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Rails Under My Back, Allen, Jeffery Renard
1 Allen, Jeffery Renard Rails Under My Back
NY FSG 2000 0374246262 / 9780374246266 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Jeffrey Renard Allen on the title page. Winner of a 2002 Whiting Writers' Award.Kirkus Reviews called it ".a very impressive creation: the work of an unusually gifted, disciplined, and more than promising writer." This novel has at its center two young men at the heart of America, and at the heart of a mysteriously complex family. 
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Rails Under My Back, Allen, Jeffery Renard
2 Allen, Jeffery Renard Rails Under My Back
NY FSG 2000 0374246262 / 9780374246266 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This is a REVIEW COPY with Publishers' materials and author photo laid-in that has been SIGNED by Jeffrey Renard Allen on the title page. Kirkus Reviews called it "a very impressive creation: the work of an unusually gifted, disciplined, and more than promising writer." This novel has at its center two young men at the heart of America, and at the heart of a mysteriously complex family. Winner of a 2002 Whiting Writers' Award. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Red Menace, Anania, Michael
3 Anania, Michael The Red Menace
NY Thunder's Mouth Press 1984 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
A novel about American culture and values in the fifties during the McCarthy era, and in the wake of the first atomic blasts in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It's about growing up ina culture permeated with the fear of Communism, a culture where automobiles emerged as a symbol of masculinity and affluence, where the bomb entered our collective consciousness and we became at once a nation of greta strength and dark fears. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Growing Up Simple--In Texas: An Irreverent Look at Kids in the 1950s, Arnold, George
4 Arnold, George Growing Up Simple--In Texas: An Irreverent Look at Kids in the 1950s
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Eakin Pr 2002 1571686878 / 9781571686879 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been Inscribed "To Dan Rather - Fellow Texan and simple in-betweener. Let's not ever grow up!" and has been SIGNED by George Arnold and dated August '02. A fun and funny half-generation of Texans, born between 1939 and 1947, grew up in the placed, black-and-white world of the 1950s - a simple time when kids could roam about unharmed and be free from virtually any danger except the ever-present threat of polio. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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The Mercy Seat, Askew, Rilla
5 Askew, Rilla The Mercy Seat
NY Viking 1997 0670874671 / 9780670874675 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This first novel has been SIGNED by Rilla Askew on the title page! Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and Winner of the Western Heritage Award. In deep winter, early February 1887, two brothers, John and Lafayette Lodi, flee Kentucky in the middle of the night, heading west toward Indian Territory. Rudolfo Anaya praise calling The Mercy Seat ".a testament to the human spirit, and it will endure." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Family Life, Banks, Russell
6 Banks, Russell Family Life
Los Angeles Sun & Moon Press 1988 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of the first hardcover appearance has been SIGNED by Russell Banks on the title page. This novel has been revised by the author and re-edited from "Family Life" published in a paperback Equinox edition of Avon Books in 1975. "Family Life" was Russell Bank's first novel, a book by a young American family man trying to understand and describe what he's gotten himself into. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The White Boy Shuffle, Beatty, Paul
7 Beatty, Paul The White Boy Shuffle
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin 1996 0395742803 / 9780395742808 First Edition/First Printing Soft Cover Fine Uncorrected Proof (Glossy) Signed by Author
This Uncorrected Proof copy has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! "The White Boy Shuffle" is a moving, deft satire on issues of race as well as the tale of the coming of age of Gunnar Kaufman, a contemporary African American who is in no way typical. With his unparalleled ability to recreate the rhythms of everyday speech, to cut, mix, and recombine language in order to evoke a whole new world of experience. A combination of literary and street, at once intimate and breathtakingly expansive, The White Boy Shuffle" is a multicultural, multigenerational epic that is exuberant, engaging, and in the moment. 
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An Invisible Sign of My Own, Bender, Aimee
8 Bender, Aimee An Invisible Sign of My Own
NY Doubleday 2000 0385492235 / 9780385492232 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
The author's debut novel which has been SIGNED by Aimee Bender on the title page. Dustjacket praise by Stephen Dixon who says "Aimee Bender writes in a skillfully minimal way, everything very tight and poignant amd sharp and often burning, quick to get things and out of them, but still providing us with significant characters of emotional depth." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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An Invisible Sign of My Own, Bender, Aimee
9 Bender, Aimee An Invisible Sign of My Own
NY Doubleday 2000 0385492235 / 9780385492232 First Edition/First Printing Soft Cover Fine Advance Reading Copy Signed by Author
The authorís debut novel which has been SIGNED by Aimee Bender on the title page. This is a copy of the Uncorrected Proof/Advance Reading Copy. Her first book, The Girl In the Flammable Skirt had proven to be a stunning debut collection of stories. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Like Normal People, Bender, Karen
10 Bender, Karen Like Normal People
Boston Houghton Mifflin 2000 0395945151 / 9780395945155 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Karen Bender on the title page. The author's debut novel - portions of which have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, and Story magazine. An excerpt was also chosen for The Best American Short Stories by Annie Proulx. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Like Normal People, Bender, Karen
11 Bender, Karen Like Normal People
Boston Houghton Mifflin 2000 0395945151 / 9780395945155 First Edition/First Printing Soft Cover Fine Wraps Signed by Author
The authorís debut novel - portions of which have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, and Story magazine. An excerpt was also chosen for The Best American Short Stories by Annie Proulx. This Advance Reading Copy has been SIGNED by Karen Bender on the title page. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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House Under Snow , Bialosky, Jill
12 Bialosky, Jill House Under Snow
New York Harcourt, Inc. 2002 0151006857 / 9780151006854 First Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
This is a Review Copy (Publishers' Publicity Sheets laid-in) that has been SIGNED by Jill Bialosky on the title page. A debut novel by an acclaimed American poet, "House Under Snow", is a story about family tension and the difficulties mothers and daughters can experience when matters of the heart intrude.  
Price: 35.00 USD
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House Under Snow, Bialosky, Jill
13 Bialosky, Jill House Under Snow
New York Harcourt, Inc. 2002 First Edition/First Printing Fine Wraps Signed by Author
This is a copy of the Uncorrected Proof that has been SIGNED by Jill Bialosky on the title page. A debut novel by an acclaimed American poet, "House Under Snow", is a story about family tension and the difficulties mothers and daughters can experience when matters of the heart intrude. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Oyster, Biguenet, John
14 Biguenet, John Oyster
NY Ecco/HarperCollins 2002 0060198362 / 9780060198367 First Edition/First Printing Printer Wrapper Fine Uncorrected Proof (Glossy) Signed by Author
This is a copy of the Uncorrected Proof which has been SIGNED by John Biguenet on the title page. In glossy wraps with artwork that had to be changed when the hardcover trade edition was issued. As such, this state of the book is difficult to locate in this condition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Was it Something I Said?, Block, Valerie
15 Block, Valerie Was it Something I Said?
New York, NY SOHO 1998 1569471096 / 9781569471098 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Valerie Block on the title page! The author, in one of the most refreshing debuts in years, fills the story of two singles with such wry humor and sweet pathos, that readers will root for them to make it. Her descriptions of single life are as excruciating as they are familiar. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Love Invents Us, Bloom, Amy
16 Bloom, Amy Love Invents Us
NY Random House 1997 0679441093 / 9780679441090 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Amy Bloom on the title page! National Book Award Finalist's achingly beautiful first novel. Dorothy Allison dustjacket praise stating "She writes about love and desire with more visceral power than anyone I know.This novel is marvelous." This is in the first state dustjacket (dark background - recalled shortly after the book was issued). 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Love Invents Us, Bloom, Amy
17 Bloom, Amy Love Invents Us
New York, NY Random House 1997 0679441093 / 9780679441090 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This is a Review Copy (Slip and Publisher's materials laid-in) that has been SIGNED by Amy Bloom on the title page! National Book Award Finalist's achingly beautiful first novel. Dorothy Allison dustjacket praise stating "She writes about love and desire with more visceral power than anyone I know.This novel is marvelous." This is in the first state dustjacket (dark background - recalled shortly after the book was issued). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Tunneling , Bosworth, Beth
18 Bosworth, Beth Tunneling
NY Shaye Areheart 2003 First Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Beth Bosworth on the half-title page. In this utterly inventive debut novel, we are irresistibly frawn into a world where Rachel, who many years later narrates our story, has begun to lead a double life. Beth Bosworth gives us a book brimming with magical realism and boundless imagination, in which literary references, great humor and political conciousness fully blossom into a significance far beyond the grasp of a twelve-year-old girl.  
Price: 40.00 USD
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Miss Corpus, Chapman, Clay McLeod
19 Chapman, Clay McLeod Miss Corpus
NY Theia/Hyperion 2003 0786867388 / 9780786867387 First Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED and dated Feb 11th, 2003 by Clay McLeod Chapman on the title page! The author's debut novel following his highly successful story collection "Rest Area". An imaginative first novel tracing the fateful collision of two complete strangers, "Miss Corpus" floors the accelerator from the first page and never brakes. Stewart O'Nan has called it "...a twisted, lovely, gushing, word-drunk debut." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Soloist, Christopher, Nicholas
20 Christopher, Nicholas The Soloist
New York Viking Penguin, Inc. 1986 0670809004 / 9780670809004 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Inscribed By Author
A scarce title overall - this is an important Association Copy warmly inscribed on the front, free end paper by the author to his editor (Nan Graham) and dated Dec. 19, 1985 - a month prior prior to publication. There is also a full signature by Nicholas Christopher on the title page. An absolutely stunning copy of the highly regarded author/poet's debut novel. As rich and exuberant as a performance by Rubinstein, "The Soloist" transforms a musician's dark night of the soul into a brilliant adventure. In a wild romp through New York and Boston - a renewal of relationships with every important person in his life - Max Tandal discovers what he needs to know about himself and about the people he thinks he loves. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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