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40060  Heller, Joseph, God Knows. New York: Knopf, 1984. First trade edition, 353 pages. Heller's attempt at channelling David, King of Israel ultimately fails (at least, so said the critics), but there is some comedy here and a consistent (if sometimes unpleasant) voice, retelling some of the best stories in western culture. Very good copy in a very good dustjacket. $5.00

40065  Howard, Maureen, A Lover's Almanac. New York: Viking Penguin, 1998. 2nd printing, 270 pages. Howard's novel of the millennium, like most of her fiction, is a charming story of love found, lost, and found again. This one stretches from the Midwest to New York City. Illustrated with charming woodcuts in the style of old almanacs. Very good volume in very good dust jacket. $5.00

40066  Lariar, Lawrence, ed. Best Cartoons of the Year 1951. New York: Crown, 1951. First edition, unpaginated. What did people find funny nearly 60 years ago? This collection of cartoons from mass market magazines (Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, even the New York Times Book Review) provides some clues. NOT included are cartoons from the New Yorker, so this volume provides an interesting complement to the New Yorker collections. No dust jacket, corner bumps, some minor stains on the front cover, and a small tear to the first page, but a good readable copy. $10.00

40070  Nobel, Hollister, Woman with a Sword. Chicago: Peoples Book Club, 1948. Edition unknown, 408 pages. Historical novel of the US Civil War, based on the life of Maryland-born Anna Ella Carroll, who freed her slaves and worked with Lincoln's cabinet members during the war. Jacket and inside covers illustrated by Saul Tepper. This edition was offered by an early mail order book club based in Chicago. The book is in good condition, but dust jacket is poor with flaps very worn, nearly torn off. $10.00

40080  Sackville-West, Vita, The Dark Island. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday-Doran, 1934. First US edition, 308 pages. A strange novel to pick up as a casual reader, it's not completely clear exactly what is happening behind the highly wrought prose. Some critics suggest the novel is a roman à clef, based on Vita Sackville-West's relationship with Gwen St. Aubyn, though there is no explicit lesbian content. No DJ, spine faded and worn with some tiny tears, corners also worn. Former owner's signature and date (2-25-35) on front flyleaf, remnant of a library(?) pastedown in the back cover. $10.00

40083  Southworth, E.D.E.N., The Missing Bride, or Miriam, the Avenger. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson, 1855. First edition, 635 pages. An early printing (which are not often found outside of research libraries) of an early novel by the prolific Southworth. Like many of Southworth's novels, this story was considered sensational in its depiction of married life. It was a best-seller and reprinted many times. This volume is not in the best of shape; the back cover is gone completely, and the front cover is held on with book tape. However, the Peterson ads at the back of the book are present, as is all of the front material, including the dedication to Ann Stephens. $50.00

40085  Stafford, Jean; Cheever, John; Fuchs, Daniel; Maxwell, William, Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1956. First printing, 309 pages. Fifteen stories in all, five by Stafford, four by Cheever, three each by Fuchs and Maxwell. Dust jacket is in poor condition, with tears to the front and wear on the spine and corners clipped. Book itself also has some problems with corner bumping and edge wear. Christmas gift inscription from 1956, and a decal from noted SF bookstore, "New" begins on the back inside cover. $5.00

40090  Watson, Lynn, Alimony, or Death of the Clock. Keegan Press, 1981. First edition, 97+ pages. Semi-experimental fiction composed of linked stories. Cover and chapter-heading illustrations by the author. This volume is number 3 of 35 hardbound copies produced by a small press in Iowa City, Iowa. Inscribed "Norman, thank you for the support Watson 81". Good condition overall, but spine is very faded, and back cover shows age. $10.00

40095  Yerby, Frank, Benton's Row. New York: Dial Press, 1954. Edition unknown, 280 pages. One of the top ten best-sellers of 1954, this is Yerby's ninth novel. It is a story of Texas, and like all of Yerby's novels, it explores US racial relationships within an exciting story of love, sex, violence, and in this case, farming. No dust jacket, and this is a much-read copy. But they made them well in the 1950s, and there's still life in this volume. $1.00

40096  Yerby, Frank, Floodtide. New York: Dial Press, 1950. Edition unknown, 342 pages. This is Yerby's fourth novel, and was number seven on the best-seller list of 1950. The novel is set in the mid-nineteenth century, and ranges across the world, from Cuba to Louisiana to New York and Paris. No dust jacket, and some minor damage to the top of the spine, but this is a good reading copy. $1.00

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