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At Home: Essays 1982-1988, Vidal, Gore
1 At Home: Essays 1982-1988 Vidal, Gore
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 4th printing hardcover with dustjacket 1988 Random House. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 303pp. Language: English. 'Here is Vidal the essayist at the height of his powers--iconoclastic, witty, sarcastic, engaging, as he tilts at shibboleths of radicals and conservatives alike. Included in this gathering of 24 essays from the past 6 years are controversial pieces that have created a ruckus, such as his plea that the U.S. should make common cause with the Soviet Union against the Sino-Japanese axis, and his critique of the American pro-Israel lobby. Vidal portrays Ronald Reagan as a very sincere sort of liar, and is equally withering on Nixon and Oliver North. In literary essays, he strikes gold in discussing Henry James as book reviewer, William Dean Howells' avant-garde realism, Anthony Burgess's embrace of God and sex, Paul Bowles's underrated short stories and expatriate Quaker writer Logan Pearsall Smith, among others. In more personal pieces, he reminisces on the early history of aviation and gets culture shock in Mongolia. Reading Vidal is always an invigorating experience.'--Publishers Weekly, 1988. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2 Blood, Bread, and Poetry 
Acceptable. 
Paperback. Softcover. PAGES ARE WATER-BUCKLED. 1 library booksale inkstamp. Text clean and unmarked. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Dark Witness: When Black People Should Be Sacrificed, Again, Wiley, Ralph
3 Dark Witness: When Black People Should Be Sacrificed, Again Wiley, Ralph
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Ballantine / One World. Library inkstamp on last page. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight. 334 pages. Language: English. 'Using personal anecdotes, satirical commentary on American life, and analyses of headline-making news stories, Wiley (What Black People Should Do Now) attacks the myths and stereotypes of racism head on. Focusing on the current mood of the black intelligentsia--he notes, for instance, that Cornel West is one of the few black intellectuals who see that blaming whites is not productive--Wiley forces readers to look beyond the front-page stories. He examines issues from O.J. Simpson to the Oklahoma bombing to get a better picture of the America psyche and what African Americans really think about themselves In this sharp-tongued and insightful work, Wiley makes his mark on the discussion of race in America.'--Kevin Whalen, Library Journal. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion, Brinkley, David
4 Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion Brinkley, David
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Knopf. 'Book Sale' inkstamp inside back cover. Otherwise very clean, crisp, bright. 175pp. Language: English. 'In a collection of 180 acerbic, witty short essays, commentary, and writings, the distinguished journalist shares his thoughts on politics, human foibles, and the falsities of contemporary American life.'--Ingram. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Further Fridays: Essays, Lectures, and Other Nonfiction, 1984-1994, Barth, John
5 Further Fridays: Essays, Lectures, and Other Nonfiction, 1984-1994 Barth, John
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 Little, Brown. Light creasing to bottom front of dustjacket. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 377 pages; Index. Language: English. 'Novelist Barth has often been called a postmodernist, and in these witty essays, many of which have appeared in various periodicals, he explores the hallmarks of the style -- formal playfulness, narrative self-consciousness, self-reflexiveness, ironic recycling of premodern devices -- in a host of writers from Laurence Sterne to Thomas Pynchon, Umberto Eco, Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Barth charts his own creative evolution from the realism and minimalism of The Floating Opera to the high-energy extravagances of The Sot-Weed Factor and Giles Goat-Boy. He champions the terse minimalism of Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver and Frederick Barthelme and hurls ripostes at his critics, notably John Gardner and Tom Wolfe. A sequel to his first collection of essays, The Friday Book (1984), this miscellany includes a piece on the ecology and literature of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay region, a study of Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and an illustrated essay drawing parallels between postmodernism, literary arabesques and chaos theory.' --Publishers Weekly, 1995. 
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Green Dreams: Essays Under the Influence of the Irish, Stephens, Michael
6 Green Dreams: Essays Under the Influence of the Irish Stephens, Michael
0820316164 / 9780820316161 Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1994 University of Georgia Press. Only a hint of shelfwear to jacket. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; unread. 16 essays divided as Fighting, Writing, Drinking. 210 pages. Language: English. 'Stephens, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, ponders the truth in the stereotypes of the Irish as writers, fighters, and drinkers. The essays touch on boxing; gangsters; Irish authors such as Joyce, Beckett and Yeats; and the author's own experiences with alcoholism and recovery. Somehow W.C. Fields, Ernest Hemingway, Bill Griffith (the creator of Zippy the Pinhead), and James Cagney find their way into Stephens' terrain, making for an interesting journey through the author's personal landscape.'--Book News, Inc. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Lives, Works and Transformations: A Quarter Century of Book Reviews and Essays, Kirsch, Robert R.
7 Lives, Works and Transformations: A Quarter Century of Book Reviews and Essays Kirsch, Robert R.
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1978 Capra Press. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Very clean; no marks; store sticker on jacket. front. Light-to-average wear. 231pp. Language: English. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Long, Long Ago Woollcott, Alexander
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover published 1943 by The Viking Press; likely a Book Club Edition. NO DUSTJACKET. Average wear; initials and small inkstamp on first blank page; light age-tanning to paper. Text clean and unmarked; binding tight. Attractive red cloth-covered boards with embossed caricature of Woollcott on front; gold titles on spine. Good vintage reading/research copy. 280 pages. Language: English. A best-seller Issued just after Woolcott's death, this collection gathers pieces from The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and other popular periodicals. Keywords: literature, literary, essay, nonfiction, social commentary, Algonquin Round Table, critiic, criticism, Town Crier, 1940s. No ISBN. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso Del Norte, Gonzalez, Ray
9 Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso Del Norte Gonzalez, Ray
0913089494 / 9780913089491 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1993 Broken Moon Press. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 223 pages. Language: English. 'A poet and editor of anthologies, Gonzalez (Without Discovery: A Native Response to Columbus) offers 29 essays and vignettes ranging from his 1960s boyhood in El Paso to his confrontation with his Chicano identity.'--Publishers Weekly, 1993. Keywords: memoir, Mexican-American. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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10 Orphans: Real and Imaginary Simpson, Eileen
Acceptable. 
Hardcover. BOOK CLUB EDITION hardcover with dustjacket 1987. Clean; average wear; 1 library inkstamp on last page. Language: English. Author describes her own orphanhood and examines the history of orphanhood and its role in culture. Keywords: orphanage, convent school, parentless. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Out of Step: Notes from a Purple Decade, Yardley, Jonathan
11 Out of Step: Notes from a Purple Decade Yardley, Jonathan
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 1991 Random House. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. Noticeable average wear. Jacket crumpled at edges. Ink stain on front free endpaper. 264pp. Language: English. 'For the nearly 10 years Yardley has been book critic and columnist for the Washington Post , he has never pandered to the public in his commentary. Divided into 3 sections (literary, social, and personal commentaries), this book provides a collection of Yardley's opinions--among them, the state of the contemporary novel; the upstart Brat Pack novelists; the lowering of standards in education, ethics, and culture--that are as insightful as they are well written. The book serves well as a commentary on life in the Eighties as well as an excellent introduction to Yardley's readable style and curmudgeonly views'--Martin J. Hudacs, Library Journal, 1991. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Rockets and Rodeos and Other American Spectacles, Mallon, Thomas
12 Rockets and Rodeos and Other American Spectacles Mallon, Thomas
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1993 Ticknor & Fields. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Like new except small closed rip to jacket front near spine. 290pp. Language: English. 12 essays explore quintessentially American themes, offering an account of Dan Quayle at a July 4th celebration, an Oklahoma rodeo, a New York City bank robbery trial, a rocket mission studying the Northern Lights, the 1990 U.S. Senate race in Rhode Island between Claiborne Pell and Claudine Schneider, the launching of a space shuttle, and others. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Dissident Word: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 1995, Miller, Chris (editor)
13 The Dissident Word: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 1995 Miller, Chris (editor)
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Basic Books. REMAINDER MARK at bottom page edge. Very clean; never read. 198pp, Index, Notes. Language: English. From the publisher: 6 of the world's most famous and most controversial writers defend the right to dissent in the fourth volume of the acclaimed Oxford Amnesty Lecture Series. Keywords: Wole Soyinka, Edmund White, Gore Vidal, Taslima Nasreen. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Essays of Leonard Michaels, Michaels, Leonard
14 The Essays of Leonard Michaels Michaels, Leonard
0374148805 / 9780374148805 Like New. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket, published 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Only light store shelfwear to jacket; appears unread. Very clean; no marks. Gift-giving condition. 204 pages. Language: English. 'Leonard Michaels was a writer of unfailing emotional honesty. His memoirs, originally scattered through his story collections, are among the most thrilling evocations of growing up in the New York of the 1950s and '60s -- and of continuing to grow up, in the cultural turmoil of the '70s and '80s, as a writer, teacher, lover, and reader. The same honesty and excitement shine in Michaels's highly personal commentaries on culture and art. Whether he's asking what makes a story, reviewing the history of the word relationship, or reflecting on sex in the movies, he is funny, penetrating, surprising, always alive on the page. The Essays of Leonard Michaels is the definitive collection of his nonfiction and shows, yet again, why Michaels was singled out for praise by fellow writers as diverse as Susan Sontag, Larry McMurtry, William Styron, and Charles Baxter. Beyond autobiography or criticism, it is the record of a sensibility and of a style that is unmatched in American letters.' --from jacket flap. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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The Vagrant Mood: Six Essays, Maugham, W. Somerset
15 The Vagrant Mood: Six Essays Maugham, W. Somerset
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket, published 1953 by Doubleday. Edgewear to jacket: crumpling; rubbing; small rips and chips. Moderate age-tanning to pages. Text clean and unmarked; binding tight. Good vintage reading/research copy. 250 pages. Language: English. 'Six of Mr. Maugham's most delightful essays are included in this little book. Most of them are marked with the mingled urbanity and sharpness which characterise the author when he turns to the role of critic. Others give an engaging glimpse into Maugham's own past. All of them reflect, in every word and phrase, the care and craftsmanship with which they have been polished to their final state of literate brilliance.'--from jacket flap. Contents: Augustus; Zurbaran; The Decline and Fall of the Detective Story; After Reading Burke; Reflections on a Certain Book; Some Novelists I Have Known. Keywords: nonfiction, literary, criticism, essayist, writer, 20th century. No ISBN. 
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Wormholes: Essays and Occasional Writings, Fowles, John; Relf, Jan
16 Wormholes: Essays and Occasional Writings Fowles, John; Relf, Jan
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1998 Henry Holt. Almost like new--unread, very clean, only minor shelfwear. 362pp. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority--Surface or Airmail only. From the publisher: 'As a novelist, John Fowles needs no introduction. ... But his nonfiction writings are less well known, in part because their appearance has been scattered in ephemeral periodicals, academic journals, or as forewords or introductions to other authors' work. Wormholes is the first representative gathering of Fowles's fugitive and intensely personal writings: essays, literary criticism, commentaries, autobiographical statements, memoirs, and musings. Wormholes is divided into 4 sections--Writing and the Self, Culture and Society, Literature and Literary Criticism, and Nature and the Nature of Nature; these 30 pieces, dating from 1963 to the present, range in length from a single page to substantial essays.' 
Price: 17.00 USD
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