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August 19, 2011

Today is the penultimate Fiction Friday, part of our summer-long series that celebrates all the great fiction on our shelves--offering them to you at 15% off. Come in today and snag a novel, a sci-fi adventure, a collection of poetry, or a sultry noir mystery. Need a recommendation? Browse some new additions on our staff rec wall or better yet--ask a bookseller in the store.  


Our Publisher Focus Window this week takes a look at Polity Press, a leading international publisher with a list that spans disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, political theory, gender studies, and more. In the window, you'll find a collection of stellar Polity titles, including Zizek and the Media (love that Zizek), Carol Gilligan's Joining the Resistance, and Jackson Pollock's American Letters.     


Our COMICS CONTEST deadline is TODAY AT 5PM! Submit your one-to-four page cartoon, comic, or graphic story NOW and watch this newsletter for news about winners and the official publication of Harvard Book Store's first comic anthology. Find details and submit your work here.


From the Department of Corrections: While Philip Larkin is a wonderful poet, it was the American and living poet-legend Philip LEVINE who was appointed as the U.S. Poet Laureate last week.   


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

Crown, hardcover
 "With its Pac-Man-style cover graphics and vintage Atari mind-set Ready Player One certainly looks like a genre item. But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative. He sets it in 2044, when there aren't many original Duran Duran fans still afoot, and most students of 1980s trivia are zealous kids. They are interested in that time period because a billionaire inventor, James Halliday, died and left behind a mischievous legacy. Whoever first cracks Halliday's series of '80s-related riddles, clues, and puzzles that are included in a film called Anorak's Invitation will inherit his fortune." --The New York Times
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 Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in Americas
by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Yale University Press, hardcover
Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. "In Sister Citizen, [Harris-Perry] gives new life to the idea that 'the personal is political.'" --Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Scholarly Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science
by Hans Belting

Harvard University Press, hardcover
The use of perspective in Renaissance painting caused a revolution in the history of seeing, allowing artists to depict the world from a spectator's point of view. But the theory of perspective that changed the course of Western art originated elsewhere--it was formulated in Baghdad by the eleventh-century mathematician Ibn al Haithan, known in the West as Alhazen. Using the metaphor of the mutual gaze, or exchanged glances, Hans Belting--preeminent historian and theorist of medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary art--narrates the historical encounter between science and art, between Arab Baghdad and Renaissance Florence, that has had a lasting effect on the culture of the West.
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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
by Newton Crane

Print on Demand, paperback
Originally published in 1891, this illustrated tome is authored by the President of the National Baseball League of Great Britain; Formerly United States Consul, Machester. From the Prefatory Note: "The following pages have been written in the hope that they may afford practical assistance to the large and rapidly increasing number of young men in this country who have manifested a desire to acquire knowledge of baseball, and to learn to play the game." Chapters include "The History of the Game," "The Ground and Implements," "Hints for Learning the Game," and "Laws of the Game in Brief."
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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.
Everything Matters!  
by Ron Currie, Jr.
$5.99, paperback (originally $15)
In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is entrusted with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in thirty-six years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter?
Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music 
by Glenn Kurtz
$3.99, hardcover (originally $24)
The remarkable story of a classical guitar prodigy who leaves his beloved instrument in disappointment at twenty-five, but comes back to it years later with a new passion. The Los Angeles Times calls it, "A lovely, unique book. . . .  A personal journey [that] becomes universal, elevating all in the process."

Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion
by Stuart A. Kauffman
$5.99, paperback (originally $16.95)
Stuart Kauffman, a former Visiting Professor at Harvard Divinity School, offers a persuasive argument that complexity theory can build a bridge between science and religion. With methodical investigation and evidence from a range of scientific fields, he applies reason to religion and creates a new understanding of natural divinity.

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.

My Calabria  

by Rosetta Costantino with Janet Fletcher

Originally published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2010
$18.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The first cookbook of a little-known region of Italy, My Calabria celebrates the richness of the region's landscape and the allure of its cuisine. This cookbook is a reminder of how ingenious and resourceful cooks can create a gorgeous local cuisine. "Costantino offers home cooks a delightful journey along the toe of Italy's boot." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle
by Daniel Wallace, Alex Irvine, and Matthew Manning
Originally published by DK Publishing in 2010
$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This vibrant, visually stunning book chronicles the history of DC Comics from the 1930s through today. Here, for the first time, is a month-by-month account of the adventures in the DC Universe and the company that created Superman. Includes original comic art from current DC star artists Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, and Alex Ross. 

Vlaho Bukovac
by Vera Kruzic-Uchytil
Originally published by Nakladni Zavod Globus in 2005
$80.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Vlaho Bukovac, the founder of modern Croatian painting, Globus produced a rich monograph of his monumental work. With 145 color plates, 326 letters, and a summary in English and French, this collection introduces an overlooked master to new audiences.

Author Events


Tickets for our events with Paul Farmer (9/7) and a screening + panel conversation with FRONTLINE (9/10) are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at Harvard Book Store, online at harvard.com, or over the phone with a credit card at 617.661.1515. Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.
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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Nancy Rappaport 
Tues, Sept 6, 7PM

Local child psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport discusses her memoir In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide, newly out in paperback.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Paul Farmer
Wed, Sept 7, 7PM

Partners in Health founder and Chair of Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Paul Farmer discusses his newest book, Haiti After the Earthquake.
At First Parish Church
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William Giraldi 
Thurs, Sept 8, 7PM

Join us for a book launch party for Busy Monsters, the first novel by local writer and writing instructor William Giraldi. The evening will include a reading from the novel as well as wine and light refreshments.
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James K. Galbraith
Thurs, Sept 8, 7PM

A Cambridge Forum event
At First Parish Church
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Amy Waldman 
Fri, Sept 9, 7PM

Debut novelist Amy Waldman reads from The Submission. "Waldman imagines a toxic brew of bigotry in conflict with idealism in this frighteningly plausible and tightly wound account of what might happen if a Muslim architect had won a contest to design a memorial at the World Trade Center site." --Publishers Weekly
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FRONTLINE Screening and Panel Event
Saturday, Sept 10, 2PM

Join us for a screening of the FRONTLINE special Top Secret America and a panel discussion with the producer, Michael Kirk, alongside Dana Priest and William Arkin, reporters and authors of the accompanying book, Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.
At the Brattle Theatre
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