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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. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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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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Big Bank Take Little Bank: New Cafe Poets, No.1, Beatty, Paul
3 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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Joker, Joker, Deuce, Beatty, Paul
4 Beatty, Paul Joker, Joker, Deuce
New York, New York Penguin 1994 0140587233 / 9780140587234 First Edition/First Printing Soft Cover Fine Trade Paperback Original Signed by Author
This copy of the author's second book of poetry has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! Issued in paperback format. A cutting-edge collection of poems from the man "Newsweek" calls "the prmier bard of hip hop." Jessica Hagedorn praise stating "'Verbal Mugging' at its most dangerous. Paul Beatty's "Joker, Joker, Deuce" moves to fierce urban rhythms, both cool and hot. A rush of intense visual images and electric word music..." 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Sellout, Beatty, Paul
5 Beatty, Paul The Sellout
New York, New York Farrar Straus & Giroux 2015 0374260508 / 9780374260507 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of "The Sellout" has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! "The Sellout" showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and an appeal of a race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, it challenges the sacred tenets of the U.S Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality - the Black Chinese restaurant. A powerful novel of vital import, "The Sellout" is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the first American author to be named Winner of the MAN Booker Award. Scarce in a first printing - this is a beautiful copy without any remainder markings. This copy was signed by Paul Beatty from his appearance at Princeton University on February 8, 2017. 
Price: 1350.00 USD
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The White Boy Shuffle, Beatty, Paul
6 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. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Tuff, Beatty, Paul
7 Beatty, Paul Tuff
New York, New York Alfred A. Knopf, Inc 2000 0375401229 / 9780375401220 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Near Fine + Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! "Tuff" unleashes Paul Beatty's verbal dazzle and nothing-sacred sensibility on the story of a young black man coming of age on the streets and stoops of Spanish Harlem. Beatty's fierce gifts have never been more apparent: "Tuff" marks the return of one of this generation's freshest voices. Small corner "bump" on one edge accounts for the grading. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Tuff, Beatty, Paul
8 Beatty, Paul Tuff
New York, New York Alfred A. Knopf, Inc 2000 0375401229 / 9780375401220 First Edition/First Printing Soft Cover Fine Uncorrected Proof (Plain Wraps Signed by Author
This copy of the Uncorrected Proof (includes a bound-in copy of the proposed artwork) has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! "Tuff" unleashes Paul Beatty's verbal dazzle and nothing-sacred sensibility on the story of a young black man coming of age on the streets and stoops of Spanish Harlem. Beatty's fierce gifts have never been more apparent: "Tuff" marks the return of one of this generation's freshest voices. Small corner "bump" on one edge accounts for the grading. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Emperor of Ocean Park, Carter, Stephen L.
9 Carter, Stephen L. The Emperor of Ocean Park
New York, NY Alfred A. Knopf Inc 2002 0375413634 / 9780375413636 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of the celebrated Yale University Law Professor's debut novel has been SIGNED by Stephen L. Carter on the title page! This title was warmly received and garnered praise from all quarters. It is a large, stirring novel of suspense that is, at the same time, a work of brilliantly asute social observation. "The Emperor of Ocean Park" is set in two privileged worlds: the upper crust African American society of the eastern seaboard - old families who summer on Martha's Vineyard - and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school. It tells the story of a complex family with a single, seductive link to the shadowlands of crime. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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What We Lose: A Novel, Clemmons, Zinzi
10 Clemmons, Zinzi What We Lose: A Novel
New York, New York Viking 2017 0735221715 / 9780735221710 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of "What We Lose: A Novel" has been SIGNED by Zinzi Clemmons on the title page! From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African American woman's coming-of-age - a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country. Paul Beatty has called it "Transfixing." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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A Piece of Mine, Cooper, J. California
11 Cooper, J. California A Piece of Mine
Navarro, CA Wild Trees Press 1984 0931125006 / 9780931125003 First Edition/First Printing Trade Paperback Original Fine Trade Paperback Original Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by both J. California Cooper on the title page and by Alice Walker at her foreward! The celebrated author's first book - a collection of stories. In the foreward by Alice Walker she states "It is with both pleasure and pride that I introduce the wise and exhilarating stories of Joan California Cooper's 'A Piece of Mine'. Pleasure because I know others will now have the opportunity to enjoy Cooper's talent, humor, and insight into character, and pride because her book is the first to be published by Wild Trees Press, started in 1984 by my partner, Robert Allen, and me, and whose motto: 'We publish only what we love,' could have been created especially for 'A Piece of Mine.'" 
Price: 225.00 USD
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A Piece of Mine, Cooper, J. California
12 Cooper, J. California A Piece of Mine
London, UK The Women's Press 1986 0704339897 / 9780704339897 First UK Paperback Edition/First Printi Trade Paperback Fine Trade Paperback Signed by Author
This copy of the UK trade paperback issue has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the half-title page and by Alice Walker (who contributed the forward) on the title page! In this collection - her larger-than-life women struggle for love, money, happiness, and sometimes, revenge. Told with enormous warmth and humour, these twelve stories centre on the lives of black women and their men in the small-town southern states of America. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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A Piece of Mine, Cooper, J. California
13 Cooper, J. California A Piece of Mine
New York, NY Anchor Books 1992 0385420870 / 9780385420877 First Edition/First Printing Soft Cover Fine Trade Paperback Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the half-title page! Her debut work - Alice Walker has said: "Her style is deceptively simple and direct, and the value of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard." This is a copy of the first Anchor Books edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Family, Cooper, J. California
14 Cooper, J. California Family
New York, New York, U.S.A. NY: Doubleday [1991]. 1991 0385411715 / 9780385411714 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the title page! The author's 1st novel following three critically acclaimed collections of short stories. Set in the years just before and after the Civil War "Family" tells the story of four generations of an African-American family whose emotional and spiritual center is Always, a willful, resourcefull, and gentle young woman born into slavery. To hear Ms. Cooper at a reading is "uplifting", to say the least. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, Cooper, J. California
15 Cooper, J. California Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime
New York, NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1995 0385467877 / 9780385467872 First Edition/First Printing Soft Cover Fine Wraps Signed by Author
This copy of the Uncorrected Proof has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the title page! Whether it be through her stories or her legenday readings, J. California Cooper's words have an uncanny ability to reach out to readers like an old and dear friend. Her characters are plainspoken and direct: simple people for whom life, despite its everpresent struggles, is always worth the journey. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Matter Is Life, Cooper, J. California
16 Cooper, J. California The Matter Is Life
New York, New York Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1991 0385411731 / 9780385411738 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the title page! Another collection of "exuberant tales of everyday people" that we come to expect from this author. Rich and lyrical, lively and brash, and full of wonder at the unexpected mysteries of life, these stories delve deeply into the enormous passions of every moment lived. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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After the Dance, Danticat, Edwidge
17 Danticat, Edwidge After the Dance
NY Crown Jouneys 2002 0609609084 / 9780609609088 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Edwidge Danticat on the title page! The 2nd title in the Crown Journeys Series. One of Haitiís most renowned daughters returns to her homeland, taking readers on a stunning, exquisitely rendered journey beyond the hedonistic surface of Carnival and into its deep heart. Part travelogue, part memoir, this is a lyrical narrative of a writer rediscovering her country along with a part of herself. Itís also a wonderful introduction to Haitiís southern coast and to the true beauty of Carnival. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Behind the Mountains, Danticat, Edwidge
18 Danticat, Edwidge Behind the Mountains
NY Orchard Books 2002 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Edwidge Danticat on the title page! First Person Fiction features authors from a variety of backgrounds writing about the experience of coming to America. The author was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1969. Her parents immigrated to New York when she was a small child, and she and her brother remained in Haiti, where they were raised by an aunt and uncle. At the age of twelve, she moved to Brooklyn to join her parents. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Farming of Bones, Danticat, Edwidge
19 Danticat, Edwidge The Farming of Bones
NY: SOHO [1998]. 1998 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED on the title page by Edwidge Danticat. The very talented and popular author's most recent novel. She was also a "Granta 20" author and her first collection of stories "Krik? Krak!" was nominated for a National Book Award. Well reviewed, the New York Times Bo ok Review has said "Extraordinarily ambitious.extraordinarily successful." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Farming of Bones, Danticat, Edwidge
20 Danticat, Edwidge The Farming of Bones
London Abacus 1999 0349111642 / 9780349111643 First U.K. Edition/First Printing Fine Wraps Trade Paperback Original Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED on the title page by Edwidge Danticat! The very talented and popular author's recent novel. She was also a "Granta 20" author and her first collection of stories "Krik? Krak!" was nominated for a National Book Award. Well reviewed, the New York Times Book Review has said "Extraordinarily ambitious.extraordinarily successful." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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