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Closing Time: A Novel, Heller, Joseph
21 Closing Time: A Novel Heller, Joseph
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1994 Simon and Schuster. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Noticeable edgewear to jacket. B/W author photo on back; red boards with blue spine. 464pp. Language: English. Sequel to Catch-22. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, Weiss, Philip; Weiss, Phillip
22 Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Weiss, Philip; Weiss, Phillip
Like new. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 Farrar Straus Giroux. Superclean; no marks; never read. Only light shelfwear; gift-giving condition. 295pp. Debut novel. Language: English. From publisher: 'Encountering the daughter of a political candidate at the Democratic National Convention, Jack Gold, an idealistic lawyer, finds himself caught up in her world of dirty tricks, society parties, and the New York media.' 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Crazy in Alabama, Childress, Mark
23 Crazy in Alabama Childress, Mark
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1994 Ballantine. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 384pp. Language: English. 'The year is 1965. The place is a small town in the deep South. Having murdered her redneck husband, Lucille drops her six kids off at her mother's and heads for Hollywood to audition for a part in The Beverly Hillbillies . Now that his grandmother has others to care for, 11-year-old Peejoe goes off to live with an uncle a few towns away. ... This wonderfully tragicomic tale records various attempts at freedom: Lucille kills her husband in self-defense because he's been killing her for 13 years, while Peejoe becomes embroiled in the civil rights struggle and its various murders. With gentle, self-mocking humor, this coming-of-age novel describes memorable people, in a vivid time and place....'--Rochelle Ratner, Library Journal, 1994. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Diamond Sutra, Hester, Colin
24 Diamond Sutra Hester, Colin
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st printing hardcover with dustjacket 1997 Counterpoint. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light shelfwear. 338pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'Original, quirky, impressive first fiction by a former Zen student, British-born, who now teaches at the University of Montana. Hester's greatest strength lies in his dialogue, given here without quote marks (as in Cormac McCarthy), and creating a kind of many-voiced stream-of-consciousness narrative. And the storytelling is equally unsettling, often jumping from scene to scene with dizzying speed. At the novel's core is the search by Rudyard Gillette, a distressed middle-aged man, for the now-vanished woman he once loved. ... The story plays itself out deliciously ... this is a highly idiosyncratic, audacious debut.'--Kirkus Reviews, 1997. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Diary of a Yuppie, Auchincloss, Louis
25 Diary of a Yuppie Auchincloss, Louis
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st trade edition hardcover with dustjacket 1986 Houghton Mifflin. Very clean. Light-to-average wear to book and jacket. 215pp. Language: English. A chilling novel of contemporary ambition and greed. From Library Journal: 'You're only wrong if you get caught is the credo of 32-year-old Bob Service, who handles corporate takeover cases for a large New York law firm. 30 years ago, people would have called him a shyster. The finer side of his character (he reads Wordsworth and Walter Pater) is buried behind a warlike exterior, and it works for him. Despite rifts with his wife and his mentor, Service gets everything he wants. This brief contemporary novel explores the ethics of loyalty in business, love, and friendship. Auchincloss, a prolific novelist of manners, is also a Wall Street attorney, and his shallow, ambitious characters ring true. The title is unfortunate, but it may help increase the readership for this subtle, memorable book.'-- Joyce Smothers. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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Dolly, Brookner, Anita
26 Dolly Brookner, Anita
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1994 Random House. Very clean and crisp, but scratches to jacket. Language: English. From publisher: 'In her superbly accomplished new novel, Anita Brookner proves that she is our mast profound observer of women's lives, posing questions about feminine identity and desire with a stylishness that conveys an almost sensual pleasure. From the moment Jane Manning first meets her aunt Dolly, she is both fascinated and appalled. Where Jane is tactful and shy, Dolly is flamboyant and unrepentantly selfish, a connoisseur of fine things, an exploiter of wealthy people. But as the exigencies of family bring Jane and Dolly together, Brookner shows us that we may end up loving people we cannot bring ourselves to like--and that this paradox makes love all the more precious and miraculous.' 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Eighty-Sixed, Feinberg, David B.
27 Eighty-Sixed Feinberg, David B.
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st printing hardcover with dustjacket 1989 Viking. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only a hint of wear to jacket edges. 326 pages. Language: English. Jacket art by F. Ronald Fowler. 'In this witty first novel, Feinberg contrasts pre-AIDS 1980 with post-AIDS 1986, illuminating the changes that have come about in the gay community. In 1980, B.J. Rosenthal's biggest concern is finding a steady boyfriend, as he goes from one sex partner to another, but in 1986 his attention is focused on AIDS anxiety and the painful death of friends. Unlike the recent spate of somber novels dealing with AIDS, Feinberg's work mixes generous doses of humor with an increasing sense of pathos, bringing to mind the plays of Harvey Fierstein. To evoke the mood of each year, Feinberg injects a distracting string of pop culture references, but overall, this is an engrossing, honest novel. Highly recommended.'--James E. Cook, Library Journal, 1988. Keywords: contemporary fiction, Eighties, 1980s. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Family Values: A Novel, David, Lawrence
28 Family Values: A Novel David, Lawrence
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1993 Simon and Schuster. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Abraded area inside cover from removed label. Jacket worn at edges. Author's debut novel. 271pp. Language: English. 'The Wallaces seem the perfect family--successful father, beautiful mother, 5 handsome children--but beneath the storybook exterior lurks a legacy of anger and resentment.'--Ingram. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Fast Sofa, Craven, Bruce; Louth, Mike (illustrator)
29 Fast Sofa Craven, Bruce; Louth, Mike (illustrator)
Very Good. 
Paperback. Stated 1st printing softcover with soundtrack 1993 Quill. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Light wear. Includes intact 33 rpm vinyl record by Flesh Eaters: Woman Hell / Cemetery Without Crosses. Parental Advisory--Explicit Lyrics. 331 pages; black-and-white drawings by Mike Louth. Language: English. Cover shows detail from painting by great lowbrow artist Robert Williams. Author's first novel. Keywords: Generation X, heavy metal, fiction. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Father of Frankenstein, Bram, Christopher
30 Father of Frankenstein Bram, Christopher
Good. 
Paperback. 7th printing softcover 1996 Plume. Very clean; no marks. Light creases to spine; tiny rip to back cover. Average wear. 273pp. Language: English. 'In 1957, James Whale, the director acclaimed for such classic gothic films as Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, was found floating face-down in the swimming pool of his Hollywood mansion. Here, Christopher Bram brilliantly recreates Whale's last days in this fascinating, astute, and suspenseful novel.'--Ingram. Basis for the film 'Gods and Monsters'. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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31 Felicia's Journey Trevor, William
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 2nd printing 1994 Viking. Very clean, bright, tight; no marks. Only light wear. 213pp. Language: English. 
Price: 14.00 USD
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Fisher's Hornpipe, McEwen, Todd
32 Fisher's Hornpipe McEwen, Todd
0002712393 / 9780002712392 Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket, published 1983 by Harvill Press, London. Handsome new blank bookplate covers inkstamp on 1st blank page. Age-tanning to page margins. Otherwise, only light wear: very clean; binding tight. 256 pages. Language: English. Cover art by Fred Marcellino. 'Outrageously funny and original, and yet precisely and perfectly written, Fisher's Hornpipe recounts the derailment of one William Fisher during some dreary, sodden December weeks in and around Boston. An inauspicious blow to the young man's head is what sets off an increasingly fantastic series of events and confrontations. All too often, clearsighted but stubbornly feckless Fisher emerges from these encounters as the comic victim.'--from jacket flap. Keywords: fiction, debut novel, 20th-century literature. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Flashy Fists, Norday, Michael
33 Flashy Fists Norday, Michael
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1955 The Vixen Press, New York. 183pp. Language: English. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Edgewear to jacket: edges moderately rubbed; a few small chips and rips (2 are repaired with archival tape). Jacket color is nice and bright on all sides. Original 2.50 price intact on jacket flap. Jacket art by de Persiis. Lurid, pulp novel about a jaded woman who buys a champion boxer for kicks and is drawn into the sleazy world of prizefighting. Keywords: boxing, prizefighter. No ISBN. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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God Knows, Heller, Joseph
34 God Knows Heller, Joseph
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st trade edition hardcover with dustjacket 1984 Knopf. Remainder mark at top page edge; library booksale inkstamp on last blank page. Otherwise very clean. Jacket edges crumpled; small closed rips. 353 pages. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. Novel of the Old Testament, related by King David, in the author's inimitable style of mixing farce with moral issues. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Guardian Angel and Other Stories, Latimer, Margery
35 Guardian Angel and Other Stories Latimer, Margery
0935312137 / 9780935312133 Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1993 The Feminist Press at CUNY. Light wear. Has LIBRARY INKSTAMP on last blank page. Otherwise very clean; text unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. 264 pages. Afterwords by Nancy Loughridge, Meridel Le Sueur, and Louis Kampf. Language: English. Cover art by Marie Laurencin. 'When Margery Latimer died in childbirth in 1932, she left behind a small body of published and unpublished fiction. Only 33, Latimer had not yet established a reputation and she is virtually unknown today. This book changes that. The stories reveal a writer working in a distinctly modern idiom. Latimer's style is ironic, distancing, and somewhat surreal as she explores sexuality and the unconscious in a recognizable midwestern setting. Because of her interest in women as artists and her attention to the details of repressed lives, Latimer has been called both a feminist Sherwood Anderson and a midwestern Nathalie Sarraute.'--from publisher. Keywords: literature, fiction, short stories, feminism, women's studies, 20th century. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Haunted Houses, Tillman, Lynne
36 Haunted Houses Tillman, Lynne
Good. 
Paperback. 1st softcover printing 1987 Poseidon. Text unmarked. Average wear; no creases. Light soiling to edges. 208pp. Language: English. 'Jane, Emily, and Grace are three young women growing up on the suburban edges of New York. As the narrative moves from a child's concerns -- Jane's fear of her father's antics, Grace's singular relationship with her dolls, and Emily's resonant encounter with her second piano teacher -- to an adult's friendship, betrayal, and the inevitable sorrow of love, it juxtaposes the thoughts and experiences of each woman, giving collective meaning to their lives. Though the sequence of events is fragmented and deeper conflicts are only suggested, never made explicit, the women's search for meaning as they struggle toward adulthood is evident. A cryptic but intriguing first novel.'--Mollie Brodsky, Library Journal, 1987. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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37 Heart of Man Illustrated Edition Lawrence, D.H.
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1989 Bloomsbury Books. Very clean but jacket has corner damage. Pages bright; binding tight. 192pp; extracts from Lawrence's work, with B/W and color illustrations. Language: English. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Higher Ground: A Novel in Three Parts, Phillips, Caryl
38 Higher Ground: A Novel in Three Parts Phillips, Caryl
0670826200 / 9780670826209 Hardcover. Good. 
Stated 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket, published 1989 by Viking. Has REMAINDER MARK; BUMPED CORNER. Light edge-crumpling to jacket. Otherwise, very clean; pages bright; binding tight. 218 pages. Language: English. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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Homme Fatale, Mayersberg, Paul
39 Homme Fatale Mayersberg, Paul
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1992 St. Martin's. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Average wear. Back flap creased. Author's 1st novel. 292pp. Language: English. Unusual jacket--excerpt on front; art on back. 'In this highly charged first novel of sexual obsession in modern-day Hollywood, a wealthy young widow named Ursula will go to any lengths, even murder, to possess Mason, the actors' agent who narrates most of the story. At first their feelings are mutual, but gradually Mason becomes aware of Ursula's darker side and begins to pull away. Although the book is well written, its very graphic, sometimes crude language will offend some readers even as it titillates others. Almost every page oozes with sexual innuendo, sexual fantasy, or erotic coupling....'--Patricia Altner, Library Journal, 1992. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Horace Afoot, Reuss, Frederick
40 Horace Afoot Reuss, Frederick
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. Language: English. 'The narrator of this skillfully crafted first novel is an eccentric, introspective loner named Horace, who moves into a rickety house on a dead-end street in a Midwestern town named Oblivion. Although Horace's past and the motivation for his move to Oblivion remain ambiguous, he clearly hopes to find refuge and comfort in this small town. Intelligent and literary, he is also existentially troubled, and the peace he hopes to find proves to be elusive. Horace is philosophical by nature, but this impulse more often than not serves to confound and confuse him. His interactions with the townspeople of Oblivion also prove to be problematic, and although he becomes involved in small ways with a few people there, he sadly remains essentially alone throughout this interesting and thoughtful novel.'--Patrick Sullivan, Library Journal, 1997. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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