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1 Quindlen, Anna Black and Blue
Dell 1999 0440226104 / 9780440226109 Paperback Near Fine 
Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 1998: "The first time my husband hit me I was nineteen years old," begins Fran Benedetto, the broken heroine of Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue. With one sweeping sentence, the door to an abus ed and tortured world is swung wide open and the psyche of a crushed and ta ttered self-image exposed. "Frannie, Frannie, Fran"--as Bobby Benedetto lik ed to call her before smashing her into kitchen appliances--was a young, en ergetic nursing student when she met her husband-to-be at a local Brooklyn bar. She was instantly captivated by his dark, brooding looks and magnetic personality, but her fascination soon solidified into a marital prison sent ence of incessant abuse and the destruction of her own identity. After an e specially horrific beating and rape, Fran realizes that the next attack cou ld be the last. Fearing her son would be left alone with Bobby, she escapes one morning with her child. Fran's salvation comes in the form of Patty Ba ncroft and Co., a relocation agency for abused women that touts better serv ice than the witness protection program. Armed only with a phone number, a few hundred dollars, and the help of several anonymous volunteers, Fran beg ins a new life. The agency relocates her to Florida, where she becomes Beth Crenshaw, a recently divorced home-care assistant from Delaware. Fran and her son adapt, meeting challenges with unexpected resilience and resolve un til their past returns to haunt them. Quindlen renders the intricacies of s pousal abuse with eerie accuracy, taking the reader deep within the realm o f dysfunctional human ties. However, her vivid descriptions of abuse, emoti 
Price: 350.00 JPY
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2 Quindlen, Anna Blessings: A Novel
Random House Trade Paperback 2003 0812969812 / 9780812969818 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean clean softcover, no markings throughout: Venturing into fictional territory far from the blue-collar neighborhoods of Black and Blue and other works, Quindlen's immensely appealing new novel is a study in social contrasts and of characters whose differences are redeemed by the transformative power of love. The eponymous Blessings is a stately house now gone to seed, inhabited by Mrs. Blessing, an 80-year-old wealthy semirecluse with an acerbic tongue and a reputation for hanging on to every nickel. Widowed during WWII, Lydia Blessing was banished to her socially prominent family's country estate for reasons that are revealed only gradually. Austere, unbending and joyless, Lydia has no idea, when she hires young Skip Cuddy as her handyman, how her life and his are about to change. Skip had promise once, but bad companions and an absence of parental guidance have led to a stint in the county jail. When Skip stumbles upon a newborn baby girl who's been abandoned at Blessings, he suddenly has a purpose in life. With tender devotion, he cares secretly for the baby for four months, in the process forming a bond with Mrs. Blessing, who discovers and admires his clandestine parenting skills. A double betrayal destroys their idyll. As usual, Quindlen's fine-tuned ear for the class distinctions of speech results in convincing dialogue. Evoking a bygone patrician world, she endows Blessings with an almost magical aura. While it skirts sentimentality by a hairbreadth, the narrative is old-fashioned in a positive way, telling a dramatic story through characters who develop and change, and testifying to the triumph of huma 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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3 Quindlen, Anna Object Lessons
Ivy Books 1992 080410946X / 9780804109468 Paperback Very Good 
This first novel is an insightful family chronicle, an informed commentary on the '60s, and the coming-of-age depiction of a mother and daughter. As 1 3-year-old Maggie struggles with her identity within the boisterous Scanlan clan, her mother also finds her own place within the patriarchal family th at has never accepted her. Both women experience rites of passage during th e fateful summer that a housing development is being built behind their hom e, infringing on their emotional and physical spaces. A fast-paced plot inv olves small fires set in the development by Maggie's friends and romantic t ension between her mother and a man from her past. Readers will appreciate Maggie's dilemmas as she grapples with peer pressure and sexual bewildermen t, and as she begins to understand her mother, whose discontent oddly paral lels her own. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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4 Quindlen, Anna Object Lessons
Ballantine Books 1997 0449001016 / 9780449001011 Trade PB Near Fine 
Readers of her "Life in the 30s" column in the New York Times (collected in Living Out Loud ) know Quindlen as an astute observer of family relationsh ips. Her first novel is solid proof that she is equally discerning and skil lful as a writer of fiction. To sensitive Maggie Scanlan, the summer when s he turns 13 is "the time when her whole life changed." Aware that her fathe r, Tommy, had outraged the wealthy Scanlan clan by marrying the daughter of an Italian cemetery caretaker, Maggie is a bridge between her "outcast" mo ther and her grandfather, whose favorite she is. Domineering, irascible, in tolerant John Scanlan looks down on both Pope John XXII and President Kenne dy for deviating from traditional Catholic doctrine. His iron hand crushes his wife and grown children, and when he decides that Maggie's parents and their soon-to-be-five offspring should move from their slightly shabby Iris h Catholic Bronx suburb to a large house in Westchester which he has purcha sed for them, tension between her parents escalates and Maggie's loyalties are tested. But other unexpected events--her grandfather's stroke, her moth er's attraction to a man of her own background, her best friend's defection , her first boyfriend--serve both to unsettle Maggie and to propel her acro ss the threshold to adulthood. Quindlen's social antennae are acute: she co nveys the fierce ethnic pride that distinguishes Irish and Italian communit ies, their rivalry and mutual disdain. Her character portrayal is empatheti c and beautifully dimensional, not only of Maggie but of her mother, who ex periences her own wrenching rite of passage. This absorbing coming-of-age n 
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5 Quindlen, Anna Object Lessons
Random House 1991 0394569652 / 9780394569659 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy protected in a new bro dart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. YA-- This first novel is an insightful family chronicle, an informed commentary on the '60s, and the coming-of-age depiction of a mother and daughter. As 13-year-old Maggie struggles with her identity within the boisterous Scanlan clan, her mother also finds her own place within the patriarchal family that has never accepted her. Both women experience rites of passage during the fateful summer that a housing development is being built behind their home, infringing on their emotional and physical spaces. A fast-paced plot involves small fires set in the development by Maggie's friends and romantic tension between her mother and a man from her past. Readers will appreciate Maggie's dilemmas as she grapples with peer pressure and sexual bewilderment, and as she begins to understand her mother, whose discontent oddly parallels her own. 
Price: 900.00 JPY
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6 Quindlen, Anna One True Thing
Dell 1995 044022103X / 9780440221036 Paperback Very Good 
One True Thing is a film starring Meryl Streep as the cancer-stricken homem aker mother, Renee Zellweger as the daughter who quits her top-dog job to c are for her, and William Hurt as the chilly professor who lets the women in the family do the heavy emotional lifting dying requires. But the real sta r of the project remains former New York Times everyday-life columnist Anna Quindlen, who quit her top-dog job to write novels (and who took time off from college to nurse her own dying mother). Quindlen hit a nerve with One True Thing, which captures an experience seld om dealt with in popular culture. (One exception: the sensitive 1996 film w ith Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio of the play Marvin's Room.) Though the her oine of One True Thing, Ellen Gulden, is a golden girl with two brothers wh o'll lose her career the instant she steps off the fast track, society conc urs with her dad, who says, "It seems to me another woman is what's wanted here." The book is a mother-daughter tale that should please fans of, say, The Joy Luck Club. It's not flashy, but it has a deep feel for the way children often discover, just before it's too late, who their parents really are. "Our parents are never people to us," Ellen writes, "they're always character traits.... There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat." The mercy-killing subplot isn't gripping, but the palpable sense of deepening family intimacy certainly is. --Tim Appelo 
Price: 250.00 JPY
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7 Quindlen, Anna One True Thing
Random House 1994 067940712X / 9780679407126 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible, tight clean first edition, protected in a new brodart wrapper,unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Quindlen (Object Lessons) again examines delicate family dynamics with this resonating tale of a matriarch's illness and the tempest of emotion that swirls around her deterioration and death. 
Price: 2000.00 JPY
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8 Quindlen, Anna One True Thing
Delta 1997 0385319207 / 9780385319201 Paperback Good 
A mother. A daughter. A shattering choice. From Anna Quindlen, bestselling author of Black and Blue, comes a novel of life, love and everyday acts of mercy. "A triumph." --San Francisco Chronicle 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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9 Quindlen, Anna Rise and Shine: A Novel
Random House Trade Paperback 2007 0812977815 / 9780812977813 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Years as a New York Times op-ed columnist have honed Anna Quindlen's writing style, and critics have nothing but praise for the sharp-eyed narration and eloquent dialogue in this novel, her fifth. Opinions differ, however, on other aspects. Some critics say Meghan's arc in the novel is too dramatic, the contrasts between the gritty Bronx and sparkly Manhattan are overly sharp, and class distinctions are sometimes glossed over. Others, however, find charm in this very modern retelling of the ancient riches-to-rags, humble-sister-saves-the-day story. Even those who struggle with the plot and characterization agree the novel is worth reading simply for the prose. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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10 Quindlen, Anna Thinking Out Loud : On the Personal, the Political, the Public, and the Pri vate
Random House 1993 0679407111 / 9780679407119 1st Edition Hardcover VG+/VG+ 
Concerned as she is with all manner of conflicts between public and private issues represented in this collection of essays from her syndicated New Yo rk Times op-ed column, Quindlen ( Living Out Loud ) admits to viewing even non-feminist topics through "the special lens of her gender." Sensitive to social and political trends and the "shifting sands of geopolitics" that pr opel events, she points out their cost in human terms, especially as they a ffect the excluded and abused. Violence, notes the author--sexual, racial o r political, performed by individuals or in groups as members of sports tea ms, gangs, police or the military--is routinely glorified, whether in child ren's cartoons or adult soap operas. Equally effective are Quindlen's alway s superbly controled commentaries on lying, bigotry and moral hypocrisy amo ng political, judiciary and religious leaders, and the cynical use of ideal s to justify military incursions. Author tour. 
Price: 680.00 JPY
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