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  • Brown, Claude.
    MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND.

    Edition: 4th printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1965.) dj. Hardcover - Although this autobiography of growing up poor and Black in Harlem is now a classic at the time it was written, when Brown was still a young writer, just barely out of Harlem, it was a revolutionary and enlightening book. His goal was to "talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes... to talk about the experience of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society." . 415 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings and reading wear, but in a dustjacket with tape repairs to the end of the spine of the dj, price-clipped, etc. Despite the flaws, a sturdy and good reading copy.

    Book ID: 37354
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  • MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND. by Brown, Claude.
    Brown, Claude.
    MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND.

    Edition: 4th printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1965.) dj. Hardcover - Although this autobiography of growing up poor and Black in Harlem is now a classic at the time it was written, when Brown was still a young writer, just barely out of Harlem, it was a revolutionary and enlightening book. His goal was to "talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes... to talk about the experience of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society." . 415 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a fair dust jacket with some short closed tears, wear to ends of spine, etc. Previous owner's name on front endpaper, hidden by dj flap, stamp on bottom edge.

    Book ID: 77574
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  • Cohn, Nik.
    THE HEART OF THE WORLD.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1992. dj. Hardcover first edition - Described by the author as the 'partial record of a walk I made up Broadway, starting at the Battery and aiming for the Bronx...it is the world within itself.'. ISBN: 0-7011-37673.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 26926
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  • THE IMMORTAL CLASS: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power. by Culley, Travis Hugh.
    Culley, Travis Hugh.
    THE IMMORTAL CLASS: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Villard, (2001) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first book, based on his own experiences as a bike messenger in Chicago - "Fast-paced, danger-filled, and thoroughly spellbinding.. . a truly stunning book, completely original, a mixture of autobiography and philosophical treatise. Culley is a genuinely gifted writer, able to turn a seemingly ordinary bike ride into poetry in motion... We see the world through the eyes of a man hurtling through it at breakneck speed, and nothing we see, nothing we hear, is the way we expect it to be. One of the very best nonfiction books of recent years, and a treat for anyone gutsy enough to climb aboard." (Booklist) INSCRIBED on the title…

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    New York: Villard, (2001) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first book, based on his own experiences as a bike messenger in Chicago - "Fast-paced, danger-filled, and thoroughly spellbinding.. . a truly stunning book, completely original, a mixture of autobiography and philosophical treatise. Culley is a genuinely gifted writer, able to turn a seemingly ordinary bike ride into poetry in motion... We see the world through the eyes of a man hurtling through it at breakneck speed, and nothing we see, nothing we hear, is the way we expect it to be. One of the very best nonfiction books of recent years, and a treat for anyone gutsy enough to climb aboard." (Booklist) INSCRIBED on the title page. Erratum slip laid in (pages 62-64 are out of order) Illustrated with photographs. 324 pp. ISBN: 0-375504281.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84567
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  • SIDEWALK. by Duneier, Mitchell; Ovie Carter, photographs.
    Duneier, Mitchell; Ovie Carter, photographs.
    SIDEWALK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - A study which follows a dozen people who sell on the streets of Greenwich Village - mostly secondhand books and scavenged goods - over a period of five years, illustrated with photographs by Ovie Carter, "as they do their best to live successfully on their own terms, with all the good and bad consequences that entail. Some of these people (almost all men) are drug addicts and some of them choose to live as 'unhoused' individuals. But many of them find a strong sense of purpose and identity in their work and choose to live in ways that best facilitate that work; they are as motivated -…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - A study which follows a dozen people who sell on the streets of Greenwich Village - mostly secondhand books and scavenged goods - over a period of five years, illustrated with photographs by Ovie Carter, "as they do their best to live successfully on their own terms, with all the good and bad consequences that entail. Some of these people (almost all men) are drug addicts and some of them choose to live as 'unhoused' individuals. But many of them find a strong sense of purpose and identity in their work and choose to live in ways that best facilitate that work; they are as motivated - more, perhaps - -as workers holding 'respectable' office jobs." Winner of the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Author "Beyond its sensitive portrayal of black men living on the margins of society, SIDEWALK is a testament to the survival skills of a people who from slavery to the present somehow have cobbled lives stunted by racial deprivation into a mostly unheralded affirmation of the human spirit." Notes. 383 pp. ISBN: 0-374263558.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84258
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  • SISTER NO BLUES. by Gossett, Hattie.
    Gossett, Hattie.
    SISTER NO BLUES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Ithaca, New York: Firebrand Books, (1998). First edition - Poems and prose poems, monologues and dialogues by this feminist writer - poems that detail the experiences of a black urban woman eking out a living as a waitress, cleaning person, office temp and more - drugs, racism, greed all play a part in these poems. 143 pp. ISBN: 0-932379494.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 64831
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  • Kinkead, Eugene.
    A CONCRETE LOOK AT NATURE: Central Park (and other) Glimpses.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Quadrangle - New York Times Book Co., (1974.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at nature as found in urban areas - especially in New York City's Cenral Park: 4 of the chapters focus on the birds and animals to be found in the park. Other chapters cover such diverse topics as living through the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in an 8 hour period, miscroscopic soil and water life, champion trees, virgin forests, and the source of light called bioluminescence (found in fireflies and fishes). Illustrated with 26 black and white drawings by Hope S. Buyukmihci. Double page map of Central Park on the endpapers. Index. 242 pp. ISBN: 0-812904710.

    Condition: Very near fine in near fine dust jacket (a tight clean copy which appears unread, but old price inked on front endpaper.)

    Book ID: 33749
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  • McHargue, Georgess, editor (A.E. Van Vogt ,Robert Heinlein ,C.M. Kornbluth ,Damon Knight and others, contributors.)
    HOT & COLD RUNNING CITIES: an Anthology of Science Fiction.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1974.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An anthology of nine provocative stories about urban life in the future - includes Enchanted Village by A.E. Van Vogt, The Deeps by Keith Roberts, The Menace from Earth by Robert Heinlein, Metropolitan Nightmare by Stephen Vincent Benet, The Luckiest Man in Denv by C.M. Kornbluth, The City That Loves You by Raymond Banks, The Place Where Chicago Was by James Harmon, Natural State by Damon Knight, and Plenitude by Will Worthington. 245 pp. ISBN: 0-03-0124166.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a very good dj. sunning to the spine of the dj as is common with this title.)

    Book ID: 34498
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  • CITY BOYS: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield. by Sklar, Robert L.
    Sklar, Robert L.
    CITY BOYS: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, (1992) dj. Hardcover - The "type" created by James Cagney with "The Public Enemy" in 1931, and later developed by Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield, was that of the urban tough guy - sometimes a gangster, newspaper reporter, or private eye. This book blends the stories of both the professional and political lives of Cagney, Bogart, and Garfield and examines the cultural forces that produced these "city boys." Photographs, notes, sources, index. xiii, 311 pp. ISBN: 0-691047952.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81859
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