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A Boy Like Astrid's Mother, Briskin, Mae
1 A Boy Like Astrid's Mother Briskin, Mae
Acceptable. 
Paperback. Softcover reprint 1990 W. W. Norton. Spine is creased; cover shows wear. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. Good reading / research copy. 222 pages. Language: English. 'Making a debut marked by rare strength and authority of voice, Briskin here presents a talent of tremendous promise. All but one of these 15 stories have appeared in magazine form between 1975 and 1987; the author, who did not begin to write until the age of 45, has received four PEN awards. The collection is divided into two parts, and the first offers a wide-ranging selection of 11 narratives, most of which touch on the theme of parent-child love. In the title story, a haunting stray teenage boy forces new definitions into the lives of the family that takes him in. In Giant Sequoia, a woman attempts to manage a visit from her parents, who have an uneasy regard for her husband. ... In Present Tense, a frustrated woman confronts her parents with their age-old habits and weaknesses and suddenly realizes that she has changed the rules of the game without consulting her mother. But the second part of this book, which consists of four stories partly set in Italy during World War II, is where Briskin really soars. Writing of those courageous few who hid Jews, strangers, despite dire personal consequences, the power and intensity of her prose bring stunning authenticity and immediacy to these short narratives....'--Publishers Weekly, 1988. 
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A Further Being: Stories, Gordon, Kirpal
2 A Further Being: Stories Gordon, Kirpal
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover (presumably 1st edition--no additional printings indicated) 1993 Pegasus Press, Kerrville, Texas. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only a hint of wear. 153pp; 18 stories. Language: English. Cover art by Dusty Pendleton. Keywords: contemporary American literature, fiction, short story. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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A Season for Unnatural Causes: Stories, O'Connor, Philip F.
3 A Season for Unnatural Causes: Stories O'Connor, Philip F.
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1975 University of Illinois. 116pp; 9 stories and novella, The Escape Artist. Very clean, no marks; average wear. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Bet They'll Miss Us When We're Gone: Stories, Wiggins, Marianne
4 Bet They'll Miss Us When We're Gone: Stories Wiggins, Marianne
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 2nd printing 1991 HarperCollins. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Light edgewear to jacket. 180pp. Language: English. 'Powerful, idiosyncratic voices commanding immediately felt emotions distinguish nearly all 13 stories in Wiggins's (John Dollar) second collection . Most moving are the tales told by old people--a man struggles to recall the words that will summon up his memory of a friend in A Cup of Jo; a recent widower in Balloons 'n' Tunes frets angrily with a neighbor while trying to accommodate his wife's last wishes and accept her absence; a woman in Shibboletboo remembers the childhood cruelty that precipated the muteness of a recently deceased neighbor. Loss and its imminence permeate all these stories by Wiggins, who went into hiding when her then-husband, Salman Rushdie, was targeted for assassination by Islamic radicals. In Croeso I Gymru, the narrator named Marianne, on the lam in Wales with her husband, tries to assimilate the unfamiliar customs and language as a way to combat fear and helplessness. Often unfettered by conventional spelling or diction, Wiggins's stories take us directly to the hearts of her characters, displaying an imposing talent.'--Publishers Weekly, 1991. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Big As Life: Stories About Men, Cooper, Rand Richards
5 Big As Life: Stories About Men Cooper, Rand Richards
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 Dial. Clean and bright; only light wear. 2 INKSTAMPS on back endpaper: Book Sale, date. 323pp. Language: English. 'A second collection of short stories--the successor to the critically acclaimed The Last to Go--explores the crucial themes of men's lives, such as the loss of sexual innocence and the challenge of fatherhood.'--Ingram. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Curving Road: Stories (Illinois Short Fiction), Stewart, John
6 Curving Road: Stories (Illinois Short Fiction) Stewart, John
Good. 
Paperback. Paperback 1975 Univ. of Illinois. Clean and unmarked, but w/ noticeable wear and rubbing to spine and edges. Sun-fading to back. Good reading/research copy. 128pp. Language: English. Handsome cover photo of author. 
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Disorderly Conduct: The VLS Fiction Reader, Mark, M. (editor); Indiana, Gary (editor)
7 Disorderly Conduct: The VLS Fiction Reader Mark, M. (editor); Indiana, Gary (editor)
Very Good. 
Paperback. 1st printing softcover 1991 Serpent's Tail. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 272pp. Language: English. 'Although some entries are underdeveloped or are self-consciously wacky, this collection of stories from the Village Voice Literary Supplement , of which Mark is editor-in-chief, generally is energized with a quirky sensibility. Russell Banks's protagonist, who as a child was a pawn in his parents' tortured relationship, confronts the ghosts at the last home his family shared before his parents divorced. This character and his cathartic, moving tale are anomalies here. More the norm in this volume are Pagan Kennedy's young UPS worker, who has herself tattooed with an image of an upside-down Jesus hanging on an upside-down cross and hones an Elvis passion with a guitar player, he lately of a band called The Benign Tumors; Lynda Schor's narrator, who fantasizes about scantily clad pubescent males as her teenage daughter competes at a swim-team tryout; and Michael Musto's jaded reporter, who tracks the seamy side of the party scene, discovering such notables as a woman who squirts milk from her bosoms at a nightclub audience. Most effectively, Janice Eidus beckons readers into the twilight zone with her sanguine heroine, Geraldine, who, as the years pass, stays stuck firmly in the 1950s, when she was the most popular girl in her Bronx crowd.'--Publishers Weekly, 1991. 
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Granta 71: Shrinks, Jack, Ian
8 Granta 71: Shrinks Jack, Ian
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover. Very clean; unmarked; uncreased. Some scratches to cover. Pages bright; binding tight. Language: English. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Hard Candy: A Book of Stories, Williams, Tennessee
9 Hard Candy: A Book of Stories Williams, Tennessee
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 4th printing ca. 1980 New Directions. Claw marks to front pages before Table of Contents. Superclean; no marks in text; pages bright; binding tight. Light tanning to cover. 220pp. Language: English. Three Players of a Summer Game, Two on a Party, The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin, Hard Candy, Rubio y Morena, The Mattress by the Tomato Patch, The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly, The Vine, The Mysteries of the Joy Rio. 
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10 My Date with Satan: Stories Richter, Stacey
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover. Unread; very clean; uncreased. Has REMAINDER MARK at bottom. Language: English. 
Price: 6.25 USD
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Such Waltzing Was Not Easy: Stories (Illinois Short Fiction), Weaver, Gordon
11 Such Waltzing Was Not Easy: Stories (Illinois Short Fiction) Weaver, Gordon
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1975 University of Illinois. Average wear; clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. Language: English. Keywords: literary. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Tales from Towhee Inn, Rowan, William
12 Tales from Towhee Inn Rowan, William
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1999 Cenografix. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. A dent to front cover. 180pp; B/W illustratons. Language: English. 'A delicious romp into the western North Carolina mountains to observe the fabulous village of Towhee as it strives to cope with an overwhelming invasion of vacationers and new industry.'--Margaret Harrigan. 'A host of outrageous characters parade across the stage, oblivious of the fact that they are the fabric of a skillful satire ... Indeed, if we look carefully into the swirl of clear mountain water below the Old Hanes Bridge, we are apt to see ourselves and our foibles delightfully reflected.'--Doreen Gandy Wiley. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Compass Rose: Stories, Le Guin, Ursula K.
13 The Compass Rose: Stories Le Guin, Ursula K.
0060914475 / 9780060914479 Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover reprint published 2005 by Harper Perennial. Only light wear. Very clean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight. 368 pages. Language: English. 20 short stories, including Two Delays on the Northern Line; Malheur County; The Eye Altering; The Pathways of Desire; The New Atlantis; The Diary of the Rose; The White Donkey; Gwilan's Harp; The Author of the Acacia Seeds; The First Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner to the Kadanh of Derb; Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time; The Water Is Wide; Sur; Intracom; more. Keywords: literature, short story, science fiction, sci fi, fantasy, 20th century, fiction, women authors. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Courts of Love: Stories, Gilchrist, Ellen
14 The Courts of Love: Stories Gilchrist, Ellen
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Little, Brown. Remainder mark at bottom page edge. Nice new bookplate covers donation inkstamp on 1st blank page. Superclean and bright; appears unread. 288pp. Language: English. 'This delightful collection of stories features the complexities of love between lovers, between friends, and between parents and children. The first section consists of related stories set in Berkeley that revolve around one of Gilchrist's recurring characters, Nora Jane Whittington ... A second section of unrelated stories completes the collection, including one about a young man dying of AIDS who adopts an injured dog and another about a middle-aged woman reminded of the past by a former boyfriend. Gilchrist's strength lies in her well-drawn characters, who are intelligent, complex, thoughtful, and full of good intentions. Her stories are addictive and will lead readers to her other collections.... Highly recommended.'--Patricia Ross, Library Journal. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Death of Methuselah and Other Stories, Singer, Isaac Bashevis
15 The Death of Methuselah and Other Stories Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st trade printing hardcover with dustjacket 1988 Farrar Straus Giroux. Light dust-spotting to top page edge. Light edge-crumpling to jacket. Text clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. 244 pages. Language: English (translated from the Yiddish by Singer and others). 'This tenth volume of short stories by the Nobel Prize author is vintage Singer. At home in the underworld, he gives us stories of Gehenna, the occult, and the demonic forces of evil, of unrequited love, transvestism, and unfaithful spouses. Thus, The Accuser and the Accused asks how one can explain, except by multiple personality, that a Yiddish mystic from New York can also be a priest in Peru. In the title piece, the biblical character is portrayed at 969--But when you pass your nine hundredth birthday, you are not what you used to be. Longing for death, he is taken to Cain's city and learns of Satan and Lilith just prior to the deluge and the rescue of his nephew Noah. Highly recommended for all audiences.'--Molly Abramowitz, Library Journal, 1988. Keywords: modern, fiction, 20th century, short story, Jewish, Eighties, 1980s. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Noble Society: Adult Fairy Tales from Another Dimension, Henry, Melissa; Burroughs, M.; Nova, Vera (illustrator)
16 The Noble Society: Adult Fairy Tales from Another Dimension Henry, Melissa; Burroughs, M.; Nova, Vera (illustrator)
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 2002 Thoughtmill Press, Las Vegas, Nevada. Inkstamped inside front and back covers is 'For review purposes only' with a phone number. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight; spine uncreased. Light-to-average wear. No additional printings indicated; presumed 1st edition. 128pp, B/W illustrations by 'Vera Nova,' pseudonym for the author. Language: English. Color postcard of the author / artist's 1992 painting at the Mastopietro Gallery, Toluca Lake, California is laid in. Utopian fantasy; 4 short stories centered on an imaginary place. Volume I of a projected two volumes. 
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THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANTHOLOGY Vol. XIII 1996, Wagner, Patricia (editor); Ott, Martin (editor)
17 THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANTHOLOGY Vol. XIII 1996 Wagner, Patricia (editor); Ott, Martin (editor)
Good. 
Paperback. James Regan, editor-in-chief. Los Angeles: University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing Program, 1996, softcover, 143pp. Good condition: clean and unmarked; cover uncreased. Average wear. One creased page. Interviews with Sarajevo writers; also: Joyce Carol Oates, Marge Piercy, Stuart Dybec, Stig Dagerman, and many more. Poetry and prose. Language: English. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The World is the Home of Love and Death: Stories, Brodkey, Harold
18 The World is the Home of Love and Death: Stories Brodkey, Harold
Like New. 
Paperback. Softcover reprint 1998 Owl Books. New; never read. Superclean; no marks or creases. Light shelfwear. Language: English. 'Harold Brodkey completes the extraordinary literary voyage that began with the publication of his first short story in The New Yorker in 1952. During the past 4 decades, Brodkey established himself as a modern master of short fiction. In The World Is the Home of Love and Death, Brodkey returns to themes he has treated so memorably in the past--the conformity and stupefying monotony of suburbia, the malevolence of cocktail-party conversation--bringing to them a new refinement and compression. In all of these stories, Brodkey proves that there has never been a more acute translator of the language of power, coercion, and, ultimately, love. It is altogether appropriate that Brodkey's final return to fiction should be to the short story, a form that he has influenced so profoundly.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 10.50 USD
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Within the Ribbons, Manley, Frank
19 Within the Ribbons Manley, Frank
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 1989 Farrar Straus Giroux. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Apparently 1st edition--no additional printings indicated. Jacket scuffed and scratched but not creased. 223pp. Language: English. 'Manley takes us deep into Flannery O'Connor territory, where the thin but luminous line separating the pain of the ordinary and the grace of divine transcendence waits to be crossed by all of the characters in this wonderfully rich debut collection. The characters in these 9 stories are saved; they walk out of their spiritual prison of memory, confusion and ignorance into those rare moments of emotional epiphany, where a visitation of lucidity and acceptance transforms even the most constricted lives. In this religiously charged atmosphere, ordinary objects become conduits to spiritual transformation: in the title story, a bridal bouquet and a freak accident are the means through which an unmarried middle-aged woman dimly apprehends the power and passion of the marital state. In 58 Babylon Dread Bean, an escalator lifts a newly widowed woman from a lost city into a place of infinite grace. In An Errand of Mercy, a bedridden stroke victim communicates through a Ouija board to a lady from the Baptist church and teaches her the meaning of mercy. What distinguishes Manley, an English professor at Emory University, from others who have mined the neo-Southern gothic vein, is an extraordinarily sensitive ear and a good humored, deep understanding of the people who inhabit his world. From the mouths of these colorful storytellers come the pain and terror, violence and beauty of their lives.'--Puplishers Weekly, 1989. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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