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The Turnaround

By Pelecanos, George

Hachette Audio Books, 2008. Abridged Audio book narrated by Dion Graham. Playing time approx 6 hours on 5 compact discs "On a hot summer afternoon in Washington DC 1972, three white teenagers, stoned and fearless, drive a stolen car into Heathrow Heights - a rough, black neighbourhood near where they live. Taunting local black kids through the car window, they speed off to what they think is safety. Tragically, they find themselves trapped in a dead-end street whilst an angry mob gathers. In the ensuing chaos, two of the white boys manage to escape, but Billy - the third friend - is shot dead. The youths from both neighbourhoods eventually go their separate ways, but this event will remain the defining moment in many of their lives. Thirty-five years later, one of these men reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. However, another survivor of that day is now out of prison, and is looking for reparation in any form he can find it...The Turnaround takes us on a journey from the rock-and-soul streets of the 1970s to the changing neighbourhoods of DC today. It is a novel of fathers and sons, wives and husbands, loss, victory and ultimately violent redemption." Ex-library in heavy duty CD box. Usual marks and stickers. CD Box. Very Good. Ex-Library.

$15.00

Right as Rain

By Pelecanos, George P.

London: Orion, 2001. Derek Strange and Terry Quinn are ex-cops turned private detectives in Washington, DC. Hired to investigate the death of an off-duty black police officer at the hands of a white policeman, Strange and Quinn are faced with the institutionalised racism of the nation's most poorly trained and dangerous police force.As the two private detectives confront the degradation of the city's flourishing drug trade, they find themselves up against some of the most implacable, dead-eyed killers ever to grace the pages of a novel. . Pbk. Very Good.

$5.00

Shalom

By Brelis, Dean

Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1959. Greek American journalist & writer. [Born Constantinos Christos Brelis on April 1,1924 in Newport, R.I. Died Nov 2006.] After serving in the US military in 1948 he entered a DP camp in Europe and went on to Israel with a group of refugees. This novel "opens in Marseilles in 1948, a few months before Israel became a nation. It describes the adventures and the relationships of a band of Jewish refugees who leave a detention camp on a freighter bound for the Promised Land". and reflects some of the experiences of that time and place which he observed as a jouranlist.. 1st US Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good, Slight Chips & Tear.

$20.00

The Marriage Plot
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The Marriage Plot

By Eugenides, Jeffrey

Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2011. It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine tries to understand why “it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth-century France, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strangeresurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate. Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love. Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.. 1st Can Ed. Hardc. New/New.

$25.00

The Forever Bond
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The Forever Bond

By Carr, Eleni

Toronto: Harlequin Books, 1987. First Pbk.Ed.. Pbk. Very Good.

$5.00

Venice Without Gondolas

By Bastea, Eleni

Georgetown KY: Finishing Line Press, 2013. 1st US Edition. Soft Cover. New.

$21.00

Broken Greek: A Language to Belong
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Broken Greek: A Language to Belong

By Kalfopoulou, Adrianne

Austin, Texas, U.S.A.: Plain View Press, 2006. An American poet, repatriated in the land of her ancestors, Adrianne Kalfopoulou is a consummate storyteller. Lucid, precise, and unflinching, Broken Greek stands up to comparison with previous accounts of the Greek experience, with great style. It"s a lively and poignant journey to the gods and demons of present-time Greece.. 1st US Edition. Original Wraps. New.

$20.00

The Marriage Plot
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The Marriage Plot

By Eugenides, Jeffrey

Mississauga, ON, Canada: Knopf Canada, 2011. 'It's the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead - charismatic loner and college Darwinist - suddenly turns up in a seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus - who's been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange - resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate. Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod, but can't escape the secret responsible for Leonard's seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love. Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.' . 1st Can Ed. Hard Cover. New/New.

$30.00

Other Waters : A Novel
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Other Waters : A Novel

By Gage, Eleni N.

New York: St. Martin's Press, 2012. 1st US Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

$10.00

The Canfield Decision
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The Canfield Decision

By Agnew, Spiro T

New York: Berkley, 1977. 'The shocking superseller that reveals the secret deals, private passions and confidential crimes behind the WASHINGTON Scandals. By the most outspoken and controversial of all the Presidents' men... readers will be fascinated by the realistic details of life as a vice-president which only he could supply" Spiro Theodore Agnew , born Nov. 9, 1918, died Sept. 17, 1996.. 39th vice president of the United States (1969-73) Son of Theodore Agnew [Anagnostopoulos] a Greek-immigrant restaurateur . First Pbk.Ed.. Pbk.. Very Good.

$5.00

Hell to Pay

By Pelecanos, George P.

New York,: Warner Books, 2003. First Pbk.Ed.. Pbk. Fine.

$5.00

The Creative Circus Book

By Micros, Marianne

London, ON: Red Kite Press, 1979. Anthology of poems by Canadian writers edited by Marianne Micros. 1st.Can Ed.. Original Wraps. Very Good.

$12.00

Middlesex : A Novel
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Middlesex : A Novel

By Eugenides, Jeffrey

New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2002. 'I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974."Middlesex is the story of Cal or Calliope Stephanides, a comic epic of a family's American life, and the expansive history of a gene travelling down through time, starting with a rare genetic mutation. In 1922, Desdemona and Eleutherios ("Lefty") Stephanides, brother and sister, leave the war-ravaged village of Bithynios in Asia Minor. With their parents dead and their village almost empty, Desdemona and Lefty have gradually been drawn closer together and fallen in love. As the Turks invade and the Greeks abandon the port of Smyrna, Lefty and Desdemona -- Callie's grandparents -- escape to reinvent themselves as a married couple in America. Jeffrey Eugenides recounts the Stephanides family's experiences over the next fifty years with gusto and delight. Upon their arrival in Detroit, Lefty goes to work at the Ford motor plant and the couple live with Desdemona's cousin Sourmelina -- a woman with her own secrets -- and her bootlegging husband Jimmy Zizmo. After Jimmy disappears and the Stephanides' son Milton is born, Lefty opens a speakeasy called the Zebra Room, and Desdemona goes to work tending silkworms for the Nation of Islam. Milton serves in the Navy in World War II and returns to marry his cousin Tessie, Sourmelina's daughter, and the errant gene comes closer to expression. Milton takes over the family business and they have two children, Calliope and Chapter Eleven, but as their fortunes rise the city's fall, and Detroit is torn by riots with the intensity of warfare. The family moves into a new home called Middlesex in a tony suburb, and Calliope, who had been a beautiful little girl, is sent to private school. So begins one of the strangest, most affecting adolescences in literature. As time passes Calliope gets taller and gawkier without developing into womanhood. Her classmates' bodies change and they grow interested in boys; Callie remains flat-chested and waits in vain for her first period. And she has a curiously intense friendship with a girl at her school, the beautiful and confident Obscure Object of Desire. It is only when she has an accident at the Obscure Object's summer house and is examined by an emergency room doctor that Callie and her parents discover that she isn't like other girls. She is referred to an eminent New York doctor who, after extensive physical and psychological testing, pronounces her genetically male: 5-alpha-reductase deficiency syndrome caused her true genital characteristics to remain hidden until puberty. Callie is a hermaphrodite. Since she was raised as a girl, Dr. Luce recommends cosmetic surgery and hormone injections to make her seem more fully female. But Callie refuses to be something she is not. She runs away, cuts her hair short and hitch-hikes across the country to California, calling "him"self Cal. And after some difficulties -- and performances in a strip club in San Francisco at the height of sexual liberation -- Cal learns to relish being both male and female. One more unexpected family tragedy, and some old revelations, await in Detroit. This animated and moving story is narrated by Cal Stephanides, now an American diplomat living in Berlin. While telling us about his past, he fumbles towards a romantic relationship with an artist who might be able to accept him for the unique person he is. . 1st.US Ed.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$40.00

Holidays on Ice
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Holidays on Ice

By Sedaris, David

Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1997. Short, amusing collection of Christmas stories (includes 'Dinah, the Christmas Whore,' 'Season's Greetings from the Dunbar Family' and 'Christmas Means Giving.' Name of previous owner on ffep. else fine . Reprint. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Fine.

$10.00

The Way Home: A Novel
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The Way Home: A Novel

By Pelecanos, George P.

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Little Brown & Co, 2009. Christopher Flynn is trying to get it right. After years of trouble and rebellion that enraged his father and nearly cost him his life, he has a steady job in his father's company, he's seriously dating a woman he respects, and, aside from the distrust that lingers in his father's eyes, his mistakes are firmly in the past. One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to the surface, threatening this new-found stability with sudden treachery and violence. With his father and his most trusted friends, he takes one last chance to blast past the demons trying to pull him back. ". 1st US Ed.. Hard Cover. New/New.

$17.50

The Way Home: A Novel
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The Way Home: A Novel

By Pelecanos, George P.

Boston: Little Brown & Co, 2009. Christopher Flynn is trying to get it right. After years of trouble and rebellion that enraged his father and nearly cost him his life, he has a steady job in his father's company, he's seriously dating a woman he respects, and, aside from the distrust that lingers in his father's eyes, his mistakes are firmly in the past. One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to the surface, threatening this new-found stability with sudden treachery and violence. With his father and his most trusted friends, he takes one last chance to blast past the demons trying to pull him back. ". 1st US Ed.. Hard Cover. New/New.

$17.50

One More Spring : A Story of Hope and Friendship
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One More Spring : A Story of Hope and Friendship

By Kalellis, Peter M.

New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1995. Partly autobiographical novel about surviving World War II on the island of Lesvos " In the Spring of 1941, the Germans invaded the island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea. This riveting account of fighting and enduring the occupation is both a memoir of harrowing times and a story of Kalellis and his three idealistic, fiercely loyal young friends, who defy the invading powers and suffer the consequences of imprisonment and torture. It is also the story of the people of the ancient city of Mytilene who cling to the hope of liberation and freedom for three long years." 209 pages. B&W photos. 1st.US Ed.. Hard Cover. New/New.

$30.00

My Detroit, Growing Up Greek and American in Motor City
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My Detroit, Growing Up Greek and American in Motor City

By Georgakas,Dan

New York: Pella Publishing Company, 2006. New (Can be ordered on request to be delivered direct from publisher/distributor.) (Modern Greek Research Series) My Detroit is a fascinating, entertaining and informative book. The author, Dan Georgakas, describes life in Detroit during the first 26 years of his life as he grew to adulthood in mid 20th century America. As a result, he provides a slice of Detroit history. told from a young person's unique point of view. In the first part of the book, he describes growing up in vibrant and ethnically mixed east Detroit, focusing on school years and his youthful social life. The latter pages cover Georgakas's college days and early work experiences as a high school te acher. The reader comes to see that, in his early years, the author was somewhat of a contrarian to the prevailing norm. He reveals, "As I proceeded through college, I found myself drawn to individuals and organizations highly critical of many American norms. Even in literary matters I was usually attracted to writers who were out of favor." This was a period when student unrest was prevalent in many U.S. colleges. 'During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Detroit was the powerhouse of the automobile industry. The city was thriving economically, artistically and industrially. The State of Michigan was also in a dynamic growth period: its universities were expanding; super highways were under construction; and businesses were growing rapidly. Incredibly, within a few years Detroit fell into an economic dive and lost about half of its population. By 1950 the automobile industry was led, not by the auto pioneers, but by hired managers. These so called "whiz kids" proceeded to set in motion the ruin not only of the automobile industry, but other private and governmental institutions as a result of their myopic, misplaced practices. My Detroit reveals the actions that led toward the tragic decline. Georgakas believes that the decline would have been avoided if the city's business, labor, education and government leaders had implemented more enlightened policies. The author, however, has not lost hope for a Detroit renaissance. He writes, "Greek mythology offers the hope that a resplendent phoenix can arise from the most uncompromising ashes. I hope fervently for a Detroit phoenix." 310 p. illus.. First Edition. Soft Cover. New Book from Publisher.

$25.00

My Detroit, Growing Up Greek and American in Motor City
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My Detroit, Growing Up Greek and American in Motor City

By Georgakas,Dan

New York: Pella Publishing Company, 2006. New (Can be ordered on request to be delivered direct from publisher/distributor.) (Modern Greek Research Series) My Detroit is a fascinating, entertaining and informative book. The author, Dan Georgakas, describes life in Detroit during the first 26 years of his life as he grew to adulthood in mid 20th century America. As a result, he provides a slice of Detroit history. told from a young person's unique point of view. In the first part of the book, he describes growing up in vibrant and ethnically mixed east Detroit, focusing on school years and his youthful social life. The latter pages cover Georgakas's college days and early work experiences as a high school te acher. The reader comes to see that, in his early years, the author was somewhat of a contrarian to the prevailing norm. He reveals, "As I proceeded through college, I found myself drawn to individuals and organizations highly critical of many American norms. Even in literary matters I was usually attracted to writers who were out of favor." This was a period when student unrest was prevalent in many U.S. colleges. 'During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Detroit was the powerhouse of the automobile industry. The city was thriving economically, artistically and industrially. The State of Michigan was also in a dynamic growth period: its universities were expanding; super highways were under construction; and businesses were growing rapidly. Incredibly, within a few years Detroit fell into an economic dive and lost about half of its population. By 1950 the automobile industry was led, not by the auto pioneers, but by hired managers. These so called "whiz kids" proceeded to set in motion the ruin not only of the automobile industry, but other private and governmental institutions as a result of their myopic, misplaced practices. My Detroit reveals the actions that led toward the tragic decline. Georgakas believes that the decline would have been avoided if the city's business, labor, education and government leaders had implemented more enlightened policies. The author, however, has not lost hope for a Detroit renaissance. He writes, "Greek mythology offers the hope that a resplendent phoenix can arise from the most uncompromising ashes. I hope fervently for a Detroit phoenix." 310 p. illus.. First Edition. Soft Cover. New Book from Publisher.

$25.00

Middlesex : A Novel
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Middlesex : A Novel

By Eugenides, Jeffrey

Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2002. 'I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974."Middlesex is the story of Cal or Calliope Stephanides, a comic epic of a family's American life, and the expansive history of a gene travelling down through time, starting with a rare genetic mutation. In 1922, Desdemona and Eleutherios ("Lefty") Stephanides, brother and sister, leave the war-ravaged village of Bithynios in Asia Minor. With their parents dead and their village almost empty, Desdemona and Lefty have gradually been drawn closer together and fallen in love. As the Turks invade and the Greeks abandon the port of Smyrna, Lefty and Desdemona -- Callie's grandparents -- escape to reinvent themselves as a married couple in America. Jeffrey Eugenides recounts the Stephanides family's experiences over the next fifty years with gusto and delight. Upon their arrival in Detroit, Lefty goes to work at the Ford motor plant and the couple live with Desdemona's cousin Sourmelina -- a woman with her own secrets -- and her bootlegging husband Jimmy Zizmo. After Jimmy disappears and the Stephanides' son Milton is born, Lefty opens a speakeasy called the Zebra Room, and Desdemona goes to work tending silkworms for the Nation of Islam. Milton serves in the Navy in World War II and returns to marry his cousin Tessie, Sourmelina's daughter, and the errant gene comes closer to expression. Milton takes over the family business and they have two children, Calliope and Chapter Eleven, but as their fortunes rise the city's fall, and Detroit is torn by riots with the intensity of warfare. The family moves into a new home called Middlesex in a tony suburb, and Calliope, who had been a beautiful little girl, is sent to private school. So begins one of the strangest, most affecting adolescences in literature. As time passes Calliope gets taller and gawkier without developing into womanhood. Her classmates' bodies change and they grow interested in boys; Callie remains flat-chested and waits in vain for her first period. And she has a curiously intense friendship with a girl at her school, the beautiful and confident Obscure Object of Desire. It is only when she has an accident at the Obscure Object's summer house and is examined by an emergency room doctor that Callie and her parents discover that she isn't like other girls. She is referred to an eminent New York doctor who, after extensive physical and psychological testing, pronounces her genetically male: 5-alpha-reductase deficiency syndrome caused her true genital characteristics to remain hidden until puberty. Callie is a hermaphrodite. Since she was raised as a girl, Dr. Luce recommends cosmetic surgery and hormone injections to make her seem more fully female. But Callie refuses to be something she is not. She runs away, cuts her hair short and hitch-hikes across the country to California, calling "him"self Cal. And after some difficulties -- and performances in a strip club in San Francisco at the height of sexual liberation -- Cal learns to relish being both male and female. One more unexpected family tragedy, and some old revelations, await in Detroit. This animated and moving story is narrated by Cal Stephanides, now an American diplomat living in Berlin. While telling us about his past, he fumbles towards a romantic relationship with an artist who might be able to accept him for the unique person he is. . 1st Can Ed. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$60.00

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