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  • Arden, Cathy.
    MY SISTER'S PICTURE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of two young women, sisters, one of whom died of cancer at only 33 - told in letters, journal entries and poems - a moving tribute.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (rem mark.)

    Book ID: 14857
    Keywords: cancer, Women's Studies
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  • LAUGHING IN THE HILLS. by Barich, Bill.
    Barich, Bill.
    LAUGHING IN THE HILLS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1980) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, an account of a season when - at a bleak moment in his life - he dropped out and left home for a season at the racetrack - Golden Gate in Northern California. . Part meditation on life and nature, and part a classic on horse racing and on life at the track and on the people who are drawn to racing, this is a fascinating book. Afterword. 228 pp. ISBN: 0-670419974.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (a hint of sunning to the edges of the boards, some discoloration in the gutters)

    Book ID: 66540
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  • LAUGHING IN THE HILLS. by Barich, Bill.
    Barich, Bill.
    LAUGHING IN THE HILLS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1980) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, an account of a season when - at a bleak moment in his life - he dropped out and left home for a season at the racetrack - Golden Gate in Northern California. . Part meditation on life and nature, and part a classic on horse racing and on life at the track and on the people who are drawn to racing, this is a fascinating book. Afterword. 228 pp. ISBN: 0-670419974.

    Condition: Good only in a good dust jacket (spine slant, date on front endpaper, tape repair to upper edge of dj)

    Book ID: 66541
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  • LITHIUM FOR MEDEA. by Braverman, Kate.
    Braverman, Kate.
    LITHIUM FOR MEDEA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1979.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel (preceded by two volumes of poetry and many short stories). Cover praise from John Rechy and Joan Didion (who called it 'jumpy, kinetic, and finally very powerful, a deeply felt piece of work by a very gifted young writer.') INSCRIBED on the title page. 251 pp. ISBN: 0-060104414.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (closed tear and creasing to dj.)

    Book ID: 52289
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  • PEARLS. by Cogswell, Fred.
    Cogswell, Fred.
    PEARLS.

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

    Charlottetown,P.E.I.: Ragweed Press, 1983. First edition - A series of poems inspired by the death of his daughter of cancer. While Cogswell has published many books himself, he is best known as founder and editor of Fiddlehead, which gave many Canadian writers, including Michael Ondaatje, their start. ISBN: 0-920304214.

    Condition: Very good (some rubbing to the covers along the sides of the spine)

    Book ID: 73753
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  • THE MIDDLE PLACE. by Corrigan, Kelly.
    Corrigan, Kelly.
    THE MIDDLE PLACE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion / Voice , (2008.). SIGNED first edition - A coming of age story about a woman who loved being a girl and the things that made her finally grow up - debut memoirist Kelly Corrigan brilliantly captures her larger-than-life, Irish-American father and describes how they each - - successfully for now - battled with cancer. SIGNED on the title page. 264 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 57835
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  • TELL ME SOMETHING REAL. by Devlin, Calla.
    Devlin, Calla.
    TELL ME SOMETHING REAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, (2016) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, set in the late 1970s, the story of three sisters - "the neighbors call us brats" - who travel with their mother across the border from San Diego to Mexico for alternative treatments for her leukemia, but whose world is about to be shattered by a betrayal worse than cancer. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 290 pp. ISBN: 978-1-481461153.

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

    Book ID: 68672
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  • DEAR GHOSTS: Poems. by Gallagher, Tess.
    Gallagher, Tess.
    DEAR GHOSTS: Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, (2006) dj. Hardcover first edition - Her eighth collection of poems, reflecting, without sentimentality or bitterness, on many of the losses in her life - the long ago death of her father, the recent illness and death of her mother, the too early death of her husband, and facing her own mortality. 140 pp. ISBN: 1555974430.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64913
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  • LIFE WORK. by Hall, Donald.
    Hall, Donald.
    LIFE WORK.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Boston: Beacon Press, (1993). SIGNED first edition - A book in which Hall, an award winning poet, author of children's books and works of nonfiction, describes how work has filled his life with excitement - and he reflects on the different nature of work -his grandfather as a farmer in New Hampshire, his father in an office, and his work of putting a pen to paper. Halfway through writing this book, he found he had cancer, and it gave this book a new urgency, although he ultimately went on to live many more years. SIGNED on the title page. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. 124 pp. Text design by Barry Moser.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy printed wrappers (lower corner slightly bumped, staple holes in front cover)

    Book ID: 67947
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  • THE BEST DAY THE WORST DAY: Life With Jane Kenyon. by Hall, Donald.
    Hall, Donald.
    THE BEST DAY THE WORST DAY: Life With Jane Kenyon.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. dj. Hardcover first edition - A moving memoir by this award-winning poet about his 23 year marriage to poet Jane Kenyon, most of it spent in New Hampshire at Eagle Pond Farm, his family's old house. Hall records her "growing power as a poet and the couple's careful accommodations toward each other as writers. This portrait of the inner moods of 'the best marriage I know about,; as Hall has written, is laid against the stark medical emergency of Jane's leukemia, which ended her life in fifteen months. Hall shares with readers as if we were one of the grieving neighbors, friends, and relatives the daily ordeal of Jane's dying, through heartbreaking and generous storytelling." Photographic frontispiece. 258 pp. ISBN: 0-618478019.

    Condition: Fine in a v ery near fine dust jacket (crease to rear flap of dj).

    Book ID: 79315
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  • GRACE PERIOD by Haslam, Gerald W.
    Haslam, Gerald W.
    GRACE PERIOD

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, (2006). First edition - Set in Sacramento and Merced, California, this is the story of two cancer patients who come together and manage to create a new life in the face of illness and family turmoil. 289 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 77448
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  • Hirshfield, Jane, signed; Ellen Hunnicutt, Tom Babayan, and others, contributors. Ronald Spatz, editor.
    AQR: ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW, vol 21, No. 1 & 2, Fall & Winter 2003.

    Edition: First appearance in print of these works.

    Anchorage: University of Alaska, 2003. SIGNED first edition - A substantial and highly praised literary journal - SIGNED by poet Jane Hirshfield at the special section on the nature of language and art, and uncommon thus. Also includes a photo essay 'Cancer Journal' by Richard J. Murphy, 14 short stories, 2 memoirs and 67 poems selected by the guest poetry editor Michael Ryan. 270 pp We specialize in literary journals, and have many others - including many not yet catalogued and listed on line.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 31538
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  • DEFIANCE. by Hobbs, Valerie.
    Hobbs, Valerie.
    DEFIANCE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - "While vacationing in the country, eleven year old Toby, a cancer patient, learns some important lessons about living and dying from an elderly poet and her cow." Author for young readers. 116 pp. ISBN: 0-374-308470.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59656
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  • REMEMBER ME. by Lipsett, Suzanne.
    Lipsett, Suzanne.
    REMEMBER ME.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Mercury House, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in Southern California, this is a story told in a series of portraits of each member of the Jacobs family, who have been shut out from memories of their dead mother by the grief and bitterness of their father. 143 pp. ISBN: 0-916515982.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 72925
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  • THE CHEMO KID. by Lipsyte, Robert.
    Lipsyte, Robert.
    THE CHEMO KID.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "When the drugs that he takes as part of his chemotherapy transform him from wimp to superhero, sixteen-year-old Fred and his friends plot to rid the town of its most lethal environmental hazard-toxic waste in the water supply." 167 pp. ISBN: 0-06020284X.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket. (some shelfwear, corners bumped.)

    Book ID: 41722
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  • McLaurin, Tim.
    THE RIVER LESS RUN: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    Asheboro, NC: Down Home Press, (2000) dj. Hardcover first edition - North Carolina writer's second memoir, one which finds him "smack-dab in middle age: he's a 45-year-old cancer survivor who has piled his brother, his two kids, and his mother into a Winnebago and set off west to see the Rocky Mountains. But this is no mere road trip re-creation; it's a series of funny, sad, always fascinating glimpses of a life that was often lived too close to the edge." (Booklist). Among the twists and turns of this book is the discovery that the cancer he thought he had beaten years before is back. 259 pp. ISBN: 1-878086855.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (some rubbing to the folds of the dj).

    Book ID: 72184
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  • WEST OF THE MOON. by Nasaw, Jonathan.
    Nasaw, Jonathan.
    WEST OF THE MOON.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Franklin Watts, (1987.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. California author's second book - a story of learning the meaning of death, of accepting its sorrow and its inevitability - " 'If I grow up, II'm gonna be a first baseman', says Danny Dawson, who is five years old and loves baseball" but he is a little boy with cancer, and the chemotherapy did not help. 212 pp,. ISBN: 0-53115064X.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket (edgewear to the dj, initials on the front endpaper.)

    Book ID: 39210
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  • WEST OF THE MOON. by Nasaw, Jonathan.
    Nasaw, Jonathan.
    WEST OF THE MOON.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Franklin Watts, (1987.) dj. Hardcover first edition - California author's second book - a story of learning the meaning of death, of accepting its sorrow and its inevitability - " 'If I grow up, II'm gonna be a first baseman', says Danny Dawson, who is five years old and loves baseball" but he is a little boy with cancer, and the chemotherapy did not help. 212 pp,. ISBN: 0-53115064X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39211
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  • LIFE IN THE DARK AGES: A Memoir. by Pawel, Ernest.
    Pawel, Ernest.
    LIFE IN THE DARK AGES: A Memoir.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Fromm International, 1995. First edition - At age 72 and facing death from lung cancer, Pawel looks back at his life beginning in 1934 Belgrade, where he and his family moved to from Berlin shortly after the Nazis took power. Pawel is best known for the landmark biography of Franz Kafka "The Nightmare of Reason." 247 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed green wrappers.

    Book ID: 66795
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  • A WHOLE NEW LIFE. by Price, Reynold.
    Price, Reynold.
    A WHOLE NEW LIFE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, (1994) dj. Hardcover - An account of a 'mid-life collision with cancer and paralysis' by this noted writer, originally published in 1994. Includes a selection of 'revelant poems.' 213 pp. ISBN: 0-689-121970.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket .

    Book ID: 59034
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  • ONE TRUE THING by Quindlen, Anna
    Quindlen, Anna
    ONE TRUE THING

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1994.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Highly praised second novel by this Pulitzer prize winning journalist. Basis for the Meryl Streep movie of the same name, a story of a mother dying of cancer and a daughter who, in caring for her as the disease and pain inexorably worsen, comes to learn that she never really knew her mother at all. 289 pp. ISBN: 0-679-40712x.

    Condition: SIGNED by author on title page. Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 8302
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  • ONE TRUE THING. by Quindlen, Anna.
    Quindlen, Anna.
    ONE TRUE THING.

    Edition: Full-size book club edition.

    New York: Random House, (1994.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Highly praised second novel by this Pulitzer prize winning journalist. Basis for the Meryl Streep movie of the same name, a story of a mother dying of cancer and a daughter who, in caring for her as the disease and pain inexorably worsen, comes to learn that she never really knew her mother at all. SIGNED on title page. 289 pp. ISBN: 0-679-40712x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50943
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  • ONE TRUE THING by Quindlen, Anna
    Quindlen, Anna
    ONE TRUE THING

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1994.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Highly praised second novel by this Pulitzer prize winning journalist. Basis for the Meryl Streep movie of the same name, a story of a mother dying of cancer and a daughter who, in caring for her as the disease and pain inexorably worsen, comes to learn that she never really knew her mother at all. SIGNED on title page. 289 pp. ISBN: 0-679-40712x.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (crease on front flap of dj.).

    Book ID: 39926
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  • Rosenfeld, Stephen S.
    THE TIME OF THEIR DYING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, 1977 dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of the death of both of his parents, of cancer, within a few months of each other. ISBN: 0-393-087719.

    Condition: Very good in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 17707
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  • THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB. by Schwalbe, Will
    Schwalbe, Will
    THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. dj. Hardcover first edition - "The inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. dj. Hardcover first edition - "The inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn't the opposite of doing; it's the opposite of dying." Includes an appendix listing the books and authors they read. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-0307594037.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new, but with a remainder dot.)

    Book ID: 66293
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  • SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU. by Seamon, Hollis.
    Seamon, Hollis.
    SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2013. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book for young adults. "Smart-mouthed and funny, sometimes raunchy, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy. Except Ritchie has cancer, and he s spending his final days in a hospice unit." 238 pp. ISBN: 1616202602.

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

    Book ID: 58548
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  • EDEN. by Vernon, Olympia.
    Vernon, Olympia.
    EDEN.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2002). First edition - The author's first novel, a story of a young black girl in the Deep South who comes to confront the realities of sex, race, disease, and the brutal finality of death, as she watches her tough, strong-minded aunt waste away. 263 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed white wrappers.

    Book ID: 63473
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