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Where Did You Go?" "Out" "What Did You Do?" "Nothing
Smith, Robert Paul
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Marquand, John P.
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Lewisohn, Ludwig
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1 Baskin, John (with A New Introduction by The Author) New Burlington: the Life and Death of an American Village
0393320200 / 9780393320206; Library Journal said of this book "Virtually a new Spoon River Anthology, told by the villagers themselves with earthy rural humor. " In the early 1970s, a quiet, two-hundred-year-old Ohio village called New Burlington was forcibly abandoned to allow the construction of a dam. John Baskin moved into an abandoned farmhouse and lived in New Burlington for its final year, commemorating and recording its residents' funny and heartbreaking stories. The result is one of the most unique and beautiful histories ever written about rural America. 260 pages, many family photographs included as well as professional photography. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
W W Norton & Co Inc
New York, 2000, First Softcover Edition
Softcover
New with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
001633; 
Price: 8.28 USD
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2 Connor, Ralph Black Rock: a Tale of the Selkirks
No date, no edition. The story of the book is true, and chief of the failures in the making of the book is this: That it is not all the truth. The light is not bright enough, the shadow is not black enough to give a true picture of that bit of Wetern life to which the writer was some small part. Because a man's life is all he has, and because the only hope of the brave young West lies in it's men, this story is told. It may be that the tragic pity of a broken life may move some to pray, and that the divine power there is in a single brave heart to summon forth hope and courage may move some to fight. If so, the tale is not told in vain. /C. W. G. The corners are worn through, and there is some wear on the top and bottom edges. Both ends of the spine have some wear. The green binding has a picture of a distant place. The binding is tight but inside the front and back covers the binding is somewhat loose. 270 pages, approximately half a dozen pages have varying marks on them. None to disturb the text. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
Grosset & Dunlap
New York, 
Hardcover, Cloth, Pictorial
Good with no dust jacket


000923; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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3 Craughwell, Thomas J. Urban Legends - 666 Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend. of a Friend. of a Friend
0760762112 / 9780760762110; Do you remember the urban legends that you heard as a teenager, and later on? I remember one about the couple on a date, when they get a flat tire on a dark and lonely road, and the young man gets out to change it; he doesn't come back for the longest time, and when she gets out to investigate, he's been murdered (guess they shouldn't have been there! ) . Finally, a great collection of urban legends are gathered into one book. Despite their outrageousness, or maybe because of it, urban legends get told and retold countless times. Friends pass them on, thus a story becomes a legend. And even if it doesn't sound entirely plausible, a legend always satisfies some basic human emotion - fear, embarrassment, hope, or revenge, to name but a few. And whether you believe them or not, you'll find yourself compulsively reading every one of these urban legends just to see what could possibly happen next! These stories do leave an impression, and you may find yourself telling them over and over again. 687 pages including an index. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
Barnes & Noble Books
New York, 2002, First Edition
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


002731; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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The Mill on the Floss (Novels of George Eliot, Vol. II), Eliot, George
4 Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss (Novels of George Eliot, Vol. II)
This is a work of startling sadness and a story of family loss, tragedy and the sheer meanness of fate. The story is of Maggie Tulliver, daughter of a miller in the English midlands. Like many 19th century literary girls, her intelligence and emotional capacity outflank those of her family and cause problems. She is devoted to her brother Tom but he is very limited in his understanding. Maggie turns to Philip Wakem, son of a local lawyer and sadly deformed. Disaster strikes as Mr. Tulliver and Wakem find themselves enemies over a legal dispute that leaves the former bankrupt. A romance springs up when Maggie leaves her family to live with a cousin. The binding is lightly worn at the corners, with moderate wear at the spine ends; illustrated. ; 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall
Harper & Brothers Publishers
New York, 
Hardcover
Very Good with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Unknown; 
002945; 
Price: 9.66 USD
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5 Goldstein, Bobbye S. (edited by) Mother Goose on the Loose: Illustrated with Cartoons from the New Yorker
0810942399 / 9780810942394; Who doesn't love reading the cartoons in the New Yorker magazine? Even if you've never seen them, they're a delight and the captions are very clever. Goldilocks in a police line-up? Humpty Dumpty with an H. M. O. ? The nursery isn't just for children anymore! This collection of more than eighty witty cartoons takes a hilarious second (and third) look at our most beloved childhood stories and rhymes. It includes: Hey Diddle Diddle, Little Bo-Peep, Little Jack Horner, Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog, Three Blind Mice, The Crooked Man, Little Red Riding Hood and many others. Twenty-five stories and rhymes in all are illustrated and captioned. 106 pages, including an Afterword and index of illustrators. The binding has the same illustrations as the cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
Harry N Abrams Inc
Lebanon, Indiana, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
As New in As New dust jacket

Illustrated by New Yorker Cartoons; 
001461; 
Price: 11.04 USD
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6 Keillor, Garrison Lake Wobegon Days
337 pages, no marks or tears. Garrison Keillor's popular radio show, Lake Wobegon, is finally in print with lots of fun and clever anecdotes. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Viking Press
1985, Book Club (BCE/BOMC)
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


N-11004; 
Price: 7.36 USD
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7 Lewisohn, Ludwig Up Stream; an American Chronicle
This definitive edition is the final form of Upstream with corrections to correspond with the original text published in 1922. Boards are very good, green with gold lettering. The spine is very discolored from the sun. 299 pages, front and back cover splitting away on the inside. A red star is stamped on the last page. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.
The Modern Library
New York, 1926, 
Hardcover
Fair with no dust jacket


N-12005; 
Price: 6.00 USD
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8 Lienhard, John H. Inventing Modern: Growing Up with X-Rays, Skyscrapers and Tailfins
0195160320 / 9780195160321; The Modern that we know was misleading; it was a world dancing with new X-rays, radium, and radio waves - Art Deco and Bauhaus, skyscrapers and Burma-Shave signs. Science was surely a red thread running through everything Modern. As relativity theory and quantum mechanics departed from everything we had believed to constitute reality, it was clear that nothing would remain the same - that we faced change of a magnitude hitherto unimaginable. But the immensity of the transformation that occurred just after 1900 is actually cloaked by the accomplishments it brought about. It reveals itself only after we open ourselves to the kitsch and commonplace material world where we struggled to express the mystery of transmutation. And so this biography of Modern is more zoetropic than analytical. Inccludes notes, drawings and photos scattered throughout. ; Octavo (standard book size)
Oxford Univ Press
New York, 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
New in New dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
002059; 
Price: 11.04 USD
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9 Marquand, John P. Wickford Point
Binding is fine, as new; 437 pages fine, no tears or marks. Book is about the Brill family in the '30's. Two sisters, labeled dullards and their brother, the inventor (who spends hours working out new ways to twiddle his thumbs) live off the reputation of an ancestor. 5" x 7.75" high. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
Time Life Books
1980, 
Softcover
Fine with no dust jacket


N-13007; 
Price: 13.84 USD
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10 Matson, Tim Round-Trip to Deadsville: a Year in the Funeral Underground
1890132179 / 9781890132170; Our narrator, Tim Matson, assaulted by middle-aged existential doubt and morbid preoccupation, sets out to confront the demons of death and the denizens of the funeral trade. His odyssey begins when he stares down a photograph of Ginseng Willard, a flinty old Vermonter who built his own coffin from a piano case, then used it as a bed for the rest of his natural days. Matson decides to build a coffin. He heads out on the road to learn how to go about it. Along the way he meets an unforgettable cabal of characters who populate the funeral underground - among them the Undertaker, the Anatomist and the Astrologer. This book offers thrills, chills, and laughter, but also a face-to-face encounter with some of life's Big Questions. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Chelsea Green Pub Co
White River Jct, Vermont, U. S. A., 2000, First Edition
Hardcover
New in New dust jacket


002777; 
Price: 10.12 USD
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I Bought Andy Warhol, Polsky, Richard
11 Polsky, Richard I Bought Andy Warhol
0810942712 / 9780810942714; In 1987, art dealer Richard Polsky set aside $100, 000 to purchase a painting by famed Pop artist Andy Warhol for his private collection - a purchase that ultimately took him twelve years. His journey, spanning the years from the wild speculation of the 1980s to the recession of the 1990s, is recounted here in this funny, fast-paced, intensely readable expose of the inner workings of the art world. This entertaining tale illuminates not only Warhol the artist and his place in art history, but also the machinations and marketing that fueled his celebrity. It is both his admiration of Warhol as an artist and the thrill of vicarious fame that drove the author in his quest to have a Warhol of his own. The binding is silver with faint white lettering. The jacket has a bit of scuffing near the spine, front and back. 256 pages including an appendix of comparative values of Warhol's paintings and an index. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Harry N Abrams Inc
Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
As New in Near Fine dust jacket


001426; 
Price: 9.20 USD
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12 Smith, Robert Paul Where Did You Go?" "Out" "What Did You Do?" "Nothing
Binding is discolored at edges and top of spine is worn away in one spot. 125 pages are fine, no tears or marks noted. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Henry Z. Walck, Inc.
1957, 
Hardcover
Good with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Spanfeller, James J.; 
TS-19001; 
Price: 5.01 USD
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13 Stevenson, Robert Louis; Treglown, Jeremy (edited by) The Lantern-Bearers and Other Essays
0815410123 / 9780815410126; It is good finally to have roughly a quarter of Stevenson's essays available in one volume. Their value lies in their vivacity and style; they exhibit a descriptive immediacy and a strong sense of character. " - Library Journal. Stevenson's essays comprise an oft-overlooked trove of gems, intriguing in their content and generous in their scope. This collection of nearly three dozen of his best essays - the only anthology of its kind - spans his brief life and includes many of his most celebrated pieces and some others previously unpublished. Essays include the tender "Falling in Love"; the hilariously perceptive "The Character of Dogs"; his musings on human nature and its frailty in "An Apology for Idlers" and "Crabbed Age and Youth"; as well as his idiosyncratic views on dreams, umbrellas, political activism, and the art and craft of writing. This is a surprising collection of Stevenson's prose, evident wit, and enduring humanity. 290 pages including an index. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Cooper Square Pub
Lanham, Maryland, U. S. A., 1999, First Cooper Square Edition
Softcover
New with no dust jacket


002359; 
Price: 8.28 USD
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Though the Heavens May Fall: the Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery, Wise, Steven M.
14 Wise, Steven M. Though the Heavens May Fall: the Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery
0738206954 / 9780738206950; Perhaps no trial changed the course of history so much as one that took place in London in 1772; the case of James Somerset, a black man rescued from a ship bound for the West Indies slave markets. At this landmark trial, two encompassing worldviews clashed in an event of passionate drama and far-reaching significance. Now noted legal historian Steven M. Wise recreates each exciting moment of the case that slave owners contended would do nothing less than bring the economy of the British Empire to a crashing halt. As the case finally drew to a close and defenders of slavery pleaded with Lord Mansfield to maintain the system, the judge spoke the words that continue to resound more than two centuries later: "Let Justice be done, though the Heavens may fall. "With notes, bibliography and index. Includes photos of relevant paintings.; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Da Capo Pr
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2005, First Edition
Hardcover
New in New dust jacket


003130; 
Price: 14.72 USD
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Angel in the Forest, Young, Marguerite; Van Doren, Mark (Introduction by)
15 Young, Marguerite; Van Doren, Mark (Introduction by) Angel in the Forest
Angel in the Forest is excellent history, and at the same time it is a tale of such mysterious force, with such a rush of riches coming at us all the time, that we must wonder why so few other historians make the utmost of their subjects as she does of hers. " So Van Doren writes in his Introduction to this extraordinary book, which is a chronicle of two Utopian experiments carried on in Indiana early in the 19th century. One was by Father George Rapp, a German mystic, who founded the first community in 1814; this was supposed to be the New Jerusalem. Giving it up in 1825, the land was sold to Robert Owen, father of British socialism. Owen created New Harmony, which sought to show the way toward a rational order, a New Moral World. Price clipped. Jacket is in a protective cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.; 331 pages
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York, 1966, 
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


003091; 
Price: 12.88 USD
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