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Chiappone, Richard, CITY FISHING. NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. 188 pages.
~~~ Shelves of books have been written about the ultimate fly-fishing experience: the trip to remote, pristine waters where fish are plentiful and wild. But sometimes there's good fishing to be found right down the street, in the most unlikely of settings. These writers share stories about the fish they've found in the midst of Manhattan, London, Tokyo, and Paris. Fishing a manmade lake in the suburbs of Minnesota, a park pond in New Jersey, in suspect rivers within sight of factories in Buffalo and Oakland, they steal an hour or two and go off to fish where they can, when they can, because they can't not fish. This unorthodox collection reveals what true fishermen understand: good fishing is to be had anywhere you can find it.

$19.95

Jakle, John A., CITY LIGHTS: Illuminating the American Night. NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Illustrations, notes, index, 292 pages.
~~~ Today's cities shine brightly at night, illuminated by millions of street lamps, neon signs, and incandescent and fluorescent bulbs burning in the windows of office blocks, apartment buildings, and homes. Indeed, the modern city is in large part defined by this brilliance. In contrast, cities before the end of the nineteenth century were dominated by shadows and darkness, their oil lamps mostly ineffectual against the night. The introduction of modern lighting technologies in the 1870s - at first natural gas and later electricity - transformed urban life in America and around the world.
~~~ This Promethean story and its impact on the shape and pace of life in the American city is recounted by John A. Jakle in City Lights. Jakle reveals how artificial lighting became a dynamic instrument that altered every aspect of the urban landscape and was in turn shaped by the growth of America's automobile culture. He examines the technological and entrepreneurial innovations that made urban illumination possible and then explores the various ways in which artificial lighting was used to enhance - for reasons of commerce, safety, aesthetics, and mobility - such public spaces as streets, festivals, world's fairs, amusement parks, landmarks, and business districts. From the corner street lamp to the dazzling display of Broadway's "Great White Way," City Lights offers a lively and informative investigation into the geography of the night.
~~~ Currrently in print at $48.

$40.00

Kunstler, James Howard, THE CITY IN MIND: Notes on the Urban Condition. NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Free Press,188 pages.
~~~ The City in Mind tells the story of urban design and how the architectural makeup of a city directly influences its culture as well as its success. From the ingenious architectural design of Louis-Napoleon's renovation of Paris to the bloody collision of cultures that occurred when Cortes conquered the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, from the grandiose architectural schemes of Hitler and Albert Speer to the meanings behind the ludicrous spectacle of Las Vegas, Kunstler opens up a new dialogue on the development and effects of urban construction. In his investigations, he discovers American communities in the Sunbelt and Southwest alienated from each other and themselves, Northeastern cities caught between their initial civic construction and our current car-obsessed society, and a disparate Europe with its mix of pre-industrial creativity, and war-marked reminders of the twentieth century.

$25.00

Suarez, Ray, THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD. NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Free Press, 264 pages.
~~~ With a great deal of sadness, NPR host Ray Suarez chronicles the effects of the American migration from cities to suburbs in the second half of the 20th century. He visited a number of cities--including Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Miami, and Washington--to find out what went wrong. The Old Neighborhood makes its case with an effective mix of data and quotations from interviews with community organizers, government officials, people who stayed in the cities, and those who left. One of the best things about the book--no doubt a product of Suarez's radio background--is its tendency for extended quotations, where the voices of his interview subjects more fully emerge.

$26.00















Jones, Tayari, LEAVING ATLANTA. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, Warner Books, 255 pages.
~~~ It's summer in Atlanta and black children are disappearing. By the time the heinous killing spree is over, 29 will be dead. This haunting menace provides the backdrop to the exquisitely evocative stories of three children fighting the everyday battles of adolescence: Tasha, who is coping with her parents' separation and the sweet pain of a first crush on a tender boy; Rodney, who struggles to make friends and wants only to please his abusive father; and Octavia, who faces down the popular crowd at school and must straddle the line between protected and protective daughter. Ultimately, these individual stories reveal the loss of innocence that accompanies the passage from childhood to adulthood.

$23.95

Lamb, Robert, ATLANTA BLUES. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, Harbor House, 240 pages.
~~~ A mother's plea to find her missing daughter leads a reporter to probe the dark underbelly of Atlanta where he come face-to-face with an all-too-human evil.

$24.95






Walker, Blair S., DON'T BELIEVE YOUR LYING EYES. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, One World, 225 pages.
~~~ Every month for the last eighteen years, the payments for unit twenty-five at a storage facility in West Baltimore have arrived without fail. After the money orders mysteriously stop, a grisly surprise is found inside the abandoned space: the mummified remains of black socialite Adrienne Jackson. The victim's fiancé was none other than one of Baltimore's most prominent politicians, who has since remarried a much younger woman. Adrienne's disappearance during an apparent robbery in 1984 shocked and saddened the people of Baltimore. Now her murder has reopened old wounds, and cast a shadow of suspicion on a pillar of the community. Into this lurid state of affairs steps Baltimore Herald reporter Darryl Billups, who is set to marry his longtime, live-in girlfriend, Yolanda. Nervous about the upcoming wedding after fifteen years of bachelorhood, he welcomes any distraction and eagerly throws himself into the sordid case. Yet after receiving sensitive inside information from a contact in the police department, Darryl discovers there's much more to the story than meets the eye. Maneuvering through a world of lies and deception, privilege and power, Darryl uncovers secrets and bombshells that will lead him to an unlikely suspect - one who will shake the foundations of a proud city . . . and one that just may cost Darryl his life.

$22.95











Barnes, Linda, DEEP POCKETS. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. St Martin's Minotaur. 310 pages.
~~~ Harvard Professor Wilson Chaney's position in life is hanging by a thread: his marriage, his reputation, not to mention his tenure at Harvard, are in the hands of a blackmailer: someone threatening to sell Chaney's secrets at very high prices. His enviable life could disappear into thin air should the blackmailer's evidence - proof of his affair with a young student - become public knowledge. So he hires Boston private investigator Carlotta Carlyle to track down the blackmailer and put a stop to the scheme. Can she do it? Of course. But should she? The professor doesn't inspire much loyalty - after all, he did commit adultery with one of his own students - but Carlotta agrees to help him. Digging into the case, nosing around Harvard and the possible suspects from the rest of Dr. Chaney's life, she uncovers a suspicious death as part of the backstory to Dr. Chaney's situation. Suddenly Carlotta's sixth sense is telling her the case might be more dangerous than it first seemed.

$24.95

Costello, Mark, BAG MEN. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. Harvest Books. 263 pages.
~~~ It is New Year's Day, 1965, and the body of Father George Sedgewick is discovered on a snow-covered runway of Logan Airport. Gone missing are four thousand communion hosts consecrated by Pope Paul VI, meant to be given out to the faithful at the first English-language mass in America later that year. Ray Dunn, a rising young assistant district attorney and the son of a corrupt cop, is assigned to the case. In another part of the city, legendary narcotics detective Manny Manning begins a desperate search for the shadowy source of deadly new heroin hitting the streets. This time Manny is determined to reach the top, but his adversary is cunning, brutal - and branching out into a strange drug called "acid." These quests for a killer and a dealer will intersect, unleashing the ghosts of the past and unlocking the secrets of Boston's most powerful institutions.

$14.00

Devane, Terry, UNCOMMON JUSTICE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Putnam Publishing Group. 307 pages.
~~~ Disillusioned with her first foray into corporate law, Mairead O'Clare leaves a high-powered Boston firm to join ranks with Sheldon Gold, a down-at-the-heels criminal attorney. Mairead barely knows how to find the courthouse, let alone how to navigate the treacherous waters of a criminal trial. And immediately she finds herself thrust in the middle of a capital murder case, when she is assigned to represent Alpha, a homeless man and self-proclaimed hermit charged with the murder of another homeless man on the banks of the Charles River.

$14.00

Faherty, Terence, ORION RISING: An Owen Keene Mystery. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. St Martin's Press, 307 pages.
~~~ In the spring of 1969, a young nurse is raped and brutally beaten in a quiet suburb of Boston called Cleveland Circle. Twenty-six years later, a ne'er-do-well Boston accountant, James Courtney Murray, is murdered and a yellowed newspaper clipping describing the old rape is left on his body. The latest DNA-testing techniques confirm his killer's charge: Murray was the Cleveland Circle rapist. Enter Owen Keane, failed seminarian and compulsive solver of mysteries. Keane was a college classmate of Murray's and a fellow suspect in the Cleveland Circle attack. He sets out to clear his friend and find his murderer, driven by his own guilty knowledge of the 1969 crime. As he moves though the Boston of 1995, Keane slips back repeatedly to his lost days in college, both to reexamine the old mystery and to revisit a love affair that had as profound an effect on his life as any murder. He is caught in the middle when the past and present collide in the most harrowing climax of this critically acclaimed series.

$22.95

Parker, Robert B., HUSH MONEY: A Spenser Novel. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Putnam Publishing Group. 309 pages.
~~~ Boston P.I. Spenser has his hands full when he takes on two cases at once. In the first, a high-minded university might be hiding a killer within a swamp of political correctness. And in the other, Spenser comes to the aid of a stalking victim, only to find himself the unwilling object of the woman's dangerous affection.

$22.95

Rossiter, William S. (ed), DAYS AND WAYS IN OLD BOSTON. Malcom Fraser and Jacques Reich. Boston: R.H. Stearns and Company, 1915. Cloth. book:Good. Exterior of cover hinges beginning to crack at ends, though interior hinges still intact. Some fraying at spine ends and corners. Book otherwise intact. Paper labels on cover & spine still intact. Profusely illustrated with drawings, engravings and photographic plates. Finely printed with wide margins. Nine essays covering different aspects of Boston's cultural, literary and business history, from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. 144 pages.

$30.00






$20.00

[Brooklyn] Myrna Katz Frommer & Harvey Frommer. IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN. Harcourt & Brace, Harvest Book, 1993., NEW. Paperback. 8x10. Profusely illustrated, index, 250 pp.
[Brooklyn] Andrea Wyatt Sexton & Alice Leccese Powers (editors), THE BROOKLYN READER: Thirty Writers Celebrate America's Favorite Borough. Harmony Books, NY, 1994. "
There is no other place quite like Brooklyn. Not only has it inspired and nurtured many native writers, it has had a profound impact on those passing through. The Brooklyn Reader features a rich diversity of writings — short stories, poetry, essays, novels, biographies, and plays — that offer thirty writers' unique and colorful experiences of New York City's biggest borough. Ranging from warm, nostalgic memories of childhood to humorous tales of new arrivals adjusting to the American way, or just stories of life's unplanned adventures, this reading tour is a true delight. Contributors include: Anatole Broyard, Cristina Garcia, Henry Miller, Betty Smith, Derek Walcott, Truman Capote, Spike Lee, Isaac Bashevis Singer, William Styron, Walt Whitman."

$20.00







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