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The Hundred Secret Senses, Tan, Amy
101 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
102 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
103 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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104 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
105 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. 
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The Maltese Falcon, Hammett, Dashiell
106 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
107 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
108 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
109 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
110 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
111 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
112 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. 
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The Purple Decades: A Reader, Wolfe, Tom
113 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. 
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The Return of Merlin, Chopra, Deepak
114 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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115 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. 
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The Seasons, Dorian, Marguerite.
116 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
117 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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The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, Miller, Henry
118 The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder Miller, Henry
0811205568 / 9780811205566 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 12th printing, published by New Directions. Only light wear. Clean, unmarked, uncreased; pages bright; binding tight. 49 pages. Language: English. 'Henry Miller called The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder his most singular story. First published in 1959, this touching fable tells of Auguste, a famous clown who could make people laugh but who sought to impart to his audiences a lasting joy. Originally inspired by a series of circus and clown drawings by the cubist painter Femand Leger, Miller eventually used his own decorations to accompany the text in their stead. Undoubtedly, he says in his explanatory epilogue, 'it is the strangest story I have yet written. . . . No, more even than all the stories which I based on fact and experience is this one the truth. My whole aim in writing has been to tell the truth, as I know it. Heretofore all my characters have been real, taken from life, my own life. Auguste is unique in that he came from the blue. But what is this blue which surrounds and envelopes us if not reality itself? . . . We have only to open our eyes and hearts, to become one with that which is.' -- from back cover. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Sound of Trumpets, Mortimer, John
119 The Sound of Trumpets Mortimer, John
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 3rd U.S. printing hardcover with dustjacket 1999 Viking. Light-to-average edgewear to jacket. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 272 pages. Language: English. Jacket illustration by Ian Pollack. Third book of The Rapstone Chronicles. 'Simply because England's political tides have turned from Tory Thatcherism to Blairite New Labour does not mean that Mortimer's Machiavellian Leslie Titmuss will be any less entertainingly scheming than in Paradise Postponed or Titmuss Regained. Although Titmuss has retired from Whitehall to write his dreaded tell-all memoirs, he takes a keen interest in Terry Flitton, Labour's candidate for the newly open parliamentary seat for the districts of Hartscombe and Worsfield South. Titmuss sees in Flitton an instrument of revenge against the party that betrayed his beloved Iron Lady, while Flitton, to his dismay, realizes that Titmuss possesses the killer political instincts that he lacks and needs. Mortimer, though a Labour voter, is a bipartisan satirist, skewering with equal enthusiasm both parties' rhetoric and campaign tactics. Flitton's farcical, accidental enlistment in the B-list local fox hunt not only provides a hilarious chase sequence, but also slyly dislodges conservative and contemporary mores. Flitton, however, should not be mistaken for a Blairite politician. It is precisely his old-fashioned ideals that are at odds with his success at the polls, his tenure in the new government and his downfall when Titmuss claims his Mephistophelian fee. At once lighthearted and cold-blooded, The Sound of Trumpets amusingly completes Mortimer's trilogy on modern Britain's rocky, convoluted political landscape.'--Publishers Weekly, 1998. 
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The Story of My Disappearance, Watkins, Paul
120 The Story of My Disappearance Watkins, Paul
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1st printing 1999 Picador USA. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 213 pages. Language: English. 'Subtly evocative prose and a convincing first-person narrative may have readers wondering if this tense and absorbing tale of a former East German spy marooned in New England by the fall of communism could actually be true. Paul Wedekind does not know what to expect when the KGB sends him to America to work on a fishing boat and ferry the occasional visitor back and forth between the Rhode Island coast and Soviet submarines. But any assignment would be better than his previous one, the memory of which continues to haunt him. Conscripted into the East German army at 24, Paul was coerced by the Stasi into spying on Ingo Budde, a boyhood friend who turned into a black-marketeer. Stationed in Afghanistan, the two men were eventually captured by the Mujahadeen, who tortured and killed Ingo. Paul was returned in a hostage trade but reported dead and transferred to the KGB. In America, Paul starts a new life with his contact, Suleika, a brave and competent woman with whom he works and shares a common secret. Together, the two will fight the surprising efforts of their past to reclaim them. Watkins (Archangel) uses the most extreme circumstances to test the identities and obligations of his displaced characters as he confides their stories gradually, building sympathy and suspense and conveying a textured picture of the gray world of people caught between two cultures. The ending of this literary thriller is ingenious, with enough twists and turns to make one hope for a movie version.'--Publishers Weekly, 1998. 
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