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TEN INDIANS, Bell, Madison Smartt
181 Bell, Madison Smartt TEN INDIANS
Penguin Books 1997 0140268464 / 9780140268461 Paperback Very Good 
Bell, recently identified by Granta as one of the 20 best young American no velists, here shows why. Multiple narrators cast different shadows on the s tory of Mike Devlin, a white, middle-class psychologist whose life is in cr isis (whether he knows it or not), who sets up a Tae Kwan Do academy in a b lack, inner-city neighborhood (in crisis of its own) in Baltimore. The conc ept of "getting involved" applies in a metaphysical as well as practical se nse. "Boundary crossing" also takes on multiple meanings, especially as Mic helle, Devlin's teenage daughter, becomes increasingly interested in the ac ademy and the neighborhood. Deliberately understated, the book turns the ni ce trick of holding the reader despite the fact that the outcome is forecas t at the beginning. Readers introduced to Bell with the highly praised All Souls' Rising, a historical novel of Haitian independence, will find Ten In dians quite different. But the martial arts theme and inner-city setting ar e in fact much more typical of his oeuvre. 
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THE LODESTAR, Belle, Pamela
182 Belle, Pamela THE LODESTAR
St Martins Pr 1989 0312029454 / 9780312029456 Hardcover Good/Good 
Former Library Book: Set during the brief reign of Richard III, this impressively crafted historical novel deserves attention from readers not normally drawn to the genre. Belle ( Wintercombe ) is of the school that regards Richard, Duke of Gloucester, as a troubled monarch who did what he thought best for his country and bore no ill will toward his brother Edward's two sons and heirs. The disappearance of the princes is explained from this somewhat heretical point of view. Well-researched details bring life to the involving story, which focuses on Christie Heron, a young man who joins the Duke of Gloucester's household and is swept into the events of Richard's kingship. Issues of loyalty are played out against the rich backdrop of the Wars of the Roses as Christie fights several personal battles as well as those of his king. The long, complex narrative illuminates its historical setting so clearly and thoroughly that readers absorb the period effortlessly, along with a rousing good story based on a provocative interpretation of a controversial monarch's character and deeds. 
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TREASON'S GIFT, Belle, Pamela
183 Belle, Pamela TREASON'S GIFT
Pan Books 1993 0330331027 / 9780330331029 Paperback Good 
In the summer of 1686, Alex marries his cousin, Louise and they are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child. But their world is shattered wh en the baby is born prematurely, and in the aftermath of the ensuing traged y, grief and guilt affect their marriage. 
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SEIZE THE DAY, Bellow, Saul
184 Bellow, Saul SEIZE THE DAY
Penguin Books 2006 0141023406 / 9780141023403 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Tommy Wilhelm is a worried man. Once charming, he has failed to make it big as an actor in Hollywood, left his family and lost his job as a salesman. Now he lives in the Hotel Gloriana in New York City, while his successful father lectures him about changing his life. But Wilhelm clings to the hope that his luck is about to turn and has given his last $700 to the mysterious, philosophizing Dr Tamkin to invest. Is the smooth-talking Tamkin ripping Wilhelm off? Or does he offer him one last chance to make it out of this mess? 
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THE DEAN'S DECEMBER, Bellow, Saul
185 Bellow, Saul THE DEAN'S DECEMBER
Penguin Books Ltd 1982 0140062521 / 9780140062526 Paperback Good 

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RUMMIES, Benchley, Peter
186 Benchley, Peter RUMMIES
Fawcett 1990 0449219453 / 9780449219454 Paperback Very Good 
An alcoholic upper-middle-class WASP sent to a posh clinic to dry out witne sses the hypocritical behavior of the clinic's director. According to PW , Benchley's "plot may be muddled, but his writing is vigorous and observant . " Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. 
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187 Benedict, Elizabeth ALMOST
Houghton Mifflin 2001 0618143327 / 9780618143320 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-library or a book of the month club edition. Acid humor and piercing insight mark this novel about death, divorce, exes, lovers and surrogate children on and off a snooty East Coast island. In a kaleidoscopic display of shifting perceptions, Benedict (Slow Dancing) chronicles the simultaneously sardonic and self-lacerating attempt of struggling novelist and celeb-bio ghostwriter Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost-ex-husband Will, a former CIA agent. When the phone call comes, Sophy is in bed with her lover, British art dealer Daniel Jacobs, in her New York City apartment. Despite deepening affection between her and his four adopted Vietnamese children, Sophy and Daniel's couplehood is one of convenience. When Sophy returns to Swansea, the island off the coast of Massachusetts where she lived with Will, she must face the fallout of his death possibly by suicide, possibly her fault without Daniel. But she is hardly alone. Surrounded by friends (gay funnyman Henderson, ex-lover and celebrity defense lawyer Evan Lambert), possible enemies (her two adult ste-daughters and their mother) and a host of island acquaintances straight out of Town and Country, Sophy waits for the coroner's report to clear up the central mystery of Will's death. Meanwhile, several more mysteries develop: Who is Crystal Sparrow, and why did she leave a message on Will's answering machine just before he died? Where is Sophy's mutt, Henry? What terrible news did Evan and his wife 
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CITY OF THIEVES, Benioff, David
188 Benioff, David CITY OF THIEVES
Plume 2009 0452295319 / 9780452295315 Paperback Good 

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189 Benitez, Sandra BITTER GROUNDS
Sceptre 1998 0340695838 / 9780340695838 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: The story of three generations of women in El Salvador. Elena is the wife of a rich coffee plantation owner, Mercedes is her housemaid. Their lives and those of their daughters are traced through marriage, infidelity, murder and revenge, all intertwined with the turbulence of El Salvador's history. 
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THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN, Bennett, Alan
190 Bennett, Alan THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN
Random House 2001 0375503064 / 9780375503061 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean first edition (as stated)not an ex-lib, no markings throughou t: When life is pared down to the bare essentials, one can grow spirituallyAor shrink into one's basic instincts. Though profound statements as such are not to be found in British playwright Bennett's charmingly subversive and very amusing cautionary tale, his characters illustrate the principle in surprising ways. Mr. and Mrs. Ransome return to their London flat after a performance of Cos? fan tutte (Mozart's comic opera about changing identities) to find the place totally stripped. Even the casserole left warming in the oven is gone, along with the oven, all other appliances and every stitch of clothing. Mr. Ransome, a stodgy, misanthropic solicitor who is fussy about correct diction, is mainly concerned about the loss of his CD player and the earphones with which he has always insulated himself from his wife. Formerly cowed and repressed, Mrs. Ransome is surprised at her pleasure in replacing their lost possessions with a few inexpensive items. The burglary liberates her personality, allowing her to inch cautiously toward new interpersonal connectionsAfirst with an Asian grocer, then with the man who, the Ransomes eventually discover, has been living with their furniture and clothing in a storage facility, then with another man who holds the key to the bizarre thievery. Her social awakening occurs in counterpoint with her husband's more selfish gratifications, until a funny and fitting denouement permanently turns the tables between them. Bennett carries off his terse, surreal comedy with witty aplomb, adding to risibility with apt comments about 
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DEAD AS A SCONE, Benrey, Ron
191 Benrey, Ron DEAD AS A SCONE
Barbour Publishing, Incorpor 2004 159310197X / 9781593101978 Paperback Fine 
When Dame Elspeth falls over dead, presumably poisoned by a suspect creme b rulee, can two pretentious prima donnas work together to solve this classic ally English crime--or will they end up victims of a tainted high tea thems elves? 
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TROUBLE FOR LUCIA, Benson, E. F.
192 Benson, E. F. TROUBLE FOR LUCIA
Moyer Bell and its subsidiar 2001 1559212985 / 9781559212984 Paperback Very Good 
In Trouble for Lucia, Lucia learns to ride a bicycle, and we live through t he saga of Blue Birdie (Mrs. Wyse's dead budgerigar [parakeet] invoke in a seance).Lucia and Georgie renew their acquaintance with the operatic diva O lga Braceley and the composer Cortese, but nobody in Tilling believes her w hen she claims to have entertained a duchess overnight. Lucia becomes Mayor of Tilling and Miss Mapp is appointed her Mayoress. This is the sixth volu me in the Lucia Series. 
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MRS.AMES, BENSON, E.F.
193 BENSON, E.F. MRS.AMES
The Hogarth Press Ltd 1984 0701219033 / 9780701219031 Paperback Good 
A must read for any fan of Benson's hugely popular 'Mapp and Lucia' series. Here we find ourselves in the small village of Riseholme, where all the ri ch have to do is gossip and vie for the position of supreme hostess. This i s classic E. F. Benson dealing with the petty concerns of petty people, usi ng his natural wit and humour. This novel, originally published in 1912, is being republished here together with a new introductory biography of the a uthor. 
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HOME SAFE: A NOVEL, Berg, Elizabeth
194 Berg, Elizabeth HOME SAFE: A NOVEL
Ballantine Books 2009 0345487559 / 9780345487551 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. 
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195 Berg, Elizabeth SAY WHEN : A NOVEL
Atria 2003 0743411366 / 9780743411363 1st Edition Hardcover F/F 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Husbands frequently tune out their spouses, but Frank Griffin makes valiant attempts to ignore Ellen, his wife of 10 years, when she announces she has a lover and wants a divorce in this endearing, undemanding novel by Berg (True to Form, etc.). 
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THE PULL OF THE MOON, Berg, Elizabeth
196 Berg, Elizabeth THE PULL OF THE MOON
Jove 1997 0515120898 / 9780515120899 Paperback Near Fine 
Berg uses letters and diary entries to tell the story of 50-year-old Nan, w ho is coming to terms with her place in society as an older woman. The lett ers, written to her husband, attempt to explain her unplanned cross-country flight. The diary entries allow Nan to probe deeper into her past and to e xplore the reasons for her loss of self-esteem. Conveniently, Nan is a woma n of privilege traveling in relative comfort, with no concern for the finan cing of her trip. Her letters to her husband include instructions to contac t their architect so that on her return they can plan a new house she descr ibes in fanciful detail. She has little or no anxiety about how her husband might react to her flight, and there seems to be nothing in her life beyon d her relationship with him and with her college-age daughter. 
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WHAT WE KEEP, Berg, Elizabeth
197 Berg, Elizabeth WHAT WE KEEP
Ballantine Books 2002 0345435028 / 9780345435026 Mass Market Pa Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. "BERG KNOWS THE HEARTS OF HER CHARACTERS INTIMATELY, showing them with comp assion, humor, and an illuminating generosity." -The Seattle Times "BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN . . . [Ginny Young] crosses the country for a reluctan t reunion with the mother she has not seen in 35 years. During the long hou rs of her flight, she returns in memory to the summer when she turned 12 an d her family turned inside out. . . . What We Keep is about ties that are b uried but not broken, wounds that are dressed but never heal, and love that changes form but somehow survives." -USA Today "COMPELLING . . . Reading [this] book is like having an intimate conversati on with a friend who is baring her soul." -Charleston Post and Courier "TOUCHING . . . WHAT WE KEEP IS SOMETHING OF VALUE." -San Antonio Express-News 
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RED DOG, Bernieres, Louis De
198 Bernieres, Louis De RED DOG
Secker & Warburg 2001 0436256177 / 9780436256172 1st Edition Hardcover Good+/Very Good 
'In early 1998 I went to Perth in Western Australia in order to attend the literature festival, and part of the arrangement was that I should go to Ka rratha to do their first ever literary dinner. Karratha is a mining town a long way further north. The landscape is extraordinary, being composed of v ast heaps of dark red earth and rock poking out of the never-ending bush. I imagine that Mars must have a similar feel to it. I went exploring and dis covered the bronze statue to Red Dog outside the town of Dampier. I felt st raight away that I had to find out more about this splendid dog. A few mont hs later I returned to Western Australia and spent two glorious weeks drivi ng around collecting Red Dog stories and visiting the places that he knew, writing up the text as I went along. I hope my cat never finds out that I h ave written a story to celebrate the life of a dog.' 
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199 Berry, Steve THE ALEXANDRIA LINK
Random House Inc. 2008 0345502477 / 9780345502476 Paperback Fine 

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THE PARIS VENDETTA: A NOVEL, Berry, Steve
200 Berry, Steve THE PARIS VENDETTA: A NOVEL
Ballantine Books 2010 0345525574 / 9780345525574 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone wakes to find an intruder in his Copenhagen bookshop: an American Secret Service agent with assassins on his heels. Narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight, the two journey to the secluded estate of Malone's friend Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. But Thorvaldsen also harbors a hidden agenda--a vendetta--that will force Malone to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone is forced to match wits with a terrorist for hire and to plunge into a desperate hunt for Napoleon's legendary treasure, lost for two hundred years. It's a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost? 
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