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  • LYRICS ALLEY. by Aboulela, Leila.
    Aboulela, Leila.
    LYRICS ALLEY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2010). First edition - Novel set in 1950s Sudan, as British rule is coming to an end, by this award winning author, the story of a powerful dynasty trying to reconcile the pull of tradition and the need to move forward in a rapidly changing country. 308 pp plus author's note.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 64304
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  • THE HUNT. by Aczel, Thomas.
    Aczel, Thomas.
    THE HUNT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's third novel to be published in English, set in the mid-1950s, two years after the death of Stalin "in an unnamed East European country (strikingly similar to Hungary) on the eve of revolution, [it] portrays one of the great, intricate conflicts of modern history at the most human level." 422 pp. ISBN: 0-316008966.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (slight sunning to spine of dj)

    Book ID: 76282
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  • HOLY ORDERS: A Quirke Novel. by Black, Benjamin (pseudonym for John Banville)
    Black, Benjamin (pseudonym for John Banville)
    HOLY ORDERS: A Quirke Novel.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2013.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Sixth mystery published under this pseudonym by Man Booker-award winning writer, John Banville. Set in Dublin, Ireland in the 1950s when the Catholic Church controlled the lives of nearly everyone, it features Detective Inspector Hackett and pathologist Malachy Quirke. 304 pp. ISBN: 9780805094398.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 62038
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  • A DEATH IN SUMMER. by Black, Benjamin (pseudonym for John Banville)
    Black, Benjamin (pseudonym for John Banville)
    A DEATH IN SUMMER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2011.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fourth mystery published under this pseudonym by Man Booker-award winning writer, John Banville. Set in Dublin, Ireland in the 1950s when the Catholic Church controlled the lives of nearly everyone, it features Detective Inspector Hackett and pathologist Malachy Quirke and his ambitious assistant in the pathology lab, David Sinclair. 308 pp. ISBN: 978-0805090925.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71537
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  • ARCHIE AMERICANA SERIES VOLUME 2: BEST OF THE FIFTIES. by Castiglia, Paul and Victor Gorelick, editors; George Gladir, scripter, signed.
    Castiglia, Paul and Victor Gorelick, editors; George Gladir, scripter, signed.
    ARCHIE AMERICANA SERIES VOLUME 2: BEST OF THE FIFTIES.

    Edition: First edition.

    Mamaroneck, NY: Archie Comic Publications, 1992. SIGNED first edition - Some of the best of the Archie comics, - featuring Veronica and Betty, Jughead and Reggie, in addition to Archie - from back in the days of "drive-ins and hula hoops, plaid skirts and bobby sox, Elvis and beatniks, rollerskates and sock hops!" SIGNED by George Gladir on the title page with with the words "wishing you all the best." When Gladir (1925-1913) was writing the gags for some of these comics, the scripters and artists were not given credit - his first confirmed credit wasn't until November 1960. 96 pp. ISBN: 1-879794012.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74845
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  • DeMarinis, Rick
    THE MORTICIAN'S APPRENTICE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, 1994. dj. Hardcover first edition - Among the praise that this novel received are these comments by Lewis Nordan: "this book is about sex and death and the 1950s, comic and tragic and moving..." what more could one want? Review copy with publisher's material laid in. ISBN: 0-393-036626.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 21593
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  • THE MORTICIAN'S APPRENTICE by DeMarinis, Rick
    DeMarinis, Rick
    THE MORTICIAN'S APPRENTICE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Among the praise that this novel received are these comments by Lewis Nordan: "this book is about sex and death and the 1950s, comic and tragic and moving..." 303 pp. ISBN: 0-393-036626.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dust jacket (an unread copy but with some slight signs of handling or shelfwear.)

    Book ID: 7140
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  • TRAIN. by Dexter, Pete.
    Dexter, Pete.
    TRAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Selected as one of the best books of 2003 by the San Francisco Chronicle which said this about it: ' National Book Award- winner Dexter returns with his first novel in eight years in "Train," a dark, violent story set in '50s Los Angeles and tracing the life of a young black caddy who gets tangled up with one of his "totes," a police sergeant. Robert Stone, Nathanael West, even Joseph Conrad come to mind when reading this bleak, grimly funny, unexpectedly poignant and masterful book.' 280 pp,. ISBN: 0-385-505914.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57188
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  • Hannah, Barry (1942-2010)
    GERONIMO REX.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1972) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mississippi-born author's first novel, a "grotesque coming of age novel" - a story of fifties adolescence, set in the redneck honky-tonk South - in this case, the town of Dream of Pines, Louisiana, . SIGNED on the half title page. Winner of the Faulkner award and short listed for the National Book Award. 337 pp. . ISBN: 0-670-337285.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (name on front endpaper, crease to front flap of dj, but overall a decent copy of a rather uncommon first novel)

    Book ID: 61542
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  • THE OUTCAST. by Jones, Sadie.
    Jones, Sadie.
    THE OUTCAST.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2008). First edition - The author's debut novel, a "devastating portrait of 1950s hypocrisy and unexpected love." 347 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (crease to upper corner of front cover, but appears unread).

    Book ID: 59624
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  • TELEX FROM CUBA. by Kushner, Rachel.
    Kushner, Rachel.
    TELEX FROM CUBA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scribner, (2008.). First edition - Her first novel, set in the American community in Cuba - the 300,000 acres of United Fruit Company sugarcane - in the years leading up to Castro's revolution. Nominated for the National Book Award. 322 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (lower corner of back corner clipped, some toning to edges of textblock) An uncommon advance issue. .

    Book ID: 73189
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  • TELEX FROM CUBA. by Kushner, Rachel.
    Kushner, Rachel.
    TELEX FROM CUBA.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Her first novel, set in the American community in Cuba - the 300,000 acres of United Fruit Company sugarcane - in the years leading up to Castro's revolution. Nominated for the National Book Award. 322 pp. ISBN: 141656103x.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74753
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  • THE ORCHARD ON FIRE. by Mackay, Shena.
    Mackay, Shena.
    THE ORCHARD ON FIRE.

    Edition: First edition, as stated

    Wakefield, Rhode Island & London: Moyer Bell, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in a small English village in the 1950s, this is the story of 8 year old April Harlency's coming of age, despite encountering prejudice, gossip and child abuse. The third novel by this New Zealand writer, 215 pp. ISBN: 155921-175X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 59497
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  • GLORIA. by Maillard, Keith.
    Maillard, Keith.
    GLORIA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: SOHO Press, (1999). First edition - Set in the 1950s. this is the story of a girl who had it all - except what she wanted. She is "a prom queen, a popular sorority girl-class of '57. Her father is vice president of a steel company and her mother is a society matron. Gloria is attractive, popular, and pinned-engaged to be engaged. So why is she so dissatisfied?" Although the author is from West Virginia, he was teaching in British Columbia when this was published and it was short-listed for the Governor General's Award. 643 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 66834
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  • FEAR OF THE DARK. by Mosley, Walter.
    Mosley, Walter.
    FEAR OF THE DARK.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on title page. Mystery featuring Fearless Jones and Paris Minton and set in 1950's Los Angeles. 308 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread but has remainder line on bottom edge) .

    Book ID: 53043
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  • Rayner, Richard.
    THE DEVIL'S WIND.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2005.) dj. First edition - A novel set in 1950s Las Vegas and Hollywood - the title refers, in part, to the wind after the testing of an atomic bomb - a spectacle that was considered entertainment in that era. 324 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 72758
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  • EVERGREEN REVIEW READER 1957-1967: A Ten Year Anthology of America's Leading Literary Magazine. by Rosset, Barney, editor.
    Rosset, Barney, editor.
    EVERGREEN REVIEW READER 1957-1967: A Ten Year Anthology of America's Leading Literary Magazine.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1968.) dj. Hardcover - Includes contributions by Samuel Becket, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Michael McClure, William S. Burroughs, Jack Spicer, James Purdy, Henri Michaux, Kerouac, Robbe-Grillet, Rexroth, Duncan, Everson, John O'Hara, Sartre, Olson, Eastlake, Gary Snyder, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Henry Miller, Jacques Prevert, Gunter Grass, Merwin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Olson, Richard Brautigan, Chester Himes, Jorge Luis Borges and more. Illustrated with drawings, cartoons and photographs from the original magazine. A very large, heavy and impressive book. 776 pp plus 9 pp of a Barbarella comic strip and notes on contributors.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a very good dust jacket (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 57270
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  • THE SUFFOCATING NIGHT. by Taylor, Andrew.
    Taylor, Andrew.
    THE SUFFOCATING NIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1998) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His fourth mystery set in Lydmouth and featuring Detective Inspector Richard Thornhill and reporter Jill Francis, both outsiders in the village. Set against the backdrop of the Korean War and the fears of Communism, this opens with a group of squatters who have taken over a disused military base from World War II. SIGNED on the title page. 371 pp. ISBN: 0-340695978.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (usual toning to the pages).

    Book ID: 72671
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  • WALKING MARY by VanOosting, James.
    VanOosting, James.
    WALKING MARY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A coming of age novel of a young girl and her brother set in a small midwestern town in the 1950s - "To escape problems with both of her parents throughout her childhood in the 1940s and 1950s, Pearl Harbor Keenan reaches out to Walking Mary, a strange old woman who meets every single passenger train that pulls into the Framburg Depot." 130 pp. ISBN: 9780060284725.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 57133
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  • SHE FLEW THE COOP: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex, and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana. by West, Michael Lee.
    West, Michael Lee.
    SHE FLEW THE COOP: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex, and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second novel, one which combines dark calamity with comedy, set in 1952 in Limoges, Louisiana (population: 905), where the main occupations "seem to be spreading juicy gossip and consoling the unfortunate with casseroles." 390 pp plus index to recipes and author's note. ISBN: 0-060183489.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 68976
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  • SOME THINGS THAT STAY. by Willis, Sarah.
    Willis, Sarah.
    SOME THINGS THAT STAY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2000). First edition - Set in Sherman, New York in the spring of 1954 , Tamara and her family begin to settle into their farmhouse. The author's first novel, the story of a young girl's coming to age and the fears she encounters with a mother ill with tuberculosis and a father who escapes into his art. 275 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 61307
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  • Winslow, Don.
    ISLE OF JOY.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    London: Arrow, (1996). SIGNED first edition - An uncommon early novel by Winslow (his first after the Neal Carey mysteries) - set in 1958, the story of an ex-CIA agent now working as a private investigator in New York City, only to find himself the prime suspect in a murder. Published in the US a year after this as 'A Winter Spy; under the pseudonym MacDonald Lloyd. SIGNED on the title page by Winslow and very uncommon thus. 296 pp. ISBN: 0-099706415.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73257
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