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The Island of Bicycle Dancers

By: Adachi, Jiro

Price: $30.00

Publisher: NY, St. Martin's Press: 2004

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4860

ISBN: 0312312458

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Jiro Adachi on the title page! This debut is the coming-of-age story of twenty-year-old Yurika Song, a Korean-Japanese woman who comes from Japan to New York City for the summer to work with her Korean relatives and improve her English. Yurika's freinds back home have always joked that she is half-sushi and half-kimchi. But cross-Asian ethnicities turn out to be far less jarring than her introduction to New York City life, especially the world of bicycle messengers and the street culture in which they thrive. View more info

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Gob's Grief

By: Adrian, Chris

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Broadway Books: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2779

ISBN: 0767902815

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Gob's Grief" has been SIGNED by Chris Adrian on the title page! Convincing in its portrayal of the collective madness America went through after the carnage of the Civil War, and other-worldly in its contemplation of obsessive grief and longing. Kirkus Reviews said of it "Filled with delicious surprises [and] brilliantly realized characters.A magnificent debut." View more info

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American Dervish

By: Akhtar, Ayad

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Little, Brown and Company: 2012

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8886

ISBN: 0316183318

Condition: Fine


This copy of "American Dervish" has been SIGNED by Ayad Akhtar on the title page! A brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look at the interplay between religion and modern life. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page. Ayad Akhtar is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and actor of Pakistani heritage who is best known for his play, "Disgraced." The play received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, and was named the most produced play in America for the 2015... View more info

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Cheaters and Other Stories

By: Albarelli, Dean

Price: $30.00

Publisher: NY, St. Martin's Press: 1996

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2343

ISBN: 0312142943

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Dean Albarelli on the title page! Author’s debut collection. "Honeymoon" appeared in 20 Under 30: Best Stories by America's Young New Writers. Publishers Weekly said "Taking on a wide range of characters and circumstances, [Cheaters delivers] compelling and original tales [that] acquire resonance and meaning." View more info

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Hornito

By: Albo, Mike

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Harper Collins: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3176

ISBN: 0688174361

Condition: Fine


This copy of the author's well-received debut has been SIGNED by Mike Albo on the title page! "Hornito" is brutally, searingly honest, but it is also the work of a unihibited comic. The author offers a stripped portrait of the young gay man in all his interior complexity, a tale at once wholly compelling and utterly naked. It's desperate. But there's hope. And it's also violently funny. View more info

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Hornito

By: Albo, Mike

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Harper Collins: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6229

ISBN: 0688174361

Condition: Fine


This copy of the Uncorrected Proof in plain wraps of the author's well-received debut has been SIGNED by Mike Albo on the title page! "Hornito" is brutally, searingly honest, but it is also the work of a unihibited comic. The author offers a stripped portrait of the young gay man in all his interior complexity, a tale at once wholly compelling and utterly naked. It's desperate. But there's hope. And it's also violently funny. View more info

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Brick Lane

By: Ali, Monica

Price: $40.00

Publisher: NY, Scribner: 2003

Edition: First American Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4922

ISBN: 0743243307

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Monica Ali on the title page! One of the most-talked about books of 2003 - made the shortlist for the Booker Prize. This gorgeous first novel is the deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage. Named as Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Fiction Prize for 2003. View more info

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Madras on Rainy Days

By: Ali, Samina

Price: $30.00

Publisher: NY, FSG: 2004

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4862

ISBN: 0374195625

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Samina Ali on the title page. In this finely observed debut novel, Samina Ali intimately explores a girl's journey to self-possession. Ali's haunting prose and richly drawn characters lay bare the complex and hidden world behind the veil. "Madras on Rainy Days" is a dazzling performance by an arresting new voice. View more info

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I Pass Like Night

By: Ames, Jonathan

Price: $45.00

Publisher: NY, William Morrow: 1989

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4431

Condition: Fine


This copy has been inscribed by Jonathan Ames on the title page "To ., Thank you for your appreciation and enthusiasm for 'The Extra Man.' Jonathan. p.s. I hope this makes for good reading as well." The author's first book. Dustjacket praise by Philip Roth stating "An authentic voice of youthful suffering. Mr. Ames's antisocial young hero comes through as a cross between Jean Genet and Holden Caulfield in the age of AIDS. The style is the real achievement: strong, clean, and poker-faced." View more info

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I Pass Like Night

By: Ames, Jonathan

Price: $20.00

Publisher: NY, William Morrow: 1989

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 4432

Condition: Fine


The author's first book. Dustjacket praise by Philip Roth stating "An authentic voice of youthful suffering. Mr. Ames's antisocial young hero comes through as a cross between Jean Genet and Holden Caulfield in the age of AIDS. The style is the real achievement: strong, clean, and poker-faced." View more info

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I Pass Like Night

By: Ames, Jonathan

Price: $50.00

Publisher: NY, William Morrow: 1989

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8909

ISBN: 0688078044

Condition: Fine


This copy of "I Pass Like Night" has been SIGNED by Jonathan Ames on the title page! The author's first book. Dustjacket praise by Philip Roth stating "An authentic voice of youthful suffering. Mr. Ames's antisocial young hero comes through as a cross between Jean Genet and Holden Caulfield in the age of AIDS. The style is the real achievement: strong, clean, and poker-faced." View more info

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Ice Age

By: Anderson, Robert

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Athens, University of Georgia Press: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3015

ISBN: 0820322431

Condition: Fine


This copy of the author's debut has been SIGNED by Robert Anderson on the title page! Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The ten stories in this collection lead us across a wide range of settings, from rural Texas to 1930s Spain to a Gulf War hospital. Praise by Library Journal "Dreams, fantasies, eccentric characters, and bizarre situations figure large.Publishers Weekly "This challenging, eclectic debut collection of 10 stories turns the world as we know it inside out." Kirkus Reviews "Brilliantly imaginative debut collection of ten stories.Anderson ima... View more info

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Vinegar Hill

By: Ansay, A. Manette

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Viking: 1994

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 1832

ISBN: 0670852538

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by A. Manette Ansay on the title page In her remarkable debut novel Manette Ansay writes with startling authority and quiet elegance of one woman’s gradual realization that in order to reinvision her life she must break all the rules. Amy Tan called the author ".a powerful storyteller with lyrical gifts and a wry, observant eye." Winner of a Friends of American Writers Prize and cited as one of the best books of 1994 by the Chicago Tribune, Ms. Ansay has been featured as an Oprah author as well! View more info

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Aquamarine

By: Anshaw, Carol

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin: 1992

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4843

Condition: Fine


This is a copy of the Uncorrected Proof (in glossy wraps) that has been SIGNED by Carol Anshaw on the title page. The debut from this award-winning author. With dazzling ingenuity and a bittersweet sense of regret, "Aquamarine explores the intricate ways early choices - made impulsively or agonizingly - reverberate throughout a life. The Voice Literary Supplement said "Anshaw's vision is generous and all-encompassing.A delight to read." View more info

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Aquamarine

By: Anshaw, Carol

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin: 1992

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6587

ISBN: 0395585627

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Carol Anshaw on the title page. The debut from this award-winning author. With dazzling ingenuity and a bittersweet sense of regret, "Aquamarine" explores the intricate ways early choices - made impulsively or agonizingly - reverberate throughout a life. The Voice Literary Supplement said "Anshaw's vision is generous and all-encompassing.A delight to read." Shirley Hazzard dustjacket praise "This is a swift, tender, highly intelligent book - an original theme, a strong voice.vigorous and humane." View more info

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Divina Trace

By: Antoni, Robert

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Woodstock, NY, Overlook Press: 1992

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2917

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Robert Antoni on the title page. Author's 1st book. Dustjacket praise by George Plimpton who calls "Divina Trace" "An astonishing tour de force! Trinidad, indeed the whole of the Caribbean has its James Joyce." Winner of Commonwealth Writer's Prize and gaining recognition as a landmark in Caribbean literature. View more info

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Elect Mr. Robinson For A Better World

By: Antrim, Donald

Price: $100.00

Publisher: NY, Viking: 1993

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3384

ISBN: 0670851396

Condition: Fine


This copy boldly SIGNED on the title page by Donald Antrim! A beautiful copy of the "Unrevised and Unpublished Proofs" in cream colored wrappers. The talented author's debut - a novel that has led to his being named by The New Yorker as one of 20 writers for the 21st century. Patrick McGrath has called it ".a glorious piece of gallows humor. It’s a mordant, morbid suburban gothic about the primative animal seething and roaring just beneath the social skin." View more info

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Elect Mr. Robinson For a Better World

By: Antrim, Donald

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Viking: 1993

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8319

ISBN: 0670851396

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Elect Mr. Robinson For a Better World" has been SIGNED on the title page by Donald Antrim! The talented author's debut — a novel that has led to his being named by The New Yorker as one of 20 writers for the 21st century. Patrick McGrath has called it ".a glorious piece of gallows humor. It’s a mordant, morbid suburban gothic about the primative animal seething and roaring just beneath the social skin." View more info

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Mostly Dead Things

By: Arnett, Kristen

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Portland, Oregon, Tin House Books: 2019

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9016

ISBN: 1947793306

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Mostly Dead Things" has been SIGNED by Kristen Arnett from her appearance in New York on July 1, 2019. The author's debut novel, it's a darkly funny, heart-wrenching, and eccentric look at loss and love. Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. This debut has been widely talked about in the media. View more info

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Charms Against Lightning

By: Arthur, James

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Port Townsend, WA, Copper Canyon Press: 2012

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7514

ISBN: 1556593872

Condition: Fine


This copy of the author's first book of poetry has been warmly INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the title page! Debut poet James Arthur is known to compose his work in his head while walking, and the music of those footfalls and wandering skips can be heard throughout this exhilarating new collectionof poems. Poet was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. View more info

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Strange Business

By: Askew, Rilla

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Viking: 1992

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2768

ISBN: 0670842591

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Rilla Askew on the title page! The author's debut, a work of fiction comprised of eleven dovetailed stories that chronicle twenty-five years of memory and experience in fictitious Cedar, Oklahoma. Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award. James Welch dustjacket praise saying she "knows the ways of country and small-town life as well as anyone I've ever read. "Strange Business" is an original book, and Rilla Askew is a fine writer who will be heard from again and again. View more info

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Strange Business

By: Askew, Rilla

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Viking: 1992

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4797

ISBN: 0670842591

Condition: Fine


This is a copy of the Uncorrected Proof in plain wraps that has been SIGNED by Rilla Askew on the title page! The author’s debut, a work of fiction comprised of eleven dovetailed stories that chronicle twenty-five years of memory and experience in fictitious Cedar, Oklahoma. Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award. Very slight sticker "shadow" on the front. View more info

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A Private State

By: Bacon, Charlotte

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Amherst, University of Massachusetts Press: 1998

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 4022

ISBN: 1558491147

Condition: Fine


Winner of the Associated Writing Programs 1996 Award in Short Fiction and Winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, given annually for a distinguished first book of fiction. A finely crafted collection of stories about women who have arrived at awkward edges in their lives. In the first state dustjacket with the orange borders. View more info

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A Private State

By: Bacon, Charlotte

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Amherst, University of Massachusetts Press: 1998

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 5033

ISBN: 1558491147

Condition: Fine


This copy (with the 1st state dustjacket) has been SIGNED by Charlotte Bacon on the title page! Winner of the Associated Writing Programs 1996 Award in Short Fiction and Winner of the Hemingway/PEN Award, given annually for a distinguished first book of fiction. A finely crafted collection of stories about women who have arrived at awkward edges in their lives. View more info

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Sometimes You See It Coming

By: Baker, Kevin

Price: $40.00

Publisher: NY, Crown: 1993

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4413

ISBN: 0517590883

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Kevin Baker on the title page! The author's first book - his historical fiction "Dreamland" has been receiving tremendous reviews. Kirkus Reviews said of it "First-time novelist Baker makes it to the playoffs with this neo-mythic entry in a baseball subgenre: the story of the rookie from nowhere who blossoms into the greatest player in the history of the game (based loosely on the life of old-time baseball great Ty Cobb). View more info

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The Mezzanine: A Novel

By: Baker, Nicholson

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Weidenfeld and Nicholson: 1988

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8418

ISBN: 1555842585

Condition: Fine


This copy of "The Mezzanine" has been SIGNED by Nicholson Baker on the title page! The remarkable portrait of one young man's day at the office - actually, his lunch hour and, more exactly, his escalator ride back to his office on the mezzanine level, after purchasing shoelaces. Nicholson Baker's novel is fiction of an astonishing new and original variety. Complete with footnotes, lists, and charts, "The Mezzanine" marks Nicholson Baker's inspired debut as novelist. View more info

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Like A Hole In The Head

By: Banbury, Jen

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Little, Brown and Company: 1998

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8316

ISBN: 0316171107

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Like A Hole In The Head" has been SIGNED by Jen Banbury on the title page! Young author's well-received 1st book - a quirky bibliomystery. The heroine, Jill, a part-time bookseller, buys a first edition book and the action goes on from there! Nothing is as it first appears in this novel - the heroine isn't as tough as she wants to be, the good guys have secrets, the bad guys are sometimes only out-of-work actors picking up extra money. View more info

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The Girls' Guide To Hunting And Fishing

By: Bank, Melissa

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Viking Penguin: 1999

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2451

ISBN: 067088300X

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Melissa Bank on the title page! Highly praised first book by this young talented author. Dustjacket praise by Pam Houston, Ruth Ozeki, Amy Bloom and others. Alison Lurie has said of it ".Jane Rosenal's adventures and misadventures captures what it's like to be a young, single woman in contemporary America." View more info

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The Testament of Yves Gundron

By: Barton, Emily

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, FSG: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2405

Condition: Fine


A copy of the Advance Reader's Edition in full color wraps that has been SIGNED by Emily Barton on the title page. A well-received debut that blends creation myth and folk tale with subtle criticisms of both depersonalized technological advancement and the kind of insularity that breeds and overvalues both tradition and ignorance from this graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Thomas Pynchon dustjacket praise calling it "Blessedly post-ironic, engaging and heartfelt-a story that moves with ease and certainty, deeply respecting the given world even as it shines with the inte... View more info

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The Testament of Yves Gundron

By: Barton, Emily

Price: $30.00

Publisher: NY, FSG: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 5532

ISBN: 0374221790

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Emily Barton on the title page. A well-received debut that blends creation myth and folk tale with subtle criticisms of both depersonalized technological advancement and the kind of insularity that breeds and overvalues both tradition and ignorance from this graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Thomas Pynchon dustjacket praise calling it "Blessedly post-ironic, engaging and heartfelt-a story that moves with ease and certainty, deeply respecting the given world even as it shines with the integrity of dream." View more info