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121 Banks, Russell Affliction
New York Harper Perennial 1990 0060920076 / 9780060920074 First Edition; Third Printing Paperback Good with no dust jacket 
Book Description Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are clean, square and with litle wear. Wade Whitehouse is an improbable protagonist for a tragedy. A well-digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town, he is a former high-school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak. It is a mark of Russell Banks' artistry and understanding that Wade comes to loom in one's mind as a blue-collar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition. Told by his articulate, equally scarred younger brother, Wade's story becomes as spellbinding and inexorable as a fuse burning its way to the dynamite. ; 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches; 354 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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The Venetian's Wife: A Strangely Sensual Tale of a Renaissance Explorer, a Computer, and a Metamorphosis, Bantock, Nick
122 Bantock, Nick The Venetian's Wife: A Strangely Sensual Tale of a Renaissance Explorer, a Computer, and a Metamorphosis
San Fancisco Chronicle Books 1996 0811811409 / 9780811811408 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. Nick Bantock's illustrated novel, The Venetian's Wife, is part love story, part mystery, and part ghostly tale-and an altogether bewitching brew of sensuality and lost treasures. Thoroughly bored with her job at the local museum, Sarah heads to the gallery to take another look at that new drawing, the one she can't stop thinking about, the one of the Hindu god Shiva, who dances...That's when it all begins. The next day, an e-mail message brings her a job offer: to find the few remaining pieces of a 15th-century adventurer's renowned collection of Indian sculptures. Her employer, curiously, wishes to communicate only by computer. She has no idea who he is or why he wants her. But other mysteries soon preoccupy her, such as the meaning of an enigmatic illuminated manuscript-and the sensual transformation that seems to be overtaking her. Through her quirkily decorated diary and the artful e-mail exchanges between Sara and her mentor, Nick Bantock has conjured up a richly illustrated tale of a relentless quest, an amorous legacy, and the resonating power of art-a lush, romantic adventure of the soul that tantalizes the reader to the last line. ; Chromo-lithograph; 8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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123 Barbery, Muriel The Elegance of the Hedgehog
US Europa Editions 2008 1933372605 / 9781933372600 First Edition (?); Second Printing Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket 
Book Description Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and with little wear. Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renee: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renee lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007 with sales of over 900,000 copies to-date. ; 8.2 x 5.3 x 1 inches; 325 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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124 Barker, Nicola Behindlings: A Novel
US Ecco 2003 0060185694 / 9780060185695 Stated First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Some shelf wear on protective cover, but not on dust jacket; Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. Wesley, spurting with kinetic energy, nasty wit, and kindness to animals, ought to be a star. Or so it seems to those who nip at his heels, turn up everywhere he goes, and lie in wait for him around every corner. They are his followers -- he calls them Behindlings. And they make quite an ensemble, with their own questionable intentions, irritating habits, and weird manners. But they bury all disagreement in the common pursuit of their prize, their Wesley. Then there are those who simply stay put. Catherine Turpin lies defiantly in the bed she makes for herself while, outside, her failings are broadcast widely, painted on walls, even. When one of Wesley's newest followers, Jo Bean, turns out to be more interested in confronting Catherine than sticking with the behindlings, plots that have been twisted up come undone. With Behindlings, the inimitable Nicola Barker takes a character who is perhaps her most compelling creation to date, and lets him run off with her readers. ; 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches; 535 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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125 Barker, Nicola Darkmans
New York Harper Perennial 2007 0061575216 / 9780061575211 Stated First Edition; Third Printing Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket 
Book Description Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Darkmans is an exhilarating, extraordinary examination of the ways in which history can play jokes on us all... If History is just a sick joke which keeps on repeating itself, then who exactly might be telling it, and why? Could it be John Scogin, Edward IV's infamous court jester, whose favorite pastime was to burn people alive - for a laugh? Or could it be Andrew Boarde, Henry VIII's physician, who kindly wrote John Scogin's biography? Or could it be a tiny Kurd called Gaffar whose days are blighted by an unspeakable terror of - uh - salad? Or a beautiful, bulimic harpy with ridiculously weak bones? Or a man who guards Beckley Woods with a Samurai sword and a pregnant terrier? Darkmans is a very modern book, set in Ashford [a ridiculously modern town], about two very old-fashioned subjects: love and jealousy. It's also a book about invasion, obsession, displacement and possession, about comedy, art, prescription drugs and chiropody. And the main character? The past, which creeps up on the present and whispers something quite dark - quite unspeakable - into its ear. The third of Nicola Barker's narratives of the Thames Gateway, Darkmans is an epic novel of startling originality. ; 8 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches; 838 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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126 Barker, Pat Regeneration
US Plume 1993 0452270073 / 9780452270077 First Edition (?); Stated First Printing Paperback Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
Book Description Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. "The trilogy is trying to tell something about the parts of war that don't get into the official accounts" Pat Barker The first book of the Regeneration Trilogy and a Booker Prize nominee In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim. One of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time, Regneration has been hailed by critics across the globe. As August 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, this book is as timely and relevant as ever. . ; 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches; 251 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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127 Barker, Pat The Eye in the Door
US Plume 1995 0345319028 / 9780345319029 First Edition (?); Stated First Printing Paperback Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
Book Description; Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are square with minor wear. Ships Safe and Fast. The second installment in the Regeneration Trilogy It is the spring of 1918, and Britain is faced with the possibility of defeat by Germany. A beleaguered government and a vengeful public target two groups as scapegoats: pacifists and homosexuals. Many are jailed, others lead dangerous double lives, the "the eye in the door" becomes a symbol of the paranoia that threatens to destroy the very fabric of British society. Central to this novel are such compelling, richly imagined characters as the brilliant and compassionate Dr. William Rivers; his most famous patient, the poet Siegfried Sassoon; and Lieutenant Billy Prior, who plays a central role as a domestic intelligence agent. With compelling, realistic dialogue and a keen eye for the social issues that have gone overlooked in mainstream media, The Eye in the Door is a triumph that equals Regeneration and the third novel in the trilogy, the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road, establishing Pat Barker's place in the very forefront of contemporary novelists. Editorial Reviews AmazonReview The Eye in the Door is the second installation of Pat Barker's acclaimed and haunting historical fiction trilogy about British soldiers traumatized by World War I trench warfare and the methods used by psychiatrist William Rivers to treat them. As with the other two, the book was recognized with awards, winning the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize. Here, Lieutenant Billy Prior is tormented by figuring out which side of several coins does he live -- coward or hero, crazy or sane, homosexual or heterosexual, upper class or lower. He represents the upheaval in Britain during the war and the severe trauma felt by its soldiers. The writing is sparse yet multilayered; Barker uses the lives of a few to capture an entire society during a tumultuous period. ; 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches; 280 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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128 Barker, Pat The Ghost Road
US Plume 1996 0452276721 / 9780452276727 First Edition (?); Stated First Printing Paperback Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
Crease in lower right hand corner of front cover. ; Book Description Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and with wear as noted. The final book in the Regeneration Trilogy, and winner of the 1995 Booker Prize The Ghost Road is the culminating masterpiece of Pat Barker's towering World War I fiction trilogy. The time of the novel is the closing months of the most senselessly savage of modern conflicts. In France, millions of men engaged in brutal trench warfare are all "ghosts in the making." In England, psychologist William Rivers, with severe pangs of conscience, treats the mental casualties of the war to make them whole enough to fight again. One of these, Billy Prior, risen to the officer class from the working class, both courageous and sardonic, decides to return to France with his fellow officer, poet Wilfred Owen, to fight a war he no longer believes in. Meanwhile, Rivers, enfevered by influenza, returns in memory to his experience studying a South Pacific tribe whose ethos amounted to a culture of death. Across the gulf between his society and theirs, Rivers begins to form connections that cast new light on his--and our--understanding of war. Combining poetic intensity with gritty realism, blending biting humor with tragic drama, moving toward a denouement as inevitable as it is devastating, The Ghost Road both encapsulates history and transcends it. It is a modern masterpiece. ; 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches; 277 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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Alison's Automotive Repair Manual: A Novel, Barkley, Brad
129 Barkley, Brad Alison's Automotive Repair Manual: A Novel
New York St. Martin's Press 2003 0312291388 / 9780312291389 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. A widow in her mid thirties, Alison has been in mourning for two years. She lives with her sister and brother-in-law in West Virginia, and they are urging her to get on with her life and move back home. Alison promises to leave--just as soon as she renovates a nearly-ruined 1976 Corvette rusting in their garage. Problem is, she doesn't know the first thing about cars, and the fact that the townspeople (with the exception of a cute demolition man) are bewildered by a woman messing with automotive parts does not help. ; 8.7 x 5.9 x 1 inches; 274 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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The Graveyard Position: A Novel of Suspense, Barnard, Robert
130 Barnard, Robert The Graveyard Position: A Novel of Suspense
New York Scribner 2005 0743253469 / 9780743253468 Stated First Edition; Second Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. An Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and Diamond Dagger Award-winning Author From the master of mystery comes a witty and observant new suspense novel featuring the Cantelos of Leeds, England, one of the most dysfunctional families ever to grace crime fiction. But is one of them also a killer? Clarissa Cantelo, a skilled clairvoyant, apparently thought so, and sent her nephew into hiding for his own safety. But now Clarissa has died . . . ; 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches; 277 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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131 Barnes, Joanna Silverwood
New York Linden 1985 0491037317 / 9780491037310 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Name written inside cover. ; Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. Fictional novel taking place sometime between the 1960's and 1985 when it was written and published. ; 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches; 349 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters, Barnes, Julian
132 Barnes, Julian A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters
New York Knopf 1989 0394580613 / 9780394580616 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. This is, in short, a complete, unsettling, and frequently exhilarating vision of the world, starting with the voyage of Noah's ark and ending with a sneak preview of heaven! ; 8.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches; 307 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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The Porcupine, Barnes, Julian
133 Barnes, Julian The Porcupine
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1992 0679419179 / 9780679419174 First Edition; Second Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. Julian Barnes, author of Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, trains his laser-bright prose on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed Party leader, is placed on trial for crimes that range from corruption to political murder. Petkanov's guilt -- and the righteousness of his opponents -- would seem to be self-evident. But, as brilliantly imagined by Barnes, the trial of this cunning and unrepentant dictator illuminates the shadowy frontier between the rusted myths of the Communist past and a capitalist future in which everything is up for grabs. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Interesting but finally bloodless, this novel finds the deposed Communist president of an Eastern European country put on trial for the crimes he committed during his 33-year iron rule. (Oct. ) Also in October, Vintage International will reissue Barnes's Staring at the Sun . ($10 *-74820-2 ) , which tracks the relentlessly curious Jean Serjeant from her childhood in 1920s England to her flight into the sun in the year 2021. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition. From Library Journal The upheavals that have recenty rocked Eastern Europe provide the inspiration for Barnes's ( Flaubert's Parrot , LJ 4/1/85) latest novel, an intelligent, if strangely passionless, examination into the nature of political reality. It focuses primarily on the interaction between two men, former Communist party head Stoyo Petkanov, for 33 years the leader of his nation, and Peter Solinsky, newly appointed chief prosecutor for "justice." Rather than adopt a meek, defensive posture, the recalcitrant party chief thrusts out some barbs of his own, suggesting that the new leadership is no less susceptible to lies and hypocrisy than his own government was. In any given circumstance, Barnes implies, it is simply fate that determines who becomes the accuser and who the accused. Unfortunately, Barnes's success in exploring the mind-set of a Marxist-Leninist hard-liner must be set against the story's overall pallidness. A short, interesting work for those not driven by a need for lots of action or high drama. For larger academic and public collections. ; 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches; 138 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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134 Barnes, Kim Finding Caruso
New York Berkley Trade 2004 0425193934 / 9780425193938 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket 
Book Description Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. When Buddy and Lee Hope find themselves orphaned and broke in 1957, the brothers set off for the logging camps of northern Idaho. Though seven years apart, the young men are very close-that is, until Lee, the older of the two, falls hard for an older woman. But this experienced lover has someone else in mind: Buddy. ; Trade PB; 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches; 302 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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Gospel, Barnhardt, Wilton
135 Barnhardt, Wilton Gospel
New York St Martins Pr 1993 0312088027 / 9780312088026 Stated First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Some shelf wear on protective cover, but not on dust jacket; Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. O'Hanrahan, a hard-living Chicago college professor, and Lucy Danton, his eager young student, embark on a quest for a lost biblical gospel that takes them through Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and America. By the author of Emma Who Saved My Life. ; 9.4 x 6 x 1.9 inches; 788 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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136 Barr, Nevada Blood Lure
US Putnam Adult 2001 0399147020 / 9780399147029 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Inked name on inside cover. ; Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. The laws of nature take a terrifyingly murderous turn in this spellbinding addition to the New York Times bestselling series featuring Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. In Blood Lure, Anna returns to the West, where she is sent on a training assignment to study the grizzly bears in Waterton/Glacier National Peace Park, straddling the border between Montana and Canada. But back in her beloved mountains, where the air is pure and cool, Anna fails to find the spiritual renewal she expected. Instead, nature seems to have become twisted, carrying a malevolence almost human in its focus. Along with bear researcher Joan Rand and a volatile and unpredictable teenaged boy, Anna hikes the backcountry, seeking signs of the bears. On their second night out, the tables are turned: one of the beasts comes looking for her. Daybreak finds the boy missing and a camper dead, her neck snapped by a single blow, the flesh of her face cut away with a knife. Feeling betrayed by both nature and humanity, Anna must find the beast stalking the trails-leading her readers deep into a gripping wilderness life-or-death mystery. Nevada Barr takes readers on a journey like no other. With Blood Lure, she proves once again that she "has enough story-telling ability to power a dozen different series" (The Denver Post). ; 6 x 2.9 x 1.3 inches; 320 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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Servants of the Map: Stories, Barrett, Andrea
137 Barrett, Andrea Servants of the Map: Stories
New York W. W. Norton & Company 2002 0393043487 / 9780393043488 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. Ranging Across two centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an Adirondack village, these wonderfully imagined stories and novellas travel the territories of yearning and awakening, of loss and unexpected discovery. A mapper of the highest mountain peaks realizes his true obsession. A young woman afire with scientific curiosity must come to terms with a romantic fantasy. Brothers and sisters, torn apart at an early age, are beset by dreams of reunion. Throughout, Barrett's most characteristic theme -- the happenings in that borderland between science and desire -- unfolds in the diverse lives of unforgettable human beings. Although each richly layered tale stands independently, readers of Ship Fever (National Book Award winner) and Barrett's extraordinary novel The Voyage of the Narwhal, will discover subtle links both among these new stories and to characters in the earlier works. ; 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches; 269 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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138 Barrett, Andrea Ship Fever and Other Stories
New York W. W. Norton & Company 1996 First Edition (?); Second Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
Unmarked. ; Book Description; Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. 1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams. In "Ship Fever," the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history's most tragic epidemics. In "The English Pupil," Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in "The Littoral Zone," two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, "science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material" . ; Trade PB; 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches; 254 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 0393316009 
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139 Barrett, Andrea The Air We Breathe: A Novel
New York W. W. Norton & Company 2007 0393061086 / 9780393061086 Stated First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book Description Mylar and paper (Demco) protective cover. Dust jacket is intact with no nicks or tears. Spine has no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by notes or folds. Covers are shiny, square and without wear. In fall 1916, Americans debate whether to enter the European war. "Preparedness parades" march and headlines report German spies. But in an isolated community in the Adirondacks, the danger is barely felt. At Tamarack Lake the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. For all, time stands still. Prisoners of routine and yearning for absent families, the patients, including the newly arrived Leo Marburg, take solace in gossip, rumor, and--sometimes--secret attachments. An enterprising patient initiates a weekly discussion group. When his well-meaning efforts lead instead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment. The conjunction of thwarted desires and political tension binds the patients so deeply that, finally, they speak about what's happened in a single voice. The Air We Breathe, though entirely self-contained, extends the web of connected characters begun with Ship Fever. ; 6.7 x 1 x 9.6 inches; 297 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. Please e-mail for questions. 
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140 Barrett, Andrea The Voyage of the Narwhal
US W W Norton & Co Inc 1998 039304632X / 9780393046328 Stated First Edition; Third Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Some shelf wear on protective cover, but not on dust jacket. ; Book Description Part adventure narrative, part love story, this unforgettable novel captures a crucial moment in the history of exploration, the mid-nineteenth-century romance with the mystery of the Arctic. Combining fact and fiction, Andrea Barrett focuses on Erasmus Darwin Wells, a scholar-naturalist accompanying the expedition of the Narwhal. Through his eyes we meet the various crew members and the expedition's blustery commander, obsessed with the search for an open polar sea. And through his eyes we experience the wild, disturbing beauties of that last unexplored region. In counterpoint to his views are those of the Esquimaux, witness to the expedition's exploits, and of the women left behind in Philadelphia, who can only imagine what lies beyond the north wind. Together, those who travel and those who stay weave a web of myth and history. In the real nineteenth-century expeditions, explorers' documents always cast the writer as hero. But what really happened up there, in the long winter darkness, entrapped in ice? On the Narwhal, everyone is frightened, nothing is certain, and heroes emerge in unexpected guises. Barrett's explorers discover -- as all explorers do -- not what was always there and never needed discovering, but the state of their own souls. Editorial Reviews Amazon.com Review In Andrea Barrett's extraordinary novel of Arctic and personal exploration, maps are deceitful, ice all-powerful, and reputation more important than truth or human lives. When the Narwhal sets sail from Philadelphia in May 1855, its ostensible goal is to find the crew of a long-vanished expedition--or at least their relics--and be home before winter. Of course, if the men can chart new coasts and stock up on specimens en route, so much the better. And then there's the keen prospect of selling their story, fraught with danger and discovery, to a public thirsting for excitement. Zeke Voorhees, the Narwhal's young commander, is so handsome that he makes women stare and men "hum with envy"--perhaps not the best qualification for his post--but he seems loved by all. Only his brother-in-law-to-be, a naturalist, quietly mistrusts him, though he's determined to stand by the youth for his sister Lavinia's sake. At 40, eternal low-profiler Erasmus Darwin Wells has one disastrous expedition behind him and is praying for another scientific chance. He is, however, familiar with the physical risks they're taking, as well as the "long stretches when nothing happened except that one's ties to home were imperceptibly dissolved and one became a stranger to one's life." And what of the women left behind? Lavinia knows little of the dangers of ice (though she's well schooled in isolation) and lives only for Zeke's return. Her companion, Alexandra Copeland, is less sanguine. Even after she's been given a secret career break--ghosting for an ailing engraver--she knows how invisible she is and how threatening her family's "dense net of obligations" will always be. Though they get less page time, Barrett is in fact as concerned with these women as she is with her seafarers. Like the heroines of her National Book Award-winning Ship Fever, who bump up against science and history in which only men's triumphs are written, they must somehow escape social tyranny or retreat into the consolations of storytelling or silence. There is tyranny on board the Narwhal as well, as Zeke alternates between good will and paranoia, his closest companion an arctic fox he has "civilized" and who sits on his shoulder "like a white epaulet." (Alas, Sabine, like many of the men, is not to survive the journey.) Encounters with the Esquimaux--who might know more about the lost expedition than they're willing to share--not having gone according to plan, Zeke determines in late August to head for Smith Sound rather than home, despite the crew's protests. By mid-September, however, the craft is ice-locked, and it's clear they'll have to "winter over." At first the men make the best of their situation, magically sculpting cottages, castles, palaces, even a whale--and offering informal seminars in butchery, Bible studies, and basic navigation. However, as the weather worsens and Zeke grows increasingly despotic, morale plummets. Barrett excels in both physical and social description, writing with a naturalist's precision and a passionate imagination. With quick strokes (backed up by intense research), she can fill us in on some sensible but threatening Esquimaux footgear: "All five were dressed in fur jackets and breeches, with high boots made from the leg skins of white bears. The men's feet, Erasmus saw, were sheltered by the bears' feet, with claws protruding like overgrown human toenails. Walking, the men left bear prints on the snow." The author also shines in panoramic scenes--her descriptions of the Arctic can only be called magnificent--and in small, precarious, personal moments. When Erasmus eventually returns to Philadelphia, minus his toes and his future brother-in-law, a grieving Lavinia takes to her bed. Eventually, however, she relents: "Lavinia stared straight ahead. Straight at Erasmus, her right hand tucked in her lap while her left turned a silver spoon back to front, front to back, the reflections melting, re-forming, and melting again.... Lavinia said softly, 'I forgive you.' Everyone knew she was speaking to Erasmus." The Voyage of the Narwhal is full of blood-freezing surprises, a score of indelible characters, and heart-stopping mysteries. As Erasmus watches Alexandra draw landscapes he has seen before but missed something in, each pencil stroke is "like a chisel held to a cleavage plane: tap, tap, and the rock split into two sharp pieces, the world cracked and spoke to him." Readers of Andrea Barrett's novel will experience this sensation again and again. Packed with harsh truths about the not-always-true art of discovery, it is also among the most emotionally wrenching, subtle works of the century. --Kerry Fried From Publishers Weekly Having honed her craft in four previous novels and the NBA-winning short-story collection Ship Fever (1996), Barrett delivers a stunning novel in which a meticulous grasp of historical and natural detail, insight into character and pulse-pounding action are integrated into a dramatic adventure story with deep moral resonance. In Philadelphia in 1855, naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells?40, unmarried and gripped by a despondent realization that his life is a failure?sees a last chance to make his reputation as he prepares to accompany his future brother-in-law, Zechariah Voorhees, on a voyage to the arctic in search of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. At 26, Zeke bristles with charisma, and a megalomaniacal sense of his own destiny. But loyal, naive Erasmus doesn't grasp the scope of Zeke's recklessness and blind ambition until Zeke has committed a series of colossal and fatal blunders, subjecting his men to unspeakable privation, hunger, cold and danger. When the crew finally refuses to accompany Zeke on a foolhardy mission and he goes off alone and does not return on schedule, Erasmus is placed in an exquisite dilemma: whether to force the men to gamble on Zeke's unlikely survival as the ice closes in for a second winter, or?as he knows he must do?abandon the ship and begin a harrowing trek over land and water in hope of rescue. Erasmus's eventual return home, where he is scorned by journalists, who accuse him of cowardice, and by his sister, Lavinia, who is bereft of her hopes of marriage, is underscored by further ironies so potent that readers will finish the last third of the book in a fever of anticipation and dread. As Barrett describes the provisioning of the Narwhal, the flora and fauna of the arctic, the turbulent seas and breathtaking scenery, the plot seems slow to develop. But her careful depiction of all the characters?a humane ship's doctor; a cook who survived the Irish famine; and, back in Philadelphia, spirited Alexandra Copeland, whose presence in the Wells household as companion to Lavinia eventually leads to an affecting love story?deepens the narrative texture. Meanwhile, the extremes of both human behavior and nature?looming icebergs, fatal accidents, episodes of heroism, grisly discoveries of lost ships and dead men, the inexorable tyranny of winter darkness?are described with an accuracy that make one forget that this is not a memoir but a work of the imagination. The denouement, when it arrives, is a triumph: a confluence of justice, retribution, spiritual faith, metamorphosis and love. Maps and illustrations. Agent, Wendy Weil; editor, Carol Houk Smith. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.; 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches; 399 pages; Ships within 24 hours. Great Customer Service, 100% Money Back Guaranteed. We aim to please. 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