The Viking Press, 1978. Second printing [stated]. Hardcover. Format is approximately 5.5 inches by 9 inches. , 183,  pages. Ink initials on fep. DJ has some wear and soiling. Zip establishes Apple, the author of The Oranging of America, as one of the most original, funny, and touching writers of his generation. Ira Goldstein, still single, still living at home, still working at Goldstein's We Buy Junk and Batteries, could sure use some zip. So he tries to find it--it the steamy training room of Jesus Marinez, in the arms and in the water bed of Jesus's girl friend Debby, and finally in the chaotic world of the radical undergrounds, where he hobnobs with Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and Fidel. Zip establishes Apple, the author of The Oranging of America, as one of the most original, funny, and touching writers of his generation. Max Apple (born October 22, 1941) is an American short story writer, novelist, and professor at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Apple received his B.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1970) from The University of Michigan. Apple taught creative writing at Rice University in Houston, Texas for 29 years, where he held the Fox Chair in English. After retiring from Rice University, Apple moved to Philadelphia, where he teaches at The University of Pennsylvania. Along with his published novels and short story collections, he wrote the screenplays for Smokey Bites the Dust, The Air Up There, and Roommates (based on his 1994 biography Roommates: My Grandfather's Story). So what's a nice Jewish boy like Ira Goldstein doing managing a flashy Puerto Rican boxer named Jesus? What is his mother doing in the arms of Solomon, the scrap-metal king of Detroit? And what, for toppers, is J. Edgar Hoover doing in a chair suspended over a boxing ring in Havana, Cuba? Charge it all to zip - that elusive form of human energy that makes hearts leap, cash flow, ideologies tremble, the world go round. Ira could sure use some zip, so he tries to find it. Condition: Very good / Good.
Keywords: Boxing, Puerto Rican, Edgar Hoover, Havana, Radicals, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Fidel Castro, Jesus Marinez, Water Bed, Underground Movements