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DARKNESS
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DARKNESS

By Mukherjee, Bharati

Penguin Books. Very Good. 1985. First Edition. Softcover. 0140079300 . Pages clean and unmarked, age tanning to page edges. Cover has moderate wear and creasing, small peeled area on corner where sticker was removed, light soiling. ; 8vo; A collection of stories by the award-winning author of The Middleman and Other Stories features tales of a successful businessman enraged at his grown daughter's artificial insemination and a reunion with a friend that causes a woman to see her own job in a new light. [190-osl] .

$3.50

GREAT CAT TALES

By O'Mara, Lesley (edited by)

Carroll & Graf Publishers. Very Good. 1990. First Edition. Softcover. 0881846457 . Clean, tight condition. Pages clean and unmarked. B/w illus. Cover has light edge/corner wear and light corner curling. " This charming collection of the cream of cat stories includes works by James Herriot, P. G. Wodehouse, Damon Runyon, Doris Lessing, Patricia Highsmith, Emile Zola, and fifteen others. The many fine line drawings add greatly to the book's appeal. " [401] ; 8vo .

$2.25

INCIDENTS AT THE SHRINE
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INCIDENTS AT THE SHRINE

By Ben Okri

U. K.: Flamingo. Very Good. 1986. Softcover. 0006542301 . Cover has light edge and corner wear, a little corner curling, light creasing. Pages are clean and intact , age tanning to page edges. "Brimming with vitality and humour, Okri's book is a superb collection of stories about Nigeria and England, about the fertility of urban collapse and the resurgence found in the lives of its degraded victims. They are written at the point where ugliness becomes beautiful; and dream, a hard-edged reality. " (os) ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$8.00

A CASE OF GIVE A DOG
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A CASE OF GIVE A DOG

By Roberts, Julian

London: Ronald Whiting & Wheaton. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Hardcover is very clean, with very light edge/corner wear, slight soiling outer edge of pages, interior clean & tight, other than than small blue number stamp first page. DJ has plastic laminate, light edgewear, very light soiling, one small tear to rear, not price clipped. 191 pages. 8vo (8" tall). A fictional account of the trial of Arthur Jordan for rape. As the trial develops, the reader's opinion constantly changes about the innocence or guilt of the accused. The reader will even see the unfolding drama through the eyes of Jordan himself, reliving with him the imponderables which can alter the course of a person's life....A fascinating courtroom drama. (*shipping will be reduced after checkout to some locations) ; 8vo .

$19.50

BREAKING EVEN

By Grattan-Dominguez, Alejandro

TX: Arte Publico Press. Very Good+. 1997. First Edition. Softcover. 1558852131 . Tight, clean copy. Retired library book with sturdy laminated cover & usual type markings. Cover wear is very light. Internal pages clean, slight soiling to outer edges. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; "Eighteen-year-old Val leaves his West Texas hometown to search for his long-lost father. The quest takes him to the gaming table of Reno, Nevada and offers Val an escape from an impending marrieage and an existence in a town where life has been difficult because his mother is Mexican. Ultimately, the reunion not only gives him the father he'd thought dead but also a newfound pride in his Mexican heritage and the courage to follow his dream. " (431-noto? ) .

$8.50

THICKER THAN WATER
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THICKER THAN WATER

By Harrison, Kathryn

Avon Books. Near Fine. 1998. Softcover. 0380731568 . Excellent condition, clean and tight. Light crease on front, small remainder mark spine end bottom. ; 8vo; "Isabel is the unwanted daughter of charming but irresponsible people who married in haste, divorced just as quickly, and distanced themselves from one another-and from her. Left to her grandparents' care, longing for her elusive, glamorous mother and for a father she barely remembers, Isabel's agony erupts into perverse and dangerous rebellion. A compelling novel that lends new meaning to Freud's 'family romance, '...." (300noto) .

$3.95

THE POEMS OF MAO TSE-TUNG
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THE POEMS OF MAO TSE-TUNG

By Barnstone, Willis (English translation)

Bantam Books. Very Good. 1972. First Edition. Softcover. Light edge & corner wear, a little edge rubbing, tiny tears to spine top & one tiny edge tear. Internal pages are clean and tight. 164 pages. "...Mao, like few good poets in our century, seems immediately accessible, indeed an easy poet - if deceptively so. In this apparent simplicity, he has, like Robert Frost, that rare ability to speak to us on several levels at once...."--Willis Barnstone (*Shipping will be reduced to all locations) ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall .

$9.05

THE WIDTH OF THE SEA
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THE WIDTH OF THE SEA

By Chalfoun, Michelle

New York: Cliff Street Books. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. 0060199083 . HC/DJ - near fine/VG. Pages clean and tight other than name stamp on first page, very light soiling to outer edge of pages. Jacket has some scuffing with a little edge crinkling, couple light creases, light wear at corners. ; 8vo; Earnest and closely observed, Chalfoun's second novel (after Roustabout) chronicles the lives of a small crew of fishermen and their families, who endure the demise of the fishing industry. Times are tough in the fictional New England town of Rosaline. The seas are overfished; the reconstruction of an antique schooner, the Shardon Rose, forces the fishermen off the piers; and the government announces an Emergency Buyback Package, which encourages fishermen to scuttle their boats and quit the business. Struggling to make it are the men of the Pearl, a fishing vessel owned by Warren Fitz and crewed in part by his son, John, and John's best friend, Chris Albin. Pride-bound, Warren Fitz is loathe to take "The Package," so John prodded by Chris, a longtime but functioning junkie tries to run drugs from one of the French islands off the coast of Newfoundland. It's here, as Chalfoun sets her characters on a collision course, that the novel's slowly churning engine kicks in and builds real, satisfying momentum. (670) .

$8.50

SMALL CEREMONIES, THE BOX GARDEN, SWANN
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SMALL CEREMONIES, THE BOX GARDEN, SWANN

By Shields, Carol

Quality Paperback Club. Very Good. 1996. Softcover. Large trade softcover (8.5" tall) , 3 books in one. 805 pages. Very good condition, only light wear overall. Previous owner wrote their first name across one outside edge of pages (RYAN). SMALL CEREMONIES: Judith Gill's world is shaped by the actions of those around her. As a biographer, she spends her days analyzing the minutiae of past lives. As a mother, she is perplexed by her children's developing lives. As a wife, she struggles to sympathize with and support a man who sometimes acts like a stranger. The BOX GARDEN: Charleen Forrest, Judith Gill's sister, is obsessive and hyper-romantic, a poet who no longer writes because ``having given away the well of myself, there is nowhere to go''--except inward. SWANN: Swann revolves around the papers of a fictional Canadian poet named Mary Swann, the stifled, uneducated, and almost friendless wife of a violent, poverty-stricken farmer. ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall .

$12.00