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181 Sova, Dawn B ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MISTRESSES
Robson Books 1993 0860518809 / 9780860518808 1st Edition Hardback Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-libra ry or a book of the month club edition. 
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CIRCLING THE SQUARE: STORIES FROM THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION, Steavenson, Wendell
182 Steavenson, Wendell CIRCLING THE SQUARE: STORIES FROM THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION
Ecco 2015 0062375253 / 9780062375254 Hardcover Very Good/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. Through a series of stunningly rendered, character-drive vignettes, New Yor ker writer Wendell Steavenson recounts the events of the Egyptian Revolutio n-from Mubarak's fall to Morsi's. Here is the panoply of Tahrir Square, a p ointillist portrait of a people enacting and reacting to change and hope. In January 2011, when the crowds gathered to protest Mubarak's three decade s of rule in Egypt, Wendell Steavenson went to cover the events. She spent her days on Tahrir Square, among the tents and the graffiti and the tanks, watching amazed as Egyptians of every stripe came together to challenge the might of the repressive status quo. Circling the Square is the extraordinary story of the recent Egyptian Revol ution as experienced by Cairo's citizens. Steavenson takes us to the heart of the Revolution and paints indelible portraits of ordinary Egyptians grap pling with hope and change amid violence and bloodshed. Here is Bakr, a you ng man from the slums with his homemade pistol; a seasoned observer who giv es up on analysis; a leader who doesn't want to lead thrust uncomfortably i nto the spotlight; a Muslim Brotherhood politician trying to smooth over a restless parliament; and a military intelligence officer convinced that onl y the army can save Egypt. Steavenson captures the cacophony of dizzying events as violence and elections ebbed and flowed around the revolution, tipping it towards democracy and then back into the military's hands. Mixing reportage and memoir, anecdotes and inciden 
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YOU'RE TOO KIND: A BRIEF HISTORY OF FLATTERY, Stengel, Richard
183 Stengel, Richard YOU'RE TOO KIND: A BRIEF HISTORY OF FLATTERY
Simon & Schuster 2000 0684854910 / 9780684854915 Hardcover Very Good/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. A history of flattery, showing it to be an art form well worth studying. Ranging from the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, an outrageous form of physical self-flattery to the publication of "How To Win Friends and Influence People". It looks at flattery during the Renaissance and President Clinton on the opening day of his impeachment inquiry: "I trust the American people. They almost always get it right". 
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UNHOOKED: HOW YOUNG WOMEN PURSUE SEX, DELAY LOVE AND LOSE AT BOTH, Stepp, Laura Sessions
184 Stepp, Laura Sessions UNHOOKED: HOW YOUNG WOMEN PURSUE SEX, DELAY LOVE AND LOSE AT BOTH
Riverhead Trade 2008 1594482845 / 9781594482847 Paperback Near Fine 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: Features a new Afterword for this edition. A controversial look at today's sexual hook-up culture, and "[a] book...you won't stop talking about."-Patr icia Cornwell From the front lines of today's sexual battlefield comes an eye-opening examination of the hookup culture, seen through the personal experiences of the teenage girls and young women who live it-and who are left unprepared for its consequences. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents a disturbing and enlightening indictment of the hookup culture, the social forces that contribute to it, and what can be done to change it. 
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185 Stewart, James B. DISNEY WAR
Simon & Schuster 2005 0684809931 / 9780684809939 1st Edition Hardcover Very GoodVery Good 
A clean first edition/printing protected in a new brodart wrapper: James Stewart has done it again. The author of the mega-bestselling Den of Thieves, about the 1980s insider-trading scandals on Wall Street, and Bloodsport, the 1990s tale of the Clintons' Whitewater affair, now gives us another epic story, this one culminating in late 2004. With DisneyWar, Stewart turns his investigative and storytelling lens on Michael Eisner and the corporate intrigue which has overtaken the Walt Disney Company in the last decade. He explains how this once-proud institution, long one of America's most admired and well-known businesses, has stumbled in recent years amid a disastrous swirl of egos, personalities, and bad business decisions. 
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HOW TO READ A NOVEL: A USER'S GUIDE, Sutherland, John
186 Sutherland, John HOW TO READ A NOVEL: A USER'S GUIDE
St. Martin's Griffin 2007 0312359896 / 9780312359898 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. "Do we still know how to read a novel?" John Sutherland, Chairman of the 20 05 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Su therland has not given up hope. With acerbic wit and intellect, he traces t he history of what it used to mean to be well-read and tells readers what i t still means today while reminding readers how the delicate charms of fict ion can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level thi s is a book about novels but at a deeper level, this is a book in which one of the most intimate tête-à-têtes is described-one in which a reader meets a novel. However, in order for the relationship to take its proper course, a reader must know how to read it! Sutherland helps readers: --Pick the right book for them among the cattle call of pre-packaged blurbs and enticing cover art --Recognize a misleading title at first glance --Look beyond the politics of book reviewers --Learn to read the extras-epigraphs, forewords, afterwords-to understand t hemes only hinted at in the main text --Find real aspects of the author cleverly hidden in the narrative structur e --And much more In a book that is as wry and humorous as it is learned and opinionated, John Sutherland tells you everything you always wanted to know about how to read fiction better than you do now (but, were afraid to ask). 
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NEIGHBORS WIFE, Talese, Gay
187 Talese, Gay NEIGHBORS WIFE
Dell 1981 0440186897 / 9780440186892 Paperback Good 
"Engrossing and provocative." Library Journal Bestselling author Gay Talese's exploration into the hidden and changing sex lives of Americans from all walks of life shocked the world when it was first published in 1981. Now considered a classic, this fascinating personal oddysey and revealing public reflection on American sexuality changed the way Americans looked at themselves and one another. 
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188 Tannen, Deborah YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
Ballantine Books 1991 0345372050 / 9780345372055 Paperback Near Fine 
Georgetown University linguistics professor Tannen asserts that misundersta ndings between the sexes often arise because women like to connect emotiona lly in conversation while men prefer to impart knowlege. "Tannen examines t he functioning of argument and interruption, and convincingly supports her case for the existence of 'genderlect,' " 
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189 Taub, Lawrence SEX, AGE, AND THE LAST CASTE
Tabu 1995 1st Edition Paperback Good 
THIS IS THE FIRST 'Tabu Edition Tokyo 1995 April' Inscribed by the author,( this looks like an advanced reading copy?) cover well worn, creases and dis colouration, o/w internally bright and clean. 
Price: 7000.00 JPY
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AS USED ON THE FAMOUS NELSON MANDELA: UNDERGROUND ADVENTURES IN THE ARMS AN D TORTURE TRADE, Thomas, Mark
190 Thomas, Mark AS USED ON THE FAMOUS NELSON MANDELA: UNDERGROUND ADVENTURES IN THE ARMS AN D TORTURE TRADE
Ebury Press 2006 009190921X / 9780091909215 Paperback Very Good 
Mark Thomas is one of the UK's most effective and best-known political acti vists, as well as being a highly successful stand-up comedian. His show, Th e Mark Thomas Product, ran for six highly acclaimed series on Channel Four. Amazingly, this is his first book. As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela is a deeply funny, deeply disturbing account of Mark's rampage through the ar ms trade. Under a fairly flimsy disguise and with the use of some worryingl y poor accents, Mark sets off on a journey of discovery in the company of a rms dealers, torture victims, politicians, cops, crusties and geeks. The re sult is a shockingly entertaining read. Embedded within the sharpness of hi s humour is the truth of an industry fraught with loopholes, complacency an d greed; that allows corrupt regimes to kill, maim and displace, but whose deals are often subsidised by the British taxpayer. Hard-hitting, laugh-out -loud funny and extremely unsettling, As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela is never anything less than compulsive. 
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191 Thompson, Damian THE END OF TIME: FAITH AND THE FEAR IN THE SHADOW OF THE MILLENNIUM
Minerva 1997 0749386096 / 9780749386092 Paperback Good 

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LOVE IN A DARK TIME, Toibin, Colm
192 Toibin, Colm LOVE IN A DARK TIME
Picador 2001 0330520946 / 9780330520942 Paperback Very Good 

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THE MOLE PEOPLE: LIFE IN THE TUNNELS BENEATH NEW YORK CITY, Toth, Jennifer
193 Toth, Jennifer THE MOLE PEOPLE: LIFE IN THE TUNNELS BENEATH NEW YORK CITY
Chicago Review Press 1995 155652241X / 9781556522413 Paperback Near Fine 
A tight clean softcover,no markings throughout, Not an ex-lib edition: Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about their lives and the ?topside" world they've left behind. 
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EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES: THE ZERO TOLERANCE APPROACH TO PUNCTUATION, Truss, Lynne
194 Truss, Lynne EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES: THE ZERO TOLERANCE APPROACH TO PUNCTUATION
Profile Books 2003 1861976127 / 9781861976123 Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
Who would have thought a book about punctuation could cause such a sensatio n? Certainly not its modest if indignant author, who began her surprise hit motivated by "horror" and "despair" at the current state of British usage: ungrammatical signs ("BOB,S PETS"), headlines ("DEAD SONS PHOTOS MAY BE RE LEASED") and band names ("Hear'Say") drove journalist and novelist Truss ab solutely batty. But this spirited and wittily instructional little volume, which was a U.K. #1 bestseller, is not a grammar book, Truss insists; like a self-help volume, it "gives you permission to love punctuation." Her appr oach falls between the descriptive and prescriptive schools of grammar stud y, but is closer, perhaps, to the latter. 
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195 Truss, Lynne TALK TO THE HAND: THE UTTER BLOODY RUDENESS OF THE WORLD TODAY, OR SIX GOOD REASONS TO STAY HOME AND BOLT THE DOOR
Gotham 2005 1592401716 / 9781592401710 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Near Fine 
A tight clean first edition/printing, protected in a new brodart wrapper. Lynne Truss is the pundit of pet peeves. She's taken on the ignorance of basic grammar with Eats, Shoots & Leaves, now she bravely rallies against the abysmal state of manners. And while she uses the Jerry Springer-esque phrase of 'talk to the hand' as her title, it's obvious she'd like to have snarkily dubbed it "Learn Some Effing Manners People!"--only she's too polite to do so. (It should be noted that while she's shocked by 6-year-olds using the f -word, she's hopeful that it's so overused that it'll soon sink into obsolescence.) To hammer across her points on politesse, Truss pulls quotations from an astonishing range of sources. Sociologist Erving Goffman is a favorite, but the Simpsons (of cartoon fame, not Jessica & Ashlee), Evelyn Waugh, and W.B. Yeats are also tapped. What her rant boils down to though is unsurprising: modern communication is at the root of rude behavior. Mobile phones and iPods have left us existing in our own little "bubble worlds," she says. "It used to be just CIA agents with earpieces...who regarded all the little people as irrelevant scum. Now it's nearly everybody." These self-produced bubbles make it easy for rudeness to rule. If someone forgets to hold a door or say "Thank you," it's because, Truss says, they're zoned out in their personal space, and will likely be offended if their lack of manners is pointed out. (The ruder the person, she says, the more easily offended.) Truss certainly earns many chuckles throughout her somewhat rambling musings, but her concern about society's decline is serious. 
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LIVING IT UP : AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH LUXURY, Twitchell, James B.
196 Twitchell, James B. LIVING IT UP : AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH LUXURY
Simon & Schuster 2003 0743245067 / 9780743245067 Paperback Fine 
Ah, the evils of luxury. Spending for its own sake, accumulating unnecessar y "stuff," the need to own for status, the trophy car, the trophy home, des igner everything. But here's the conundrum: what is considered luxury for o ne generation is considered necessity for the next, and today's credit-addi cted society makes luxury, or at least the appearance of luxury, available to all. Who better to sort the whole thing out than Twitchell, one of Newsw eek 's "100 Cultural Elite." He has some interesting tidbits about what has been considered opulent in the past, and he has coined a new term for thos e universally craved name-brand objects--opuluxe. It's image above substanc e--think Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Montblanc, Nike, Evian, and Starbucks. But is the desire for high-end junk as wasteful and garish as it seemed when it w as available to only the few? Twitchell makes the case for a mild defense o f luxury in that its mass consumption ultimately lifts up the masses econom ically. 
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197 Urrea, Luis Alberto THE DEVIL'S HIGHWAY: A TRUE STORY
Back Bay Books 2005 0316010804 / 9780316010801 Paperback Very Good 
In a new 10th anniversary edition: "The single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy" (The A tlantic). In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway." Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic. 
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AQUARIUS REVISITED: SEVEN WHO CREATED THE SIXTIES COUNTERCULTURE THAT CHANG ED AMERICA, VanWyngarden, Bruce
198 VanWyngarden, Bruce AQUARIUS REVISITED: SEVEN WHO CREATED THE SIXTIES COUNTERCULTURE THAT CHANG ED AMERICA
Citadel 2007 0806528567 / 9780806528564 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Clinical psychologist Whitmer invites readers on a trip down memory lane via interviews with '60s-era mavericks. Psychologist Timothy Leary, whose LSD experiments at Harvard spilled over from the lab into his private life, poet Allen Ginsberg, and writers William Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Tom Robbins and Hunter S. Thompson reveal the serendipitous nature of their encounters with one another, their clashes with the law and the establishment, bouts of drug abuse, and the relationship between the psychedelic experience and their creativity. Depicted is a 1982 poetry reading by Ginsberg, the audience divided between long-haired '60s devotees and '80s preppies on a class assignment that Whitmer likens to "spending a day at Peabody Museum looking at pre-Columbian basket weaving for Anthro 1-A." His self-indulgent prose, where substance is sacrificed for jazziness, fails to transmit across the generation gap the magic and urgency of the '60s revolution. 
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BEING INDIAN, Varma, Pavan K.
199 Varma, Pavan K. BEING INDIAN
Penguin Books 2006 0143033425 / 9780143033424 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. In the 21st century every sixth human being will be Indian. India is very close to becoming the second largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class numbering over half a billion.It is in the top ten in overall GNP. Yet at least 200 million Indians remain desperately poor. Illiteracy rates are high. Communal violence is widespread; corruption endemic. Brides are still tortured and burnt for dowries; the caste system has lost little of its power and none of its brutality. How are we to make sense of these two, apparently contradictory, pictures of India today? And how can we overcome the many misconceptions about India that are fed by the stereotypes created by foreigners and the myths about themselves projected by Indians? In Being Indian, Pavan Varma, whom the Guardian has called 'one of the country's most perceptive writers', demolishes the myths and generalisations as he turns his sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick and what they have to offer the world in the 21st century. 
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DREAMING WAR: BLOOD FOR OIL AND THE CHENEY-BUSH JUNTA, Vidal, Gore
200 Vidal, Gore DREAMING WAR: BLOOD FOR OIL AND THE CHENEY-BUSH JUNTA
Nation Books 2002 1560255021 / 9781560255024 Paperback Fine 
Long before the events of September 11, Vidal's place was secured as a prol ific preacher against America's imperialist policies. At age 76, he uses hi s exceptional talents to produce bound collections of his controversial ess ays and op-eds. However, this latest creation lacks the eloquence and grace that previously distinguished him from other writers in their attempts to uncover the hidden truths within our American republic. Vidal calls for a m ore thorough investigation into the response, or lack thereof, from the "Ch eney-Bush junta" on September 11 and purports that corporate greed and Amer ican imperialism have been the driving themes behind our new war on terror. He explores the oil connections that Osama bin Laden's family established with Bush during his tenure as an oil magnate in Texas and implores us to p robe further into America's real interest in conquering Afghanistan. Accord ing to Vidal, America's media elite perform the government's dirty work by spreading disinformation-including about Vidal himself-to the general publi c. As a result, Vidal spends much of this book refuting attacks from the ma instream media that portray him as anti-American, although his unabashed st yle gives readers final say in drawing their own conclusion. Regardless, fa ithful fans of Vidal will revel in his relentless adoration of Jeffersonian ideals and courageous dissection of the evil roots of American foreign pol icy. 
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