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Brick Lane

By: Ali, Monica

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Doubleday: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270791

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 2003 Hard Cover. 413 pp. Author's first book. Nazneen's inauspicious entry to the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a Bangladeshi village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu. Her life in London's Tower Hamlets is, on the surface, calm. For years, keeping house and rearing children, she does what is expected of her. Yet Nazneen walks a tightrope stretched between her daughters' embarrassment and her husband's resentments. Chanu calls ... View more info

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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A Novel

By: Antrim, Donald

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Viking: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2199924

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Top page edge smudged, spine slightly cocked. 1993 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 185 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel.In his first novel, Elect Mr. Robinson For a Better World, Donald Antrim demonstrates all of the skill that critics have hailed in his subsequent work: the pitch-perfect ear, the cunning imagination, and the uncanny control of a narrative at once familiar and incandescently strange.In Pete Robinson’s seaside suburban town, things have, well, fallen into disrepair. The voters have de-funded schools, the mayor has been drawn and quartere... View more info

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The Hotel

By: Bowen, Elizabeth

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York: Lincoln MacVeagh / The Dial Press: 1928

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2043190

Condition: Very Good


First American edition. Ink name & date on front endpaper, jacket edges rubbed with 1 inch chip from spine head, minor loss from corners and rear joint, two tears, jacket spine faded.Good. 1928 Hard Cover. 294 pp. 8vo. Black cloth, paper spine label, silk decorative endpapers. Author's first novel, which followed on the success of two short story collections (Encounters; Ann Lee's and Other Stories). Bowen was a well-known author and member of literary society, befriending a number of the Bloomsbury Group, and also carrying on affairs with several other authors, including May Sarton. From the ... View more info

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Reiffen's Choice (The Stoneways Trilogy Book One [1])

By: Butler, S.C.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Tor / Tom Doherty Associates: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2264580

ISBN: 0765314770

Condition: Fine


First edition. An exceptional copy. 2006 Hard Cover. 463, [1] pp. 8vo. Author's first novel. Reiffen, only twelve years old, is the true heir to the thrones of both Wayland and Banking. He and his friends Avender and Ferris live in a magical world of talking animals, dwarves, and shape-shifting bears but…he lives with the shame of knowing that no one will ever let him rule these kingdoms, that their crowns will bring him nothing but betrayal and sorrow…and that he is powerless. Reiffen will have only a short life of child's innocence, a brief respite from the trial of impossible adult resp... 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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The Virgin Blue

By: Chevalier, Tracy

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Penguin Books: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270646

ISBN: 0140265023

Condition: Near Fine


First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription on title page. 1997 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 255, [7] pp. Author's first novel. Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin--two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to ... View more info

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

By: Clarke, Susanna

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200379

ISBN: 1582344167

Condition: Near Fine


First American edition, second state jacket (black with white lettering). Signed by author without inscription on half-title page. Spine head and foot faintly pushed. 2004 Hard Cover. 782 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel, which inspired the BBC television series. English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory. But at ... View more info

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

By: Clarke, Susanna

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200961

ISBN: 1582344167

Condition: Near Fine


First American edition, first state jacket (white with black lettering) Signed by author without inscription on half-title page. Spine head and foot faintly pushed. 2004 Hard Cover. 782 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel, which inspired the BBC television series. English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory. But at Hu... View more info

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Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper -- A Memoir

By: Cody, Diablo

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Gotham Books: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2260592

ISBN: 1592401821

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Spine ends lightly pushed. 2006 Hard Cover. 212 pp. 8vo. First book by the writer of the screenplay for the Academy-Award-winning film Juno starring Ellen Page & Michael Cera. Diablo Cody was twenty-four years old when she decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. On a whim, she performed at amateur night at Minneapolis's seedy Skyway Lounge. She didn't win a prize that night, but she discovered that stripping delivered a rush she had never experienced before, and too many experiences to not write about it. While she didn't fit the ordinary profile o... View more info

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The Last Samurai

By: DeWitt, Helen

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Talk Miramax Books / Hyperion: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2288516

ISBN: 0786866683

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. 2000 Hard Cover. viii, 530 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel. Helen DeWitt's extraordinary debut, The Last Samurai, centers on the relationship between Sibylla, a single mother of precocious and rigorous intelligence, and her son, who, owing to his mother's singular attitude to education, develops into a prodigy of learning. Ludo reads Homer in the original Greek at 4 before moving on to Hebrew, Japanese, Old Norse, and Inuit; studying advanced mathematical techniques (Fourier analysis and Laplace transformations); and, as the title hints, endlessly watching and analyzing Akira Kuro... View more info

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Stones for Ibarra

By: Doerr, Harriet

Price: $20.00

Publisher: The Viking Press: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2273063

ISBN: 0670192031

Condition: Very Good


First edition. A bit smoky, page ridges lightly foxed, crease down front jacket flap. 1984 Hard Cover. 214, [2] pp. Author's first novel. Two Americans, Richard and Sara Everton, are the only foreigners in Ibarra. They live among people who both respect and misunderstand them, and gradually, the villagers--at first enigmas to the Evertons--come to teach them much about life and the relentless tide of fate. View more info

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Giant Otto

By: Du Bois, William Pene

Price: $125.00

Publisher: The Viking Press: 1936

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2285925

Condition: Good


First edition. Binding a bit shaken but holding, edges rubbed. 1936 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. [40 pp.] Pictorial paper over boards. Author's first book. A children's story written and illustrated by William Pene du Bois, best known for The Twenty-One Balloons (1947), which won the Newbery Medal. He also worked as the art editor for The Paris Review, and was nominated for two Caldecott Medals. View more info

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Geode / Rock Body

By: Ehrlich, Gretel

Price: $750.00

Publisher: Capricorn Press: 1970

Edition: Limited Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196147

Condition: Near Fine


Limited edition, #39 of 50. Signed by author without inscription and hand-numbered on limitation page. Tiny sticker remnant on corner of front endpaper, otherwise an exceptional copy. 1970 Hard Cover. 34 pp. 8vo. The first published work by the poet, travel and nature writer, and essayist, who won the Henry David Thoreau Award. A collection of poems, it was published when the author was just 24 years old. This edition was limited to 600 copies, only 50 of which were bound in cloth. Designed and printed by Noel Young in Santa Barbara, cover drawing by Judy Daniel. View more info

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Waiting to Disappear

By: Fritz, April Young

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children, New York: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 1670022

Condition: Near Fine


Signed first edition. Inscribed to a fellow author: 'For Nancy - Good luck with your novel - I look forward to reading the rest of Will's story. April Young Fritz, Oct. 18, 2003'. About fine.Near Fine. 2002 Hard Cover. 316 pp. Author's first novel. A strong debut in which Fritz portrays a 13-year-old girl dealing with grief and loss, and coming to terms with her mother's emotional instability. View more info

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Against the Horde (The Legend Trilogy Volume 1)

By: Gemmell, David

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New Infinities Productions, Inc.: 1988

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2290322

ISBN: 0441009956

Condition: Very Good


First edition - a paperback original. Spine anc back corner creased. 1988 Mass Market Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 383 pp. Author's first novel, originally published in the UK as 'Legend'. David Andrew Gemmell (August 1, 1948 – July 28, 2006) was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explores themes in honour, loyalty and redemption. With ove... View more info

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The Land Surveyor's Daughter: Poems (Lost Roads Number 14, 1979)

By: Gilchrist, Ellen

Price: $750.00

Publisher: Lost Roads Publishing Company / White River Printers: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196149

Condition: Near Fine


First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription on title page. An exceptional copy. 1979 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 46 pp. Author's first book. A collection of poetry by the author who won the National Book Award for her 1984 short story collection Victory Over Japan. Gilchrist also studied under the well-known writer Eudora Welty at Millsaps College.Keywords: ELLEN GILCHRIST LAND SURVEYOR DAUGHTER POEMS POETRY SIGNED FIRST EDITION View more info

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Black Sunday

By: Harris, Thomas

Price: $40.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2202745

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Lightly rubbed, jacket price clipped.Very Good. 1975 Hard Cover. 318 pp. 8 1/2 x 6. Author's first book. Harris later wrote The Silence Of The Lambs, which inspired the film starring Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, and Ted Levine. Black Sunday is a 1975 novel by Thomas Harris. It was the first novel by Harris, and achieved only moderate success, until it was sold to Hollywood, for the production of a film based on the novel. The novel is a thriller about a plot by terrorists to commit mass murder during the Super Bowl in New Orleans, and law enforcement efforts to st... View more info

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The Girl on the Train

By: Hawkins, Paula

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Riverhead Books / Penguin Group Inc.: 2015

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2117100

ISBN: 1594633665

Condition: Fine


First edition. Spine ends faintly pushed. 2015 Hard Cover. 323 pp. 8vo. Author's first book. A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. 'Jess and Jason,' she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then s... View more info

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Getting Our Breath Back

By: Johnson, Shawne

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Dutton: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2200760

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. 2002 Hard Cover. viii, [2], 261 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel. Violet, Lilly, and Rose know how it feels to be black women trying to find their place in a changing white world. Violet, the eldest, grows up believing in the myth of the southern belle-only to discover that good manners and genteel charm aren't going to bring her acceptance from a closed-minded society... or a philandering husband. Lilly is an ex-Black Panther and writer caught up in the stormy aftermath of the sixties; she shuts out this new world of confusion and pain with the heroin that can never give her peace... View more info

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The Jewel of Medina: A Novel

By: Jones, Sherry

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Beaufort Books, Inc: 2008

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2207865

ISBN: 0825305187

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. 2008 Hard Cover. ix, 358 pp. Author's first novel. Born Aisha bint Abi Bakr in seventh century Arabia, she would become the favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad, and one of the most revered women in the Muslim faith. Married at the age of nine, The Jewel of Medina illuminates the difficult path Aisha confronted, from her youthful dreams of becoming a Bedouin warrior, to her life as the beloved wife and confident of the founder of Islam.Extensively researched and elegantly crafted, The Jewel of Medina presents the beauty and harsh realities of life in an age long past, during a ... View more info

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A Soldier of the Revolution

By: Just, Ward

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1970

Seller ID: 2269668

Condition: Very Good


First edition. A bit smoky, jacket spine a bit toned. 1970 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 223 pp. Author's first novel. Ward Just took time off from the editorial page of The Washington Post to write his first novel, A Soldier of the Revolution, the story of a young man who is sent to South America to work for an American corporation and finds himself drawn into a local insurgency movement. Michael Reardon, easygoing and contemplative, passes his days in the high plateau of a South American country gathering information that disappears into the maw of a cosmetics com... View more info

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Abacus (Wesleyan New Poets Series)

By: Karr, Mary

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196007

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page. 1987 Hard Cover. 52, [2] pp. 8vo. First novel by the author of 'three award-winning, bestselling memoirs: The Liars Club, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Cherry, which was selected as a notable book by book reviews nationwide; and Lit, which was one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year (and made virtually every other Best of the Year list) and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both verse and e... View more info

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Prodigal Summer

By: Kingsolver, Barbara

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Harper Collins: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196868

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page. An exceptional copy. 2000 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xi, [5], 444 pp. 8vo. Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her extravagantly gifted narrative voice (New York Times Book Review), has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. At the heart o... View more info

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The Historian

By: Kostova, Elizabeth

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2284551

ISBN: 0316011770

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Spine ends lightly pushed. 2005 Hard Cover. 642 pp. Author's first novel. Blends history & fantasy in evoking the enigmatic figure of Vlad the Impaler. To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to My dear and unfortunate successor, and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of ... View more info

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Shopping

By: Kramer, Gavin

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Soho Press: 2010

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1736013

ISBN: 1569471894

Condition: Very Good


First edition.Very Good. 2010 Hard Cover. Author's first novel. The unnamed narrator, an English expatriot working in Tokyo, prides himself on the authenticity of his immersion into Japanese culture. He knows the subtleties of the language, the right clubs to go to at night, and he has been cultivating an interest in the Japanese poet Dazai Osamu. Condescending to other expatriots who have not yet reached this level, he nonetheless befriends Alistair Meadowlark, a tall, bulky Englishman. Soon Meadowlark has become enamored of one of the local girls, the 16-year-old Sachiko. Vain and materialis... View more info

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Nowhere a Stranger

By: Long, Richard F.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Vantage Press: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1889184

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Front free endpaper excised, small internal chip from jacket spine.Very Good. 1968 Hard Cover. 132 pp. Author's first book. An account of the efforts of the relief organization Medical Missions Sisters of the Catholic Church, detailing its presence in various third world countries, with special attention to its care of peasants wounded during the Vietnam War. View more info

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The Johnstown Flood [The Incredible Story Behind One of the Most Devastating 'Natural' Disasters American Has Ever Known]

By: McCullough, David

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2283498

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Remainder mark on page base, jacket flap price crossed out (but still visible), jacket edges lightly rubbed. 1968 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 302 pp. 8vo. Includes section of black & white photographs, maps on endpapers. The first book the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. David McCullough is known to millions as the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling books The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, and Mornings on Horseback, and as host of the popular PBS television series 'Smithsonian World?' The Johnstown Flood, David McCullough's fi... View more info

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A Bigamist's Daughter: A Novel

By: McDermott, Alice

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Random House: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196025

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page. Board edges very slightly faded.Jacket mildly toned. 1982 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 282 pp. 8vo. First book by the author of Charming Billy, which won an American Book Award and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a New York vanity press, sells the dream of publication (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). Stories of true emotional depth rarely cross her desk. But when a young writer named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabet... View more info

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Mama

By: McMillan, Terry

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196022

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page.Tiny closed tear to jacket spine base. 1987 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 260 pp. 8vo. Author's first book.The explosive novel that introduced #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan. Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels Disappearing Acts, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction.Mama, a first novel, tells of a proud... View more info

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Alexa

By: Osborne, Maggie

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Signet / New American Library: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2290752

ISBN: 0451092449

Condition: Good


First edition - a paperback original. Edge wear, spine creased, ink stamp inside. 1980 Mass Market Paperback. 378 pp. Author's first novel. Cover depicts a swashbuckling heroic Spaniard putting a cape over the back of a scantily clad woman. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maggie Osborne is a Romantic Times Magazine Career Achievement Award winner and a co-founder of Novelists, Inc. She also writes category romance as Margaret St. George. She has written over forty contemporary and historical romance novels and won awards from Affaire de Coeur, the Colorado Romance Writers, and Coeur du Bois, among others. S... View more info