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Fawcett Books 1999 0804119163 / 9780804119160 Paperback Very Good 
Things are still quirky, sweet, funny, and wise in Tyler country, as once a gain, this beguiling novelist portrays seemingly placid characters on the v erge of abrupt metamorphosis. Barnaby Gaitland, a 29-year-old threadbare no nconformist and the black sheep of an affluent Baltimore family, is locked in a perpetual cycle of resentment with his mother, who has never forgiven him for the embarrassment he caused her when he got caught breaking into th eir neighbor's home. This standoff, as well as his divorce, has contributed to Barnaby's disaffection from the adult world in general and his parents' world in particular. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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Ballantine Books 2001 080411918X / 9780804119184 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Barnaby Gaitlin is one of Anne Tyler's most promising unpromising characters. At 30, he has yet to graduate from college, is already divorced, and is used to defeat. His mother thrives on reminding him of his adolescent delinquency and debt to his family, and even his daughter is fed up with his fecklessness. Still, attuned as he is to "the normal quota for misfortune," Barney is one of the star employees of Baltimore's Rent-a-Back, Inc., which pays him an hourly wage to help old people (and one young agoraphobe) run errands and sort out their basements and attics. Anne Tyler makes you admire most of these mothball eccentrics (though they're far from idealized) and hope that they can stave off nursing homes and death. There is, for example, "the unstoppable little black grandma whose children phoned us on an emergency basis whenever she threatened to overdo." And then there's Barnaby's new girlfriend's aunt, who will eventually accuse him of theft--"Over her forearm she carried a Yorkshire terrier, neatly folded like a waiter's napkin. 'This is my doorbell,' she said, thrusting him toward me. 'I'd never have known you were out here if not for Tatters.'" 
Price: 300.00 JPY
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Ballantine Books 2002 0345446860 / 9780345446862 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: On the first page of Tyler's stunning new novel, Rebecca Davitch, the heroine (and heroine is exactly the right word) realizes that she has become the "wrong person." No longer the "serene and dignified young woman" she was at 20, at 53 Rebecca finds she has become family caretaker and cheerleader, a woman with a "style of dress edging dangerously close to Bag Lady." So she tries to do something about it. In the midst of her busy life as mother, grandmother and proprietor of the family business, the Open Arms (she hosts parties in the family's old Baltimore row house), Rebecca attempts to pick up the life she was leading before she married, back when she felt grownup. She visits her hometown in Virginia, locates the boyfriend she jilted and renews her intellectual interests. But as Rebecca ponders the life-that-might-have-been, the reader learns about the life-that-was. At 20, she left college and abandoned her high school sweetheart to marry a man who already had a large family to support. A year later, she had a baby of her own; five years later, her husband died in an auto accident, and she was left to raise four daughters, tend to her aging uncle-in-law and support them all. And a difficult lot they are, seldom crediting Rebecca for holding her rangy family together. Yet like all of Tyler's characters, they are charming in their dysfunction. And much as one feels for Rebecca, much as one wants her to find love, it's difficult to imagine her leaving or upsetting the family order. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Vintage 1996 0099480115 / 9780099480112 Paperback Very Good+ 
"Tyler is steadily raising a body of fiction of major dimensions." THE NEW YORK TIMES Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below, until her death. And it is then that Jeremy is forced to take in Mary Tell and her child as boarders. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jaremy to look her in the eye. For Jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn--especially when he's falling in love. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Trafalgar Square 2007 0099272687 / 9780099272687 Paperback Very Good 
Barnaby Gaitlin is a loser - just short of thirty, he's the black sheep of a philanthropic Baltimore family. Once upon a time, he had a home, a loving wife, a little family of his own; now he has an ex-wife, a 9-year old daug hter with attitude, a Corvette Sting Ray that's a collector's item but unre liable, and he works as hired muscle for Rent-a-Back, doing heavy chores fo r old folks. He has an almost pathological curiosity about other people's l ives, which has got him into serious trouble in the past, and a hopeless ch arm which attracts the kind of angelic woman who wants to save him from him self. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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6 Tyler, Anne SAINT MAYBE
Vintage 1992 0099164310 / 9780099164319 Paperback Very Good 
In 1967 the Bedlow family lives quietly in Baltimore - an ideal, apple-pie household. The youngest, 17-year-old Ian, seems just an ordinary boy - unti l suddenly he feels compelled to tell his older brother that his wife's bee n unfaithful. The author won the Pulitzer Prize for "Breathing Lessons" 
Price: 350.00 JPY
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7 Tyler, Anne SAINT MAYBE
Knopf 1991 0679403612 / 9780679403616 First Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, protected in a new br odart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Tyler makes things look so easy that she never gets enough credit, yet she portrays everyday Americans with such humor, grace and, ultimately, emotional force that her books are always deeply satisfying. In Saint Maybe her protagonist Ian Bedloe, stricken with guilt over the death of his older brother, raises three children unrelated to him by blood. He is strengthened in this Herculean task by the storefront Church of the Second Chance, to which he devotes himself with equal fervor. Someone once said all great writers are comic writers. Among living Americans, Tyler is exhibit A. 
Price: 1300.00 JPY
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Vintage 1996 009959191X / 9780099591917 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: From the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and The Acciden tal Tourist Ranging from the ragtime era to small-town America in the seventies, Search ing for Caleb is a moving quest for a family's deepest roots - and a haunti ng story of growing up and breaking away, acceptance and rebellion. ‘Family sagas have such an endless appeal that whenever one meets a re ally good one, like Anne Tyler's Searching for Caleb, one wonders why anybo dy bothers to write a different form of novel' Auberon Waugh ‘Anne Tyler is a writer whose special gift is to convey the richness, strangeness and unpredictability of seemingly everyday lives' Sunday Telegraph. 
Price: 450.00 JPY
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Penguin Books Ltd 1993 014011176X / 9780140111767 Paperback Very Good+ 
This is a story of an obsessively organized man, whose ordered world falls apart when his son is senselessly killed and his wife leaves him. He moves in with his sister and brothers and relaxes in the strictly organized house hold where he then meets Muriel who has a frenetic personality. 
Price: 350.00 JPY
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Chatto & Windus 2004 0701177349 / 9780701177348 First Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean first edition/printing protected in a new brodart wrapper: Anne Tyler's The Amateur Marriage is not so much a novel as a really long argument. Michael is a good boy from a Polish neighborhood in Baltimore; Pauline is a harum-scarum, bright-cheeked girl who blows into Michael's family's grocery store at the outset of World War II. She appears with a bloodied brow, supported by a gaggle of girlfriends. Michael patches her up, and neither of them are ever the same. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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Vintage 2004 0099469596 / 9780099469599 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean soft cover, no markings throughout: Because Tyler writes with scrupulous accuracy about muddled, unglamorous suburbanites, it is easy to underestimate her as a sort of Pyrex realist. Yes, Tyler intuitively understands the middle class's Norman Rockwell ideal, but she doesn't share it; rather, she has a masterful ability to make it bleed. Her latest novel delineates, in careful strokes, the 30-year marriage of Michael Anton and Pauline Barclay, and its dissolution. In December 1941 in St. Cassians, a mainly Eastern European conclave in Baltimore, 20-year-old Michael meets Pauline and is immediately smitten. They marry after Michael is discharged from the army, but their temperaments don't mix. For Michael, self-control is the greatest of virtues; for Pauline, expression is what makes us human. She is compulsively friendly, a bad hider of emotions, selfish in her generosity ("my homeless man") and generous in her selfishness. At Pauline's urging, the two move to the suburbs, where they raise three children, George, Karen and Lindy. Lindy runs away in 1960 and never comes back-although in 1968, Pauline and Michael retrieve Pagan, Lindy's three-year-old, from her San Francisco landlady while Lindy detoxes in a rehab community that her parents aren't allowed to enter. Michael and Pauline got married at a time when the common wisdom, expressed by Pauline's mother, was that "marriages were like fruit trees.... Those trees with different kinds of branches grafted onto the trunks. After a time, they meld, they grow together, and... if you tried to separate them you would cause a fatal wound." They live into an era in. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Ballantine Books 1996 0449911799 / 9780449911792 Paperback Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Mrs. Pamela Evans lives a lonely new widowhood outside of Baltimore, with o nly a house full of ticking clocks for company. Then she hires eccentric El izabeth Abbott as a handyman and both discover that parts don't have to be a perfect match to work. About the Author Born in Minneapolis in 1941, Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set. She is the Pulitzer-prize winning novels of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups and The Amateur Marriage. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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Vintage 1987 009946960X / 9780099469605 Paperback Very Good 
A compassionate tale of a fragmented family on the verge of destruction and the free-spirited young woman who drifts into their lifes. 
Price: 450.00 JPY
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