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  • STARS: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian. by [Anthology - signed] Ian, Janis and Mike Resnick, editors. Terry Bisson. Tad Williams, Harry Turtledove and Joe Haldeman, signed.
    [Anthology - signed] Ian, Janis and Mike Resnick, editors. Terry Bisson. Tad Williams, Harry Turtledove and Joe Haldeman, signed.
    STARS: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: DAW Books, (2003.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An anthology of 30 original science fiction stories, a collaboration which grew out of the 2001 WorldCon, the first Janis Ian had attended. SIGNED by FOUR authors at their stories: Terry Bisson at "Dance with Me", Tad Williams at "The Scent of Trumpets, the Voices of Smoke" ; Harry Turtledove at "Joe Steele" (which is the basis of his 2015 novel of the same title) and Joe Haldeman at "Finding My Shadow." Also includes contributions from Tad Williams, John Varley, Mercedes Lackey, Gregory Benford, Robert J. Sawyer, Spider Robinson, Harry Turtledove, Orson Scott Card, Tanith Lee, Robert Scheckley, Kage Baker, David Gerrold, Nancy Kress, Stephen Baxter, Jane Yolen and more. Introduction by Janis Ian. 544 pp. ISBN: 0-7564-01771.

    Condition: Good in a very good dust jacket. (missing front endpaper.)

    Book ID: 57076
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  • AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. by Bates, Katharine Lee; illustrated by Neil Waldman.
    Bates, Katharine Lee; illustrated by Neil Waldman.
    AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - A beautifully illustrated version of this song,issued 100 years after the trip Bates took to Colorado and the top of Pike's Peak, which inspired her to write this. Each impressionistic painting by Waldman is a double page full color picture of one of the wonders of the United States - natural and manmade. Identification of the scenes at the back of the book; the words and music (by Samuel A. Ward) to the song printed in deep purple on lilac endpapers. Unpaginated, large format. ISBN: 0-689-318618.

    Condition: Ner fine in glossy illustrated boards in a fine dust jacket (prev owner's name, covered and inconspicuous.)

    Book ID: 35101
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  • ANYTHING GOES. by Bell, Madison Smartt.
    Bell, Madison Smartt.
    ANYTHING GOES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A coming of age novel which "tells Jesse's story over the course of a year, during which he finds his life slowly being tempered by the unexpected: by a dad who wants to make up and be part of Jesse's life; by a female lead singer who suddenly makes the band sound a lot better than they have any right to be; and by the confidence Jesse begins to feel in his own musical talent." The novel incorporates lyrics to 6 original songs with music by Bell. 308 pp. ISBN: 0-375-421254.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 53844
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  • JOHN HENRY. by Bradford, Roark.
    Bradford, Roark.
    JOHN HENRY.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931. dj. Hardcover first edition - Tales of the legendary hero, John Henry, told in black dialect; scattered through the stories are lyrics from some of the many folk and blues songs honoring his exploits. Illustrated with woodcuts by J. J. Lankes. 225 pp plus colophon and 4 pp publisher's ads

    Condition: Good condition overall in blue cloth depicting gears in lighter blue, (gift inscription, bookplate, spine label peeling, sunning to spine). A tight copy, missing the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58352
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  • LUCY GAYHEART. by Cather, Willa.
    Cather, Willa.
    LUCY GAYHEART.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. Hardcover first edition - Cather's 11th novel. In the story of Lucy, a beautiful and impressionable young girl who heads to Chicago to study music, Cather reveals the "impermanence of innocence, the opposition between prairie and city, provincial American values and world culture, and the grandeur, elation, and heartache that await a gifted young woman who leaves her small Nebraska town to pursue a life in art." 231 pp plus a designer's note.

    Condition: Very good in light green cloth with paper labels on spine and front cover - sunning to the cloth, especially on the spine, blank bookplate on front pastedown, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77801
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  • I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS. by Charles, Paul.
    Charles, Paul.
    I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    London: Bloodlines / Do-Not Press, (1997). SIGNED first edition - Novel introducing Dectective Inspector Christy Kennedy, who is investigating the disappearance of the manager of a record company. The first novel by this author who is best known as music promoter and agent. SIGNED by the author on the title page. 232 pp plus author's note and 5 pp publisher's ads. ISBN: 1-899344161.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers. Nick Lowe CD accompanies this copy.

    Book ID: 74239
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  • ALL EARS: Cultural Criticism, Essays and Obituaries. by Cooper, Dennis.
    Cooper, Dennis.
    ALL EARS: Cultural Criticism, Essays and Obituaries.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Soft Skull Press, (1999). First edition - Includes essays on AIDS, youth culture, drugs, films and contemporary art as well as "stoic, unsentimental and bracing" obituaries for Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix and William Burroughs and more. Issued as a trade paperback original. 146 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 71887
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  • HE DREAMS WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE HIS HEAD: Ten Years of Writing. by Cott, Jonathan.
    Cott, Jonathan.
    HE DREAMS WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE HIS HEAD: Ten Years of Writing.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, (1973). First edition - Includes interviews with John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Jean-Luc Bertrande and others, essays on Bob Dylan, Leonard Crow Dog, The Last Poets, Randy Newman, the Fillmore, Yoko Ono, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Genet, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Frank O'Hara, film reviews, and a selection of Cott's poetry and more - a great picture of the late 1960s, early 1970s! Illustrated with black and white photographs. 349 pp plus final photograph. ISBN: 0-87932-0656.

    Condition: Near fine in stiff gold wrappers.

    Book ID: 62460
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  • HE DREAMS WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE HIS HEAD: Ten Years of Writing. by Cott, Jonathan.
    Cott, Jonathan.
    HE DREAMS WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE HIS HEAD: Ten Years of Writing.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, (1973). First edition - Includes interviews with John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Jean-Luc Bertrande and others, essays on Bob Dylan, Leonard Crow Dog, The Last Poets, Randy Newman, the Fillmore, Yoko Ono, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Genet, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Frank O'Hara, film reviews, and a selection of Cott's poetry and more - a great picture of the late 1960s, early 1970s! Illustrated with black and white photographs. 349 pp plus final photograph. ISBN: 0-87932-0656.

    Condition: Very good in stiff gold wrappers (some sunning to the spine).

    Book ID: 74287
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  • THE SUPERHUMAN CREW. by Dylan, Bob (lyrics), painting by James Ensor (1860-1949), edited by John Harris, designed by Marcus Brilling.
    Dylan, Bob (lyrics), painting by James Ensor (1860-1949), edited by John Harris, designed by Marcus Brilling.
    THE SUPERHUMAN CREW.

    Edition: First printing.

    Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, (1999.). Hardcover first edition - A provocative and beautiful book which brings together two visionary works of art - Belgian artist James Ensor's masterpiece 'Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 ' and Bob Dylan's 'Desolation Row' from his 1965 'Highway 61 Revisited' album of 1965. Details from the painting are paired with portions of the lyrics, and there is a fold-out page which shows the entire painting, along with the full lyrics. Oblong format, unpaginated. Includes a CD with an 11:22 second version of Desolation Row in a pocket in the back. ISBN: 0-89236-5528.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated boards (a new copy, still in the original shrinkwrap.)

    Book ID: 44154
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  • Emmons, Jasen.
    COWBOY ANGST.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York SOHO Press, (c.1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Story of law school drop out considering pursuing his lifelong dream of being in a country-western band. ISBN: 1-56947-0219.

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

    Book ID: 28145
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  • THINK AGAIN. by Fresh, Doug E.
    Fresh, Doug E.
    THINK AGAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scholastic, (2002). Hardcover first edition - "It's never easy being the new kid at school, especially if you're different from everyone else! Rapper Doug E. Fresh tells the story of two kids who dislike each other because of their differences. They soon discover they have more in common than they thought--and that color IS only skin deep." Includes an original CD. One of the first two titles designed to launch the Hip Kid Hop series. Illustrated by Joseph Buckingham. Small square format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0- 439313872.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards (a new copy, cd still sealed.)

    Book ID: 58428
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  • KINAALADA: A Study of the Navaho Girl's Puberty Ceremony. by Frisbie, Charlotte Johnson.
    Frisbie, Charlotte Johnson.
    KINAALADA: A Study of the Navaho Girl's Puberty Ceremony.

    Edition: First printing.

    Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, (1967.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first complete, detailed account of the Navaho girls' puberty ritual, one of the most commonly performed but least examined elements of the Blessing Way complex,. Includes the Navoho text and translations and sheet music of 75 of the songs sung at the ritual. Based on the author's own experiences, and published accounts and on notes by other students. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, charts. Appendices, bibliography, index. xiii, [ 437 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust+ jacket (some minor edgewear to the dj, chip at bottom of dj spine.)

    Book ID: 43067
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  • THE DEATH OF RHYTHM AND BLUES. by George, Nelson.
    George, Nelson.
    THE DEATH OF RHYTHM AND BLUES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1988.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "The first book to tell the complete story of the transformation of black music within the white-dominated music industry in the last fifty years" - this is both a history of the music, a celebration of the glorious years of the 50s and 60s and a story of exploitation. INSCRIBED on the title page with the word "Peace" and dated in 1996. Photographs, notes, index. xvi, 222 pp. ISBN: 0-394-552385.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 53703
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  • STORIES OF MISBEGOTTEN LOVE / ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER. by Gold, Herbert / Don Asher
    Gold, Herbert / Don Asher
    STORIES OF MISBEGOTTEN LOVE / ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1985. SIGNED first edition - A title in Capra Back-to-Back Series. Two collections of short stories. SIGNED by Gold on his portrait on cover of his side. 71 and 67 pp. ISBN: 0-88496-2342.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 52050
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  • Gollub, Matthew, (illustrated by Karen Hanke.)
    THE JAZZ FLY (Includes Accompanying CD.)

    Edition: First printing.

    Santa Rosa, CA: Tortuga Press, 2000. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An infectiously enjoyable story - made even better by the sound effects on the accompanying CD! What's the buzz, cuzz? It's a fly who speaks jazz, and he's asking critters which way it is to town. "Rrrbit," replies the frog. "Oink," says the hog. The fly, although baffled by the strange language, hears music in their words. (Gollub plays the drums on the cd.). ISBN: 1-889910-171.

    Condition: SIGNED by Gollub on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket (as new; cd is unopened.)

    Book ID: 24644
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  • THE CAROLERS. by Guback, Georgia.
    Guback, Georgia.
    THE CAROLERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Greenwillow Books, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The colorful illustrations - made from cut paper collages - follow the carolers as they go from house - while along the bottom of every page appears the words and music to the traditional Christmas carols they are singing. Square format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-688097731.

    Condition: Ex-library with relatively fewl markings, and overall tight and clean in a near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 62098
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  • Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia.
    DEATH TO GO.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scribner's, 1994. First edition - Author's third mystery - featuring Detective Inspector Bill Slider.

    Condition: As new - sticker removal spot on front cover - in printed tan wrappers.

    Book ID: 1573
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  • BLUE LIGHTNING. by Harvey, John, editor; Gary Phillips, signed.
    Harvey, John, editor; Gary Phillips, signed.
    BLUE LIGHTNING.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    London: Slow Dancer Press, (1998). SIGNED first edition - An unusual anthology which collects eighteen stories by a diverse group of authors united by "music" as the authors - jazz, rock, country, Japanese classical, blues and more - for their characters and plots. SIGNED by Gary Phillips at his story "Stone Cold Killah." Also includes contributions from Charlotte Carter, Ian Rankin, Walter Mosley, Liza Cody, Jeffery Deaver, Peter Robinson, James Sallis, Julie Smith and more. 399 pp plus "Musical notes and otherwise" from the contributors. ISBN: 1-871033438.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78728
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  • FIESTAS: A Year of Latin American Songs of Celebration. by Kleven, Elisa, illustrator, signed] Orozco, Jose-Luis.
    Kleven, Elisa, illustrator, signed] Orozco, Jose-Luis.
    FIESTAS: A Year of Latin American Songs of Celebration.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (2002.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A bilingual collection of songs from Latin America. "Performer and songwriter Jose-Luis Orozco has arranged more than 20 songs and rhymes from Spanish-speaking countries. The songs focus on holidays that specifically honor Latin American culture - Cinco de Mayo, Carnival, Cesar Chavez Day - as well as familiar fiestas celebrated around the world - New Year's Day, Christmas and Valentines Day." Includes the musical notations for each song, Exuberantly illustrated in full color by Eliza Kleven, with full page paintings, small scattered illustrations and decorative borders., SIGNED on the title page by Kleven with a drawing of a small dove, Large format. Subject index. 48 pp. ISBN: 0-525-459375.

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

    Book ID: 51657
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  • Kurlansky, Mark.
    A CONTINENT OF ISLANDS. Searching for the Caribbean Destiny.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1992. dj. Hardcover - A wide-ranging collection of Caribbean vignettes, historical, personal, and cultural. With photographs and suggestions for further reading. Map. Index, 324 pp. ISBN: 0-201-523965.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 5516
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  • TRUE LOVE. by Lopez, Jennifer.
    Lopez, Jennifer.
    TRUE LOVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Celebra / Penguin, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - This is one of the copies offered as a promotion for her fitness site, bodylab - the site states "We'll send you a SIGNED copy of Jennifer Lopez's new book True LoveÉ absolutely FREE!" On the dedication page in blue ink is "thanks for joining bodylab, . . Jennifer Lopez" but I am doubtful that this is a genuine JLo signature. Illustrated throughout with many full-color photographs by Anna Carballosa. 276 pp. ISBN: 978-0451468680.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69741
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  • THE STORY OF THE JUBILEE SINGERS: With Their Songs by Marsh, J. B. T.
    Marsh, J. B. T.
    THE STORY OF THE JUBILEE SINGERS: With Their Songs

    Edition: Revised Edition. Eighty-eighth Thousand.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, n.d. (ca 1880s). Hardcover - Foreword on 'The necessity of Fisk University' dated 1880. Author's note stating that this was ".in part an abridgement of the two Jubilee Histories which were written by the Rev. G.D. Pike, one giving an account of the first campaign in America and the other of the first visit to Great Britain. But the interval between the two narratives is here bridged over, and the story is brought down to the return of the Jubilee Singers from Germany. The personal histories have been more fully written out and a large number of new songs have been added." The Jubilee singers were a small group of former slaves who embarked on their…

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    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, n.d. (ca 1880s). Hardcover - Foreword on 'The necessity of Fisk University' dated 1880. Author's note stating that this was ".in part an abridgement of the two Jubilee Histories which were written by the Rev. G.D. Pike, one giving an account of the first campaign in America and the other of the first visit to Great Britain. But the interval between the two narratives is here bridged over, and the story is brought down to the return of the Jubilee Singers from Germany. The personal histories have been more fully written out and a large number of new songs have been added." The Jubilee singers were a small group of former slaves who embarked on their tour to raise funds for Fisk University. Illustrated. Includes 128 songs. vii, 265 pp.

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    Condition: Fair condition only in royal blue cloth with black and gilt illustrations and lettering (fraying to the corners and ends of the spine, rear hinge cracked, front hinge partially cracked, other wear.)

    Book ID: 57304
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  • IN THE HOLLOW OF YOUR HAND: Slave Lullabies. by McGill, Alice (collected by); pictures by Michael Cummings.
    McGill, Alice (collected by); pictures by Michael Cummings.
    IN THE HOLLOW OF YOUR HAND: Slave Lullabies.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of thirteen songs from African American history: "Even though these lullabies were born of hardship and overwhelming sadness, they can be thought of as musical stories for children and adults By turns soothing, playful, empowering and bittersweet, the songs convey the love of parents for children." SIGNED by McGill on the half title page. Illustrated by by Michael Cummings with vibrant quilt collages. Musical notation at rear of book, CD included. Large square format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-395-857554.

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

    Book ID: 61767
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  • BIRD LIVES! by Moody, Bill.
    Moody, Bill.
    BIRD LIVES!

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1999.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The 4th in the excellent series of mysteries featuring jazz pianist Evan Horne, all of which draw upon the author's own knowledge of music as a professional jazz drummer and critic. INSCRIBED on the title page. 248 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-33271.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52149
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  • Moody, Bill.
    BIRD LIVES!

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Walker, (1999.). SIGNED first edition - The 4th in the excellent series of mysteries featuring jazz pianist Evan Horne, all of which draw upon the author's own knowledge of music as a professional jazz drummer and critic. SIGNED on the title page.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 31850
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  • Neeser, Robert W., editor.
    AMERICAN NAVAL SONGS AND BALLADS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New Haven: Yale University Press, 1938. dj. Hardcover first edition - A chronologically arranged collection of the best songs and ballads recounting American naval history from the time of the Revolution - the taking of the British armed schooner Margaretta at Machias in 1775- to 1882 (to the grim fate of Lieutenant De Long's Arctic Expedition) - the years of ships under sail. Includes halftone reproductions of twenty original broadsides. Bibliography, index of first lines, of proper names and of ship's names. xvii, 372 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in navy blue cloth (what else?) with gilt lettering in a good dust jacket - an interesting copy with the stamp of "Columbia Broadcasting System" in it - the rather fragile dust wrapper has several chips, especially on the upper edge of the back cover, but still includes the original price of $2.50. Uncommon, especially in dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37695
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  • SEEING WITH MUSIC: The Lives of Three Blind African Musicians. by Ottenberg, Simon
    Ottenberg, Simon
    SEEING WITH MUSIC: The Lives of Three Blind African Musicians.

    Edition: First printing.

    Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Study of 3 blind Sierra Leone thumb piano musicians. Illustrated with black and white photographs. References, discography, index. ISBN: 0-295975253.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 42662
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  • MUSIC FROM OUR LORD'S HOLY HEAVEN. by Pinkney, Gloria Jean; Illustrated by Jerry, Brian and Myles C. Pinkney.
    Pinkney, Gloria Jean; Illustrated by Jerry, Brian and Myles C. Pinkney.
    MUSIC FROM OUR LORD'S HOLY HEAVEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2005.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A gathering of twenty-two African American spirituals and reverential songs, each accompanied by a carefully chosen a psalm for each to illuminate its meaning. Beautifully illustrated by husband, Jerry, and their sons, Brian Pinkney and Myles C. Pinkney .Also includes notes on music by their daughter Troy." SIGNED and dated on the title page by illustrator Jerry Pinkney. CD enclosed, sung by Gloria Jean Pinkney. Large format, 41 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0007680.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 48909
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  • PROUD PENGUIN. by Purnell, Jamie.
    Purnell, Jamie.
    PROUD PENGUIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Carlos, CA: Scruffie Munster Media, 2017. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A "feel-good tale of a penguin whose spirits are lifted from building a new friendship with a seagull." Colorfully illustrated by Nicole Taylor. SIGNED on the title page by Purnell with the words "Be happy to be you." Lyrics and music at the end of the book. Includes a code for a free downloadable song and story. Oblong format, unpaginated. ISBN: 978-1532328770.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated boards (a new copy).

    Book ID: 75250
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