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Brokeback Mountain, Proulx, Annie
1 Brokeback Mountain Proulx, Annie
0743271327 / 9780743271325 New. 
Paperback. Brand-new slim softcover 4th printing 2005 Scribner. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight; unread. Gift-giving condition. 55 pages. Language: English. Movie tie-in edition with still photo of stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal on cover. 'Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, Brokeback Mountain is her masterpiece. 'Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer. Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that's what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.'--from the publisher. Keywords: gay, queer, homosexual, fiction, short story. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Cooking with Fernet Branca, Hamilton-Paterson, James
2 Cooking with Fernet Branca Hamilton-Paterson, James
193337201X / 9781933372013 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover published 2005 by Europa Editions, NY. Only light shelfwear. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. 281 pages. Language: English. Nominated for the 2004 MAN Booker Prize. 'Cooking with Fernet Branca might look as though it belongs to the kitchen (the domain of Comfort Books -- a hodge-podge category embracing all kinds of writing about food and drink, some travel literature, many collections of letters and diaries). In fact, James Hamilton-Paterson's latest novel settles nicely into the playroom, for it is a silly, amusing and utterly inconsequential jeu d'esprit. There's nothing at all important to the book, aside from witty prose and a broad but affectionate lambasting of some recent cultural manias -- boy bands, UFOs, Tuscan villas, cooking, Do-It-Yourself projects, filmmaking, sports celebrities, the new Europe, gay tastefulness. It's really a summer treat at heart, and a good one to stash away for some bleak October evening.'--The Washington Post, 2005. Keywords: contemporary, fiction, satire, humor, humour. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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3 Cuts (Harper Short Novel Series) Bradbury, Malcolm
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 143pp. Language: English. 'Bradbury (Eating People Is Wrong) may have been inspired by the TV adaptation of his novel The History of Man to create this succinct satire set in the Thatcherite England of cuts (in spending, nuclear stockpiles, production, pensions, wages, services) and divisions (between North and South, rich and poor, black and white, young and old). Lord Mellow, of Eldorado Television, eager to guarantee the renewal of his franchise, wants to make a blockbuster of a TV series that will out-sell Brideshead and Jewel of the Crown. His minions have settled on an historical personnage, to be played by a Big Starbut Sir Luke, one of England's theatrical knights, turns down the deal, declaiming, Gladstone's not my bag. The search is on for a famous author willing to provide the raw material for Eldorado's pot of gold. Enter mild Henry Babbacombe, little-known post-modernist novelist and university lecturer. Henry is swept into the Eldorado maelstrom, loses and finds his feet, cuts, edits, rewrites, and worries until, to his relief, production of the series, Serious Damage, is axed. Cuts is outrageously funny; but, be warned: anyone who can't take a pun won't think so. This is a satisfying entry in the Harper Short Novel series.'--Publishers Weekly, 1987. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Desirable Daughters: A Novel, Mukherjee, Bharati
4 Desirable Daughters: A Novel Mukherjee, Bharati
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 2nd printing hardcover with dustjacket 2002 Hyperion. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 310pp. Language: English. 'The complex plot of this novel by the award-winning Mukherjee (The Middleman and Other Stories) centers on 3 sisters of a Brahmin Indian family whose lives have diverged over the years; the youngest, Tara, has in fact moved to California. When Tara is approached by a young man claiming to be her nephew, a family secret is finally revealed, unleashing a sophisticated, gang-driven plot to kill or kidnap various family members. While Tara strains to unravel one mystery, new revelations surface, until she is forced to reevaluate everything she thought she knew. Artfully conveying the complexities of Indian society, philosophy and religion in India and the United States, Mukherjee's writing is rich, deep, and compelling, and her characters are well rounded and believable.'--Joanna M. Burkhardt, Library Journal, 2002. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Disobedience: A Novel, Hamilton, Jane
5 Disobedience: A Novel Hamilton, Jane
Like New. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 2000 Doubleday. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; appears unread. Only minor shelfwear. Gift-giving condition. 273pp. Language: English. 'The Shaw family consists of musician Beth, history teacher Kevin, and their two teenage children. The narrator is Henry, who is about to begin his senior year of high school. Beautiful and precocious, his younger sister, Elvira, is a single-minded Civil War reenactor who has shaved her head. Disguised as a boy, she is a regimental drummer. By more or less accidentally reading Beth's e-mail, Henry discovers that she has begun a love affair with a fellow musician, which his father either doesn't know about or is ignoring. Henry's love life also takes off that year, offering a sweet counterpoint to his mother's angst, passion, and guilt. Hamilton perfectly captures the voice of a young man looking back, honestly but also with generosity, on his younger self and his family. Each family member attains self-knowledge as well as knowledge of the others. This warm, wise, and often very funny book is a worthy successor to the acclaimed Map of the World and is recommended for all fiction collections.'--Judith Kicinski, Library Journal, 2000. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Flint and Silver: A Prequel to Treasure Island, Drake, John
6 Flint and Silver: A Prequel to Treasure Island Drake, John
141659275X / 9781416592754 Like New. 
Hardcover. 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 2009 Simon and Schuster. Light store shelfwear to jacket. Appears unread. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Gift-giving condition. 359 pages; map. Language: English. 'A swashbuckling triumph of storytelling, Flint and Silver provides a thrilling ride back to the rich and wondrous world of Long John Silver and his fiendish nemesis Joseph Flint in this prequel to the beloved classic Treasure Island.'--from jacket flap. Keywords: adventure, novel, pirates, Robert Louis Stevenson. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Gabriel's Gift: A Novel, Kureishi, Hanif
7 Gabriel's Gift: A Novel Kureishi, Hanif
New. 
Paperback. Brand-new 1st softcover printing 2002 Scribner. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight; never read. Gift-giving condition. 221pp. Language: English. 'Gabriel's father, a washed-up rock musician, has been chucked out of the house by Gabriel's mother, who works nights and sleeps days. Lonely Gabriel finds solace in a mysterious connection to his deceased twin, Archie, and in his gift for producing real objects simply by drawing them. Then a chance visit with rock star Lester Jones, his father's former band mate, provides Gabriel with a tool that might help mend his family. All he has to do is figure out how to use it. '--from back cover. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Hill Country: A Novel, Windle, Janice Woods
8 Hill Country: A Novel Windle, Janice Woods
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 2000 Scribner. Has REMAINDER MARK. Otherwise superclean; no creases; pages bright; binding tight; only light wear. Appears unread. 471pp. Language: English. 'Using her grandmother's exquisite notes, Windle creates a remarkable portrait of 100 years of life in Central Texas, home of the Texas bluebonnet, swamp rabbits, Yellow Dog Democrats, and terrifying renegade Apaches and Comanches. At the heart of Hill Country are 2 courageous, impassioned, and ambitious women: Laura and her close friend, Rebekah Baines Johnson, mother of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Capturing the passions of a woman's heart and the universal struggle of women seeking to make a difference in a man's world, Windle transforms historical fact--including little known stories about the Johnson family--into page-turning fiction.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa, Estrin, Marc
9 Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa Estrin, Marc
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 2002 Blue Hen / Putnam. Tiny REMAINDER MARK at bottom page edge. Otherwise pristine; pages bright; binding tight; appears unread. Only light shelfwear. 468pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority-- Surface or Airmail only. 'Get ready for a highly imaginative ride through the cultural frontier of the early 20th century from the perspective of a character-turned-cockroach named Gregor Samsa from Kafka's The Metamorphosis. In a fantastic mixture of fact and fiction, this witty debut novel follows the adventures of Gregor from post-World War I Vienna through the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, NM. In numerous behind-the-scenes actions, Gregor befriends historical figures like Charles Ives, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Robert Oppenheimer, as well as numerous other highly fascinating fictional characters. ... A helpful bibliography is provided at the end. A colossal book of characters and events that inspires tears of laughter and sadness in its rich blend of clever metaphor and unsettling facts, this promises to become a pivotal literary landmark. Highly recommended.'--David A. Beron, Library Journal, 2001. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Pilgrim's Feather, Hill, R. Nemo; Hedstrom, Jeanne
10 Pilgrim's Feather Hill, R. Nemo; Hedstrom, Jeanne
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 2002 The Quantuck Lane Press. Light edge-crumpling to jacket. Small, light stain at bottom page edge. Text very clean; pages bright. 350pp. Language: English. NOTE: Large format-- cannot ship outside U.S. via Flat-Rate envelope; may require additional international postage.'[A] collaboration in the truest sense, with artist and writer inspiring each other as the story progressed over 5 years. The strength of the collaboration is Hill's and Hedstrom's ability to flaunt convention and to challenge traditional ideas of illustrated narrative. ... [Story:] Nicholas is an orphan. Abandoned in a mysterious aviary in the depths of the forest, he is raised by an old man who teaches him all there is to know about swans, vultures, herons, and the hundreds of other birds with which they share a home. But when the old man dies, the boy sets off on a pilgrimage to find the feather of the legendary bird called the Phoenix, the feather that is medicine for all passion, pain, and sorrow. The many-faceted and allegorical adventure that follows brings us face to face with the myths of many cultures, drawing on the Greeks, Romans, and Babylonians, the Chinese and the Sioux. Over 40 fantastic paintings portray Nicholas's journey and the oddities he encounters.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Pipe Dream: A Novel, Jones, Solomon
11 Pipe Dream: A Novel Jones, Solomon
0375756604 / 9780375756603 Good. 
Paperback. 5th printing softcover 2001 Villard / Strivers Row. 'GIFT' inkstamped on 1st page with reviews. Otherwise very clean; no creases; binding tight. Light age-tanning to pages. Great reading / research copy. 353 pages; Reading Group Guide. Language: English. 'First-timer Jones travels deep into the drug-fueled underworld of a grim urban Philadelphia in this energetic novel, a neo-noir voyage into violence and injustice. When a popular Puerto Rican city councilman with a stellar anti-corruption record is shot dead in a Philly crack house in September 1992, a citywide manhunt begins. The targets of the hunt are four luckless crack addicts, innocent but doomed by association and reputation. . . . Going back and forth between characters, hunters and hunted, Jones produces a mix like Dragnet meets Chester Himes, stamped by his own experience on the streets. The chase is compelling, but even more involving is the way Jones slowly reveals each character's story, presenting in convincing and heartbreaking detail how each was sucked into dead-end addiction. . . . [T]his is a promising debut effort. Jones clearly has the stuff to become a major chronicler of the mean streets....'--Publishers Weekly, 2001. Keywords: contemporary fiction, African-American author, novelist, 1990s. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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12 Ray in Reverse Wallace, Daniel
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition HARDCOVER w/ jacket 2000 Algonquin. Very clean and bright; only light wear. Library inkstamps on 1st and last blank pages. 225pp. Language: English. 
Price: 13.25 USD
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Revolver, Kindt, Matt
13 Revolver Kindt, Matt
1401222420 / 9781401222420 Paperback. Very Good. 
Softcover published 2010 by Vertigo / DC Comics. Only light wear: minor scuffs, shelfwear to covers. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. 192 pages. Language: English. Lettered by Steve Wands. For ages circa 16 - up. 'What happens when the whole world literally changes overnight? Stuck in a dead-end job, tormented by a tyrannical boss and an annoyingly materialistic girlfriend, Sam rises from another night of aimless bar-hopping to discover his whole world has changed -- and for the worse. An avian flu outbreak has killed millions, the nation's infrastructure has crashed, and a dirty bomb has destroyed Seattle. But when he awakes the next day, Sam finds himself back in his "normal" world -- and back in chaos the day after that. In one world anything goes. In another, he's out of danger, but sleepwalking through his life. So now Sam has an even bigger problem: Which one to choose?' -- from back cover. Keywords: graphic novel, contemporary literature. 
Price: 14.00 USD
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Slave to Fashion: A Novel, Campbell, Rebecca
14 Slave to Fashion: A Novel Campbell, Rebecca
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 2002 Villard. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 275pp. Language: English. 'Smarter and darker than your average Bridget Jones knockoff, Campbell's first novel is also more mean-spirited, though it adheres closely to the conventions of the Bright English Working Girl Looking for Love formula. Antiheroine Katie Castle ... works for successful designer Penny Moss, whose son, Ludo, she is set to marry. ... Katie's snobbishly mordant wit is what distinguishes this book from its many, many sisters.... Campbell, who runs a clothing design firm with her mother, is most incisive about the bitchy evanescence of the fashion world. ... [F]ashionistas and trendy Anglophiles will love it.'--Publishers Weekly, 2002. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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The Bay of Angels, Brookner, Anita
15 The Bay of Angels Brookner, Anita
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1st printing 2001 Vintage Contemporaries. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 200 pages. Language: English. 'Brookner, a writer of penetrating psychological insight, seems to be possessed by the spirits of pale and passive Englishwomen. Oddly virginal mothers and dutiful daughters are held spellbound in reduced circumstances like cursed maidens in fairy tales, too proud and proper to give in to despair, until some force of nature, usually in the form of a man, cracks their world wide open to passion and confusion. Such is the template in Brookner's 20th impeccable novel. It begins, archly enough, with a soliloquy on how noble, long-suffering heroines are supposed to be rescued in happily-ever-after scenarios, a fate Brookner's sensitive narrator, Zoe Cunningham, believed in fervently as a fatherless child. Her faith bears fruit; a prince does appear for her widowed mother, but too late for true liberation. Wealthy and much older than his bride, Simon is both generous and inscrutable. Unwilling to play stepfather on a daily basis, he purchases a London flat for 17-year-old Zoe, then takes her mother, Anne, to his palatial house in Nice. Over the next few years, Anne tries to adjust to her new life, and Zoe tries to have the sort of fun a young, single woman is supposed to have, but neither is happy. Brookner is at her subtle best in her finely grained rendering of her heroine's penetrating mind as Zoe copes with a disastrous love affair, Simon's sudden death, and her mother's inexplicable decline. In language as voluptuous as her subjects are spare, Brookner offers bracing insights into the nature of sacrifice, the differences between men and women, and the adjustments that age and infirmity demand. There is quiet humor here and much affection for thoughtful people.'--Donna Seaman, Booklist. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Day Eazy-E Died, Hardy, James Earl
16 The Day Eazy-E Died Hardy, James Earl
Like New. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket; stated 1st edition / 1st printing 2001 Alyson Books. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; jacket crisp; appears unread. Gift-giving condition. 178 pages. Language: English. 'Hardy's style is gaunt, unclouded, and lucid as he looks uncompromisingly at his central character's dilemma of preserving his love life while secretly awaiting test results for his HIV status. Staggered by the death from AIDS of his idol, rapper Eazy-E, budding supermodel Raheim examines his own philandering past, trying to convince himself that his tiny betrayals could not have endangered his current lover, Mitchell (last seen with Raheim in If Only for One Nite). Hardy brilliantly lets Raheim's anxiety break through the surface of the narrative, just as it cracks through his consciousness in everyday dealings with Mitchell and his former lovers. The novel is timely given current concern over the rise of infected people in the young, gay, African American community....'--Roger Durbin, Library Journal, 2001. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Language of Threads: A Novel, Tsukiyama, Gail
17 The Language of Threads: A Novel Tsukiyama, Gail
0312267568 / 9780312267568 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 2000 St. Martin's. Only light store shelfwear. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight; never read. 276 pages. Language: English. 'Tsukiyama here offers a sequel to her 1991 work, Women of the Silk, which introduced readers to a young Chinese girl working in a silk factory. It is 1938, and Pei, now 28 years old, has traveled to Hong Kong, where she finds herself working as a domestic servant and caring for a young girl named Ji Shen. Though the novel spans 35 years, it is mostly given to covering the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and its aftermath through 1952. During those years, readers follow Pei and Ji Shen's struggle to survive fear and hardship, as British and Canadian civilians are interned under Japanese authority and a naive Ji Shen finds herself dealing in the black market. As in her other works, Tsukiyama's writing is richly descriptive and filled with historical detail, and her characters are fleshed out.'--Shirley N. Quan, Library Journal, 1999. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Lovely Bones, Sebold, Alice
18 The Lovely Bones Sebold, Alice
Very Good. 
Paperback. 1st softcover printing 2004 Back Bay Books. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 328pp plus Reading Group Guide. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Nanny Diaries: A Novel, McLaughlin, Emma; Kraus, Nicola
19 The Nanny Diaries: A Novel McLaughlin, Emma; Kraus, Nicola
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 21st printing 2002 St. Martin's. Superclean; no marks. Read once; handled gently; appears new. 306pp. Language: English. '2 former Manhattan nannies blow the lid off of the private child-care industry with a hilarious debut that pulls no punches as it recounts the travails of Nan, a hip Mary Poppins looking for a job to fit around her child-development classes at NYU. Mrs. X seems reasonable enough when she hires Nan to look after her 4-year-old son, Grayer, but she quickly reveals herself to be a monster, a bundle of neuroses wrapped up in Prada, whose son is little more than another status symbol in a fabulous Park Avenue apartment. Mr. X is just as horrible, although he's rarely seen or heard, too busy navigating mergers and mistresses to make time for a family starving for his affection..... Required reading for parents and the women they hire to do their parenting.'--Publishers Weekly, 2002. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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THE NIGHT LISTENER, Maupin, Armistead
20 THE NIGHT LISTENER Maupin, Armistead
Very Good. 
Paperback. NY: HarperCollins, 2000, stated 1st edition, softcover, stated on cover: 'advance reader's edition from uncorrected proofs'. Has LIBRARY INKSTAMP on last page. Very clean; no creases; only light wear. 344pp. Language: English. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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