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Alibis

By: Aciman, Andre

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Farrar Straus and Giroux: 2011

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9211

ISBN: 0374102759

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Alibis" has been SIGNED by Andre Aciman on the title page! Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, Andre Aciman has written a luminous series of linked essays about time, place, identity, and art that show him at his very finest. From beautiful and moving pieces about the memories evoked by the scent of lavender; to meditations on cities such as Barcelona, Rome, Paris, and New York; to life secrets unearthed from an ordinary street corner, "Alibis" reminds the reader that Aciman is is a master of the personal essay. This copy signed from his appearance ... View more info

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False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory

By: Aciman, Andre

Price: $145.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Farrar Straus and Giroux: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9213

ISBN: 0374299781

Condition: Fine


This copy of "False Papers" has been SIGNED by Andre Aciman on the title page! Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, Andre Aciman has written a witty, rueful, surprising series of linked essays on the subject of loss. These pieces move from his forced departure from Alexandria, through his brief boyhood stay in Europe and his college years in the United States, and finally to the home he's made on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Signed following his appearance at the Free Libray of Philadelphia on December 3, 2019. View more info

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The Proust Project

By: Aciman, Andre (Editor)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2004

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9217

ISBN: 0374238324

Condition: Fine


This copy of "The Proust Project" has been Edited by Andre Aciman who has SIGNED his name on the title page! Aciman asked twenty-eight writers to choose a favorite passage from "In Search of Lost Time and comment on it in a brief essay. The result is "The Proust Project," an idiosyncratic, highly personal celebration of the greatest novel of the last century. This copy signed from his appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia on December 3, 2019. View more info

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Why Write?

By: Auster, Paul

Price: $95.00

Publisher: Providence, RI, Burning Deck Books: 1996

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8525

ISBN: 1886224153

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Why Write" has been SIGNED by Paul Auster on the title page! One of only 450 cloth hardback copies. A collection of essays. Haunting and humorous by turns, vignettes of the young Paul Auster's experiences reveal the matrix of his impulse to write. They propose a view of art that is inseparable from the writer's life, an "art of hunger," of need. The later essays show the mature Auster as part of a larger family, a community of writers, with its own pleasures and responsibilities. View more info

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The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber

By: Baker, Nicholson

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Random House: 1996

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7796

ISBN: 0679439323

Condition: Fine


This copy of "The Size of Thoughts" has been SIGNED by Nicholson Baker on the title page! Here Baker collects over a decade's worth of essays and journalism, including his controversial and highly praised 1994 article on the destruction of library card catalogs. "The Size of Thoughts," through its varied forays into the realms of the overlooked, the underfunded, and the wrongfully scrapped, is a funny and thought-provoking book by one of the most distinctive stylists and thinkers of our time. View more info

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Servants of the Map

By: Barrett, Andrea

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, NY, W W Norton & Co Inc: 2002

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7442

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED on the title page by Andrea Barrett! Ranging across two centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an Adirondack village, these wonderfully imagined stories and novellas travel the territories of yearning and awakening, of loss and unexpected discovery. Although each richly layered tale stands alone, readers will discover subtle links to characters in her earlier works. View more info

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Another Turn of the Crank

By: Berry, Wendell

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Washington, DC, Counterpoint Press: 1995

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9297

ISBN: 1887178031

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Another Turn of the Crank" has been SIGNED/INSCRIBED by Wendell Berry on the title page! He has also dated it 9/25/96. Includes seven new essays on sustainability and stewardship by one of America's most important cultural critics. Wendell Berry proposes, and earnestly hopes, that epeople will learn once more to care for their local communities, and so begin a healing that might spread over our entire nation and beyond. View more info

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When People Publish: Essays on Writers and Writing

By: Busch, Frederick

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Iowa City, Iowa, University of Iowa Press: 1986

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 5048

Condition: Fine


This is a book about fiction writing from a writer's perspective, concentrating on what happens once the writing is done and makes it into print—or doesn't. In "When People Publish" Busch ruminates on the works and lives of literary giants—Dickens, Melville, Kafka, Hemingway. He probes his relationship to these and other literary mentors and his own growth as a writer over twenty years' time. View more info

Running After Antelope

By: Carrier, Scott

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Washington, DC, Counterpoint Press: 2001

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 4399

Condition: Fine


Scott Carrier has been traveling the West in search of stories for the better part of his life. Since 1983, some of what he's found has been broadcast on National Public Radio's, "All Things Considered" and most recently on Public Radio International's, "This American Life." "Running After Antelope" collects the best of these radio pieces, as well as longer stories written for Harpers and Esquire. This is a Review Copy with Publisher's materials laid-in. View more info

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Maps to Anywhere

By: Cooper, Bernard

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Athens, University of Georgia Press: 1990

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 4381

Condition: Fine


Winner of the Hemingway/PEN Award for Fiction in 1990. The essays in "Maps to Anywhere" plot terrain that is at once familiar and strange. As Cooper writes on subjects ranging from his family to the origin of the barbershop pole, he peers beneath the glimmering surface of the southern California landscape to observe the collusion between the American Dream and everyday life. View more info

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How Did You Get This Number

By: Crosley, Sloane

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Riverhead Books: 2010

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7824

ISBN: 1594487596

Condition: Fine


This copy of "How Did You Get This Number" has been SIGNED by Sloane Crosley on the title page! From the author of the sensational bestseller "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" comes a new book of personal essays brimming with all the charm and wit that have earned Sloane Crosley widespread acclaim, award nominations, and an ever-growing cadre of loyal fans. View more info

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Orphans

By: D'Ambrosio, Charles

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Astoria, OR, Clear Cut Press: 2004

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 8108

ISBN: 0972323457

Condition: Fine


A copy of the author's scarce collection of essays! "Orphans" is a remarkable non-fiction collection, always intriguing, often surprising, sometimes confounding, but another strong step forward by a literary writer who has received much high-end attention.These eleven essays span continents, culture, and class. Fiction writer and essayist Charles D'Ambrosio inspects manufactured homes in Washington state, tours the rooms of Hell House, a Pentecostal "haunted house" in Texas; visits the dormitories and hallways of a Russian orphanage in Svirstroy; and explores the textual space... View more info

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Orphans

By: D'Ambrosio, Charles

Price: $195.00

Publisher: Astoria, OR, Clear Cut Press: 2004

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8365

ISBN: 0972323457

Condition: Fine


This copy of the author's scarce collection of essays has been SIGNED by Charles D'Ambrosio on the title page! "Orphans" is a remarkable non-fiction collection, always intriguing, often surprising, sometimes confounding, but another strong step forward by a literary writer who has received much high-end attention.These eleven essays span continents, culture, and class. Fiction writer and essayist Charles D'Ambrosio inspects manufactured homes in Washington state, tours the rooms of Hell House, a Pentecostal "haunted house" in Texas; visits the dormitories and hallways of a Rus... View more info

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Almost No Memory

By: Davis, Lydia

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 1997

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7014

ISBN: 0374102813

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Lydia Davis on the title page! This collection of stories is a richly inventive array of playful philosophical investigations, involuted domestic disputes, and fable of the dark fantastic. The stories in "Almost No Memory" reveal an emphatic, sometimes shattering understanding of human relations, as Davis, in a spare but resonant prose all her own, explores the limits of identity, of logic, and of the known and the knowable. View more info

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Tales from the Rain Forest

By: Dorson, Mercedes & Wilmot, Jeanne

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Hopewell, Ecco: 1997

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4880

ISBN: 0880015675

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Jeanne Wilmot on the title page! The unknown is often frightening, the forces of nature sometimes overwhelming. Since our appearance on the planet, people have been trying to understand the natural world and their relationship to it. "Tales From the Rain Forest," a fascinating collection of myths and legends, explores the mysteries of life through the eyes of the Amazonian Indians of Brazil. Translated from the Portuguese and adapted from numerous sources, these tales offer a glimpse into the village life, surroundings, and beliefs of the Amazonian Indians.... View more info

How to Be Alone: Essays

By: Franzen, Jonathan

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2002

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8644

ISBN: 0374173273

Condition: Fine


This copy of "How To Be Alone" has been SIGNED by Jonathan Franzen on the title page! Here, in fourteen essays, are fourteen fresh answers to the question of how to be alone in a noisy and distracting mass culture. These essays show the wry distrust of the claims of technology and psychology, the love-hate relationship with consumerism, and the subversive belief in the tragic shape of the individual life that help make Franzen one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics. This copy with the early state dustjacket photograph at the bookstore "Three Lives and ... View more info

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Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody

By: Frazier, Ian

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, FSG: 1987

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 5599

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Ian Frazier on the title page. This second book by Ian Frazier, following his collection of humor, "Dating Your Mom", consists of five long pieces written between 1978 and 1986. View more info

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On the Rez

By: Frazier, Ian

Price: $40.00

Publisher: NY, FSG: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6314

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Ian Frazier on the title page. "On the Rez" is about modern-day American Indians, especially the storied Oglala Sioux, who live now on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the plains and badlands of the American West. He portrays the survival, through toughness and humor, of a great people whose culture has shaped American identity. View more info

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Carver Country: The World of Raymond Carver

By: Gallagher, Tess

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Scribners: 1990

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7463

ISBN: 0684191660

Condition: Fine


Tess Gallagher has added a twelve page introductory essay which she has SIGNED. Ms. Gallagher and photographer Bob Adelman have joined together to present a moving tribute to her late husband. The text to accompany the photographs comes from Carver's unpublished letters and from short stories. View more info

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The Cold-And-Hunger Dance

By: Glancy, Diane

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Lincoln, NE, Univ of Nebraska Press: 1998

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6463

ISBN: 0803221738

Condition: Fine


This copy of the Uncorrected Page Proofs has been SIGNED by Diane Glany on the title page! A collection of essays with photographs.This is an imaginative and honest account of journeys to and from the margins of memory, everyday life, and different cultural worlds. View more info

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The Cold-And-Hunger Dance

By: Glancy, Diane

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Lincoln, NE, Univ of Nebraska Press: 1998

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6464

ISBN: 0803221738

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Diane Glany on the title page! A collection of essays with photographs.This is an imaginative and honest account of journeys to and from the margins of memory, everyday life, and different cultural worlds. View more info

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Just Before Dark

By: Harrison, Jim

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Livingston, MT, Clark City Press: 1991

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9274

ISBN: 0944439306

Condition: Fine


This Trade copy of "Just Before Dark" has been SIGNED by Jim Harrison on the title page! A beautiful Clark City Press production. A collection of nonfiction from this talented author and poet. These essays and articles have been culled from a career spanning more than twenty-five years and from diverse sources including several never before published. View more info

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Overheard at the Bookstore

By: Henry, Judith

Price: $25.00

Publisher: NY, Universe: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 4865

Condition: Fine


An interesting small volume (5 1/4" x 6 1/2") in illustrated boards. "At the Bookstore-as part of the Overheard book series-celebrates the quirky nature of readers, the joy of reading books, and the pleasure we get from communing at the places we buy them. Judith Henry has collected the best snippets of conversation heard in bookstores large and small and captured readers in black-and-white photography at their most compelling. View more info

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Riding the Yellow Trolley Car

By: Kennedy, William

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Viking Press: 1993

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3905

Condition: Fine


This is a Review Copy (Publisher's materials and slip laid-in) that has been SIGNED by William Kennedy on the title page! This rich collection contain's Kennedy's insightful book reviews over the last thirty years on such authors as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Bernard Malamud, John O'Hara, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes; literary essays on other authors and on his own writing; profiles of jazz musicians, movie stars, stories on the filming of "Ironweed" and "The Cotton Club"; and a moving soliloquy on the homeless that resonates with much force and timeliness today. View more info

Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam and Tulip

By: Kincaid, Jamaica

Price: $65.00

Publisher: NY: Whitney Museum/Knopf [1989]:

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 253

Condition: Near Fine +


This item has been Boldly SIGNED by Ms. Kincaid. First Trade Edition (following a Deluxe, Limited Edition) in the Writers and Artists Series by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Text by Jamaica Kincaid and illustrations by Eric Fischl. Oversized (9.25"x12.25") in Cardstock Slipcase, asissued. Some rough spots on slipcase, book has unobtrusive return stripe. View more info

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Talk Stories

By: Kincaid, Jamaica

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux: 2001

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4340

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Jamaica Kincaid on the title page. "Talk Stories" is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town," composed during the years after she first arrived in the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983. The book also records Kincaid's development as a young writer - the newcomer who sensitively records her impressions here takes root to become one of our most respected authors. View more info

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A Small Place

By: Kincaid, Jamaica

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux: 1988

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7533

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Jamaica Kincaid on the title page! "If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by airplane, you will land at the V.C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V.C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him - why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen..." So begins the author's third book, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the place where... View more info

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Small Wonder

By: Kingsolver, Barbara

Price: $55.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Harper Collins: 2002

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8831

ISBN: 0060504072

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Barbara Kingsolver on the half-title page. In this new essay collection arising from the darker moments of September 11, Ms. Kingsolver brings forth an extended love song to the world we still have. "Small Wonder" is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and what we may yet make of ourselves. View more info

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The Clothing of Books

By: Lahiri, Jhumpa

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Vintage Books: 2016

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8170

ISBN: 0525432752

Condition: Fine


This copy of "The Clothing of Books" has been SIGNED by Jhumpa Lahiri on the title page! A small essay (71 pages) in "French Flaps" written in Italian and translated by her husband - Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush. In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce. Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; ... View more info

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Some Horses

By: McGuane, Thomas

Price: $65.00

Publisher: NY, The Lyons Press: 1999

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6646

ISBN: 1558218912

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Thomas McGuane on the title page! A collection of nine essays wherein the author examines the relationship between horses and humans: what it is about horses that reveals so much about ourselves, what we see in them, why they respond to us, and the symbiosis that can result from such a match. Dustjacket praise from Robert Redford, Larry McMurtry and Jim Harrison. View more info