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THE STORY OF MY LIFE, Darrow, Clarence
81 Darrow, Clarence THE STORY OF MY LIFE
Da Capo Press 1996 0306807386 / 9780306807381 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. In The Story of My Life recounts, and reflects on, his more than fifty years as a corporate, labor, and criminal lawyer, including the most celebrated and notorious cases of his day: establishing the legal right of a union to strike in the Woodworkers' Conspiracy Case; exposing, on behalf of the United Mine Workers, the shocking conditions in the mines and the widespread use of child labor; defending Leopold and Loeb in the Chicago "thrill" murder case; defending a teacher's right to present the Darwinian theory of evolution in the famous Scopes trial; fighting racial hatred in the Sweet anti-Negro and the Scottsboro cases; and much more. Written in his disarming, conversational style, and full of refreshingly relevant views on capital punishment, civil liberties, and the judicial system, Darrow's autobiography is a fitting final summation of a remarkable life. 
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82 Davis, L.J. ONASSIS: ARISTOTLE AND CHRISTINA
St. Martin's Press 1987 0312902891 / 9780312902896 Paperback Very Good 
From Publishers Weekly Davis is a novelist, also author of the factual Bad Money, and he uses both his storytelling and reporting skills in this dual biography. Much of the material is by now over-familiar, but he adds sufficient color to heighten reader interest. The author details Onassis's financial coups, rivalries, m any romantic affairs, friendships, etc. More engrossing sections describe h is daughter Christina's life, stressing the vast difference between the pri vate woman and the adopted persona. Outwardly, she suggests a neurotic: fou r failed marriages interrupting frantic running around in search of diversi ons. But Davis shows that Christina has inherited and is wisely using her f ather's business acumen. Immediately after his death, she took control of t he Onassis empire and is building on it. The book is sharply witty and ente rtaining. Photos. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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PRISONERS OF HOPE : THE STORY OF OUR CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN [ IMPORT], DAYNA and HEATHER MERCER, STACY MATTINGLY CURRY
83 DAYNA and HEATHER MERCER, STACY MATTINGLY CURRY PRISONERS OF HOPE : THE STORY OF OUR CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN [ IMPORT]
Water Brook 2002 1578566452 / 9781578566457 Hardcover Fine/Fine 
This is the eagerly anticipated story of the two Christian aid workers from Waco, Tex., who were imprisoned by the Taliban in Afghanistan shortly befo re the September 11 attacks on America. Because so many Americans followed their plight in the press, the behind-the-scenes details of their 105-day o rdeal will inevitably be riveting. Unfortunately, the narrative is told in a weaving fashion that shuttles back and forth between Curry's voice, Merce r's voice and their joint perspective. Moreover, much of their story of mon otonous prison life does not lend itself well to straightforward chronologi cal narrative. Instead, the book is organized loosely by themes, places and people, and often leaps ahead of itself in confusing ways. Despite these f rustrations and a surprisingly weak fade-to-black ending that barely mentio ns God or the faith that has sustained the missionaries throughout, the boo k is compelling. Readers will learn of the individual paths that led Curry and Mercer first to Christ and then to Kabul. Especially heartbreaking are the stories of all the Afghan families who were relying on the women for li fe-saving support and who were abruptly cut off at the time of their arrest . Perhaps most powerful is the honesty with which Mercer discusses her spir itual difficulties in captivity. This is not the story of larger-than-life heroines whose faith never wavers in the face of persecution; readers are a llowed glimpses into Mercer's very real despair and the rift it caused in t he group of prisoners. This gritty sense of the real life of ordinary, beli eving Americans keeps the pages turning. 
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AN AMERICAN STORY, Dickerson, Debra
84 Dickerson, Debra AN AMERICAN STORY
Pantheon 2000 037542069X / 9780375420696 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/No DJ 
Debra Dickerson's fiercely honest account of her journey from the black wor king class to the ivied halls of Harvard Law School couldn't be more aptly titled. What's more American than someone who reaches a political turning p oint as a result of buying a lousy car? At the time, Dickerson was a conser vative supporter of Ronald Reagan who believed her north St. Louis neighbor s were poor and jobless because of their personal failings--and of course, it wasn't really her lemon of a Renault Alliance that changed her mind. But after years of struggling to get an education while her brother Bobby thre w away every opportunity, after finding an apparent refuge in the Air Force (just as her bitter, violent father had during World War II in the Marines ), Dickerson was appalled that "a blameless person in uniform" was expected , by everyone from her superior officers to the lawyers she tried to hire t o help her, to make payments on a car that wouldn't run. "That experience m ade it crystal clear to me whose side society was on," she writes. Without abandoning her belief in personal responsibility, Dickerson began to reasse ss her contempt for people like her brother, who had made mistakes but had never been given any margin for error. Her reconciliation with Bobby is the most moving moment in a book notable for its bruising candor on the uncomf ortable subjects of race and class, as well as its complete lack of politic al and cultural platitudes. 
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SHADOWS ON THE GRASS, Dinesen, Isak
85 Dinesen, Isak SHADOWS ON THE GRASS
Penguin Books 1984 0140066314 / 9780140066319 Paperback Very Good+ 
Isak Dinesen takes up the absorbing story of her life in Kenya begun in the unforgettable Out of Africa, which she published under the name of Karen B lixen. With warmth and humanity these four stories illuminate her love both for the African people, their dignity and traditions, and for the beauty a nd wildness of the landscape. The first three were written in the 1950s and the last, 'Echoes from the Hills', was written especially for this volume in the summer of 1960 when the author was in her seventies. In all they pro vide a moving final chapter to her African reminiscences. 
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NO ANGEL: MY HARROWING UNDERCOVER JOURNEY TO THE INNER CIRCLE OF THE HELLS ANGELS, Dobyns, Jay
86 Dobyns, Jay NO ANGEL: MY HARROWING UNDERCOVER JOURNEY TO THE INNER CIRCLE OF THE HELLS ANGELS
Crown 2009 0307405850 / 9780307405852 1st Edition 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. Here, from Jay Dobyns, the first federal agent to infiltrate the inner circ le of the outlaw Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, is the inside story of the t wenty-one-month operation that almost cost him his family, his sanity, and his life. Getting shot in the chest as a rookie agent, bartering for machine guns, th rottling down the highway at 100 mph, and responding to a full-scale, blood y riot between the Hells Angels and their rivals, the Mongols-these are jus t a few of the high-adrenaline experiences Dobyns recounts in this action-p acked, hard-to-imagine-but-true story. Dobyns leaves no stone of his harrowing journey unturned. At runs and clubh ouses, between rides and riots, Dobyns befriends bad-ass bikers, meth-fuele d "old ladies," gun fetishists, psycho-killer ex-cons, and even some of the "Filthy Few"-the elite of the Hells Angels who've committed extreme violen ce on behalf of their club. Eventually, at parties staged behind heavily ar med security, he meets legendary club members such as Chuck Zito, Johnny An gel, and the godfather of all bikers, Ralph "Sonny" Barger. To blend in wit h them, he gets full-arm ink; to win their respect, he vows to prove himsel f a stone-cold killer. Hardest of all is leading a double life, which has him torn between his devotion to his wife and children, and his pledge to become the first federal agent ever to be "fully patched" into the Angels' near-impregnable ranks. His act is so convincing that he comes within a hairsbreadth of losing himself. E 
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CROW DOG: FOUR GENERATIONS OF SIOUX MEDICINE MEN, Dog, Leonard C.
87 Dog, Leonard C. CROW DOG: FOUR GENERATIONS OF SIOUX MEDICINE MEN
Harper Perennial 1996 0060926821 / 9780060926823 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 January 1890, Leonard Crow Dog's great-grandfather, Jerome Crow Dog, surrendered to the U.S. Army; he was the last of the ghost dancers, who brought a "new way of praying, of relating to the spirits." Ninety-three years later, Leonard Crow Dog revived the ghost dance at Wounded Knee. From childhood he was destined to be a medicine man; he recounts family history through four generations?Jerome was the first Native American to win a case in the Supreme Court; Leonard's father, Henry, introduced peyote to the Lakota Sioux. He details tribal ceremonies and their meanings. By 1971, Leonard Crow Dog had become spiritual leader of the American Indian Movement. In that role and also as medicine man, he was present at the 1972 march on Washington and the siege of Wounded Knee in 1973. With Richard Erdoes (Lakota Woman), he gives a stirring account of both events?a horror story of government brutality and vindictiveness, of prejudice and injustice. Here he offers an illuminating introduction to Sioux culture. 
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WINTER BROTHERS: A SEASON AT THE EDGE OF AMERICA, Doig, Ivan
88 Doig, Ivan WINTER BROTHERS: A SEASON AT THE EDGE OF AMERICA
Mariner Books 1982 0156972158 / 9780156972154 Paperback Good 
The author of This House of Sky provides a magnificent evocation of the Pac ific Northwest through the diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, a settler of th e region. Doig fuses parts of the Swan diaries with his own journal. 
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89 Donnelly, Peter A TRIBUTE TO THE PEOPLE'S PRINCESS
Whitecap Books 1997 1551107155 / 9781551107158 1st Edition Hardback Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible book first edition/printing, protected in a new brodar t wrapper. Includes illustrations. With six chapters and over 215 colour an d black-and-white photographs--many previously unpublished in book form--an d with a lively text. 
Price: 2500.00 JPY
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NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, Douglass, Frederick
90 Douglass, Frederick NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Signet 1968 0451161882 / 9780451161888 Paperback Very Good 
Frederick Douglass was born into bondage and sold repeatedly in the slave m arkets of the South. Because he secretly taught himself to read and write, we possess one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. W ritten over 100 years ago, this classic goes far to explain why American st ill suffers from the great injustices of the past. 
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RORY AND ITA, Doyle, Roddy
91 Doyle, Roddy RORY AND ITA
Jonathan Cape Ltd 2002 0224069233 / 9780224069236 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Ita Doyle: 'In all my life I have lived in two houses, had two jobs, and on e husband. I'm a very interesting person.' Rory and Ita, Roddy Doyle's firs t non-fiction book, tells - largely in their own words - the story of his p arents' lives from their first memories to the present. Born in 1923 and 19 25 respectively, they met at a New Year's Eve dance in 1947 and married in 1951. They remember every detail of their Dublin childhoods - the people (a unts, cousins, shopkeepers, friends, teachers), the politics (both came fro m Republican families), idyllic times in the Wexford countryside for Ita, R ory's apprenticeship as a printer. Ita's mother died when she was three ('t he only memory I have is of her hands, doing things'); Rory was the oldest of nine children, five of them girls. By the time they put down a deposit o f two hundred pounds for a house in Kilbarrack, Rory was working as a compo sitor at the Irish Independent. By the time the first of their four childre n was born he'd become a teacher, at the School of Printing in Dublin. Kilb arrack began to change ('it wasn't a rural place any more') and Ireland too . Through their eyes we see the intensely Catholic society of their youth b eing transformed into the vibrant, modern Ireland of today. Both Rory and I ta Doyle are marvellous talkers, with excellent memories, so combined with Roddy Doyle's legendary skill in illuminating ordinary experience, it makes for a book of tremendous warmth and humanity. 
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THE PATTERN IN THE CARPET: A PERSONAL HISTORY WITH JIGSAWS, Drabble, Margaret
92 Drabble, Margaret THE PATTERN IN THE CARPET: A PERSONAL HISTORY WITH JIGSAWS
Mariner Books 2010 0547386095 / 9780547386096 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. The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzles - did you know that the 1929 stock market crash was followed by a boom in puzzle sales? - Drabble introduces us to her beloved Auntie Phyl, and describes childhood visits to the house in Long Bennington on the Great North Road, their first trip to London together, the books they read, the jigsaws they completed. She offers penetrating sketches of her parents, her siblings, and her children; she shares her thoughts on the importance of childhood play, on art and writing, on aging and memory. And she does so with her customary intelligence, energy, and wit. This is a memoir like no other. 
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ELIZABETH AND MARY: COUSINS, RIVALS, QUEENS, Dunn, Jane
93 Dunn, Jane ELIZABETH AND MARY: COUSINS, RIVALS, QUEENS
HarperPerennial 2004 000653192X / 9780006531920 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. This is the first biography of the fateful relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. It was the defining relationship of their lives, and marked the intersection of the great Tudor and Stuart dynasties, a landmark event in British history.Distinguished biographer Jane Dunn reveals an extraordinary story of two queens ruling in one isle, both embodying opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness and of divinely ordained kingship. Theirs is a drama of sex and power, recklessness, ambition and political intrigue, with a rivalry that could only be resolved by death.As regent queens in an overwhelmingly masculine world, they were deplored for their femininity, compared unfavourably with each other, and courted by the same men. By placing this dynamic and ever-changing relationship at the centre of the book, Dunn throws new light and meaning on the complexity of their natures. She reveals an Elizabeth revolutionary in her insistence on ruling alone, while Mary is not the romantic victim of history, but a courageous adventurer with a reckless heart. Vengeful against her enemies and the more ruthless of the two, she was untroubled by plotting Elizabeth's murder. Elizabeth, however, was in anguish at having to sanction Mary's death warrant for treason.Working almost exclusively from contemporary letters and writings, she lets them speak to us across more than four hundred years, their voices and responses surprisingly familiar to our own, their characters vivid, 
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A SORROW IN OUR HEART: THE LIFE OF TECUMSEH, Eckert, Allan W.
94 Eckert, Allan W. A SORROW IN OUR HEART: THE LIFE OF TECUMSEH
Bantam Books 1993 055356174X / 9780553561746 Paperback Very Good 
A biography of the famous Shawnee describes Tecumseh's plan to amalgamate a ll North American tribes into one people, his role as statesman and militar y strategist, and his death in the Battle of Thames. 
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BOOK OF DAVID HELFGOTT, Eley, Beverley
95 Eley, Beverley BOOK OF DAVID HELFGOTT
Harpercollins Publisher 1997 0207191050 / 9780207191053 Paperback Near Fine 

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96 Epstein, Jason BOOK BUSINESS: PUBLISHING: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
W. W. Norton & Company 2001 0393049841 / 9780393049848 1st Edition Hardcover F/F 
A wonderful tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscri ptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. As editor-publisher to some of the 20th-century's greatest writers (Edmund Wilson, Vladimir Nabokov, Jane Jacobs) as well as the virtual inventor of the trade paperback (meaning the "quality" type, as opposed to the drugstore mass-market), Jason Epstein is one of those rare publishing-world types who is as invested in the editorial creation of a good book as in its marketing and sales. It is that dual perspective that has guided his half-century-long publishing career and that makes this compact yet expansive professional memoir such a lively, illuminating read for anyone curious how current trade publishing--basically popular general-interest fiction and nonfiction--became obsessed with a narrow pool of quickie bestsellers to the neglect of the far greater mass of slow-burners (known in the biz as "midlist") or of the perennial sellers from years past ("backlist"). But, Epstein follows up with great enthusiasm, the time is not long before the book biz will morph into a new cyberversion of the quirky, intimate "cottage industry" that it was in its precorporate era. 
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A FORTUNATE LIFE, Facey, A.B.
97 Facey, A.B. A FORTUNATE LIFE
Penguin Random House Austral 2005 0143003542 / 9780143003540 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. Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression, and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full--the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man. 
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ISLAND WIFE: LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WILD, Fairbairns, Judy
98 Fairbairns, Judy ISLAND WIFE: LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WILD
Two Roads 2013 1444759604 / 9781444759600 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. A memoir of a woman's life on a remote Scottish island: from young girl to wife to mother of five, hotelier, and domestic miracle worker. Funny and tender, this is a book of endless horizons and a breath of fresh air. Island Wife tells the story of Judy who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island. Along the way she bears five children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio, and the first whale watching business in the UK-all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Judy tells her story in a clear and unique voice, in turns funny, unforgettable, and intensely moving. 
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99 Fest, Joachim HITLER
Harcourt 1974 0151416508 / 9780151416509 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A best-seller in its original German edition and subsequently translated in to more than a dozen languages, Joachim Fest's Hitler has become a classic portrait of a man, a nation, and an era. 
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THE MUSIC ROOM, Fiennes, William
100 Fiennes, William THE MUSIC ROOM
Picador USA 2010 0330444417 / 9780330444415 Paperback As New 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Just after Fiennes (Snow Geese) was born, his family moved into a medieval English estate that included a castle surrounded by a moat. The estate was an inheritance passed down from his father's ancestors since the 14th century. The castle in particular proves to be the book's most evocative metaphor for how every man is and is not an island. The book is part memoir, part journalistic profile and philosophical digression, all revolving around Richard, Fiennes eldest brother, who suffered from extreme epilepsy. In taut and exacting prose that profits grandly from vivid descriptions of the estate grounds and the working-class people who care for it, Fiennes recounts life alone in a home that was mostly only semiprivate. It was often used by TV and film crews as a backdrop. His older twin brother and sister went to boarding school while Richard convalesced in an insane asylum. Fiennes recalls the trials of familial love punctuated by a brother's violent seizures and outbursts (once scalding their mother's face with a hot cast-iron pan). His portrayal of Richard, moreover, is at once affectionate and brazenly honest. Fiennes allows him to come off as sick, magical yet somewhat boring (he talks incessantly about his favorite soccer team). The book feels fluffed up at times with asides on the history of epilepsy, but more often than not these serve the greater purpose of evoking a sense of continuity and reflection. 
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