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  • ALICE: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute. by Anderson, Ivy and Devon Angus, editors.
    Anderson, Ivy and Devon Angus, editors.
    ALICE: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Berkeley & San Francisco: Heyday and California Historical Society, (2016). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Josh Sides. "In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld ". . . candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering the life. While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. . . The response to Alice's story was unprecedented: four thousand letters poured into the Bulletin,many of which were written by other prostitutes ready to share their own…

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    Berkeley & San Francisco: Heyday and California Historical Society, (2016). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Josh Sides. "In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld ". . . candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering the life. While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. . . The response to Alice's story was unprecedented: four thousand letters poured into the Bulletin,many of which were written by other prostitutes ready to share their own stories; and it inspired what may have been the first sex worker rights protest in modern history." This book includes the memoirs of Alice Smith and a selection of letters responding to her story as well as an introduction which places this in the era's sensationalistic journalism as well as revealing themes in Alice's story that extend to issues facing sex workers today. SIGNED on the title page by BOTH editors with the word "thanks" and dated in the year of publication. Introduction and notes. Illustrations. Suggestions for further reading. lxxxii, 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1597143615.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78050
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  • Angelou, Maya.
    GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, 1974. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second volume in Angelou's autobiography. 214 pp. ISBN: 0-394-486927.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dust jacket (stain on back cover of dj)

    Book ID: 5150
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  • GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME. by Angelou, Maya.
    Angelou, Maya.
    GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, 1974. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second volume in Angelou's autobiography. 214 pp. ISBN: 0-394-486927.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 49839
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  • WHORE. by Arcan, Nelly (pseudonym of Isabelle Fortier, 1973-2009)
    Arcan, Nelly (pseudonym of Isabelle Fortier, 1973-2009)
    WHORE.

    Edition: First US printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Grove Press / Black Cat, (2005). First edition - Canadian author's semi-autobiographical first novel, a look at the world's oldest profession by a writer who worked within it. "Cynthia," as the nameless narrator calls herself professionally, is a French-Canadian Catholic who escapes her strict upbringing and schooling by the nuns, and moves to Montreal where she finds work in a bar. One day she answers the ad of an escort agency, and so she is found by new calling. Translated from the French by Bruce Benderson. Finalist for both the Prix MŽdicis and the Prix FŽmina. 172 pp. ISBN: 0-802170021.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 79690
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  • BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN. by Barker, Pat.
    Barker, Pat.
    BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1984) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning author's powerful short novel, an unsentimental and compassionate story of the women a city in Northern England who walk the streets in order to feed their children, and how their lives are changed when a serial killer is on the prowl with prostitutes as his prey. 170 pp. ISBN: 0-399-13011x.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (some toning and discoloration to the dj).

    Book ID: 74967
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  • MURDER SO REAL. by Bird, Al [Pseudonym of Phillip Finch, 1948-2012, and Leon N. Mandel, 1928-2002]
    Bird, Al [Pseudonym of Phillip Finch, 1948-2012, and Leon N. Mandel, 1928-2002]
    MURDER SO REAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, (1978) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in San Francisco, this is a realistic tale of sordid corporate wealth, murder and revenge, and the debut of a memorable investigator, former sportswriter Sinclair Lewis Maxwell, who gets involved when his girlfriend is savagely murdered while investigating organized prostitution. The first and only book written under this pseudonym. 219 pp. ISBN: 0-698-108914.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (some rubbing to the dj)

    Book ID: 61119
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  • Bornoff, Nicholas.
    PINK SAMURAI: Love, Marriage & Sex in Contemorary Japan.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pocket Books, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dj: 'Journalist Nicholas Bornoff opens a unique, richly researched window to the East in this revealing, often surprising account of sexual pursuits and politics in modern Japan. Attitudes towards women, men, family, work and erotic preferences are explored in depth, from the first primitive myths to the neon glare of the modern cities' - including geishas, love hotels, no-pantie coffee shops, erotic comics and more. Photographs. xvi, 479 pp. ISBN: 0-671-742655.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 37901
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  • FOR MEN ONLY. by Brown, Beth.
    Brown, Beth.
    FOR MEN ONLY.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Triangle Books, (1940,c 1930) dj. Hardcover - First thus. Novel of a prostitute, Lily Love, who rose from the sordidness of dollar days to the owner of the most luxorious sporting house south of the Mason-Dixon line. Illustrated with black and white drawings by Jeanette Seelhoff. 288 pp. Dust jacket art by Jeanette Seelhoff.

    Condition: Good in very good+ dust jacket (usual toning to the pages, spotting to some pages, ijnitials on front endpaper, rubbing to folds and edges of the dust jacket) Despite the flaws this is still an attractive copy of a vintage novel.

    Book ID: 58284
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  • Carpenter, Teresa.
    MISSING BEAUTY: A True Story of Murder and Obsession.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Reconstruction of a fascinating murder case in Boston: "A distraught father walks into the newsroom of the Boston Herald asking for help in locating his missing daughter, a breautiful commercial artist named Robin Benedict...Benedict is actually a high-paid prostitute in Boston's Combat Zone. The suspect is the eminent anatomist Dr. William Henry James Douglas who, it is learned, has been embezzling funds from his laboratory at Tufts University to support his costly entanglement with Benedict." Photographs, bibliography. 474 pp. ISBN: 0-393025691.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 36982
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  • Cortina, Frank Michael.
    FACE TO FACE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of treating four, long-dependent, apparently unreachable, drug addicts - Roxy, a 52 year old heroin addict and con man; Mae, a discarded prostitute; Gerard, who clings to silence; and Connie who uses words to hide and distort reality. 301 pp. ISBN: 0-231036353.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39355
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  • ICE AND FIRE. by Dworkin, Andrea.
    Dworkin, Andrea.
    ICE AND FIRE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by this feminist writer - one which "traces a woman's search for identity through the painful labyrinth of sex, drugs, and prostitution in New York's Lower East Side." 181 pp. ISBN: 1-555840256.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 78579
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  • WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE YOU. by Elliott, Stephen.
    Elliott, Stephen.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE YOU.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: MacAdam / Cage Publishing, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author' second novel, set in the underworld of Chicago's Halsted Street, a world of addiction, prostitution - love in the midst of brutality. INSCRIBED on the half title page. 195 pp. ISBN: 1-931561184.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (crinkling to back cover of dj).

    Book ID: 73764
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  • SUSPICIOUS RIVER. by Kasischke, Laura.
    Kasischke, Laura.
    SUSPICIOUS RIVER.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning poet's first novel - the story of a young woman, sexually abused as a child, who relives this abuse as a prostitute. A novel about "sexual violence and our culture's obsession with it." 271 pp. ISBN: 0-395773970.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71901
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  • SOLD. by McCormick, Patricia.
    McCormick, Patricia.
    SOLD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion, (2006.). First edition - Although her family thinks that she is being sent to India to work, a young girl from Nepal finds herself 'sold' - forced into prostitution. Finalist for the National Book Award for Young Adult literature. A spare and powerful story of survival against almost unimaginable odds. The author's note at the end comments that every year 12,000 Nepali girls are sold unwittingly by their families into prostitution in India. 263 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 42675
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  • SOLD. by McCormick, Patricia.
    McCormick, Patricia.
    SOLD.

    Edition: 4th printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2006.) dj. Hardcover - Although her family thinks that she is being sent to India to work, a young girl from Nepal finds herself 'sold' - forced into prostitution. Finalist for the National Book Award for Young Adult literature. A spare and powerful story of survival against almost unimaginable odds. The author's note at the end comments that every year 12,000 Nepali girls are sold unwittingly by their families into prostitution in India. 263 pp. ISBN: 130780786851713.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 42279
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  • CAMELLIA STREET by Rodoreda. Merce (1908-1993); Sandra Cisneros, foreword, signed.
    Rodoreda. Merce (1908-1993); Sandra Cisneros, foreword, signed.
    CAMELLIA STREET

    Edition: First printing

    St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1993. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Story of Cecelia, a street corner prostitute in war-torn Barcelona in the 1940s and 1950s. "It is a profoundly feminist work that etches one powerless women's strength in the face of male brutality; it ends on a note of tenuous rebirth." Translated from the Catalan, and with an Introduction, by David H. Rosenthal. SIGNED by Sandra Cisneros at her foreword. 186 pp. ISBN: 1-55597-192X.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59492
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  • Terrot, Charles.
    TRAFFIC IN INNOCENTS: The Shocking Story of White Slavery in England.

    Edition: First paperback printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1961.). First edition - F2201, cover price 50c. The cover blares "The shocking facts about the flesh markets of Europe: a story of lust and moral depravity unequalled in civilized times" but this is actually a fairly serious, if dramatic, account of the traffic in young women which flourished in Victorian England, including the work of the rescuers - women like Josephine Butler - and of government hearings. Bibliography, index. 199 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine (previous owner's name inside front cover.)

    Book ID: 31149
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  • Zimler, Richard.
    THE ANGELIC DARKNESS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, 1999. dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in the 1980's San Francisco, this is the third book by the author of 'The Last Kabalist of Lisbon', a highly praised historical mystery. ISBN: 0-393-048179.

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

    Book ID: 26037
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