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  • IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN: The Autobiography of Oscar Ameringer. by Ameringer, Oscar (1870 - 1943)
    Ameringer, Oscar (1870 - 1943)
    IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN: The Autobiography of Oscar Ameringer.

    Edition: 3rd printing (same year as the first)

    New York: Henry Holt, (1940). SIGNED hardcover - Autobiography of this German-American Socialist editor, author, and labor organizer from the late 1890s until his death in 1943. He was a self-taught musician, portrait painter, writer, and political organizer, known for his wit as a speaker and writer. Foreword by Carl Sandburg. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and photographs. SIGNED by Ameringer on a blank preliminary page. Index. xxvii, 476 pp.

    Condition: Very good in rust-colored cloth with gilt lettering on spine (some fraying to cloth at top of spine, dulling of lettering), no dj.

    Book ID: 87931
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  • BART. MEMOIRS OF FRANK H. BARTHOLOMEW. President of United Press, 1955-58; United Press International, 1958-62. by Bartholomew, Frank H. (1899-1985)
    Bartholomew, Frank H. (1899-1985)
    BART. MEMOIRS OF FRANK H. BARTHOLOMEW. President of United Press, 1955-58; United Press International, 1958-62.

    Edition: First printing.

    Sonoma, CA: Vine Book Press, (1983) dj. Hardcover first edition - Bartholomew grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and his careeer in journalism included covering the 1925 earthquake in Santa Barbara, but was most significant as a World War II correspondent in the Pacific. New Guinea, and Okinawa. Includes an account of the Battle of Okinawa, as well as personal reminiscences of his meetings with Winston S. Churchill and accounts of the 'fail safe' patrols of the post War era. Bartholomew was also the founder of the Buena Vista Vinyards winery. Illustrated with photographs. 231 pp.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88187
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  • FRIENDS & FIDDLERS. by Bowen, Catherine Drinker (1897-1973)
    Bowen, Catherine Drinker (1897-1973)
    FRIENDS & FIDDLERS.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: Little Brown, 1935. Hardcover first edition - An account by this National Book Award-winning biographer of growing up in a family of amateur musicians. She herself was an active amateur chamber music player throughout her life and this book captures the joys and comedy of making music for the fun of it. Small format. 261 pp.

    Condition: Very good in blue cloth with silver lettering on the spine and a small violin on the front cover (edgewear, corners very slightly bumped), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87039
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  • RUINED TIME: The 1950s and the Beat. by Briggs, Robert (1929-2015)
    Briggs, Robert (1929-2015)
    RUINED TIME: The 1950s and the Beat.

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback original.

    Scappoose, OR: RBA Publishing, 2006. First edition - A memoir of the 1950s and the Beat era, the pivotal decade of the 20th Century in which a Beat Generation revised the awareness of consciousness at the same time as a deceptive military-industrial complex was corporatizing the Cold War. Poet David Meltzer commented that this "is the book within the book, the history within the mystery, the mythology of the '50s, the so-called Beat Generation. Briggs reveals the real deal as a participant in that confounding history. His work is a remarkable embodiment of the personal as the political; a brave demonstration of tough insight, survival and triumph. Briggs brings it all into play - as the ongoing and complex…

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    Scappoose, OR: RBA Publishing, 2006. First edition - A memoir of the 1950s and the Beat era, the pivotal decade of the 20th Century in which a Beat Generation revised the awareness of consciousness at the same time as a deceptive military-industrial complex was corporatizing the Cold War. Poet David Meltzer commented that this "is the book within the book, the history within the mystery, the mythology of the '50s, the so-called Beat Generation. Briggs reveals the real deal as a participant in that confounding history. His work is a remarkable embodiment of the personal as the political; a brave demonstration of tough insight, survival and triumph. Briggs brings it all into play - as the ongoing and complex struggle all dissident spirits had to contend with in dark yet illuminated days." Illustrated with photographs, notes, bibliography, index. Large format. 326 pp. ISBN: 0-931191213.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 88693
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  • EMORY BUCKNER. by [Buckner, Emory Roy 1877 1941] Mayer, Martin; Introduction by Justice John M. Harlan.
    [Buckner, Emory Roy 1877 1941] Mayer, Martin; Introduction by Justice John M. Harlan.
    EMORY BUCKNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, under auspices of William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - The "story of a great trial lawyer of the 1920s, and of his influence on the men who are the leaders of today's bar." Considered one of the greatest trial attorneys of his time, he was appointed by President Calvin Coolidge to the post of US Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1925. Soon after his appointment, he established his independence from the Justice Department by hiring several young lawyers from prominent New York firms to serve as Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including William Stevenson, J. Edward Lumbard and John Marshall Harlan II and announced he would have sole control of all litigation. Illustrated with photographs. Index. xiv, 304 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (minor wear to the base of the spine on the dj)

    Book ID: 89504
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  • THE ANSWER TO "CLARA, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?" by Burdette, Clara Bradley (1855-1954)
    Burdette, Clara Bradley (1855-1954)
    THE ANSWER TO "CLARA, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?"

    Edition: First printing.

    Pasadena, California: Clara Vista Press, (1951). Hardcover first edition - Autobiography of a woman defined as "a clubwoman and a philanthropist," born in New York, but who moved to California in the 1880s and made it her home for the rest of her life. While women's clubs are no longer as important in American life as they were during the Progressive Era, her contributions were wide-ranging and significant and far more extensive than this brief list: she was the first president of the California Federation of Women's Clubs, active in politics, a founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Ebell Club (originally called the International Academy for the Advancement of Women) and erected their clubhouse at her expense, director…

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    Pasadena, California: Clara Vista Press, (1951). Hardcover first edition - Autobiography of a woman defined as "a clubwoman and a philanthropist," born in New York, but who moved to California in the 1880s and made it her home for the rest of her life. While women's clubs are no longer as important in American life as they were during the Progressive Era, her contributions were wide-ranging and significant and far more extensive than this brief list: she was the first president of the California Federation of Women's Clubs, active in politics, a founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Ebell Club (originally called the International Academy for the Advancement of Women) and erected their clubhouse at her expense, director of the Southwest Museum and the Pasadena Humane Society, first woman trustee of Syracuse University (where she had been one of the founders of the Alpha Phi sorority while she was a student there), and after suffrage was gained (she was quoted as saying she was a believer in suffrage politically, socially and morally), she was an organizer of the national League of Women Voters. This book - published when she was turning 96 - depicts her life from her youngest years through the early 1900s (ending with a trip with her family to Europe and the Middle East in 1900-1901, her funding the construction of the maternity wing of the Pasadena Hospital, and some discussion of her contributions towards the building of the Temple Baptist Auditorium, later known as the Philharmonic Auditorium), with only brief excerpts of her writings and short letters for the second half of her life. Illustrated with photographs. 246 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in red cloth with gilt lettering (some dulling to the lettering on the spine). Tipped inside the front cover is a printed letter by the President of Alpha Phi, noting that this book was being given to the attendees of the 1958 convention). Quite scarce now in the original edition.

    Book ID: 88585
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  • NOW I REMEMBER: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist, by Burgess, Thornton W.
    Burgess, Thornton W.
    NOW I REMEMBER: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist,

    Edition: 4th printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1960) dj. Hardcover - The final book by this prolific author and conservationist, best known for the many children's books he wrote in the Old Mother West Wind series, where the characters included Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle, Old Mother West Wind, and her Merry Little Breezes. This tells of his childhood in Sandwich on Cape Cod, where after the death of his father when he was just a year old, he worked as a boy to help support his mother, selling milk and eggs, herding cows on Town Neck, picking cranberries, and roaming nearby woods and fields to find blueberries,…

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    Boston: Little Brown, (1960) dj. Hardcover - The final book by this prolific author and conservationist, best known for the many children's books he wrote in the Old Mother West Wind series, where the characters included Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle, Old Mother West Wind, and her Merry Little Breezes. This tells of his childhood in Sandwich on Cape Cod, where after the death of his father when he was just a year old, he worked as a boy to help support his mother, selling milk and eggs, herding cows on Town Neck, picking cranberries, and roaming nearby woods and fields to find blueberries, blackberries, and mayflowers to sell. One of his employers, lived on Discovery Hill Road, a wildlife habitat of woodland and wetland, an area he loved to explore. This habitat became the setting of many stories in which Burgess refers to Smiling Pool and the Old Briar Patch. Despite the title this is not a typical autobiography but rather a reflection on many things - that "eyesight is mental after all" and the ability to really "see" does not depend on having vision; that he will always be in debt - not financially - but to those who have given him so much along his way, and more. Frontispiece portrait. 338 pp.

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    Condition: Ex-library with relatively few markings, and overall tight and clean in a near fine unmarked dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89308
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  • MY GRANDFATHER, THORNTON W. BURGESS by [Burgess, Thornton W.] Meigs, Frances B.
    [Burgess, Thornton W.] Meigs, Frances B.
    MY GRANDFATHER, THORNTON W. BURGESS

    Edition: First printing.

    Beverly, Massachusetts: Commonwealth Editions, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - An intimate account of growing up under the wing of this beloved author (best known for his Mother West Wind stories) and conservationist. Illustrated with photographs. Sources, index. vii, 182 pp. ISBN: 1-889833053.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89437
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  • THE OTHER HALF: A Self-Portrait. by Clark, Kenneth (1903-1983)
    Clark, Kenneth (1903-1983)
    THE OTHER HALF: A Self-Portrait.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second autobiography by this English art historian, museum director, and broadcaster. who is best known for the landmark television program "Civilizatipm." - "beginning with the hazardous evacuation of the National Gallery pictures to the safety of a slate quarry in Wales at the beginning of World War II and ending with a calm look at a lifetime of accomplishment". Illustrated with photographs. Index. 259 pp. ISBN: 006010774X.

    Condition: Fine in burgundy cloth with gilt lettering on spine in a near fine dust jacket (price-clipped).

    Book ID: 88909
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  • RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE AS A WOMAN: The New York Years. by Di Prima, Diane (1934-2020)
    Di Prima, Diane (1934-2020)
    RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE AS A WOMAN: The New York Years.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Viking, (2001). SIGNED first edition - A memoir by this influential poet which explores the first three decades of her life and chronicles the Beat years - including her relationships with Frank O'Hara, Audre Lorde, Franz Kline and others. SIGNED on the title page. An uncommon advance issue, and especially so signed. 422 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (slight bumping to corners).

    Book ID: 88453
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  • RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE AS A WOMAN: The New York Years. by Di Prima, Diane (1934-2020)
    Di Prima, Diane (1934-2020)
    RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE AS A WOMAN: The New York Years.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2001) dj. Hardcover first edition - A memoir by this influential poet which explores the first three decades of her life and chronicles the Beat years - including her relationships with Frank O'Hara, Audre Lorde, Franz Kline and others. 424 pp. ISBN: 0-670851663.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89441
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  • FAMILY. by Frazier, Ian.
    Frazier, Ian.
    FAMILY.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1995). Using letters and other family documents, as well as interviews with living family members, Frazier reconstructs the history of his family during the 200 years they lived in America - including their role in the Civil War, the town in Ohio founded by an ancestor and more. Photographs, notes, 386 pages. ISBN: 0-060976772.

    Condition: Very near fine (remainder line)

    Book ID: 88431
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  • HOW I SHED MY SKIN: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood. by Grimsley, Jim
    Grimsley, Jim
    HOW I SHED MY SKIN: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2015). First edition - A moving memoir by this acclaimed novelist - "Grimsley was eleven years old in 1966 when federally mandated integration of schools went into effect in the state and the school in his small eastern North Carolina town was first integrated. Until then, blacks and whites didnt sit next to one another in a public space or eat in the same restaurants, and they certainly didnt go to school together.. . What he did not realize until he began to meet these new students was just how deeply ingrained his own prejudices were and how those prejudices had developed in him despite the fact that prior to starting sixth grade, he…

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    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2015). First edition - A moving memoir by this acclaimed novelist - "Grimsley was eleven years old in 1966 when federally mandated integration of schools went into effect in the state and the school in his small eastern North Carolina town was first integrated. Until then, blacks and whites didnt sit next to one another in a public space or eat in the same restaurants, and they certainly didnt go to school together.. . What he did not realize until he began to meet these new students was just how deeply ingrained his own prejudices were and how those prejudices had developed in him despite the fact that prior to starting sixth grade, he had actually never known any black people. Now, more than forty years later, he looks back at that school and those times - remembering his own first real encounters with black children and their culture." Booklist called this "a beautifully written coming-of-age recollection from the era of racial desegregation." 275 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 88104
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  • THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands. by Hartley, Aidan.
    Hartley, Aidan.
    THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Hartley, a journalist who worked in Africa in the 1990s describes his childhood as the son of a British colonial officer, a legacy that stretched back over 150 years - four generations of one family. As a journalist he witnessed genocidal activities in Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Congo; the death of his friends, and heard stories of terrible attrocities. Burnt out by a decade of horrors he retreated to his family's home in Kenya where he found the Zanzibar chest his father had left him and inside the diaries of his father's best friend who had died in mysterious circmstances more than 50 years earlier- and…

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    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Hartley, a journalist who worked in Africa in the 1990s describes his childhood as the son of a British colonial officer, a legacy that stretched back over 150 years - four generations of one family. As a journalist he witnessed genocidal activities in Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Congo; the death of his friends, and heard stories of terrible attrocities. Burnt out by a decade of horrors he retreated to his family's home in Kenya where he found the Zanzibar chest his father had left him and inside the diaries of his father's best friend who had died in mysterious circmstances more than 50 years earlier- and so he set out on a journey to Southern Arabia to unlock Davey's story and that of his family. SIGNED on the title page. Dust jacket praise from Jim Harrison who called this a stunning piece of writing. Photographs. 415 pp. ISBN: 978-0871138712.

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    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket (small spot delaminated on front cover of dj from sticker removal).

    Book ID: 88385
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  • THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. by Kanigel, Robert
    Kanigel, Robert
    THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Scribner, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Publishers Weekly called this a "moving and astonishing biography [which] tells the improbable story of India-born Srinavasa Ramanujan Iyengar, self-taught mathematical prodigy. In 1913 Ramanujan, a 25-year-old clerk who had flunked out of two colleges, wrote a letter filled with startlingly original theorems to eminent English mathematician G. H. Hardy. . Over the next five years, the vegetarian Brahmin who claimed his discoveries were revealed to him by a Hindu goddess turned out influential mathematical propositions. Cut off from his young Indian wife left at home, Ramanujan returned to India in 1919, depressed, sullen and quarrelsome; he died one year later of tuberculosis, but his mathematical ideas are used today in…

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    London: Scribner, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Publishers Weekly called this a "moving and astonishing biography [which] tells the improbable story of India-born Srinavasa Ramanujan Iyengar, self-taught mathematical prodigy. In 1913 Ramanujan, a 25-year-old clerk who had flunked out of two colleges, wrote a letter filled with startlingly original theorems to eminent English mathematician G. H. Hardy. . Over the next five years, the vegetarian Brahmin who claimed his discoveries were revealed to him by a Hindu goddess turned out influential mathematical propositions. Cut off from his young Indian wife left at home, Ramanujan returned to India in 1919, depressed, sullen and quarrelsome; he died one year later of tuberculosis, but his mathematical ideas are used today in cosmology and computer science." Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Illustrated with photographs. Extensive notes, selected bibliography, notes. ix, 439 pp. ISBN: 0-356203501.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (light creasing and wear to top edge of dj)

    Book ID: 89366
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  • RESTLESS DAYS: A German Girl's Autobiography by Linke, Lilo (1906-1963)
    Linke, Lilo (1906-1963)
    RESTLESS DAYS: A German Girl's Autobiography

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. Hardcover first edition - An autobiography of a young German girl, "reaching maturity after the war, deeply moving, grimly dramatic. The picture of wartime Germany, of children standing in line for food, stealing butter and vinegar from the pitiful family larder, wearing clothes made out of any available bit of material - this has never been told, in quite so direct and evidently authentic a way. Then comes the post-war fever of revolution, civil war, communism quickly crushed, the youth movement," (Kirkus) and finally the realization that she can never support Hitler, even as her family and most of her friends see him as the hero that Germany needs, and so it ends as she is leaving Germany. xi, 431 pp

    Condition: Very good in original black cloth with the thin title strip around binding still intact (minor sunning to spine), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88827
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  • A PITCHER'S STORY. by Marichal, Juan, with Charles Einstein.
    Marichal, Juan, with Charles Einstein.
    A PITCHER'S STORY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967, dj. Hardcover first edition - "The greatest pitcher in the Major Leagues tells the inside story of his rise to the top." Autobiography from his birth in the Dominican Republic when Trujillo was dictator to his induction into his country's air force, as a baseball player to his discovery by major league baseball. Illustrated with black and white photographs. 215 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some discoloration to the gutters from binder's glue, minor wear to dj, toning to dj and folded slightly offcenter)

    Book ID: 88855
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  • THE HONEY BUS: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees by May, Meredith.
    May, Meredith.
    THE HONEY BUS: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Toronto: Park Row Books, (2019). SIGNED first edition - A book which is part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, the story of "a girl, her grandfather and one of natures most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. . . The bees became a guiding force in May's life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival and the unequivocal relationship between a mother and her child." SIGNED on the title page. 321 pp plus author's note.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 87465
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  • THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY McCUNE. by McCune, Billy (1929-2007); introduction by Danny Lyon.
    McCune, Billy (1929-2007); introduction by Danny Lyon.
    THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY McCUNE.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, (1973) dj. Hardcover first edition - An indictment of our prison system - McCune, a "low IQ" man, was convicted of rape and sentenced to death although his sentence was eventually commuted (but not until after he mutilated himself), and even after the commutation he spent months in isolationm but despite this he continued to write his story. Illustrated with photographs by Lyon, who also wrote the introduction. Many of McCune's drawings were included in Lyon's 1971 book 'Conversations with the Dead." 154 pp. ISBN: 0-879320494.

    Condition: Near fine in black cloth in a good only dust jacket with a large chip to the lower corner f the front cover.

    Book ID: 88516
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  • PAPA WAS A FARMER. by Meckler, Branda Weisberg.
    Meckler, Branda Weisberg.
    PAPA WAS A FARMER.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books in association with Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, 1988. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of an immigrant Jewish family's life in America's heartland. "With his wife and small daughter, Max Weisberg left Russia in 1904, went first to Cincinnati and eventually to a 60-acre farm in southern Ohio. The rural community, previously unfamiliar with European Jewish immigrants, accepted the family without prejudice. Weisberg's daughter 'Goldie' recalls her bucolic childhood with affection: the one-room schoolhouse, chores, adapting to local customs. . . an appealing piece of rural Americana. (Publishers Weekly) Illustrated with drawings by Marcia Erickson. 318 pp. ISBN: 0-912697954.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88928
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  • Mitchell, Joseph Everett "Big Mitch" (1892-1965)
    BIG MITCH.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: By the author, (1936). Hardcover first edition - Autobiography, written and published when the author was a city councilman and police commissioner in Salinas, CA. Born in the Ozarks of Missouri, he led an adventurous life including time on the Mexican border, working in the California oil fields at McKittreck, and a short but successful period as a heavyweight boxer, while he was still working as an insurance salesman. At one point, he wound up on a Georgia chain gang for riding on a freight train - later he was the chief of police (and the only police officer) in McKittreck. INSCRIBED on the half title page and dated in 1937. 303 pp.

    Condition: Good condition overall - spine slant and some sunning to the covers - but a tight and sturdy copy. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87547
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  • GLOW OF CANDLIGHT: The Story of Patricia Murphy. by Murphy, Patricia (1905Ð1979)
    Murphy, Patricia (1905Ð1979)
    GLOW OF CANDLIGHT: The Story of Patricia Murphy.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, (1961) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Autobiography of a woman who became one of the most successful restaurateurs of her time in the New York City and Ft Lauderdale areas - Born in Newfoundland, she left in 1928 to study music in New York City, but after the crash of 1929, she gambled on taking over a restaurant which was closing in Brooklyn - naming it the Candlelight since her improvised and modest decor included candles on the tables. Also included in this book is are sections of menus and recipes, and on gardens and flowers. SIGNED on the half title page with the words "with personal regards" and dated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1966. Illustrated…

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    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, (1961) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Autobiography of a woman who became one of the most successful restaurateurs of her time in the New York City and Ft Lauderdale areas - Born in Newfoundland, she left in 1928 to study music in New York City, but after the crash of 1929, she gambled on taking over a restaurant which was closing in Brooklyn - naming it the Candlelight since her improvised and modest decor included candles on the tables. Also included in this book is are sections of menus and recipes, and on gardens and flowers. SIGNED on the half title page with the words "with personal regards" and dated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1966. Illustrated with color photographs. Index. Possible first edition with no additional printings shown, original price of 3.95 on dust jacket flap. 260 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine (over-opened before half title page) in a very good dust jacket with some small chips to ends of dj spine.

    Book ID: 88294
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  • DISASTERAMA!: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997. by Orloff, Alvin; Introduction by Alexander Chee.
    Orloff, Alvin; Introduction by Alexander Chee.
    DISASTERAMA!: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Three Rooms Press, (2019). SIGNED first edition - A memoir and a social history in which Orloff attempts to answer the question "what was it like when everyone started dying?" He describes the "delirious adventures of his youthfrom San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York where insane nights, deep friendships with the creatives of the underground, and thrilling bi-coastal living led to a free-spirited life of art, manic performance, high camp antics, and exotic sexual encounters, until AIDS threatened to destroy everything he lived for. . [He] looks past the politics of AIDS to the people on the ground, friends of his who did not survive AIDS wrath the boys in black leather jackets and cackling…

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    New York: Three Rooms Press, (2019). SIGNED first edition - A memoir and a social history in which Orloff attempts to answer the question "what was it like when everyone started dying?" He describes the "delirious adventures of his youthfrom San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York where insane nights, deep friendships with the creatives of the underground, and thrilling bi-coastal living led to a free-spirited life of art, manic performance, high camp antics, and exotic sexual encounters, until AIDS threatened to destroy everything he lived for. . [He] looks past the politics of AIDS to the people on the ground, friends of his who did not survive AIDS wrath the boys in black leather jackets and cackling queens in tacky frocks remembering them not as victims, but as people who loved life, loved fun, and who were a part of the insane jigsaw of his friends." Introduction by Alexander Chee. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 232 pp. Promotional postcard laid in. ISBN: 978-1941110829.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 87482
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  • THE CORRESPONDENCE OF SHELBY FOOTE AND WALKER PERCY. by [Percy, Walker and Foote, Shelby] Tolson, Jay, editor.
    [Percy, Walker and Foote, Shelby] Tolson, Jay, editor.
    THE CORRESPONDENCE OF SHELBY FOOTE AND WALKER PERCY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: W W Norton & Co / Center for Documentary Studies, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - Letters between these two Mississippi writers, friends since their teenage years, which began in the late 1940s and continued until Percy's death in 1990. "Jay Tolson has selected, edited, and annotated the letters of these two remarkable writers to shed light on their relationship and their literary careers." Illustrated with photographs, index. 310 pp. ISBN: 0-393317684.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88430
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  • THE BEECHERS: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century. by Rugoff, Milton.
    Rugoff, Milton.
    THE BEECHERS: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1981) dj. Hardcover first edition - A "major biography of a fascinating, complex, and enormously influential family [which]covers an entire era of American history - the nineteenth century. Almost every member of the Beecher family, from the patriarch, Lyman (1772-1863), through his eleven surviving sons and daughters, became intimately involved in most of the major issues of their day: the liberalizing of early Puritanism, antislavery ferment, the Civil War, and Women's Rights." Among the notable members were Henry Ward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Isabella Beecher Hooker. Illustrated with photographs. Notes and sources, selected bibliography, index. xvii, 653 pp. ISBN: 0-060148594.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 88469
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  • YES, CHEF: A Memoir. by Samuelsson, Marcus (with the assistance of Veronica Chambers)
    Samuelsson, Marcus (with the assistance of Veronica Chambers)
    YES, CHEF: A Memoir.

    Edition: 5th printing.

    New York: Random House, (2012) dj. SIGNED hardcover - A book which was a James Beard Award Nominee and named one of the ten best books of The Year By Vogue. "It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmothers house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations." Boldly INSCRIBED on the front endpaper. 319 pp. ISBN: 978-0385342605.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88464
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  • I CHOOSE TO LIVE: A Journey Through Life with ALS. by Sinton, William.
    Sinton, William.
    I CHOOSE TO LIVE: A Journey Through Life with ALS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Gurnee, IL: Banbury Publishing, (2002). SIGNED first edition - From the back cover: "A book of inspiration and courage. Travel Sinton's journey with him as he takes you from the early stages of his life through to his current status in dealing with the disease of ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, as he and his wife, Marge, deal head on with the disease and vow to keep 'quality of life' their primary focus. Mr. Sinton, an astrophysicist and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, shows us that faith, courage and positive attitude can get one over obstacles and challenges that threaten to be insurmountable." INSCRIBED and thumb-printed by the author, William Sinton, on the title page. 155 pp. ISBN: 0-970600712.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 89300
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  • AMERICAN QUEEN: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague -- Civil War "Belle of the North" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal, by [Sprague, Kate Chase, 1840-1899] Oller, John
    [Sprague, Kate Chase, 1840-1899] Oller, John
    AMERICAN QUEEN: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague -- Civil War "Belle of the North" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal,

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Da Capo Press/ Perseus, 2014. First edition - A "meticulously researched biography, drawing on much unpublished material, of a woman who was a century ahead of her time. As the "daughter of Salmon P. Chase, Lincoln's treasury secretary, Kate Chase enjoyed unprecedented political power for a woman. As her widowed father's hostess, she set up a 'rival court' against Mary Lincoln in hopes of making her father president and herself his First Lady. To facilitate that goal, she married one of the richest men in the country, the handsome governor of Rhode Island, in the social event of the Civil War. . . But when William Sprague turned out to be less of a prince as a…

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    New York: Da Capo Press/ Perseus, 2014. First edition - A "meticulously researched biography, drawing on much unpublished material, of a woman who was a century ahead of her time. As the "daughter of Salmon P. Chase, Lincoln's treasury secretary, Kate Chase enjoyed unprecedented political power for a woman. As her widowed father's hostess, she set up a 'rival court' against Mary Lincoln in hopes of making her father president and herself his First Lady. To facilitate that goal, she married one of the richest men in the country, the handsome governor of Rhode Island, in the social event of the Civil War. . . But when William Sprague turned out to be less of a prince as a husband, Kate found comfort in the arms of a powerful married senator. The ensuing sex scandal ended her virtual royalty; after the marriage crumbled and the money disappeared, she was left only with her children and her ever-proud bearing. She became a social outcast and died in poverty, yet in her final years she would find both greater authenticity and the inner peace that had always eluded her." Frontispiece, extensive notes, selected bibliography. xxiii, 363 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (crease to lower corner of front cover)

    Book ID: 88084
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  • EMINENT VICTORIANS: The Illustrated Edition. by Strachey, Lytton (1880-1932)
    Strachey, Lytton (1880-1932)
    EMINENT VICTORIANS: The Illustrated Edition.

    Edition: First thus.

    London: Bloomsbury, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - An illustrated edition - in both full color and black and white - of Strachey's most famous and influential book, originally published in 1918, and one which revolutionized the writing of biography. His barbed prose removed these revered Victorians from their pedastals as he wrote about them with scepticism rather than reverence, selecting figures from Church, Medicine, Public School, and Empire, - that is, Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold of Rugby, and General Gordon of Khartoum. Foreword by Frances Partridge. Large format. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-747502188.

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

    Book ID: 88547
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  • COUNTRY DAYS. by Taylor, Alice.
    Taylor, Alice.
    COUNTRY DAYS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of reminsences of mid-20th century Ireland, one which "takes her readers along the byways of Ireland and into the heart of the country. In stories by turn comic and poignant, she explores the character of family and friends, testing the bonds of concern and kindness which hold people together." 156 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 88123
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