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WEST OF THE WEST: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Public Affairs, (2009.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Very much to-the-point essays by journalist Mark Araxl; the title comes from a Teddy Roosevelt quote. Among the essays are "The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman", a portrait of a young immigrant family; "Home Front", an exploration of right-wing religious groups in the state, and "The Last Okie in Lamont", set in the small town that inspired "The Grapes of Wrath; " "Highlands of Humboldt" about the marijuana growing capital of the country, a moving epilogue on his search to find answers to his father's murder in Fresno 40 years ago, and much more. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 347 pp. ISBN: 1586483900.
Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.Book ID: 61060More details Price: $30.00
BLUES FROM CANNIBALS: The Notes from Underground.
Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )
New York: North Point Press / Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, (2002). First edition - A book which "continues the quest Bowden began in Blood Orchid - to discover the headwaters of the sickness that seeps through the American soul, and to consider what it might mean to come fully alive in a time of exalted consumption, global pillage, gated communities, and wholesale destruction of the environment." 293 pp.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.Book ID: 74928More details Price: $18.50
NO GUNS, NO KNIVES, NO PERSONAL CHECKS: The Tales of a San Francisco Cab Driver.
Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.
San Francisco: Everett Madison Publishing, (2007). SIGNED first edition - "Driving a cab has been rated the most dangerous job in the United States, surpassing the risk of being a police officer. At the same time, it is most entertaining. Especially in San Francisco, cab passengers are from diverse and contrasting walks of life: the rich and the poor, the sorry and the psychotic--drug dealers, gang members, French tourists, hookers, derelicts, transvestites, muggers, and even other cab drivers. They share their predicaments, a snippet of their lives. Sometimes a snippet is too much." SIGNED on the title page and dated in 2008. Illustrated by Shanon Essex. Double page map, cab driving glossary. 284 pp. ISBN: 978-0978575106.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. Promotional card laid in.Book ID: 76944More details Price: $21.50
THE HUNGER FOR MORE: Searching for Values in an Age of Greed.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Times Books, (1989) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Before Shames became known for his offbeat Key West mysteries, he was a journalist, and the author of serious non-fiction books. This, his second book, is perhaps even more relevant today than it was when it was written. "More. If there's a single word that summarizes American hopes and obsessions, that's it. More money. More success. More luxuries and gizmos.. . [as argued in] this brilliant and acerbic analysis of contemporary American values and foibles, the hunger for more has characterized America from its frontier beginnings." SIGNED on the title page. Notes, index. xi, 291 pp. ISBN: 0-812916565.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.Book ID: 67694More details Price: $60.00