JOHN O'HARA


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JOSEPH CONRAD

RANDOM HOUSE NEW · YORK

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  • BOOKS BY JOHN O'HARA ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Mrs. Stratton of Oak Knoll 3
  • The Weakness 64
  • The Man with the Broken Arm 80
  • The Lighter When Needed 92
  • The Pioneer Hep-Cat 103
  • The Sharks 117
  • The Girl from California 126
  • A Cold Calculating Thing 145
  • You Can Always Tell Newark 157
  • The High Point 173
  • Call Me, Call Me 185
  • It's Mental Work 193
  • In the Silence 211
  • First Day in Town 233
  • Exactly Eight Thousand Dollars Exactly 250
  • Mary and Norma 259
  • The Cellar Domain 271
  • The Properties of Love 286
  • Reassurance 297
  • The Free 316
  • The Compliment 330
  • Sterling Silver 338
  • The Trip 348
  • In a Grove 357
  • The Old Folks 370
  • A Case History 382
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