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The Inner Circle.
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The Inner Circle.

By T.C. Boyle .

New York, NY Penguin Putnam: Viking Penguin, 2004. Hardcover First Edition (2004); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition (2004); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. The Book shows just a hint of shelving wear asong the bottom edge of the boards; else flawless; the binding is square and remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly-new copy, showing a single very minor flaw; not quite absolutely pristine, but remains very close to 'As New'. The DJ shows only the mildest rubbing; the price is unclipped. Overall, virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches). 418 pages. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 7.5 ounces. Hardback with DJ.

$4.70

Sartre: Romantic Rationalist.

By Iris Murdoch.

New Haven, CT Yale University Press, 1953. Hardcover First Edition Thus in the USA [1959], Third Printing [1961]. Hardback (NOTE: this is a Library-Rebound Paperback which now is bound in laminate boards): EX-LIBRARY, showing the usual indications thereof: Good: shows indications of considerable use. Library bookplate at front free endpaper. Heavy rubbing to the lamination. The binding is square and secure; the text show sparse pencil and pen MARGINALIA. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. A reading copy only. NOT a Remainder or Book-Club. 8vo. (7.95 x 5 x 0.95 inches). x, 114 pages. Weight: 8.5 ounces. Studies in Modern European Literature and Thought Series. First Edition Thus in the USA [1959], Third Printing [1961]. Hardback: Laminate Boards. Dame Iris Murdoch DBE (1919 – 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, "Under the Net", was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2008, The Times ranked Murdoch twelfth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". She studied philosophy as a postgraduate at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she met Ludwig Wittgenstein. In 1948, she became a fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. She received Honorary Degrees from the University of Bath (DLitt,1983), University of Cambridge (1993), and Kingston University (1994). Her philosophical writings were influenced by Simone Weil (from whom she borrows the concept of 'attention'), and by Plato, under whose banner she professed to fight. In re-animating Plato, she gives force to the reality of the Good, and to a sense of the moral life as a pilgrimage from illusion to reality. From this perspective, Murdoch's work offers perceptive criticism of Sartre and Wittgenstein ('early' and 'late'). Her most central parable concerns a mother-in-law 'M' who works to see her daughter-in-law 'D' "justly or lovingly". The parable is partly meant to show (against Oxford contemporaries including R. M. Hare and Stuart Hampshire) the importance of the 'inner' life to moral action. Seeing another aright can depend on overcoming jealousy, and discoveries about the world involve inner work.

$4.12

Seal #1: All the Songs from the Album Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar.

By Seal.

New York, NY Wise Publications, 1991. Paperback First Edition [1991], unstated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a mild bump near head of backstrip' the the mildest overall rubbing. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. (12 x 9 x 0.2 inches). 64 pages. Weight: 10.6 ounces. First Edition [1991], unstated. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps.

$14.70

Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic.
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Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic.

By Andy Duncan and Brett Cox, [Editors].

New York, NY Tom Doherty Associates: Tor, 2004. Paperback First Edition Thus [2004]; First Printing indicated. First Edition Thus [2004]; First Printing indicated. Fine in Wraps: flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. (5 x 1 x 7.9 inches). 380 pages. Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces. Trade Paperback.

$6.47

Betrand Russell's Best: Silhouettes in Satire.

By Bertrand Russell.

New York, NY New American Library: Mentor Books, 1958. Paperback First Edition Thus [1958], Seventh Printing. Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of careful use; price has been blocked out; slightest spine lean; light wear to extremities; mild rubbing and faint, but pervasive soiling to wrapper covers; binding secure; text clean. No longer 'As New', but remains a sturdy copy with a clean text and not a lot of wear. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 12mo. (4.25 x .4 x 7 inches). 126 pages. Shipping weight: 3 ounces. Introduced, Selected and Edited by Robert E. Egner. First Edition Thus [1958], Seventh Printing. Mass Market Paperback.

$4.12

Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories.
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Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories.

By Elizabeth McKenzie.

New York, NY Random House, 2005. Hardcover First Edition [2005]; First Printing indicated. First Edition [2005]; First Printing indicated. Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: The Book is flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows the slightest wrinkle at at the upper front corner tip and a faint crease at the upper corner of the inside front flap; else flawless; the price is intact; mylar-protected. Not absolutely pristine, but remains very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 207pp. Hardback with DJ. Just reading the first few delicious pages of Stop That Girl, I knew I was in for a treat (I remember sinking into it one night and I kept waking up my husband accidentally by laughing out loud so much). I read the opening story over twice, I found it so funny, witty, and qwirky but then the rest of the book turned out to be just as good. The stories are hilarious, but there is a underlining psychological thread that makes this go way beyond humor -- this is satisfying story-telling, poignant. The main character has alot of spunk and insight. She's brought up by a crazy family such as only California can produce. Rollicking, sad, sassy, and irreverent, this is a fun world to be in and includes an unforgetable sojourn in Europe with Dr. Frost the grandmother, a weird risk-taking mother, antics at a hamburger stand, an outrageous car ride with Alan Ginsberg. Delicious is the word that continues to come to mind. I'll watch this author closely.

$49.00

Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories.
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Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories.

By Elizabeth McKenzie.

New York, NY Random House, 2005. Hardcover First Edition [2005]; First Printing indicated. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR. First Edition [2005]; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: The Book shows just a hint of shelving wear along the bottom edge and the binding shows barely discernible lean, while remaining perfectly secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows the mildest rubbing; the price is intact; mylar-protected. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 207pp. Hardback with DJ. Just reading the first few delicious pages of Stop That Girl, I knew I was in for a treat (I remember sinking into it one night and I kept waking up my husband accidentally by laughing out loud so much). I read the opening story over twice, I found it so funny, witty, and qwirky but then the rest of the book turned out to be just as good. The stories are hilarious, but there is a underlining psychological thread that makes this go way beyond humor -- this is satisfying story-telling, poignant. The main character has alot of spunk and insight. She's brought up by a crazy family such as only California can produce. Rollicking, sad, sassy, and irreverent, this is a fun world to be in and includes an unforgetable sojourn in Europe with Dr. Frost the grandmother, a weird risk-taking mother, antics at a hamburger stand, an outrageous car ride with Alan Ginsberg. Delicious is the word that continues to come to mind. I'll watch this author closely. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR.

$147.00

The Indio Trash Compactor Murders.

By Michael Shepler.

Crocket, CA Hit & Run Press, 1979. Paperback First Edition [1979], unstated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows a couple of faint soil spots at rear panel; else flawless. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. A near-perfect copy. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo; Unpaginated: approximately 60pp. Limited Edition: One of 500. First Edition [1979], unstated. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps.

$7.06

Statements New York 82: Leading Contemporary Artists from France.

By Otto Hahn.

Paris, France Les Presses Artistiques , 1982. Paperback First Edition [1982], unstated. Very Good in Wraps: very light wear to extremities; mildest rubbing and faintest soiling to wrapper covers; binding very slightly cocked, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. Folio. 105pp. Introduction by Allen Lambert. Color plates. Gilles Aillaud, Ben, Christian Boltanski, Annette Messager, Bernard Pages, Ann & Partick Poirier, others. First Edition [1982], unstated. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps.

$9.41

A Few Words in the Mother Tongue: Poems Selected and New 1971-1990.

By Irena Klepfisz.

Portland, OR Eighth Mountain Press, 1991. Paperback First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows just a touch of wear to extremities; very mild rubbing to sheen of wrapper covers; binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 251pp. Introduction by Adrienne Rich. Trade Paperback. Her father was gunned down during the Warsaw Ghetto resistance, and Klepfisz (coeditor of The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Woman's Anthology ; also see review above), aged three, fled with her mother into the countryside. It was because of her mother's fluent Polish that they were able to pass as peasants and survive; Yiddish would have betrayed their Jewish identity. This is the collection's theme: language's power to mediate the course of history; but also its weakness in the face of the chasm that history cleaves in memory, an impenetrable absence of self. Her father is a symbol of this in "Searching for my Father's Body": "His death, / stares at me from the faded page, / stares at me without penetrating / my reason or understanding. / Simply a fact, dead, / like the object it describes." The exceptional volume charts the course of Klepfisz's artistic transformation through three stages: the earlier poems are about the hidden self; later poems talk of her immersion in the world (Klepfisz can even write from the perspective of zoo-captive female monkeys without a trace of sentimentality), work and love; and the title pieces incorporate the Yiddish language into their spare form and profound vision. Her poems are a tribute to strength in the midst of terrible alienation.

$19.60

Three Goat Songs.
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Three Goat Songs.

By Michael Brodsky.

New York, NY Four Walls Eight Windows, 1991. Paperback First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: there is just a hint of wear to the corner tips and the slightest toning to the white background field of the wrapper covers; else only the mildest rubbing; the binding remains square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 166pp. Trade Paperback. In a theater of coastal rocks, before an audience of goats, a man tells his story--about the impossibility of telling his story. Like the rocks, which he describes both as faces and as anal, ``hair-clogged fissures,'' storytelling, he says, consists of fronts and rears, beginnings and ends. And language avails him no devices with which to connect these ``into some single statement worthy of a whole being.'' So the man refers to himself in this trilogy of novellas through a ``cento of butt-ends,'' a patchwork of scraps from others' tales. Brodsky craftily revises the ancient Greek term for tragedy--literally ``goat song.'' He writes not of the individual's flouting of order, the theme of tragedy, but of the individual's desire for order in a unified narrative of the self. Brodsky's prose seems to proceed from the very core of his character's thinking, ``from the site of its eruption.'' Its molten flow consumes all types of language--colloquialisms, legalese, and some eminently obscure vocabulary. The result is a vigorous, eccentric style that enables Brodsky to bring a Swiftian gusto to the novel of ideas and write a challenging, at times dazzling book.

$9.41

Sunshine and Shadows: Recent Painting in Southern California.

By Susan C. Larsen.

Los Angeles, CA Fellows of Contemporary Art, 1985. Paperback First Ed thus; unstated. First Ed thus; unstated: "Edition limited to 2500 copies". Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very light use; light wear to extremities; mild rubbing to sheen of wrapper covers; spine mildly sunned and shows moderate staining; binding square and secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. Squarish 8vo. 78pp. Paperback: Heavy Card Wraps.

$5.29

Skepticism and Political Participation.

By Aryeh Botwinick.

Philadelphia, PA Temple University Press, 1990. Hardback with DJ. First Ed, so stated. First Ed, so stated. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows binding square and secure; text clean. Dustwrapper unclipped. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 264pp. Hardback with DJ. Aryeh Botwinick argues for the recovery of a radical democratic tradition that emphasizes the role of individual participation in the development and control of social and political institutions. Aryeh Botwinick argues for the recovery of a radical democratic tradition that emphasizes the role of individual participation in the development and control of social and political institutions. Such involvement implies philosophical skepticism the assumption that the truth about what is the best course of action cannot be known with certainty and that, therefore, every person's opinion has an equal claim to be considered. The crucial stumbling block to reappropriating this radical egalitarian tradition is the supposed unviability of a consistent skepticism.In an effort to chart a new course of philosophical inquiry into political matters, Botwinick grapples with the formulation of a consistent version of skepticism, claiming that it provides 'a continually renewing impetus for the expansion of political participation'. Twentieth-century philosophers have, for the most part, opted for some version of mitigated skepticism, which, the author argues, 'has blinded them to the radical political implications of skepticism'. Underscoring a pattern of convergence between Anglo-American and Continental philosophy, Botwinick proposes a number of strategies to rehabilitate the rationality of participatory democratic political institutions by articulating an acceptable version of consistent skepticism. Author note: Aryeh Botwinick, Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University, is the author of seven books, including "Democracy and Scarcity".

$14.70

Radical Sophistication: Studies in Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists.

By Max F. Schulz.

Athens, OH Ohio University Press, 1969. Hardcover First Edition [1969], unstated. Near Fine in Very Good DJ: The Book shows indications of very careful use: the spine leans just a touch but remains perfectly secure; else flawless; the text is clean. The DJ shows very light wear to the extremities; moderate rubbing and faint, but pervasive soiling; the price is unclipped, but has been crossed out, perhaps by a previous bookseller; mylar-protected. No longer absolutely pristine, but remains a clean, tightly bound, structurally sound copy, showing virtually no wear and with a clean text in a moderately worn DJ. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 224pp. First Edition [1969], unstated. Hardback with DJ.

$5.29

My Life, Starring Dara Falcon.

By Ann Beattie.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1997. Hardcover First Ed; First Printing indicated. First Ed; First Printing indicated. Fine in Fine DJ: Book shows binding square and secure; text clean. DJ unclipped. As New. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 307pp. Hardback with DJ. Combines intensely realistic description and an effortless command of mood to examine the treacherous difference between love and fascination: between what we know about other people and what we think we know. Beattie braids subplots and vibrant characters into a work that is compassionate, tartly funny, and teeming with life.

$9.41

Frankie.

By Domini Highsmith.

New York, NY Bantam Press, 1990. Hardcover First Ed, unstated. First Ed, unstated. Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Book shows binding square and secure; text clean. Dustwrapper shows just a hint ot edgewear along top edge; mylar-protected. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 192pp. Hardback with DJ. The story of Frankie, a cold hungry boy living in darkness at the top of a huge old house, while his mother pursues her own mysterious life in a warm, bright room downstairs. Frankie knows she will summon him, perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow and he awaits her call with dread and longing.

$9.41

Out of This World.

By Graham Swift.

London, UK The Penguin Group: Viking , 1988. Hardcover First Ed, so stated. First Ed, so stated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows pages tanned somewhat, with age; faintest dampstain at bottom edge, faintly visible, but does not penetrate the text block or cause any waviness at all; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ shows some barely discernible rubbing to its sheen; price unclipped. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 208pp. Hardback with DJ.

$4.31

Charades.

By Janette Turner Hospital.

Queensland, Australia University of Queensland Press, 1988. Paperback First Ed thus, so stated. First Ed thus, so stated. Very Good++ in Wraps: shows only minor indications of use: Shows considerable rubbing and the pages are tanned just slightly; else flawless; spine uncreased. The binding is square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. Not a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 345pp. Academic Press Paperback. Neither artifice nor parlor game, the title refers to the various versions of herself considered by Charade Ryan, a young Australian searching for her father. By this complex tale's end readers may be feeling as full of uncertainty as Heisenberg's principle of physics predicts. Tantalizing, convoluted, but shimmering with possibilities.

$16.27

Swimming in the Starry River: A Novel.
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Swimming in the Starry River: A Novel.

By Paul C. Reid.

New York, NY St. Martin's: Griffin, 1995. Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use; binding square and secure; text clean. Just a hint of wear to extremities; mildest rubbing; pages tanned a bit. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 374pp. Trade Paperback.

$7.06

The Catherine Wheel.

By Jean Stafford.

New York, NY Harcourt Brace & Company, 1952. Hardcover First Ed, so stated. First Ed, so stated. Very Good in Good DJ: Book shows former owner's name rubber stamped at front free endpaper; light wear, but binding remains square and secure; text clean. Dustwrapper shows some scuffs and chip loss at lower rear corner; worn through along outside edge front face; price intact; mylar-protected. Clean sturdy, reasonably presentable. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 281pp. Hardback with DJ.

$24.50

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