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Memoir

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1 B., David Epileptic
N. Y. Pantheon Books 2005 0 375 42318 4 / 9780375423185 First Edition In U. S. As New As New Hardcover 
Very fine, new, clean, crisp and unread first printing. Epileptic's spectacular graphic novel format is a tour de force of stunning narrative artwork, memoir and riveting story of the grip of this affliction on the entire family, but especially the two brothers. Originally written in French and told here for the first time in English. The black and white stylized illustrations are executed in bold ink lines reminiscent of Mexican enciso. This immaculate book is beautifully produced in yellow boards with a drawing of the two brothers to the front panel framed by the custom cut-out of the illustrated dust jacket, protected since purchased new in a clear Brodart cover. Large red titles to spine, black endpapers, a quality production on all fronts. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Slaves in the Family, Ball, Robert Edward
2 Ball, Robert Edward Slaves in the Family
New York, NY, U.S.A. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC 1998 0374265828 / 9780374265823 First Edition Fine Fine Hardcover 
Fine, tight first printing in fresh pale gray boards, black cloth spine with gold-stamped titles, pictorial endpapers, the fine dust jacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. Ball was the winner of The National Book Award for this stunning work 
Price: 30.00 USD
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3 Barrus, Clara The Heart of Burroughs's Journals
Boston Houghton Mifflin/Riverside Press 1928 First Edition Textured Dark Blue Cloth About Fine No Jacket Hardcover 8vo 
Nearly fine first printing: offset to title page from the frontis picture of Burroughs, small smudge below text to first preface page, duskiness to the outer text-edges and small owner name to front free endpaper. These journals, as a whole, cover a period of more than sixty-seven years. They contain some of Burroughs's first musings about nature and the craft of writing, Here are the seeds of many of his books and essays. He believed in Emerson's rules for attaining true culture: Sit alone, and Keep a Journal. "Men who write journals are usually men of certain marked traits-they are idealists; they love solitude rather than society; they are self-conscious, and they love to write." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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4 Blunt, Judy Breaking Clean
N. Y. Alfred a Knopf Inc 2002 0 375 40131 8 / 9780375401312 First Edition As New As New Hardcover SIGNED
Fine, new, clean, crisp and unread first printing in fresh textured sienna boards, black spine with silver-stamped titles, SIGNED neatly on the title page by the author's name only, fine striking photographic pictorial cover protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. This blazing memoir is Judy Blunt's powerful debut. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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5 Bryson, Bill The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
N. Y. Broadway Books 2006 0 7679 1936 x / 9780767919364 First Edition Fine Near Fine Hardcover 
Fine, clean first printing appears to be probably unread in sharp mustard boards, blue spine stamped with gold titles, wonderful pictorial endpapers, the dust jacket with price intact has superficial creasing, now protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. Bryson's enchanting storytelling, infectious humor and insightful observations have caused smiles and laughter across the globe. This affectionate memoir of his childhood in the fifties is a wicked delight. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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6 Eggers, Dave A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
N. Y. Simon & Schuster 2000 0-684-86347-2 / 9780684863474 First Edition Near Fine Fine Hardcover 
Nearly fine first printing with the full number line beginning with the 1, just a small push to spine-foot, else fine, bound in blue-gray boards, magenta spine stamped in silver titles, the fine pictorial dust jacket with price intact, protected in a new, clear Brodart cover.This is the "memoir" that all the fuss was about. Eggers' opus is a highly original and compelling first book. Named as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. 
Price: 74.00 USD
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The Blue Jay's Dance, Erdrich, Louise
7 Erdrich, Louise The Blue Jay's Dance
N.Y. Harper Collins 1995 First Edition Very Good Fine Hardcover SIGNED By Author
Erdrich's lyrical nonfiction account of a year in the life of a new, and very gifted, mother. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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8 Frankel, Max The Times of My Life and My Life with the Times
N. Y. Random House 1999 0 679 44824 1 / 9780679448242 First Edition Fine Near Fine Hardcover 
This absorbing and thoughtful memoir begins with the flight from Germany and the Holocaust and moves thru most of the greatest events of the twentieth century as covered by this acclaimed jounalist for the New York Times. Fine first printing protected in a clear mylar cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Million Little Pieces, A, First U.K. Edition, Frey, James
9 Frey, James Million Little Pieces, A, First U.K. Edition
London, United Kingdom John Murray Publishers Ltd 2003 0 7195 6100 0 / 9780719561009 First Edition in Great Britain Fine Near Fine Hardcover 
Fine, clean and crisp first U.K. printing appears to be unread in fresh deep blue boards with silver titles, in a near fine, unclipped dust jacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. This riveting read is a raw and stunning account of addiction and recovery which unfortunately has turned out to be more fiction than memoir; recently debunked by The Smoking Gun and now also by Oprah. 
Price: 59.00 USD
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10 Grass, Gunter Peeling the Onion
N. Y. Harcourt 2007 0 15 101477 4 First Edition In U. S. Fine Fine Hardcover 
Fine, clean stated first American printing with the full letter line including the A, appears to be unread in fresh pale gray boards, silver stamped titles to spine, very slight push to spine-ends, else fine in a fine pictorial dust jacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. Translated from German to English by Michael Henry Heim. Grass's brilliant, intimate memoir has caused considerable controversy in his native Germany. He was the winner of The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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11 Hamilton, Gabrielle Blood, Bones & Butter/The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
N. Y. Random House 2011 140006872X / 9781400068722 First Edition As New/Fine As New/Fine Hardcover 
Fine, new, clean, crisp and unread stated first printing with the full number line including the 1, bound in fresh, sharp black boards, the red spine stamped in gold titles, the fine red pictorial dust jacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. Hamilton's memoir is stunning in it's candid account of her very unusual upbringing from an odd but exciting and inclusive family life to essentially abandonment when her parents divorced. The one thing that drives this gifted chef to success is not only her talent and culinary gifts but a tremendous and unflagging work ethic. This is an intriguing memoir written with skill and gusto. You will not want to put it down. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Imaginary Girlfriend, The: A Memoir, Irving, John
12 Irving, John Imaginary Girlfriend, The: A Memoir
London, United Kingdom Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 1996 0 7475 2482 3 / 9780747524823 First Edition Near Fine Fine Hardcover 
Fine, new, clean, crisp and unread first U.K. printing with pink remainder dot to bottom text-edge, else as new in textured black boards with gold-stamped titles, black endpapers, the fine pictorial dustjacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. Irving's thouroughly compelling memoir details his life as a wrestler, as a writer and as a family man. The photo of the young Exeter wrestler on the front cover is in fact John Irving, more glossy black and white photos are included after the text. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, Irving, John
13 Irving, John Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
N. Y. Arcade Pub 1996 1 55970 323 7 / 9781559703239 First Edition In U. S. As New Fine Hardcover 
Fine, clean, crisp and unread first American printing in fresh mauve boards, black cloth spine with gold-stamped titles, pink endpapers, the fine dust jacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover.This stunning volume contains Irving's memoirs, short stories and essays. An essential for the collector of this fine author. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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14 Johnston, Wayne Baltimore's Mansion: A Memoir
N. Y. Doubleday 2000 0 385 50031 9 / 9780385500319 First Edition In U. S. Fine Near Fine Hardcover 
Fine first printing in sharp bright blue boards, taupe endpapers, the fine pictorial dust jacket with an incipient chip at one tip, else fine and now protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. Johnston is the author of the acclaimed Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Baltimore's Mansions is powerful, evocative and sometimes harrowing in its depiction of the lives and generations in the difficult environs of Newfoundland. 
Price: 21.00 USD
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15 Jordan, June Soldier : A Poet's Childhood
N. Y. Basic Books/HarperCollins 2000 0 465 03681 3 / 9780465036813 First Edition Fine Fine Hardcover 
First printing in black boards with gold titles, sand-colored endpapers, clean, crisp interior, fine dust jacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. Acclaimed poet and multiple award-winner June Jordan has crafted a compelling, insightful memoir. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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16 Keaton , Diane Then Again/SIGNED
N. Y. Random House 2011 1400068789 / 9781400068784 First Edition As New As New Hardcover SIGNED
Very fine, clean, crisp, new and unread stated first edition with the full number line including the 1, bound in fresh, sharp black boards, silver titles stamped to spine, the pristine and quite wonderful photographic dust jacket protected in a new, clear Brodart cover. SIGNED by Keaton to a specially tipped-in page with her name only. Keaton has long been admired for her charming and unique style of speech and dress. Her vivid memoir gives us some idea of the genesis of this unusual and gifted woman, her equally unusual mother Dorothy and entire generations of her family. 
Price: 64.00 USD
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17 Lawrence, T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph/Complete & Fully illustrated
Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1935 First Trade Edition in the US Very Good/Good Poor Hardcover Quarto Kennington and Various Other Artists 
First printing of the first trade edition of this extraordinary masterpiece published in 1935. An earlier small run was privately printed in 1926. This large and heavy quarto of 672 pages is bound in gray/beige buckram embossed to the front panel with two gold swords under the rubric: " The sword also means clean-ness and death." Top-edge stain dark brown. T.E. Lawrence has broken down this amazing document of raids, counterraids, attacks, campaigns, marches and retreats across the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula into sections labeled Book one thru Book ten.The text is profusely illustrated with over forty plates, mostly portraits produced by various artists in pastels, charcoal, line and wash, pencil, pen and ink, plaster, chalk and oils.These black and white illustrations further enhance the historical personas that fill each page. There is also an introduction, poem, synopsis, four maps, two appendixes and an epilogue. Lawrence was controversial, heroic and larger-than-life. He brought all his artistry and daring to this historic time and to this intriguing narrative. The book itself has suffered some wear at the spine-ends, offsetting, a bookshop stamp and vertical list of penciled numbers to the front endpaper, pencilled number column and offsetting to rear endpapers with slight starting at rear joint, fading to titles at spine. The dust jacket of very brittle paper has disintegrated at the spine and is now in two imperfect pieces, the front panel with the soulful drawing of Lawrence and the $5.00 price still intact on the front flap, the rear panel with the full page praise of Vincent Sheean, the rear flap with additional glowing reviews. Seven Pillars is undoubtedly a rare and brilliant masterwork. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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18 Masumoto, David Mas Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil
N. Y. W W Norton & Co Inc 1998 0393046737 / 9780393046731 First Edition Near Fine Near Fine/Very Good Hardcover Tom Uyemaruko SIGNED
Near fine, clean and tight first printing bound in pale yellow boards, green spine stamped in gold titles, SIGNED with his name only by the author to the title page, the striking pictorial dust jacket now protected in a new, clear Brodart cover .Masumoto's lyrical Epitaph for a Peach won wide critical acclaim. Harvest Son is also a vivid and captivating memoir. 
Price: 21.00 USD
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19 McCourt, Frank Tis: A Memoir
N. Y. Scribner 1999 0684848783 / 9780684848785 Second Edition Very Good Near Fine Hardcover SIGNED
Second printing Signed neatly to the title page by Frank McCourt with his name only. This story goes beyond the time of Pulitzer prize-winning Angela's Ashes to the author's life as an immigrant, a soldier and then as a school teacher in New York. What lucky students to have this humane and brilliant writer as their own teacher! 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 Obama, Barack The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
N. Y. Crown Publishers 2006 0 307 23769 9 / 9780307237699 First Edition As New As New Hardcover SIGNED
Fine, clean, crisp and new, pristine and unread stated first printing with the full number line including the 1. Bound in fresh, sharp black boards, gold titles stamped to spine, dun-colored endpapers, the fine dust jacket with the original price of $25.00 protected in a new, clear Brodart cover since purchase. SIGNED in black ink by the president to the title page with his name only in a recognizable flourish with a distinct Capital B and capital O with the vertical line thru it. Signed when he was the junior senator from Illinois on October 25, 2006 at a luncheon at the Marin Civic Center. He did not note the date with his signature but I have included the printed publicity information from Bookpassage which sponsored the event benefitting the Marin Education Fund. This rare and collectible signed first edition has been carefully stored since the date of signing and will be shipped in the same manner. 
Price: 4900.00 USD
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