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  • PENINSULA OF LIES: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love. by Ball, Edward.
    Ball, Edward.
    PENINSULA OF LIES: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attempt to explore the enigmas surrounding the life of English writer Gordon Hall - born as Gordon Ticehurst, he first changed his name to Hall, and later, after a sex change operation, to Dawn Langley Hall, and finally added Simmons after her marriage to a young black mechanic. His parents were servants at Sissinghurst, the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, a connection that he frequently exploited in his later life. As a moderately successful writerof biographies of famous women, he wound up the heir of the wealthy New Yorker, Isabel Whitney, and used the money to purchase and restore an old mansion in Charleston, where for…

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    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attempt to explore the enigmas surrounding the life of English writer Gordon Hall - born as Gordon Ticehurst, he first changed his name to Hall, and later, after a sex change operation, to Dawn Langley Hall, and finally added Simmons after her marriage to a young black mechanic. His parents were servants at Sissinghurst, the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, a connection that he frequently exploited in his later life. As a moderately successful writerof biographies of famous women, he wound up the heir of the wealthy New Yorker, Isabel Whitney, and used the money to purchase and restore an old mansion in Charleston, where for a while he suceeded in becoming part of that society. After a few years he not only had an operation changing his sex - but forever after Dawn Simmons claimed that she had been born a woman, and had been 'mis-sexed' at birth - and that she bore the child whom she raised as her daughter. The second book by this National Book Award winning author. An engrossing story in one way, full of hearsay and anecdotes and gossip, although one also has to agree with Nigel Nicholson, who was interviewed for the book but who wondered why Ball took such an interest in such a minor subject as 'Dinky.' Illustrated with photographs. 271 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 54368
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  • INTERRACIAL INTIMACIES: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption. by Kennedy, Randall.
    Kennedy, Randall.
    INTERRACIAL INTIMACIES: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption.

    Edition: First edition

    New York: Pantheon (2003) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A tour de force about the controversial issue of personal interracial intimacy as it exists within ever-changing American social mores and within the rule of law. Fears of transgressive interracial relationships, informed over the centuries by ugly racial biases and fantasies, still linger in American society today. This brilliant studyÑranging from plantation days to the presentÑexplores the historical, sociological, legal, and moral issues that continue to feed and complicate that fear." Extensive notes, bibliography, index. viii, 676 pp. ISBN: 0-375-402551.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (remainder dot, bookseller's stamp on front pastedown)

    Book ID: 59806
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  • Lazarre, Jane.
    BEYOND THE WHITENESS OF WHITENESS: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, (1997.). An exploration of race and its implications in America, by a white woman, a feminist, a "Jewish mom, " raising two black sons in a world where the color of your skin still matters. Very highly praised - among the writers quoted are Alice Walker, Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Sekou Sundiata, John Gregory Brown and many others. Notes. 140 pp. ISBN: 0-822320444.

    Condition: Fine in stiff glossy wrappers.

    Book ID: 36968
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  • IN THE FALL. by Lent, Jeffrey.
    Lent, Jeffrey.
    IN THE FALL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - Epic novel of three generations descended from a Union solider and the runaway slave he brought home to Vermont after the Civil War. 542 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-7658.

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

    Book ID: 44147
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  • IN THE FALL. by Lent, Jeffrey.
    Lent, Jeffrey.
    IN THE FALL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2000.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Epic novel of three generations descended from a Union solider and the runaway slave he brought home to Vermont after the Civil War. SIGNED by the author. 542 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-7658.

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

    Book ID: 24412
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  • IN THE FALL. by Lent, Jeffrey.
    Lent, Jeffrey.
    IN THE FALL.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000. First edition - Epic novel of three generations descended from a Union solider and the runaway slave he brought home to Vermont after the Civil War.

    Condition: Fine in stiff printed blue wrappers.

    Book ID: 69142
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  • Lent, Jeffrey.
    IN THE FALL.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000. First edition - Epic novel of three generations descended from a Union solider and the runaway slave he brought home to Vermont after the Civil War.

    Condition: Very good in stiff blue wrappers.

    Book ID: 23786
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  • Liu, Aimee E.
    CLOUD MOUNTAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, 1997. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Her epic second novel, based on the true story of her grandparents' marriage - set in San Francisco in 1906 and Shanghai in 1911. SIGNED by the author. Chronology, 574 pp. ISBN: 0-446-519871.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37585
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  • Liu, Aimee E.
    CLOUD MOUNTAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, 1997. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Her epic second novel, based on the true story of her grandparents' marriage - set in San Francisco in 1906 and Shanghai in 1911. SIGNED by the author. Chronology, 574 pp. ISBN: 0-446-519871.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (an unread copy.)

    Book ID: 22712
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  • THE COLOR OF WATER. A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. by McBride, James.
    McBride, James.
    THE COLOR OF WATER. A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother.

    Edition: Large trade paperback.

    New York: Riverhead Books, 1997. A memoir, in which his mother (the daughter of an itinerant Orthodox rabbi in Virginia, who ran away to Harlem, married a black man, and raised 12 children in the housing projects of Brooklyn) tells her story in her own word, interspersed with McBride's memories. 291 pp. ISBN: 1-57322-0221.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 44821
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  • WHERE THE BODY MEETS MEMORY: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity. by Mura, David
    Mura, David
    WHERE THE BODY MEETS MEMORY: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Anchor Books - Doubleday, (1996.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mura discusses his experience growing up Japanese American in a country which interned both his parents during World War II, simply because of their race and how being a 'model minority' has resulted in a loss of heritage and wholeness for generations of Japanese Americans. . . he suggests that the shame of internment affected his sense of sexuality, leading him to face troubling questions about desire and race: an interracial marriage, compulsive adultery, and an addiction to pornography which equates beauty with whiteness - but finally, this is an account of the triumph of love - his wife, his children, his family, SIGNED on the title page. 272 pp. ISBN: 0-385-471831.

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

    Book ID: 75497
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  • THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEGREGATIONIST THOUGHT. by Newby, I. A. , editor
    Newby, I. A. , editor
    THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEGREGATIONIST THOUGHT.

    Edition: Trade paperback - 3rd printing.

    Homewood IL: Dorsey Press, (1969). "The first anthology of the literature of segregation and white supremacy. The readings span three-quarters of a century to reveal the nature, intensity, and tenacity of anti-Negro ideas and the reasons for them. " Among these articles are those by Robert Bennett Bean published in 1906 on "The Negro Brain" and Shaler on the permanence of racial characteristics, and others defending the South, calling on religion to support segregation, on the horror of interracial marriage and more. Even generally respected historians like Hubert Howe Bancroft did not hesitate to express opinions like "the freed African is a failure." Includes an epilogue of a rebuttal to the ideas and distortions in these collected pieces and a bibliographical essay. 177 pp

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 52969
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  • ON BEING NEGRO IN AMERICA. by Redding, J. Saunders.
    Redding, J. Saunders.
    ON BEING NEGRO IN AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1951.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A very personal book, eloquent in its simplicity, on what it meant to be black in the United States during the first half of the 20th century - he talks about the impact of the Scottsboro case, about a college student of his who was lynched in Georgia, but most of all he talks about the fact that he is tired of living in a country where there is a "race problem" although he admits he has no specific remedies for our "American sickness." 156 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. (light edgewear to the dj, especially at the ends of the spine).

    Book ID: 61444
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  • Redding, J. Saunders.
    ON BEING NEGRO IN AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1951.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A very personal book, eloquent in its simplicity, on what it meant to be black in the United States during the first half of the 20th century - he talks about the impact of the Scottsboro case, about a college student of his who was lynched in Georgia, but most of all he talks about the fact that he is tired of living in a country where there is a "race problem" although he admits he has no specific remedies for our "American sickness." 156 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. (light edgewear to the dj, especially at the ends of the spine).

    Book ID: 33642
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  • NATIVE GUARD: Poems by Trethewey, Natasha.
    Trethewey, Natasha.
    NATIVE GUARD: Poems

    Edition: First thus.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (2007.) dj. Hardcover - An attractive new edition of the author's Pulitzer prize winning collection of poems, poems which bring together two strands of the racial legacies of the South - many are a tribute to her mother, whose marriage to a white man in the 1960s was illegal in her native Missippippi and other poems which are a tribute to the role of the black regiment, the Lousiana Native Guards, during the Civil War. This edition includes a cd of the poems read by the author. In addition to her many other awards, in 2012, Trethewey was named US poet laureate. Notes. 49 pp. ISBN: 0-547-05548X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.) CD pocket is still unopened.

    Book ID: 56028
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