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New York Times 2003 Notable Book of the Year

New York Times 2003 Notable Book of the Year

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The Master Butchers Singing Club, Erdrich, Louise
1 Erdrich, Louise The Master Butchers Singing Club
NY Harper Collins 2003 0066209773 / 9780066209777 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Louise Erdrich on the title page. This sprawling novel spans the decades from World War I through World War II and beyond to 1954. The novel unfolds its themes of love and death, lightness and gravity, with the eloquent prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling that only a masterful writer can offer. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Lucky Girls, Freudenberger, Nell
2 Freudenberger, Nell Lucky Girls
NY Ecco 2003 0060088796 / 9780060088798 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Nell Freudenberger on the title page! Named as Winner of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Here are five stories, set in Southest Asia and on the Indian Subcontinent - each one bearing the weight and substance of a short novella - narrated by young women who find themselves, often as expatriates, face to face with the compelling circumstances of adult love. Dustjacket praise from Richard Ford saying "Every story in this remarkable collection reveals the emergence of a truly prodigious talent." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Our Lady of the Forest, Guterson, David
3 Guterson, David Our Lady of the Forest
New York, NY Knopf 2003 0375412115 / 9780375412110 First Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by David Guterson on the title page. From the author of 'Snow Falling on Cedars' and 'East of the Mountains' comes this third in a thematic trilogy of novels that share a sense of place. This is an emotionally charged novel about a teenage girl who claims to see the Virgin Mary. This latest novel demonstrates an awareness of place and time - but allows the author more imagination than in his two previous books. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Great Fire, Hazzard, Shirley
4 Hazzard, Shirley The Great Fire
New York, NY FSG 2003 0374166447 / 9780374166441 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED and DATED 18/XI/03 (Day before Winning the NBA) by Shirley Hazzard on the title page! WINNER OF THE 2003 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION - The year is 1947. The great fire of the Second World War has convulsed Europe and Asia. A deeply observed story of love and separation, of disillusion and recovered humanity, "The Great Fire" marks the much-awaited return to fiction of this author. Dustjacket praise by Michael Cunningham saying "Shirley Hazzard is, purely and simply, one of the greatest writers working in English today. Which makes me more than grateful to have this long-hoped-for new novel." This is the 1st State dustjacket - not the "Read This" edition. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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The Great Fire, Hazzard, Shirley
5 Hazzard, Shirley The Great Fire
New York, NY FSG 2003 0374166447 / 9780374166441 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Shirley Hazzard on the title page! WINNER OF THE 2003 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION - The year is 1947. The great fire of the Second World War has convulsed Europe and Asia. A deeply observed story of love and separation, of disillusion and recovered humanity, "The Great Fire" marks the much-awaited return to fiction of this author. Dustjacket praise by Michael Cunningham saying "Shirley Hazzard is, purely and simply, one of the greatest writers working in English today. Which makes me more than grateful to have this long-hoped-for new novel." This is the 1st State dustjacket - not the "Read This" edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Commissariat of Enlightenment, Kalfus, Ken
6 Kalfus, Ken The Commissariat of Enlightenment
New York, New York Ecco [Harper Collins] 2003 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED in green ink (author's "lucky" pen) on the title page by Ken Kalfus! With this remarkable debut novel, Ken Kalfus gives us a stunning triumph of invention - an epic story about the death of two Russian visionaries, the life of a radical antihero, and the birth of a new kind of power. Publisher's Weekly [Starred Review] says of it "Told in supple, witty and gritty prose the story exhibits all the vigorous intelligence and vision readers have come to expect from Kalfus." Kirkus Reviews [Starred Review] calls it "An inventive first novel that briskly reimagines 20th century Russian history.A brilliant fusion of satire, science fiction, and political commentary, Gogol is probably tearing his hair out, wishing he'd dreamed this up." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Namesake, Lahiri, Jhumpa
7 Lahiri, Jhumpa The Namesake
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin 2003 0395927218 / 9780395927212 First Edition/First Printing Fine Uncorrected Proof (Glossy) Uncorrected Proof Copy Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Jhumpa Lahiri on the cover page! This is a copy of the Uncorrected Proof/Advance Reading Copy with proposed artwork sample affixed for the final book. The debut novel from the highly celebrated author - she was Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award for her collection "Interpreter of Maladies'. In 'The Namesake', Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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Liars and Saints, Meloy, Maile
8 Meloy, Maile Liars and Saints
NY Scribner 2003 First Edition/First Printing Fine Uncorrected Proof (Glossy) Signed by Author
This copy of the Advance Uncorrected Proof has been SIGNED by Maile Meloy on the title page. The prizewinning author's debut novel. Set in California, the novel follows four generations of the Catholic Santerre familyfrom World War II to the present, as they navigate a succession of life-altering events—through the submerged emotion of the fifties, the recklessness and excess of the sixties and seventies, and the reckonings of the eighties and nineties. Dustjacket praise by Philip Roth stating "Liars and Saints is a surehanded little first-novel." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Liars and Saints, Meloy, Maile
9 Meloy, Maile Liars and Saints
NY Scribner 2003 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Maile Meloy on the title page. The prizewinning author's debut novel. Set in California, the novel follows four generations of the Catholic Santerre familyfrom World War II to the present, as they navigate a succession of life-altering events—through the submerged emotion of the fifties, the recklessness and excess of the sixties and seventies, and the reckonings of the eighties and nineties. Dustjacket praise by Philip Roth stating "Liars and Saints is a surehanded little first-novel." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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One Last Look, Moore, Susanna
10 Moore, Susanna One Last Look
NY Knopf 2003 0679450416 / 9780679450412 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Susanna Moore on the title page! Calcutta in 1836: an uneasy mix of two worlds - the patient, implacably unchangeable India and the tableau vivant of English life created of Imperialism's desperation. Historically precise, gorgeously evocative, banked with the heat of unbidden desires, 'One Last Look' is a mesmerizing tale of the complex lure of the exotic and the brazen failure of Imperialism - both political and personal. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Anja the Liar, Moran, Thomas
11 Moran, Thomas Anja the Liar
NY Riverhead Books 2003 1573222607 / 9781573222600 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Thomas Moran on the title page! With this book, Thomas Moran returns to the historical and moral terrain that so brilliantly informed his celebrated debut novel, "The Man in the Box." Subtly crafted yet undeniably powerful, "Anja the Liar" truly reveals Moran's talent for immersing us utterly in whatever moment he chooses to describe. The New York Times in their "And Bear In Mind" (Editors' choices of other recent books of particular interest says "Moran explores the moral climate of the post-World War II era through characters (Anja, a girl from Krakow who was once a Nazi informer; a German engineer; a murderous woman who ran a Chetneik unit) who, like their nations, have had experiences so extreme there is no prescription for recovery. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Love, Morrison, Toni
12 Morrison, Toni Love
New York, NY Knopf 2003 0375409440 / 9780375409448 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Toni Morrison on the title page - not a bookplate! This audacious exploration into the nature of love - its appetite, its sublime possession, its dread - is rich in characters, striking scenes, and a profound understanding of how alive the past can be. A major addition to the canon of one of the world's literary masters. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies , Murray, John
13 Murray, John A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies
New York, NY Harper Collins 2003 0060509287 / 9780060509286 First Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED and DATED April 1, 2003 by John Murray on the title page. A remarkably assured and satisfying debut collection wherein the author seamlessly meshes fact with fiction, taking his inspiration from the worlds of science, nedicine, and nature. The title story was selected by Joyce Carol Oates for the Best New American Voices 2002 fiction anthology.  
Price: 65.00 USD
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How to Breathe Underwater, Orringer, Julie
14 Orringer, Julie How to Breathe Underwater
NY Knopf 2003 First Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Julie Orringer on the title page. Nine fiercely beautiful, impossible-to-put-down stories from a young writer who has already received immediate worldwide attention. Her characters—all of them submerged by loss, whether of parents or lovers or a viable relationship to the world in general—struggle mightily against the wildly engulfing forces which threaten to overtake us all. Dustjacket praise by George Saunders, Ann Packer, Charles Baxter and Dan Chaon. Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers - won Third Place. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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How to Breathe Underwater, Orringer, Julie
15 Orringer, Julie How to Breathe Underwater
NY Knopf 2003 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Julie Orringer on the title page. Nine fiercely beautiful, impossible-to-put-down stories from a young writer who has already received immediate worldwide attention. Her characters—all of them submerged by loss, whether of parents or lovers or a viable relationship to the world in general—struggle mightily against the wildly engulfing forces which threaten to overtake us all. Dustjacket praise by George Saunders, Ann Packer, Charles Baxter and Dan Chaon. Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award - winner of Third Place. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Packer, Z Z
16 Packer, Z Z Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
NY Riverhead Press 2003 First Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of the author's debut collection of stories has been SIGNED by Z Z Packer on the title page. Her impressive range and talent are abundantly evident: she dazzles with her command of language, surprising and delighting us with unexpected turns and indelible images, as she takes us into the lives of characters on the periphery, unsure of where they belong. Packer is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Crackpots : A Novel, Pritchard, Sara
17 Pritchard, Sara Crackpots : A Novel
Boston, MA, U.S.A. Houghton Mifflin Company Trade & Reference Division 2003 061830245X / 9780618302451 First Edition/First Printing Fine Trade Paperback Original Signed by Author
Winner of the 2002 Bread Loaf Bakeless Prize. This copy has been SIGNED by Sara Pritchard on the title page. Ursula Hegi (this year's judge for the competiton) said it was "A powerful novel, beautifully written. Sara Pritchard illuminates the significant moments in her characters' lives with compassion, elegance and wisdom." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Crackpots : A Novel, Pritchard, Sara
18 Pritchard, Sara Crackpots : A Novel
Boston, MA, U.S.A. Houghton Mifflin Company Trade & Reference Division 2003 061830245X / 9780618302451 First Edition/First Printing Fine Trade Paperback Original Signed by Author
Winner of the 2002 Bread Loaf Bakeless Prize. This copy has been SIGNED by Sara Pritchard on the title page. Ursula Hegi (this year's judge for the competiton) said it was "A powerful novel, beautifully written. Sara Pritchard illuminates the significant moments in her characters' lives with compassion, elegance and wisdom." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Good Faith, Smiley, Jane
19 Smiley, Jane Good Faith
NY Knopf 2003 0375412174 / 9780375412172 First Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Jane Smiley on the title page. Jane Smiley brings her extraordinary gifts - comic timing, empathy, emotional wisdom, and ability to deliver slyly on big themes and capture the American spirit - to the seductive, wishful, wistful world of real estate, in which the sport of choice is the mind game. Her funny and moving new novel is about what ahppens when the American Dream morphs into a seven-figure American Fantasy. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Bay of Souls, Stone, Robert.
20 Stone, Robert. Bay of Souls
Boston Houghton Mifflin 2003 First Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Robert Stone on the title page. In "Bay of Souls", readers will recognize the trademarks of Stone's greatest fiction: the American embroiled in Third World corruption, the diplomats and covert operatives, the journalists, idealists, and opportunists. Kirkus Reviews said of it "Faulknerian intensity and a narrative economy reminiscent of Hemingway distinguish Stone's bloodcurdling seventh outing.A small masterpiece, possessed of relentless lucidity that recalls Conrad and Graham Greene at their peaks, Stone's best yet." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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