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June 10, 2011

The FICTION FRIDAYS celebration continues today! Each Friday this summer, ALL new hardcover and paperback fiction will be discounted 15%--both in the store and on our website. Learn more here.    


Take a look in our Publisher Focus window this week and you'll find the fabulous independent literary press, Tupelo, publishing emerging and established literary voices of distinction.  


And here, in this week's featured video staff rec, Alex heads to familiar locale to talk about the Baseball Field Guide (always a big seller for Father's Day in the store): 

Alex Recommends!  

Recently, a crew from Harvard Book Store spent a week in NYC getting the dirt on Fall's big books. (Please note that ALL these following titles are available for pre-order by clicking on the link!) We're all crazy excited about several heavyweight titles, including: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Annie Leibovitz's Pilgrimage (featuring an intro by Doris Kearns Goodwin), and Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery

Personally, I was thrilled to learn that Anne Enright, Luis Alberto Urrea, AND Colson Whitehead have new novels on the way... and Colson's We the Animalshas zombies! I was pleased to hear a ton of bookseller buzz for both debut novelist Justin Torres and for Harvard Professor Stephen Greenblatt and his groundbreaking new book, Swerve: How the World Became Modern.

Carole, our general manager, snagged an advanced copy of Joan Didion's follow-up to The Year of Magical Thinking, Blue Nights, which deals with the death of her daughter and her own experience of aging. Carole read it immediately and LOVED it, calling it "amazingly well-written, never sentimental or self-pitying." Carole is now waiting to get her hands on Michael Ondaatje's new novel, The Cat's Table, as well as Adam Gopnik's The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food--one of Carole's favorite essayists, writing on some of her favorite topics.

Head buyer Megan geeked out over the new translation of The Iliad by Stephen Mitchell, and swooned to hear more about River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, the follow-up to one of her favorite books, Sea of Poppies. Megan was also intrigued by Hector Tobar's Ghosh!novel, The Barbarian Nurseries, which looks to be sort of an LA version of The Bonfire of the Vanities, and she can't wait to read the dystopian novel, When She Woke, by Hilary Jordan.

Store owner (and closet physicist) Jeff is excited about Lisa Randall's Knocking On Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. And the always-wonderful Tony Horwitz will release a new history book featuring one of Jeff's favorite historical characters in Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War. Both of these authors will be here for events this Fall, as will another Jeff-favorite Dava Sobel for her new one, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.    


Whew! And this doesn't even start to cover the multitude of amazing titles coming out this Fall. Stay tuned for more highly anticipated releases, including many from our favorite local authors, professors, and presses. And thanks for buying (and pre-ordering!) your books from Harvard Book Store. 


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

by Sara Gran

Houghton Mifflin., hardcover
Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant deductive skills and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses dreams, omens, and drugs to help her solve mysteries. She has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans to investigate the disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide-plagued city. Has an angry criminal enacted revenge on Vic? Or did he use the storm as a means to disappear? Claire follows the clues, finding old friends and making new enemies--foremost among them Andray Fairview, a young gang member who just might hold the key to the mystery.
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 Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It
by Amy Cortese

Wiley, hardcover

Locavesting is a call to rethink the way we invest, so that we support the small businesses that create jobs and sustain healthy, resilient communities. Just as "Buy Local" campaigns have found that a small shift in purchasing to locally-owned enterprises can reap benefits for a local economy, so, too, can a small shift in our investment dollars. Amy Cortese explores the revolution in citizen finance taking root across the country, and shows how local investing can help rebuild our nest eggs, our communities and--just perhaps--the country. "An inspiring look at what local businesses can achieve." --Joseph E. Stiglitz
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Scholarly The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives 
by Frank Moss

Crown, paperback
"This book will be a delight for anyone who cares about innovation. For more than twenty-five years, the MIT Media Lab has been inventing the future and humanizing technology. Weaving fascinating tales with insightful concepts, Frank Moss tells us how. He shows the way to harness passion and break down the walls between disciplines in order to unleash creativity in fields ranging from robotics to music to the making of mechanical limbs." --Walter Isaacson
Learn more
Printed on Paige
Each week, we'll feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store on Paige, our book-making machine. Featured books will range from fresh works from local authors to near-forgotten titles discovered in our extensive print-on-demand database.  
Printed on Paige
 The Cancer Assassin
by Douglas Glenn Clark

Print on Demand, paperback
The need to make things right inspires this story collection. A cancer patient fights for more than his life; a mom offers cash to help her abandoned child; and a fake online sex ad sets up revenge.
Learn more
Bargain Books
Bargain Books are new books at used book prices. Limited copies are available of these titles, so if you see something that you're interested in, come in and check it out soon. To see more of our Bargain Books section, visit our Bargain Books page.
Plenitude: The New Economies of True Wealth
by Juliet B. Schor

$9.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)  

At a moment of ecological and financial crisis, bestselling author and economist Juliet B. Schor presents a revolutionary strategy for transitioning toward a richer, more balanced life. Publishers Weekly calls Plenitude: "fresh, persuasive, and passionately argued."
The Way We Work
by David Macaulay

$7.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)  

"In this comprehensive and entertaining resource, multi award-winner David Macaulay reveals the inner workings of the human body with his trademark humor. This one-of-a-kind book takes readers on a visual journey through the human body.

The New York Trilogy
by Paul Auster

$5.99, paperback (originally $12.95)  

The New York Trilogy consists of three interlocking novels-- haunting and mysterious tales that move at the breathless pace of a thriller. "Auster has added some new dimensions to modern literature and--more importantly even--to our perspectives on the planet." --The Boston Globe

Finds Downstairs in the Used Book Department


Featured used books go fast, so if any titles interest you, stop in to check them out soon. We will hold the book if you are the first caller to reserve it. To reserve a book, call (617) 661-1515 and ask for our Used Department. We're also always looking for books to buy. Learn about selling your used books, including textbooks, here.

A Studio of Her Own
by Erica E. Hirshler
Originally published by MFA Publications in 2001
$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The interwoven stories of some forty women artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, exploring "the individual lives and talents of Boston women artists and the integrated relationships that enabled them to excel."
I Know How to Cook
by Ginette Mathiot
Originally published by Phaidon Press Limited in 2009
$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The bible of traditional French home cooking, I Know How to Cook is to France what The Silver Spoon is to Italy. A bestseller since its first publication in 1932, it is now available in English for the first time. I Know How to Cook reveals all the secrets of good, simple French cooking and the foundations of modern cuisine.
To Dwell is to Garden
by Sam Bass Warner, Jr.
Originally published by Northeastern University Press in 1987
$10.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
To Dwell is to Garden is a history of Boston's Community Gardens with portraits and reflection of Boston's gardeners in a portfolio by Hansi Durlach.

Author Events


Print June's event flyer here. Or subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here!
All Upcoming Events 

Sue Miller with Margot Livesey
Mon, June 13, 7PM

Bestselling novelist Sue Miller discusses her most recent work, The Lake Shore Limited, with acclaimed local author Margot Livesey.
At Harvard Book StoreLearn More

Michelle Toth
Tues, June 14, 7PM

Harvard Business School graduate and debut novelist Michelle Toth reads from Annie Begins. Cosponsored by Grub Street.
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Jim Shepard 
Wed, June 15, 7PM

Award-winning short story writer and novelist Jim Shepard reads from his most recent story collection, You Think That's Bad.
At Harvard Book Store
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Philosophy Café 
Wed, June 15, 7:30PM

phil cafe
The Philosophy Café is a monthly gathering meant for the informal, relaxed, philosophical discussion of topics of mutual interest to participants.
At Harvard Book Store, lower level
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Michael Bronski
Thurs, June 16, 7PM

Gender and sexuality scholar Michael Bronski discusses his most recent book, A Queer History of the United States.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Brook Gladstone
Mon, June 20, 7PM

Co-host of NPR's On the Media Brooke Gladstone discusses her new graphic nonfiction exploration of the media, The Influence Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Eleanor Henderson
Tues, June 21, 7PM

Acclaimed story writer and essayist Eleanor Henderson reads from her debut novel, Ten Thousand Saints.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

David McCullough
Wed, June 22, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough signs copies of his newest work, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

J. Courtney Sullivan
Thurs, June 23, 7PM

Bestselling novelist J. Courtney Sullivan reads from her second novel, Maine. 
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Our $5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at events or at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates. Please note that your ticket guarantees you a seat until five minutes before an event begins.


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Heather Gain
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