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  • THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2002. by [Anthology, signed] Gould, Stephen Jay, editor; Bernard Cooper and Barbara Ehrenreich, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Gould, Stephen Jay, editor; Bernard Cooper and Barbara Ehrenreich, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2002.

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

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED by TWO authors: Bernard Cooper at his essay "Winner Take Nothing" about his relationship with his father after he won the Hemingway award and Barbara Ehrenreich at "Welcome to Cancerland." Includes contributions by Jacques Barzun, Sebastian Junger, Darryl Pinckney, Richard Price, Gore Vidal, Mario Vargas Llosa and others. Introduction by Gould and brief biographies of the contributors. 376 pp. ISBN: 0-89919-9283.

    Condition: Very near fine.

    Book ID: 62975
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1991. by [Anthology, signed] Oates, Joyce Carol, editor (Amy Tan and Garrett Hongo, signed; Margaret Atwood, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Joy Williams and others, contributors.)
    [Anthology, signed] Oates, Joyce Carol, editor (Amy Tan and Garrett Hongo, signed; Margaret Atwood, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Joy Williams and others, contributors.)
    THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1991.

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

    New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1991. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by TWO contributors: Amy Tan at her essay, 'Mother Tongue' and Garrett Hongo at "Kubota." Uncommon thus. The sixth in the series. In addition to the contributions by the writers shown above, some other selections are an essay on watching the Miss America pageant with his daughters by Gerald Early, questions of conquest by Mario Vargas Llosa, Counters and cable cars by Stephen Jay Gould and more. Introduction by Oates and brief biographies of the contributors. 279 pp. ISBN: 0-89919-9283.

    Condition: Very near fine.

    Book ID: 61127
    Keywords: anthology, asian, Essays, hawaii
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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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  • TAHOE ICE GRAVE. by Borg, Todd.
    Borg, Todd.
    TAHOE ICE GRAVE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original,

    South Lake Tahoe, California: Thriller Press, (2003.). SIGNED first edition - Third mystery featuring ex-cop and detective Owen McKenna and his Great Dane Spot. Bibliomystery involving a long-lost manuscript by Mark Twain, reportedly hidden on the Hawaiian island of Kauia in 1866. SIGNED on the title page. Review copy with publisher's letter. 288 pp. ISBN: 1931296146.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 58376
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  • THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War. by Bradley, James.
    Bradley, James.
    THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary Aryans. Bradley's critique of Rooseveltian imperialism is compelling but unbalanced." Maps, photographs, notes, index. Map endpapers. 387 pp. ISBN: 9780316008952.

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

    Book ID: 62138
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  • YESTERDAY AT KALAUPAPA: A Saga of Pain and Joy. by Cahill, Emmett.
    Cahill, Emmett.
    YESTERDAY AT KALAUPAPA: A Saga of Pain and Joy.

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

    Honolulu, Hawaii: Editions Limited, (1991.). A beautiful book, illustrating through many photographs a unique history - that of the "Molokai Leprosy Colony" in the Hawaiian Islands,where over a period of 125 years, over 7,000 of the afflicted were involuntarily confined for life. Included are chapters on the building of the first church by Protestant missionaries at Siloama, the coming of Father Damien and Brother Dutton,the work of Mother Marianne and her nuns, the failure of the US research station, but most of all, this is full of photographs of the residents themselves. Chronology, bibliography, index. 114 pp. Slightly oversized format, printed on glossy stock. Maps inside covers. ISBN: 0-935180-826.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers with self-flaps.

    Book ID: 43122
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  • THE PEARL HARBOR MURDERS. by Collins, Max Allan.
    Collins, Max Allan.
    THE PEARL HARBOR MURDERS.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Berkley, (2001). SIGNED first edition - The third novel in Collins's series of disaster mysteries, issued as paperback originals. Each centers around a famous historical disaster and has a different famous mystery writer involved who solves the murder - in this book, it is Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan books and his son. SIGNED on the title page. 254 pp plus ads. ISBN: 0-425174093.

    Condition: Very near fine (usual light toning to pages)

    Book ID: 78902
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  • DAMNED IN PARADISE: A Nathan Heller Novel. by Collins, Max Allan.
    Collins, Max Allan.
    DAMNED IN PARADISE: A Nathan Heller Novel.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1996) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The eighth novel featuring Nathan Heller, inspired by the Massie case in Hawaii, a trial in which Clarence Darrow argued for the defense. SIGNED on the title page. 308 pp. ISBN: 0-525942254.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78590
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  • Corcoran, Barbara.
    MAKE NO SOUND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, 1977. dj. Hardcover first edition - A 12 year old girl living in Hawaii gets caught up in the myths of the islands.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (pc.)

    Book ID: 14310
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  • ONE MAN'S PARADISE. by Corleone, Douglas
    Corleone, Douglas
    ONE MAN'S PARADISE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2010) dj. Hardcover first edition - Winner of the Minotaur Books/ Mystery Writer's of America First Crime Novel Award. Hot shot New York criminal defense attorney Kevin Corvelli loses big when a client he fails to get off is killed in prison, and proven to be innocent. His career destroyed, but determined to remain a lawyer, he bolts to Hawaii where he once again finds himself defending a man he knows is innocent against a murder charge. 342 pp. ISBN: 9780312611583.

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

    Book ID: 57888
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  • Druhot, George Stanley.
    AMERICAN TOPOGRAPHER: The Working Years of George Stanley Druhot, 1914-1963.

    Edition: First printing.

    Rancho Cordova, California: Landmark Enterprises, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Autobiography covering five decades of working as a topographer for the US Geological Survey, across 22 Western states and the territory of Hawaii, spanning two world wars, the Depression, and the coming of age of modern topographic mapping (in fact, Druhot was one of the pioneers of the use of aerial photography in topography.) Also includes information about his wife, and his family, who traveled with him throughout the West - to mining country in California (the mother lode, but also Sonoma County and more), Montana, Utah, Arizona and more - - even a chapter on mapping the Olympics. Includes photographs taken by the author that illustrate much…

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    Rancho Cordova, California: Landmark Enterprises, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Autobiography covering five decades of working as a topographer for the US Geological Survey, across 22 Western states and the territory of Hawaii, spanning two world wars, the Depression, and the coming of age of modern topographic mapping (in fact, Druhot was one of the pioneers of the use of aerial photography in topography.) Also includes information about his wife, and his family, who traveled with him throughout the West - to mining country in California (the mother lode, but also Sonoma County and more), Montana, Utah, Arizona and more - - even a chapter on mapping the Olympics. Includes photographs taken by the author that illustrate much about the life on the traveling survey crews of the early 20th century, and it has a picture of the official USGS wagon wheel survey techniques. Endpaper maps of Oahu, Hawaii. Brief commentary from his wife "A Woman's Vantage Point." Index. 238 pp. Slightly oversized format. ISBN: 0-910845255.

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

    Book ID: 39803
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  • WHERE THERE'S A WILL. by Elkins, Aaron.
    Elkins, Aaron.
    WHERE THERE'S A WILL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Berkley, (2005.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery involving forensic anthropology and featuring Gideon Oliver by this Edgar wlnning author - set on the big island of Hawaii. SIGNED on the title page. 284 pp. ISBN: 0-425-200264.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 62660
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  • Gordon, Dan.
    JUST PLAY DEAD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Screenwriter's first novel, a "hilarious double-crossing tale of a deadly menage-a-trois" - set in Lahaina, on Maui, Hawaii. 227 pp. ISBN: 0-312168764.

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

    Book ID: 35966
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  • JUNIORS. by Hemmings, Kaui Hart.
    Hemmings, Kaui Hart.
    JUNIORS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Putnam, (2015). First edition - Her fourth book, a young adult novel about belonging and learning to fit in on your own terms - Lea is in-between - part Hawaiian, part Mainlander - but as a junior she finds herself back in Hawaii and adjusting to a whole new life. 313 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 68908
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  • BIRD OF ANOTHER HEAVEN. by Houston, James D.
    Houston, James D.
    BIRD OF ANOTHER HEAVEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. dj. Hardcover first edition - Historical novel inspired by the life of Nani Keala (aka Nancy Callahan), a California woman, half Indian, half Hawaiian, who became consort and confidante to the last king of Hawaii. 337 pp. ISBN: 9781400042029.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (a new copy but with a remainder dot.)

    Book ID: 50843
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  • BIRD OF ANOTHER HEAVEN. by Houston, James D.
    Houston, James D.
    BIRD OF ANOTHER HEAVEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. dj. Hardcover first edition - Historical novel inspired by the life of Nani Keala (aka Nancy Callahan), a California woman, half Indian, half Hawaiian, who became consort and confidante to the last king of Hawaii. 337 pp. ISBN: 9781400042029.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56191
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  • KATHY MARTIN COURAGE IN CRISIS: Number 9. by James, Josephine (pseudonym for Emma Gelders Sterne, 1894-1971, and Barbara Lindsay).
    James, Josephine (pseudonym for Emma Gelders Sterne, 1894-1971, and Barbara Lindsay).
    KATHY MARTIN COURAGE IN CRISIS: Number 9.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Golden Press, (1964). Hardcover first edition - A title in the Kathy Martin Nurse Series - Kathy is working in a rehabilitation center in Northern California. illustrated by William Plummer. Despite the constraints of juvenile series fiction at the time, Sterne and Lindsay, both of whom were very involved in civil rights activism, managed to introduce many characters with various ethnic backgrounds - all young women more interested in a career than in getting married. 87 pp. 10 titles listed on the back cover (#8-10 were all published in the same year)

    Condition: Very good in matte finished illustrated boards with diamond design on spine (usual toning to the pages, but overall clean and tight.)

    Book ID: 69843
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  • NIGHT LIFE: Nature from Dusk to Dawn. by Kappel-Smith, Diana.
    Kappel-Smith, Diana.
    NIGHT LIFE: Nature from Dusk to Dawn.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1990) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second book - each section discusses the creatures of the night in a different area of the US - Arizona in August, North Dakota in December, Hawaii in January, Connecticut in April, and Louisiana in June. She explores these areas with wildlife experts and discovers an astonishing array of nocturnal animals: coyotes, octopi, bats, and even human poachers. Illustrated with drawings by the author. viii, 312 pp. ISBN: 0-316483001.

    Condition: Very good in a very near fine dust jacket (bookstore stamp on front endpaper).

    Book ID: 76877
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  • Kawakami, Kiyoshi K.
    ASIA AT THE DOOR: A Study of the Japanese Question in Continental United States, Hawaii and Canada.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1914. Hardcover first edition - A look at the contact of the Japanese culture and that of North America, including descriptions of the author's own experiences. Among the chapter headings are 'Mutual disillusionment' 'Can we Americanize them?' 'the California land imbroglio' 'They haveusurped Hawaii" and 'White Canada.' Prologue by Doremus Scudder and epilogue by Hamilton W. Mabie. 269 pages. Bound in dark green cloth with gold lettering on the spine and front covers.

    Condition: Ex-library, but in overall good condition with few markings - missing front endpaper, only one stamp, and remnants of shelf number on spine, corners slightly bumped and torn edges at the top of the spine.

    Book ID: 19127
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  • Keene, Carolyn.
    THE SECRET OF THE WOODEN LADY: A Nancy Drew Mystery Story #27.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c1967). Hardcover - White with gray multi-scene endpapers, frontispiece, 179 pp. ISBN: 0-448-095270.

    Condition: Good condition only in matte (flat) finish illustrated boards, yellow spine (previous owner's name, some rubbing and wear to the covers.)

    Book ID: 30468
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  • Keene, Carolyn.
    THE SECRET OF THE WOODEN LADY: A Nancy Drew Mystery Story #27.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1985, c1967). Hardcover - Cover by Rudy Nappi. Lists to #56 on back cover and on order form in rear of book. Illustrated with a plain frontispiece and 5 internal drawings. Format 19 with oval endpapers. 176 pp. plus 2 order forms. ISBN: 0-448-095270.

    Condition: Just about fine in matte (flat) finish illustrated boards with a yellow spine.

    Book ID: 68480
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  • MYSTERY OF THE BRASS BOUND TRUNK: A Nancy Drew Mystery Story #17. by Keene, Carolyn.
    Keene, Carolyn.
    MYSTERY OF THE BRASS BOUND TRUNK: A Nancy Drew Mystery Story #17.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1973, c 1940) dj. Hardcover - llustrated by Russell Tandy. Original text with 25 chapters, Bound in blue tweed boards with blue multi-scene endpapers. Front flap of dj lists to #33. 220 pp. ISBN: 0-448-095173.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (chips to bottom of front cover of dj, but illustration is overall bright and attractive)

    Book ID: 63987
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  • JACK LONDON IN PARADISE. by Malmont, Paul.
    Malmont, Paul.
    JACK LONDON IN PARADISE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2008) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in 1915-1916 and based on the last years of writer Jack London's life in Hawaii, after Wolf House in Glen Ellen was destroyed by fire. 383 pp. ISBN: 978-1416547228.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread, some toning to the top edge of the textblock.)

    Book ID: 63152
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  • THE THREE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK. by Paluka, Frank.
    Paluka, Frank.
    THE THREE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK.

    Edition: First printing.

    Pittsburgh, PA: Beta Phi Mu, 1974. Hardcover first edition - Number 10 in the series of chapbooks issued by Beta Phi Mu, the library science honorary fraternity. This gives a narrative overview of James Cook's three voyages (from 1768-1777, 1772-1775 and 1776 to 1780) and comments on the best of the many works which study the voyages. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Cook and three maps. Index. One of 5500 copies, designed, printed and bound by the Lakeside Press. xiv, 80 pp. ISBN: 0-910230102.

    Condition: Fine in brown cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and spine, large gilt anchor on front cover.

    Book ID: 39456
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  • EAST WIND, RAIN. by Paul, Caroline.
    Paul, Caroline.
    EAST WIND, RAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2006). Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel (second book), based on a little known event - a Japanese pilot who was part of the attack on Pearl Harbor crashes on the isolated Hawaiian island of Niihau. While the Hawaiians are unaware that war has now been declared, the three Japanese speakers on the island are aware of part of the situation and find themselves torn between helping the pilot and loyalty to their country which has treated them with prejudice. Author's note. 260 pp. ISBN: 978-0060780753.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72988
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  • Philbrick, Nathaniel.
    SEA OF GLORY: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of one of the largest voyages of discovery in the history of the world and the last such all-sail convoy. Under the Command of Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, and despite losing two ships and 71 men, the expedition -which included botanists, geologists, biologists and mapmakers - logged 87,000 miles, discovered a new Southern continent which Wilkes named Antarctica, surveyed 280 Pacific islands and created 180 charts and collected thousands of specimens which eventually became the foundation of the Smithsonian Institution. Solidly researched and a fascinating story. Illustrated with drawings and maps, Notes, selected bibliography, index. 452 pp. ISBN: 0-67003231X.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 38722
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  • SUSAN. by Poverman, C. E.
    Poverman, C. E.
    SUSAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (1977.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's second book, his first novel, the story of a young woman, a stewardess from Hawaii, daughter of a Southern white father and a Japanese mother. 254 pp. Dust jacket by Cordelia Gray,. ISBN: 0-670-685216.

    Condition: Good in a very good dust jacket. (discoloration from glue on front endpapers, slight spine slant.)

    Book ID: 57928
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  • SUSAN. by Poverman, C. E.
    Poverman, C. E.
    SUSAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (1977.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's second book, his first novel, the story of a young woman, a stewardess from Hawaii, daughter of a Southern white father and a Japanese mother. SIGNED on the title page. 254 pp. Dust jacket by Cordelia Gray,. ISBN: 0-670-685216.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 17289
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  • DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI. by Sample, Cindy.
    Sample, Cindy.
    DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI.

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

    Spring, TX: L & L Dreamspell, (2013). SIGNED first edition - The 3rd mystery in this humorous series featuring Laurel McKay - who leaves Northern California to attend a wedding on the Big Island of Hawaii. SIGNED on the title page. Includes cocktail recipes. 251 pp. ISBN: 978-1492746843.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 66116
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  • THE GEORGE ELIOT MURDERS. by Skom, Edith.
    Skom, Edith.
    THE GEORGE ELIOT MURDERS.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Delacorte, (1995). First edition - Second mystery featuring professor and amateur sleuth Beth Austin, who has left Midwestern's icy February campus for a luxurious vacation at the Royal Aloha hotel in Hawaii, to prepare a seminar on George Eliot's Middlemarch, but finds herself once again caught up in murder. A dress designer falls to her death in the hotel lobby. A body is found on the hotel's jogging trail. 243 pp.

    Condition: Fine in stiff beige wrappers.

    Book ID: 75725
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