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81 Summer Sisters Blume, Judy
Good. 
Paperback. Mass-market paperback. Superclean; SPINE IS CREASED. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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82 Sure of You Maupin, Armistead
Like New. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1989 Harper & Row. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light shelfwear. Gift-giving condition. 262pp. Language: English. 'Tales of the City, the author's 6-novel chronicle of gay, straight, single and married life in San Francisco, comes to a smart, wistful conclusion in this final installment. The series' large cult readership will already be familiar with the cast: the gay couple Thack and Michael, who must now live with the possibility of AIDS; Brian and Mary Ann, whose marriage crumbles under the strain of her growing celebrity; and Mona, who searches for happiness on a visit to Lesbos. Maupin began the stories as a serial in local newspapers, and each novel is as much a product of its moment as a Doonesbury strip. This one is no exception; it's packed with references to everything from Barbara Bush's weight to a specific, infamous segment of Late Night with David Letterman. What makes the books work are Maupin's gifts as both a reporter and an social ironist, and his unerring ability to capture the exact tone of smart urban conversation, whether the topic is politics, sex, friendship or the latest movies....'--Publishers Weekly, 1989. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Tea for Thirteen: Stories, Graham, Candis J.
83 Tea for Thirteen: Stories Graham, Candis J.
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1990 Impertinent Press, Canada. Noticeable average wear to cover corners and spine. Small coffee stain to back cover. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. Great reading / research copy. 150 pages. Language: English. Keywords: short story, contemporary, fiction, literature, lesbian, lesbianism, gay, Canadian, woman, women, writer. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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84 The Aguero Sisters (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Garciaa, Cristina
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition HARDCOVER with dustjacket. Clean; jacket spine has slit. 1 bent page. Language: English. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Almanac Branch: A Novel (Norton Paperback Fiction), Morrow, Bradford
85 The Almanac Branch: A Novel (Norton Paperback Fiction) Morrow, Bradford
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover. Clean, unmarked, uncreased. Pages bright; binding tight. Average wear. Language: English. 'The interplay between truth and fancy is the focus of Morrow's intriguing, multilayered psychological study. Grace Brush suffers from megrims in both senses of the word--the acute physical pain of the migraine and the psychic pain of random, furtive, unbidden thoughts and feelings that impose themselves upon her. In her migrainous state, the realities of her life take on new dimensions. Thus, an episode of childhood sexual experimentation with a younger brother takes on, after his death, the characteristics of incestuous ravishment. This memory, in turn, influences her response to both husband and lover. It is only one of many branches in this complex tale of a family's struggle to find redemption. Grace may be the most obvious victim, but others suffer too--from the wheeler-dealer father who loves but avoids his children to the older brother whose own fantasies about his sister take concrete form in a pornographic movie. This second novel (following Come Sunday) is an accomplished work worthy of addition to most collections of serious fiction.'--David Henderson, Library Jornal, 1991. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Angel of Darkness, Carr, Caleb
86 The Angel of Darkness Carr, Caleb
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 2nd printing 1997 Random House. Very clean; no marks; no page or jacket creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 629pp, endpaper maps. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority--Surface or Airmail only. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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The Annie Dillard Reader, Dillard, Annie
87 The Annie Dillard Reader Dillard, Annie
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1994 HarperCollins. REMAINDER MARK at bottom page edge. Front flap creased. Superclean; pages bright; binding tight. Only light shelfwear. 455pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'Pulitzer Prize winner Dillard (Piligrim at Tinker Creek), a writer of acute and singular observation, gathers poems, short stories, essays and chapters of novels from her diverse body of work. While most of these selections have been previously published, included is a reworked version of the short story The Living, first published in 1978 in Harper's and from which the characters in the novel of the same title were drawn. There's also a new version of Holy the Firm, Dillard's meditation on and explanation of her search for God in everyday life. This sort of sampler approach works well for a writer whose prose-fiction and non-fiction-often reads like a journal; it also suits readers who like to browse. Dillard moves easily from the specific and physical to the theoretical and metaphysical, blending thought-provoking generalizations with images and descriptions of visceral sensuality. Sure to appeal to Dillard devotees, this collection serves admirably as an introduction to the uninitiated.'--Publishers Weekly, 1994. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Best of Friends, Trollope, Joanna
88 The Best of Friends Trollope, Joanna
Acceptable. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket; probable BOOK CLUB EDITION 1998. Superclean; no marks; pages bright. Only light wear. 293pp. Language: English. '[R]ich and complex story of Gina and Laurence, friends since their teens but never in love. Now, however, Gina's exquisitely tasteful husband has found his wife and daughter no longer to his liking, and in her loss, Gina turns to her dearest friend for comfort--sending both of their marriages to the brink of betrayal.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Big Picture, Drucker, Vanessa
89 The Big Picture Drucker, Vanessa
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1992. Library inkstamp on back free endpaper. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Average wear to book and jacket. 339pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'The mistress of Swiss financier and art collector Emil Papier, backwoods girl Susannah Bishop finds new passion with sculptor Dan Helena, even as Emil enters into an illicit scheme to grab control of the Big Apple art market.'--Ingram. Keywords: novel, satire, spoof, black, humor, New York, City, Manhattan, art, world, scene. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Black City, Caulfield, M. F.
90 The Black City Caulfield, M. F.
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1953 E. P. Dutton. Average wear. Small split to top edge of paper on spine. Jacket is slightly chipped and has several small archivally-repaired rips. Very clean; no marks except number '6218' inkstamped on title page; only light age-discoloration to paper; binding tight. Original price intact on front flap. 256pp. Language: English. Navy/black paper-covered boards. Jacket art by 'Tait' is bright and attractive. Irish journalist's first novel. Paraphrased from flap: A story of city-wide violence in Northern Ireland, inset with taut, gripping terrorism. Torn between Catholic and Protestant, between mongrel Briton and mongrel Irishman, between narrow hatred and bigotry, Hugh Kelly saw his father shot down in cold blood by the Black and Tans, and he lived only for revenge. He became active in a band of I.R.A. terrorists led by Seamus Sullivan, a reprobate Catholic and communist. Keywords: Belfast, Erin, twentieth century, 1950s, vintage, postwar, author, writer, novelist, Irish Republican Army. No ISBN. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Book of Ruth, Hamilton, Jane
91 The Book of Ruth Hamilton, Jane
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover reprint 1990 Anchor Books. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. LIGHT CREASES to covers. 336pp. Language: English. Oprah's Book Club selection. 'A standout in the crowd of first novels, Ruth narrates a story that confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence from which Hamilton creates a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion, and love. Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award.'--Ingram. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Bridges of Madison County, Waller, Robert James
92 The Bridges of Madison County Waller, Robert James
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Superclean hardcover with dustjacket. Later printing. Light wear to jacket; no marks. Language: English. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Chess Garden or the Twilight Letters of Gustav Uyterhoeven, Hansen, Brooks
93 The Chess Garden or the Twilight Letters of Gustav Uyterhoeven Hansen, Brooks
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 Farrar Straus Giroux. New and unread; store shelfwear: small rip to back jacket. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 481pp; B/W illustrations. Language: English. NOTE: Large format-- cannot ship outside U.S. via Flat-Rate envelope; may require additional international postage. 'This remarkable second novel by the coauthor--with Nick Davis--of the critically acclaimed Boone is a masterpiece of surreal storytelling in the tradition of Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Set at the turn of the century, it is the tale of a physician who leaves his home, with its chess garden, in Dayton, Ohio, to minister to victims of South Africa's Boer War. As he undergoes a spiritual conversion, the doctor proceeds to send his wife a series of letters chronicling an imagined parallel universe called the Antipodes where the game pieces from his garden collection have come to life to guide him through a fantastic and fateful adventure. A writer with a rare gift for evocative description, Hansen deftly weaves allegory and history in this compelling narrative, which most readers will have a hard time putting down. Highly recommended.'--David Sowd, Library Journal, 1995. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Cigarette Girl: A Novel, Wolper, Carol
94 The Cigarette Girl: A Novel Wolper, Carol
1573221376 / 9781573221375 Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1999 Riverhead. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 272 pages. Language: English. 'An excruciatingly witty debut from screenwriter Wolper, set in Hollywood and full of glam-girl insights on love, sex, success--and the search for Mr. Maybe.'--Kirkus Reviews, 1999. Keywords: contemporary fiction, Los Angeles, L.A., 1990s, Nineties, '90s. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Dark Lady, Auchincloss, Louis
95 The Dark Lady Auchincloss, Louis
Acceptable. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket BOOK CLUB EDITION 1977. Library inkstamp on last page. Otherwise clean. Average wear to jacket. 246pp. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel, Lanchester, John
96 The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel Lanchester, John
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition HARDCOVER with handsome dustjacket 1996 Henry Holt. Like new except nice new blank bookplate covers erased gift inscription on half-title page. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight; jacket crisp. 251pp. Language: English. 'In his elegant and cunning first novel, Lanchester, deputy editor of The London Review of Books, disguises a sinister tale of fraternal jealousy as an innocent cookbook. Many of his ingredients and methods are indelibly linked to memories of his childhood and early life. As the stories and characters appear and reappear, subtle and not-so-subtle shifts in narrator Tarquin Winot's remembrances point to something slighly more threatening than a literary gastronome's memoir. The evocative connection between food and the past, and the act of writing and the past, is notable more for what it conceals than what it unearths. Lanchester's writing is to be savored, and the observations of his buffoonishly high-brow narrator merit more than one reading. Very highly recommended.'--Adam Mazmanian, Library Journal, 1996. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Eighth Day, Wilder, Thornton
97 The Eighth Day Wilder, Thornton
Acceptable. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket. BOOK CLUB EDITION 1967. Regular print--NOT Large Print. Clean; unmarked; intact. Pages are AGE-DISCOLORED. Jacket has HEAVY WEAR: long closed rip; large chips. Good reading / research copy. 435pp. Language: English. NOTE: Large format; cannot ship outside U.S. via Flat-Rate envelope. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Fourth of June, Benedictus, David
98 The Fourth of June Benedictus, David
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1962 E.P. Dutton. HEAVY WEAR to jacket: Price intact; heavy chipping to edges, especially heels of spine; 1-inch rip on back is archivally taped. Text very clean; no marks or corner creases. Light soiling to cover. Light age-discoloration to page edges. 208 pages; Glossary of Etonian Terms. Language: English. Pale-green cloth-covered binding with red and green titles and 2 small flower decorations on front and spine. Author's first novel, based loosely on his own experiences at Eton College, scandalized the English. Ian Fleming blurb on front flap: 'One of the most brilliant first novels since the war, written with rapier wit.' Keywords: school, schoolboy, student, headmaster, flogging, fag, English, Britain, British, strawberries, satire, satirical. No ISBN. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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99 The Giant's House: A Romance McCracken, Elizabeth
Very Good. 
Paperback. Superclean; no marks or creases. 1 folded page. Language: English. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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The Giant's House: A Romance, McCracken, Elizabeth
100 The Giant's House: A Romance McCracken, Elizabeth
Good. 
Hardcover. 1996 HARDCOVER with dustjacket (possibly Book Club Edition--no price but has number series ending in 1). Superclean except LIBRARY BOOKSALEINKSTAMP on last blank page. Light wear to jacket. 259pp. Language: English. 'The plot of McCracken's eloquent and hauntingly beautiful first novel is fairy-tale simple: A young librarian meets an overgrown boy who is destined to become the world's tallest man. She falls in love with him, though he is doomed to die young. The events of the novel span 8 years beginning in 1950. McCracken convincingly portrays the period, deploying a few telling details--the fold-down seat of a Nash Rambler, New York City's Automat, the snappy patter of journalists--rather than reckless ornamentation. Narrator Peggy Cort is the library director of Brewsterville, a Massachusetts town halfway up the spit curl of the Cape. James Carlson Sweatt is 11 and tall even for a grown man. ... Peggy holds her love for James close to her heart, partly because of the scandal that might result but mostly out of fear that it would go unreciprocated. The theme of carrying a secret love is resolved ingeniously in a surprising and satisfying ending. This is a teriffic first novel, and McCracken is definitely a writer to watch. Highly recommended.'--Adam Mazmanian, Library Journal, 1996. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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