12 November, 2015

Loot of the Week 13 Nov 2015


This week's loot consists of four prize-winning first editions, a recent signed first American edition, and two Hemingway reprints.

The oldest book is John O'Hara's Ten North Frederick, published in 1955 by Random House and won the National Book Award (NBA) in 1956, on the spiraling downfall of the protagonist whose ambition was to be the US president. Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers traced the moral decay of a society losing faith in its institution through a blotched drug smuggling deal. It was published in 1974 by Houghton Mifflin and won the NBA in 1957.

Then there are the two National Book Critics Circle Award (NBCCA) winners that are currently being made into films. Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn, a detective story published in 1999 by Doubleday, is in Edward Norton's able hands while Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a war story published in 2012 by by Ecco, is directed by Ang Lee and scheduled to be released in late 2016.

There is also Margaret Atwood's latest novel, this one the first American (Not true first, which belongs to the Canadian) edition. Finally, there are two of Hemingway's classics reissued under the Hemingway Library Edition with supplements of early drafts, deleted chapters, annotation, and alternative titles.
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