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Big Bank Take Little Bank: New Cafe Poets, No.1, Beatty, Paul
1 Beatty, Paul Big Bank Take Little Bank: New Cafe Poets, No.1
New York, New York Nuyorican Poets Cafe 1991 0962784273 / 9780962784279 First Edition/Second Printing Soft Cover Fine Oversized Trade Edition Signed by Author
This copy of the talented author's first book - a collection of poetry - has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! While it is a second printing, this is a scarce work (more so signed) from this talented author. Published by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. Praise by Allen Ginsberg who calls it "humorous, incisive, Americanist." The Village Voice says of it "Paul Beatty's a poet for us kids who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, video games, and rap, and have a jumble of media bites rattling in our brain cages...Beatty parts the curtain of retro respectable poetry, revealing an image world astrally projected on a hiphop reality trip...Beatty piles word play upon word play in a hyperstack of meaning making him one of the smartest young poets around." 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Mother Rocket: Stories, Ciresi, Rita
2 Ciresi, Rita Mother Rocket: Stories
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Pr 1993 0820315087 / 9780820315089 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. "Mother Rocket" is a collection of seven stories peopled with characters who walk the fault line between assured self-knowledge and dangerous self-deception. Whether facing new beginnings or some sort of ending, the characters in these imaginative and intense stories manage to keep their spirits, dreams, and humor miraculously intact despite the reverberations of experience. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Silent Retreats: Stories by Philip F. Deaver, Deaver, Philip F.
3 Deaver, Philip F. Silent Retreats: Stories by Philip F. Deaver
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 1988 0820309818 / 9780820309811 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Caught in the muddle of modern life, their eyes frozen in a gaze at the middle distance, the characters in "Silent Retreats" search, down roads well-paved by custom or dotted with the absurd, for a means of escape, of refuge, of diversion. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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My Adopted Family, Dorin, Lenora
4 Dorin, Lenora My Adopted Family
New York, New York Vantage Press 1979 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Very Good Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Lenora Dorin on the title page! In "My Adopted Family," Lenora Dorin tells of the family she has helped, in the true spirit of love. In 1963, Lenora Dorin took a part-time job working for Mrs. Clara Brady. Mrs Brady's husband, Fred, was an invalid. Mrs. Brady had the responsibility of supporting him and their two daughters, Evelyn and Carol. Then, unexpectedly, Mrs. Brady herself was taken ill. She passed on. Caring for the family, Lenora Dorin asks Mr. Brady if he would like to come and live with her and her husband. His face lights up and he nods acceptance. And, she feels, Mrs Brady too is somehow present, relieved in knowing that bher family will be taken care of. But the situation is not an easy one, for it will be a white family moving in with a black one. For the girls, especially, it is a hard change to make. People are critical, but offer no help. Evelyn and Carol face the changing problems that life brings. True happiness comes from the knowledge that we are of some use in this world. Lenora Dorin has found her good use, and shares it with us, its grief and happiness, in "My Adopted Family." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Rough Translations, Giles, Molly
5 Giles, Molly Rough Translations
Athens, GA University of Georgia Press 1985 0820307440 / 9780820307442 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Molly Giles writes of the missed connections in life amd the rough translations that we employ when we try to convey, through words and gestures, what we are thinling and what we want from our loved ones. Crease to inside of front jacket accounts for the grading of "near fine." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Quarry: Stories by Harvey Grossinger, Grossinger, Harvey
6 Grossinger, Harvey The Quarry: Stories by Harvey Grossinger
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Pr 1997 0820318965 / 9780820318967 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. At the heart of this collection of five short stories and the title novella is the powerful interconnection between parents and children, nostalgia and memory, and the collective emotional intimacies and transactions that configure human behavior. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Consequences of Desire, Hathaway, Dennis
7 Hathaway, Dennis The Consequences of Desire
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 1992 0820314757 / 9780820314754 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The stories collected in "The Consequences of Desire" describe a modern urban society in its extraordinary complexity, its often apparent absence of fixed values, and its resistence to easy understanding. Set mainly in California, these stories portray a world where dreams come into conflict with reality, where perception fills the spave between truth and fiction, logic and emotion, fantasy and disaster. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Our House in the Last World, Hijuelos, Oscar
8 Hijuelos, Oscar Our House in the Last World
New York, NY Persea Books 1983 0892550694 / 9780892550692 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Near Fine Signed by Author
This copy of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning author's first book has been warmly inscribed and SIGNED by Hijuelos on the half-title page. The inscription reads: "For Brad with affection - Oscar Hijuelos." It was a rare delight to come upon a first novel that shows a fine technical mastery and also succeeds in penetrating the surface of things to reveal the disorderly, often troubling, inner life of its characters. "Our House in the Last World" was just such a novel, and its publication marked the emergence of a new American writer of uncommon promise. A few minor closed tears to the dustjacket - but this copy presents well. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Break Any Woman Down: Stories, Johnson, Dana
9 Johnson, Dana Break Any Woman Down: Stories
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 2001 0820323152 / 9780820323152 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. In "Break Any Woman Down," Dana Johnson explores race, identity, and alienation with unflinching honesty and vibrant language. Hip and seductive, her stories often feature women discovering their identities through sexual and emotional intimacy with the men in their lives. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Nature of Longing: Stories, Miller, Alyce
10 Miller, Alyce The Nature of Longing: Stories
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 1994 0820316741 / 9780820316741 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The eight stories in "The Nature of Longing" move beyond conventional boundaries of race and gender to explore the universal desire to belong. Avoiding easy answers, Alyce Miller probes the overlapping worlds of blacks, whites, gays, and straights, all caught in the ordinary human struggle to connect with parents, spouses, lovers, friends, and children. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Source of Trouble: Stories, Monroe, Debra
11 Monroe, Debra Source of Trouble: Stories
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Pr 1990 0820312460 / 9780820312460 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. "The Source of Trouble" is a collection of ten stories about love, sex, and marriage in a world where happiness is half-heartache, dreams dwindle to disaster, and infidelity becomes just another way to extend the family. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Stories in Another Language, Murphy, Yannick
12 Murphy, Yannick Stories in Another Language
New York, NY Alfred A. Knopf Inc 1987 0394557077 / 9780394557076 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
To be sure, the seventeen stories that make up this startling debut are not always easy for us to behold, for Yannick Murphy is never reluctant to render her vision as it occurs to her - and what occurs to her is a version of youth too terrifyingly familiar to us all, so reminiscent is it of the overwrought childhoods we do out utmost not to remember. Here is a literary artist who restores to us the lost history of what it was to be a child. Here, too, is a young writer at the beginning of a great achievement. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Invention of Flight, Neville, Susan
13 Neville, Susan The Invention of Flight
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 1984 0820307068 / 9780820307060 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Susan Neville combines a sift for language with a subtle eye and a fine instinct for character. All of the stories in this unusual first collectionstick in the reader's mind long after he has read them 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Winter Money: Stories, Plattner, Andy
14 Plattner, Andy Winter Money: Stories
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 1997 0820319589 / 9780820319582 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The ten stories in "Winter Money" are set in rural Kentucky and West Virginia, in dim horse racing and river towns. The men in Andy Plattner's stories are tough and uncertain, the women independent and disappointed, but they are strong-willed and high-spirited, always believing there's a better life, just over the horizon, after the next race. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Eyesores: Stories, Shade, Eric
15 Shade, Eric Eyesores: Stories
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 2003 0820324329 / 9780820324326 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. These eleven interrelated storie follow strands of hope and nostalgia that bind together, or fence off, the people of Windfall. Eric Shade's fictional western Pennsylvania community is a place we all know: a town bypassed by the interstate, its rail line clogged with coal cars that haven't moved an inch in years. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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An Obedient Father, Sharma, Akhil
16 Sharma, Akhil An Obedient Father
New York, NY FSG 2000 0374105014 / 9780374105013 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Akhil Sharma on the title page! Winner of the Hemingway/PEN Award. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His debut work - he had been selected by The Voice Literary Supplement for its Year 2000 Writers on the Verge Award. Bapsi Sidhwa dustjacket praise stating that "An original voice imbues this dark tale with delicious irony. Akhil Sharma's writing has astonishing range and power." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Close-Ups, Thompson, Sandra
17 Thompson, Sandra Close-Ups
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 1984 0820306835 / 9780820306834 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. In this exciting first collection of sroies, Sandra Thompson takes us inside the lives of women struggling to find their place among lovers, husbands, and ex-husbands, mothers, and children in relationships where old rules do not apply and new rules have not been set. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Bridges of Madison County, Waller, Robert James
18 Waller, Robert James The Bridges of Madison County
New York, NY Warner Books, Inc. 1992 044651652X / 9780446516525 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
This is a beautiful copy of the correct first edition with the $14.95 price and statement "First Printing: April 1992" and complete number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The story of Robert Kincaid, a world-class photographer, and Francesca Johnson, an Iowa farm wife. A highly successful film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep followed. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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From the Bottom Up, Wilson, Leigh Allison
19 Wilson, Leigh Allison From the Bottom Up
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Pr 1983 0820306479 / 9780820306476 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. This prize-winning collection introduces a writer whose stories command the reader to sit up and take notice. Leigh Allison Wilson is, as one of her narrators says of the country music lover. "an inveterate truth seeker who, deep down, believes that every word is at best a pack of decent lies and at worst a matter of opinion. "From the Bottom Up" by Leigh Allison Wilson and "Evening Out" by David Walton are the first co-winners and the first collections to be published in the series. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The People I Know, Zafris, Nancy
20 Zafris, Nancy The People I Know
Athens, GA Univ of Georgia Press 1990 0820311928 / 9780820311920 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. This is a Review Copy. "The People I Know" is a collection of nine stories, told by characters who hover at the edge of life. Whether it's Lorne, perched on a sofa as a wedding party swirls around him, or the elderly Mrs. R of "Morning at the Beach," imagining a career in crime as she sits on the front porch of a Miami Hotel, these are people oddly accustomed to the sidelines of their worlds. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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