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  • A TASTE OF POWER: A Black Woman's Story by [Black Panthers] Brown, Elaine
    [Black Panthers] Brown, Elaine
    A TASTE OF POWER: A Black Woman's Story

    Edition: 4th printing.

    New York: Pantheon, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover - Autobiography of the woman who took over leadership of the Black Panther Party in 1974 when Huey Newton fled the country. A vivid story of the period, of one woman's struggles to survive and to define herself, and of the conflict between black men and women. SIGNED on the title page. Photographs. 452 pp. ISBN: 0-679-419446.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63613
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  • WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther Party. by [Black Panthers] Forbes, Flores A.; foreword by Elaine Brown.
    [Black Panthers] Forbes, Flores A.; foreword by Elaine Brown.
    WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther Party.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Atria Books, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - An inside account of the Black Panther party by one of the organization's central committee members, and a personal account of a young man, angered by the racism he saw everywhere in his native San Diego, who became a revolutionary and an activist. SIGNED on the title page by Elaine Brown, who wrote the foreword. Brown became Chairman of the Black Panthers in 1974. the first woman to hold such a position, and she remains an activist. Photographs. Chronology, index.xi, 302 pp. ISBN: 0-7434-82662.

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

    Book ID: 48896
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  • BITTER GRAIN: Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party. by [Black Panthers] Newton, Michael.
    [Black Panthers] Newton, Michael.
    BITTER GRAIN: Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    Los Angeles: Holloway House, (1991.). First edition - "The True and Uncensored Story of the Life and Death of the Black Panther Party." Many black and white photographs. Epilogue by Ray Locke. Index. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-87067-7519.

    Condition: Good overall - some wear to the covers, light crease on spine.

    Book ID: 72217
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  • WITNESS TO EVIL by Dawson, Janet
    Dawson, Janet
    WITNESS TO EVIL

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Fawcett Columbine, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The 6th novel in the award-winning series featuring Oakland private investigator, Jeri Howard - this one is set among the homeless of Berkeley, California. SIGNED on the title page. 298 pp. ISBN: 0-449-000427.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 5224
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  • Dawson, Janet
    KINDRED CRIMES

    Edition: Uncorrected proof.

    New York: St Martin's, 1990. SIGNED first edition - Author's first book, a mystery introducing Oakland, CA private eye Jeri Howard. Winner of the 4th St Martin's Best First Private Eye novel contest (previous winners included Karen Kijewski and Gar Anthony Hayward.) SIGNED on title page. Not a common proof.

    Condition: Near fine in gold printed wrappers, as issued.

    Book ID: 5226
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  • KINDRED CRIMES. by Dawson, Janet
    Dawson, Janet
    KINDRED CRIMES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1990.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's first book, a mystery introducing Oakland, CA private eye Jeri Howard. Winner of the 4th St Martin's Best First Private Eye novel contest (previous winners included Karen Kijewski and Gar Anthony Hayward.) SIGNED by author. 260 pp. ISBN: 0-312-04464x.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.(a bit of crinkling to the top of the dj spine.)

    Book ID: 53492
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  • KINDRED CRIMES. by Dawson, Janet
    Dawson, Janet
    KINDRED CRIMES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1990.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's first book, a mystery introducing Oakland, CA private eye Jeri Howard. Winner of the 4th St Martin's Best First Private Eye novel contest (previous winners included Karen Kijewski and Gar Anthony Hayward.) SIGNED by author. 260 pp. ISBN: 0-312-04464x.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket (staples holes on front endpaper, not an unread copy, but despite its flaws a nice copy of an uncommon title.)

    Book ID: 48380
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  • RISK. by Dykewomon, Elana.
    Dykewomon, Elana.
    RISK.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Ann Arbor: Bywater Books, (2009). SIGNED first edition - A novel by this award-winning writer which "spans the years from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world. Carol is an idealistic, Berkeley-educated, Jewish lesbian living in Oakland, California. Downwardly mobile, the Berkeley grad makes her living by tutoring high school students." But Carol knows that to change the world, you have to take risks. SIGNED on the title page. 261 pp. ISBN: 978-1932859690.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73144
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  • FINAL NOTICE. by Gores, Joe
    Gores, Joe
    FINAL NOTICE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1973.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second DKA File novel, 'starring the detectives of Daniel Kearny Associates, skip tracers.' Oakland, California setting. 182 pp. ISBN: 0-394-487060.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket. (some spine slant, literary agent's sticker on front endpaper, one short closed tear to dj, original price of 4.95 still present.)

    Book ID: 49553
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  • GONE, NO FORWARDING. by Gores, Joe
    Gores, Joe
    GONE, NO FORWARDING.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Random House, (1978.) dj. Hardcover - An early DKA File novel, 'starring the detectives of Daniel Kearny Associates, skip tracers.' Oakland, California setting. 184 pp. ISBN: 0-394-411910.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket. (edgewear to the dj.)

    Book ID: 44312
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  • Keown, Tim.
    SKYLINE. ONE SEASON, ONE TEAM, ONE CITY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Macmillan, 1994. First edition - Author's first book - a study of a year in the lives of the Skyline High basketball team in Oakland, CA - where basketball is not just a sport, but something that can provide focus in a world of violence - and sometimes a way out of that rough world. Highly praised.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 8332
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  • BLACK, WHITE, OTHER: In Search of Nina Armstrong. by Lester, Joan Steinau.
    Lester, Joan Steinau.
    BLACK, WHITE, OTHER: In Search of Nina Armstrong.

    Edition: First printing.

    Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, (2011.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel for young adults - When fires in Oakland lead to racial tension in the San Francisco Bay Area, bi-racial Nina faces the bigotry of long-time friends, her parents' divorce, and her brother's misbehavior, and so she turns to the story of her great-great grandmother Sarah's escape from slavery (told as a novel within the novel) as a way to understand her roots and her place in the world. SIGNED on the title page. Includes an author's note and questions for discussion, a glossary and sources. 222 pp. ISBN: 0-310727634.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy) Promotional book mark laid in.

    Book ID: 55564
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  • BLACK, WHITE, OTHER: In Search of Nina Armstrong. by Lester, Joan Steinau.
    Lester, Joan Steinau.
    BLACK, WHITE, OTHER: In Search of Nina Armstrong.

    Edition: First printing.

    Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, (2011.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel for young adults - When fires in Oakland lead to racial tension in the San Francisco Bay Area, bi-racial Nina faces the bigotry of long-time friends, her parents' divorce, and her brother's misbehavior, and so she turns to the story of her great-great grandmother Sarah's escape from slavery (told as a novel within the novel) as a way to understand her roots and her place in the world. INSCRIBED on the title page. Includes an author's note and questions for discussion, a glossary and sources. 222 pp. ISBN: 0-310727634.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy) Promotional book mark laid in.

    Book ID: 55565
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  • Lockett, Reginald.
    THE PARTY CRASHERS OF PARADISE.

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

    Berkeley, California: Creative Arts Book Co., (2001.). SIGNED first edition - Collection of poems by this award-winning Oakland based, African-American poet, many which look at everyday events in a fresh and observant way- whether it is a teacher looking at the end-of-term gifts from his Vietnamese immigrant students and flashing back to being a 19 year old grunt in the jungles of Vietnam, or an engineering professor stuck with a carload of white, right-wing Republicans to help them 'hide behind a smiling mask of diversity.' SIGNED on the first page. 115 pp. ISBN: 0-88739342X.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 38292
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  • THE BESSIE BLUE KILLER. by Lupoff, Richard A.
    Lupoff, Richard A.
    THE BESSIE BLUE KILLER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1994.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third Hobart Lindsay / Marvia Plum mystery, set in Oakland, California and involving the making of a movie about black World War II pilots - the Tuskegee airmen. Introduction by Jane Langton SIGNED by the author. Author's note, 272 pp. Dust jacket art by Earl Keleny. ISBN: 0-312-113323.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket

    Book ID: 44610
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  • WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE NOW. by Maran, Meredith.
    Maran, Meredith.
    WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE NOW.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1995.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Memoir by this former 60s activist, expelled from the Bronx High School of Science for leading protests against the Vietnam war, now a lesbian, mother, living in integrated neighborhood in Oakland, California, which focuses on her attempts to reconcile her activist ideals of the 60s and 70s with her life today - shows us clearly how her life has been and is still shaped by those ideal. SIGNED on the title page. 338 pp. ISBN: 0-553-096001.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55578
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  • RATS IN THE TREES. by Mowry, Jess.
    Mowry, Jess.
    RATS IN THE TREES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Santa Barbara: John Daniel, 1990. SIGNED first edition - His first book - a collection of interrelated stories set on the streets of Oakland, told in the language of inner-city street kids. SIGNED on the title page and dated in 1997. Winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. 162 pp. ISBN: 0-936784-814.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (as new, but slight sunning to the spine.)

    Book ID: 82390
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  • RATS IN THE TREES by Mowry, Jess
    Mowry, Jess
    RATS IN THE TREES

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Santa Barbara: John Daniel, 1990. SIGNED first edition - His first book - a collection of interrelated stories set on the streets of Oakland, told in the language of inner-city street kids. INSCRIBED by author ("to ---") on the title page and dated in 1997. Winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. 162 pp. ISBN: 0-936784-814.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (as new.)

    Book ID: 46454
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  • SIX OUT SEVEN. by Mowry, Jess.
    Mowry, Jess.
    SIX OUT SEVEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fourth book by this Mississippi born author. Despite the acclaim he has received he still lives in the same Oakland, California neighborhood about which he writes so powerfully. Review copy with publishers material laid in. ISBN: 0-374-220832.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 35898
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  • THE 57 BUS: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Slater, Dashka.
    Slater, Dashka.
    THE 57 BUS: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2017). SIGNED first edition - A balanced and sympathetic account of this tragic event - "If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment." SIGNED and…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2017). SIGNED first edition - A balanced and sympathetic account of this tragic event - "If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment." SIGNED and dated in the year of publication on the dedication page. Winner of the Stonewall Book Award. 303 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in glossy wrappers.

    Book ID: 73062
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  • POETRY LOVER. by Soto, Gary.
    Soto, Gary.
    POETRY LOVER.

    Edition: First printing.

    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (2001.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Adult fiction by this Pulitzer prize winning poet, best known for his non-fiction, poetry and works for children and young adults. Sequel to "Nickel and Dime" which The NY Times in its review called "a powerful novel, unpretentious and brutally honest." In this, down and out Oakland poet Silver Mendez is invited to Madrid to participate in a conference on Chicano literature. SIGNED on the title page. 206 pp. ISBN: 0-826323197.

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

    Book ID: 42503
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  • DYNASTIC, BOMBASTIC, FANTASTIC: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin A's. by Turbow, Jason.
    Turbow, Jason.
    DYNASTIC, BOMBASTIC, FANTASTIC: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin A's.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. SIGNED first edition - "How the Oakland A's of the 1970s - a revolutionary band of brawling Hall of Famers - won three straight championships and knocked baseball into the modern age." SIGNED and dated in 2016 (before official publication date) on the half title page. Cast of characters. Notes. 365 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73087
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  • WORKING FIRE: A Memoir. by Unger, Zac.
    Unger, Zac.
    WORKING FIRE: A Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Penguin, 2004. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. An interesting account of his first years as a firefighter in a gritty urban area: Oakland, California. From the back cover: " he was an Ivy League grad responding to an ad at a bus stop. He couldn't keep his boots shined, and he looked terrible in his uniform. Working Fire is the story of how, from this unlikely beginning, Zac Unger came to feel at home among this close- knit tribe, came to master his work's demands, and came to know what it is to see the city of Oakland through a firefighter's eyes." 260 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 39293
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  • BAY AREA BLUES. by Vignes, Michelle (photo graphs) and Hildebrand, Lee (text.)
    Vignes, Michelle (photo graphs) and Hildebrand, Lee (text.)
    BAY AREA BLUES.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A portrait of the vanishing blues scene in the San Francisco Bay area, featuring striking black and white photographs taken over a period of three years, in the early 1980's, in blues clubs in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. Slightly oversized oblong format, printed on heavy glossy stock. 96 pp. ISBN: 1566405955.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 5280
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  • A CASE OF LOYALTIES. by Wallace, Marilyn.
    Wallace, Marilyn.
    A CASE OF LOYALTIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1986). Hardcover first edition - Her first novel, set in Oakland where a young girl and a friend are picked up in a stolen car - the same car from which a shot had been fired, killing a man who "was not a nice man." Three detectives from the Oakland police force are determined to get to the bottom of his life, just in case Tricia really was as innocent as she claimed to be. ISBN: 0-312123329.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some rubbing and edgewear to the dj)

    Book ID: 69777
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  • A QUEST FOR EDUCATION AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT FOLLOWED (title on cover "It Was Slow Going but I Finally Made It" by Westlake, A Byron.
    Westlake, A Byron.
    A QUEST FOR EDUCATION AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT FOLLOWED (title on cover "It Was Slow Going but I Finally Made It"

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Cassville, Missouri: By the author, (1994). First edition - Memoirs of a retired educator, from his own college days to his years of teaching in Oregon and California, as District Superintendent of Amador County and in the Mojave. Photographs. 209 pp plus an 8 pp epilogue. Laid in is a preface to the preface.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated tan wrappers.

    Book ID: 66556
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  • EAST BAY GREASE. by Williamson, Eric Miles.
    Williamson, Eric Miles.
    EAST BAY GREASE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Picador, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a coming of age story set in the rough Oakland, California of the 1960s and 70s, from Hells Angels to schools overrun by gangs. 248 pp. ISBN: 0-312-198612.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 57178
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