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Contemporary Fiction

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1 Abella, Alex The Great American
NY Simon & Schuster 1997 068814277 First Edition Cloth & Boards Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
445 pp., no markings, except for marking pen stroke on bottom edge. A novel about William Morgan, a Marine who goes to Cuba during the revolution, first supporting Castro, then trying to assassinate him. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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2 Armistead Maupin Tales of the City
NY HarperPerennial 1900 0060964049 / 9780060964047 1989 Reissue Trade Paperback Near Fine 8vo -- 9.25 in Tall 
371 pp. Nearly new, slightly thumbed. Spine uncreased, no markings in text. Gift quality. A reissue of a collection of short stories telling the romantic adventures of yuppies living in an apartment house in San Francisco. Became the basis of a television series and film. First of six volumes. This edition has a light pastel border of geometric shapes framing a detail shot of a staircase leading up Barbary Street. First published as columns in the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1970s. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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3 Averill, Thomas Fox The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson
NY BlueHen (Penguin) 2003 0425190811 / 9780425190814 First Edition Trade Paperback Very Good + Uncorrected Galley Proofs 8vo - 8 in. Tall 
261 pp. Nearly new, publication press release laid in. A paperback original in uncorrected galley proofs (wraps). A novel about a Scot youth in Kansas struggling with adolescence and love. Injured by his father's experiment in distilling Scotch, he becomes a teacher and a bagpipe instructor, devotee of Scottish culture and traditions. 
Price: 4.00 USD
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Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men, Bateman,Colin
4 Bateman,Colin Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men
NY Arcade Publishing 1997 1559703768 / 9781559703765 1st American Edition Boards Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
325 pp. Near new, never read. A former Belfast journalist weaves a tale of a sportswriter who goes to N.Y. to cover a prize fight between a Northern Irish boxer and an American black. Racism turns the match ugly. 
Price: 4.00 USD
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5 Breslin, Jimmy He Got Hungry and Forgot His Manners
NY Ticknor & Fields 1988 0899193110 / 9780899193113 Early Printing Cloth Tape & Boards Very Good Good + ` 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall 
273 pp. Light chipping of dj. Ink line on bottom edge. Colored endpapers. No marking, text clean. Breslin, the late, great columnist pens a novel based on Howard Beach gang warfare. Number line starts with 1 but lacks a first-edition statement. Retail price on jacket flap. Breslin photo on rear of jacket. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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A Closed Eye , Brookner, Anita
6 Brookner, Anita A Closed Eye
NY Vintage Contemporaries (Random House) 1993 0679743405 / 9780679743408 1st Paperback Edition Trade Paperback Near Fine  8vo - 8 in. Tall 
263 pp. A few rear pages have corner creases, otherwise nearly new. No markings. Harriet moves from submissiveness and self-denial to a sexual awakening.  
Price: 3.15 USD
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Chabon, Michael
7 Chabon, Michael The Yiddish Policemen's Union
NY Harper Perennial 2008 0007149832 / 9780007149834 1st Paperback Edition Trade Paperback Very Good + 8vo -- 8 in Tall 
418 pp. plus study guide, glossary, Meet Michael Chabon section. Spine uncreased, fold-in flaps. A what-if novel about a forgotten 1940 plan to settle Jewish refugees in Alaska instead of Palestine. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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I Am One of You Forever: A Novel, Chappell, Fred
8 Chappell, Fred I Am One of You Forever: A Novel
Baton Rouge, L. Louisiana State Univ Press 1987 0807114103 / 9780807114100 8th Printing Trade Paperback Fine 8vo --8.5 In Tall 
181pp. Nearly new. Previous owner's name and embossed mark on preliminary page. A novel about a boy growing up in North Carolina in the 1940s. Southern Magazine blurb: "Through a series of family vignettes that circle a central unspoken tragedy, Chappell combines dramatic and lyrical talents to produce a high-spirited elegey. Among living Southern writers, only Eudora Welty has this range of tone." 
Price: 4.00 USD
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9 Childress, Mark One Mississippi : A Novel
Boston Little Brown 2006 0316012114 / 9780316012119 4th Printing Boards Fine Fine 8vo -- -- 7.5 In. 
385 pp. Close to new, gift quality. Spine uncreased, text clean. A boy-bonding tale set in a Mississippi high school in the 1970s. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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10 Colyer, Nik C. Channeling Biker Bob II: Lover's Embrace
Nevada City, Calif. Henrioulle Publishing 2002 0970816316 / 9780970816313 First Edition Trade Paperback Fine  8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
332 pp. Publication marketing release laid in rear of book. New, unread, no markings. A cop meets up with freewheeling Biker Bob in this jaundiced look at male-female relations. Part 2 of a 4-part saga.  
Price: 6.30 USD
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11 Crace, Jim Being Dead
NY Picador (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 2001 031227542 1st American Edition Trade Paperback Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
195 pp. Bookstore stamp on preliminary page, otherwise no markings. Text has rippling, spine uncreased. The tale opens with the discovery of the bodies of a middle-aged husband and wife in the dunes and then backtracks into the circumstances that led to their demise. 
Price: 2.00 USD
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12 Crews, Harry Body
Old Tappan, New Jersey. Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster) 1992 0671758527 / 9780671758523 6th Printing Trade Paperback Very Good + No Jacket 8vo -- 8.5 In. 
240 pp. Browning of inside covers, text clean and bright. No spine creasing. No markings. A bodybuilder sets out to give a woman a spectacular body for a beauty pageant, but then her backwoods family show up to complicate things. 
Price: 4.00 USD
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Scar Lover, Crews, Harry
13 Crews, Harry Scar Lover
NY Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster) 1993 0671797867 / 9780671797867 3rd Printing Trade Paperback Very Good 8mo -- 8.5 In Tall 
284 pp. Light rubbing along cover edges and spine corners. Corner crease on cover. No writing. Sprine uncreased. Light smudges on inside cover. Text clean. A Southern Gothic novel about a beautiful woman who takes control of her scarred lover. 
Price: 3.00 USD
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14 Doctorow, E.L. City of God
NY Plume (Penguin Putnam) 2001 04522822098 1st Paperback Edition Trade Paperback Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
272 pp. Nearly new, slight thumbing. A cross disappears from a NY church only to show up across town at a synagogue. This is the introduction to a wide-ranging work of spiritual reflection. 
Price: 2.75 USD
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House of Sand and Fog, Dubus III, Andre
15 Dubus III, Andre House of Sand and Fog
NY Vintage Books (Random House) 2000 0375727345 / 9780375727344 Later Printing Trade Paperback Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
365 pp. Nearly new, no markings, spine uncreased. Book plate on inside cover. A novel about a clash of 3 characters -- a struggling woman homeowner, an Iranian immigrant who desires her home in the California hills and a sheriff. A National Book Award finalist. A first Vintage Contemporaries edition. 
Price: 4.50 USD
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The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
16 E. Annie Proulx The Shipping News
NY Tourchstone (Simon & Schuster) 1994 0671510053 / 9780671510053 16th Printing Trade Papeback Very Good 8vo --8.5 In Tall 
337 pp. Light crease on bottom corner. Toning on inside cover. Text clean, spine uncreased. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a widower who moves his young daughters to his family's ancestral homeland in Newfoundland. 
Price: 4.50 USD
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Overnight Sensation, Eisenberg, Hal
17 Eisenberg, Hal Overnight Sensation
Atlanta Eisenberg Publishing 2012 098549221X / 9780985492212 First Edition Trade Papeback Very Good 8vo -- 9 in Tall Inscribed By Author
233 pp. Inscribed by author "to Betty." Lower corner of front corner creased. Small mark on fore edge. Text clean, spine uncreased. Novel written in first person about a 15 year-old who regards himself as a loser until he and his buddies form a rock band and find instant stardom. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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18 Ely, Eva Mae Pastor Beloved: Finding the Spiritual in Religion
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,. Rosedog Press 2005 0805998411 / 9780805998412 1st Printing Trade Paperback Good + Ex Library 8vo -- 9 in Tall 
Ely is pseudonym for Mae Miner, of Port Orange, Florida. Former library book with card envelope and discard stampings. Light wear, slight chip to rear cover. No markings in text. Scarce. Miner's first novel tells of a woman's rocky romance with her pastor, which begins while he is still married. Interwoven through the plot are the author's unorthodox interpretations of various Scriptures, presented as sermons given by the pastor. Miner is a hospice nurse and nursing instructor. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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19 Emmons, Jasen Cowboy Angst: A Novel
NY Scribner Paper Fiction 1996 0684818973 / 9780684818979 1st Paperback Edition Trade Paperback Good+ 8vo --8 in Tall. 
204 pp. Pages curled, and light vertical crease near upper right corner, but still close to new. Text clean A law school dropout strives for fulfillment in a country music band. First novel by Emmons. 
Price: 4.00 USD
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20 Englander, Nathan For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
NY Alfred A. Knopf 1999 0375404929 / 9780375404924 5th Printing Cloth & Boards Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
205 pp. Water stains on dust jacket have smudged the title. Text clean. A collection of nine stories about modern Orthodox Jewish life. 
Price: 3.50 USD
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