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  • KING OF THE WORLD: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. by [Ali, Muhammad] Remnick, David.
    [Ali, Muhammad] Remnick, David.
    KING OF THE WORLD: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Random House, 1998. dj. Hardcover - More than just a biography of Muhammad Ali, this shows how revolutionary his role was in the world of sports. Cassius Clay grew up in the segregated South but became a beloved figure in American life. Illustrated with photographs. Notes, index. 326 pp. ISBN: 0-375-500650.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47708
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  • THE CASSIUS CLAY STORY. by [Ali, Muhammad] Sullivan, George.
    [Ali, Muhammad] Sullivan, George.
    THE CASSIUS CLAY STORY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Fleet Publishing Corporation, (1964.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by the book's subject with his birth name, "Cassius Clay" -- a rare signature and especially so in this rather hard-to-find book, the first published biography of the great heavyweight champion. Issued later in the same year in which Clay took the heavyweight crown away from Sonny Liston (in their February 1964 bout), the book includes an account of the turbulent months that followed -- including the new champ's relationship with Malcolm X and his conversion to Islam, the controversy over his draft status, his much-publicized trip to Africa, and his suspension by the World Boxing Association (in effect as the book ends), which delayed his…

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    New York: Fleet Publishing Corporation, (1964.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by the book's subject with his birth name, "Cassius Clay" -- a rare signature and especially so in this rather hard-to-find book, the first published biography of the great heavyweight champion. Issued later in the same year in which Clay took the heavyweight crown away from Sonny Liston (in their February 1964 bout), the book includes an account of the turbulent months that followed -- including the new champ's relationship with Malcolm X and his conversion to Islam, the controversy over his draft status, his much-publicized trip to Africa, and his suspension by the World Boxing Association (in effect as the book ends), which delayed his rematch with Liston until May 1965. Illustrated with 8 pp of photographs. Includes his professional boxing record. 116 pp.

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    Condition: Good only in a good dustjacket (bumped at several corners, also bumped and dented at bottom center of front cover - hard enough to have created a short split in the board; jacket is price-clipped and has several ragged tears and associated creasing along the bottom edge of the front panel, along with internal tape repairs.

    Book ID: 49916
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  • Bates, Randolph
    RINGS: On the Life and Family of a Southern Fighter

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of Collis Phillips, who became a successful boxer in New Orleans during the height of Jim Crow, and of his family, of the triumphs and the tragedies. Before writing this moving book, Bates spent 10 years with the Phillips family from Collis down thru his great-great grandson, as a friend and biographer. 421 pp plus a section of glossy photographs.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dust jacket (as new except for small soiled spots to outside edge.)

    Book ID: 5576
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  • ALL WE NEED OF HELL. by Crews, Harry.
    Crews, Harry.
    ALL WE NEED OF HELL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1987.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A provocative brief novel - a blending of despair and hope - by this Southern author. 161 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0156805.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (appears unread)

    Book ID: 62226
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  • DEMPSEY IN NEVADA. by [Dempsey, Jack] Clifton, Guy
    [Dempsey, Jack] Clifton, Guy
    DEMPSEY IN NEVADA.

    Edition: First edition.

    Reno, NV: Jack Bacon & Company / Baobab Books, 2007. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Jack Dempsey's first trip to Nevada came as he clung to the underbelly of a train, a dangerous practice known as riding the rods and utilized by those too poor to purchase a ticket for one of the passenger cars. In later years, Dempsey, the heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926, returned to a hero's welcome. . . Dempsey made $717,000 for his first fight with Gene Tunney. He lost his fortune in the stock market crash of 1929 and set about reclaiming it with Reno as his base in the early 1930s, first as a fight promoter and then, once again, as…

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    Reno, NV: Jack Bacon & Company / Baobab Books, 2007. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Jack Dempsey's first trip to Nevada came as he clung to the underbelly of a train, a dangerous practice known as riding the rods and utilized by those too poor to purchase a ticket for one of the passenger cars. In later years, Dempsey, the heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926, returned to a hero's welcome. . . Dempsey made $717,000 for his first fight with Gene Tunney. He lost his fortune in the stock market crash of 1929 and set about reclaiming it with Reno as his base in the early 1930s, first as a fight promoter and then, once again, as a fighter as he set out to reclaim the heavyweight championship." SIGNED and INSCRIBED by Clifton on the title page. Foreword by Steve Sneddin. Map frontispiece. Illustrated with photographs throughout and 48 inserted pages of photographs on glossy paper. One of only 1500 copies in the first edition. xiii, 182 pp. ISBN: 0-930083334.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72151
    Keywords: boxing, Sports
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  • BLACK AJAX. by Fraser, George MacDonald.
    Fraser, George MacDonald.
    BLACK AJAX.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: HarperCollins, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The true first edition of this highly acclaimed novel based on the true story of the real-life bare-knuckle boxer Tom Molineaux, a Virginia slave who fought his way to freedom and to celebrity in England in the early 1880's. Although not officially part of the Flashman Papers - and set earlier in time during Regency England - Captain 'Mad Buck' Flashman, father of Harry Flashman, plays a large role in this wonderful novel. Glossary. 248 pp. ISBN: 0-00-2255855.

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

    Book ID: 75339
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  • Fraser, George MacDonald.
    BLACK AJAX.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, 1999. The highly acclaimed novel based on thrue story of the real-life bare-knuckle boxer Tom Molineaux, a Virginia slave who fought his way to freedom and to celebrity in England in the early 1880's. Although not officially part of the Flashman Papers - and set earlier in time during Regency England - Captain 'Mad Buck' Flashman, father of Harry Flashman, plays a large role in this wonderful novel. ISBN: 0-7867-0618x.

    Condition: Very good.

    Book ID: 19623
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  • Fraser, George MacDonald.
    BLACK AJAX.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (1998.) dj. Hardcover - A highly acclaimed novel based on the true story of the real-life bare-knuckle boxer Tom Molineaux, a Virginia slave who fought his way to freedom and to celebrity in England in the early 1880's. Although not officially part of the Flashman Papers - and set earlier in time during Regency England - Captain 'Mad Buck' Flashman, father of Harry Flashman, plays a large role in this wonderful novel. Glossary. 249 pp. ISBN: 0-7867-05531.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line,)

    Book ID: 39013
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  • THE GOLDEN PEOPLE. by Gallico, Paul
    Gallico, Paul
    THE GOLDEN PEOPLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1965. dj. Hardcover first edition - Informal profiles by this former sportswriter of some of the stars of the "Golden Decade" of the 1920s - in boxing, tennis, baseball, football, golf - including Bobby Jones, Babe Ruth, Gertrude Ederle, Gene Tunney, Helen Wills, Ty Cobb, Jack Dempsey, Knute Rockne and many more. Illustrated with many photographs. 315 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (some short closed edge tears to dj) .

    Book ID: 79229
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  • BECOMING HOLYFIELD: A Fighter's Journey. by Holyfield, Evander with Lee Gruenfeld.
    Holyfield, Evander with Lee Gruenfeld.
    BECOMING HOLYFIELD: A Fighter's Journey.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Atria Books, (2008). First edition - The story of his rise from poverty to four time world heavyweight boxing champion, told in his own words. Includes an appendix with his professional fight record. Cover praise from President Bill Clinton who says "Passion, drive and athleticism shine through on every page of this absorbing memoir." 273 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59642
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  • Keith, Phil with Tom Clavin.
    ALL BLOOD RUNS RED: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard - Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hanover Square Press, (2019). First edition - "The extraordinary story of the first African American military pilot in World War I, who went on to become a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer." Bullard, the son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, fled home as a young boy to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community, determined to get to France. He garnered fame as a boxer, but when war broke out he joined the French Foreign Legion. 324 pp plus author's note and bibliography.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 80402
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  • BLESS ME, FATHER. by Kriegel, Mark.
    Kriegel, Mark.
    BLESS ME, FATHER.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, (1995). First edition - The first novel by this award-winning journalist, a story of "crime, vengeance, and redemption, set on New York City's meanest streets. Frank Battaglia is a swaggering soldier of the Mafia, greedy for the power generations of thugs have taken as their right and compelled by an inner demon to rip away the shame that surrounds him like a shroud. As a young fighter, Frank fell apart in the ring at Madison Square Garden, a humiliation witnessed by the most powerful gangster in the city. In Frank's eyes, only one person can salvage his reputation: his son Nicky." 321 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78709
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  • Merz, Charles.
    THE GREAT AMERICAN BAND WAGON,

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Literary Guild of America, 1928. Hardcover - While this might have been a tongue-in-cheek criticism of the excesses of the "roaring twenties" it is amazing how it still describes the United States -whether it is taken to the road in the chapters "The once open road" and "Caravan" or the fascination with "Bigger and better murders", golf, boxing, movies, junk food ("soda fountains" where "the food is bogus" even though wrapped in strictly sanitary packages) and more. Illustrated with drawings by Howard W. Willard. 263 pp.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering (spine rubbed, lettering faded), lacking the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43475
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  • THE DISTANCE. by Muller, Eddie.
    Muller, Eddie.
    THE DISTANCE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2002). Hardcover first edition - The author's first crime novel, introducing Billy Nichols, a 1940s sportswriter known as Mr. Boxing Set in 1948, this the depicts the gritty post World War II boxing scene in San Francisco - a world the author knows well, as the son of a noted boxing writer and founder of the San Francisco Historical Boxing Museum Nominated for Barry, Macavity and Shamus Awards. Frontispiece. 302 pp. ISBN: 0-743214439.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79516
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  • THE DISTANCE. by Muller, Eddie.
    Muller, Eddie.
    THE DISTANCE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2002). SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first crime novel, introducing Billy Nichols, a 1940s sportswriter known as Mr. Boxing Set in 1948, this the depicts the gritty post World War II boxing scene in San Francisco - a world the author knows well, as the son of a noted boxing writer and founder of the San Francisco Historical Boxing Museum SIGNED on the title page. Nominated for Barry, Macavity and Shamus Awards. Frontispiece. 302 pp. ISBN: 0-743214439.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79772
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  • THE GREATEST: MUHAMMAD ALI. by Myers, Walter Dean.
    Myers, Walter Dean.
    THE GREATEST: MUHAMMAD ALI.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scholastic, 2001. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at Muhammad Ali's life from a talented writer for young readers. Photographs. Bibliography, chronology, index. 172 pp.

    Condition: Good only in a very good dustjacket (underlining on a few pages, corners bumped.)

    Book ID: 41247
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  • Nolan, William F.
    SHIPS IN THE NIGHT AND OTHER STORIES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Santa Barbara: Capra Press, (2005.). SIGNED first edition - A collection of 10 of Nolan's favorite short stories - from all of the different genres in which he writes --western, detective, a boxing story, an aviation story, a time travel story, science fiction and more - published for the first time in a non-genre collection, Written over a period of 35 years, the stories are arranged chronologically, and include 3 never before published in book format. Foreword Paul McComas. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 2006 - when he was signing this, Nolan commented that it is his favorite book - a pretty remarkable comment when you look at the four full pages the list of his "other works" fill at the beginning of this book. 256 pp. ISBN: 1-592660495.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 34690
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  • (WOMAN) WRITER: Occasions and Opportunities. by Oates, Joyce Carol.
    Oates, Joyce Carol.
    (WOMAN) WRITER: Occasions and Opportunities.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1988) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Collection of essays on topics ranging from Moby Dick to Emily Dickinson, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Charlotte Bronte, from Kafka to Mike Tyson and boxing, on Hemingway and on using a pseudonym. SIGNED on the title page. 402 pp. ISBN: 0-525-246525.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (light wear)

    Book ID: 73657
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  • (WOMAN) WRITER: Occasions and Opportunities. by Oates, Joyce Carol.
    Oates, Joyce Carol.
    (WOMAN) WRITER: Occasions and Opportunities.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of essays on topics ranging from Moby Dick to Emily Dickinson, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Charlotte Bronte, from Kafka to Mike Tyson and boxing, on Hemingway and on using a pseudonym. 402 pp. ISBN: 0-525-246525.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79803
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  • Rendall, Jonathan.
    THIS BLOODY MARY IS THE LAST THING I OWN: A Journey to the End of Boxing.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A unique boxing book: the author was an amateur boxer at Oxford, a boxing writer for several years and then he decided to bring an unknown fighter to the World Welterweight Championship. The settings range from Cuba to Harlem, Paris to Las Vegas, a memoir both funny and melancholy. 187 pp. ISBN: 0-88001-6019.

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

    Book ID: 63770
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  • Robinson, Sugar Ray with Dave Anderson.
    SUGAR RAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1970) dj. Hardcover first edition - Autobiography of this boxing great, winner of two world championships. Includes an appendix with his boxing record. viii, 376 pp. Dust jacket art by LeRoy Neiman. ISBN: 0-670681415.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall good condition in a very good dust jacket (spine label)

    Book ID: 79269
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  • BUFFALO NICKEL: A MEMOIR. by Salas, Floyd.
    Salas, Floyd.
    BUFFALO NICKEL: A MEMOIR.

    Edition: First printing.

    Houston, TX:' Arte Publico Press, (1992.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - This coming of age account of a young man at first following his older brother into a life of crime and drug use, and then struggling to save himself (and failing to save his brother) is an "autobiography that reads like a well-crafted novel in its recording of the excessive human costs of drug addication.". SIGNED and dated on the title page. 347 p. ISBN: 155885049X.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (creasing to front cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 52248
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  • A BETTER GOODBYE. by Schulian, John .
    Schulian, John .
    A BETTER GOODBYE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Blue Ash, OH: Tyrus Books, 2015. First edition - The author's first novel, set in Los Angeles, and named a Sports Illustrated Sports Book of the Year 2015. "Nick Pafko knows he can't be a professional boxer forever. But he never guessed it would end so quickly, and so wrong. Broke and unemployed, Nick has little choice but to call a number given to him by a friend. On the other end? Scott, a washed-up B-movie actor who runs a so-called massage parlor looking for somebody desperate enough to work security." 298 pp

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 70018
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  • THE BROKEN PLACE. by Shaara, Michael.
    Shaara, Michael.
    THE BROKEN PLACE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: New American Library - NAL, (1968.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Rather uncommon first novel by the author of the Pulitzer prize-winning 'The Killer Angels.' In this book, the hero returns from Korea to the boxing ring and travels to the Middle East in search of inner peace - experiences which parallel those of Shaara. 239 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good only dust jacket (wear to ends of spine, some short tears to dj, original price of 5.50 still present.).

    Book ID: 50997
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  • THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4. by Snell, Roy J.
    Snell, Roy J.
    THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Chicago: Reilly & Lee, (1922). Hardcover - Mystery and adventure set in the circus world and the world of boxing. 238 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth with black lettering (prev owner's name dated 1933, a bit of fraying to the ends of the spine)

    Book ID: 68827
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  • THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4. by Snell, Roy J.
    Snell, Roy J.
    THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4.

    Edition: First or very early edition.

    Chicago: Reilly & Lee, (1922.). Hardcover - Mystery and adventure set in the circus world and the world of boxing. 238 pp.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with black lettering (prev owner's name)

    Book ID: 63142
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  • Toole, F. X. (pseudonym of Jerry Boyd.)
    ROPE BURNS: Stories from the Corner (includes 'Million $$$ [Dollar] Baby.')

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ecco Press, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first book, a powerful collection of five short stories and the title novella, by Boyd, whose years of experience as a 'cut-man' (the one who staunches the blood flow and allows fights to continue), gives these stories a sometimes heart-breaking authenticity. One of the stories - 'Million $$$ Baby' - was the basis for the 2004 Academy-award winning film, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank. 235 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0198206.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 44476
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  • AN AMERICAN TRAVELER: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Sport. by White, Randy Wayne.
    White, Randy Wayne.
    AN AMERICAN TRAVELER: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Sport.

    Edition: First printing.

    Guilford, Connecticut : The Lyons Press, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of essays on his adventures in Costa Rica, with Peter Blake and the New Zealand sailing team, crocodile hunting in Australia, diving with the great white sharks in South Africa and much more by the author best known for his Doc Ford mysteries - but who has also been a fishing guide and the author of the "Out There" column for Outside magazine. SIGNED on the title page. xv, 195 pp. ISBN: 1592280331.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68994
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  • FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE. by Zusak, Markus.
    Zusak, Markus.
    FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scholastic, (2001.). First edition - Prize-winning Australian author's 2nd book, the story of two brothers who sign up with a sleazy boxing promoter, in an attempt to earn money to help their family. In an interview discussing this book, Zusak talked about what he hoped readers would notice in the book: "the themes of fighting for your own dignity when it seems to be stripped from you everywhere you go, longing to make yourself into something, as well as the themes of love (no matter how little it is shown) and loyalty. But I also hope that people notice the style of my writing --- the different imagery I use and the shortness of it. I'm most…

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    New York: Scholastic, (2001.). First edition - Prize-winning Australian author's 2nd book, the story of two brothers who sign up with a sleazy boxing promoter, in an attempt to earn money to help their family. In an interview discussing this book, Zusak talked about what he hoped readers would notice in the book: "the themes of fighting for your own dignity when it seems to be stripped from you everywhere you go, longing to make yourself into something, as well as the themes of love (no matter how little it is shown) and loyalty. But I also hope that people notice the style of my writing --- the different imagery I use and the shortness of it. I'm most attracted to writing that can describe something without detail --- where few words can have a lot of impact. Last of all, I hope people can feel the combination of humor and struggle." Zusak is also the author of the highly acclaimed young adult novel, 'The Book Thief.' 217 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 46430
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