Books

Henry Toledano

The Inheritance

Aziz Fauzi, an Egyptian, is very concerned about his son who needs a kidney transplant if he is to live. The best surgeons are in the United States or Europe, but the country’s foreign exchange controls prohibit the family from exporting the necessary funds.

On the other side of the world, Jeremy Sequint, a Jew, has a valuable gold coin collection, which he inherited, but it is blocked in Egypt. He wants it out for he, too, needs money, though for a different reason.

This is where the Arab and Jew can both win if they cooperate. A scheme is devised with this end in view. But the relationship is not easy for skepticism, distrust, deception, and natural hostility pervade their every move.

How will they work together? Can they? Will they?

Readers' Reactions

“Pace, humor, and plot development—these elements make this book a winner. Add in a little cultural light in the story, and The Inheritance becomes one of my favorite books of all time. I highly recommend Toledano’s book to all those who love a thrilling story that will keep you at the edge until the end.”

—Daniel Anderson

“I just love how Henry Toledano harmoniously combined the cultural differences of the two main characters in order to create a story that will not only engage the reader’s attention from start to finish but will also blow the mind of anyone reading the story. Now, I’m really looking forward to reading more works from the author.”

—Nancy Carter

“Wow! I usually read a book in a week’s time, but when I started turning the pages of The Inheritance, I couldn’t put it down. I have finished it in just two days, and that’s a new record for me. It only shows how amazing the story is. Don’t you think so? I highly recommend this to everyone who loves a good, thrilling novel that doesn’t travel the conventional way of surprising its readers.”

—Donna Scott

Modern Library Price Guide: 1917–2000
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Modern Library Price Guide: 1917–2000

The book is a one-in-a-limited edition of one hundred signed, numbered copies of this special collector’s edition of Mr. Toledano’s indispensable guide. A must for any Modern Library collector, this hardcover guide to reprinted classic works covers all varieties of editions of the ML series: traditional hardcovers, ML Giants, flex cloth, illustrated, paperback and ‘modern’ ISBN-style versions. It also includes information about covers, Toledano spine numbers, designers, issuance numbers, pricing information, dating tips, and dust jackets. Initially, the layout of this work can be baffling; but with use, it becomes indispensable to the collector, bookseller, or scout.

The book appeared originally in 1993. In 1999 a third updated and revised) edition appeared.

Readers' Reactions

“I’ve been a collector of a Modern Library classics for a few years now. It’s nice to know that there’s a guide out there that can help me out in pulling it off.”

—John D. Adam, San Francisco, California

“This book was an insightful read. It has inspired me to start collecting books myself.”

—Michael A. Myles, Norcross, Georgia

Goreyography

For libraries, booksellers, and collectors, Goreyography is a must.

It lists more than one thousand entries on the printed works of Edward Gorey that include first, foreign, and reprint editions and their values; theatrical productions; art and book exhibits and articles by and about Gorey; original paintings, drawings and prints, collectibles, and ephemera; and more, all in one compact volume for easy reference.

Readers' Reactions

“[The book is] an exhaustive and comprehensive guide to the works of the late, great Edward Gorey. Well worth it if you are a collector of Gorey; it covers his own works, works he’s illustrated, magazines he’s appeared in, prices for all, and even resources to locate collectibles. This volume may not appeal all that much to the average reader, but ‘Goreyphiles’ will enjoy the details.”

—Amazon customer

“As a fan of Gorey’s work, I appreciate the author’s effort to compile his works. I know it wasn’t an easy task, so props to him for a job well done!”

—James D. Grant, Centennial, Colorado

In and Around the Caribbean

The stories are set in and around the Caribbean. The fiction includes stories about a young man torn between love and ambition; a protective mother’s concern for her daughter; a bet centering on seduction; a man fighting his alcoholism; a landlord’s attempt to fill his apartments with the help of a witch; and more. The travel stories are factual and based on my travels around the world from 1960 to 1961.

Readers' Reactions

“I enjoyed reading this book while waiting for a flight. I recommend it to anyone who wants a fun read.”

—Diane C. Daniel, College Station, Texas

“Thanks to its setting, the book made want to go on a much-needed vacation. I had fun reading the stories, especially the one with the landlord!”

—Melissa M. Early, Los Angeles, California

Nasty Stories and a Fable with a Happy Ending

The book is a collection of psychological stories set in England and the Bahamas and is about warped characters in a variety of frustrating situations—a satyr in pursuit of lost pleasures; a man who thinks he’s a genius; an older woman hungry for a younger man; a couple fighting over the custody of their son; and a control freak who exploits a friend for personal ambition. The title of the fable, “Tommy’s Adventures in His Search for Happiness,” says it all.

Readers' Reactions

“I like how the fable had a happier ending compared to the other stories. The book was definitely an interesting one to read.”

—Mary C. Gayheart, Asheville, North Carolina

“If you’re fond of reading psychological stories, this book is for you. The first story alone left me on the edge of my seat.”

—Grace R. Sellars, Pinewood, South Carolina

The Road to Hell and Other Stories

Stories here, there, and nowhere are a potpourri of tales set in North America, Europe, Egypt, and neither here nor there. The title of the book is about a man’s Oedipus complex. Other stories include a man’s obsession with his baldness; a man desperate to save his marriage; a broker torn between whether to marry or remain single; two young satyrs looking for a good time; a woman in search of a husband, plus a couple of supernatural and gay stories; and topping it all off—a fable.

Readers' Reactions

“Supernatural stories were always a favorite of mine. I guess I have a new favorite to add to my list.”

—Stephen C. Hines, Tampa, Florida

“Among all the stories in the book, I found the tale of the two satyrs amusing. Overall, I was entertained by what the book had to offer.”

—John P. Catee, Monticello, Arkansas

The Turn in the Road (A Young Man on the Edge)

Peter George Whitehill is the son of a first consul stationed in Cairo. But Peter is just about to escape his public school for good and head to London, just two hours away, where he’ll make a stab at independence at the age of seventeen and a half.

Henry Toledano’s The Turn in the Road is a highly entertaining and absorbing tale of Peter’s introduction to looking out for himself in a world of scoundrels. He finds accommodation with the gambling dreamer, Gerald, and his friend, the charming bully, Claude. After a salutary introduction to women (Mary) and sex (Ann), Peter is gradually drawn into a world of gambling debt, dubious honor, and love.

Set in 1951 London, The Turn in the Road is a page-turning coming-of-age story as the good people in Peter’s life are called to the rescue—but will they arrive in time?

Readers' Reactions

“Although the story is set in a different time, I can relate to Peter’s story as he comes of age. The feeling of nostalgia was strong with this book.”

—Jeremy B. Johnson, Burien, Washington

“Reading the book made me reflect on my antics as a teenager back then. I think Peter’s coming-of-age story is something all of us can relate to.”

—Jerome D. Jaro, Odenton, Maryland