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Book People Signed First Club Subscription Review June 2015

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Book People Signed First Club Subscription Review June 2015 Box

Book subscription boxes have become one of my new favorite box genres, and I have been signing up for every one of them I can find! The Signed First Club subscription from Book People is just what it sounds like – every month they send you a first edition signed book.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Book People Signed First Club Subscription Review June 2015 Open

The Subscription: Signed First Club

The Cost: $35 a month (you have to pay $210 up front for a 6-month subscription)

The Products: “You’ll receive one signed first edition hardcover book each month, handpicked by BookPeople’s discerning Signed First team. We’ll also include a protective Brodart book cover to preserve the value of your book.”

Check out all of my Signed First Club reviews!

Book People Signed First Club Subscription Review June 2015 Book

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle – Retail Value $27.99 (On Amazon for $16.97)

I wish Book People put the sticker on the outside plastic cover instead of directly on the cover – oh well!

Book Summary from Amazon:

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character.

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son’s paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.

On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal—only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control.

Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and non-applicable. Adam’s senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam’s mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic—a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history.

As he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.

And here is the signature page:

Book People Signed First Club Subscription Review June 2015 Signature

Verdict: I said it in the last review, and I’ll say it again: I think it’s important to call out that the value in this subscription is the curation from Book People, and getting a signed copy of a first edition box. If that’s valuable to you, I think you’ll enjoy this subscription – if it isn’t, then I wouldn’t recommend this box.

What do you think of the Signed First Club? Is getting a signed copy of a book valuable to you?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. My problem is that signed editions don’t cost any more than others and they’re not really worth a whole lot more either. Our local bookstore has LOADS of books that are signed. Since this is only one book, what if you aren’t interested in it? Boyle is hardly a “new” author, so this wouldn’t be a discovery for me. That’s some really iffy curation.

    • What is your local bookstore? That is impressive!


        You can even buy signed copies from their web site. There are two other bookstore in town, and they sell signed books as well. Even when I’ve been to big chains, I’ve seen signed books.

  2. It’s an intriguing story. It sounds like a story that makes me think about it when reading and afterwards.

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