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Dark Exits: Six Short Stories and a Novella
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Dark Exits: Six Short Stories and a Novella

By Harris, D. R.

167 pp. First Edition Trade Paperback. Table of Contents: "Steps," The Red Suitcase," "Reckonings," "How Was Your Afternoon, Dear?" "The Violinist," "Showtime," and Rash: A Novella. Cover art is by the author. Front cover: "Flattened Man," back cover "Cosmic Dust," Both 2018. Excerpt from "Showtime": A man in a black wool overcoat stood at an ATM in the lobby of a bank on Broadway. A black and white Shetland collie sat at his right foot. It was after 1 a.m. The man withdrew $100, put the money in a trifold wallet, and returned the wallet to the inside breast pocket of his tuxedo. The man snapped his thumb and middle finger. The dog, ever alert to his master's movements, walked out of the bank lobby, his head even with the man's right knee. Man and dog walked two blocks down Broadway to a produce market. "No dog in store." The Man Ignored the clerk. "Every night the same. Next time, no dog in store." The man turned and left the store, the dog heeled next to his right knee. The man and dog continued down Broadway. Near the corner of 79th Street, the man stopped. In the window of a women s boutique, stood five naked, bald mannequins. A lithe, athletic woman, early thirties, was dressing the mannequins.

$16.50

Red Ant House
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Red Ant House

By Cummins, Ann

New York: McSweeney's, 2001. 20 pp. A separately bound book from McSweeney's 7. The story Red Ant House only, published prior to the eponymous collection. 'The first time I saw this girl she was standing at the bottom of the coal pile. I thought she was a little wrinkled dwarf woman with her cheeks sucked in and pointed chin. She had narrow legs and yellow eyes. They had just moved into the old Perino house on West 2nd. This was the red ant house.' 'Ann Cummins divides her time between Oakland, California and Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.'. Illustrated Wraps. Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.00

Little Fugue
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Little Fugue

By Anderson, Robert

Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Ballantine Books, 2005. 367 pp. A half-inch tear and another small half-inch piece missing in dj, associated rubbing on one corner of book, approx. 3/8 inch, visible in photo. Otherwise fine. 'He inserted the letter into the beggar's brass pencil cup. The last enveliope in the deck was made of sawtooth-edged crepe paper, a pleasing shade of violet. The person who had sent the letter apparently answered to a romance novel cognomen. Aboe the return address she had written the name Desdemona Dauphin. Sylvia had released her silly roman a clef The Bell Jar under an arch pseudonym as well. Victoria something. Desdemona Dauphin lived in nearby Saint James. He couldn't help but be curious. He stopped in a little auberge. Ted was out of breath and wanted to rest or possibly sleep for a few hours. His room had a small bed, a table and a chair, and a full-length mirror that he attempted to take down from the wall while avoiding looking into the glass. The mirror was bracketed and it would have to be endured. In order to come to terms, he dared a glance at his own reflection. He had raccoon eyes, and a face that was as blanched as a gas light player. He lay down on the bed. He opened the little violet letter. Desdemona Dauphin was so disconsolate at the suicide of Ted's wife that the thought of killing herself had crossed her mind. She went on in that vein for three succinct paragraphs. She ended the letter by providing her telephone number.'. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$4.00

The Former World Record Holder Settles Down
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The Former World Record Holder Settles Down

By Eldridge, Courtney

New York: McSweeney's, 2001. 74 pp. A separately bound book from McSweeney's 7. 'So at first, I thought I'd call Maxine as soon as I got home and tell her about this guy who took me bowling on our blind date, even though there was really no comparison. I mean, Joel wasn't a CPA, and I wasn't stuck out in the sticks, I could always leave if I needed to.'. Illustrated Wraps. Fine. Illus. by Katherine Streeter. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.00

The Tomcat's Wife and Other Stories
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The Tomcat's Wife and Other Stories

By Bly, Carol

New York: HarperCollins, 1991. 209 pp. One-half inch repairable tear to fore edge of dj. Some dust speckling to top of page edges. Bone-white paper boards nearly pristine. Unread. From the flap: 'Like her essays, collected in the much-praised Letters from the Country. Carol Blv's stories are often about the fugitive state of sweetness and light in America today. Her typical protagonist is a responsible woman. adjusted to the narrowness of local life but trying to work in a little taste, aspiration, beauty, against the odds. For 'culture' comes in various ways these days to places like Clayton, Minnesota: some enhancing, some silly, some corrupt. The 'tender organizations' have to work like bandits to stay alive. // In the title story, Cheryl Hasted's good country sense is put to the test by the new art teacher, Mercein Gall, who taunts her conventional ideas ('Next you'll be telling me a psychotherapist doesn't see his women patients as women') while they drink whiskey in her car by the high-school football field and she sketches the graceful butts of the boys. ('In three or four years they will mostly be idiots. Makes your heart stop to think of it') Meanwhile, Cheryl's gullible husband is being swept off his feet by Tom Gall, the flashy school psychologist. Country mouse meets city tomcat in this study of sensitivity--natural, phony, foolish, sturdy, vitalizing, doomed--and of aggression, positive as well as negative. //In 'My lord Bag of Rice,' a woman who submits to her husband, a loutish mechanic, until the end uses her inheritance to buy a boardinghouse in Saint Paul where courtesy and kindness will be the rule. But Eleanor Grummel discovers that graciousness needs to be stoutly defended, that valor is the better part of virtue. //Bly talks her people's language and walks in their shoes like a latter-day Ring Lardner, whether they own the polluting Benty Chem in Saint Paul that is landscaped to look like an Englishman's estate or a furniture store in Agans that specializes in chairs that rest on authentic animal hooves. She satirizes the cant of the charismatic Christians, the dazed Lutherans, the uppity Episcopalians and warms to the efforts of residents in a nursing home to see justice done or of the gay director of the state Artmobile to give the community's imagination something to chew on. Like her essays, Carol Bly's stories are anything but detached. Instead they are fully attentive, written close to the bone of her anger and sympathy as well as being so much in touch with her characters' lives. Their moral intelligence will speak to you whether you live in Darien or forty miles west of Duluth.'. First Edition, First Printing. Quarter Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.00

Leave It to Me
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Leave It to Me

By Mukherjee, Bharati

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. 240 pp. Faint sticker ghost on ffep. 'Mr. Bullock siad he wanted for us to write about something we knew, something we knew so well that we didn't see it anymore. And so I wrote about the lacy, summertime shadows of the squat oak that Grandpa DiMartino had planted in the backyard to celebrate his escape from the Bronx . . . .'. First Edition,. Paper-covered Boards. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.00

Jusqu'à l'Aube; Vendredi Saint 1945; Rencontre en Hongrie; Soleil Arrête-toi

By Goes, Albrecht; Trans. Pierre Bertaux, Marie-Louise Ponty

Club Des Libraires De France, 1954. 279 pp. Spine a bit faded, bottom corners rubbed. Sticker ghost on FEP. Stamped black cloth. Edition limited to 3,500. This is number 3075. 'Recit, traduit de l'Allemand par Pierre Bertaux Suivi de trois nouvelles inedites traduites par Marie-Louise Ponty. Contents: One short novel, Jusqu'à l'Aube and three novellas: Vendredi Saint 1945; Rencontre en Hongrie; Soleil Arrête-toi.. Limited/Numbered. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.00

Paris Review V. 46, No. 169, Spring 2004
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Paris Review V. 46, No. 169, Spring 2004

New York: Paris Review Foundation, 2004. 273 pp. + advs. Cover and edges rubbed. Black mark over American Price, beginning crease in spine. TABLE OF CONTENTS: INTERVIEW: Richard Howard, The Art of Poetry No. 86, Paul Muldoon, The Art of Poetry No. 87, FEATURE: Paul Ferris, Ink Is Wanted by Raving Brother: Dylan Thomas's Swansea Years, FICTION: Melvin Jules Bukiet, Manhattan Reverie, Rick Moody, Savasana, Melanie Rae Thon, Heavenly Creatures, POETRY: David Baker, Melancholy Man, Maureen Bloomfield, Two Poems, Betsy Bonner, Three Poems, David Bottoms, Andalusia Visit, Douglas Browne, Two Poems, Cassandra Cleghorn, Three Poems, Martha Collins, Two Poems, Robert Cording, Much Laughter, Steven Cramer, Two Poems, Cynthia Cruz, Two Poems, Fred Dings, The Migrant Couple, Margaret Funkhouser, Two Poems, David Goldstein, Two Poems, Debora Greger, Sleeping Beauty in Florida, Daniel Groves, Portrait, Jared Hayley, Two Poems, Paul Kane, Two Poems, Lance Larsen, Two Poems, Richard Lyons, Two Poems, Cynthia Macdonald, Wait in the Chair, Sarah Manguso, The Haunted Igloo, Molly McQuade, Two Poems, Michael Mendonsa, Two Poems, Christian Nagle, Two Poems, Peter Nickowitz, Cinema Vernacular, Linda Pastan, Geography, Lucia Perillo, Two Poems, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Two Poems, Robert Richman, Evil, Arthur Rimbaud, Idol, Paul Ruffin, The Leopard Muses on His Spots, Margaret Ryan, Two Poems, Grace Schulman, The Footbridge, Patty Seyburn, Where Were You, Nymphs?, Ravi Shankar, Three Poems, Phillip Sterling, Criteria, Alexandra Teague, Cave Tours, Daniel Tiffany, Sappho's Tantrum, Nance Van Winckel, Threshold, Karen Volkman, Two Poems, Sarah White, Two Poems, Rebecca Wolff, Bell Ringer for Weather, ART: Lee Friedlander, Sticks & Stones, Chris Gallagher, Fly-By (II). Trade Paperback. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; square.

$10.00

The Runaway Soul
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The Runaway Soul

By Brodkey, Harold

New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1991. 835 pp. 'Wiley Silenowicz is the hero, the narrator, and the controlling intelligence of Harold Brodkey's prodigious and enthralling novel. . . . Wiley's mind and imagination are lightning-quick, obsessively ruminative, alternately grandiose and self-doubting--one of the most sensitive registers of an individual's experience to be found in literature. We hear him meditating on his mother's overpowering nature and his father's seductiveness, on his sister's pathological jealousy and his own mystical yearning for oneness with the world. Later, in adolescence and young adulthood, we are with him as he test the various permutations of sexuality in ceaseless quest for love. Other people's voices resound in his head; ideas teem, converge, refract. Wiley is rash and shameless, tender and fearless, nothing human is alien to him in his search to unravel the nature of good and evil and its relation to himself and those he loves.'. Half-Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.00

Cities of the Plain, Volume Two
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Cities of the Plain, Volume Two

By Proust, Marcel

New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. 384 pp. Spine and lettering darkened. Volume two only. Elegant black and silver papered boards rubbed. Paper begining to break up on foreedge of boards. Binding is sound and pages are clean. Printed on Aventuros paper. The blue and white patterned endpapers are intact and front pastedown is graced with the excellent bookplate of author, lawyer, and civil libertarian Osmond Kessler Fraenkel [1888-1983]. Translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff. Cities of the Plain is a translation of 'Sodome et Gomorrhe I' from the fourth part and and a portion of 'Sodome et Gomorrhe II' from the fifth part of Marcel Proust's continuous novel ' A la Recherche du Temps Perdu' (Remembrance of Things Past). 'This rubicund youth, with his blunt features, appeared for all the world to have a tomato instead of a head. A tomato exactly similar served as head to his twin brother. To the detached observer there is this attraction about these perfect resemblances between pairs of twins, that nature, becoming for the moment industrialised, seems to be offering a pattern for sale.'. Quarter Cloth. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$23.00

The World Is the Home of Love and Death: Stories
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The World Is the Home of Love and Death: Stories

By Brodkey, Harold

New York: Metropolitan Books: Henry Holt, 1997. 311 pp. Includes The Bullies; Spring Fugue; What I Do for Money; Religion; Waking; Car Buying; Lila and S.L.; Jibber-Jabber in Little Rock; The World Is the Home of Love and Death; Dumbness Is Everything; A Guest in the Universe. 'I would like to do a tree census--find out how many trees I own, how many branches, how many twigs and leaves. And bugs. A quarter of a million leaves. A million leaves . . . I am a millionaire of rustling leaves . . . of grass blades. Of molecules of air . . . I own the air I breathe at this minute. Cubic yards of air, invisible stones of a luminous temple.'--from 'What I Do for Money.'. First Edition, First Printing. Paper-covered Boards. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.00

Do Not Disturb
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Do Not Disturb

By Homes, A. M. [Amy Michael]

New York: McSweeney's, 2001. 33 pp. A separately bound book from McSweeney's 7. 'My wife the doctor, is not well. In the end she could be dead. It started suddenly, on a country weekend, a movie with friends, a pizza, and then pain.' Author of Jack; . Illustrated Wraps. Fine. Illus. by Melinda Beck. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$20.00

Paris Review V. 40, No. 147, Summer 1998
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Paris Review V. 40, No. 147, Summer 1998

New York: Paris Review Foundation, 1998. 304 pp. + advs. Cover and edges rubbed. TABLE OF CONTENTS: , INTERVIEW: Russell Banks, The Art of Fiction No. 152, Ismail Kadare, The Art of Fiction No. 153, FEATURE: Stephen Brook, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, William Dalrymple, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Nick Danziger, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Alex Frater, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Grey Gowrie, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, John Hatt, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Drue Heinz, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Edward Hoagland, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Howard Jacobsen, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Philip Marsden, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Harry Mathews, Oulipo Sampler, Cees Nooteboom, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Paul Theroux, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, Isabella Tree, Como Conversazione: On Travel and Travel Writing, FICTION: Scott Anderson, from Triage, Rick Bass, The Hermit's Story, Nicole Cooley, Escapes, Michael Knight, Tenant, Kirk Nesset, Poet and Philosopher, POETRY: Michael Berryhill, Three Poems, Carin Besser, Two Poems, Joel Brouwer, Two Poems, Michael Burns, Joy's Grape, Scott Cairns, Two Poems, Henri Cole, Four Poems, Lynn Doyle, Two Poems, Sybil Pittman Estess, Two Poems, Andrew Feld, Three Poems, Edwin Gallaher, Dreams of Ferdinand, Eamon Grennan, Traveler, Andrew Hudgins, Rain, Janet Kaplan, Three Poems, Judy Longley, First Breakfast at Home Following an Emergency Appendectomy, Florence Cassen Mayers, 96 and B'Way, Czeslaw Milosz, Rivers, Scott Minar, Toward the Skin, Peggy Penn, Kinshit, Susan Pliner, Six Poems, Leslie Richardson, Three Poems, Maureen Seaton, Two Poems, Patty Seyburn, Sorority, Phillip Sterling, Two Poems, Alexander Theroux, Three Poems, Gene Thornton, Ovid in Exile, Sidney Wade, Another Passionless Day, Anneliese Wagner, The Street, Michael White, Hotel Bar, Charles Wright, Two Poems, ART: Pier Consagra, Portraits, Steve Miller, Self-Portrait Vanitas #55, Jeannie Thib, Archive . Trade Paperback. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; square.

$7.00

His Opportunity
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His Opportunity

By Pearson, Henry Clemens

Boston: James H. Earle, 1887. 447 pp. Brown cloth with decorations stamped in black, title in gilt. Cat attack on spine, otherwise only mildly rubbed on corners. Pages tanned, but not especially brittle. Somewhat aslant. Looks nice in spite of faults. 'The morning came. The puddlers remained at home, complacently smoking. By noon, they calculated, the stock would be used up, and the machines stopped for want of work. But the dinner-whistles blew, the engines started again, and all through the afternoon the white rings of steam, puffing from the exhaust-pipes, proved to the outside world that the strike had stopped not a single wheel.'. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.00

Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose; Number 21, Fall, 1993
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Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose; Number 21, Fall, 1993

New York: Columbia University, 1993. 163 pp. Fiction: Madison Smartt Bell, A. Manette Ansay, R. E. Miller, Kerry Hudson, Michael Delp, Lisa Fetchko, Kellie Wells, Ken Kalfus, Elizabeth Logan Harris. Poetry: Robert Pinsky, Canto XXI of the Inferno, Heather McHugh, Richard Becker, Lise Goett, Jodi Varon, Jennifer O'Grady, Karl Tierney, Les A. Murray, Alfred Corn, Rita Gabis, George Kiethley; and interviews with James Sherry, Elise Paschen, Jeff Wright, Daniel Pinchbeck, Josephine Meckseper.. Trade Paperback. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.50

East Bay Grease
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East Bay Grease

By Williamson, Eric Miles

Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.: St Martins Pr, 1999. First Printing, March 1999. 'When I finished, we kicked back in with the head, Senor Ramirez and I doing our sixteenth-note duet with a precision and somehow instinctive knowledge of the significance of each other, our harmonies not the sound of two trumpets playing but instead of one musical unit, and not even that: of one musician playing one song and that song a song we'd created instead of played.'. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$30.00

Before My Time

By Tucci, Nicolo

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962. 638 pp. Used but still handsome. 'Had it not been for the absurdity of life and its unhappiness, this book would never have been written. . . . We don't shed books the way we shed hair or skin or strange ideas. . . . I must mention . . . first and foremost Gaetano Salvemini, one of the greatest men my country gave the world in the last century, a man hated by everyone who had something to hide, and then loved by these same people the moment they learned from him that lies are limited and the truth endless.' Tucci's first book in English. . First Edition, Second Printing. Quarter Cloth Decorative Paper. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.00

Crystal Vision
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Crystal Vision

By Sorrentino, Gilbert

Penguin Books, 1982. 289 pp. Rubbing around the edges, pages browning around the edges. 'Richie and Cheech, pizza-faced Big Duck, Big Mickey and Little Mickey, Professor Kooba and the Arab--this is the group that gathers at the candy store to drink cream sodas and eat Mrs. Wagner's pies. The Magician presides, baffling all with prophecies and (occasionally inept) miracles. Together, these hapless slobs discuss illusion and reality, Kant and Better Davis, gripe about wives and baseball, debate the meaning of life, question if that really was the Pope handing out blessing in a San Francisco department store, and wonder if Dolores puts out. Gilbert Sorrentino has once again woven a magic tale, a candy-store burlesque, a Brooklyn Ulysses.' --Jacket blurb.. Trade Paperback. Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$5.00

Violette's Embrace
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Violette's Embrace

By Zackheim, Michele

New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. 213 pp. Very Light rubbing to dj. Violette's Embrace is Zackheim's first book. Zackhiem is the author of Einstein's daughter : the search for Lieserl (1999). 'I flew to Paris to find a dead writer. On the airplane, in the bag on my lap, I carried a lilac-colored copy of La Batarde. It was tattered and underlined, with red wrappings from chopsticks marking the pages. Many years ago I had found this used copy in an old bookstore on Broadway. The writer, Violette Leduc, wrote on an edge that reminded me of myself. I bought it for a dollar and devoured it forever.' 'De Beauvoir tried to help Violette. She begged, then threatened to move her own writings to another publisher, but nothing worked. ''Certain scenes were considered unpublishable,'' de Beauvoir said, ''althought they were no more daring than many others that had been printed; it was just that the erotic object in this case was a women and not a man, which to the Gallimard readers was an outrage.'' The same publisher had published Genet's Funeral Rites in 1953. His erotic material was just as vivid as Violette's, yet he was considered germane. . . . I could find nothing as vulgar in any of Violette's works. Her writing about sensuality was exactly the opposite: ''The veil brushed at the sole of my foot, the fingers turned in thick white sun, a velvet flame withered in my legs. . . . I had been brushed by the scarf of madness that has no end, I had been caressed, yet also milled to dust, by a cramp of pleasure.'' '. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.00

Annam
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Annam

By Bataille, Christophe; Howard, Richard, trans

New York, New York: New Directions, 1996. 87 pp. Translated from the French by Richard Howard. A short, poetic novel about a stranded French mission to Vietnam in the 18th century. The soldiers march off to oblivion and the missionaries are left to confront their belief and work with the peasants in the rice paddies.. First Edition. Quarter Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$5.00

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