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Maynard, Joyce. THE BEST OF US: A MEMOIR. New York City, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 437 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second memoir. A contemporary classic of the genre. 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 Joyce Maynard's "The Best of Us: A Memoir". Just The Two of Us. Dedicated to her late husband, Jim. "Heart-wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life" (Anne Lamott). "When she was in her late fifties, beloved author Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair. He asked real questions and gave real answers. He loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight. He didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of. Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple, to be a true partner, and to have one" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Joyce Maynard collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed (initialled) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Joy, Joyce Maynard". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. She also drew a self-portrait that fills up, beautifully, the whole page: The self-portrait is, in effect, her signature. This title is now collectible, and will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and inscribed (with original drawing) 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. One of the most beloved American writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1635570344. $60.00

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