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L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz
Rogers, Katharine M.
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Today I Am a Boy: the Bar Mitzvah Journey of a Grown Man
Hays, David
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Watkins, Mel
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1 Grotta, Daniel J. R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth
0762413379 / 9780762413379; NEW - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is one of the twentieth century's most beloved and enigmatic writers. His highly unusual, imaginative works have sold millions of copies and delighted readers of all ages. And yet, surprisingly little is known about the personal life of the creator of Middle Earth. This man, who was embarrassed by success, lived most of his life as an Oxford scholar in the surrounds of a cloistered academic community. As a child in South Africa, Tolkien was kidnapped by a native and taken into the bush. As a youngster in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, Tolkien was raised by a Catholic priest. As a young adult, Tolkien lived through the bloody horror of the trenches of WW I. How these experiences shaped his imagination is just one of the areas that Daniel Grotta tries to uncover. 197 pages including an index and an epilogue, which is fascinating. The subject is The Silmarillion, which was published posthumously in 1977, after his son, Christopher, worked on it for years. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Running Pr Book Pub
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002, Second Printing
Softcover
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002234; 
Price: 8.28 USD
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2 Hays, David Today I Am a Boy: the Bar Mitzvah Journey of a Grown Man
0743201272 / 9780743201278; Morley Safer said of this book "David Hays proves once again his talents as a writer and chronicler of the human condition. " When David Hays was sixty-six and joined a synagogue for the first time in over fifty years, he decided to study Hebrew and become a bar mitzvah. And so this father of two grown children borrowed his grandson's Hebrew primer and joined a class of twelve-year-olds. Thus was launched a wondrous journey of faith and community. In Today I Am a Boy, Hays' new world begins to intersect with his own history as he grapples with his mother's death and watches his grandchilden awaken to life's wonders. At a time when most of us begin to slow down, the ardent boy in this eminent man has been reawakened. Today I Am a Boy is a brave, clear-eyed, and joyous examination of life. 255 pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Touchstone Books
New York, 2001, First Softcover Edition
Softcover
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001639; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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3 Jasen, David A. P. G. Wodehouse: a Portrait of a Master
0825672759 / 9780825672750; The definitive and authorized biography of one of the greatest literary humorists of all time, first published in 1974, is now printed in a revised, updated edition. Lavishly illustrated, this biography is the first book to trace Wodehouse's career from his first magazine contribution in 1901 through the show-business years to his one hundred books that have given so much pleasure to readers for so many years. The author is a professor of Fine Arts at C. W. Post College in Long Island, New York. 298 pages, included is a Bibliography of Published Volumes, Bibliography of Published Short Stories, Bibliography of Published Plays, and a Bibliography of Published Musicals and Song Lyrics. There is also a general bibliography and an index. 32 glossy pages of photographs, many of the covers of his original works. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Schirmertrade Books
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2002, 
Softcover
As New with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
001398; 
Price: 9.23 USD
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4 McCourt, Malachy A Monk Swimming: a Memoir
0786884142 / 9780786884148; Malachy McCourt, brother of Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes, 'Tis) has written this memoir telling his own story of leaving his childhood of poverty in Limerick, Ireland, and heading for the promise of America. Armed with a wild humor and gift for storytelling, he ran from memories of a drunken, vanished father and the humiliations of Angela, his mother. He carved a place for himself in New York as the first celebrity bartender; on stage, performing works of James Joyce, and on television, where the tales he spun made him a Tonight Show regular. Darkly funny, shockingly raw, and everywhere making the English language do tricks the British never intended, Malachy McCourt, a true original, tells his story with passion, wit, irreverence, and charm. 290 pages; the very bottom right corner is turned up a bit. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Hyperion Books
Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., 1998, Eighth Printing
Softcover
Near Fine with no dust jacket


001358; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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5 McCourt, Malachy A Monk Swimming: a Memoir
0786884142 / 9780786884148; Malachy McCourt, brother of Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes, 'Tis) has written this memoir telling his own story of leaving his childhood of poverty in Limerick, Ireland, and heading for the promise of America. Armed with a wild humor and gift for storytelling, he ran from memories of a drunken, vanished father and the humiliations of Angela, his mother. He carved a place for himself in New York as the first celebrity bartender; on stage, performing works of James Joyce, and on television, where the tales he spun made him a Tonight Show regular. Darkly funny, shockingly raw, and everywhere making the English language do tricks the British never intended, Malachy McCourt, a true original, tells his story with passion, wit, irreverence, and charm. 290 pages; the very bottom right corner is turned up a bit. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Hyperion Books
Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., 1998, Eighth Printing
Softcover
Near Fine with no dust jacket


001359; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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6 Pelzer, Dave The Privilege of Youth
0525947698 / 9780525947691; Millions of readers can attest to the heartbreak and courage of Dave Pelzer's story of growing up in an abusive home. Now this former lost boy who defeated insurmountable odds to emerge whole and happy at last takes us on his incredible odyssey toward healing and forgiveness. In this book, the author supplies the missing chapter of his life: As a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With his usual sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the joys of learning and the thrill of making his first real friends - some of whom he still shares close relationships with today. He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring a neighborhood he was just beginning to get to know while trying to forget what he had endured as a child. From high school to a world outside the four walls that was his prison for so many years, this book charts this crucial turning point in his life. 230 pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
E P Dutton
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2004, First Edition
Hardcover
New in New dust jacket


002461; 
Price: 9.20 USD
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7 Rogers, Katharine M. L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz
0306812975 / 9780306812972; A strong and sympathetic portrait. " - New York Times Book Review. Born in 1856 in upstate New York, Baum was a classic "late bloomer" who tried acting, selling and editing. Finally, in his late 30s, he took the advice of his mother-in-law, suffragist leader Matilda Gage, and turned his attention to selling the stories he'd been tellin to his sons and their friends. After a few books were published with varying success, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (originally titled The Emerald City) was released in 1900. It quickly became a bestseller and has remained so ever since. When Oz was transformed in a "traveling music extravaganza" that earned raves across America, Baum became rich and famous for the first time in his life, inspiring him to embark on a myriad theatrical ventures that almost bankrupted his family on several occasions. Fortunately, wife Maud's business acumen saved the day, leaving Baum free to pen thirteen additional OZ books and other fantasies. Includes a listing of works by Baum, a bibliography and extensive index. Munchkin Land never knew a better man.; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Da Capo Press
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
Softcover
New with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
001993; 
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8 Watkins, Mel Dancing with Strangers: a Memoir
0684808641 / 9780684808642; Arresting prose and a provocative conclusion - challenging the idea that our destinies are fundamentally linked to race - distinguish this remarkable memoir of growing up black in the American Midwest in the turbulent 1950s and 1960s. Set in an Ohio steel town and an exclusive, upstate New York private university, Dancing with Strangers is an evocative remembrance of an American's coming of age during the decade preceding the sixties' revolutionary transformation of American society. A dramatic, novelistically rendered account, it is the story of an individual's triumphant struggle for personal identity during an era when conformity, class, race, and political xenophobia dominated the American landscape. There is an approximate 1" narrow black remainder mark on the bottom of the book. 320 pages. The jacket has a tiny tear at the spine bottom. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Simon & Schuster
New York, 1998, First Edition
Hardcover
New in Near Fine dust jacket


001565; 
Price: 9.20 USD
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