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  • THE HEARTLAND CHRONICLES. by Foley, Douglas.
    Foley, Douglas.
    THE HEARTLAND CHRONICLES.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, (1995). Hardcover first edition - From the foreword: This is a tale of Indians and whites living together in a small Iowa community. It is also about an anthropologist returning to his home town, and how he got inside Iowa's tiny but old Mesquaki Indian culture just at the moment that the tribe's civil rights struggle and its new casino changed all the old relationships, as these tribal people - with their noble traditions - came into modernity. A title in the Series in Contemporary Ethnography. References, index. ix, 228 pp. ISBN: 0-812233263.

    Condition: Fine in gray cloth (a new copy.) No dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 76765
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  • OTHER MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS. by Garland, Hamlin.
    Garland, Hamlin.
    OTHER MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1910). Hardcover first edition - A collection of short stories, written between 1887-1889, a companion to 'Main-Travelled Roads', inspired by Garland's return to the West of his youth - Iowa, Dakota, & Wisconsin. Bound in tan cloth with gilt titling a gilt Art Nouveau corn motif decoration. viii, 350 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine - a lovely copy.

    Book ID: 75103
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  • SPILLVILLE. by Hampl, Patricia; Engravings by Steven Sorman.
    Hampl, Patricia; Engravings by Steven Sorman.
    SPILLVILLE.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1987. dj. SIGNED hardcover - A "vivid and lyrical exploration" of Spillville, Iowa, both now and a century ago, a collaboration between Hampl and Sorman as they journeyed to the small Iowa town, settled by Czech immigrants, where the composer Antonin Dvorak spent the summer of 1893. Illustrated with 41 engravings by Steven Sorman. INSCRIBED by Hampl on the half title page. 107 pp. ISBN: 0-915943182.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70901
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  • A SUITABLE CHURCH. by Heynen, Jim.
    Heynen, Jim.
    A SUITABLE CHURCH.

    Edition: First printing.

    Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, (1981.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Iowa-born author's first major collection of poems, rooted in his farm upbringing and infused with a reverence for the land and the labor of working the land. Praised by such writers as Raymond Carver, Gary Snyder and William Stafford. SIGNED on the title page. Illustrations by Barbara Arnold. 80 pp. ISBN: 0-914742-590.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket. Uncommon in the hardcover edition, especially signed.

    Book ID: 39268
    Keywords: farming, iowa, Poetry
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  • DISCOVERING THE BODY. by Howard, Mary.
    Howard, Mary.
    DISCOVERING THE BODY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2000) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, set in a small town in Iowa. 294 pp. ISBN: 0-688-171567.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58139
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  • Manfred, Frederick Feikema (1912-1994.)
    ARROW OF LOVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Denver: Allan Swallow, Publisher, (1961.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Three novellas, all set in Manfred's "Siouxland" (the area where the borders of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska meet). In addition to the title story (described as 'a romance'), this contains "Lew and Luanne" (a comedy) and "Country Love" (a pastoral). As a "maverick" writer Manfred was always an outsider in terms of the literary establishment, although some of his books were best-sellers and his novel 'Lord Grizzly' was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1954. Reportedly only 500 copies of this book were printed; certainly it is very uncommon. 220 pp.

    Condition: Good in very good dust jacket (the rather inexpensively produced binding has cracked before the title page and is "over-opened" at the end of the book, Dustjacket has a little toning to the spine, minor wear - still a quite presentable copy of a hard-to-find book, by an important and under-rated writer.)

    Book ID: 32978
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  • DEWEY. by Myron, Vicki with Bret Witter.
    Myron, Vicki with Bret Witter.
    DEWEY.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2008) dj. Hardcover - The story of a small-town librarian cat who touched the world. In addition to the story of this cat, this is a picture of changes in agriculture in the US as it affects small town rural Iowa. 277 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 9780446407410.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59427
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  • DEWEY. by Myron, Vicki with Bret Witter.
    Myron, Vicki with Bret Witter.
    DEWEY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2008). First edition - The story of a small-town librarian cat who touched the world. In addition to the story of this cat, this is a picture of changes in agriculture in the US as it affects small town rural Iowa. Although this was immediate bestseller, this advance reading copy is surprisingly uncommon. 277 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers with self flaps. A well-produced pre-publication issue.

    Book ID: 59238
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  • Peters, William.
    A CLASS DIVIDED.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - Rather uncommon first edition of this now classic experiment in discrimination, basis for a television show "The Eye of the Storm." After the assassination of Martin Luther King, an elementary school teacher in all white school in Iowa struggled to make her students understand what it might be like to be black, and she came up with the idea of dividing the class on the basis of eye color. One day those with blue eyes were on top, the next those with brown eyes. The experiment succeeded all too well. 126 pp.

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

    Book ID: 79274
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  • SCUTTLEBUTT: The Adventures of Robert K. Reed. by Reed, Robert K.
    Reed, Robert K.
    SCUTTLEBUTT: The Adventures of Robert K. Reed.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Oakland, OR: Elderberry Press, (2003). SIGNED first edition - "Just what is a scuttlebutt? Located amidships, second deck down, the watering hole, or "scuttlebutt," is strategically placed near the ice making plant. With ice cold water being dispensed through copper tubing to a spigot, this watering hole is where sailors congregated on the battleship USS Texas to quench their thirst with cold water, smoke cigarettes and shoot the bull. Yarns, sea stories, lies and jokes were shared among sailors at the "scuttlebutt." Even those who've never been near the ocean will be sure to enjoy the many tales herein." The stories include memories of growing up on the farm in Iowa during the Depression, his years in the Navy…

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    Oakland, OR: Elderberry Press, (2003). SIGNED first edition - "Just what is a scuttlebutt? Located amidships, second deck down, the watering hole, or "scuttlebutt," is strategically placed near the ice making plant. With ice cold water being dispensed through copper tubing to a spigot, this watering hole is where sailors congregated on the battleship USS Texas to quench their thirst with cold water, smoke cigarettes and shoot the bull. Yarns, sea stories, lies and jokes were shared among sailors at the "scuttlebutt." Even those who've never been near the ocean will be sure to enjoy the many tales herein." The stories include memories of growing up on the farm in Iowa during the Depression, his years in the Navy from 1939-1959, and finally his life in California. INSCRIBED on the half title page. Photographs. 253 pp. ISBN: 1-930859708.

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    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers (a few corners creased).

    Book ID: 62392
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  • CHILDREN AND OTHER PEOPLE. by Suckow, Ruth (1892-1960)
    Suckow, Ruth (1892-1960)
    CHILDREN AND OTHER PEOPLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of short stories by this often overlooked writer. Although referred to as a regionalist, she said she wrote about "people, situations, and their meaning." Her fiction was often set in Iowa, but she had traveled widely herself and she was not parochial in outlook. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and dated in 1933. 277 pp.

    Condition: Very good in salmon cloth with dark blue panels, no dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 64724
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  • Wiggins, Florence Roe.
    STRAWBERRY POINT: Vignettes of an Iowa Childhood.

    Edition: Family Bookshelf edition.

    Minneapolis: T.S. Denison, (1967.) dj. Hardcover - Whimsical stories about the author's home town, set in the late 19th and very early 20th centuries, illustrated with drawings by the author. 185 pp. Original price of 4.50 present on front flap, but family bookshelf notation on rear flap.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 38289
    Keywords: Americana, iowa, midwest
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  • BUTTON DOWN. by Ylvisaker, Anne.
    Ylvisaker, Anne.
    BUTTON DOWN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, (2012) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second book featuring the often hapless Button family, set in small town Iowa in 1929. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 177 pp. ISBN: 9780763653965.

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

    Book ID: 58056
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  • BUTTON DOWN. by Ylvisaker, Anne.
    Ylvisaker, Anne.
    BUTTON DOWN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, (2012) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second book featuring the often hapless Button family, set in small town Iowa in 1929. INSCRIBED on the title page. 177 pp. ISBN: 9780763653965.

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

    Book ID: 67299
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  • Young Bear, Ray A.
    REMNANTS OF THE FIRST EARTH.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel of a young Native American's journey into manhood from his childhood in the 1950's Black Eagle Child Settlement on the bluffs overlooking the Iowa and Swan Rivers, and through a world poised between the ancient ways of his Mesquakie forefathers and the "ever-encroaching blurred face of modernity". Dust jacket praise from Louise Erdrich, James Welch, James Ruppert (who stated this novel "cuts through sentiment and delusion till the muscle of bone of contemporary Native experience are exposed and extended.") and others. 301 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-15810.

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

    Book ID: 35835
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