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She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana

By: West, Michael Lee

Price: $15.00

Publisher: HarperCollins: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282577

ISBN: 0060183489

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Two very minor spots on top page ridge. Pages very faintly toned. 1994 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 390 pp. The two main occupations in Limoges, Louisiana (population: 905), seem to be spreading juicy gossip and consoling the unfortunate with casseroles. And in this early spring of 1952, there is ample opportunity for both with sixteen-year-old and pregnant (by the Baptist minister) Olive Nepper, currently languishing in a coma after drinking pop laced with rose poison. But the plight of Olive and her family is h... View more info

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The House of Mirth

By: Wharton, Edith

Price: $500.00

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons: 1905

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2283787

Condition: Near Fine


First edition (no ads following text). Tabard Inn Library bookplate and pencil name on front endpapers. 1905 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 532 pp. 8vo. Red cloth, gilt titles and top edge. The popular second novel by the author who later became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (1921). Originally serialized in Scribner's Magazine, its success was described by Charles Scribner as 'the most rapid sale of any book ever published by Scribner' (Benstock, A Critical History of The House of Mirth). This catapulted Wharton's career as a writer, and her works influen... View more info

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The House of Mirth

By: Wharton, Edith

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons: 1905

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2286942

Condition: Good


First edition (no ads following text). Spine faded, top margin of last few pages lightly stained, boards lightly soiled, ink gift note on front endpaper. 1905 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 532, [6] pp. 8vo. Red cloth, gilt titles and top edge. The popular second novel by the author who later became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (1921). Originally serialized in Scribner's Magazine, its success was described by Charles Scribner as 'the most rapid sale of any book ever published by Scribner' (Benstock, A Critical History of The House of Mirth). This catapul... View more info

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Birdy

By: Wharton, William

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1978

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2199136

ISBN: 0394425693

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Edges slightly faded, jacket flaps lightly toned. 1978 Hard Cover. 309, [1] pp. 8vo. Author's first book. Hailed upon its publication as a classic for readers not yet born (Philadelphia Inquirer), Birdy is an inventive, hypnotic novel about friendship and family, dreaming and surviving, love and war, madness and beauty, and, above all, birdness. It tells the story of Al, a bold, hot-tempered boy whose goals in life are to life weights and pick up girls, and his strange friend Birdy, the skinny, tongue-tied perhaps genius who only wants to raise canaries and to fly. While figh... View more info

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Not Where I Started From: Stories

By: Wheeler, Kate

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282578

ISBN: 0395665159

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Light stain to jacket inside along spine base. 1993 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 239 pp. Author's first book. A debut collection of short stories evokes the theme of Americans struggling to cope in the midst of strange cultures, including a teenager in Central America, a New Yorker in Miami's Little Cuba, and a novitiate in a Burmese monastery. View more info

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When Mountains Walked: A Novel

By: Wheeler, Kate

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282579

ISBN: 0395859913

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Very faint smudge on page ridge. 2000 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 375 pp. Author's first novel. Named a Best Young American Novelist by GRANTA, Kate Wheeler received numerous awards and the highest critical acclaim for her story collection, NOT WHERE I STARTED FROM. Francine Prose wrote, This is a book you mention to your friends . . . Wheeler is a writer to follow, wherever she chooses to travel. In her much anticipated first novel, Wheeler takes readers to opposite ends of the earth in a story of passions that... View more info

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Alexander and the State Council: Bureaucracy and Counter-Reform in Late Imperial Russia

By: Whelan, Heide W.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Rutgers University Press: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2285411

ISBN: 0813509424

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. A very nice copy. 1982 Hard Cover. 258 pp. In a society supposedly ruled by an autocratic Tsar, who actually governed? Heide Whelan looks at one critical and influential institution, the State Council - the consultative legislative organ of the autocracy - and finds that this collection of bureaucrats had interests and views of their own often at odds with those of Alexander III. By 1881, when Alexander became Tsar, the State Council was composed of specialists and experts in various fields, men educated and trained for their bureaucratic positions as, in many cases, their fathe... View more info

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The Money Trap

By: White, Lionel

Price: $75.00

Publisher: E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc.: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2080284

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Very good in good jacket. Front & end matter faintly foxed, jacket rubbed & lightly toned with minor tears along edges, small portion of front jacket flap corner clipped ($3.50 list price still present). 1963 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 189 pp. 8vo. Inspiration for the 1965 Burt Kennedy film starring Glenn Ford (Joe Baron) and Elke Sommer (Lisa Baron), which also featured Ricardo Montalban (as Joe's partner Pete Delanos). The story follows two cops who collaborate to steal money from a drug-dealing doctor, and combines the classic heist plot with el... View more info

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Twilight: Presentation Copy with Typed Letter

By: Wiesel, Elie

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Summit Books: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2283615

ISBN: 0671644076

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Presentation copy from Anne Frank Center, signed by author, with separate presentation note in calligraphy: 'With appreciation to: June Rogoff'. Laid in is a letter thanking Rogoff for her contribution to the 'Anne Frank in the World' exhibit. Rogoff was head of the main branch of the public library in Rochester, New York in the 1980s, and was married to the chief of radiology at Strong Memorial hospital. Jacket price clipped. 1988 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 217, [5] pp. 8vo. Raphael Lipkin is a man obsessed. He hears voices. He talks to ghosts. He... View more info

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The Catbird's Song: Prose Pieces, 1963-1995

By: Wilbur, Richard

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2277110

ISBN: 0151002541

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Top edge lightly foxed, pages very faintly toned. 1997 Hard Cover. xii, 242 pp. The Catbird's Song is a selection of prose pieces, on a variety of topics, by one of the most distinguished poets and translators of our times, Richard Wilbur. These lectures, letters, reviews, addresses, prefaces, and interviews-what Wilbur calls the prose by-products of a poet's life-not only reveal the ideas and concerns that inform his remarkable oeuvre but also offer fresh takes on the works and lives of poets we thought we knew, poets we ought to know, and much more. Here, then, are his appreci... View more info

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Soldiers in Hiding: A Novel

By: Wiley, Richard

Price: $50.00

Publisher: The Atlantic Monthly Press: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2274251

ISBN: 0871130467

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author on half-title page without inscription. Jacket very faintly toned. Light smudge on top page ridge, very faint odor of smoke. 1986 Hard Cover. 199 pp. Author's first novel. Thirty years after World War II, Japanese-American jazz musician Teddy Maki is still haunted by his friend Jimmy Yamamoto's wartime death and his own failure to disobey a commanding officer's order to shoot an American prisoner. View more info

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Grab Their Belts to Fight Them: The Viet Cong's Big-Unit War Against the U.S., 1965-1966

By: Wilkins, Warren

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Naval Institute Press: 2011

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2287364

ISBN: 1591149614

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Top corners of jacket bumped. 2011 Hard Cover. xvi, 283 pp. During 1965 and 1966, wrote Dale Andrade, a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Communists fought the Americans toe to toe, making little effort to act like guerillas. Indeed, despite pronounced disadvantages in firepower and mobility, the Communist Vietnamese endeavored to crush South Vietnam and expel the American military with a strategy predicated on big unit war. Orchestrated by a militant clique in Hanoi, the big unit war was designed to yield a quick and decisive victory over South Vietnam.... View more info

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Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does

By: Will, George F.

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2276828

ISBN: 0671427334

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket flaps taped down. Underlining in first two chapters, ink name on front endpaper. 1983 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 186 pp. The conservative thinker and columnist reflects on the fundamental beliefs of American political theory, questioning the sufficiency of the principle of competing self-interests as a basis for society and arguing for a more broadly based interpretation of the role of government. View more info

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In the Salt Marsh: Poems

By: Willard, Nancy

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2282581

ISBN: 1400042291

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. A very nice copy. 2004 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 52 pp. In this strong, appealing collection, Nancy Willard shares her passion for observing the mysteries of the natural world, particularly the flora and fauna of Cape Cod and the Hudson Valley, where many of these poems are set. We see, through her eyes, the coming of darkness to an empty orchard, the retreat of deer at dusk, and the breakup of a river with the onset of spring. Willard is also deeply engaged with the living creatures that populate her world. Her poems record her encounter with a m... View more info

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The Lively Anatomy of God: Stories

By: Willard, Nancy

Price: $50.00

Publisher: The Eakins Press: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282583

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author. Review copy with slip and author photo laid in. A very nice copy. 1968 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 95 pp. The stories in Nancy Willard s first book are about how the life of the imagination dwells in and shapes reality. Faith takes root in the insignificant, says one of her narrators. And further: ...the faith we have gathered from generations of Sundays was no match for this greater faith in the reality of darkness. View more info

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Things Invisible to See: A Novel

By: Willard, Nancy

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282584

ISBN: 0394540581

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 1984 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 263 pp. Author's first novel. A freak accident leaves Clare Bishop paralyzed from the waist down, but with the ability to see the future, enter the bodies of animals, and talk with Death. View more info

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Sister Water: A Novel

By: Willard, Nancy

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282585

ISBN: 0679407022

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 1993 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 255 pp. Jessie Woolman and her family are suddenly faced with unforseen tragedy. Her mind is beginning to wander, and Ellen, her newly widowed daugher is being pursued by a mercenary man, Harvey Mack. Enter Sam Theopolis. Hired to care for Jessie, he becomes both Harvey's rival and a healing presence for all. That is, until crisis descends, and he, too, needs the protection of their innocent belief in the salvation of love.... View more info

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19 Masks for the Naked Poet

By: Willard, Nancy

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Kayak Books, Inc.: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282635

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. One of 1200 copies. A very nice copy. 1971 Stapled Binding. We have more books available by this author!. Unpaginated. Drawings by Regina Shekerjian. In these nineteen poems Willard muses on her poet's masks and poetry tasks of creation and transformation. View more info

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In His Country (The Generation New Poet Series, Volume IV)

By: Willard, Nancy; Squires, Radcliffe; White, George Abbott

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Generation: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282582

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket spine very faintly toned. 1966 Hard Cover. 56 pp. Author's first poetry collection. View more info

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City of Golden Shadow (Otherland, Volume 1) (DAW Book Collectors No. 1045)

By: Williams, Tad

Price: $15.00

Publisher: DAW Books, Inc.: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2206975

Condition: Fine


First edition, first printing with full number line. Sharp corners, binding square, oft-scraped gilt jacket design unscathed and protected under fresh mylar. An exceptional copy. 1997 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xiii, [1], 770 pp. 8vo. Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. The best minds of two generations have labored to build it. And somehow, bit by bit, it is claiming the Earth's most valuable resource--its children.KEYWORDS: SCIENCE FICTION SF SCI FI FANTASY ADVENTU... View more info

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White Mule

By: Williams, William Carlos; Laughlin, James

Price: $225.00

Publisher: New Directions: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2130110

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Spine & edges toned, pages lightly toned, jacket toned with stain along spine. 1937 Hard Cover. 293 pp. 8vo. A novel by the author praised by Ezra Pound as 'the first prose writer in America, the best prose writer who now gets into print.' The book follows the lives of the Stecher family, who are immigrants in pre-war New York. View more info

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Cardiac Clinics: A Mayo Clinic Monograph

By: Willius, Fredrick A.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: C.V. Mosby Company: 1941

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2276016

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Ink name on front endpaper. 1941 Hard Cover. 276 pp. CONTENTS: Signs and Symptoms; Diseases of the Pericardium; Rheumatic Heart Disease; Bacterial Endocarditis; Cardiovascular Syphilis; Hypertensive Heart Disease; Coronary Disease; Thyroid Disease; Congenital Heart Disease; Function States; Disturbances of Cardiac Rhythm; Treatment and Management; Historic Excerpts; Miscellaneous Topics. View more info

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The Quest for Wilhelm Reich: A Critical Biography

By: Wilson, Colin

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Anchor Press/Doubleday: 1981

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 2287939

ISBN: 0385018452

Condition: Near Fine


First American edition. Very minor loss to jacket spine head, minor wear to jacket. 1981 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xv, 272 pp. Deckled edge. Wilhelm Reich is variously known as a brilliant psychoanalyst, the founder of orgone energy, the author of several controversial books - including The Function of the Orgasm - and a man who died in jail, the subject of government harassment. In this fascinating critical biography, Colin Wilson examines Reich's life an ideas against the background of the shifting cultural and political currents of he twentieth century. Drawi... View more info

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Beyond the Outsider: The Philosophy of the Future

By: Wilson, Colin

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2287940

Condition: Good


First edition. Half-inch chip to jacket spine head, half-inch tear along jacket spine base. Bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, pencil name and date on front endpaper, underlining and marginalia throughout. 1965 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 236 pp. In the sixth and last book of the Outsider series, Colin Wilson attacks the doom prophets of existentialism with a different, more accurate philosophy. He notes that the existentialism of the early 20th century is due mainly to poor thinking habits & erroneous self-pity. He describes his idea of peak experiences?time... View more info

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Bernard Shaw: A Reassessment

By: Wilson, Colin

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Atheneum: 1969

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 2287941

Condition: Near Fine


First American edition. Jacket edges lightly bumped. Bookplate on front paste-down endpaper. 1969 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xiv, 306 pp. Part biography, part critical study, this engrossing book probes many questions: Was Shaw generous or small, modest or conceited, oversexed or undersexed? Was he a subtle artist or crude propagandist? The emerging portrait is one of a kaleidoscopic human being... View more info

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The Mind Parasites

By: Wilson, Colin

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Arkham House: 1967

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 2287942

Condition: Near Fine


First American edition. Jacket spine and rear jacket panel lightly toned, jacket edges lightly rubbed. 1967 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xxi, 222 pp. Frank Utpatel jacket art. A novel which drew comparisons to H.P. Lovecraft and H.G. Wells. Wilson has blended H.P. Lovecraft’s dark vision with his own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative powers to produce a stunning, high-tension story of vaulting imagination. A professor makes a horrifying discovery while excavating a sinister archeological site. For over 200 years, mind parasites have been lurking in th... View more info

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The Philosopher's Stone: A Novel

By: Wilson, Colin

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Arthur Barker Limited: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2287943

ISBN: 0213177900

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, spine very slightly cocked. 1969 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 315 pp. Wilson probably has earned a reputation more as a scholar & biographer than as a novelist; but this novel, originally published in 1969, proves that he possesses significant skills in the area of fiction as well. He weaves a great deal of speculation into the meaning of existence & the future of the species into the plot; so much so that the book at times seems as much a work of philosophy as of fiction. The story centers on the experiences o... View more info

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Origins of the Sexual Impulse

By: Wilson, Colin

Price: $25.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnma's Sons: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2287944

Condition: Good


First edition. No jacket. Bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, underlining and marginalia throughout. 1963 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 263 pp. What role does sex play in man's total being? This is Mr. Wilson's question. The Origins Of The Sexual Impulse is his fascinating and evocative analysis of it in all it's implications, and his pursuit of an answer leads him to ask: What is normal sex? and What is sexual perversion? View more info

Spring Fever

By: Wodehouse, P. G.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1948

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2294661

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Lacks jacket. Spine slightly cocked. 1948 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 223 pp. Illustrated by Paul Galdone. The fall brings four more antic novels from comic genius, P. G. Wodehouse. In Picadilly Jim (soon to be a major motion picture), Jimmy Crocker has a scandalous reputation on both sides of the Atlantic and must do an about-face to win back the woman of his dreams. Uneasy Money sees the hard-up Lord Dawlish off to America to make a fortune, while in Cocktail Time events turn on the fate of a filmscript. Spring Fever is a light-hearted comedy invo... View more info

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Golf Without Tears [Published in the U.K. as The Clicking of Cuthbert]

By: Wodehouse, P.G. [Pelham Grenville]

Price: $30.00

Publisher: George H. Doran Company: 1924

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2195725

Condition: Good


First American edition. Hinges starting, evidence of previous repair to spine, ink name & date on front flyleaf. 1924 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. ix, 330 pp. 8vo. Golf and love—the two primal obsessions.P. G. Wodehouse displays his most uproarious storytelling and never-ending jollity in these tales of lovers on the links.—Cuthbert Banks, champion golfer, wins the heart of his beloved Adeline, who won't give him the time of day until a visiting Russian author ignores everyone to fawn over Cuthbert's golfing prowess.—One man loses his fiance when he discover... View more info