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Hoping for Hope
Clare, Lucy
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The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway, Ernest
The Sun Also Rises
Hemingway, Ernest
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1 Clare, Lucy Hoping for Hope
0525946373 / 9780525946373; Lucy Clare has written a gift for women over forty: An absolute gem of a book that depicts, with refreshing honesty and dignity, a woman who won't ever be confused with Ally McBeal. Lydia "Liddy" Carter, in the week of her fiftieth birthday, lost her teaching job, and found out her husband of thirty years was having an affair with one of her friends. That was nothing, though; she discovered that she was not menopausal, but in her third trimester of pregnancy, and although she loves her husband, she hasn't slept with him in five years. She is caught in a situation where everyone offers advise but no help. 293 pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
E P Dutton
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2002, First American Edition
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


001292; 
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2 Hecht, Tobias After Life: an Ethnographic Novel
0822337886 / 9780822337881; Bruna Verissimo, a youth from the hardscrabble streets of Recife, in Northeast Brazil, spoke with the author over the course of many years, reliving her early childhood in a raging and destitute home, her initiation into the world of prostitution at a time when her contemporaries had barely started school, and her coming of age against all odds. Tobias Hecht had originally intended to write a biography of Verissimo. But with interviews ultimately spanning a decade, he couldn't ignore his sense that much of what he had been told wasn't, strictly speaking, true. In Verissimo's recounting of her life, a sister never born died tragically, while the very same rape that shattered the body and mind of an acquaintance occurred a second time, but with a different victim and several years later. At night, with the anthropologist's tape recorder in hand, she became her own ethnographer, inventing informants, interviewing herself, answering in different voices. With truth impossible to disentangle from invention, Hecht followed the lead of Verissimo, his would-be informant, creating characters, rendering a tale that didn't happen but that might have. A call and response of truth and invention, mental illness and yearning, this book is a tribute to and reinterpretation of the Latin American testimonio genre. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Duke University Press
Durham, NC, 2006, 
Softcover
New with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
002803; 
Price: 9.20 USD
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The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway, Ernest
3 Hemingway, Ernest The Sun Also Rises
This is a beautiful copy of Hemngway's first novel. Written in 1926, he established a particular style that writers either followed or fervently avoided. The book is in deep blue cloth with gold and silver lettering, and a silver stamp on the front of a quill pen. There is just the smallest bit of wear at the spine ends and corners, with blue endpapers. There is a light brown spot at the top which does not affect the pages. The story is told in three 'books'. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Charles Scribnerl's Sons
New York, NY, 1954, Reprint
Hardcover
Fine with no dust jacket


004067; 
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4 Mark, Andrew Falling Bodies
0399144471 / 9780399144479; Jackson's wife and two children are gone - taken away in the blink of an eye, in a terrible car accident. A professor of physics, Jackson can prove mathematically that the universe is governed by specific laws, can explain why planes fly and how matter interacts. But he can't fathom the consequences of loss, or reaffirm his former belief in the unifying force of love. Haunted by memories of happier times, and by a nagging dread following an act of despair - he heads aimlessly out on the open road, where he finds a woman whose pain is almost as great as his. Now Jackson must discover whether she can help him heal his past, or if he has the courage even to try.259 pages, there is some scuffing on the front and back of the cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Putnam Pub Group
E Rutherford, New Jersey, U. S. A., 1999, First Edition
Hardcover
Fine in Very Good dust jacket


001361; 
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5 Van Arsdale, Sarah Toward Amnesia
1573220175 / 9781573220170; In this first novel, the protagonist, a marine biologist, is left by her lover and best friend of five years. Utterly bereft and no longer abe to take consolation from the things that once absorbed here, she cleans out her savings acount, trades in her sensible car for a 1950 Chevy Futura, and heads cross-country without a word to anyone. Inspired by her newfound anonymity, she begins to cultivate a whole alien personality, writing with her other hand, taking her coffee black, and buying an abandoned grocery cart of odd-looking canned foods. She lands on an island near Canada and as the months go by and she watches the seasons change in solitude, she is unable to deny her truest self. She finally accepts her loss, and sees that her search for amnesia has brought her full circle. 184 pages. The cover is mostly black and shows scuffs, and there is one scratch-like indent on the front. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Riverhead Books
New York, 1995, First Edition
Hardcover
As New in Near Fine dust jacket


001871; 
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