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Duck Commander Collection: Duck Commander Family; Happy, Happy, Happy; And Si-Cology 1
1 Duck Commander Collection: Duck Commander Family; Happy, Happy, Happy; And Si-Cology 1
2013 1476763399 / 9781476763392 Slipcased SLIPCASED New 
Binding:Hardcover (Boxed Set Vendor: Howard Books Subject:Rich & Famous 
Price: 14.95 USD
I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary Of The Nazi Years
2 I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary Of The Nazi Years
Modern Library 2001 0375756973 / 9780375756979 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Small remainder mark Destined to take its place alongside The Diary of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night as one of the great classics of the Holocaust, I Will Bear Witness is a timeless work of literature, the most eloquent and acute testament to have emerged from Hitler's Germany. Volume Two begins in 1942, the year the Final Solution was formally proposed, and carries us through to the Allied bombing of Dresden and Germany's defeat. 
Price: 9.95 USD
Transvestite Memoirs, Abbe De Coisy
3 Abbe De Coisy Transvestite Memoirs
2007 072061256X / 9780720612561 TRADE PAPERBACK New 
Memoirs of the courtier and abbott whose cross-dressing brought him into conflict with French society 
Price: 8.95 USD
The Echo From Dealey Plaza: The True Story Of The First African American On The White House Secret S, Abraham Bolden
4 Abraham Bolden The Echo From Dealey Plaza: The True Story Of The First African American On The White House Secret S
Three Rivers Press 2009 0307382028 / 9780307382023 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Three Rivers Press 2009. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Condition: none. Small remainder mark A gripping and unforgettable true story of bravery and patriotism in the face of bitter hatred. Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true–and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president’s vision for a new America. But the dream quickly turned sour. Bolden found himself regularly subjected to open hostility and blatant racism, and he was appalled by the White House team’s irresponsible approach to security. In the wake of JFK’s assassination, Bolden sought to expose the agency’s negligence, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy. The Echo from Dealey Plaza is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice. 
Price: 9.95 USD
Eubie Blake (SIGNED), Al Rose
5 Al Rose Eubie Blake (SIGNED)
1979 0028721705 / 9780028721705 HARDCOVER Used; Good 
Schirmer Books, New York, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Jacket protected by BroDart clear mylar cover. First Edition. This is an association copy signed and inscribed by Blake to Sevara and Al Freeman, Jr. (He is mostly recognized for his portrayal of police captain Ed Hall on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, a role he played from 1972 through 1987, with recurring appearances in 1988 and 2000. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for that role in 1979, the first actor from the show as well as the first African-American actor to earn the award. A director of One Life to Live, he was one of the first African Americans to direct a soap opera). Purchased from the estate of Al Freeman, Jr. and Sevara Freeman Estate. 
Price: 95.00 USD
Mistress Of The Monarchy: The Life Of Katherine Swynford, Duchess Of Lancaster, Alison Weir,
6 Alison Weir, Mistress Of The Monarchy: The Life Of Katherine Swynford, Duchess Of Lancaster
Ballantine Books 2010 0345453247 / 9780345453242 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Ballantine Books 2010. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Condition: none. Small remainder mark Acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life the extraordinary tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became one of the most crucial figures in the history of Great Britain. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had truly begun two years earlier, when she was appointed governess to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III. Widowed at twenty-one, Katherine became John's mistress and then, after many twists of fortune, his bride in a scandalous marriage. Mistress of the Monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time—making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her own destiny. Indeed, without Katherine Swynford, the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different. 
Price: 10.95 USD
Dancing With Cuba: A Memoir Of The Revolution, Alma Guillermoprieto
7 Alma Guillermoprieto Dancing With Cuba: A Memoir Of The Revolution
Vintage 2005 0375725814 / 9780375725814 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Vintage 2005. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Condition: none. Small remainder mark In 1970 a young dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance. For six months, she worked in mirrorless studios (it was considered more revolutionary); her poorly trained but ardent students worked without them but dreamt of greatness. Yet in the midst of chronic shortages and revolutionary upheaval, Guillermoprieto found in Cuba a people whose sense of purpose touched her forever. In this electrifying memoir, Guillermoprieto–now an award-winning journalist and arguably one of our finest writers on Latin America– resurrects a time when dancers and revolutionaries seemed to occupy the same historical stage and even a floor exercise could be a profoundly political act. Exuberant and elegiac, tender and unsparing, Dancing with Cuba is a triumph of memory and feeling. 
Price: 9.95 USD
Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Ae, Amy Fusselman
8 Amy Fusselman Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Ae
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 0544303008 / 9780544303003 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
Small remainder mark Part memoir, part manifesto, this exploration of the underside of America’s obsession with safety is prompted by the author’s visit to a thrillingly alarming adventure playground in Tokyo "How fully can the world be explored," asks Amy Fusselman " . . . if you are also trying not to die?" On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Fusselman stumbles on Hanegi playpark, where children are sawing wood, hammering nails, stringing hammocks to trees, building open fires. When she returns to New York, her conceptions of space, risk, and fear are completely changed. Fusselman invites us along on her tightrope-walking expeditions with Philippe Petit and late night adventures with the Tokyo park-workers, showing that when we deprive ourselves, and our children, of the experience of taking risks in space, we make them less safe, not more so. Savage Park is a fresh, poetic reconsideration of behaviors in our culture that — in the guise of protecting us — make us numb and encourage us to sleepwalk through our lives. We babyproof our homes; plug our ears to our devices while walking through the city. What would happen if we exposed ourselves, if — like the children at Hanegi park — we put ourselves in situations that require true vigilance? Readers of Rebecca Solnit and Cheryl Strayed will delight in the revelations in Savage Park. 
Price: 10.95 USD
Joss Whedon - Geek King Of The Universe, Amy Pascale
9 Amy Pascale Joss Whedon - Geek King Of The Universe
2013 1845137191 / 9781845137199 HARDCOVER New 
In this revealing biography she seeks out the source of that imagination, exploring his artistic liberal upbringing in New York and teenage years at an elite English public school, before tracing his journey from a bruising start in television to his status today as a blockbuster writer and director whose every new project is pored over online by millions of loyal geeks. Using extensive original interviews with many of Whedon's key collaborators - as well as Joss himself - Amy presents candid behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of ground-breaking shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, and considers Whedon's distinctive contribution to cinema through movies such as Toy Story, Serenity and superhero epic The Avengers Assemble. The result is an intimate portrait of the man who re-wrote popular culture and gave it a heart. 
Price: 15.95 USD
Incest, Anais Nin
10 Anais Nin Incest
Peter Owen Publishers 0720615828 / 9780720615821 TRADE PAPERBACK New 
This previously unpublished portion of the author's diary includes details of her relationships with Henry Miller and his wife, June; writer and actor Antonin Artaud; and her father. By the author of Little Birds. 
Price: 10.95 USD
Lawrence in Arabia : War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Anderson, Scott
11 Anderson, Scott Lawrence in Arabia : War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014 0307476413 / 9780307476418 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Good 
Anchor, 2014. Book Condition:Good. Curt Prüfer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment Islamic jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Syria. William Yale was the fallen scion of the American aristocracy, who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in the sands of Syria; by 1917 he was the most romantic figure of World War One, battling both the enemy and his own government to bring about the vision he had for the Arab people. The intertwined paths of these four men the schemes they put in place, the battles they fought, the betrayals they endured and committed mirror the grandeur, intrigue and tragedy of the war in the desert. Prüfer became Germany's grand spymaster in the Middle East. Aaronsohn constructed an elaborate Jewish spy-ring in Palestine, only to have the anti-Semitic and bureaucratically-inept British first ignore and then misuse his organization, at tragic personal cost. Yale would become the only American intelligence agent in the entire Middle East while still secretly on the payroll of Standard Oil. And the enigmatic Lawrence rode into legend at the head of an Arab army, even as he waged secret war against his own nation's imperial ambitions. Based on years of intensive primary document research, LAWRENCE IN ARABIA definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present. 
Price: 7.95 USD
Mafia Princess: Growing up in Sam Giancana's Family, Antoinette Giancana,
12 Antoinette Giancana, Mafia Princess: Growing up in Sam Giancana's Family
William Morrow & Co. 0688026206 / 9780688026202 HARDCOVER Used; Good 
Gray cloth and paper over boards. B&W photo section. Appendix: Chicago Crime Directory, biographical snippets; index. Author B&W phot on DJ back (by Sam Manno). A life of luxury, isolation, and loneliness was the experience of the daughter of Sam Giancana, successor to Al Capone's Chicago mafia organization, and himself gunned down 9 years before this publication, in a gangland style slaying. His was an iron rule, defined by power, corruption, violence, and money. Side stories: Fidel Castro, the Kennedys, Frank Sinatra, antique Venetian mirrors, and author's own experience with shock treaments in a mental institution after rebelling. 
Price: 10.95 USD
Running With Scissors: A Memoir, Augusten Burroughs,
13 Augusten Burroughs, Running With Scissors: A Memoir
St. Martin's Paperbacks 2006 0312938853 / 9780312938857 MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Used; Good 
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor?s bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year-round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull, an electroshock therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing, and bestselling account of an ordinary boy?s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances? Running with Scissors Acknowledgments Gratitude doesn?t begin to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everyone at St. Martin?s Press. Thank you: Lawrence David, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb. I would also like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, no matter how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable childhood. Additionally, I would like to thank the real-life members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. I recognize that their memories of the events described in this book are different than my own. They are each fine, decent, and hard-working people. The book was not intended to hurt the family. Both my publisher and I regret any unintentional harm resulting from the publishing and marketing of Running with Scissors. Most of all, I would like to thank my brother for demonstrating, by example, the importance of being wholly unique. 
Price: 5.95 USD
At Ease In The White House: Social Life As Seen By A Presidential Military Aide (SIGNED), Bauer, Stephen
14 Bauer, Stephen At Ease In The White House: Social Life As Seen By A Presidential Military Aide (SIGNED)
1991 1559720611 / 9781559720618 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
Birch Lane Press, New York, 1991. Hardbound. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Very Good. Signed and inscribed By Author. The wanted ad for a White House Social Aide might read something like this: "need tall, single, attractive, articulate, smooth dancer to entertain First Family and guests." At Ease in the White House is a vivid account of the life of former military aide Stephen Bauer, and his experiences in working for Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. This revised edition includes new information about Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush and their relationships with the military personnel assigned to the White House. 
Price: 14.95 USD
Boxcar Bertha An Autobiography As Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman, Ben L. Reitman
15 Ben L. Reitman Boxcar Bertha An Autobiography As Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman
Amok Press B000XJ6BZQ BOOK CLUB EDITION. Used; Very Good 
Boxcar Bertha An Autobiography As Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman 
Price: 10.95 USD
The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature, Ben Tarnoff
16 Ben Tarnoff The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
Penguin Publishing Group 159420473X / 9781594204739 HARDCOVER New 
An extraordinary portrait of a fast-changing America—and the Western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity At once an intimate portrait of an unforgettable group of writers and a history of a cultural revolution in America, The Bohemians reveals how a brief moment on the far western frontier changed our culture forever. Beginning with Mark Twain’s arrival in San Francisco in 1863, this group biography introduces readers to the other young eccentric writers seeking to create a new American voice at the country’s edge—literary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbrith, poet and protector of the group. Ben Tarnoff’s elegant, atmospheric history reveals how these four pioneering writers helped spread the Bohemian movement throughout the world, transforming American literature along the way. 
Price: 12.95 USD
Sunday Nights at Seven: The Jack Benny Story, Benny, Jack
17 Benny, Jack Sunday Nights at Seven: The Jack Benny Story
1990 0446515469 / 9780446515467 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
Warner Books, 1990. Book Condition: VERY GOOD in VERY GOOD Dust Jacket. This bestselling biography of Jack Benny, in the tradition of Gracie and The Ragman's Son, is the definitive book on Benny, written in his own words, and with rare photographs and recollections by his daughter. 32-page insert. 
Price: 9.95 USD
Locheim Chashai, Betser, Moki
18 Betser, Moki Locheim Chashai
1900 9650724192 / 9789650724191 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Written in Hebrew. 
Price: 34.95 USD
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity A Memoir, Bill O'Reilly
19 Bill O'Reilly A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity A Memoir
Broadway 2008 0767928822 / 9780767928823 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
The year was 1957, the month September, and I had just turned eight years old. Dwight Eisenhower was President, but in my life it was the diminutive, intense Sister Mary Lurana who ruled, at least in the third-grade class where I was held captive. For reasons you will soon understand, my parents had remanded me to the penal institution of St. Brigid’s School in Westbury, New York, a cruel and unusual punishment if there ever was one. Already, I had barely survived my first two years at St. Brigid’s because I was, well, a little nitwit. Not satisfied with memorizing the Baltimore Catechism’s fine prose, which featured passages like “God made me to show his goodness and to make me happy with him in heaven,” I was constantly annoying my classmates and, of course, the no-nonsense Sister Lurana. With sixty overactive students in her class, she was understandably short on patience. For survival, she had also become quick on the draw. Then it happened. One day I blurted out some dumb remark, and Sister Lurana was on me like a panther. Her black habit blocked out all distractions as she leaned down, looked me in the eye, and uttered words I have never forgotten: “William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity.” And she was dead-on. One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid’s parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O’Reilly and said, “William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity.” Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O’Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir. And this time it’s personal. In his most intimate book yet, O’Reilly goes back in time to examine the people, places, and experiences that launched him on his journey from working-class kid to immensely influential television personality and bestselling author. Readers will learn how his traditional outlook was formed in the crucible of his family, his neighborhood, his church, and his schools, and how his views on America’s proper role in the world emerged from covering four wars on five continents over three-plus decades as a news correspondent. What will delight his numerous fans and surprise many others is the humor and self-deprecation with which he handles one of his core subjects: himself, and just how O’Reilly became O’Reilly. 
Price: 10.95 USD
Wired: The Short Life And Fast Times Of John Belushi, Bob Woodward
20 Bob Woodward Wired: The Short Life And Fast Times Of John Belushi
Simon & Schuster 1900 0671473204 / 9780671473204 HARDCOVER Used; Good 
An investigative reporter chronicles the offstage life of John Belushi as he rose to popularity and concurrently developed a drug habit that he could not control. 
Price: 10.95 USD
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