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Gandhi:  A Memoir, Shirer, William L.
61 Shirer, William L. Gandhi: A Memoir
New York Washington Square Press 1982 0671461478 / 9780671461478 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


265 pp., index. Spine slightly creased, minor edgewear and bumping, PO name inside. Text is clean and unmarked.

"William L. Shirer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, became a personal friend of the extraordinary Mahatma Gandhi when he covered the momentous independence movement in India for the Chicago Tribune. Their friendship revealed Gandhi in his many facets - the saintly apostle of non-violence, the shrewd politician, the impish wit, the zealous revolutionary whose triumph was ended by an assassin's bullet. Gandhi; A Memoir sheds a special ;light on the man whose life left an everlasting mark on the whole world."; 6" - 7" Tall
005625 
Price: 5.50 USD

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The English Eccentrics, Sitwell, Edith
62 Sitwell, Edith The English Eccentrics
Stockholm The Continental Book Company 1947 Soft Cover Good 


332 pp, appendix, index. Zephyr Books #104. Paper wraps somewhat sunned, corners slightly bumped. Text is clean and unmarked.

In the words of Tony Rogers, Edith Sitwell provides us "a series of maverick vignettes from much earlier times."; 6" - 7" Tall
005821 
Price: 12.50 USD

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Life in a Putty Knife Factory, Smith, H. Allen
63 Smith, H. Allen Life in a Putty Knife Factory
Garden City, NY Doubleday, Doran, & Company, Inc. 1943 Cloth Very Good with no dust jacket 


Corners bumped, slight some edgewear, bookplate inside.. Red cloth boards, spine has humorous picture of a seated man looking through what appears to be a telescope. Text is claean and unmarked. A solid copy.

From the author's comments: "Here are further adventures in madness by the 'screwball's Boswell,' the biographer of human oddities, the chronicler of the fabulous commonplace, who recounted his struggle with the human race in the now legendary. . . Low Man on a Totem Pole. This book begins approximately where that one left off, somewhere on the nether side of insanity, and takes you further along Mr. Smith's mad and unpredictable route through a universe inhabited by your strange neighbors. Everything remotely human is the object of Mr. Smith's scrutiny, as, with notebook, microscope, and telescope, too, he makes his way among the famous and the obscure, the great and the small, people named Smith, stars of radio, stage and screen, your favorite authors, a character named Mose, and anyone else who has got in his way. Many of the countless people whom Mr. Smith has encountered in the course of his career as a journalist columnist, author, and radio master of ceremonies not only appear in this book - they positively race through it. Here is life as seen by one of the wittiest essayists of our time."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
004356 
Price: 9.95 USD

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Admiral Ambassador to Russia, Standley, William H.; Ageton, Arthur A.
64 Standley, William H.; Ageton, Arthur A. Admiral Ambassador to Russia
Chicago Henry Regnery Company 1955 First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Fair dust jacket 


533 pp, index. Corners bumped, some edge wear, spine sunned, no markings to text. Jacket is a little tattered, with some creaing and rubbing, spine sunned, 3" tear at base of front hinge leaving a flap at base of spine, 3" tear along crease of front flap at the bottom. Overall a solid copy which the jacket has largely protected.

"In February 1942, Admiral William H. Standley was appointed United States Ambassador to Russia. This assignment, made during a highly critical period in our wartime alliance, gave Admiral Standley an unparalleled opportunity to see the inner workings of the Soviet state. This is his report of eighteen months as the U.S. government's highest diplomatic officer behind the Iron Curtain."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
003134 
Price: 19.75 USD

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The Puzzle People: Memoirs of a Transplant Surgeon, Starzl, Thomas E.
65 Starzl, Thomas E. The Puzzle People: Memoirs of a Transplant Surgeon
Pittsburg University of Pittsburg Press 1992 082293714x / 9780822937142 First Edition Cloth Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 


364 pp., notes, 8 figures, glossy black and white photographs tipped in, index. Very minor edgewear along bottom edge.

"Given the tensions and demands of medicine, highly successful physicians and surgeons rarely achieve equal success as prose writers. It is truly extraordinary that a major, international pioneer in the controversial field of transplant surgery should have written a spellbinding, and heart-wrenching, autobiography. Every patient who receives someone else's organ - and Starzl remembers each one - is a puzzle. The surgeons and physicians who pioneered transplantation were also changed: they too became puzzle people.; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
005979 
Price: 10.00 USD

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Dreiser, Swanbert, W. A.
66 Swanbert, W. A. Dreiser
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1965 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket 


Spine a little slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear. Jacket shows some edge wear and chipping, rubbing, and a couple small tears, crease along the edge of front flap. A nice copy.

"This is the first comprehensive biography of a man of genius, a major figure in American literature, who was also an outrageous, magnetic and foolish human being. Born in 1871, Theodore Dreiser 'was reared in superstition, fanaticism, ignorance, poverty and humiliation.' The dreadful early years, lightened by the ebullience and success of brother Paul (composer of "On the Banks of the Wabash"), produced a shy, bumbling, dreamy boy with a muddled determination that took him to Chicago and his first contact with ideas; to newspaper work in St. Louis; and then to New York. There he became an extremely successful commercial magazine editor for the Butterick publictions.
Dreiser's lifelong warfare with publishers began with the painful history of 'Sister Carrie'. And something much more important began then . . . it was his battle with prudery and censorship. In his bullheaded, ungainly way Dreiser was the pioneer who made the crucial break with the genteel tradition. . . "; 7" - 9" Tall
005072 
Price: 12.50 USD

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A Study in Boss Politics: William Lorimer of Chicago, Tarr, Joel A.
67 Tarr, Joel A. A Study in Boss Politics: William Lorimer of Chicago
Urbana, IL University of Illinois Press 1971 0252001397 / 9780252001390 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 


xi + 376 pp, Black cloth with gold lettering, index, bibliography, a number of tables and charts, 16 pp. of b/w photos. Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear, a little foxing to top and leading edges, top corner of front end paper (1/3") torn off. Jacket shows a little edge wear, some rubbing and soiling. A nice copy.

"Government was meant to be exploited, to advance the individual and aid the machine. The machine offered its followers material success without insisting upon middle-class morality. It accepted the immigrant as he was, asking only that in return for aid he surrender his vote. William Lorimer (1861 - 1934) carefully built such a machine from the precinct level upward, extended his alliances throughout Chicago, and established himself as a force with which three Republican presidents had to reckon. For nearly two decades in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries he was one of the most powerful and controversial figures in Illinois politics."; 7" - 9" Tall
005318 
Price: 19.75 USD

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Memories of Manteo and Roanoke island, N.C. As Told By Cora Mae Basnight, Tate, Suzanne; Basnight, Cora Mae
68 Tate, Suzanne; Basnight, Cora Mae Memories of Manteo and Roanoke island, N.C. As Told By Cora Mae Basnight
Nags Head, NC Nags Head Art 1988 0961634421 / 9780961634421 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 
Illustrated by Melvin, James
Signed by Author
Pictorial wraps, 52 pp including 16 pp of b/w photos. Reading crease, corners bumped, a little edge wear. Review copy, inscribed to the reviewer and signed by both authors on title page. Handwritten thank you note from Suzanne Tate laid in, plus clippings of the newspaper review and Cora Mae Basnight's obituary.

A unique copy of this oral history of Manteo, North Carolina and Roanoke Island in the first half of the 20th century.; 7" - 9" Tall; Signed by Author
007621 
Price: 85.00 USD

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Louis R. Wilson:  A Biographical Sketch Presented to the Friends of Louis Round Wilson at a Centennial Celebration in His Honor, Tauber, Maurice F.
69 Tauber, Maurice F. Louis R. Wilson: A Biographical Sketch Presented to the Friends of Louis Round Wilson at a Centennial Celebration in His Honor
Chapel Hill, NC 1956 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good with no dust jacket 


18 pp. Grey paper wraps.
This note from George London, Chairman of the Friends of the Library, dated December 2, 1976, is tipped on the first page: "The first part of this biographical sketch, by Maurice F. Tauber, was a preview of Professor Tauber's full-scale biography, Louis Round Wilson: Librarian and Administrator, published in 1967 by Columbia University Press. Tauber's sketch covered L.R. Wilson's life and career up to the mid-1950's and was presented on the occasion of Dr. Wilson's retirement as Chairman of the Friends of the University of North Carolina Library. Like Louis Round Wilson's many other retirements, however, this one did not last, and over the next twenty years he continued to be active as teacher, writer, consultant, and trusted advisor to University officials. These later years in his long and fruitful career are described in the second part of the sketch. 'The years since 1955,' by Frances Weaver, a long-time family friend." The second part is laid in to a pocket on the inside of the back cover.; 7" - 9" Tall
006103 
Price: 7.50 USD
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70 Thomas, Lately Sam Ward, King of the Lobby
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1965 Second Printing Cloth Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 


533 pp., 20 pages of glossy black and white photographs tipped in, bibliography, index. Beige cloth boards with red lettering, spine a little suned, corners bumped. DJ price-clipped, spine sunned, some wear at corners, 1" tear. Text is light, clean and unmarked.

"The man was Sam Ward. It is almost incredible that of such a character there has never before been written a thorough and complete biography, yet such is the fact. Here is a warm, understanding, scholarly life of one of America's most versatile and fascinating sons. Mr. Thomas has had access to papers hitherto unavailable, and has read enormously in documents of the time. In Sam Ward, King of the Lobby he has produced an important and delightful biography."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
005886 
Price: 7.95 USD

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One L, Turow, Scott
71 Turow, Scott One L
New York Warner Books Inc 1996 0446351709 / 9780446351706 Fifteenth Printing Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine somewhat creased, slanted, a little edge wear. Cover and a number of pages have top corner crease. Some browning but text is clean and unmarked. A solid reading copy.

"Becoming a first-year law student - a One-L - at the oldest, most esteemed law school in the United States threw Scott Turow into a physical, emotional and intellectual combat zone. An ultimate test by fire of his own honesty and principles, it was a time of hazings, betrayals, challenges, and triumphs. Here in the book that became a national bestseller, a law school primer, and a classic autobiographical account of the author of Presumed Innocent reveals the shocking, fascinating reality of a first year at Harvard Law School - and what life is like for a typical One-L."; 6" - 7" Tall
005276 
Price: 4.00 USD

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Yankee Lawyer:  The Autobiography of Ephraim Tutt, Tutt, Ephraim
72 Tutt, Ephraim Yankee Lawyer: The Autobiography of Ephraim Tutt
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1943 Reprint Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 


Eight black and white glossy plates. Spine somewhat slanted, corners bumped/chipped. Text is clean and unmarked.; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
004791 
Price: 6.75 USD
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Richard Upjohn: Architect and Churchman, Upjohn, Everard M.
73 Upjohn, Everard M. Richard Upjohn: Architect and Churchman
New York Columbia University Press 1939 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 


Green cloth boards, xvii + 243 pp, index, bibliography, appendix listing works of Richard Upjohn, 109 b/w illustrations and photographs of his work and designs. Spine slightly slanted and sunned, corners bumped, slight edge wear, postcard sized area on right hand side of front board is a lighter green. Small stamp with owner's name on front end paper and title page. End paper has 3 1/4" stamp with owner's initials against a black background. Jacket has slight edge wear, spine heavily sunned, edges lightly so. Two magazine articles laid in: Time, November 12, 1956 on "Louis Sullivan: Skyscraper Poet" (along with the first page of an article on Cardinal Mindszenty's release from a Hungarian prison), and The Living Church, January 18, 1959 with a page on the 150th anniversay of Grace Church, New York.

"A biography of the dominant 19th Century Ecclesiastical and Civic Architect, forerunner of Richardson and Sullivan, with a history of American Folk-Gothic, Renaissance and other building styles from 1830 to the beginnings of functional expressionism. 109 Illustrations and Plans."

According to the encyclopedia, Richard Upjohn "in 1839 was engaged to rebuild Trinity Church in New York City... which inaugurated a new phase in the Gothic revival. Upjohn designed the Old St. Thomas Church in New York City (later burned), several churches in Brooklyn, the chapel of Bowdoin College, smaller Gothic churches, and many residences. He was a founder of the American Institute of Architects and its first president (1857-76)."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
004260 
Price: 225.00 USD

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I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up, Ventura, Jesse
74 Ventura, Jesse I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up
Thorndike, Maine Thorndike Press 1999 078622214x / 9780786222148 Large Print Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 


Spine slanted, a little bumping and edgewear. Glossy pictorial boards with no jacket, apparently as issued. A bright, attractive copy.

"In his own inimitable words, Jesse Ventura reveals the secrets of his stunning electoral success and maps his innovative strategies for pioneering a new era in American government. Having defied the pollsters and pundits who predicted he would get 10% of the vote at best, he takes on bloated government, career politicians, and apathetic voters. Born James George Janos in Minneapolis, this towering figure has never forgotten his roots as he journeyed from one extraordinary career to another. From his six years as a Navy SEAL through success , fame and disappointment in the glory days of professional wrestling. To Hollywood, politics, and now the governor's mansion, Jesse Ventura holds back nothing, telling his story as only he can."; 7" - 9" Tall
005944 
Price: 6.25 USD

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Sam Walton: Made in America:  My Story, Walton, Sam; Huey, John
75 Walton, Sam; Huey, John Sam Walton: Made in America: My Story
New York Doubleday & Company 1992 0385426151 / 9780385426152 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 


269 pp., glossy color photographs tipped in, index. DJ has very minor edgewear along top edge. A bright, attractive copy.

"Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. Combine the pluck and luck of Horatio Alger, the wit of Will Rogers, the promotional verve of P. T. Barnum, and the charm of Professor Harold Hill and you'll discover the powerful personality of Sam Walton. An undisputed Captain of Commerce, Sam never lost the common touch - he reveled in it."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
005980 
Price: 7.00 USD

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Up from Slavery:  An Autobiography of Booker T. Washington, Washington, Booker T.
76 Washington, Booker T. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography of Booker T. Washington
New York A. L. Burt Company 1901 Early Reprint Cloth Good with no dust jacket 


330 pp., index. Brown boards with ivory lettering and a silver design. Some shelfwear at spine ends. top corners have small chips. Half-title page detached, cracked at free end-paper. Glossy frontispiece. Text is well-preserved.

From the Preface: "I have tried to tell a simple, straightforward story, with no attempt at embellishment. My regret is that what I have attempted to do has been done so imperfectly." From the first chapter: "I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. I am not quite sure of the exact place or exact date of my birth, but at any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time. As nearly as I have been able to learn, I was born near a cross-roads post-office called Hale's Ford, and the year was 1858 or 1859. I do not know the month or the day. The earliest impressions I can now recall are of the plantation and the slave quarters - the latter being the part of the plantation where the slaves had their cabins. My life had its beginnings in the midst of the most miserable, desolate, and discouraging surroundings. This was so, however, not because my owners were especially cruel, for they were not, as compared with many others. I was born in a typical log cabin, about 14 by 16 feet square. In this cabin I lived with my mother and a brother and sister till after the Civil War, when we were all declared free."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
005825 
Price: 13.50 USD

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The Leavetaking, Weiss, Peter
77 Weiss, Peter The Leavetaking
New York Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. 1962 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Illustrated by Raskin, Ellen (jacket)

Spine slightly slanted, foxing along top edge, yellowing on inner edge of pastedown, PO's name on free endpape & pastedownr, corners very slightly worn. DJ yellowing inside, slight edgewear & very minor chipping along top edge, 1 1/2" tear on back. Text is bright & clean.

"With stunning frankness, this partly auto-biographical novel by a postwar German writer renders all the tension and ambivalence of the parent-son relationship. The father's death triggers a flood of recollection which in their force, vividness, and density of narrative are unique in modern writing. The father was an anxiety-ridden Jewish businessman, the mother an emotionally overpowering actress. The half-Jewish son has an artist's temperament and imagination, which the parents try to smother in the interests of security." Translated into English from the original German by Christopher Levenson.; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
003698 
Price: 14.95 USD

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Annie W. Goodrich:  Her Journey to Yale, Werminghaus, Esther A.
78 Werminghaus, Esther A. Annie W. Goodrich: Her Journey to Yale
New York MacMillan Company 1950 First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Good dust jacket 


Sunning across top of boards, shelfwear at top and bottom of spine, minor bumping, cracking at title page. DJ has 1 1/2" tear at bottom of spine & chips at top and bottom of spine & edge, bottom corner of front flap clipped, some edgewear w/ 1/4" tear at top and 1" crease. Copy is clean and unmarked with two pages of photographs of the subject. Pp. 1-104, References, Index.

"This is a partial biography of one of the most widely known and most beloved nurses in America. . . It tells the story of the life and work of Dean Goodrich up to the time she went to Yale University to establish one of the country's first schoold of nursing to have an independent status among the schools and colleges of a university. Mrs. Werminghaus paints a delightful word picture of the charming little lady whose entire life [was] spent for the advancement of nursing as a profession."; 7" - 9" Tall
002688 
Price: 14.75 USD

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On the Sunny Side of a One-Way Street, Wilson, William E.
79 Wilson, William E. On the Sunny Side of a One-Way Street
New York W W Norton & Co Inc 1958 Limited/Numbered Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Illustrated by Vosburgh, Leonard

223 pp. This is #674 of a Special Hoosier Edition limited to 1,000 copies and signed by the author. Spine somewhat slanted. DJ has some edgeweear and shallow chipping at spine and flap edges. A nice, attractive copy.

"Here are Mr. Wilson's delightful impressions of leisurely days full of a savor not easily attainable in our time. They were days full of wonder about his remarkable grandfathers and the parts they played in the Mexican and Civil Wars; awe, amusement, and affection in the presence of an extraordinary father; annoyance at the undue sentimentality of an older sister; marvel at his little mother's spunk and composure; laughter at the antics of boys playing pranks. In the course of these reminiscences there are inevitable moments of sadness, but the over-all effect is such that we find ourselves reveling in Mr. Wilson's charmingly evocative experiences of boyhood."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
006104 
Price: 25.00 USD

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Call House Madam:  The Story of the Career of Madam Beverly Davis as told to Serge G. Wolsey, Wolsey, Serge G.
80 Wolsey, Serge G. Call House Madam: The Story of the Career of Madam Beverly Davis as told to Serge G. Wolsey
New York Paperback Library 1963 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 
Illustrated by Brillhart, Ralph [cover]

Spine slightly slanted/creased, minor edgewear. Text is clean and unmarked.

"This is the true, frank and factual story of Beverly Davis, madam to the richest, the most glamorous, the most sophisticated, the most famous, and the most select men - and women - of American society. In the most palatial bordellos the world has ever seen, for the highest fees ever charged for such services, Madam Davis offered her clients the best that money could buy in pleasure. Hollywood star, bored socialite, male or female, homosexual or lesbian, it made no difference who, what, or which her customers were. Sex was her business. And any and every variety known or imagined could be purchased at her place of business. . . . This fascinating woman tells the whole eye-opening story of her life as a call-house madam."; 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall
004714 
Price: 5.95 USD

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