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Paradise, Morrison, Toni
61 Paradise Morrison, Toni
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 2nd printing hardcover with dustjacket 1998 Knopf. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 318pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'Nobel laureate Morrison creates another richly told tale that grapples with her ongoing, central concerns: women's lives and the African American experience. Morrison has created a long list of characters for this story that takes place in the all-black town of Ruby, Oklahoma, population 360, which was founded by freed slaves. In what could be seen as an attempt to create some of the same mysticism that was present in many of her previous works, Morrison alludes to Ruby's founding citizens, now ghosts, and only minimally focuses on the present generations that have let the founding principles of Ruby's forebears deteriorate. Paradise is an examination of the title itself and deliberately builds into a plot that is unexpected and explosive....'--Emily J. Jones, Library Journal, 1998. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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62 Peckham's Marbles De Vries, Peter
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1989. Letter 'P' remainder mark at bottom page edge. Almost like new: superclean; pages bright; binding tight; only light wear. 253pp. Language: English. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Peter Doyle: A Novel, Vernon, John
63 Peter Doyle: A Novel Vernon, John
Good. 
Paperback. 1st softcover printing 1992 Ballantine Books. Very clean; no marks; spine uncreased; binding tight. Faint age-tanning to pages. Light wear. 500 pages. Language: English. Cover art by Georgia Morrissey. '[A] rowdy, wide-ranging, biting, and often bizarre story of post-Civil War America and the myth of Manifest Destiny. The dreams that drew people to the West were varied and often filled with romantic illusions: the chance for a better life, to make a fast buck, to escape civilization. The dreamers and schemers are all represented here, many based on real people. Protagonist Peter Doyle was a friend of Walt Whitman, who appears along with Horace Greeley, Nathan Meeker, and, even though she never left Amherst, Emily Dickinson. The particular quest that provides the novel its dramatic unity, allegorical power, and more bizarre moments involves what had become a holy relic for claimants to the Napoleonic legacy--the severed thumb and penis of the great man himself--supposedly stolen during his autopsy and currently, though unknowingly, possessed by Doyle. It may all seem a bit farfetched, but isn't the truth often so? Fans of the Gore Vidal school of history will particularly enjoy.'--David W. Henderson, Library Journal, 1991. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Physical Culture: A Novel, Johnson, Hillary
64 Physical Culture: A Novel Johnson, Hillary
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1989 Poseidon. Very clean in and out except tiny letter 'a' written inside back cover. Light edge-crumpling to jacket. Pages bright; binding tight. 140 pages. Language: English. 'Johnson's disturbing first novel relies on language with a depth and intensity more commonly found in poetry than fiction. Though only in his mid-40s, John, an accountant at a mattress factory, approaches the eve of his retirement. At a picnic thrown in his honor, he glimpses Liann, the young alcoholic daughter of the woman he rides to work with each morning. She invites herself to his small, bleak, suburban house, where both are surprised to find Stephan, a young man from Physical Culture, a health club and bar in the city, who shares a part of John's secret life: John is in fact a masochist, with so many scars, cuts and bruises covering his torso that very few people have ever seen him with shirt off. Much of the action revolves around his abuse and subsequent efforts to conceal it....'--Publishers Weekly, 1989. Keywords: masochism, masochistic. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Picture This, Heller, Joseph
65 Picture This Heller, Joseph
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1988 Putnam. Clean and unmarked; binding tight; pages bright. Jacket crumpled at edges. Overall noticeable average wear. 349 pages. Language: English. 'In a radical departure, Heller has concocted a clever, strange piece of experimental historical fiction. As the novel begins, slovenly, debt-ridden Rembrandt van Rijn is painting his now-famous Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer. Suddenly, we are whisked from 17th century Holland to ancient Greece, where an exiled, weary Aristotle clairvoyantly watches Rembrandt doing his portrait. Not much has changed, the philosopher concludes as he gazes down the centuries at our dawning modern era of greed, wars and capitalism run amok. Written in a flat, reportorial style, omniscient in viewpoint, the narrative confusingly and annoyingly jumpcuts in time and spacebetween and within epochs. The chapters on Athens, where Plato pontificates while Socrates berates the belligerent youth Alcibiades, are occasionally wickedly funny. Best read in short takes, this startling parable about the degeneration of art into commodity and the survival of human values in a materialistic world demands total suspension of disbelief. For willing readers, it casts an undeniable spell.'--Publishers Weekly, 1988. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Pink Slip, Ciresi, Rita
66 Pink Slip Ciresi, Rita
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 7th printing 1999 Delta. Superclean; no marks or creases; only light wear. 402pp. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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67 Promises of Freedom Grinstead, David
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1991 Crown. LIBRARY INKSTAMP on last blank page. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight; 451pp. Language: English. Novel of 1960s Yale and Vassar grads in Vietnam. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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68 Puerto Vallarta Squeeze Waller, Robert James
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition HARDCOVER with dustjacket 1995. Very clean; only light wear; but has LIBRARY booksale inkstamp on last blank page. 214pp. Language: English. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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69 Quest Hull, Helen Rose
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover reprint 1990 Feminist Press. Patricia H. Miller, contributor. Very clean. CREASED/FLARED CORNERS. Library inkstamp inside back cover. 385pp. Pioneering naturalist novel (1923) set amid tobacco tenant farms of rural Kentucky. Dimensions (in inches): 1.11 x 8.46 x 5.56. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Requiem for Harlem (Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV), Roth, Henry
70 Requiem for Harlem (Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV) Roth, Henry
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1998 St. Martin's. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Light wear to jacket. 291 pages; Glossary of Yiddish and Hebrew Words and Phrases. Language: English. 'The fourth--and final--volume of Roth's astonishing, largely autobiographical bildungsroman, Mercy of a Rude Stream, retains the brilliant insight of the previous volumes with only a fraction of their suspense. The story picks up in 1927, six months after volume three, From Bondage, left off. Still living in the Harlem slums with his parents and young sister, City College senior Ira Stigman is on fire with Milton's poetry and wracked by guilt over his sexual relations with his 16-year-old cousin Stella. ... This is a chilling portrait of selfishness struggling through art towards justification.'--Publishers Weekly, 1998. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Roustabout: A Fiction, Chalfoun, Michelle
71 Roustabout: A Fiction Chalfoun, Michelle
Like New. 
Paperback. Softcover stated 1st edition 1996. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight; never read; only light shelfwear. Gift-giving condition. 223pp. Language: English. 'Some children dream of joining the circus. Mat dreams of escaping it. Abandoned by her mother when she was five, she was adopted into a traveling circus where the only solace she could find was in her work helping rig the circus tent. Now 15 years old, she has created a family from an odd menagerie of circus hands. There's Al, a hard-drinking cook and one-time transvestite clown; Tante, the costume mistress, whose disfiguring scars run deeper than her skin; and her lover Jayson, the ring crew-chief 20 years her senior. Together they inhabit a peripatetic world of drugs, booze and sex that Mat secretly longs to leave. Written with the insider savvy of an author who has lived the circus life, Roustabout marks a debut of uncommon impact that readers will not soon forget.'--from the publisher. 
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Salt Dancers: A Novel, Hegi, Ursula
72 Salt Dancers: A Novel Hegi, Ursula
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 Simon and Schuster. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 235pp. Language: English. 'Hegi, the author of the critically acclaimed Stones from a River , has crafted an exquisite novel of love, loss, and reaffirmation. Haunted by bitter memories of her abusive father and tender memories of the mother who abandoned her, 41-year-old Julia travels home to Spokane, Washington, in order to lay to rest the distorted images of her bleak childhood. Unmarried and pregnant, Julia is convinced that she will be unable to nurture her own child until she comes to terms with the heartbreaking disintegration of her own family...'--Margaret Flanagan, Booklist. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Secrets, Farah, Nuruddin
73 Secrets Farah, Nuruddin
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 2nd printing hardcover w/ dustjacket 1998 Arcade. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on half-title page. Superclean; no marks. Almost like new but for creased front flap. 298pp. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'A young, prosperous Somali businessman living in Mogadishu on the eve of Somalia's civil war receives an unwelcome visit from his childhood crush in this intricate, energetic novel from one of Africa's most prominent authors. Kalaman's former playmate, Sholoongo, has returned from America with the announced intention of having his baby. Confronted by this dangerous eruption of his past (his mother, Damac, insists that Sholoongo is a witch), Kalaman starts to investigate his family history. There he uncovers the reason that Damac hates Sholoongo: the latter seduced her husband (who may or may not be Kalaman's father). As the circumstances surrounding Kalaman's conception are revealed, the family itself seems to unravel--a microcosm of the clan hatred and violence that is tearing apart Somalia itself. In lyric prose that is rich and strange, Farah evokes a pansexual world where the coordinates of desire are as momentary and ad hoc as in a dream....'--Publishers Weekly. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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74 Serenissima: A Novel of Venice Jong, Erica
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1987 Houghton Mifflin. Very clean; no marks. Light edgewear to jacket: half-inch rip. Pages bright; binding tight. 225pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority--Surface or Airmail only. 'With a Shakespearean fairy tale as a point of departure, Jong creates a literary fantasy: an American actress, who has always found succor in Shakespeare, wishes herself back in time to become the bard's muse and lover. It could happen only in the wondrous city of Venice, which draws Jessica Pruitt to its film festival and to the role of Shylock's daughter in a film based on The Merchant of Venice. The festival is a disaster, and Jessica--with the power of a witch's magic and her own will--is back in the Venice of 1592. As in Fanny, Jong writes wonderfully in the language of the past, capturing its rhythm and vocabulary while adding a modern twist. Jong the novelist is playful, sometimes bawdy, but Jong the poet also leaves her shimmery touch on this delightful fantasy.'--Michele Leber, Library Journal, 1987. 
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75 Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend Waller, Robert James
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 4th printing hardcover with dustjacket. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. Language: English. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Smalltime, Raine, Jerry
76 Smalltime Raine, Jerry
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1996 Dufour Editions. Library inkstamp on last page. Otherwise very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; appears unread. 184pp. Language: English. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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77 Smithereens Chehak, Susan Taylor
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Jacket flaps creased. Language: English. 'This dark, disturbing novel will send shivers down the spine of every parent of a teenager. Chehak tells the timeless story of a good girl, a bad girl, and the dangers of summer in a small town. 16-year-old May Caldwell has a loving family and plenty of advantages, even though she's plain looking and unadventurous. Out of the blue appears Frankie Crane, the disadvantaged orphan whom May's mother has taken under her wing and unofficially adopted. Unfortunately, Frankie spells trouble, first luring May into committing small sins--smoking, drinking, flirting, and driving too fast--then leading her into more advanced misdeeds, like shoplifting, adultery, and arson. Along with May's transformation from good girl to bad comes the transformation--at Frankie's hands--of the entire Caldwell family, whose pristine, pleasant life is not what it seems. Frankie's presence releases the ugly, unsavory something that's been buried for years, changing the lives of May and her family forever. A hypnotic, disturbing, compelling story from a gifted writer, this book will be a welcome addition for readers who want something out of the ordinary.'--Emily Melton, Booklist. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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78 Songs in Ordinary Time Morris, Mary McGarry
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover. Superclean; no marks or creases. 1 DOG-EARED PAGE. Language: English. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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79 Southern Comfort Largo, Michael
Good. 
Paperback. Stated 1st edition softcover 1977 New Earth Books, NY. White cover and page edges are AGE-DISCOLORED and SPOTTED. Text clean and bright; no large creases to cover. 144pp. Language: English. Novel about an alligator poacher. Keywords: Florida, Earl Tucker, gator, South. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Steal Away, Clark, Katharine
80 Steal Away Clark, Katharine
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1998 Fawcett. LIBRARY BOOKSALE INKSTAMP inside back cover. Otherwise superclean; pages bright; binding tight. 358pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'Combining suspense and nuanced characters in an absorbing read, first-timer Clark gives a new twist to every parent's nightmare--the disappearance of a child. When 9-year-old David Stark disappears on his way home from school, his parents, Stephen and Rachel, are naturally distraught. They'd taught him a secret password so he'd never accept rides from strangers, yet for some reason it hadnt worked; and he'd abandoned his new bike, something else he was unlikely to do. The couple, once close, are now estranged, and as they struggle to find David, all the underlying problems in their marriage come to the surface. ... A fine addition to the genre, and a promising debut.'--Kirkus Reviews, 1998. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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