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Portnoy's Complaint

By: Roth, Philip

Price: $3.50  $2.80

Publisher: Bantam: 1970

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2297843

Condition: Good


1st printing. Spine faded, light edge wear. 1970 Mass Market Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. Roth's influential and scandalous tale of a young man coming of age. View more info

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The Plot Against America: A Novel

By: Roth, Philip

Price: $8.00  $6.40

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin: 2004

Edition: 9th Printing

Seller ID: 2292302

ISBN: 0618509283

Condition: Very Good


9th printing. Top edge faintly smudged. 2004 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 391, [1] pp. 8vo. When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial “understanding” with A... View more info

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The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in Two Volumes

By: Rousseau, Jean Jacques; Wilson, Edmund

Price: $50.00  $40.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1923

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2275757

Condition: Very Good


First thus (the first American edition of Wilson's translation). #855 of three thousand numbered copies. 1923 Hard Cover. 457 pp. 8vo. Rousseau's famous work, which was among the first major autobiographies to be published, and is notable for its honest treatment of the author's shortcomings. Translated from the original French, with a preface, by Edmund Wilson, who was an important contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, edited Vanity Fair, and influenced such authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, and John Dos Passos. ABOUT T... View more info

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War Talk

By: Roy, Arundhati

Price: $3.00  $2.40

Publisher: South End Press: 2003

Seller ID: 2200347

ISBN: 0896087247

Condition: Near Fine


Bright copy. 2003 Trade Paperback. 142 pp. As the United States pushes for war on Iraq, Arundhati Roy, the internationally acclaimed author of The God of Small Things, addresses issues of democracy and dissent, racism and empire, and war and peace in this collection of new essays. The eloquence, passion, and political insight of Roy's political essays have added legions of readers to those already familiar with her Booker Prize-winning novel. -Invited to lecture as part of the prestigious Lannan -Foundation series on the first anniversary of the unconscionable attacks of September 11, 2001, Ro... View more info

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From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature

By: Ruland, Richard

Price: $5.00  $4.00

Publisher: Viking: 1991

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC)

Seller ID: 2265672

ISBN: 0670835927

Condition: Very Good


Book club edition. Jacket lightly rubbed. 1991 Hard Cover. A history of American literature from the 16th century through the present day. View more info

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Guys and Dolls and Other Writings

By: Runyon, Damon

Price: $95.00  $76.00

Publisher: The Easton Press: 2011

Seller ID: 2285603

Condition: Near Fine


2011 Full-Leather. xviii, [2], 635, [1] pp. 8vo. Original maroon leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. A collection of Damon Runyon's short stories, including those that inspired the 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. View more info

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Trails Plowed Under

By: Russell, Charles M.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1936

Seller ID: 2295677

Condition: Very Good


No jacket. Spine very faintly toned, ink name on title page. 1936 Large Hardcover. xx, 210 pp. 5 color two-page spreads, black-and-white plates and cuts. Russell writes easily, and in the vernacular. He tells of Indians and Indian fighters, buffalo hunts, bad men, wolves, wild horses, tough hotels, drinking customs, and hard-riding cowboys. . . . [He] lived long enough in the West to acquire a vast amount of information and lore, and he has left enough from his brush to prove his place as a sound interpreter of a stirring period and a fascinating country.-New York Times. Russell was the greate... View more info

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Family History

By: Sackville-West, V. [Vita]

Price: $35.00  $28.00

Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1932

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 2292329

Condition: Very Good


First American edition. Multiple chips and tears to jacket, jacket split into two pieces along rear joint, front jacket flap laid in. 1932 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. viii, 315 pp. A novel of modern England. Evelyn, aged thirty-nine, is an attractive widow living an irreproachable life. Then she meets Miles, fifteen years her junior, and falls passionately in love. But both lovers have strong personalities and passion does not equal happiness. Evelyn, deeply jealous and conventional is shocked at her lover's casual ways and his insistence on working all day. Miles... View more info

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

By: Salinger, J.D.

Price: $4.00  $3.20

Publisher: Bantam: 1968

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 2301673

Condition: Good


Reprint. Pages faintly toned, light edge wear. 1968 Mass Market Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. Two lesser known works from the famous American writer of Catcher in the Rye. View more info

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Nine Stories (S1111)

By: Salinger, J.D.

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: Signet / New American Library: 1958

Edition: 3rd Printing

Seller ID: 2273168

Condition: Fair


3rd printing. Binding fragile with first few pages beginning to loosen, ink underlining on a few pages, pages toned. 1958 Mass Market Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. A collection of short stories first published in 1953. Includes: A Perfect Day for Bananafish; Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut; Just Before the War with the Eskimos; The Laughing Man; Down at the Dinghy; For Esme - with Love and Squalor; Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes; De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period; Teddy. View more info

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Almost a Woman

By: Santiago, Esmeralda

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: A Merloyd Lawrence Book/Perseus Books: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282390

ISBN: 0738200433

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed and dated 9/18/98 by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 1998 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. vi, 313 pp. From the barrios of Brooklyn to the stage at the High School of Performing Arts and later to Harvard, Almost a Woman continues Esmeralda Santiago's amazing story of a young woman caught between two worlds. The oldest of eleven children, she is kept on such a strict leash by her powerful mother that at the age of seventeen she had not yet gone on a date. By no means sheltered however, she is experienced in the harsh realities of welf... View more info

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The Turkish Lover: A Memoir

By: Santiago, Esmeralda

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: A Merloyd Lawrence Book/Da Capo Press: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282392

ISBN: 0738208205

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket spine head lightly bumped. 2004 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. viii, 341 pp. Along with Sandra Cisneros and Julia Alvarez, Esmeralda Santiago has emerged as one of today's preeminent Latina authors. Legions of fans have waited five long years for the next chapter of the story begun in her memoirs When I Was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman . And now the wait is over. In The Turkish Lover, Esmeralda finally breaks out of a monumental struggle with her powerful mother-only to come under the thrall of the Turk a... View more info

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When I Was Puerto Rican

By: Santiago, Esmeralda

Price: $30.00  $24.00

Publisher: A Merloyd Lawrence Book/Addison-Wesley Publishing Company: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282429

ISBN: 0201581175

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!. 274 pp. Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce,... View more info

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American Dreams

By: Sapphire

Price: $20.00  $16.00

Publisher: High Risk Books: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282434

ISBN: 1852423277

Condition: Fine


First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription. A fine copy. 1994 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 175 pp. Author's second book. One of New York's most popular performance poets, Sapphire explores the raw edges that constitute urban life. In this collection, her poems have been inspired by incidents of violence, crime in Central Park and spiritual renewal after addiction. View more info

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Black Wings and Blind Angels: Poems

By: Sapphire

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282435

ISBN: 0679446303

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed and dated 10/1/99 by author with heart doodle and no inscription. A very nice copy. 1999 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xii, 129 pp. Alive with the emotional honesty and intellectual force for which Sapphire has been admired as both a writer and a performance artist, these forty-seven poems take us into America's past and present, bearing testimony to the black experience in a country fragmented by war, racism, and urban and domestic violence. They tell the story of a search for the complicated spiritual path back to one's roots, a story of fami... View more info

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Push: A Novel

By: Sapphire

Price: $60.00  $48.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282436

ISBN: 0679446265

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 1996 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. Author's first novel. Inspiration for the Academy Award winning film Precious. An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and ... View more info

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Sons Come and Go, Mothers Hang in Forever (The First Edition Society)

By: Saroyan, William

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: The Franklin Library: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2286232

Condition: Near Fine


First edition, preceding the McGraw-Hill trade edition. 1976 Full-Leather. 230 pp. Light brown full leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. Cartoon-style illustrations by Al Hirschfeld. A novel by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Human Comedy, which was adapted to an Academy Award winning film starring Mickey Rooney. View more info

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Poor Richard: The Almanacks for the Years 1733-1758, Wherein are retain'd in their Entirety the Author's Prefaces, Proverbs, Verses, & Entertaining Remarks; Together with those Chronological, Historical, and Scientific Observations which the Author has illumin'd with his characteristic Wit & Wisdom. [Poor Richard's Almanac]

By: Saunders, Richard [Franklin, Benjamin]; Brooks, Van Wyck

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Ballantine Books: 1977

Seller ID: 2202289

ISBN: 0345256875

Condition: Very Good


Edges lightly rubbed. 1977 Large Softcover. xi, [3], 300 pp. Illustrations by Norman Rockwell. Franklin's Autobiography is one of the most famous works in American literature. He started it as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but soon it was transformed into a work of history, both personal and national, revealing Franklin as the man who, as Herman Melville said, possessed deep worldly wisdom and polished Italian tact, gleaming under an air of Arcadian unaffectedness. The publication appeared continually from 1732 to 1758. It was a best seller for a pamphlet published in the Am... View more info

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Nevermore: A Novel

By: Schechter, Harold

Price: $7.00  $5.60

Publisher: Pocket Books: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2302804

ISBN: 0671798553

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Faint edge wear. 1999 Hard Cover. Historical fact and startling literary invention converge in this stunning novel by 'America's principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers' (The Boston Book Review). Praised by Caleb Carr for his 'brilliantly detailed and above all riveting' true-crime writing, Harold Schechter brings his expertise to a marvelous work of fiction in the tradition of Carr's own The Alienist. Superbly rendering the 1830s Baltimore of Edgar Allan Poe, Schechter taps into the dark genius of that legendary author -- and follows a labyrinthine path into t... View more info

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Electra: A Novel

By: Schmitt, Gladys

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2203597

ISBN: 1125154098

Condition: Very Good


First edition. A very nice copy. Jacket rubbed, small surface tear to front jacket flap. 1965 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 313 pp. The Electra story, for which the Greeks had many words--those of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, is in itself difficult to diminish. But anyone remembering the innately stately, sombre qualities of the more classical versions and recent film may find that this Electra becomes mourning indeed. Schmitt's style, a very frequent target of criticism (verbiage, lumpy lyricism) is given to a kind of female sensuousity. What the young Elect... View more info

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Studies of the Niagara Frontier (Buffalo Historical Society Publications, Volume XV)

By: Severance, Frank H.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Buffalo Historical Society: 1911

Seller ID: 2294659

Condition: Good


No jacket. Binding repaired, top page ridge lightly foxed, ink name on second blank. 1911 Hard Cover. 437 pp. Blue boards. Deckled edge. CONTENTS: A Familiar Foreword; Early Literature of the Niagara Region; Nineteenth Century Visitors Who Wrote Books; The Niagara Region in Fiction; A Dreamer at Niagara: Chateaubriand in America; The Niagara in Art; John Vanderlyn's Visit to Niagara in 1802; The Niagara in Science; Two Early Visitors; Historical Associations of Buffalo; From Indian Runner to Telephone; Some Thanksgiving Contrasts; On the Niagara Frontier with Harriet Martineau; History that Is... View more info

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Selected Poems of Anne Sexton

By: Sexton, Anne; Middlebrook, Diane Wood & George, Diana Hume - edited with introduction

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company: 1988

Edition: 6th Printing

Seller ID: 2265273

ISBN: 0395477824

Condition: Near Fine


6th printing. An exceptional copy. 1988 Trade Paperback. 266 pp. Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928, Newton, Massachusetts–October 4, 1974, Weston, Massachusetts) was an influential American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. Themes of her poetry include her suicidal tendencies, long battle against depression, and various intimate details from her own private life, including her relationship with her husband and children. View more info

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf: A Choreopoem

By: Shange, Ntozake

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Scribner: 2010

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2204294

ISBN: 1439186812

Condition: Near Fine


1st printing. Near fine. 2010 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 96 pp. “If there are shoulders modern African-American women’s literature stands upon they belong to Ntozake Shange, who revolutionized theatre and literature with her iconic work for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf in the 1970s. Any of us writing today are inheritors of her genius.” ?SAPPHIRE, AUTHOR OF PUSH From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award–winni... View more info

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Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter

By: Shange, Ntozake

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: St. Martin's Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2271594

ISBN: 0312113102

Condition: Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A fine copy. 1994 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xii, 288 pp. In Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter, Ntozake Shange brings the strands of memories, dreams, and expectations of a young black woman's life into ours. Through the voices of her childhood friends, Roxie, Lollie, and Bernadette, we encounter the last moments of legal segregation in Mississippi and the beginnings of class war within the black community of Queens. The voices of her lovers, Victor-Jesus, Zoom, Thayer, and Sawyer, reveal Liliane in the mor... View more info

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Marguerite's Heritage, or Love After Marriage

By: Sheldon, Mrs. Georgie

Price: $20.00  $16.00

Publisher: A.L. Burt Company: 1892

Seller ID: 2203577

Condition: Good


No jacket. Edges rubbed, front endpaper missing, rear hinge starting. 1892 Hard Cover. 311 pp. Constance Alexander and Marguerite Arnold both fall in love the Noel Southworth. Sarah Elizabeth Forbush Downs (1843–1926) was a dime novelist from the United States. She wrote novels under her own name, as Mrs. Georgie Sheldon, and as Mrs. George Sheldon Downs. View more info

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Ofay: A Novel

By: Shorris, Earl

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Delacorte Press: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2301638

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket spine head and spine base taped on rear side of jacket, jacket lightly rubbed. Stain on spine head. 1966 Hard Cover. 240 pp. O'fay: Negro slang for white person; from the Pig Latin for 'foe.' Josh didn't pity Negroes. He loved them - as individuals, and as a race. Negroes are the only people around who really feel things...the only people left who dare to do something without knowing how it's going to turn out. So, he left the square white world behind. He came to St. Louis to try to make it - on the worst street in the Negro ghetto - a world of junk, of jazzing, of hipst... View more info

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Storyteller

By: Silko, Leslie Marmon

Price: $125.00  $100.00

Publisher: Seaver Books: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196053

ISBN: 0394515897

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page. An exceptional copy. 1981 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 278 pp. 8vo. Author's first collection of short stories. Silko, a Laguna Pueblo, was the first recipient of the MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant, and is widely acknowledged as an important force in the Native American Renaissance. Keywords: FICTION HISTORICAL NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE LESLIE MARMON SILKO STORYTELLER SHORT STORIES SIGNED FIRST EDITION View more info

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Ceremony

By: Silko, Leslie Marmon

Price: $300.00  $240.00

Publisher: Richard Seaver / The Viking Press: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196040

ISBN: 0670209864

Condition: Near Fine


First edition in first issue jacket ('Some Comments on Leslie Silko' on rear flap - the second issue replaces 'Leslie Silko' with 'Ceremony'). Signed by author without inscription on title page. Minor fading to top board edge. Minimal wear to jacket corners. 1977 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 262 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel, following a volume of poetry published three years earlier. 'Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature—a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Masterfully written, filled with the somber ... View more info

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Laguna Woman: Poems

By: Silko, Leslie Marmon

Price: $200.00  $160.00

Publisher: Flood Plain Press: 1994

Edition: Second Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2196142

ISBN: 0963655442

Condition: Near Fine


Second edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page. An exceptional copy. 1994 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 45 pp. A reissue of the author's first collection of poetry, which was originally released shortly after the publication of her popular short story The Man to Send Rain Clouds. This edition was published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the work. Includes illustrations by the author, and a biographical note on the author following the text, which features additional information not included in the original edition. Silko, a L... View more info

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Laguna Woman: Poems

By: Silko, Leslie Marmon

Price: $400.00  $320.00

Publisher: The Greenfield Review Press: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2196143

ISBN: 0912678127

Condition: Near Fine


First edition - a paperback original. Ink stamp inside rear wrapper, with minimal transfer to final blank. 1974 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 35 pp. The author's first collection of poetry, released shortly after the publication of her popular short story The Man to Send Rain Clouds. Includes illustrations by the author and Aaron Yava. The work was re-released on its twenty-year anniversary, but without the Yava illustrations. Silko, a Laguna Pueblo, was the first recipient of the MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant, and is widely acknowledged as an important f... View more info