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The Biographer's Tale

By: Byatt, A.S.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2271606

ISBN: 0701169451

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket spine head very lightly bumped. 2000 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 265 pp. In this witty, Borges-like fiction, A.S. Byatt weaves a dazzling fiction out of one man's search for fact. Fed up with stultifying criticism, Phineas G. decides to study the messiness of 'real life'. Doing nothing by halves he sets out to write a biography of a great biographer. But a 'whole life' is hard to find. How do we put the idea of a person together? Everywhere he looks he finds fragments and gaps: bones and husks, boxes of m... View more info

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Still Life

By: Byatt, A.S.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2271607

ISBN: 0701126671

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Pages moderately toned due to the type of paper used by publisher. 1985 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 358 pp. From the author of The New York Times bestseller Possession, comes a highly acclaimed novel which captures in brilliant detail the life of one extended English family-and illuminates the choices they must make between domesticity and ambition, life and art. Toni Morrison, author of Beloved, writes of Byatt: When it comes to probing characters her scalpel is sure but gentle. She is a loving surgeon. View more info

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Your Action World: Winners are Losers with an New Attitude

By: Byrne, David

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Chronicle Books: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2286740

ISBN: 0811826236

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. An excellent copy. 1999 Large Softcover. We have more books available by this author!. In his latest book, writer, photographer, musician, and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has created an extraordinary document and critique of the times we live in. Your Action World parodies the inspirational promotional materialsincluding books, tapes, and corporate advertising - with which we are inundated daily. Byrne's impulse is to fight back, to stem the tide of images and bullying texts that assault all of us, by building dikes and dams of my own images and texts. To understan... View more info

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O'Malley of Shanganagh

By: Byrne, Donn

Price: $10.00

Publisher: The Century Company: 1925

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1851507

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket lightly rubbed. 1925 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 207 pp. First edition. Orange cloth boards with black titles. White jacket with illustration on front. Donn Byrne (born Brian Oswald Patrick Donn-Byrne) (20 November, 1889 – 18 June 1928) was an Irish novelist. He was born in New York City where, he claimed, his Irish parents were on a business trip at the time, and soon after returned with them to Ireland. He grew up being equally fluent in Irish and English, growing up in an area where some Irish Irish was still spoken. Recent research (201... View more info

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The Way of Ecben: A Comedietta Involving a Gentleman

By: Cabell, James Branch

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York: Robert M. McBride & Company: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2130195

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Lacks slipcase. Board fore-edge rubbed. 1929 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. viii, 209 pp. 8vo. Decorations by Frank C. Pape. 'Today, some recognize Cabell as one of the first contemporary writers from the South. He is also noted for his unique blending of classic myths and legends with his own imagination and is considered a pioneer of fantasy writing. The Way of Ecben is derived from the Norrovian legend upon which is based Felix Kennaston's The King's Quest, but Cabell claims that his tale clings rigorously to the queer legend's restrained, and quite... View more info

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Dynasty of Death: First Edition

By: Caldwell, Taylor

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2202719

Condition: Good


First edition. Jacket rubbed & chipped, tape along jacket spine, pages toned, stamping on endpapers. 1938 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 797 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell (September 7, 1900–August 30, 1985) was an Anglo-American novelist and prolific author of popular fiction, also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner, and by her married name of J. Miriam Reback. In her fiction, she often used real historical events or persons. Taylor Caldwell's best-known works include Dynasty of Death (1938),... View more info

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72 Hour Hold: A Novel

By: Campbell, Bebe Moore

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270467

ISBN: 1400040744

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Bottom edge of front board lightly bumped, otherwise a very nice copy. 2005 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 319 pp. In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her eighteen-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. New York Times best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots, showcasing her best writing yet. Trina suffers from bipolar disorder, making her parano... View more info

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Singing in the Comeback Choir

By: Campbell, Bebe Moore

Price: $10.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270468

ISBN: 0399142983

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Light smudge on top edge, gilt of jacket titles slightly rubbed away. 1998 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 372 pp. Called one of the leading black novelists of the twentieth century by The Washington Post, the author of Brothers and Sisters follows a successful producer who tries to revitalize the ghetto of her youth. View more info

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What You Owe Me: A Novel

By: Campbell, Bebe Moore

Price: $10.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270469

ISBN: 0399147845

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Faint smudge on top page ridge. 2001 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 533 pp. Los Angeles, 1945: When Hosanna Clark, newly arrived from the farm fields of Texas, befriends Holocaust survivor Gilda Rosenstein, she opens the door to a new life for them both. Using Gilda's knowledge of cosmetics and Hosanna's energy and determination, they begin producing a line of lipsticks and lotions for black women. The two are more than partners: They are dear friends. Then Gilda suddenly disappears, taking all the assets. Hosanna ... View more info

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Brothers and Sisters

By: Campbell, Bebe Moore

Price: $10.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270470

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Very faint smudge on top page ridge, pages very faintly toned. 1994 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 476 pp. Struggling with her own personal issues after the Los Angeles riots, Esther Jackson, a black employee at a downtown bank, is heartened when a black man is hired as senior vice-president, until he sexually harasses her white friend and coworker. View more info

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Sweet Summer: Growing Up with and Without My Dad

By: Campbell, Bebe Moore

Price: $10.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270471

ISBN: 0399134158

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket very faintly toned. Pages faintly toned. 1989 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 272 pp. The author recounts her relationship with her father, one that took place largely during the summer when they vacationed together, discussing how this shaped her as an adult and a woman. View more info

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Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

By: Campbell, Bebe Moore

Price: $15.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270472

ISBN: 0399137467

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author with date: 12/2/92, Santa Monica. Faint smudge on top page ridge, pages very faintly toned. 1992 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 332 pp. The author of Sweet Summer turns her talents to fiction with a novel that records how a racist beating in a small Mississippi town rippled through generations, changing forever the lives of everyone involved in the incident. View more info

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The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work

By: Campbell, Joseph; Cousineau, Phil

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Element: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2288993

ISBN: 1862045984

Condition: Very Good


First edition. One inch tear along top edge of rear jacket panel, front jacket flap price-clipped. Owner's library stamp on front endpaper and half-title page and rear endpaper, ink gift note on half-title page, pages very faintly toned. 1999 Large Hardcover. xxvii, 258 pp. The author of Hero With a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God series, and The Power of Myth here turns his powers of observation and analysis on his own life's journey and conveys the excitement of his life-long exploration of mythic traditions, which he called the one great story of mankind. In conversations with poets, anthr... View more info

John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads (Score and CD Included!)

By: Canyon, Christopher

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Dawn Publications: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2296386

ISBN: 1584690720

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. A nice copy. 2005 Large Hardcover. Unpaginated. Includes CD. This brilliant picture book adaptation of the first hit song of John Denver is all about roots, family, and country. Set in Appalachia, a humorously diverse bunch of relatives and their in-laws go up, down and around the hills of West Virginia to converge by car, pickup, and motorcycle to a family reunion at Grandma and Grandpas country home. True to Appalachian style, Canyon portrays it all as if on a quilt, complete with little stitches between the fabric. The lyrics demand to be sung--the hardback edition comes with... View more info

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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

By: Capote, Truman

Price: $2,250.00

Publisher: Random House: 1965

Edition: Limited Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2263973

Condition: Fine


Limited edition, #285 of 500, signed & numbered by Capote on colophon, which states 'Of the first edition of In Cold Blood five hundred copies have been printed on special paper and specially bound.' Lacks slipcase issued with this edition, but is only the more attractive for it (the slipcase was a rather plain red paper over cardboard). 1965 Full-Leather. We have more books available by this author!. 343 pp. 8vo. Finely rebound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full brown morocco with gilt titles, rules, and decorations, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. The collector who had these rebound include... View more info

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Music for Chameleons: New Writing

By: Capote, Truman

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Random House: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2288327

ISBN: 0394508262

Condition: Good


First edition. Jacket edges lightly bumped, small tear along bottom edge of front jacket panel. Page ridges lightly foxed. 1980 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xix, 262 pp. At the centre of Music for Chameleons is Handcarved Coffins, a 'nonfiction novel' based on the brutal crimes of a real-life murderer. Taking place in a small Midwestern town in America, it offers chilling insights into the mind of a killer and the obsession of the man bringing him to justice. Also in this volume are six short stories and seven 'conversational portraits' including a touching one of ... View more info

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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

By: Capote, Truman

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Random House: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2290324

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket price clipped, jacket lightly stained along base (appears faintly on boards), a few 1/2 - 1 inch closed jacket tears. 1965 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 343, [1] pp. 8vo. Deckled edge. Capote's award-winning True Crime novel follows a cold-blooded murderer. An account of a true crime. In 1959 four members of the Clutter family were murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. In April of 1965, two men were hanged for the crime. This book was published the same year as the death of the accused. View more info

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Europe, 1492: Portrait of a Continent Five Hundred Years Ago

By: Cardini, Franco

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Facts on File: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2295718

ISBN: 0816021880

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Half inch tear along bottom edge of rear jacket panel, minor tear along top edge of front jacket panel, jacket spine base rubbed. Ink stamp on page base. 1989 Large Hardcover. 238 pp. Describes life in Europe in 1492, and discusses government, religion, culture, and social conditions. View more info

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The Hotel Eden: Stories

By: Carlson, Ron

Price: $40.00

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2269564

ISBN: 0393040682

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Inscribed and signed by author on title page ('For Steve, who has been true! Your friend, Ron Carlson'). A bit smoky, page ridges faintly foxed. 1997 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 224 pp. 8vo. A dozen stories feature a young man who discovers that Eden is not a permanent residence, a baseball player who accidentally becomes a killer, and a teenager from Phoenix who experiences an unsettling sexual awakening. View more info

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Plan B for the Middle Class: Stories

By: Carlson, Ron

Price: $25.00

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2269565

ISBN: 0393033708

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page. A bit smoky. 1992 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 223, [1] pp. 8vo. A collection of stories about midlife includes tales of a single mother who keeps house on an aircraft carrier and a new father who is seduced by a motorcycle. By the author of Truants. View more info

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Truants: A Novel

By: Carlson, Ron

Price: $25.00

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2281549

ISBN: 0393013839

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author with inscription, For Esta and Bob from their friend, Ron Carlson. Front jacket panel clipped with price intact. Very faint odor of smoke. 1981 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 255 pp. Collin Elder and Louisa Berg, having trouble with their fathers, quit their home situations for life on the road and meet eighty-four-year-old Will Clare while searching for a future in the streets of Utah and Nevada. View more info

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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln: A Novel

By: Carter, Stephen L.

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 2012

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2272871

ISBN: 030727263X

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Remainder mark. 2012 Hard Cover. 515 pp. Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial... Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, lea... View more info

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The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky: A Novel

By: Casale, Jana

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 2018

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2272659

ISBN: 1524731994

Condition: Fine


First edition. A fine copy. 2018 Hard Cover. 353 pp. We first meet Leda in a coffee shop on an average afternoon, notable only for the fact that it’s the single occasion in her life when she will eat two scones in one day. And for the cute boy reading American Power and the New Mandarins. Leda hopes that, by engaging him, their banter will lead to romance. Their fleeting, awkward exchange stalls before flirtation blooms. But Leda’s left with one imperative thought: she decides she wants to read Noam Chomsky. So she promptly buys a book and never—ever—reads it. As the days, years, and ... View more info

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Napoleon: A Biography

By: Castelot, Andre

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2285510

ISBN: 0060106786

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Jacket edges rubbed with a few minor tears, front jacket flap creased, jacket faintly toned. 1971 Hard Cover. vii, 627 pp. André Castelot was a French writer born in Belgium who wrote 65 biographies of famous persons in the History of France. He is perhaps best known for his biography of Josephine. His biography of Napoleon emphasizes not only his military campaigns, but his many love affairs and his many mistresses. It shows how his tumultuous relationship with Josephine influenced and affected his Napoleonic Code. It was because of Josephine's fickleness and unfaithfulness to... View more info

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Watercolor Women / Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse

By: Castillo, Ana

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Curbstone Press: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2270629

ISBN: 1931896208

Condition: Near Fine


First edition - a paperback original. A very nice copy. 2005 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 269 pp. Watercolor Women / Opaque Men is a wild and raucous narrative of a single, working mother, the daughter of Chicano migrant workers, and her struggles for upward mobility. With a remarkable combination of tenderness, wicked humor, and biting satire, the main character, Ella-or She-moves toward establishing her sexual identity (she has affairs with both men and women) and finding her rightful place in the world while simultaneously raising her son to be independent ... View more info

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I Ask the Impossible: Poems (An Anchor Book Original)

By: Castillo, Ana

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Anchor Books: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270630

ISBN: 0385720734

Condition: Near Fine


First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 2001 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xvii, 121 pp. Cherished for her passionate fiction and exuberant essays, the author hailed by Julia Alvarez as una storyteller de primera, and by Barbara Kingsolver in The Los Angeles Times as impossible to resist, returns to her first love--poetry--to reveal an unwavering commitment to social justice, and a fervent embrace of the sensual world. With the poems in I Ask the Impossible, Castillo celebrates the strength that is a woman..... View more info

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Carmen la Coja: Una Novela (Spanish Text)

By: Castillo, Ana

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Vintage Espanol: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270631

ISBN: 0375724680

Condition: Near Fine


First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 2000 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xix, 216 pp. Spanish text. Published to coincide with the Anchor Books edition of Peel My Love Like an Onion, this Spanish translation is a major addition to the Vintage Español list. Equal parts soap opera, tragicomedy, and rhapsody, Carmen la coja is Ana Castillo's imaginative variation on the themes of Bizet's Carmen, set in the Latin community of Chicago and the seductive world of flamenco. Carmen La Coja Santos is a renowned loc... View more info

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So Far from God: A Novel

By: Castillo, Ana

Price: $15.00

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270634

ISBN: 0393034909

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket flaps very minimally toned. 1993 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 251 pp. Sofia and her daughters, Fe, Esperanza, Caridad, and la Loca, endure hardship and enjoy love in the sleepy New Mexico hamlet of Tome, where the comic and the horrific, the real and the supernatural, reside. View more info

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Peel My Love Like an Onion: A Novel

By: Castillo, Ana

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Doubleday: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270635

ISBN: 0385496761

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 1999 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xix, 213 pp. Peel My Love Like an Onion is the breakthrough novel from Ana Castillo, author of the wildly praised So Far from God--a lyrical, steamy, and moving story of a love triangle set in the colorful world of flamenco dancing. Carmen La Coja (the cripple) Santos is a flamenco dancer of local renown in Chicago, despite the obstacle of a handicapped leg, the legacy of a childhood attack of polio. From the beginning of her professional career, she has carried... View more info

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Sapogonia: An Anti-Romance in 3/8 Meter

By: Castillo, Ana

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270636

ISBN: 0916950956

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. No jacket. A nice copy. 1990 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 312 pp. English text. A powerful, complex novel from the author of So Far From God. In the mythological land of Sapogonia--a metaphorical country where all mestizos (those of mixed European/Native Central or South American blood) come from--Maximo Madrigal becomes obsessed with a woman he can never control. View more info