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Tax Holiday News from Harvard Book Store
August 12, 2011

Tonight at midnight is the start of Massachusetts's Tax Holiday Weekend. All purchases will be tax-free this Saturday and Sunday--and Harvard Book Store will offer an additional 10% discount to all our Frequent Buyers both in the store and online at harvard.com. View complete details here and we look forward to seeing you in the store this weekend!


September is almost upon us. . . . Check out harvard.com/events to see our amazing line-up of fall talks, including a just-added special event at the Brattle Theatre featuring award-winning journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin with FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk. Following a complete screening of a new FRONTLINE documentary that examinesFRONTLINE the history of the secret side of America's "war on terror," our panelists will further discuss the issues raised in Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State. Tickets for this event are free--and will go quickly. Reserve your seats online starting August 15th at 9am.  Learn more here.  


(It's probably events like this that garnered us Boston Magazine's 

Best of Boston Award for Best Reading Series. Thanks, Boston Magazine!)  


Kudos to the wonderful Philip Levine, just named U.S. Poet Laureate.  


Our COMICS CONTEST deadline is almost upon us. You have until Friday, August 19th to submit your one-to-four page cartoon, comic, or graphic story. Winning entries will be compiled in an original collection printed on Paige, our in-store book-making robot. Grand prize winners will receive fame, fortune, and/or gift certificates to the bookstore. We'll also throw a party to celebrate our winners on Thursday, September 22nd!  Learn more--and submit your work--here.


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 The Magician King: A Novel
by Lev Grossman

Viking, hardcover
"The Magician King is Grossman's sequel to The Magicians, and while it is every bit as delightful and smart as the first one, it's a very different kind of book. . . . The Magician King is at once an existential exercise that angrily shakes escapism by its shoulders and demands that life have a purpose, and a story about extraordinary deeds, heroism, magic, and love--all the stuff that makes escapism go. Grossman isn't condemning escapism, but he's certainly holding it to account and asking it for more. It's a fantastic trick that makes this into a book that entertains and disturbs at the same time." --BoingBoing
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 Ethan Allen: His Life and Times
by Willard Sterne Randall

W. W. Norton & Company, hardcover
"The brash, multifaceted ebullience of the United States at its birth comes through in this rich portrait of Ethan Allen (1738-1789), one of its iconic founders. Historian Randall gives us a complex, protean Allen: strapping frontiersman; cunning entrepreneur; rationalist philosopher . . . ; amateur soldier . . . ; finally, he was a Machiavellian politician who played the British off against the Continental Congress. . . . Randall incorporates a wealth of research and colorful detail into an absorbing, well-paced narrative that highlights Allen's distinctively American energies--and contradictions." --Publishers Weekly (starred)
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Scholarly remixthebook
by Mark Amerika

Univ Of Minnesota Press, paperback
Digital technology has transformed contemporary culture. In remixthebook, Mark Amerika explores the mashup as a defining cultural activity in the digital age. Amerika offers a series of philosophical essays that trace the art of the remix to previous forms of avant-garde and modernist art through mashups of deftly sampled phrases and ideas from a wide range of visual artists, poets, novelists, musicians, comedians, and philosophers--among them Alfred North Whitehead, Guy Debord, William S. Burroughs, Kathy Acker, and Allen Ginsberg.
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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
 Stories and Anecdotes of the Horse 
by Rollo Springfield

Print on Demand, paperback
Horse hearing, size, and general physiognomy; friendships between horses and other animals; horse temperament; and discussions of different horse breeds are among just a few topics covered in this charming 1867 tome. Here's a snippet: "So strong is the horse's aptitude for friendship, that he will attach himself to almost any kind of animal rather than remain solitary. White, of Selborne, relates an instance of this kind between a horse and a hen. Those two incongruous animals spent much of their time together in a lonely orchard, where they saw no creature but each other, and by degrees an apparent regard sprang up between them. The fowl would approach the quadruped with notes of complacency, rubbing herself quietly against his legs, whilst the horse would look down with satisfaction, and move with the greatest caution and circumspection, lest he should trample on his diminutive companion."
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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.
The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food--Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When the Nation's Food Was Seasonal
by Mark Kurlansky
$5.99, paperback (originally $16)
Food historian Mark Kurlansky paints a detailed picture of Depression-era Americans through the food they ate and the local traditions they observed when planning and preparing meals. Publishers Weekly considers it an "extraordinary collection--at once history, anthropology, cookbook, almanac, and family album."
by Daniel Clowes
$10.99, hardcover (originally $21.95)
The creator of Ghost World and one of the premier underground cartoonists, Daniel Clowes creates a thoroughly engaging, complex, and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist--outspoken and oblivious to the world around him. The New Yorker calls Clowes, "a bona-fide cult hero."

Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877
by Walter A. McDougall
$4.99, paperback (originally $34.95)
From its shocking curtain-raiser--the conflagration that consumed Lower Manhattan in 1835--to the climactic centennial year of 1876, when Americans staged a corrupt, deadlocked presidential campaign (fought out in Florida), Walter A. McDougall's Throes of Democracy carries the saga of the American people's continuous self-reinvention across five tumultuous decades.

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.

Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

by Max Harris    

Originally published by Cornell University Press in 2011
$26 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
For centuries, the Feast of Fools has been presented as a disorderly, even transgressive Christian festival in which reveling clergy elected a burlesque Lord of Misrule, presided over the divine office wearing animal masks or women's clothes, played dice at the altar, and otherwise parodied the liturgy of the church. According to Max Harris, this popular account is inaccurate and he instead presents a fascinating history of one of the most misunderstood medieval liturgical festivities.
An Atlas of Radical Cartography 
edited by Lize Mogel & Alexis Bhagat
Originally published by The Journal of Aesthetics Protest Press in 2008
$18 (maps and paperback in a slipcase) in Very Good condition

An Atlas of Radical Cartography provides a foundation for an area of work that bridges art/design, cartography/geography, and activism. The ten maps and essays in this book provoke new understandings of networks and representations of power and its effects on people and places.   

The King's Two Bodies
by Ernst H. Kantorowicz
Originally published by Princeton University Press in 1957
$15 (paperback) in Very Good condition
In The King's Two Bodies, Professor Kantorowicz traces the historical problem posed by the "King's two bodies"--the body politic and the body natural--back to the Middle Ages. By placing the concept in its proper setting of medieval thought and political theory, he demonstrates how the early-modern Western monarchies gradually began to develop a "political theology."

Author Events


Tickets for our events with Paul Farmer (9/7) and a screening + panel conversation with FRONTLINE (9/10) go on sale August 15th. Tickets may be purchased at Harvard Book Store, online at harvard.com, or over the phone with a credit card at 617.661.1515.     

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All Upcoming Events  

Kevin Wilson 
Mon, Aug 22, 7PM

Award-winning short story writer Kevin Wilson reads from his debut novel, The Family Fang.
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Gail Caldwell
Thurs, Aug 25, 7PM

Memoirist and former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell reads from her memoir, Let's Take the Long Way Home, newly out in paperback.
At Harvard Book Store
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