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Portable Steinbeck

By Steinbeck, John; Covici Jr. , Pascal (Ed. )

New York: Viking. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1986. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 0517610639 . STiff unmarked book in rubbed dust jacket. ; Viking Portable Library; 692 pages .

$16.00

Portable Stephen Crane

By Crane, Stephen; Joseph Katz Ed

New York: Viking. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1985. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 0517478587 . New book, unmarked, in crisp dj.; The Viking Portable Library; 550 pages .

$14.00

A Lifetime Burning in Every Moment From the Journals of Alfred Kazin

By Kazin, Alfred (editor)

New York: Harpercollins. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. 006019037x . New book, unmarked, in crisp dj.; 4.29 x 8.99 x 5.98 Inches; 272 pages; <p>Warren is eighteen. His sister, Joan, is twenty. Their father has died of cancer, and their mother has committed suicide -- they're on their own, in a small coastal town in Maine, under desperate emotional circumstances, with the holidays approaching.</p><p>Their situation worsens as their father's partner ruthlessly strips them of financial interest in the plant nursery they had owned together and a ghoulish uncle and aunt try to exploit them. Things grow even more complicated as Warren becomes increasingly puzzled by his attraction to a beautiful young single mother who used to work for his father.</p><p>Told from Warren's point of view, <i>On This Day</i> is not only a moving story of two young people's struggle to make a place and a home for themselves, but a consideration of memory -- the necessity to face the secrets of a family's dark past in order to exorcise them.</p> .

$14.00

Sarah Conley  A Novel
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Sarah Conley A Novel

By Gilchrist, Ellen

New York: Little, Brown and Company. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1997. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0316314773 . Tight clean unmarked book in DJ with impressions to front cover from using as underlay for writing. ; 0.87 x 9.5 x 6.37 Inches; 272 pages .

$12.00

The Death of Vishnu  A Novel
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The Death of Vishnu A Novel

By Suri, Manil

New York: W. W. Norton & Company. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. 0393050424 . About new book, unmarked, in crisp barely rubbed DJ. Author's first novel; 0.79 x 9.45 x 6.3 Inches; 295 pages; At the opening of this masterful debut novel, Vishnu lies dying on the staircase he inhabits while his neighbors the Pathaks and the Asranis argue over who will pay for an ambulance. As the action spirals up through the floors of the apartment building we are pulled into the drama of the residents' lives: Mr. Jalal's obsessive search for higher meaning; Vinod Taneja's longing for the wife he has lost; the comic elopement of Kavita Asrani, who fancies herself the heroine of a Hindi movie. Suffused with Hindu mythology, this story of one apartment building becomes a metaphor for the social and religious divisions of contemporary India, and Vishnu's ascent of the staircase parallels the soul's progress through the various stages of existence. As Vishnu closes in on the riddle of his own mortality, we wonder whether he might not be the god Vishnu, guardian not only of the fate of the building and its occupants, but of the entire universe. .

$14.00

The Strength of the Hills

By Thane, Elswyth

Christian Herald Books. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1976. First Thus; First Printing. Hardcover. 0915684063 . Tight clean bright book, still stiff to open, with partially removed nameplate to front pastedown; in crisp DJ with a nick. Revised edition of "The Reluctant Farmer" published in 1950; 1 x 9.25 x 5.75 Inches; 219 pages .

$12.00

Child of My Heart
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Child of My Heart

By McDermott, Alice

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2002. Hardcover. 0374121230 . Tight clean unmarked book, about new but for slight puckering to pages at lower edge; in DJ with scuff to top of spine ; 1 x 8.2 x 5.4 Inches; 242 pages; <div><b>A young girl's astonishing, poignant first look into the turbulent heart of things</b><br><br>"I had in my care that summer four dogs, three cats, the Moran kids, Daisy, my eight-year-old cousin, and Flora, the toddler child of a local artist. There was also, for a while, a litter of wild rabbits, three of them, that had been left under our back steps.... "<br><br>Alice McDermott's haunting and enchanting new work of fiction--her first since the bestselling <i>Charming Billy</i>, winner of the 1998 National Book Award--is narrated by a woman who was born beautiful. Her parents decided that her best chance in life was to marry a wealthy man, so she was raised on the east end of Long Island, among the country houses of the rich. On the cusp of fifteen, she is the town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, beloved, a wonder with children and animals, but also a solitary soul with an already complex understanding of human nature--when her favorite cousin, Daisy, comes to spend the summer. <br><br>The narrator's witty, piquant, deeply etched evocation of all that was really transpiring under the surface during that seemingly idyllic season gives her wry tale--infused with suppressed passion, disappointment, and enduring hope--its remarkable vividness and impact. Once again, Alice McDermott explores the mysterious depths of what seems like everyday life with unforgettable insight and resonant emotional power.<br></div> .

$10.00

Sacred Monster A Comedy of Madness
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Sacred Monster A Comedy of Madness

By Westlake, Donald E

New York: Mysterious Press. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. 0892961775 . Tight clean stiff book in barely rubbed DJ; 231 pages .

$12.00

The Border   Canada, the U. S. and Adventures along the 49th Parallel
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The Border Canada, the U. S. and Adventures along the 49th Parallel

By Laxer, James

Toronto: Doubleday Canada. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. 0385659814 . About new book, unmarked, in bright DJ. ; 387 pages; Insightful, prescient and often funny, <b>The Border</b> explores what it means to be Canadian and what Canada means to the giant to our south.<br><br>If good fences make good neighbours, do we have the sort of fence that will allow us to maintain neighbourly relations with the world&#8217;s only superpower?<br><br>In <b>The Border</b>, well-known political scientist and journalist James Laxer explores this question by taking the reader on a compelling 5000-mile journey into culture, politics, history, and the future of Canadian sovereignty.<br><br>Long ignored (or celebrated) as &#8220;the world&#8217;s longest undefended border,&#8221; the line between us and the US is now a stress point. The attacks on the World Trade Center announced to the world that North America is no longer a quiet neighbourhood and made our relationship with the US one of the most pressing questions facing Canadians.<br><br>The porousness of the border is sure to be more problematic as the world becomes more troubled. Canadian officials complain of American pornography, drugs, untaxed cigarettes and, especially, guns moving northwards. For their part, the FBI and US Customs Service blame Canada for the infiltration of Chinese gangs smuggling immigrants and, more urgently, third-world terrorist cells based north of the border.<br><br>Drawing deeply from history and anecdote, Laxer shows that for all our neighbourly good will, the Canada-US border has been contentious since the American War of Independence. In the mid-1800s the Americans tried to seize the west coast up to the 54th parallel. On the other hand, until 1931 the Canadian Army&#8217;s &#8220;Defence Scheme Number One&#8221; was to launch a surprise attack on the US with Mexico and Japan as allies.<br><br>But beyond the fraught politics of the border, Laxer discovers another legacy as well. Travelling the country from Campobello island in the east to Richmond BC in the west all the way up to the Alaska panhandle in the north, Laxer meets people who live within a stone&#8217;s throw of the foreigners on the other side, and who share with him tales of friendship and rivalry, smuggling and trade that have shaped the character of their communities. .

$16.00