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  • Vega Yunque, Edgardo.
    NO MATTER HOW YOU PROMISE TO COOK OR PAY THE RENT YOU BLEW IT CAUZE BILL BAILEY AIN'T NEVER COMING HOME AGAIN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2003.). SIGNED first edition - A massive sprawling novel - described on the cover as a 'symphonic novel' - covering 150 years of family history, by this Puerto Rican born, Brooklyn author. Vidamia Farrell, half Puerto Rican, half Irish, sets out in search of the father she never knew - once a gifted jazz pianist, he lost 2 fingers in Vietnam, and shut himself off from music, and is now living in Manhattan's East Village with his second family. A story about learning about yourself and about the complexities of roots - described as 'masterfully crafted and complex' by Ntozake Shange, and 'big, brave, boisterous and brawling' by Colum McCann, this is a great read. 640 pp.

    Condition: SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in illustrated covers.

    Book ID: 28587
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  • DEATH NOTES. by White, Gloria.
    White, Gloria.
    DEATH NOTES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Severn House, (2005) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery set in San Francisco and featuring private investigator Ronnie Ventana. INSCRIBED on the title page. 220 pp. ISBN: 978-0727861986.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 64560
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  • Young, Al
    DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE, Musical Memoirs.

    Edition: First printing.

    Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Essays on blues, jazz and Latin music - a music-triggered autobiography by this influential African American writer, novelist, and poet (among his honors was being named California poet laureate.) SIGNED on the title page. 273 pp. ISBN: 0-88001-3885.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 5484
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  • THE BEAR COMES HOME. by Zabor, Rafi.
    Zabor, Rafi.
    THE BEAR COMES HOME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Amazing first novel by this jazz musician and journalist - the hero is "an alto saxophone virtuoso trying to evolve a personal style out of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. He also happens to be a walking, talking, Shakespeare- and Blake-quoting bear whose keen sense of irony protects him from the double loneliness of the artist and animal in an underappreciative metropolis." Surprise winner of the 1998 PEN/Faulkner Prize for fiction. A lyrical, funny, and also realistic portrait of a jazz musician. Small first printing (reportedly of only 5000 copies.) 480 pp. ISBN: 0-393040372.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (corners slightly bumped, bit of sunning to spine of dj.)

    Book ID: 40996
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  • Zinsser, William.
    WILLIE AND DWIKE: An American Profile.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - In writing this biography of two jazz musicians, William Ruff and Dwike Mitchell, who have performed as a jazz duo since 1955, with Ruff on the double bass and French horn and Mitchell on the piano, Zinsser, who had studied jazz piano with Mitchell, followed them on their tour to Shanghai in 1981 (where they introduced jazz to China) and ending with a trip to Venice in 1983. A warm personal account of the shaping of two musicians. ISBN: 0-06-0152753.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 22994
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  • Zinsser, William.
    WILLIE AND DWIKE: An American Profile.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - In writing this biography of two jazz musicians, William Ruff and Dwike Mitchell, who have performed as a jazz duo since 1955, with Ruff on the double bass and French horn and Mitchell on the piano, Zinsser, who had studied jazz piano with Mitchell, followed them on their tour to Shanghai in 1981 (where they introduced jazz to China) and ending with a trip to Venice in 1983. A warm personal account of the shaping of two musicians. ISBN: 0-06-0152753.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (remainder mark, price clipped.)

    Book ID: 22943
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