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  • BAKE-FACE AND OTHER GUAVA STORIES. by Adisa, Opal Palmer.
    Adisa, Opal Palmer.
    BAKE-FACE AND OTHER GUAVA STORIES.

    Edition: Second printing of the original edition, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Berkeley, CA: Kelsey Street Press, (1987.). Collection of short stories rooted in the oral tradition of her Jamaican homeland - includes the 1987 Pushcart Prize winning story, `Duppy Get Her'. Praise on cover from Alice Walker and Michelle Cliff. Introduction by Barbara Christian. xiii, 116 pp. ISBN: 0-932716-202.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers (some pencil underlining in the introduction).

    Book ID: 54272
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  • GREEN CANE AND JUICY FLOTSAM, Short Stories by Caribbean Women. by (Adisa, Opal Palmer; Kincaid, Jamaica; Cliff, Michelle and others) Esteves, Carmen C. and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth, editors.
    (Adisa, Opal Palmer; Kincaid, Jamaica; Cliff, Michelle and others) Esteves, Carmen C. and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth, editors.
    GREEN CANE AND JUICY FLOTSAM, Short Stories by Caribbean Women.

    Edition: 2nd printing, a trade paperback.

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1991. In addition to the contributors shown above, this includes selections by Hilda Contreras, Maryse Conde, Rosario Ferre, Hazel Campbell, Olga Nolla, Ana Lydia Vega, Olive Senior and many others. Selected bibliography. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-8135-17389.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73412
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  • HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS by Alvarez, Julia
    Alvarez, Julia
    HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly praised first novel by this author who was born in the Dominican Republic. Winner of the Pen/Oakland Award. 290 pp. ISBN: 0-945575-572.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 49371
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  • SAVING THE WORLD. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SAVING THE WORLD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2006.). First edition - A novel which goes back and forth between two centuries - from the fight against AIDS in the modern Dominican Republic to the 1803 smallpox expedition of Francisco Xavier Balmis. 368 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 72659
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  • SAVING THE WORLD. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SAVING THE WORLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel which goes back and forth between two centuries - from the fight against AIDS in the modern Dominican Republic to the 1803 smallpox expedition of Francisco Xavier Balmis. 368 pp. ISBN: 156512510x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47879
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  • SAVING THE WORLD. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SAVING THE WORLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel which goes back and forth between two centuries - from the fight against AIDS in the modern Dominican Republic to the 1803 smallpox expedition of Francisco Xavier Balmis. INSCRIBED on the title page "for Mary" with a drawing of a heart and dated in the year of publication. 368 pp. ISBN: 156512510x.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 64330
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  • IN THE NAME OF SALOME. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    IN THE NAME OF SALOME.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2000. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel about 'la musa de la patria', Dominican poet Salome Urena and her daughter, Profesora Camila Henriquez-Urena. 357 pp. ISBN: 1-56512-273.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 41365
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2002. by [Anthology, signed] Miller, Sue, editor. Edwidge Danticat, Michael Chabon and Jim Shepard, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Miller, Sue, editor. Edwidge Danticat, Michael Chabon and Jim Shepard, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2002.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. SIGNED first edition - These books are notable for the amount of good - and interesting -writing compressed into one volume. Includes stories by Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Chabon, Edwidge Danticat, Jill McCorkle, Carolyn Cooke and more. Brief biographies of the contributors. Introductions by Sue Miller and Katrina Kennison, series editor. SIGNED by THREE authors at their stories: Danticat at "Seven" ; Chabon at "Along the Frontage Road" and Jim Shepard at "Love and Hydrogen." Includes contributors' notes and list of 100 other distinguished stories of 2001. 375 pp. ISBN: 0-618-131736.

    Condition: Very near fine.

    Book ID: 50473
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  • Banks, Russell.
    THE BOOK OF JAMAICA.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: HarperPerennial, (1996.). Novel with explores the complexities of political life in the Caribbean and its racial conflicts. 336 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0977078.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 37998
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  • BASTARD TONGUES: A Trail-Blazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages. by Bickerton, Derek.
    Bickerton, Derek.
    BASTARD TONGUES: A Trail-Blazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hill & Wang, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "focuses on languages so low in the pecking order that many people don't regard them as languages at all - Creole languages spoken by descendants of slaves and indentured laborers in plantation colonies all over the world. . . Bickerton has spent more than thirty years researching these languages on four continents and developing a controversial theory that explains why they are so similar to one another. . . a unique blend of memoir, travelogue, history, and linguistics primer." Double page map, glossary, index. suggested reading. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-8090-28174.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56321
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  • THE WAR OF KNIVES: A Matty Graves Novel. by Campbell, Broos.
    Campbell, Broos.
    THE WAR OF KNIVES: A Matty Graves Novel.

    Edition: First printing.

    Ithaca, New York: McBooks Press, (2007) dj. Hardcover first edition - Historical novel set in 1800 on the island of Saint Domingue (as Haiti was known then) during the bloody war between the slaves and their overseers. Maps, author's historical note, glossary. 309 pp. ISBN: 978-1590131046.

    Condition: Good in very good dust jacket (looks like coffee splashed on the outer edge of the textblock).

    Book ID: 71806
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  • Carse, Robert.
    GREAT VENTURE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1952.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Story writtten for young adults of the ill-fated attempt of the Scots to found a colony in Central America: New Caledonia, a story of heroism, of a young Scotch Laird and his friendship with a Guarani Indian boy, of sickness, pirates, and danger on land and sea. Illustrated with drawings by Christine Price. 239 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (dustjacket has a tape repair the upper edge, discoloration on flaps and endpapers from tape.) Contents are very clean, binding is tight. Back cover of dustjacket advertises Heinlein's The Rolling Stones.

    Book ID: 33419
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  • CONQUERING KILMARNIE. by Cave, Hugh B.
    Cave, Hugh B.
    CONQUERING KILMARNIE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1989.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second book for children, a story of grief, loss and friendship set on a Jamaican coffee plantation - a world the author knows well, since he once owned and ran one. 176 pp. ISBN: 0-027177815.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 42581
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  • THE MEETING POINT. by Clarke, Austin.
    Clarke, Austin.
    THE MEETING POINT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Macmillan, (1967) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third novel by this highly acclaimed Barbadian-Canadian author, set among West Indian immigrants in Toronto. Clarke was the winner (among many other awards) of the 1999 W. O. Mitchell literary prize. Warmly INSCRIBED on the title page "For --- with a better memory of Chicago than Chicago, and with a line more profound then the Blue Ridge Mountain's beautiful line" and dated at Yale in 1968. 250 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in black cloth with gold lettering on the spine, in a good dust jacket (address label on front endpaper, dj has rubbing and wear to all folds, some very short edgetears)

    Book ID: 68909
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  • THE MEETING POINT. by Clarke, Austin.
    Clarke, Austin.
    THE MEETING POINT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Macmillan, (1967). Hardcover first edition - The third novel by this highly acclaimed Barbadian-Canadian author, set among West Indian immigrants in Toronto. Clarke was the winner (among many other awards) of the 1999 W. O. Mitchell literary prize. 250 pp.

    Condition: Good in black cloth with gold lettering on the spine (slight spine slant, no dj)

    Book ID: 68910
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  • Cliff, Michelle.
    NO TELEPHONE TO HEAVEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1987, dj. Hardcover first edition - First novel by this Jamaican- American writer to be published by a major press - Toni Morrison stated that in this book 'the beauty and authority of her writing is coupled in a rare way with profound insight....it is a deeply attractive work.'. ISBN: 0-525-245081.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 24026
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  • Craton, Michael.
    SINEWS OF EMPIRE: A Short History of British Slavery.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Temple Smith, 1974. dj. Hardcover first edition - Extensive notes, index. 413 pages. ISBN: 0-8511-7064x.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (one closed tear on back cover.)

    Book ID: 19033
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  • BONE. by Daley-Ward, Yrsa,
    Daley-Ward, Yrsa,
    BONE.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    New York: Penguin, (2017). SIGNED first edition - First collection of poetry by this writer of West Indian and West African ancestry who was born in England. Originally issued in 2014, this edition includes additional poems and a new introduction by Kiese Laymon. SIGNED on the title page. 141 pp. ISBN: 978-0143132615.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in printed red wrappers.

    Book ID: 71443
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  • DROWN. by Diaz, Junot.
    Diaz, Junot.
    DROWN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. SIGNED first edition - His first book, a collection of ten interconnected short stories set in his native Domenican Republic and in the immigrant community in New Jersey. The New Yorker (where some of these stories were originally published) named Diaz as one of the 20 best young American writers - and in 2008, Diaz won the Pulitzer for his second book, 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.' An important debut. SIGNED on the title page. 208 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy white wrappers (bottom edge of textblock bumped near spine, no creasing, appears unread.)

    Book ID: 72415
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  • CONDUCTORS OF THE PIT: Major Works by Rimbaud, Vallejo, Csaire, Artaud, Holan. by Eshleman, Clayton, translator and editor. Cesar Vallejo, Aime Cesaire, Antonin Artuad and others.
    Eshleman, Clayton, translator and editor. Cesar Vallejo, Aime Cesaire, Antonin Artuad and others.
    CONDUCTORS OF THE PIT: Major Works by Rimbaud, Vallejo, Csaire, Artaud, Holan.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Paragon House, (1988). Hardcover first edition - Works by five of the great poets of the 20th century - French, Peruvian, Caribbean and Czech - selected, translated and introduced by Clayton Eshleman and co-translators Annette Smith and Frantisek Galan. ix, 230 pp. ISBN: 1-557780587.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78797
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  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada. by Foster, Cecil.
    Foster, Cecil.
    A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada.

    Edition: Trade paperback original - 3rd printing.

    Toronto: Harper Collins, (1996.). SIGNED - A look at the troubled state of race relations in Canada by this black novelist, who came to Canada from Barbados at the age 24. Although the title refers to how the fugitive slaves (and Foster himself) thought of Canada, the reality is quite different: "The sons and daughters of black doctors, lawyers and politicians are just as likely to drop out of school and to be harassed by the police as are the offspring of domestic servants. For many young Blacks, this situation is not acceptable. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1998. Index. 325 pp. ISBN: 0-00638028X.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy blue and black illustrated wrappers with French flaps.

    Book ID: 42203
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  • Fuentes, Carlos.
    THE ORANGE TREE.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Andre Deutsch, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Five novellas by this award winning author from Mexico, which together create an imaginative reconstruction of the past and present history - the novellas include "The Two Shores" (a story of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Caribbean), "Sons of the Conquistadors" (about the fate of the sons of Hernan Cortes), "The Two Numantias", "Apollo and the Whores", and "The Two Americas"; translated from the Spanish by Alfred Mac Adam. 229 pp. ISBN: 0-233-988424.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36310
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  • MAXIE IN THE JUNGLE or The Temple of the Incas (Maxie # 6) by Gardner, Elise Bell (1895-1994) (pseudonym Janet Jamieson)
    Gardner, Elise Bell (1895-1994) (pseudonym Janet Jamieson)
    MAXIE IN THE JUNGLE or The Temple of the Incas (Maxie # 6)

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Cupples & Leon Company, (1937). Hardcover first edition - Set in Venezuela, this is the 6th book in this series of adventures set in Caribbean and Latin America, featuring Maxie, a young American girl who "has the ability of turning every event in her life into the most absorbing and astounding adventures, and when she is sent to visit her only other Uncle in the British West Indies, it proves to be the beginning of not only an entirely new mode of living, but a series of tremendously thrilling adventures and stirring deeds that every girl will thoroughly enjoy." The author, a war bride who came to Canada after World War I, had spent part of her…

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    New York: Cupples & Leon Company, (1937). Hardcover first edition - Set in Venezuela, this is the 6th book in this series of adventures set in Caribbean and Latin America, featuring Maxie, a young American girl who "has the ability of turning every event in her life into the most absorbing and astounding adventures, and when she is sent to visit her only other Uncle in the British West Indies, it proves to be the beginning of not only an entirely new mode of living, but a series of tremendously thrilling adventures and stirring deeds that every girl will thoroughly enjoy." The author, a war bride who came to Canada after World War I, had spent part of her childhood in Trinidad, and also travelled to the West Indies again and so she knew the area well. Glossy frontispiece by Russell Tandy. Lists to self both at the front of the book and in the ads at the rear. 209 pp plus 3 pp publisher's ads.

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    Condition: Very good overall in blue cloth with black lettering and illustration on front cover (slight spine slant, some wear to edges of boards, prev owner's name and usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 64555
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  • THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GREGORY PLUCKROSE. by Gundy, Elizabeth.
    Gundy, Elizabeth.
    THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GREGORY PLUCKROSE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press / Doubleday, 1985. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's fifth novel, a satire which skewers the pretensions of the rich but is still an endearing and affectionate adventure, a "delicious thriller about a gay interior decorator who joins his super-wealthy clients for a Caribbean cruise, only to find himself shanghaied by pirates. Bound hand and foot and tossed unceremoniously into a quaint, Paul Gauguin sort of hut picturesquely thatched with banana leaves, Gregory fears he will be boiled la langouste and served without so much as a creative sauce. But one night, as he lies in the dark with his face in the dirt, he hears a digging, snooting sound coming from the ground…

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    New York: Dial Press / Doubleday, 1985. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's fifth novel, a satire which skewers the pretensions of the rich but is still an endearing and affectionate adventure, a "delicious thriller about a gay interior decorator who joins his super-wealthy clients for a Caribbean cruise, only to find himself shanghaied by pirates. Bound hand and foot and tossed unceremoniously into a quaint, Paul Gauguin sort of hut picturesquely thatched with banana leaves, Gregory fears he will be boiled la langouste and served without so much as a creative sauce. But one night, as he lies in the dark with his face in the dirt, he hears a digging, snooting sound coming from the ground outside . . . Enter the most endearing sidekick in fiction, the brave pig Savarin." 180 pp. ISBN: 0-385195176.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (light remainder spray bottom edge)

    Book ID: 76471
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  • PRESENTING ROSA GUY. by [Guy, Rosa] Norris, Jerrie.
    [Guy, Rosa] Norris, Jerrie.
    PRESENTING ROSA GUY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Twayne, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in Twayne's United States Authors Series: Young Adult Authors, the first study of this author who was born in Trinidad and raised in Harlem. A "thoughtful study of the many influences that being black has had on Guy's work. Based in part on Norris's in-person interviews with Guy, the book sketchily discusses Guy's life, going more deeply into major cultural movements which threaded through it: the immigration experience of a West Indian family in Harlem in the 1930s and '40s, the Marcus Garvey movement, the Civil Rights movement, etc. [Includes an] in-depth analysis of Guy's books, especially The Friends trilogy. Chronology, frontispiece portrait, selected bibliography, index. [8], 110 pp. ISBN: 0-805782079.

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

    Book ID: 74540
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  • JUNIUS OVER FAR by Hamilton, Virginia
    Hamilton, Virginia
    JUNIUS OVER FAR

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Young adult novel by this award-winning African American writer (including the MacArthur "genius" award.) Junius and his father travel "over far" - back to the Caribbean to rescue his grandfather and to reclaim their lost heritage. 277 pp. Wraparound dust jacket art by Pat Cummings. ISBN: 0-06-0221941.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (prev owner's stamp covered by a thin strip of paper, dj is price-clipped and has one short closed tear.)

    Book ID: 49062
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  • Heath, Roy.
    THE MURDERER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Persea Books, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in the author's native Guyana, originally published in 1978 in England and winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize there. Heath is one of the most highly praised of the modern Caribbean writers, and has been nominated for the Whitbread and Booker prizes. ISBN: 0-89225-1682.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 15856
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  • Heath, Roy.
    THE MINISTRY OF HOPE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Marion Boyars, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in the author's native Guyana. Heath is one of the most highly praised of the modern Caribbean writers, and has been nominated for the Whitbread and Booker prizes and won the Guardian Fiction prixe. ISBN: 0-7145-30158.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 19163
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  • JUMPING SHIP AND OTHER STORIES. by James, Kelvin Christopher
    James, Kelvin Christopher
    JUMPING SHIP AND OTHER STORIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Villard, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Trinidad-born author's first published collection of short stories; dj praise from Patrick McGrath & Whitney Otto. 226 pp. ISBN: 0-679-411836.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (nick at top of dj spine).

    Book ID: 39874
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  • James, Kelvin Christopher
    JUMPING SHIP AND OTHER STORIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Villard, 1992. dj. Hardcover first edition - Trinidad-born author's first published collection of short stories; dj praise from Patrick McGrath & Whitney Otto. 226 pp. ISBN: 0-679-411836.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 5282
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