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  • THE PLANETS. by Boylan, James [Jennifer] Finney.
    Boylan, James [Jennifer] Finney.
    THE PLANETS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Poseidon Press, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel (preceded by a collection of short stories), centering around the lives of some of the few remaining residents of the town of Centralia, Pennsylvania where an underground mine fire has been burning since 1962. A combination of the "everyday ordinary and the outrageously surreal." (Susan Kenney.) Dust jacket praise also from John Barth and Edward Albee. 265 pp. ISBN: 0-671-72715X.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (short closed tear to fold of flap of dj with some associated creasing.)

    Book ID: 56328
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  • Burkey, Dave.
    RAIN LOVER.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (1985.). First edition - Author's first novel, a mystery involving murder and the drugging of racehorses at a small racetrack in a seedy Pennsylvania town. 216 pp. ISBN: 0-34531963x.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 33542
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  • ANSWER AS A MAN. by Caldwell, Taylor.
    Caldwell, Taylor.
    ANSWER AS A MAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in a small town in Pennslyvania, in the years leading up to World War I, this is the story of a man who rose from Irish-Catholic poverty to the zenith of Yankee prestige and power, and the price he had to pay for that. 455 pp. ISBN: 0-399125663.

    Condition: Fine in a very good dust jacket (some discoloration to the spine of the dj.)

    Book ID: 37955
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  • THE ROCKSBURG RAILROAD MURDERS & THE BLANK PAGE. by Constantine, K.C. (pseudonym of Carl Constantine Kosak)
    Constantine, K.C. (pseudonym of Carl Constantine Kosak)
    THE ROCKSBURG RAILROAD MURDERS & THE BLANK PAGE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, (1982). First edition - The first title in Godine's Double Detectives series of trade paperbacks reissuing forgotten or out of print books. This includes the complete text of "The Rocksburg Railroad Murders" and "The Blank Page", Constantine's first and third books featuring Police Chief Mario Balzic, originally published in 1972 and 1974. Set in the fictional town of Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, the NY Times called his books "The most poignant studies of post-Industrial Age depression in modern crime literature." Afterword by Robin Winkler. 188, 158 pp. ISBN: 0-879234083.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 66801
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  • Gardner, John.
    MICKELSSON'S GHOSTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. Hardcover first edition - A complex and ambitious novel about a philosophy professor who finds himself slipping towards violence and madness, and flees to a rundown Pennsylvania farm, one reputed to be haunted. Illustrated with photographs by Joel Gardner. Illustrated endpapers. 590 pp. ISBN: 0-394-504682.

    Condition: Good in slightly soiled white cloth boards, contents clean, binding tight, no dust jacket (remainder mark)

    Book ID: 56388
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  • MICKELSSON'S GHOSTS. by Gardner, John.
    Gardner, John.
    MICKELSSON'S GHOSTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. dj. Hardcover first edition - A complex and ambitious novel about a philosophy professor who finds himself slipping towards violence and madness, and flees to a rundown Pennsylvania farm, one reputed to be haunted. Illustrated with photographs by Joel Gardner. Illustrated endpapers. 590 pp. ISBN: 0-394-504682.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 49880
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  • BING CROSBY'S LAST SONG. by Goran, Lester.
    Goran, Lester.
    BING CROSBY'S LAST SONG.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Picador, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in 1968 in the dying Irish-American community of Oakland Park, Pittsburgh. 279 pp. ISBN: 0-312-195400.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 53860
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  • THE CRY OF THE OWL by Highsmith, Patricia
    Highsmith, Patricia
    THE CRY OF THE OWL

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1989.). Reprint of this unusual suspense novel, originally published in 1962. Set in a small town in Pennsylvania. it begins with an act of naive voyereurism and continues with a growing sense of danger to a chilling conclusion. 272 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-2907.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 45786
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  • CROSS YOUR HEART AND HOPE TO DIE. by Martin, Nancy.
    Martin, Nancy.
    CROSS YOUR HEART AND HOPE TO DIE.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: New American Library - NAL, (2005.) dj. Hardcover - The fourth in the Blackbird Sisters mysteries, set in Philadelphia. 262 pp. ISBN: 0-451-213955.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 48745
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  • O'Dell, Tawni.
    BACK ROADS.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Viking, 2000. dj. Hardcover - The author's highly praised first novel, set in rural Pennsylvania. A study of the legacy of abuse on families and children. ISBN: 0-670-894186.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (Oprah's Book Club seal on dustjacket.)

    Book ID: 28316
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  • O'Dell, Tawni.
    BACK ROADS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Viking, 2000. First edition - The author's highly praised first novel, set in rural Pennsylvania. A study of the legacy of abuse on families and children. Uncommon advance issue preceding the first hardcover printing of this best-selling novel.

    Condition: Fine (as new) in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 28317
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  • SNOW ANGELS. by O'Nan, Stewart.
    O'Nan, Stewart.
    SNOW ANGELS.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, (1994.). First edition - His first novel, second book (his first book, a collection of short stories was winner of the 1993 Drue Heinz Literature Prize ),winner of the Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for this novel. Set in Western Pennsylvania in 1974, this 'weaves together two haunting stories.' O'Nan was named one of America's young novelists by Granta Magazine. 305 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed white wrappers (a bit of crinkling to bottom of front cover.)

    Book ID: 50487
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  • LANGHORN AND MARY; A 19th Century American Love Story. by Sharp, Priscilla Stone.
    Sharp, Priscilla Stone.
    LANGHORN AND MARY; A 19th Century American Love Story.

    Edition: First printing.

    Phoenix, AZ: Ambrosia Books, (2003). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Fictionalized history of an interracial couple in Bucks County, PA, during the years from 1835-1865, a time of turmoil, abolitionist activity and the Civil War, written by a great grandniece. SIGNED on the half title page and dated in the year of publication. Excerpts from contempary newspaper articles are included throughout. References, index. xviii, 462 pp. ISBN: 0-972751904.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70888
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  • THE SECRET OF THE MUSICAL TREE: Judy Bolton Mystery #19. by Sutton, Margaret.
    Sutton, Margaret.
    THE SECRET OF THE MUSICAL TREE: Judy Bolton Mystery #19.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1948) dj. Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. This is one of the books in the series where Roberta, their adopted daughter, plays a significant part - it is also a title with more violence than usual in this series. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of…

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    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1948) dj. Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. This is one of the books in the series where Roberta, their adopted daughter, plays a significant part - it is also a title with more violence than usual in this series. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting that the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys had. Bound in rust-colored tweed with burgundy and white haunted house endpapers. Dust jacket flap lists to #30. 216 pp

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    Condition: Very good condition, in a very good minus dust jacket (a bit of staining to upper corner of first few pages, some chips to top of dj spine)

    Book ID: 67407
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  • THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11. by Sutton, Margaret.
    Sutton, Margaret.
    THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11.

    Edition: First or very early printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1938.). Hardcover first edition - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Although I didn't know any of the history of the series at the time I was reading them, the 'mysteries' are mostly based on actual events, the town is the town where Sutton grew up and unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap,…

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    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1938.). Hardcover first edition - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Although I didn't know any of the history of the series at the time I was reading them, the 'mysteries' are mostly based on actual events, the town is the town where Sutton grew up and unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting that the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys had. This copy is in the hard to find thicker original format with pink illustrated 'flashlight' or 'staircase' endpapers. Lists to itself at the front of the book. Glossy frontispiece by Pelagie Doane, top edge tinted burgundy. 250 pp

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    Condition: Good overall in lime green cloth, with purple lettering on front and spine, and open door illustration on front cover (corners bumped, spine slightly slanted

    Book ID: 67410
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  • THE MIDNIGHT VISITOR: A Judy Bolton Mystery, #12. by Sutton, Margaret
    Sutton, Margaret
    THE MIDNIGHT VISITOR: A Judy Bolton Mystery, #12.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1957, c. 1942). Hardcover - Bound in rust tweed boards with rust and white haunted house illustrated endpapers. lists to #29 in front of book. Frontispiece by Pelagie Doane. 249 pp

    Condition: Good only - previous owner's name, foxing spots on edges of textblock, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67532
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  • THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11. by Sutton, Margaret.
    Sutton, Margaret.
    THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1949. c. 1938.) dj. Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive…

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    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1949. c. 1938.) dj. Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting that the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys had. Frontispiece. Bound in terra cott boards with purple lettering, pink and white "flashlight" endpapers by Pelagie Doane. Lists to #17 on front flap of dust jacket, 250 pp

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    Condition: Fair condition only (rather severe toning to the pages. corners bumped, shelfwear, damage to ends of spine, prev owner's name dated 1949) in a fair dust jacket (overall edgewear, creasing, rubbing, price-clipped, etc)

    Book ID: 66317
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  • THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11. by Sutton, Margaret.
    Sutton, Margaret.
    THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1940. c. 1938.). Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting…

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    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1940. c. 1938.). Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting that the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys had. Frontispiece. Bound in green boards with purple lettering, pink and white "flashlight" endpapers by Pelagie Doane. (format used between 1940-1942) . 250 pp

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    Condition: Good condition only (rather severe toning to the pages) no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63622
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  • THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11. by Sutton, Margaret.
    Sutton, Margaret.
    THE UNFINISHED HOUSE: Judy Bolton Mystery #11.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1957. c. 1938.). Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting…

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    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1957. c. 1938.). Hardcover - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting that the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys had. Bound in rust tweed boards with burgundy and white "haunted house" endpapers, . 250 pp

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    Condition: Good condition (bookplate, prev owner's name, some minor wear to the covers, etc) no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63015
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