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THE ROAD FROM COORAIN - AN AUSTRALIAN MEMOIR, Conway, Jill Ker
81 Conway, Jill Ker THE ROAD FROM COORAIN - AN AUSTRALIAN MEMOIR
William Heinemann Limited 1992 0749303603 / 9780749303600 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: In this memoir the author describes her isolated childhood in the Australian outback. She became her father's farmhand, and when he died prematurely, she moved to Sydney, aged 11 years, and had to learn to adapt to a new and alien set of rules. Later she started drinking under the stress of looking after a depressive mother, then became involved in intellectual university life and began a reassessment of the political, cultural and spiritual ideas she had been brought up with. Eventually she became a successful career woman. 
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82 Coogan, Tim Pat MICHAEL COLLINS
Hutchinson 1990 0091741068 / 9780091741068 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A highly collectible first edition (sixth impression)protected in a new bro dart wrapper, not an ex-lib or book club edition, no markings throughout. "A timely and courageous book." -- John McGahern, Sunday Times "There have been several other lives of Collins, but none has assembled suc h wealth of detail." -- Independent on Sunday "The events described in this book can usefully be learned from by those wh o govern Ireland now." -- Financial Times "A lively and colourful adventure story with a fascinating, yet recognisably human, hero." -- Dublin Sunday Press 
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83 Couillard, Mike MIRACLE ON THE MOUNTAIN: A TRUE TALE OF FAITH AND SURVIVAL
Avon Books 1998 0380973928 / 9780380973927 Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. When U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Mike Couillard and his 10-year-old son, Matthew, skied into a blizzard atop Kartalkaya Mountain in Turkey (where Couillard was stationed), they plunged themselves and their family into an extreme test of their faith in God, and were forced to the limits of human endurance. This account of the crisis shuttles from Couillard's intense narrative of being stranded, to his wife's prayer-filled vigil at their home in Ankara, to details of the extensive search efforts organized by both the Turkish and American governments. 
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84 Cramer, Richard Ben BEING POPPY: A PORTRAIT OF GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH
Simon & Schuster 2013 1476745412 / 9781476745411 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A read copy, but spine unblemished, no markings throughout: The most intimate portrait of GEORGE H. W. BUSH ever published George Herbe rt Walker Bush, the forty-first president of the United States and the patr iarch of America's most powerful political dynasty, never wrote a memoir. B ut bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Richard Ben Crame r took the full measure of President Bush in his thousand-page epic, What I t Takes-one of the most influential and respected works of journalism and b iography of the modern era. Drawn from those pages and edited by Cramer shortly before he died, this bo ok traces how seminal moments in President Bush's life formed his character and foretold his legacy. The result is a loving portrait that remains as f resh, relevant, and insightful as the day it was first published. *** Tell the truth, Bush wasn't much for programs, one way or the other. It was n't that he wanted to do anything . . . except a good job. He wanted to be a Senator. . . . Just about the time he was thinking it over, about to anno unce his big move, there were stories in the paper-front page, it was awful !-about this little girl in the Houston public housing, sleeping on the flo or, who'd got bitten by a rat! God, what a shame! . . . Bush didn't think a bout a program for housing, or maybe calling that Councilman he helped to e lect-propose a rat eradication plan! No, he called home, that afternoon: "Bar . . . You think we could give that family our baby bed?" And they did. That very evening, George came home, packed up that bed, and took it right over. -from Being Poppy 
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JAN CREMER WRITES AGAIN, Cremer, Jan
85 Cremer, Jan JAN CREMER WRITES AGAIN
Shorecrest 1965 1st Edition Good/Good 

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86 Crocker, Antoinette Cheney FRANK WOODBRIDGE CHENEY TWO YEARS IN CHINA AND JAPAN 1859-1861
Privately Printed 1970 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/No DJ as Issued 
A highly collectible tight clean copy, no inscriptions or markings ,number 283 of a privately printed limited (and 1st) edition. By his Granddaughter, Antoinette Cheney Crocker. 214, [4] p., illus.; 26 cm.; Frank Woodbridge C heney (1832-1909) was twenty-eight years old in 1859 when Cheney Bros. sent him to buy raw silk in the Orient. His father, Charles, and [seven] uncles ... had started the silk business in Manchester, Connecticut in 1834...' Ch eney arrived in Japan only five years after Commodore Mathew Perry had ente red the country. During Cheney's stay in China, the Taiping Rebellion raged around him. This collection of long, lucid letters with narrative connecti ve links describes Cheney's travels through the silk-manufacturing countrie s of Europe and onward through East Asia. 
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THE STORY OF MY LIFE, Darrow, Clarence
87 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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88 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. 
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PRISONERS OF HOPE : THE STORY OF OUR CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN [ IMPORT], DAYNA and HEATHER MERCER, STACY MATTINGLY CURRY
89 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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20TH CENTURY PRIME OF LIFE, De, Beauvoir Simone
90 De, Beauvoir Simone 20TH CENTURY PRIME OF LIFE
Penguin Classic 1990 0140183345 / 9780140183344 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 formative years 1929 through 1944 in the remarkable life of the celebrated feminist and writer, one of the few great women of her time (Newsweek). Beauvoir covers her legendary relationship with Sartre, the rise of fasci sm in Europe and the occupation of France, and her friendships with Camus, Giacometti, Picasso, and Lacan. 
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AN AMERICAN STORY, Dickerson, Debra
91 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
92 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
93 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.
94 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
95 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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96 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
97 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
98 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
99 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
100 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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