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Subject: Highlight a Book on Your Shelf Too Old to Have an ISBN
Date Posted: 4/17/2008 7:19 AM ET
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Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton ( http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/111004-Cry+the+Beloved+Country ) - I don't know if it's a first edition, but it is from the first year of publication - 1948. It's a hardback in good shape I bought from the library.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 7:52 AM ET
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  • Mr. Hobbs, a normally frustrated, but reasonably successful businessman, had been looking forward to his vacation with eagerness. Mrs. Hobbs had selected, sight unseen, a large, old house by the sea which could accommodate not only Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs and Kate, but also their two unmarried daughters, their only half understood son-in-law and - most important of all- their three beloved grandchildren. Somehow, when the time arrived, affairs did not turn out as he anticipated. The problem of hot water, the demands of hospitality, garbage disposal... Mr. Hobbs found himself existing in the midst of what seemed to him unbelievable chaos.
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  • Mr. Hobbs, a normally frustrated but reasonably successful businessman, had been looking forward to his vacation with eagerness. Mrs. Hobbs had selected, sight unseen, a large, old house by the sea which could accommodate not only Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs and Kate, but also their two married daughters, their only half-understood sons-in-law and -- most important of all -- their three beloved grandchildren.
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  • For months ahead Mr. Hobbs had daydreamed of the pleasures that would be his and the many things he would do. But, somehow, when the time arrived, affairs did not turn out as he anticipated. His grandchildren were either sleeping or eating. His daughters were involved in their own pursuits. His sons-in-law baffled him. The business of living kept getting in his way -- the problem of hot water, the demands of hospitality, garbage disposal. A man who worshiped order, Mr. Hobbs found himself existing in the midst of what seemed to him unbelievable chaos.
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  • What it adds up to is a story even funnier than "Father of the Bride," made all the more poignant by an occasional twinge of heartache. Somewhere back in the early days when as a soldier in World War I, Mr. Streeter wrote Dere Mable, he made the discovery that most people, whether of high or low degree, are ordinary human beings whose day-to-day hopes and aspirations are basically akin, and who are constantly being knocked about by reality in much the same way. That may be why, for readers of his books, each pang of recognition explodes in laughter -- and each burst of laughter leaves a faint shock wave, as of old wounds complaining. However it works, you will read Mr. Hobbs' Vacation in a state of blissful good humor which will be shared by all of those to whom you insist on reading it aloud.


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Date Posted: 4/17/2008 8:00 AM ET
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Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal, 1968 paperback.

The Rebellion of Yale Marratt by Robert H. Rimmer, 1964 PB.

I also have a bunch of 1960s PB unpostables.  If you're interested in specific titles, send me a PM.

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Date Posted: 4/17/2008 12:40 PM ET
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Tune in For Elizabeth
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Mary Margaret McBride
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TagsVintage hardcover


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ISBN: 117591
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company
Publication Date: 1945
Book Type: Hardcover
Date Posted: 4/18/2008 2:09 PM ET
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The Lotteries by Daoma Winston

When a young woman named Quinn won the big ticket in the state lottery, she was just too lucky to live. At least that's what one person thought and very quietly began to plot her death.
Quinn received a series of anonymous congratulatory letters, and with each one she became more and more uneasy - especially when she noticed that the postmarks showed her mysterious well-wisher was coming closer and closer to the the tiny New England town in which she lived.
One night Quinn came home and found her pet kitten slaughtered, with it's skin stretched and nailted to the front door. Quinn knew terror then, but she didn't know who, or what, or why.
The Lotteries is a story of twisted passions, of family madness, of buried scandal- and of a stalking horror that eventually pulls into it's dark orbit the villagers of a peaceful northwoods hamlet. There's Mary, who longs for a world larger than her trailer camp existence, for whom the lottery is a momentary ticket to selfhood.. Adelaid, a pampered, dissatisfied matron who uses her winnings as a source of vengeful power.. Nathaniel, who planned to ransom an entire commmunity with his good fortune.. Joe, always poor, but rich for a moment...Mr. and Mrs. Belton, whose tranquil lives were almost shattered by the prospect of sudden wealth...Dorsey, whose need to win was the greates of all. Around them a silent threat circled, drawing closer, plotting quite another fate for all the winners.
Daoma Winston has taken the theme of the state lottery to write a chilling novel of pursuite and suspense. everyone who loves a story too good to put down will find a winner in The Lotteries.
Date Posted: 4/18/2008 2:34 PM ET
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Learn to Say Goodbye - Jan Middleton

 

It's a love and war story.