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  • Babchenko, Arkady.
    ONE SOLDIER'S WAR.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2008). First edition - The author's incredibly powerful first book which won Russia's inaugural Debut Prize, which recognizes authors who write 'despite, not because of, their life circumstances.' "In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naive conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages. Babchenko takes the raw and mundane realities of war--the constant cold, hunger, exhaustion,…

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    New York: Grove Press, (2008). First edition - The author's incredibly powerful first book which won Russia's inaugural Debut Prize, which recognizes authors who write 'despite, not because of, their life circumstances.' "In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naive conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages. Babchenko takes the raw and mundane realities of war--the constant cold, hunger, exhaustion, filth, and terror--and twists it into compelling, haunting, and eerily elegant prose." Translated from the Russian by Nick Allen. 395 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (lower corner slightly bumped).

    Book ID: 66335
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  • THE GIFTS OF THE BODY. by Brown, Rebecca.
    Brown, Rebecca.
    THE GIFTS OF THE BODY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Stories, both moving and imbued with an understanding of death, narrated by an unnamed home care worker who assists people dying with AIDS. SIGNED on the title page. 165 pp. ISBN: 0-060171596.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67543
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  • THE GIFTS OF THE BODY. by Brown, Rebecca.
    Brown, Rebecca.
    THE GIFTS OF THE BODY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Stories, both moving and imbued with an understanding of death, narrated by an unnamed home care worker who assists people dying with AIDS. 165 pp. ISBN: 0-060171596.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76160
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  • IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death. by Carter, Zoe FitzGerald.
    Carter, Zoe FitzGerald.
    IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The author's first memoir, which won first place in the 2008 Pacific Northwest Writer's Association's literary contest. "After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoes mother decided to end her lifeand asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision drags on as her mother changes her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stir up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty." A controversial but warm and sometimes even funny book which deals with the issues at the center of the debate on assisted suicide. SIGNED on the title page. 256 pp. ISBN: 978-1439148242.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76111
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  • FAREWELL, I'M BOUND TO LEAVE YOU. by Chappell, Fred.
    Chappell, Fred.
    FAREWELL, I'M BOUND TO LEAVE YOU.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Picador, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - A lyrical novel by this award-winning Southern poet and writer - it "begins in a room made cool by the approach of death, where and old woman and her grieving daughter are saying good-bye in silent, urgent conversation. In the next room, Jess Kirkman waits with his father, remembering the tales his grandmother and mother have passed down." 228 pp. ISBN: 0-312146000.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 67343
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  • ISIS. by Clegg, Douglas.
    Clegg, Douglas.
    ISIS.

    Edition: First trade edition.

    New York: Vanguard, (2009.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A haunting novella of the supernatural - 'if you lost someone you loved, what would you pay to bring them back from the dead?' Illustrated with drawings by Glenn Chadbourne. 113 pp. ISBN: 9781593155407.

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

    Book ID: 54177
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  • THE WISH LIST by Colfer, Eoin.
    Colfer, Eoin.
    THE WISH LIST

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A stand-alone novel by the author of the Artemis Fowl series. The story of a young girl's last chance to redeem herself. SIGNED on the title page. 252 pp. ISBN: 0-786-818638.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 60371
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  • WRONG: Stories. by Cooper, Dennis
    Cooper, Dennis
    WRONG: Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Weidenfeld, (1992) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first collection of short stories, raw and powerful in their exploration of death, by this writer about whom William Burroughs said "Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer." SIGNED on the title page. 163 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-14016.

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

    Book ID: 60675
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  • I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME. by Craven, Margaret
    Craven, Margaret
    I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME.

    Edition: Later printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, (c 1973.) dj. Hardcover - Her first novel, a book which became an instant classic - this is a story of a young minister, who does not know he has only a couple of years left to live, who is sent by his bishop to a remote parish in British Columbia among the Tsawataineuk Indians. 166 pp. ISBN: 0-385-025866.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (price clipped, tape repair to back cover of dj.).

    Book ID: 44030
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  • THE DECEMBER PROJECT: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery. by Davidson, Sara.
    Davidson, Sara.
    THE DECEMBER PROJECT: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2014). First edition - For two years, Davidson met every Friday with 89-year-old Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, to discuss what he calls The December Project - that is, "creating strategies to deal with pain and memory loss, and finding tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness, and joy at any age. Davidson includes twelve exercises so that readers may experience what she did a sea change in facing what we all must face: mortality." Glossary. 193 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 80185
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  • THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. by Didion, Joan.
    Didion, Joan.
    THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. dj. Hardcover - A moving, powerful account of her marriage to writer John Gregory Dunne, and of the year she spent trying to come to terms with his sudden death. 227 pp. ISBN: 140004314x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57371
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  • TRAPEZE: Poems. by Digges, Deborah.
    Digges, Deborah.
    TRAPEZE: Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. dj. Hardcover first edition - Fourth collection of poems by this award-winning writer which reflect on a woman's passage into midlife - and which touch on the illness and loss of her husband. 49 pp. ISBN: 1400040825.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63485
    Keywords: death, illness, mid-life, Poetry
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  • AMERICAN DESERT. by Everett, Percival.
    Everett, Percival.
    AMERICAN DESERT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2004) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - When a man comes back to life at his funeral, the stitches which re-attached his severed head still clearly visible, he becomes a source of embarrassment to his daughter, an object of morbid curiosity to the press, a prized specimen for scientists, and Satan incarnate to an obscure religious cult. A wildly funny and satirical novel by this African American writer. SIGNED on the title page. 291 pp. ISBN: 0-7868-69178.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58865
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  • THE FALLING MAN by Forma, Warren
    Forma, Warren
    THE FALLING MAN

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crowell, 1973. dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual short novel - the story of Frank Cleary, an Irish policeman shot down in Harlem, who, as he is falling to the ground, relives not only his experiences in Harlem, but his roots in Ireland and the civil strife of the 20s. 99 pp,. ISBN: 0-690-000898.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (a bit of toning and rubbing to the dj.)

    Book ID: 8392
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  • BUFFALO DAUGHTER. by Frame, Janet.
    Frame, Janet.
    BUFFALO DAUGHTER.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: George Braziller, (1990). The twelfth book by this New Zealand author, but her first novel to be set in America- in New York, where Frame lived off and on for many years - the story of a young doctor who choses to study death. 212 pp. ISBN: 0-8076-12847.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 58852
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  • BUFFALO DAUGHTER. by Frame, Janet.
    Frame, Janet.
    BUFFALO DAUGHTER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: George Braziller, (1972) dj. Hardcover first edition - The twelfth book by this New Zealand author, but her first novel to be set in America- in New York, where Frame lived off and on for many years - the story of a young doctor who choses to study death. 212 pp. ISBN: 0-8076-0657x.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (previous owner's name - that of a minor poet)

    Book ID: 58606
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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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  • THE ANNA PAPERS. by Gilchrist, Ellen.
    Gilchrist, Ellen.
    THE ANNA PAPERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Second novel by this award-winning writer: "Fearing intimations of mortality, Anna Hand - a rambunctious, passionate, and famous Southern writer - returns home to Charlotte, North Carolina to make peace with her family and winds up turning the lives of all her loved ones upside down." 277 pp. ISBN: 0-316313165.

    Condition: Good in good dust jacket (slight spine slant, short closed tear to upper edge of front cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 41879
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  • THE PART OF FORTUNE by Goldman, Laurel
    Goldman, Laurel
    THE PART OF FORTUNE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - Southern author's second book - the story of Clara Julian, wanderer, and story-teller, who comes to Green Mansions Home for the Elderly as it awaits demolition - and the stories of the remarkable people who inhabit the home. 249 pp. ISBN: 1555840043.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (appears unread but with a remainder line.)

    Book ID: 14917
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  • THE PART OF FORTUNE by Goldman, Laurel
    Goldman, Laurel
    THE PART OF FORTUNE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - Southern author's second book - the story of Clara Julian, wanderer, and story-teller, who comes to Green Mansions Home for the Elderly as it awaits demolition - and the stories of the remarkable people who inhabit the home. 249 pp. ISBN: 1555840043.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60001
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  • Gonzalez-Crussi, F.
    THE DAY OF THE DEAD and Other Mortal Reflections.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Six thought-provoking essays on death by the Mexican born pathologist, including the 'postmortum careers' of John Dillinger & Eva Peron, the significance of the Aztec earth goddess Coatlicue and more. ISBN: 0-15-181192x.

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

    Book ID: 22676
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  • AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DYING. by Hanlan, Archie.
    Hanlan, Archie.
    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DYING.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1979. dj. Hardcover first edition - Transcripts of a taped diary begun when Archie Hanlan's doctor told him he had less than three years to live - an account of his courageous fight against ALS - amyotropic lateral sclerosis - Lou Gehrig's disease. Includes a postscript by wife, Mary S. Hanlan. Edited by Muriel S. Nelson. 193 pp. ISBN: 0-385-144814.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 48102
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  • JESSICA FAYER. by L'Heureux, John.
    L'Heureux, John.
    JESSICA FAYER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1976) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - In her last hours of life, after being beaten and robbed on Beacon Hill, Jessica Fayer relives her 76 years. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper to the late Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens and his wife and dated at Stanford in 1994. 180 pp. ISBN: 0-025716506.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67009
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  • THE PORTABLE OBITUARY: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died. by Largo, Michael.
    Largo, Michael.
    THE PORTABLE OBITUARY: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2007). SIGNED first edition - Arranged alphabetically, this is "a fascinating, off-beat, and darkly humorous necrology that provides the grim, often outrageous details about the passing of influential persons. Meticulously researchedemploying archaeological records, published obituaries, official documents, and forensic evidencethis authoritative, one-of-a-kind reference presents the unabashed truth about a multitude of celebrity deaths, while examining the various deeds, misdeeds, and lifestyle quirks that hastened the demise and determined the departed's role in history and popular myth." SIGNED on the half title page. Illustrated throughout with photographs. Includes a list of the official causes of death on their death certificates. Sources. 241 pp plus credits. ISBN: 978-0061231667.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers. .

    Book ID: 70304
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  • THE GREAT MORNING. by Lathbury, Clarence.
    Lathbury, Clarence.
    THE GREAT MORNING.

    Edition: First printing.

    Minneapolis: The Nunc Licet Press, 1911. Hardcover first edition - A rather hard to find title by this prolific religious writer, a collection of three essays on death and life after death. Lathbury was originally ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church but moved to the Swedenborgian influenced New Church in 1892. Frontispiece illustration of angels, with a tissue guard, facing a hymn entitled "Aspiration" by Mary A. Lathbury, the author's sister. The name of the press - "Nunc Licet" - is a Latin phrase which means "Now it is allowed." Swedenborg adopted this inscription as a way of expressing the idea that now people are allowed to use their intellects to explore issues of faith in…

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    Minneapolis: The Nunc Licet Press, 1911. Hardcover first edition - A rather hard to find title by this prolific religious writer, a collection of three essays on death and life after death. Lathbury was originally ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church but moved to the Swedenborgian influenced New Church in 1892. Frontispiece illustration of angels, with a tissue guard, facing a hymn entitled "Aspiration" by Mary A. Lathbury, the author's sister. The name of the press - "Nunc Licet" - is a Latin phrase which means "Now it is allowed." Swedenborg adopted this inscription as a way of expressing the idea that now people are allowed to use their intellects to explore issues of faith in Scripture that were, for various reasons, formerly shrouded in mystery. A small volume, 71 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in white cloth with gilt lettering and illustration on front cover.

    Book ID: 79325
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  • GORGEOUS LIES. by McPhee, Martha.
    McPhee, Martha.
    GORGEOUS LIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's highly praised second novel. Finalist for the National Book Award Finalist. Dust jacket praise from Larry McMurty and Tim O'Brien, among others. O'Brien states: "A genuine work of art. Martha McPhee plainly ranks as one of our country's best young writers." 326 pp. ISBN: 0-15-100613X.

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    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's highly praised second novel. Finalist for the National Book Award Finalist. Dust jacket praise from Larry McMurty and Tim O'Brien, among others. O'Brien states: "A genuine work of art. Martha McPhee plainly ranks as one of our country's best young writers." 326 pp. ISBN: 0-15-100613X.

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

    Book ID: 47285
    Keywords: death, Women Authors
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  • THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS. by Martel, Yann
    Martel, Yann
    THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Collects a novella and three short stories, written earlier in Martel's career, in 1993. Includes the title novella and 'The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton,' 'Manners of Dying,' and 'The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company.'' Martel won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for 'Life of Pi.' SIGNED on the title page. 208 pp. ISBN: 0-151010900.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43734
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  • THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS. by Martel, Yann
    Martel, Yann
    THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2004.). SIGNED first edition - Advance issue of the first American edition of this collection of a novella and three short stories, written earlier in Martel's career, in 1993. Includes the title novella and 'The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton,' 'Manners of Dying,' and 'The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company.'' Martel won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for 'Life of Pi.' SIGNED on the title page. 179 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed light gray wrappers with covers and spine lettered in black.

    Book ID: 33421
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  • THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS. by Martel, Yann
    Martel, Yann
    THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collects a novella and three short stories, written earlier in Martel's career, in 1993. Includes the title novella and 'The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton,' 'Manners of Dying,' and 'The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company.'' Martel won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for 'Life of Pi.' 208 pp. ISBN: 0-151010900.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 48376
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  • DONNA PARKER: SPRING TO REMEMBER. #4 by Martin, Marcia. [Marcia Levin.]
    Martin, Marcia. [Marcia Levin.]
    DONNA PARKER: SPRING TO REMEMBER. #4

    Edition: Later printing.

    Racine, WI: Whitman, (c 1960.). Hardcover - Duotone illustrations by Sari. In this, the 4th book in the series, Donna is finishing the 9th grade and competing for a school prize, while her best friend Ricky's mother becomes sick and dies and the changes in Ricky's behavior threatens their friendship.. 282 pp. Late 1960's edition, still in the slightly wider format, but with new cover art and a semi-glossy finish. Windowpane design endpapers.

    Condition: Very good ( usual toning to the pages, previous owner's name)

    Book ID: 36269
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