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  • AMERICA TODAY: Observations and Reflections. by Archer, William.
    Archer, William.
    AMERICA TODAY: Observations and Reflections.

    Edition: Facsimile Reprint.

    New York: Arno Press, 1974. Hardcover - Originally published in 1899. Includes his impressions of New York City ("much maligned") including the new rapid transit system there, and of Washington, Boston and Chicago, as well as comments on the differences between the North and the South, the American language, the postal system, universities and more. A title in the Foreign Travelers in America, 1810-1935 series. 260 pp. ISBN: 0-405-054416.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings and overall tight and clean in gold cloth with burgundy lettering.

    Book ID: 57388
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  • Bellow, Saul.
    THE DEAN'S DECEMBER.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1982.) dj. Hardcover - Novel set in two modern cities - Bucharest and Chicago - by this Nobel prize winning author. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0148497.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (toning to the dj.)

    Book ID: 47719
    Keywords: bucharest, chicago, Fiction
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  • THE DEAN'S DECEMBER. by Bellow, Saul.
    Bellow, Saul.
    THE DEAN'S DECEMBER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1982.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in two modern cities - Bucharest and Chicago - by this Nobel prize winning author. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0148497.

    Condition: Ex-library - no markings, but glue under dust jacket flaps - dj is only fair (hole in spine, price-clipped, but discoloration from glue.)

    Book ID: 57354
    Keywords: bucharest, chicago, Fiction
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  • LEO THE CIRCUS BOY or Life Under the Great White Canvas. by Bonehill, Captain Ralph.
    Bonehill, Captain Ralph.
    LEO THE CIRCUS BOY or Life Under the Great White Canvas.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Company, (ca 1920, c. 1897.). Hardcover - A title in 'The Young Sportsman Series.' A story of mystery and adventure against the backdrop of life in the circus in the late 19th century, 241 pp plus 9 pp publisher's advertisements.

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated boards (illustrations on front cover bright and attractive, neat prev owner's name, front hinge cracking, rubbing to spine, corners bumped, shelfwear)

    Book ID: 66264
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  • LEO THE CIRCUS BOY or Life Under the Great White Canvas. by Bonehill, Captain Ralph.
    Bonehill, Captain Ralph.
    LEO THE CIRCUS BOY or Life Under the Great White Canvas.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Company, (ca 1920, c. 1897.). Hardcover - A title in 'The Young Sportsman Series.' A story of mystery and adventure against the backdrop of life in the circus in the late 19th century, 241 pp plus 15 pp publisher's advertisements.

    Condition: Very good overall in illustrated boards (illustrations on front cover and spine bright and attractive, neat prev owner's name, front hinge cracking, minor shelf wear.)

    Book ID: 40248
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  • MOTOR TALES AND TRAVELS IN AND OUT OF CALIFORNIA. by Carolan, Herbert.
    Carolan, Herbert.
    MOTOR TALES AND TRAVELS IN AND OUT OF CALIFORNIA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, 1936. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes accounts of trips to Alaska, Chicago, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, Mexico, and especially many trips of excursions around California, including the Mother Lode country of the Sierra Foothills, the high Sierras, the desert and more. Illustrated with many photographs. Presentation copy INSCRIBED by the author to Howard L. Rowe, Madera County Superintendent of Schools and dated in 1941. 241 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in blue cloth with orange lettering, but lacking the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56004
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  • Carroll, James.
    MEMORIAL BRIDGE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Epic novel which spams the years from depression-era, gangster-controlled Irish Chicago, to the early years of the FBI, wartime Washington, the defeat of Hitler, i and finally to Vietnam. 495 pp. ISBN: 0-395511364.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (faint name on front endpaper.)

    Book ID: 31600
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  • WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK and Other Stories. by Cisneros, Sandra.
    Cisneros, Sandra.
    WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK and Other Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Highly praised collection by this award-winning Chicana writer (born in Chicago to a Mexican father and Mexican-American mother). SIGNED by the author on the title page.. 165 pp. ISBN: 0-394-576543.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 25667
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  • TARGET LANCER. by Collins, Max Allan.
    Collins, Max Allan.
    TARGET LANCER.

    Edition: First paperback printing.

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (2013). SIGNED - Suspense novel set in 1963, surrounding a plot to kill JFK - in Chicago! The sixteenth novel in the Nathan Heller series. SIGNED on the title page. 322 pp. ISBN: 978-0765361479.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 67358
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  • THE MILLION DOLLAR WOUND. by Collins, Max Allan.
    Collins, Max Allan.
    THE MILLION DOLLAR WOUND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1986). SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third novel in his award-winning series featuring private investigator Nate Heller. "In 1942, Chicago P.I. Nate Heller and his childhood pal, boxer Barney Ross, join the Marines and see bloody action together at Guadalcanal. Upon his return to gangland Chicago, the shell-shocked Heller - more dangerous than ever - is thrust into the midst of an inter-gang war to depose Capone's successor Frank Nitti, whose minions are infiltrating Hollywood movie unions." SIGNED by the author in full on the title page and INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and signed "M.A. C. " Illustrated with photographs. Author's note. 336 pp. ISBN: 0-312532520.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76718
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  • THE PLUNGER: A Tale of the Wheat Pit. by Dies, Edward Jerome
    Dies, Edward Jerome
    THE PLUNGER: A Tale of the Wheat Pit.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Covici Friede, 1929. Hardcover first edition - A fictionalized and sympathetic biography of Benjamin P. Hutchinson, "Old Hutch," one of the first of the great speculators in commodity futures - in this case, wheat - between the 1870s to the early 1890s. Interesting look at how these markets work, the bulls who buy and the bears who short the commodities - at the time, plungers - those who went all out to control the markets - were considered heroes. Among other famous plungers who appear in this book are J. D. Armour and Joe Leiter. Illustrated with photographs. 249 pp.

    Condition: Very good in gold cloth - usual toning to the pages, some soiling to the covers, but a tight and straight copy. Comment "a very interesting record" on the front pastedown.

    Book ID: 72995
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  • WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE YOU. by Elliott, Stephen.
    Elliott, Stephen.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE YOU.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: MacAdam / Cage Publishing, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author' second novel, set in the underworld of Chicago's Halsted Street, a world of addiction, prostitution - love in the midst of brutality. INSCRIBED on the half title page. 195 pp. ISBN: 1-931561184.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (crinkling to back cover of dj).

    Book ID: 73764
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  • LIFE SENTENCE. by Ellis, David.
    Ellis, David.
    LIFE SENTENCE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (2003.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's second novel, a legal thriller set in an unnamed Chicago (his first novel won the Edgar Award.) SIGNED on the title page. Dust jacket praise from Rahm Emmanuel (who knows something about big city politics) and others. 390 pp. ISBN: 0-399-149791.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 48653
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  • HOG BUTCHER. by Fair, Ronald
    Fair, Ronald
    HOG BUTCHER.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & World, (1966.) dj. Hardcover - Second novel by this highly praised African American writer, the story of two young boys who witness the shooting of a basketball player by two cops. Basis for the 75 film "Cornbread Earl and Me" with Moses Gunn and Rosalind Cash. 182 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket. (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 44874
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  • Forrest, Leon.
    RELOCATIONS OF THE SPIRIT:Essays.

    Edition: First printing.

    Wakefield, RI: Moyer Bell - Asphodel Press, 1994. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of 27 essays - several dealing with Chicago, others on Billie Holliday, jazz musician Roland Kirk, on Michael Jordan, the black Baptist church, sculptor Richard Hunt - book reviews and more, by this noted African American writer. ISBN: 1-55921-0680.

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

    Book ID: 18263
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  • THE PHANTOM FATHER: A Memoir. by Gifford, Barry.
    Gifford, Barry.
    THE PHANTOM FATHER: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1997.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - While 'everyone' in Chicago knew his father, Gifford, whose parents were separated when he was 8, did not know him well. This picture of his father, sometimes a dangerous man, is based on his scattered memories of childhood and his attempt to understand him now. SIGNED on the title page. Photographs. 257 pp. ISBN: 0-15-1002509.

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

    Book ID: 38574
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  • TIME FOR FRANKIE COOLIN. by Griffith, Bill (pseudonym of Bill Granger, 1941-2012)
    Griffith, Bill (pseudonym of Bill Granger, 1941-2012)
    TIME FOR FRANKIE COOLIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1982) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in Chicago, this is the story of Frankie Coolin, who has spent his life working in the trades, and seems to have succeeded- he has moved to the suburbs, is the owner of several tenements in the Chicago ghetto, but when one of his warehouses burns and it is found to contain stolen television sets, his world begins to crumble. The only novel written by Edgar award winning writer under this pseudonym, but one of his best. 269 pp. Dust jacket by John Sposato. ISBN: 0-394521234.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77163
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  • EASY INNOCENCE. by Hellmann, Libby Fischer .
    Hellmann, Libby Fischer .
    EASY INNOCENCE.

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

    Madison, WI: Bleak House Books, (2008.). SIGNED first edition - The first book in a new series featuring Georgia Davis, an ex-Chicago cop turned private detective in a case involving some privileged, but spoiled, North Shore teenage girls who find themselves in deep trouble. SIGNED on the title page. 396 pp. Promotional slip laid in. ISBN: 9781932557671.

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

    Book ID: 41220
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  • Herrick, Robert.
    THE MEMOIRS OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1905. Hardcover first edition - Considered Herrick's best and most powerful novel, this story about Chicago and a young man on the rise was originally published as a serial in 1905 in the Saturday Evening Post. Scenes of the meat -packing industry and a chapter on the trial of the Haymarket Anarchists. Illustrated with many in-text drawings. Bound in mustard-colored cloth with decoration and lettering in red and black. The rather clever cover illustration, by the Decorative Designers, incorporates a pig's snout and dollar signs into the border. Top edge gilt. 351 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements for other Herrick book.

    Condition: Overall good condition - some wear to the edges of the boards, and the ends of the spine, with the underlying boards showing thru in one corner, rubbing to the lettering on the spine (still readable) and some overall soiling, binding a bit shaken, but holding. Previous owner's name and 1905 date in pencil.

    Book ID: 17592
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  • LAST DANCE IN REDONDO BEACH. by Katz, Michael J.
    Katz, Michael J.
    LAST DANCE IN REDONDO BEACH.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second mystery featuring out-of-shape Chicago sportscaster Andy Sussman, set in Southern California in the world of pro-wrestling. 255 pp. ISBN: -39913445X.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dustjacket (toning to the pages, remainder line)

    Book ID: 65414
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  • LAST DANCE IN REDONDO BEACH. by Katz, Michael J.
    Katz, Michael J.
    LAST DANCE IN REDONDO BEACH.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second mystery featuring out-of-shape Chicago sportscaster Andy Sussman, set in Southern California in the world of pro-wrestling. 255 pp. ISBN: -39913445X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 62451
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  • JESSE JACKSON AND THE POLITICS OF RACE. by Landess, Thomas H. and Richard Quinn; Foreword by Ralph Abernathy.
    Landess, Thomas H. and Richard Quinn; Foreword by Ralph Abernathy.
    JESSE JACKSON AND THE POLITICS OF RACE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Ottawa, IL: Jameson Books Inc., (1985) dj. Hardcover first edition - A rather controversial look at the life of Jesse Jackson - As it discusses his contributions to the civil rights movement, and examines his political career, the authors contend that Jackson used race politics to advance his own aspirations for wealth and power. Foreword by Ralph Abernathy. Notes on sources, index. viii, 269 pp. ISBN: 0-915463083.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 76542
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  • THE MUSICIANS AND PETRILLO. by Leiter, Robert D.
    Leiter, Robert D.
    THE MUSICIANS AND PETRILLO.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Bookman Associates, (1953). Hardcover - "The first complete study ever made of the American Federation of Musicians. The book deals not only with the life of James Caesar Petrillo but with many colorful and leading personalities of the entertainment world whose paths crossed that of the union." Frontispiece portrait. Notes, bibliography, index. 202 p

    Condition: Good overall in black cloth, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75025
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  • A PENNANT FOR THE KREMLIN. by Molloy, Paul.
    Molloy, Paul.
    A PENNANT FOR THE KREMLIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - "The extremely fictional story of the year the Russians inherited a major league baseball team" - the Chicago White Sox. 185 pp. Dust jacket illustration by Franklyn Modell.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (one closed tear to dj, but overall an attractive copy of this rather uncommon baseball novel.

    Book ID: 47764
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  • THE JAZZ PALACE. by Morris, Mary.
    Morris, Mary.
    THE JAZZ PALACE.

    New York: Nan A. Talese / Doubleday dj. Hardcover first edition - Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Set in the 1920s Chicago, this is novel "brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music ofthe Jazz Age. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915.. . But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano - especially jazz. At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs…

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    New York: Nan A. Talese / Doubleday dj. Hardcover first edition - Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Set in the 1920s Chicago, this is novel "brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music ofthe Jazz Age. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915.. . But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano - especially jazz. At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play. . . Even as the novel charts the story of its characters, it also tells the tale of the city where they live. It is a world of gangsters, musicians, and clubs, in which black musicians are no freer than they were before the Civil War, white youths head down to the South Side to slum, and Al Capone and Louis Armstrong become legends." 245 pp. ISBN: 978-0385539739.

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

    Book ID: 74703
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  • Morris, Wright.
    WILL'S BOY: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1981.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award winning novelist's account of his childhood and youth. When his mother died when he was just 6, he was raised by his father Will - first in rural Nebraska and then in Chicago. Frontispiece. 200 pp. ISBN: 0-06-014856x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (embossed seal of previous owner on front endpaper, dj priceclipped.)

    Book ID: 36418
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  • WILL'S BOY: A Memoir. by Morris, Wright.
    Morris, Wright.
    WILL'S BOY: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1981.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award winning novelist's account of his childhood and youth. When his mother died when he was just 6, he was raised by his father Will - first in rural Nebraska and then in Chicago. Frontispiece. 200 pp. ISBN: 0-06-014856x.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (remainder mark, chip to lower corner of dj.)

    Book ID: 52287
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  • Morris, Wright.
    WILL'S BOY: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1981.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award winning novelist's account of his childhood and youth. When his mother died when he was just 6, he was raised by his father Will - first in rural Nebraska and then in Chicago. Frontispiece. 200 pp. ISBN: 0-06-014856x.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 33553
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  • GHOST COUNTRY. by Paretsky, Sara.
    Paretsky, Sara.
    GHOST COUNTRY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A stand-alone novel by the author of the V. I. Warshawski mysteries, the story of four troubled people who meet beneath the streets of Chicago. SIGNED on the title page. 386 pp. ISBN: 0-385-29938.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 53846
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  • INDEMNITY ONLY. by Paretsky, Sara.
    Paretsky, Sara.
    INDEMNITY ONLY.

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Delacorte, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Reprint of the first mystery featuring Chicago private detective V.I. Warshawski, originally published in 1982. Includes a new introduction by Paretsky in which she talks about getting this book first published. Stuart Kaminsky wrote that Paretsky has 'created a female private eye who can be independent, sharp and tough without losing her identity as a woman.' SIGNED on the title page. ix, 244 pp. ISBN: 0-385302606.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 70945
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