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A Cannibal in Manhattan, Janowitz, Tama
1 A Cannibal in Manhattan Janowitz, Tama
Acceptable. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1989 Random House. Fair+ condition: book and jacket intact, but 2-inch water stain on book spine has also stained inside of jacket. Good reading copy. 287pp. Language: English. 'The author of the bestselling Slaves of New York offers here a less successful effort but an equally sardonic view of the wormy Big Apple, narrated in the stilted voice of Mgungu Yabba Mgungu, self-described as a brutal and violently ignorant savage, though charming in a primitive way, who was fleeing his wives and 13 children for the charms of a young American, possibly even the Hamptons and the New York Film Festival if everything went well and I played my cards right. Bored and narcissistic heiress Maria Fishburn, a Peace Corps volunteer, scoops up Mgungu, a South Seas purple-skinned cannibal and brings him back to Manhattan to dance at the Museum of Primitive Cultures, marry her and serve as a generally useful conversation piece. Mgungu wanders, picaro-style, the streets of New York and satirizes the natives, from the vapid chic to the Bowery bums. ...'--Publishers Weekly, 1987. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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A DESCANT FOR GOSSIPS, Astley, Thea
2 A DESCANT FOR GOSSIPS Astley, Thea
Good. 
Paperback. Australia: Univ. of Queensland Press, 1984 softcover reprint of 1960 original, 259pp. Language: English. Good condition: text clean; no creases. LIBRARY INKSTAMP on last blank page; some erased bookstore marks on 1st page. Noticeable average wear to corners. 3 sensitive, emotional individuals in a narrow-minded country town. Rumor and malice mount, sweeping them into isolation and, ultimately, disaster. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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A Diving Rock on the Hudson: Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II, Roth, Henry
3 A Diving Rock on the Hudson: Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II Roth, Henry
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1995 St. Martin's Press. Only light wear. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. 418 pages; Family tree of Ira Stigman. Language: English. 'A bombshell explodes in this second volume of the sextet, Mercy of a Rude Stream, as Roth reveals a secret that was surely one of the reasons for his 60-year writing block after the publication of Call It Sleep, his classic 1934 novel of immigrant adolescence. In the first volume of this series, his portentous hints about a dark side of Ira's sexuality may have seemed excessive; here, his alter ego, Ira Stigman, makes a shocking disclosure: a long interval of incest with his younger sister, as well as the seduction of a younger cousin. As the author/narrator continues to bare his soul to his computer, Ecclesias, readers will begin to understand the remorse, guilt and mental anguish that for a long time prevented Roth from thinking or writing about the events that form the basis for his fiction. ... As in his previous books, we are given a haunting picture of a vanished social class, the first generation of American children of Jewish immigrants from European shetls, living in bleak tenements, aware they are crude and uncouth by the standards of American society. This novel alone would stand as a brilliant literary achievement....'--Publishers Weekly, 1994. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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A Friend from England, Brookner, Anita
4 A Friend from England Brookner, Anita
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1988 Pantheon. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Jacket has average wear to edges. Author's 7th novel. 205pp. Language: English. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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5 A Good, Protected Life Kaufman, Joseph
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1992 Walker. Very clean; no marks except LIBRARY inkstamp last blank page. Light edge-crumpling to jacket. Coming-of-age novel about yeshiva student. 166pp. Language: English. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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6 A PASSAGE TO INDIA Forster, E.M.
Acceptable. 
Hardcover. NY: Harbrace Modern Classics, ca. 1961 reprint, hardcover, NO DUSTJACKET, 322pp. Good-minus condition: intact; no marks in text; binding solid. Previous owner's name on blank page opposite title page. Average soiling to covers. Spine and inside front cover are browned. Light age- discoloration to paper, but text very legible. Some fraying and wear to cover edges and corners. Gray cloth-covered boards with green titles on spine. Good reading / research copy. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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A Place Without Twilight, Feibleman, Peter
7 A Place Without Twilight Feibleman, Peter
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1997 Louisiana State Univ. PREVIOUS OWNER'S NAME inside cover. CREASED SPINE. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight. 385pp. Language: English. Voices of the South series. 'In a New Orleans where things, and people, are supposed to be black and white, Cille and her brothers--not-quite white and not-quite colored--are neither. Young Cille struggles for balance and identity in a world where race and class define people for life, and where her 2 brothers lose themselves beating against the bars of the cage of a divided culture.'--Ingram. Keywords: Southern, writer, author, 20th century. 
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8 A Star Called Henry (Last Roundup, V. 1.) Doyle, Roddy
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1999 HARDCOVER 2nd printing Jonathan Cape U.K. Glossy picture cover-- NO DUSTJACKET. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Some SCRATCHES to cover. 344pp. Language: English. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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9 African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe Lessing, Doris May
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1992 HarperCollins. Very clean; bright; tight. PRICE CLIPPED from flap; 1 DOG- EARED PAGE. Jacket edges lightly crumpled. 437pp; map. Language: English. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Age of Consent, Greenberg, Joanne
10 Age of Consent Greenberg, Joanne
0805005420 / 9780805005424 Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 2nd printing 1987 Henry Holt. Some edge-crumpling to jacket. Pages slightly age-discolored. Very clean; no marks; binding tight. 277 pages. Language: English. 'A failed attempt on the life of the Archbishop of Malaga kills Dr. Daniel Sanborn, internationally renowned plastic surgeon capable of miraculous restorations among the war-torn and disaster-ridden outreaches of the world. Trying to work through her grief, his adoptive sister Vivian sets herself a quest to learn more about this talented, distant man she has always, and yet never, known. Contacts with his former assistants deepen the enigma, but at last the pieces fall into place and Vivian gains a truer knowledge not only of Daniel, but of herself. Strong characterizations and a tightly woven plot highlight another success for the author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.'--Judith A. Gifford, Library Journal, 1987. Keywords: contemporary fiction, 1980s, Eighties, '80s. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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11 Altar Music: A Novel Weber, Christin Lore
Very Good. 
Paperback. Unread; very clean; only light shelfwear. Has REMAINDER MARK. Language: English. 
Price: 6.75 USD
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America's Dream, Santiago, Esmeralda
12 America's Dream Santiago, Esmeralda
0060172797 / 9780060172794 Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Harpercollins. Library sale inkstamps on 1st and last blank pages. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight; jacket crisp; only light wear. 325 pages. Language: English. 'Santiago, author of the memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, establishes herself as a strong and irresistible new voice in fiction with this story of a Puerto Rican woman who comes to America and discovers herself. America Gonzales, 30, cleans hotel rooms on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Her 14-year-old daughter, Rosalinda, has run away with a boyfriend, and America grieves that her daughter has not learned from her mistakes. America is, and has always been, Correa's woman, even though Correa has a wife and family a ferry ride away. Correa, the walking embodiment of blind, brutish machismo, comes to see America whenever he likes, sleeps in her bed and-as often as not-beats her. But an escape presents itself when the Leveretts, a young American couple whose kids America babysat when they stayed at the hotel, call from their Westchester home and ask her to be a nanny to their two young children. Her new life in suburbia and a tentative new love are overshadowed by the growing terror and certainty of a final reckoning with Correa. Lush descriptions of the sights, smells and sounds of the island pervade the early chapters; later, America's take on Westchester and her cousins in the Bronx is full of deliciously keen observations. As she charts America's emerging sense of self, Santiago shows us America's--and America's--life with wry insight. With its seamless construction, saucy dialect and clear prose, this novel is involving and immediate, truthful and tender.'--Publishers Weekly, 1996. 
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Angel of Light, Oates, Joyce Carol
13 Angel of Light Oates, Joyce Carol
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1981 Dutton. Very clean; no marks; no page or jacket creases; price intact on flap; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 434 pages. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority--Surface or Airmail only. Keywords: novel, Washington, D.C., murder, mystery, politics, Maurice Halleck. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Anglo-Saxon Attitudes, Wilson, Angus
14 Anglo-Saxon Attitudes Wilson, Angus
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1996 St Martin's Griffin. Spine CREASED. 1st few pages are wavy and crinkled. Noticeable average wear. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. Great reading / research copy. 347 pages. Language: English. Originally published in 1956. 'Gerald Middleton is a 60-year-old self-proclaimed failure. Worse than that, he's a failure with a conscience. As a young man, he was involved in an archaeological dig that turned up an obscene idol in the coffin of a 7th-century bishop and scandalized a generation. The discovery was in fact the most outrageous archaeological hoax of the century.... One of England's first openly gay novelists, Angus Wilson was a dirty realist who relished the sleaze and scuffle of daily life. Slashingly satirical, virtuosically plotted, and displaying Dickensian humor and nerve, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes features a vivid cast of characters that includes scheming academics and fading actresses, big businessmen toggling between mistresses and wives, media celebrities, hustlers, transvestites, blackmailers, toadies, and even one holy fool. Everyone, it seems, is either in cahoots or in the dark, even as comically intrepid Gerald Middleton struggles to maintain some dignity while digging up a history of lies.'--from the publisher. Keywords: British, writer, fiction, novel, satire. [code J] 
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15 AS IT IS IN HEAVEN Williams, Niall
Very Good. 
Hardcover. NY: Warner Books, 1999, stated 1st printing, softcover, cover shows emblem 'Advance Reading Copy--Not for Sale--To be published in hardcover July 1999'. 310pp. Language: English. Very Good condition: Has LIBRARY inkstamp on last page on the text. Text very clean; no creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years series), Karon, Jan
16 At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years series) Karon, Jan
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 35th printing 1996 Penguin. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 446pp. Language: English. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel, Updike, John
17 Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel Updike, John
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 1998 Knopf. Very clean, unread, like new but for tiny indentation to jacket. 272pp. Language: English. From flap: 'Henry Bech, the moderately well known Jewish-American writer who served as the hero of John Updike's previous Bech: A Book (1970) and Bech Is Back (1982), has become older but scarcely wiser. In these five new chapters from his life, he is still at bay, pursued by the hounds of desire and anxiety, of unbridled criticism and publicity in a literary world ever more cheerfully crass. He fights intimations of annihilation in still-Communist Czechoslovakia, while promiscuously consorting with dissidents, apparatchiks, and Midwestern Republicans. Next, he succumbs to the temptations of power by accepting the presidency of a quaint and cosseted honorary body patterned on the Academie Francaise. Then, the reader finds him on trial in California and on a criminal rampage in a gothic Gotham, abetted by a nubile sidekick called Robin. Lastly, our septuagenarian veteran of the literary wars is rewarded with a coveted medal, stunning him into a well-deserved silence. It's not easy being Henry Bech in the post-Gutenbergian world, but somebody has to do it, and he brings to the task an indomitable mixture of grit and ennui.' 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Bone: A Novel, Ng, Fae Myenne
18 Bone: A Novel Ng, Fae Myenne
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket BOOK CLUB EDITION 1993. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only a hint of wear to jacket. 194pp. Language: English. 'In this profoundly moving novel, Fae Myenne Ng takes readers into the hidden heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, to a world of family secrets, hidden shames, and the lost bones of a 'paper father' ... [O]ne of the most critically acclaimed novels of recent years and immediately a classic of contemporary American life.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Border Music, Waller, Robert James
19 Border Music Waller, Robert James
0446518581 / 9780446518581 Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 Warner Books. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only a hint of wear. 248 pages. Language: English. Keywords: contemporary fiction, novel, 1990s, Nineties, '90s. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Charms for the Easy Life, Gibbons, Kaye
20 Charms for the Easy Life Gibbons, Kaye
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 7th printing hardcover with dustjacket 1993 Putnam. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Some edge-crumpling to jacket. 254 pages. Language: English. From the publisher: 'In the verdant backwoods of North Carolina, in a sad and singular era, the Birches are unique among women of their time--living gloriously rich if decidedly offbeat lives in a private world ahandoned by men. And though misery often beats a path to their door, headstrong Sophia and her brilliant daughter Margaret possess charms to ward off loneliness and despair--thanks to the uncompromising strength, uncommon wisdom, and muscular love of a remarkable matriarch and self-taught healer who calls herself Charlie Kate.' 
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