 'Elkin narrates with accustomed panache the mysterious events that take place in something under 40 hours in the life of Bobby Druff, City Commissioner of Streets, aged 58, whose ordered world of avenues and roads seems suddenly a rather more complicated maze than he remembers. Events, in fact, conspire against him, and his wife, his son, his new-found lover, even his chauffeur, appear to be in on it. The novel combines a sort of tough-talking, laugh-out-loud humor and that odd, amusing, under-the-breath revenge of the powerless with the twists and killer thrill rides of a plot to rival Hitchcock's.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Maltese Falcon, Hammett, Dashiell
109 The Maltese Falcon Hammett, Dashiell
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1st Vintage Crime / Black Lizard edition 1992. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 217 pages. Language: English. Cover photo by Axel Crieger. 'Mystery novel by Dashiell Hammett, generally considered his finest work. It originally appeared as a serial in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was published in book form the next year. The novel's sustained tension is created by vivid scenes and by the pace and spareness of the author's style. The other major attraction of The Maltese Falcon is its colorful cast of characters; they include the antiheroic detective Sam Spade; Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a deceptive beauty; Joel Cairo, an effete Levantine whose gun gives him courage; the very fat and jovial but sinister Casper Gutman; and Gutman's gunsel Wilmer, eager to be feared. All of them are looking for the Maltese falcon, a fabulously valuable 16th-century artifact.'--The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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The Man Who Knew Kennedy, Bourjaily, Vance Nye
110 The Man Who Knew Kennedy Bourjaily, Vance Nye
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st printing hardcover 1967 Dial Press. NO DUSTJACKET. Clean except for PREVIOUS OWNER'S NAME ('P. Pidgeon') inked inside front cover and on first free endpaper. Moderate age-discoloration to pages. 312pp. Language: English. Navy-blue cloth-covered boards with gilt titles on spine. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Calasso, Roberto
111 The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony Calasso, Roberto
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1994 Vintage International. Moderate age-tanning to pages. Very clean; no marks or creases; binding tight. Light wear. 403 pages; Sources. Language: English (translated from the Italian by Tim Parks). Included (folded and laid inside front cover) is a photocopy of a review of the book by William Murray, printed in The Boston Sunday Globe, 1993. '[T]he way this breath-takingly ambitious work shapes--and reshapes--classical mythology is remarkable indeed. Calasso, publisher of the intellectual Milanese house Adelphi, revisits the theogonies set forth by Hesiod, Homer, Ovid et al. and then recasts them for a postmodern audience. Gods and men enact the cosmic mysteries as the narrator comments aphoristically on the progress of ancient and divine history.... Calasso presents the abduction of Europa by a bull, analyzes the Trojan war, discusses the meaning of the word tragedy and charts the fall of classical Athens. Into this elegant chronology he also interpolates quotations from and allusions to a pantheon of classical writers, in the same weightless manner in which those writers made use of standard formulaic tropes; he extends his territory by planting modern points of reference.... Calasso's work bridges the perceived distance from the origins of Western culture.'--Publishers Weekly, 1993. [code J] 
Price: 9.00 USD
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The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five (Canopus in Argos: Archives), Lessing, Doris
112 The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five (Canopus in Argos: Archives) Lessing, Doris
0394509145 / 9780394509143 Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1980 Knopf. Heavy wear to jacket: sun-fading overall; discolored area from removed store label on jacket front; edges chipped and worn. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. 5x7-inch glossy black-and-white promotional photo of author by Peter Lessing (same portrait as on jacket flap)--provided by publisher for reviewers--is laid in. 245 pages. Language: English. Nobel Prize-winning author. The second book in this cycle of visionary novels. Keywords: fiction, science fiction, fantasy, literature, 20th century. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Mindleberg Papers: A Novel, Hay, Jacob
113 The Mindleberg Papers: A Novel Hay, Jacob
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1964 Macmillan. Heavy edgewear to jacket: chipped and crumpled; small archivally-repaired rips. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. Good vintage reading / research copy. 215 pages. Language: English. Cover art by Paul Bacon. 'For readers fed up to their campaign hats with the peculiar contemporary madness engendered by the solemn celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Civil War (the War Between the States, that is), here is a zany, outrageously funny tale of a Dixie centennial that threatened to secede from history. ... Casting an impartially satiric eye on the strange folkways of both Madison Avenue and the Land of the Cottonmouth, this delightfully lively spoof will prove irresistible to all but the most hopeless of Civil War buffs.''--from jacket flap. Keywords: satire, parody, fiction, humor, 100th, 1960s, Sixties. No ISBN. 
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The Nine-Tiger Man: A Tale of Low Behavior in High Places, Blanch, Lesley
114 The Nine-Tiger Man: A Tale of Low Behavior in High Places Blanch, Lesley
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket published 1965 by Atheneum, NY. Average edgewear to jacket: small chips, tiny rips. Handsome new bookplate covers name on 1st blank page. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; original price intact on jacket flap. 246 pages. Language: English. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. Fucshia-color paper-covered boards; orange cloth spine with bright gilt titles and decorative borders. Great vintage reading / research copy. 'When East meets West, no writer performs the introductions so gracefully or so perceptively as Lesley Blanch. In this witty novel she has re-created the British India of the 1850's, where representatives of Victoria's England presided uneasily over the glittering remnants of the Moghul Empire. The Nine-Tiger Man is a piquant tale of a Maharajah's heir, a Viscount's daughter and an uninhibited chambermaid who sampled one another's environments and were never the same again.'--from jacket flap. Keywords: literary fiction, romance, British women authors. No ISBN. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Pledge, Kean, Rob
115 The Pledge Kean, Rob
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1999 Warner. Very clean; no marks; flap price intact; pages bright; binding tight. Dark jacket shows shelfwear rubbing. Only light wear. 514pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'A Sigma Delta Phi pledge at Simsbury College is killed in a hazing incident in a small, sleepy town in Maine. The incident threatens 200 years of power building and wielding, unless it can be reported as an accident or, better yet, a suicide. The Sigma apparatus, including powerful alumni, move to tamper with evidence, the autopsy, police reports, and witnesses to cover the fraternity's role in the pledge's death. ... The alums will do anything, from bribery to intimidation to murder, to protect their power network. This fast-paced debut novel captures college life and characters (the social hierarchy from jocks to nerds), the role of rumor and gossip on a small campus, and the strained relationships between privileged college students and disadvantaged townies.'--Vanessa Bush, Booklist. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Purple Decades: A Reader, Wolfe, Tom
116 The Purple Decades: A Reader Wolfe, Tom
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st printing hardcover with dustjacket 1982 Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Noticeable average wear to jacket. Text clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 397pp, B/W illustrations by author. Language: English. Introduction by Joe David Bellamy. Brings together the author's own selections from his list of critically acclaimed publications, including the complete text of Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. Keywords: prose, nonfiction, pieces, excerpts, excerpted, collection, 1960s, 1970s, Sixties, Seventies, New Journalism, literary, reporting, Me Decade, Right Stuff, Radical Chic, hippie, art world. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Return of Merlin, Chopra, Deepak
117 The Return of Merlin Chopra, Deepak
Good. 
Paperback. 1st softcover edition 1996 Ballantine. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Slight curl to cover. 422pp. Language: English. 'Holistic health guru Chopra makes his fictional debut with a symbolic tale mixing Arthurian legends with a modern-day detective story.'--Publishers Weekly, 1996. Keywords: novel, Camelot, legend, King Arthur, spiritual, rebirth. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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118 The Rules of Seduction Magida, Daniel L.
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1994 Fawcett. Clean; uncreased. Average wear. LIBRARY BOOKSALE INKSTAMP and DATE STAMP on dedication page. Pages slightly age-discolored. 422pp. Language: English. 'The torments of living and loving in high society are the focus of this elaborate debut from ex-corporate counsel Magida, who revels in the ambiance of old money and Connecticut estates as he probes the divided heart of a young man born to rule. On the occasion of his 28th birthday, John Newland has come into his own, receiving his portion of the family fortune held in trust since the death of his parents 13 years before. Devastatingly handsome, he has never lacked for companionship--whether in boarding school, at Yale, or when running the gauntlet of the New York club scene as the acerbic cultural observer for a trendy Manhattan magazine--and while his previous escapades have given him a reputation as one willing to go to bed with anything that walks, he has finally become engaged to the perfect mate: the incomparable daughter of the banker managing the Newland funds. But the prospect of a respectable and well-managed future notwithstanding, Jack is desperately unhappy until a new friend approaches him, not with another smooth proposition, but with an escape....'--Kirkus Reviews, 1992. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Seasons, Dorian, Marguerite.
119 The Seasons Dorian, Marguerite.
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1977 Macmillan. Library inkstamp on both free endpapers. Some pages dog-eared. Jacket has small puncture. Average wear. 151pp. Language: English. Novel of Rumanian Jewish bourgeoisie. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Sioux: A Novel, Handl, Irene
120 The Sioux: A Novel Handl, Irene
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 1st thus 1985 Knopf. Tiny letter 'a' inked inside back cover. Clean, tight, bright. 344pp. Language: English. 1965 classic high comedy of manners re modern French aristocrats. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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