As you can see from the events column on the right, August is a quiet events month for us. We'll be using that time to prep for our INSANE fall season. Events are just starting to be posted online at harvard.com/events. Keep an eye there for our evolving list of speakers, including Myla Goldberg, Craig Thompson, John Lithgow, Anne Enright, and many more.
Having Harry withdrawl? Tonight, over on Brattle Street, join the Harvard Square Business Association for a musical duel between local band Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. DJ MC Kreacher gets the party started at 7pm. Learn more here.
Fabulous local author Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners) has created a special edition book on Paige (our book-making robot) entitled I Don't Know the Author or the Title But It's Red And It Has 3 Zombie Stories In It. The hearts of booksellers and librarians everywhere will immediately be warmed by this title, but here's a little note from Kelly that explains the unusual title choice: "When you work at a bookshop, hopeful customers sometimes come up to the counter and say, "I don't know the author or the title, but it's red (green, blue, etc) and it has xxxxx in it." (I've said it myself at least once or twice.) Anyway, for a couple of years, my husband Gavin and I have had a running joke about using this as the title of a collection. These three stories have appeared before, in other collections, but we were hoping that an all-zombie mini-book would make a good sampler for new readers. We designed the book and printed it in less than twenty-four hours. How amazing: to see your book made before your eyes! We're now thinking about other projects for Paige M. Gutenborg." It's a slim and gorgeous new book--and it's currently only available at Harvard Book Store! Order your copy here.
And speaking of fun projects on Paige: Harvard Book Store has launched its first ever COMICS CONTEST. Submit your one-to-four page cartoon, comic, or graphic story by Friday, August 19th. . . Winning entries will be compiled in an original collection printed on Paige with grand prize winners receiving gift certificates to the bookstore. Learn more--and submit your work--here.
|New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
| || ||This Burns My Heart: |
by Samuel Park
Simon & Schuster, hardcover
|In postwar South Korea, on the eve of marriage to her weak, timid fiancé, Soo-Ja falls in love with a young medical student. But out of duty to her family and her culture she turns him away, choosing instead a world that leaves her trapped by suffocating customs. "The emotional world of the heroine, Soo-Ja, is beautifully realized; I found myself caught up in her dramas from start to finish, and was reluctant to part with her at the novel's close. A lovely, romantic, haunting book." --Sarah Waters (The Little Stranger)|
| || ||An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine|
by Howard Markel
|"Freud and Halsted never met. But Markel's alternating chapters bring them together in a vivid narrative of two of the most remarkable of the many contributors to our understanding of human biology and function. He has written a tour de force of scientific and social history, one that helps illuminate a unique period in the long story of medical discovery--and the not insignificant cohort of experimenters who have fallen victim to their own research." --The New York Times|
| ||Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists As the Earth Heated Up|
by Raymond S. Bradley
Univ. of Massachusetts Press, paperback
|Global warming is the number one environmental issue of our time, yet some prominent politicians have refused to accept scientific evidence of human responsibility and have opposed any legislation or international agreement that would limit greenhouse gas emissions. "Ray Bradley is one of the scientific heroes of the fight to slow global warming--and so, like many other researchers, he's taken endless lumps from the industry-funded pols trying desperately to delay action. His story is both fascinating and cautionary--about not just our planetary climate, but our political one as well." --Bill McKibben (Eaarth & Deep Economy)|
|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.
| || ||First Annual Anthology of Prose Poems |
by Ellen Clay
Print on Demand, paperback
|The First Annual Anthology of Prose Poems is a collection of all the poems published in the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring issues (2010-2011) of The Prose-Poem Project, an online and print journal devoted entirely to the prose poem. Each season's issue is first posted online and later printed in a companion, small-run, paper edition. The year's four issues are then collected into one anthology.|
|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.
|Trotsky: The Downfall of a Revolutionary Hero|
by Bertrand M. Patenaude
$5.99, hardcover (originally $27.99)
|The historian Patenaude masterfully laces Trotsky's exile in Mexico with pivotal episodes in his career as a young Marxist, Bolshevik leader, and heretic of the Kremlin, eventually targeted for assassination. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls it, "a dramatic, event-filled portrait of a turbulent, half-forgotten era."|
|The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession|
by Allison Hoover Bartlett
$6.99, hardcover (originally $24.95)
|While most thieves steal for profit, rare-book thief John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much immerses the reader in the world of literary obsession and reveals how dangerous it can be.|
|The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies |
by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson
$14.99, hardcover (originally $55)
|The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects (among them ants, bees, wasps, and termites) in this visually spectacular volume. These tightly knit colonies of individuals represent the basic stages of biological organization and this book provides insight into a part of the world previously glimpsed by only a select few.|
|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.
|The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales |
edited by Maria Tatar
Originally published by W.W. Norton and Company in 2002
$18.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
|Maria Tatar, Chair of Folklore & Mythology at Harvard University, guides readers through twenty-six fairy tales, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects on children. Includes 350 full-color photos, paintings, and illustrations.|
|Edgar Allan Poe: Essays and Reviews |
edited by G.R. Thompson
Originally published by The Library of America in 1984
$25.00 (hardcover in slipcase) in Very Good condition
As a reviewer Edgar Allan Poe was direct, discriminating, and feared; as an essayist he was alert to any possibility that in literature there might be found a sense of unity missing from life. Essays and Reviews is the most complete one-volume edition of his nonfiction work ever published.
|Hatred of Capitalism |
edited by Chris Kraus and Sylvère Lotringer
Originally published by Semiotext(e) in 2001
$10.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition
|Hatred of Capitalism collects articles from Semiotext(e), a groundbreaking journal melding French theory with American art and punk underground. "This anthology brings together fiction, narrative, philosophy, and critical theory without imposing a hierarchy among genres." --ARTFORUM|