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  • Alvarez , Robert R. Jr.
    FAMILIA: Migration and Adaptation In Baja and Alta California, 1800-1975

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (1986). Hardcover first edition - Illustrated with photographs. "Alvarez investigates the life histories of pioneer migrants and their offspring, finding a human dimension to migration which centers on the family. Spanish, American, and English exploits paved the way for exchange between Baja and Alta California. Alvarez shows how cultural stability actually increased as migrants settled in new locations, bringing their common values and memories with them." Includes an appendix with the original Spanish field notes, notes, bibliography, index. xv. 213 pp. ISBN: 0-520053470.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76853
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  • BEHIND THE GLORY. by Barris, Ted.
    Barris, Ted.
    BEHIND THE GLORY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Macmillan Canada, (1992.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Based on the author's interviews with more than 200 instructors, this is the story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan - "the plan that won the allied air war." In five years, the BCATP turned over 200,000 young men and teenagers into seasoned aircrew. SIGNED on the title page with "All the best" and dated in the year of publication. Sixteen pages of photographs. Notes, sources, index. Map endpapers. viii, 358 pp. ISBN: 0-771591764.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (inscription on front endpaper.)

    Book ID: 42430
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  • Blackman, Margaret B.
    DURING MY TIME: Florence Edenshaw Davidson, A Haida Women

    Edition: First printing.

    Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1982. Hardcover first edition - The first life story of a Northwest Coast Indian woman. Based on more than 50 hours of tape recordings as Davidson recounts her life (born in 1896 she was one of the last women to undergo traditional puberty rites and an arranged marriage). Illustrated with photographs. 172 pp including index.

    Condition: VG/VG (gift inscription.)

    Book ID: 7721
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  • BLACK LIVES, WHITE LIVES: Three Decades of Race Relations in America. by Blauner, Bob.
    Blauner, Bob.
    BLACK LIVES, WHITE LIVES: Three Decades of Race Relations in America.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (1990.). Candid interviews with sixteen black Americans and twelve white Americans starting in 1968, with most interviewed again in 1979 and 1986. These interviews capture the racial tensions of the late 1960's and the changing perspectives of the 70's and 80's - some are encouraging; others are often angry or disillusioned accounts of failed promises, misunderstandings, and lost opportunities. This trade paperback edition includes two new essays by the author - 'The Author's Story' and 'Where Are the People Now.' Also includes an appendix with the methodology used, notes, and a bibliographic essay. 364 pp. ISBN: 0-520069501.

    Condition: Very good in stiff black wrappers.

    Book ID: 38953
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  • WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families. by Bronson, Po.
    Bronson, Po.
    WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - His second book, the stories of people who survived hardships and wound up with a stronger family because of it. Illustrated with photographs. Bibliography. 331 pp. ISBN: 1400062373.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59118
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  • Carroll, Rick (collected by).
    HAWAI'I'S BEST SPOOKY TALES: Local True Spine Tinglers.

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

    Honolulu, The Best Press, (1997.). First edition - Stories of inexplicable encounters, childhood experiences, family stories spanning generations, written by many Hawai'ians. Includes a 'guide to spooky places' - a listing of sites on the various islands which have a spiritual or mystical significance. Illustrated, maps. 160 pp plus the 18 pp guide. ISBN: 1-57306-0313.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 29220
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  • SILENT VOICES: The Southern Negro Woman Today. by Carson, Josephine.
    Carson, Josephine.
    SILENT VOICES: The Southern Negro Woman Today.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (1969) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on interviews with many wormen in the South - workers on Delta plantations, college students, domestic servants, housewifes, nurses and more. 273 pp

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (prev owner's name, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 14914
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  • SILENT VOICES: The Southern Negro Woman Today. by Carson, Josephine.
    Carson, Josephine.
    SILENT VOICES: The Southern Negro Woman Today.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (1969) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on interviews with many wormen in the South - workers on Delta plantations, college students, domestic servants, housewifes, nurses and more. 273 pp

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (small bookstore stamp)

    Book ID: 64678
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  • Davidson, Bruce (photographs), text by Carol Hill.
    SUBSISTENCE U.S.A.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1973.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Glimpses of the lives of those living at a subsistence level in the United States in the early 1970's - a term that Hill and Davidson eventually used to include a way of life marked by 'principles of survival, originality, wholeness and independence.' Mostly told in the words of the individuals they interviewed in Maine, Georgia, California, Tennessee, Texas and places in between - from a couple who survive in Colorado by trapping, to hippies in Canyon, California, just outside Berkeley, to a ghetto in Plainfield, New Jersey, and the black residents, descendants of slaves, still living on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina. Farmers, trappers, schoolteachers, hobos,…

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    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1973.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Glimpses of the lives of those living at a subsistence level in the United States in the early 1970's - a term that Hill and Davidson eventually used to include a way of life marked by 'principles of survival, originality, wholeness and independence.' Mostly told in the words of the individuals they interviewed in Maine, Georgia, California, Tennessee, Texas and places in between - from a couple who survive in Colorado by trapping, to hippies in Canyon, California, just outside Berkeley, to a ghetto in Plainfield, New Jersey, and the black residents, descendants of slaves, still living on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina. Farmers, trappers, schoolteachers, hobos, prisoners and hitchhikers - black, white and Native American - some living their life by choice, but most enduring what life dealt them, More than with words, their endurance and strenghth is most vividly shown in Davidson's striking black and whte photographs. Slightly oversized format, printed on heavy stock throughout, bound in coarse linen cloth. 186 p. ISBN: 0-030912237.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a good only dustjacket. (some edgewear and overall light soiling to the dj, now protected by an archival cover.)

    Book ID: 38102
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  • HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. by Delany, Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill.
    Delany, Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill.
    HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Kodansha International, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The memoirs of two incredible women - sisters whose lives spanned almost the entire 20th century (they were 101 and 103 when this book was writen) - discussing 'Jim Crow' laws and practices, their education, family members (the science fiction writer Samuel Delany was their nephew), the hard times and racial discrimination they encountered, segregation in New York City in the 1950s, their careers (Sadie had a Masters in Education from Columbia, Bessie had a DDS from Columbia and was just the second black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York State) and much more. Illustrated with 16 pages of black and white photographs. An immediate bestseller, this went quickly into later printings. 210 pp. ISBN: 156836010X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56218
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  • HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. by Delany, Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill.
    Delany, Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill.
    HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Kodansha International, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The memoirs of two incredible women - sisters whose lives spanned almost the entire 20th century (they were 101 and 103 when this book was writen) - discussing 'Jim Crow' laws and practices, their education, family members (the science fiction writer Samuel Delany was their nephew), the hard times and racial discrimination they encountered, segregation in New York City in the 1950s, their careers (Sadie had a Masters in Education from Columbia, Bessie had a DDS from Columbia and was just the second black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York State) and much more. Illustrated with 16 pages of black and white photographs. An immediate bestseller, this went quickly into later printings. 210 pp. ISBN: 156836010X.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 56219
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  • Douglass, Jack (as told to William A. Douglass)
    TAP DANCING ON ICE: the Life and Times of a Nevada Gaming Pioneer

    Edition: First printing.

    Reno, NV: University of Nevada Oral History Program, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the early days of Nevada gaming - the home-grown variety which sprung up in the small mining towns after gambling was legalized in 1931. Douglass, who recounted his story to his son, a professor involved in Reno's oral history program, began his career in Tonopah in the 1930's and eventually wound up as owner of the Cal-Neva, so his story spans the development from the simple slot machines (his primary business was the Nevada Novelty Company) to the growth of the large casinos. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 10 black and white photographs, notes, index. xvi, 255 pp. ISBN: 1-564753735.

    Condition: SIGNED by both authors on the half title page. Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 32813
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  • PIONEER STORIES OF FURNAS COUNTY NEBRASKA. by Furnas County Centennial Committee.
    Furnas County Centennial Committee.
    PIONEER STORIES OF FURNAS COUNTY NEBRASKA.

    Edition: Reissue.

    Nebraska, Furnas County Centennial Committee, (1967). Hardcover - Originally published in 1914, this contains stories from 32 early settlers as compiled from the files of the Beaver City Times-Tribune. Reissued with a new introduction by the Centennial Committee. Illustrated throughout with photographs. 212 pp.

    Condition: Very good in sturdy blue cloth with gilt lettering - a tight and clean copy. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 77052
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  • Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
    THE PYTHON KILLER: Stories of Nzema Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Twenty stories of life, beliefs and customs of the Nzema tribe of southern Ghana in Western Africa. The Nzema inhabit the forests and lagoons along the Atlantic coast, and Grottanelli was the only anthropologist to live among them - as he did intermittently over a period of more than 30 years. Map, phototgraphs, an appendix on "Witchcraft as an Allegory," notes, glossary, index. xi, 223 pp. ISBN: 0-226310051.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36713
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  • THE PYTHON KILLER: Stories of Nzema Life. by Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
    Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
    THE PYTHON KILLER: Stories of Nzema Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, (1988). Hardcover first edition - Twenty stories of life, beliefs and customs of the Nzema tribe of southern Ghana in Western Africa. The Nzema inhabit the forests and lagoons along the Atlantic coast, and Grottanelli was the only anthropologist to live among them - as he did intermittently over a period of more than 30 years. Map, phototgraphs, an appendix on "Witchcraft as an Allegory," notes, glossary, index. xi, 223 pp. ISBN: 0-226310051.

    Condition: Very near fine in brown cloth, lacking the dust jacket (synopsis from front flap is pasted inside the front cover.)

    Book ID: 54589
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  • IN & AROUND THE CASTLE. by Hanchett, Byron
    Hanchett, Byron
    IN & AROUND THE CASTLE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    San Luis Obispo, CA: Blake Publishing, (1958). First edition - Stories about Hearst Castle in San Simeon by a man who spent many years working at the Castle as an electrician when the Hearst family still owned, and remained there for another couple of years after the state took over in 1958. Photographs 200 pp. ISBN: 0-918303095.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 69148
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  • TALES TOLD NEAR A CROCODILE: Stories from Nyanza. by Harman, Humphrey.
    Harman, Humphrey.
    TALES TOLD NEAR A CROCODILE: Stories from Nyanza.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1967). Hardcover first edition - Stories told by the peoples who live near the Northern shore of Lake Nyanza - or Lake Victoria. Illustrated with black and white drawings by George Ford. 185 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in sturdy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 64019
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  • SONS OF MISSISSIPPI: A Story of Race and Its Legacy. by Hendrickson, Paul.
    Hendrickson, Paul.
    SONS OF MISSISSIPPI: A Story of Race and Its Legacy.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the Civil Rights era and post Civil Right era and how it affected the children and grandchildren of seven Mississippi law enforcement officers who were captured in an infamous 1962 Life magazine photo portrait in a story on James Meredith's effort to integrate the University of Mississippi. Illustrated with a map and photographs. Bibliographical essay, index. 343 pp. ISBN: 0-375404619.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 64857
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  • DIVIDED WE FALL: Gambling with History in the Nineties. by Johnson, Haynes.
    Johnson, Haynes.
    DIVIDED WE FALL: Gambling with History in the Nineties.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Based on two years of traveling through the United States, this discusses the concerns of 'ordinary people' about the problems in American society - including the loss of jobs, schools becoming dumping grounds, crime in the streets, race problems, migrant workers, falling through the 'safety net' and others that reflect the dimming of the American dream. Even more relevant now, perhaps, than when it was first published! SIGNED on the title page. Index. 431 pp. ISBN: 0-393-036294.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63607
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  • Johnson, Haynes.
    DIVIDED WE FALL: Gambling with History in the Nineties.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on two years of traveling through the United States, this discusses the concerns of 'ordinary people' about the problems in American society - including the loss of jobs, schools becoming dumping grounds, crime in the streets, race problems, migrant workers, falling through the 'safety net' and others that reflect the dimming of the American dream. Even more relevant now, perhaps, than when it was first published! Index. 431 pp. ISBN: 0-393-036294.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dust jacket (an unread copy but with some slight signs of handling or shelfwear.)

    Book ID: 26755
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  • JEFFERSON'S CHILDREN: The Story of One American Family. by Lanier, Shannon and Jane Feldman; Introduction by Lucian K. Truscott IV
    Lanier, Shannon and Jane Feldman; Introduction by Lucian K. Truscott IV
    JEFFERSON'S CHILDREN: The Story of One American Family.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A journey across the country by Shannon Lanier, a descendent of Jefferson, and photographer Jane Feldmen, to meet the rest of his family, the descendants - both black and white - of Thomas Jefferson -and in some cases, of Sally Hemings. SIGNED on the half title page by both the author and the photographer, and dated in the year of publication. Illustrated throughout with photographs in both color and black and white. Introduction by Lucian K. Truscott IV. Index. Large square format. 144 pp. ISBN: 0-375-805974.

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

    Book ID: 61766
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  • BLOOD TIES: A Woman's History. by Mander, Anica Vesel with Sarika Finci Hofbauer
    Mander, Anica Vesel with Sarika Finci Hofbauer
    BLOOD TIES: A Woman's History.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco & New York: Moon Books / Random House, (1976) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Part an account of the author's life - she was born in Yugoslavia in 1934, and with her family fled to Dalmatia during World War II, where they were interned on an Italian-controlled island - and part an oral history of her maternal grandmother (Hofbauer), a Jewish woman of Serbo-Croation heritage, who was 84 when this book was written. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "Happy Birthday dear Sally and to us all" and signed as Ani, dated in San Francisco in 1978. Only of one 5000 copies. 297 pp. ISBN: 0-394407660.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (toning to the pages, short closed tear to back cover of dj)

    Book ID: 72770
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  • Marshall, Kathryn.
    IN THE COMBAT ZONE: An Oral History of American Women in Vietnam, 1966-1975.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1987.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First person accounts by twenty women who served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, with brief introductions to each chapter by Marshall. Bibliography, glossary. viii, 270 pp. ISBN: 0-316547077.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (slight spine slant.)

    Book ID: 37675
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  • McCunn, Ruthanne Lum (You-shang Tang, illustrator)
    PIE-BITER.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Design Enterprises of San Francisco. (1983.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Based on the true story of a young boy, brought from China to work on building the trans-continental railroad, who grew from a skinny boy to a strong man by eating lots of pies, and thus earned the nickname Pie-Biter. When work on the railroads was finished, he learned how to run a pack-horse business, and after 15 years as a successful businessman in the Northwest, he finally returned to China INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by McCunn "For.... may you have the strength, ingenuity and humor of Pie-Biter - but not the appetite!" Illustrated by You-Shang Tang using a combination of Chinese and Western art techniques. American Book Award winner 1984. Oval format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-932538096.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated boards (prev owner's name) in a very good- dustjacket with a gold award sticker on the front cover.

    Book ID: 37210
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  • WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF '65? by Medved, Michael and David Wallechinsky.
    Medved, Michael and David Wallechinsky.
    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF '65?

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1976.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - In 1965, Time Magazine selected the senior class of Palisades High School in suburban Los Angeles for the cover story article on American teenagers "on the fringe of a golden era". This book includes interviews from 30 members of that class at their 10th reunion, in which they describe what it was like to come of age in the 60s and 70s. The authors were both members of the original class. Inscribed by BOTH Medved and Wallechinsky on the front endpaper and uncommon thus. Illustrated with photographs. 285 pp. ISBN: 0-394-400747.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55076
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  • WAYWARD WINDS OF THE '30S: The Asper Family Saga. by Minier, Lorraine Asper.
    Minier, Lorraine Asper.
    WAYWARD WINDS OF THE '30S: The Asper Family Saga.

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

    Sioux Falls, SD: Pine Hill Press, (2004). SIGNED first edition - An account of a large prairie family's struggles, first generation Norwegians, in South Dakota, a state which was hit very hard by the drought and the Depression of the 1930s. INSCRIBED on the first page and dated in the year of publication. Illustrated with maps and vintage family photographs. Includes recipes and genealogies and an index. 130 pp. ISBN: 1-575792923.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 65982
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  • Momaday, N. Scott.
    THE NAMES: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1976. dj. Hardcover first edition - Momaday's recollection of his early years in the Southwest, growing up with a strong spiritual relationship to the American wilderness. Illustrated with photographs.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 11833
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  • HEY, WAITRESS! The USA From the Other Side of the Tray. by Owings, Alison.
    Owings, Alison.
    HEY, WAITRESS! The USA From the Other Side of the Tray.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Women who work as servers in restaurants tell their own stories in their own words, often with humor and insight and candor. Dust jacket praise from Anthony Bourdain, Susan Brownmiller and Barbara Ehrenreich who called this book "a delightful chronicle of waitressing - from the first commercial eating establishments to a contemporary Pizza Hut - as seen through the eyes of its stalwart practitioners.a great pleasure to read, not least because it's a long overdue tribute to some of America's most tireless and least appreciated working women." SIGNED on the title page. Illustrated with small photographs, notes. 334 pp. ISBN: 0-520217500.

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

    Book ID: 71888
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  • IT LOOKS LIKE YESTERDAY TO ME: Port Washington's Afro-American Heritage. by Shodell, Elly..
    Shodell, Elly..
    IT LOOKS LIKE YESTERDAY TO ME: Port Washington's Afro-American Heritage.

    Edition: First printing, a slim brochure.

    Port Washington, NY: Port Washington Public Library, 1984. First edition - An oral history of several families in the area - some whose roots go back two hundred years and more, others who came during the Great Migration of the 1920s. Illustrated with vintage photographs. Foreword by Farrell Jones and introduction by the compiler Elly Shodell. 36 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in stapled, illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 71561
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  • THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN: Baseball Stars of the 1930s and 1940s Talk About the Game They Loved. by Vincent, Fay.
    Vincent, Fay.
    THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN: Baseball Stars of the 1930s and 1940s Talk About the Game They Loved.

    Edition: First trade edition.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Features the stories of ten outstanding ballplayers from the 30's and 40's including Elden Auker, Dom DiMaggio, Warren Spahn, John 'Buck' O'Neil, Johnny Pesky, Bob Feller, Tommy Henrich, Larry Doby, Ralph Kiner, and Monte Irvin. The Baseball Oral History Project, Volume One. Photographs, index. 243 pp. ISBN: 9780743273176.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket. (gift inscription, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 43865
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