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After Life: an Ethnographic Novel

By: Hecht, Tobias

Price: $9.20

Publisher: Durham, NC, Duke University Press: 2006

Seller ID: 002803

ISBN: 0822337886

Condition: New with no dust jacket

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 ... View more info

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Falling Bodies

By: Mark, Andrew

Price: $6.44

Publisher: E Rutherford, New Jersey, U. S. A., Putnam Pub Group: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001361

ISBN: 0399144471

Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

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 sh... View more info

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Hoping for Hope

By: Clare, Lucy

Price: $6.46

Publisher: New York, New York, U. S. A., E P Dutton: 2002

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 001292

ISBN: 0525946373

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket

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 ... View more info

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The Sun Also Rises

By: Hemingway, Ernest

Price: $11.04

Publisher: New York, NY, Charles Scribnerl's Sons: 1954

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 004067

Condition: Fine with no dust jacket

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 View more info

Toward Amnesia

By: Van Arsdale, Sarah

Price: $7.82

Publisher: New York, Riverhead Books: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001871

ISBN: 1573220175

Condition: As New in Near Fine dust jacket

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... View more info