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  • Adams, Alice
    CAROLINE'S DAUGHTERS

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in San Francisco in the 1980's - the story of a mother and her 5 very different daughters (from 3 different marriages.) 307 pp. ISBN: 0-394-568257.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 6929
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  • Adams, Alice
    CAROLINE'S DAUGHTERS

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel set in San Francisco in the 1980's - the story of a mother and her 5 very different daughters (from 3 different marriages.) INSCRIBED on the title page and uncommon thus. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-394-568257.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36645
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  • MURALS: Walls That Sing. by Ancona, George.
    Ancona, George.
    MURALS: Walls That Sing.

    Edition: First edition.

    Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish . (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Award-winning photo-essay on murals from the cave paintings to colonial church murals, to the masterpieces of Diego Rivera, Orozco and other Mexican masters, the singing walls in American cities and graffiti. The vibrant photos - three to four on each spread - vary between broad shots, close-ups of details, and images of a variety of people either creating or viewing the paintings. Most of the works are in the United States, and many are from Latino and Hispanic communities. The paintings capture the spirit, pride, and history of the individuals depicted. SIGNED on the front endpaper by Ancona with a small drawing. Oblong format. 48 pp. ISBN: 0-761451315.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated boards in a like dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 76844
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  • ALICE: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute. by Anderson, Ivy and Devon Angus, editors.
    Anderson, Ivy and Devon Angus, editors.
    ALICE: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Berkeley & San Francisco: Heyday and California Historical Society, (2016). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Josh Sides. "In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld ". . . candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering the life. While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. . . The response to Alice's story was unprecedented: four thousand letters poured into the Bulletin,many of which were written by other prostitutes ready to share their own…

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    Berkeley & San Francisco: Heyday and California Historical Society, (2016). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Josh Sides. "In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld ". . . candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering the life. While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. . . The response to Alice's story was unprecedented: four thousand letters poured into the Bulletin,many of which were written by other prostitutes ready to share their own stories; and it inspired what may have been the first sex worker rights protest in modern history." This book includes the memoirs of Alice Smith and a selection of letters responding to her story as well as an introduction which places this in the era's sensationalistic journalism as well as revealing themes in Alice's story that extend to issues facing sex workers today. SIGNED on the title page by BOTH editors with the word "thanks" and dated in the year of publication. Introduction and notes. Illustrations. Suggestions for further reading. lxxxii, 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1597143615.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78050
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  • Asher, Don.
    THE PIANO SPORT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, 1966. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book - set in San Francisco - where Asher himself has played the piano in nightclubs, among other things.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. (faint stamp on front endpaper, 1-inch tear back cover)

    Book ID: 15264
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  • BOSS RUEF'S SAN FRANCISCO: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business and the Graft Prosecution. by Bean, Walton
    Bean, Walton
    BOSS RUEF'S SAN FRANCISCO: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business and the Graft Prosecution.

    Edition: Trade paperback (later printing.)

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (c 1952.). Originally published in 1952, and winner of the Commonwealth Club of California;s gold medal for non-fiction, this is a dramatic story of political graft, of the man who symbolized it, and of the reformers who exposed Ruef. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. 345 pgs.

    Condition: Very good condition.

    Book ID: 20237
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  • YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN. by Beck, K.K.
    Beck, K.K.
    YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1987) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's fourth mystery, set in San Francisco in 1916, shortly before the US entered the war - a society reporter is determined to get her by-line on the front page, and reporting on a kidnapping should surely do that! INSCRIBED on the title page, and uncommon thus. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-09796.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70791
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  • YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN. by Beck, K.K.
    Beck, K.K.
    YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1987) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's fourth mystery, set in San Francisco in 1916, shortly before the US entered the war - a society reporter is determined to get her by-line on the front page, and reporting on a kidnapping should surely do that! SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-09796.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68576
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  • MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER. by [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1954.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The second of the author's rather sensationalized and inaccurate biographies dealing with Mary Ellen Pleasant, a light-skinned black woman who became an important figure in early San Francisco history. While this book focuses on her partner Thomas Bell, (who is shown as coming completely under her domination), Pleasant is only now beginning to receive the recognition she deserved for her work in aiding fugitive slaves and as a supporter of John Brown in his failed raid on Harper's Ferry. A lively picture of early San Francisco, but not an unbiased one. Photographs. Brief bibliography. 300 pp.

    Condition: Very good condition in pink patterned boards with a black spine in a rather poor dust jacket missing the lower 2 inches on the spine, other tears and chips (still the dj did protect the book somewhat and it is now in an archival cover.) Inscription on front endpaper.

    Book ID: 53715
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  • MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER. by [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, 1954. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second of the author's rather sensationalized and inaccurate biographies dealing with Mary Ellen Pleasant, a light-skinned black woman who became an important figure in early San Francisco history. While this book focuses on her partner Thomas Bell, (who is shown as coming completely under her domination), Pleasant is only now beginning to receive the recognition she deserved for her work in aiding fugitive slaves and as a supporter of John Brown in his failed raid on Harper's Ferry. A lively picture of early San Francisco, but not an unbiased one. Photographs. Brief bibliography. 300 pages.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page. Good condition in pink patterned boards with a black spine, no dust jacket (bookplate, some spine slant.).

    Book ID: 51334
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  • MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER. by [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1954.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The second of the author's rather sensationalized and inaccurate biographies dealing with Mary Ellen Pleasant, a light-skinned black woman who became an important figure in early San Francisco history. While this book focuses on her partner Thomas Bell, (who is shown as coming completely under her domination), Pleasant is only now beginning to receive the recognition she deserved for her work in aiding fugitive slaves and as a supporter of John Brown in his failed raid on Harper's Ferry. A lively picture of early San Francisco, but not an unbiased one. Photographs. Brief bibliography. 300 pp.

    Condition: Very good condition in pink patterned boards with a black spine in a good dust jacket (sunning to the spine, overall edgewear to the dust jacket.)

    Book ID: 60388
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  • GOLD DUST AND PETTICOATS. by Benezra, Barbara.
    Benezra, Barbara.
    GOLD DUST AND PETTICOATS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1964.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, an exciting historical novel for older children about a 14 year old girl's adventures in rough and colorful San Francisco of the Gold Rush days. Marcy Miller has come to California with her parents and her brother Jeb so her father can establish his medical practice, but when the great fire of 1850 breaks out, she is separated from her family and her adventures begin. 179 pp

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (small address sticker from previous owner, but overall an exceptionally good copy.)

    Book ID: 31735
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  • THE BIG HEART. by Bernhard, Ruth (1905-2006) and Melvin Van [Peebles]
    Bernhard, Ruth (1905-2006) and Melvin Van [Peebles]
    THE BIG HEART.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Fearon Publishers, (1957.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An unusual work for Ruth Bernard (published just a few years after she moved to San Francisco, where she spent the rest of her life): a photo-essay on San Francisco's cable cars and the people who ride them, narrated by young cable car gripman Melvin Van, with unposed black and white photographs by Bernhard on every page. The first book (written when he was just 25) by the independent African American film director and producer, Melvin Van Peebles. SIGNED on the front endpaper by Bernhard with the words "to one who knows" and dated January 24, 1958. A rather uncommon book, and especially so signed by Bernhard. Slightly oversized format, 10 1/4 inches tall by 7 3/16 inches wide. 78 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine photographic dustjacket.

    Book ID: 37311
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  • THE MAKEOVER by Biederman, Marcia
    Biederman, Marcia
    THE MAKEOVER

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel - features Muriel Axelrod, a secretary for Lovell Munitions in San Francisco. Funny and absorbing. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-89733-1079.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52509
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  • Biederman, Marcia
    THE MAKEOVER

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel - features Muriel Axelrod, a secretary for Lovell Munitions in San Francisco. Funny and absorbing. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-89733-1079.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket ("12M" in red on top edge)

    Book ID: 3505
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  • MURDER SO REAL. by Bird, Al [Pseudonym of Phillip Finch, 1948-2012, and Leon N. Mandel, 1928-2002]
    Bird, Al [Pseudonym of Phillip Finch, 1948-2012, and Leon N. Mandel, 1928-2002]
    MURDER SO REAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, (1978) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in San Francisco, this is a realistic tale of sordid corporate wealth, murder and revenge, and the debut of a memorable investigator, former sportswriter Sinclair Lewis Maxwell, who gets involved when his girlfriend is savagely murdered while investigating organized prostitution. The first and only book written under this pseudonym. 219 pp. ISBN: 0-698-108914.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (some rubbing to the dj)

    Book ID: 61119
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  • WHIPSAW. by Brewer, Steve.
    Brewer, Steve.
    WHIPSAW.

    Edition: First printing.

    Madison, WI: Intrigue Press, (2006) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Whipsaw is missing. LaCosta refuses to call the cops. DelaTek stands to lose millions" and even though Matt Donohue is retired, he's the one supposed to make the ransom drop. Set in San Francisco in the big money world of computer games. SIGNED on the title page. 311 pp. ISBN: 1890768707.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66247
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  • COLD CASE. by Burcell, Robin.
    Burcell, Robin.
    COLD CASE.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Avon, (2004.). SIGNED first edition - Mystery featuring San Francisco PD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie - realistic cop story written by an author who is a real cop. SIGNED on the title page. 273 pp. ISBN: 0-06-1053775.

    Condition: Very near fine (some light toning, no creases)

    Book ID: 78325
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  • EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES. by Burcell, Robin.
    Burcell, Robin.
    EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1999.). SIGNED first edition - First mystery featuring San Francisco PD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie - arealistic cop story written by an author who is a real cop. SIGNED on the title page. 388 pp. plus publisher's ads. ISBN: 0-06-101432X.

    Condition: Very good (toning, especially inside covers, upper edge of textblock slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 79373
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  • FATAL TRUTH. by Burcell, Robin.
    Burcell, Robin.
    FATAL TRUTH.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Avon, (2002.). SIGNED first edition - Second mystery featuring San Francisco PD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie - realistic cop story written by an author who is a real cop. SIGNED on the title page. 266 pp. plus publisher's ads. ISBN: 0-06-1061239.

    Condition: Very near fine (some light toning, no creases)

    Book ID: 79260
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  • DEADLY LEGACY. by Burcell, Robin.
    Burcell, Robin.
    DEADLY LEGACY.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Avon, (2003). SIGNED first edition - Third mystery featuring San Francisco PD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie - realistic cop story written by an author who is a real cop. SIGNED on the title page. 290 pp. plus publisher's ads. ISBN: 0-06-1057878.

    Condition: Very near fine (some light toning, no creases)

    Book ID: 79261
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  • THE AUDACITY OF INEZ BURNS: Dreams, Desire, Treachery and Ruin in the City of Gold. by [Burns, Inez] Bloom, Stephen G.
    [Burns, Inez] Bloom, Stephen G.
    THE AUDACITY OF INEZ BURNS: Dreams, Desire, Treachery and Ruin in the City of Gold.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Regan Arts, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Based on years of research, this is an account of the life - and downfall - of Inez Burns, born in the slums of San Francisco who transformed herself into one of the richest women in the city - as an abortionist, credited with performing over 50,000 of the safest and most hygenic abortions available, for everyone from poor women already burdened with too many children to rich wives, Hollywood stars and others. Pat Brown (later governor and father of Jerry Brown) was determined to take her down - and eventually succeeded when she was 61 in having her convicted. She died in 1976, 3 years after Roe…

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    New York: Regan Arts, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Based on years of research, this is an account of the life - and downfall - of Inez Burns, born in the slums of San Francisco who transformed herself into one of the richest women in the city - as an abortionist, credited with performing over 50,000 of the safest and most hygenic abortions available, for everyone from poor women already burdened with too many children to rich wives, Hollywood stars and others. Pat Brown (later governor and father of Jerry Brown) was determined to take her down - and eventually succeeded when she was 61 in having her convicted. She died in 1976, 3 years after Roe vs Wade revolutionized women's choices. SIGNED on the title page and dated in 2017. Many photographs, endnotes. 428 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 978-1682450093.

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

    Book ID: 76305
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  • JACKASS BRANDY. by Buti, Bruno.
    Buti, Bruno.
    JACKASS BRANDY.

    Edition: First edition.

    Cloverdale, CA: Buti Publications, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's second novel which continues the tale of his father's rise to become Capo of the local bootleggers, battling the hijackers from the other side as a producer of the high-proof alcohol known as jackass brandy. Now the Italians are battling not only the lawmen and rival mobs of Rumbling Wine Barrels, but also lawyers: their own turncoat counsel ("a crook in his own right") and the politically-ambitious District Attorney of Amador County, the Honorable Earl Warren. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and dated in 2002. Illustrated with drawings by Dug Waggoner, Map. . 369 pp. ISBN: 0-96489601X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79721
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  • RUMBLING WINE BARRELS. by Buti, Bruno.
    Buti, Bruno.
    RUMBLING WINE BARRELS.

    Edition: First edition.

    Cloverdale, CA: Buti Publications, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel of an Italian immigrant family's life in San Francisco and Amador County in 1922 during Prohibition. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and dated in 1996. Illustrated with drawings by Dug Waggoner. 355 pp. ISBN: 0-64896001.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 62555
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  • RUMBLING WINE BARRELS. by Buti, Bruno.
    Buti, Bruno.
    RUMBLING WINE BARRELS.

    Edition: First edition.

    Cloverdale, CA: Buti Publications, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel of an Italian immigrant family's life in San Francisco and Amador County in 1922 during Prohibition. SIGNED on the front endpaper with the words "Hail to Bacchus and Eros, the Roman gods of wine and love." Illustrated with drawings by Dug Waggoner. 355 pp. ISBN: 0-64896001.

    Condition: Very near fine in near fine dust jacket (crease on front flap of dj).

    Book ID: 76069
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  • GHOSTWRIGHT. by Cadnum, Michael.
    Cadnum, Michael.
    GHOSTWRIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - A successful musician and artist, living a life of spendor and seclusion, south of San Francisco is visited by a friend from his younger days in North Beach and Mexico, a friend thought long dead - and who claims that the music and the ideas were his, and now he wants it all back. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-881848018.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dust jacket (faint yellow remainder line, short tears and associated creasing to dj at top of spine.)

    Book ID: 78181
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  • Cadnum, Michael.
    GHOSTWRIGHT.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, 1992. dj. Hardcover - A successful musician and artist, living a life of spendor and seclusion, south of San Francisco is visited by a friend from his younger days in North Beach and Mexico, a friend thought long dead - and who claims that the music and the ideas were his, and now he wants it all back. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-881848018.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37652
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  • Cadnum, Michael.
    GHOSTWRIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - A successful musician and artist, living a life of spendor and seclusion, south of San Francisco is visited by a friend from his younger days in North Beach and Mexico, a friend thought long dead - and who claims that the music and the ideas were his, and now he wants it all back. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-881848018.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dust jacket (faint yellow remainder line )

    Book ID: 4300
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  • Cadnum, Michael.
    GHOSTWRIGHT.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Carroll & Graf, 1992. SIGNED first edition - INSCRIBED by the author on the title page 'with thanks for all your help' and with a small drawing of a ghost, dated in the year of publication. A successful musician and artist, living a life of splendor and seclusion, south of San Francisco is visited by a friend from his younger days in North Beach and Mexico, a friend thought long dead - and who claims that the music and the ideas were his, and now he wants it all back. 307 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed yellow wrappers.

    Book ID: 34881
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  • WE GON' BE ALRIGHT: Notes on Race and Resegregation. by Chang, Jeff
    Chang, Jeff
    WE GON' BE ALRIGHT: Notes on Race and Resegregation.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Picador, (2016). SIGNED first edition - A collection of provocative essays which "look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. [This book] links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of 'diversity,' the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing." SIGNED on the title page. Notes. 182 pp. ISBN: 978-0312429485.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers with self-flaps.

    Book ID: 70529
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