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Ebb of the River
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Ebb of the River

By Mears, Richard C.

NY: Wyndham Books. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1980. First Printing. Hardcover. 0671610325 . Seismographically signed by the author on the title page. The author's first novel, a fictional memoir of growing up on the Patuxent River in Maryland. ; 207 pages; Signed by Author .

$15.00

Take-Out City
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Take-Out City

By Lawrence, Cynthia

NY: Carroll & Graf. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1993. First Printing. Hardcover. 0881849421 . The author's first book, a novel about a Los Angeles caterer who suspects her neighbor may be murdering folks that irritate her. Jacket art by Don and Wilma Ervin. Author photo on rear jacket flap. ; 249 pages .

$8.00

You Lost Me There
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You Lost Me There

By Baldwin, Rosecrans

NY: Riverhead. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 2010. First Printing. Hardcover. 9781594487637 . Inscribed by the author on the title page. Author photo on rear jacket flap. Jacket art by Joel Holland. The author's first novel, about an Alzheimer's research scientist who lives on Mount Desert Island in Maine and finds interesting revelations about his marriage from his dead wife's journal. ; 296 pages; Signed by Author .

$15.00

The Variations
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The Variations

By Donatich, John

NY: Henry Holt and Company. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 2012. First Printing. Hardcover. 9780805094381 . Warmly inscribed by the author on the title page. The author's first novel. ; 2709 pages; Signed by Author .

$15.00

The Firedrake

By Holland, Cecelia

NY: Atheneum. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Slightly cocked, jacket rubbed.. 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Author photo on rear jacket flap. Library of Congress number 66-11393. The prolific author's first book, a novel about William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings, written from the perspective of an itinerant Irish knight who participates in the Norman invasion of England. ; 243 pages .

$50.00

Circles of Confusion
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Circles of Confusion

By Henry, April

NY: Harpercollins. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1999. Second Printing. Hardcover. 0060192046 . Signed by the author on the title page. The author's first novel, a mystery featuring Portland, Oregon vanity license plate application approver Claire Montrose, whose life turns around after an elderly aunt dies and leaves her a trailer full of junk and one gorgeous painting. Author photo on rear jacket flap. ; 274 pages; Signed by Author .

$15.00

A Quick Kiss of Redemption and Other Stories
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A Quick Kiss of Redemption and Other Stories

By Means, David

NY: William Morrow & Co. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1991. First Printing. Hardcover. 0688094597 . The author's first book, a collection of fourteen short stories by the critically acclaimed author and winner of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Newspaper clipping laid in with photo of Means and his two toddler twins accompanying article about stay at home fathers. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 192 pages .

$16.00

Cat Man
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Cat Man

By Hoagland, Edward

Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Boards rubbed, toning to front . endpapers, jacket lightly tattered.. 1956. Later Printing. Hardcover. Tan cloth binding. Author photo on rear jacket panel. Library of Congress number 55-8877. The author's first book and winner of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Hoagland is most well known for his essays, but this book is a novel based on his job as a big cats handler at a circus. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 310 pages .

$25.00

The Beans of Egypt, Maine
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The Beans of Egypt, Maine

By Chute, Carolyn

NY: Ticknor & Fields. Good with no dust jacket; Spine creased, cocked and cracked, owner name on . front free endpaper.. 1985. Later Printing. Softcover. 0899193625 . Inscribed by the author on the title page with x's and o's. The author's acclaimed first book. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 215 pages; Signed by Author .

$14.00

Dies Irae
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Dies Irae

By Spinell, Ruby

Sag Harbor, NY: Permanent Press. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1990. Hardcover. 1877946001 . The author's first novel, about a cloistered nun who receives a grisly gift of three severed hands and three feet. Author photo on rear jacket panel. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 208 pages .

$10.00

Devil in a Blue Dress
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Devil in a Blue Dress

By Mosley, Walter

NY: W. W. Norton and Company. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1990. First Printing. Hardcover. 9780393028546 . Signed by the author on the title page. The author's first book and first mystery in his hardboiled series set in 1940s Los Angeles featuring Easy Rawlins, an African-American World War II veteran, who decides to earn some money after being laid off from his factory job investigating the whereabouts of a blonde bombshell and jazz aficionado. Winner of the 1991 Shamus Award. The book was later made into a 1995 film of the same name featuring Denzel Washington in the title role. ; Easy Rawlins Mysteries; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 219 pages; Signed by Author .

$70.00

Avenging Angel
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Avenging Angel

By Appiah, Kwame Anthony

NY: St. Martin's Press. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed, else a clean, . tight copy.. 1991. First American Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0312058179 . The author's first novel about a secret society at Cambridge University. Author photo on rear jacket flap. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 207 pages .

$15.00

Amerloque:  A Novel
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Amerloque: A Novel

By Miller, Richard

NY: Crown Publishers. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed and soiled.. 1966. Hardcover. Striking jacket art by William Plummer. The author's first novel, set in exotic Casablanca. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 247 pages .

$12.00

In Such Dark Places
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In Such Dark Places

By Caldwell, Joseph

Farrar Straus & Giroux. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket scuffed, fore-edges and page . bottoms foxed and stamped "Property of Riverest", sticker ghost on front . free endpaper.. 1978. First Edition. Hardcover. 0374176485 . The author's 1st novel. Jacket art by Antonio Frasconi. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 229 pages .

$10.00

Los Alamos
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Los Alamos

By Kanon, Joseph

NY: Broadway Books. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly rubbed.. 1997. First Printing. Hardcover. 0553062247 . An Edgar Award winning mystery set in 1945 at the Manhattan Project site in New Mexico. The author's first novel. ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 403 pages .

$25.00

Bodies of Water
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Bodies of Water

By Cash, Roseanne

NY: Hyperion. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed, else a clean, . tight copy.. 1996. First Printing. Hardcover. 0786860839 . Inscribed by the country musician on the title page. Nine short stories in this debut book by the Grammy Award-winning artist and songwriter. Author photo on rear jacket panel. ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 133 pages; Signed by Author .

$25.00

If Morning Ever Comes
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If Morning Ever Comes

By Tyler, Anne

NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Good in Good dust jacket; Jacket flaps glued to endpapers, library stamps . and labels on front and rear endpapers, library markings on title page, . slightly cocked, jacket fairly bright and unblemished, but for a small . (1/2 ") tear at top corner of front jacket panel. Boards rubbed along . bottoms, top corner of rear boards bumped, page tops and bottoms, soiled. . $4.95 price at top corner of front jacket flap, 10/64 at lower corner of . front jacket flap.. 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. 0394430018 . Quarter bound black cloth with grey boards. Orange topstain. The marvelous Anne Tyler's first book. Author photo of the impossibly-young Tyler with Sixties hairdo on rear cover. Jacket design, typography and binding by Ward Ritchie. ; Ex-Library; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall .

$25.00