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Girls' Night in 2 : Gentlemen by Invitation, Adams, Jessica
1 Adams, Jessica Girls' Night in 2 : Gentlemen by Invitation
No Imprint 2001 0143000047 / 9780143000044 Paperback Very Good 

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2 Adisa, Opal Palmer Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS 1989 0006543731 / 9780006543732 Paperback Very Good+ 
Set in rural Jamaica, these stories celebrate the lives of four, semi-educa ted Jamaican women struggling for survival and self-expression against a hi story of social and sexual oppression. Seemingly hard and rough from the ou tside, from within their lives offer sweetness and feeling. 
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3 Alssid, Michael William The world of ideas: essays for study. Edited by Michael W. Alssid [and] Wil liam Kenney
Holt 1964 Hardcover Very Good 

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Postmodernisms Now: Essays on Contemporaneity in the Arts (Literature and P hilosophy), Altieri, Charles
4 Altieri, Charles Postmodernisms Now: Essays on Contemporaneity in the Arts (Literature and P hilosophy)
Pennsylvania State Univ Pr ( 1998 0271018046 / 9780271018041 Paperback Near Fine 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: Postmodernism today is driven by a set of theoretical stances that grow increasingly problematic. But as the theoretical contradictions emerge, it becomes possible to contrast this theoretical discourse to the ambitions that initially led writers and artists to pursue their version of postmodern perspectives. So this book explores what remains viable and valuable in some representative versions of what these writers and artists created. Altieri begins with an essay defining five basic contradictions in postmodern theory and outlining specific artistic strategies for dwelling with and within those contradictions. Part Two then sets the historical stage with two essays one focusing on the efforts to overthrow late modernism by Jasper Johns and John Ashbery, the other tracing the emergence of a logic of contingency in the poetics of Robert Creeley, Frank O'Hara, and Sylvia Plath. With Part Three the focus shifts to essays proposing different value frameworks for postmodern poets, frameworks that range from moral philosophy to the resources of the tradition of love poetry. Part Four turns to visual artists first engaging the efforts to politicize the postmodern in the 1980s, then showing how Frank Stella's work can be put in dialogue with that of Jacques Derrida. Finally, the book swallows its own tail by proposing an argument that the only version of the sublime that today does not collapse into self-congratulation is the sublime of self-disgust.Postmodernism Now holds out the possibility that the arts have been America s richest negotiations of postmodernity, an 
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5 Alvarez, Julia Something to Declare
Plume 1999 0452280672 / 9780452280670 Paperback Good 
"Reading Julia Alvarez's new collection of essays is like curling up with a glass of wine in one hand and the phone in the other, listening to a big-h earted, wisecracking friend share hard-earned wisdom about family, identity , and the art of writing." -People The rich and revealing essays in Something to Declare offer Julia Alvarez's dual meditations on coming to America and becoming a writer. In the first section, "Customs," Alvarez relates how she and her family fled the Dominican Republic and its oppressive dictator, Rafael Trujillo, settling in New York City in the 1960s. Here Julia begins a love affair with the English language under the tutelage of the aptly named Sister Maria Generosa. Part Two-"Declarations"-celebrates Alvarez's enduring passion for the writing life. From the valentine to mythic storyteller Scheherazade that is "First Muse," to a description of Alvarez's itinerant life as a struggling poet, teacher, and writer in "Have Typewriter, Will Travel," to the sage and witty advice of "Ten of My Writing Commandments," Alvarez generously shares her influences and inspirations with aspiring writers everywhere. 
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Winesburg, Ohio, Anderson, Sherwood
6 Anderson, Sherwood Winesburg, Ohio
Penguin Books 1967 0670018015 / 9780670018017 Paperback Good 
A collection of short stories dealing with a small town in Ohio. --This tex t refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 
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The Promise of Politics, Arendt, Hannah
7 Arendt, Hannah The Promise of Politics
Schocken 2005 0805242139 / 9780805242133 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. After the publication of The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1951, Hannah Are ndt undertook an investigation of Marxism, a subject that she had deliberat ely left out of her earlier work. Her inquiry into Marx's philosophy led he r to a critical examination of the entire tradition of Western political th ought, from its origins in Plato and Aristotle to its culmination and concl usion in Marx. The Promise of Politics tells how Arendt came to understand the failure of that tradition to account for human action. From the time that Socrates was condemned to death by his fellow citizens, Arendt finds that philosophers have followed Plato in constructing political theories at the expense of political experiences, including the pre-philosophic Greek experience of beginning, the Roman experience of founding, and the Christian experience of forgiving. It is a fascinating, subtle, and original story, which bridges Arendt's work from The Origins of Totalitarianism to The Human Condition, published in 1958. These writings, which deal with the conflict between philosophy and politics, have never before been gathered and published. 
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Computer Crimes Amd Capers, Asimov, Isaac
8 Asimov, Isaac Computer Crimes Amd Capers
Penguin Books 0140073108 / 9780140073102 Paperback Good 

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9 Asimov, Isaac The Great Science Fiction stories 04
DAW 1980 0879975709 / 9780879975708 Paperback Good 
Thirteen stories originally published in 1942. Brown, F. The star mouse.--D el Rey, L. The wings of night.--Van Vogt, A.E. Cooperate-or else!--Asimov, I. Foundation.--Bester, A. The push of a finger.--Van Vogt, A.E. Asylum.--C lement, H. Proof.--Del Rey, L. Nerves.--Boucher, A. Barrier.--Padgett, L. T he twonky.--Smith, G.O. QRM-interplanetary.--Van Vogt, A.E. The weapons sho p.--Wolheim, D.A. Mimic. Spine title: The great SF stories, 4. 
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10 Atwan, Robert The Best American Essays, 1992
Houghton Mifflin Company 1992 0395599369 / 9780395599365 Paperback Very Good 
Edited by Sontag ( The Volcano Lover ), this collection amply demonstrates the diversity of subject matter that stimulates contemporary essayists. Ada m Gopnik traces John James Audubon's self-transformation from French emigre dilettante to American woodsman; John Updike probes the persistence of the Mickey Mouse icon; E. L. Doctorow tries to fathom the mysteries of songs, which "have the capacity to represent in their lyrics and lines of melody w ars and other disasters, moral process, the fruits of experience, and, like prayers, the consolations beyond loss"; Stanley Elkin contends that Hamlet and the Mona Lisa are overrated masterpieces; and John Guillory discusses the difference between the literary canon and the classroom syllabus. This collection is uneven. Low points include Patricia Storace's critique of a l ackluster biography of the mediocre, probably racist Gone with the Wind aut hor Margaret Mitchell and Jamaica Kincaid's shriek against everything Engli sh. Highlights include Joan Didion's dissection of the Central Park jogger rape case's hold on the New York psyche, and David Rieff's critique of the recovery movement . 
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The Best American Essays 1999, Atwan, Robert (Editor)
11 Atwan, Robert (Editor) The Best American Essays 1999
Mariner Books 1999 0395860555 / 9780395860557 Paperback Very Good 
This year's wonderfully diverse collection, which features such respected w riters as Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Ian Frazier, Mary Gordon, and Arthur Miller. These essays range widely across the American landscape -- from a C alifornia monastery to a Manhattan apartment -- and along the way introduce us to a fine array of talented new voices. Called by John Updike "the best essayist of my generation," Hoagland has assembled a powerful volume that vividly showcases the art and craft of the contemporary essay. IN SEARCH OF PROUST by Andre Aciman, TORCH SONG by Charles Bowden, COMPRESSION WOOD by Franklin Burroughs, VISITOR by Michael W. Cox, LAST WORDS by Joan Didion, F OR THE TIME BEING by Annie Dillard, THE METEORITES by Brian Doyle, A LOVELY SORT OF LOWER PURPOSE by Ian Frazier, VICTORIA by Dagoberto Gilb, STILL LI FE by Mary Gordon, A WEEK IN THE WORD by Patricia Hampl, THE COUNTRY BELOW by Barbara Hurd, THE LION AND ME by John Lahr, MAKING IT UP by Hilary Maste rs, ON THE FEDALA ROAD by John McNeel, AMERICAN HEARTWORM by Ben Metcalf, B EFORE AIR CONDITIONING by Arthur Miller, AFTER AMNESIA by Joyce Carol Oates , THE IMPIOUS IMPATIENCE OF JOB by Cynthia Ozick, PLANET OF WEEDS by David Quammen, ON SILENCE by Daisy Eunyoung Rhau, BEAUTY by Scott Russell Sanders , HITLER'S COUCH by Mark Slouka, WHAT'S INSIDE YOU, BROTHER? by Toure, FOLD ING THE TIMES by W. S. Trow. 
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Ambition, Author, No
12 Author, No Ambition
Granta 1997 0903141078 / 9780903141079 Paperback Very Good 
More than 140,000 readers around the world savor the fiction, reportage, po lemics, autobiography, history, and travel writing presented in GRANTA. Con tributors such as Jeff Eugenides, James Fenton, and Mona Simpson deliver wr iting that is controversial and thought-provoking, powerful and urgent, mak ing GRANTA the "best literary magazine in the world" (THE OTTAWA CITIZEN). 
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Eclipse- A Literary Journal Volume Eleven Number One Fall 2000, Author, No
13 Author, No Eclipse- A Literary Journal Volume Eleven Number One Fall 2000
Glendale Community College 2000 0970193807 / 9780970193803 Paperback Very Good+ 

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14 BAKER, NICHOLSON Size of Thoughts:, The: Essays and Other Lumber
Random House 1996 0679439323 / 9780679439325 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition (as stated)price clipped, protected in a new brodart wrapper. Novelist and essayist Nicholson Baker has had a small but well-deserved cult following since his first book, The Mezzanine, and the publication of the literary sex-bomb Vox saw his popularity mushroom. Baker's great gift is a precision of observational detail that has a peculiarly incisive effect on a reader's consciousness. Here is over a decade's worth of his essays and articles, including the much-praised card catalogue article first published in the New Yorker. The Size of Thoughts, through its varied forays into the realms of the overlooked, the underfunded, and the wrongfully scrapped, is a funny and thought-provoking book by one of the most distinctive stylists and thinkers of our time. 
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Off the Beaten Path: Stories of Place, Barbato, Joseph (Editor)
15 Barbato, Joseph (Editor) Off the Beaten Path: Stories of Place
North Point Pr 1998 086547530X / 9780865475304 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A crisp hardcover,first edition (as stated): Thirteen literary powerhouses, including Annie Proulx, Howard Norman, Rita Mae Brown and Lee Smith, visited Nature Conservancy sites and contributed top-of-form short stories to this excellent collection. As Barbara Kingsolver explains in her foreword, the writers "took pilgrimages to places where they could think straight, remember, and properly invent." While paeans to wild places, most of these tales are imaginative flights transcending setting. Norman's "The Chauffeur" is a haunting account of the relationship between a bookish driver, Tuttle Albers, and the older Japanese woman he transports each week from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore, where she never does see the white pelican she's looking for. After she dies, Tuttle's experience with an injured pelican affects his romantic relationship with a zoologist. Also a standout is Richard Bausch's "Glass Meadow," in which two young boys are adrift with their irresponsible parents. When they hole up in an empty cabin and the father orders them to go out and kill something to eat, 12-year-old narrator Patrick comes up against his own savage nature in a comical, bittersweet encounter with a phlegmatic cow. Humor also enriches Brown's "Early Lessons," in which the young narrator learns from her feuding mother and aunt about the food chain. While some storiesA"A Blackfoot River Fable" by David James Duncan and "Fiber" by Rick BassAare didactic, and othersASmith's "Botanizing upon the Mountain"Aare enigmatic, overall this is a cohesive whole, evoking the spirit of our nation's wild landscape and its power to nurture a 
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16 Barnes, Julian The Lemon Table
Jonathan Cape Ltd 2004 022407198X / 9780224071987 Hardcover Good/Good 
If Julian Barnes' new collection of stories has a theme it is 'rage in age' . Among the Chinese the lemon is the symbol of death. At the 'lemon table' (a coinage of Sibelius, protagonist of the final story) it is permissible - indeed obligatory - to talk about death, and each of Barnes' characters is facing death, but each in a very different way. The settings range from ei ghteenth-century Sweden and nineteenth-century Russia to the 'Barnet Shop', a hairdessing salon where an old man measures out his life in haircuts, or a South Bank concert hall where a music lover carries out an obsessive cam paign against those who cough in concerts. In 'Knowing French' an eighty-fo ur-year old woman, a former teacher 'incarcerated' in an old people's home, begins a correspondence with an author - 'Dear Dr Barnes' - that enriches both their lives. In 'Appetite' a woman reads elaborate recipes to her sick husband as a substitute for sex. In 'Hygiene' an old soldier makes his reg ular trip to town to do errands for his wife - stilton from Paxton's, rubbe r rings for Kilner jars, Elizabeth Arden powder - and to spend the afternoo n with a tart called Babs. These stories are wise, funny, clever and moving . 
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Where Three Roads Meet, Barth, John
17 Barth, John Where Three Roads Meet
Mariner Books 2006 0618773428 / 9780618773428 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. From the acclaimed John Barth, "one of the greatest novelists of our time" (Washington Post Book World) and "a master of language" (Chicago Sun-Times) , comes a lively triad of tales that delight in the many possibilities of l anguage and its users. The first novella, "Tell Me," explores a callow undergraduate's initiation into the mysteries of sex, death, and the Heroic Cycle. The second novella, "I've Been Told," traces no less than the history of storytelling and exam ines innocence and modernity, ignorance and self-consciousness. And the thr ee elderly sisters of the third novella, "As I Was Saying . . . ," record a n oral history of their youthful muse-like services to (and servicings of) a subsequently notorious and now mysteriously vanished novelist. Sexy, humorous, and brimming with Barth's deep intelligence and playful irreverence, Where Three Roads Meet will surely delight loyal fans and draw new ones. 
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The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction: Sixth Edition, Bausch, Richard
18 Bausch, Richard The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction: Sixth Edition
W. W. Norton 2000 0393975088 / 9780393975086 Paperback Near Fine 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT a former lib-book: A bestseller from first publication, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction has been adopted in over 750 schools in its Fifth Edition. From the start, it has offered students the writer's voice, pure and unencumbered by excessive editorial commentary. This new Sixth Edition continues to abide by R.V. Cassill's initial plan: "to put together a very large group of stories that would, in detail and overall design, express both the living tradition of short fiction and the culture of which it is a part." 
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Secrets & Surprises, BEATTIE, ANN
19 BEATTIE, ANN Secrets & Surprises
Vintage 1991 0679731938 / 9780679731931 Paperback Very Good 
Review "Powerful and plausible...Beattie is a remarkable talent."--Chicago Sun-Tim es "Ann Beattie's stories are the most perceptive since Salinger's. They are n ot just good writing, not just true to life; they have wonder in them and v ision." -- Mary Lee Settle "Superb."--Boston Globe "Talented and sensitive...works of vivid honesty and insight."-- Washington Post Also by Ann Beattie, available in Vintage Contemporaries: Chilly Scenes of Winter, Distortions, Falling in Place, Love Always, Picturing Will Review "Powerful and plausible...Beattie is a remarkable talent."--Chicago Sun-Tim es "Ann Beattie's stories are the most perceptive since Salinger's. They are n ot just good writing, not just true to life; they have wonder in them and v ision." -- Mary Lee Settle "Superb."--Boston Globe "Talented and sensitive...works of vivid honesty and insight."-- Washington Post Also by Ann Beattie, available in Vintage Contemporaries: Chilly Scenes of Winter, Distortions, Falling in Place, Love Always, Picturing Will 
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The Best American Short Stories, 1987, BEATTIE, ANN
20 BEATTIE, ANN The Best American Short Stories, 1987
Houghton Mifflin 1987 0395413427 / 9780395413425 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: These 20 transcending stories sparkle like so many odd, polished jewels, but the collection demonstrates, perhaps, less inspiration in its overall selection: a good portion of the pieces have been previously anthologized, bear distinguished signatures and originally appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Esquire magazines. Two contemporary works speak of the '80s: in Susan Sontag's "The Way We Live Now," friends watch a loved one die of AIDS (the disease isn't named but the inference is obvious); pictures of missing children on milk cartons disturb the young father who narrates Ron Carlson's "Milk." As short-story writer and guest editor Beattie aptly comments, the stories "present strong revelations about ordinary, private matters." Relationships are scrutinized in several tales including Tobias Wolff's "The Other Miller," in which a youth joins the army to "punish" his mother for remarrying. Charles Baxter unites siblings who have never met in "How I Found My Brother"; they find nothing in common but their love for each other. In Craig Nova's modern fairy tale "The Prince," there is no happy ending for the grieving, alienated man who loses his family and his considerable fortune. Immersed in a swimming pool, a handyman experiences an epiphany about the meaning of freind ship in Ralph Lombreglia's "Men Un der Water," which blends the metaphysical with realism. 
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