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Auster, Paul (Editor/Contributor) & Numerous Contributing Writers. I THOUGHT MY FATHER WAS GOD AND OTHER TRUE TALES FROM NPR'S NATIONAL STORY PROJECT. New York City, NY: Henry Holt And Company, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 383 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of true stories. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents one of the finest collections of true stories, gathered by NPR and culled by Paul Auster, who contributes an Introductory Essay. "Finally! A bathroom-book worthy of Pulitzer consideration: The one- to three-page stories gathered in this astonishing, addictive collection are absolute gems. In 1999, novelist Paul Auster and National Public Radio's 'All Things Considered' asked listeners to send in true stories to be read on-air as part of the National Story Project. Auster received more than 4, 000 submissions. The 180 best are published here. The result is an archive of facts, a museum of American reality. Auster is particularly interested in stories that 'defy our expectations about the world, anecdotes that reveal the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives'. Accordingly, a vast number of the stories involve incredible, stranger-than-fiction coincidences: A pendant lost in the ocean off Atlantic City that is discovered 10 years later in a Lake Placid antique shop. The missing pieces of a china set handpainted by the author's grandmother that mysteriously surface at a flea market. A man who turns purple and dies just after being told to 'drop dead'. Others, while not as improbable, are no less powerful: An anecdote about a ruined birthday cake leads one contributor to muse that fighting is 'an intimate gesture reserved for the people close to you'. A small boy's realization that his mother has pawned her wedding ring so that she can buy him a school uniform serves as the knockout of one of the collection's stories. The renaissance in autobiographical writing, the accessibility of these captivating stories, and this title's appeal to all sorts of readers make this an ideal book" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for all readers and collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Paul Auster. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of (surprisingly) very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the most enthralling true stories of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL AUSTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0805067140. $60.00

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