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August 26, 2011

Today is the FINAL Fiction Friday, our summer-long series that celebrates all the great fiction on our shelves--offering them to you at 15% off. Stop in today and pick up a stack. . . . That way, when asked if you're prepared for this weekend's hurricane, you can say, "Why yes, I just bought the first three books in the George R.R. Martin series. I should make it through just fine."  


And while we are currently scheduled to be open our usual hours this Sunday (10am - 10pm), give us a call before coming over if it is looking particularly blustery outside. You can always check our Facebook and Twitter for all breaking bookstore news.  

Here, from the Department of Awww!, is kids book buyer Kari P. talking about her favorite new picture book, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. The internet was made for stuff like this.  


Our Publisher Focus window this week explores the world of Frommer's, creators of trusted travel guides. Snag a guide to where ever your Labor Day Weekend may take you, be it Cape Cod, the Maine coast, or Nova Scotia, or further afield to locales like the Amalfi Coast, Greece, or California.  


826 Boston, the Roxbury literacy center, just kicked off a Write-A-Thon fundraiser. You can help raise money for 826 by finishing up your own long-languishing project. According to their website, all genres are welcome, but they especially encourage some of the following: Samurai Spy-Fi, Pre-Platonic Dialogue, Hypermetrical Graveyard Poetry, Postmodernist Sea Shanty, and/or Cowboy Jeremiad. Learn about how you can participate in this month-long awesomefest at www.826boston.org/write.


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 Anatomy of a Disappearance: A Novel
by Hisham Matar

Dial Press, hardcover
 "In his acclaimed first novel, In the Country of Men, Hisham Matar offered a moving fictional account of what is surely the key fact of his own life: a father's violent disappearance. Matar was at university when his father, a Libyan radical, was taken from his flat in Cairo. Twenty years later, his father's fate is still unknown. Now, in his beautiful second novel. Anatomy of A Disappearance, Matar returns to that country of loss and longing." --The Globe and Mail (Canada)
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 American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation
by Michael Kazin

Knopf, hardcover
While the history of the left is a long story of idealism and determination, it has also been, in the traditional view, a story of movements that failed to gain support from mainstream America. In American Dreamers, Kazin tells a new history: one in which many of these movements, although they did not fully succeed on their own terms, nonetheless made lasting contributions to American society that led to equal opportunity for women, racial minorities, and homosexuals; the celebration of sexual pleasure; multiculturalism in the media and the schools; and the popularity of books and films with altruistic and antiauthoritarian messages.
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Scholarly Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life
by Steven Shapin

Princeton University Press, paperback
Leviathan and the Air-Pump examines the conflicts over the value and propriety of experimental methods between two major seventeenth-century thinkers: Thomas Hobbes, author of the political treatise Leviathan and vehement critic of systematic experimentation in natural philosophy, and Robert Boyle, mechanical philosopher and owner of the newly invented air-pump. In the introduction to this new edition, the authors describe how science and its social context were understood when this book was first published, and how the study of the history of science has changed since then.
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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
 The Russian Review: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to Russian Life, Literature, and Art
by Leo Pasvolsky

Print on Demand, paperback
From February 1916, this Russian Review edition includes short pieces by Lermontov, Bunin, Gorky, Chekhov, Pushkin, and Blok, among others. The edition includes general news from and about Russia, including discussions of paper money, war refugees, the political climate, Shakespeare, music, literature, and--wait for it--the first Russian consul in Boston! Our Print on Demand Manager Linden adores this magazine as it is set "in that precious time in U.S.-Russian relations when many Americans were actually interested in what was happening in Russia and what Communism would look like there."
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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.
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac
$5.99, paperback (originally $14)
Published for the first time more than sixty years after it was written, And The Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is a remarkable piece of American literary history that brings to life a shocking murder at the beginning of the Beat Generation.
The Complete Stories
by David Malouf
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27.50)
From the internationally acclaimed Australian writer: a single volume gathering a brilliant collection of his short fiction. Publishers Weekly recommends readers not "skim a single page of the thirty-one stories in this epic collection. Together, they represent a quarter-century of a formidable craftsman's career."

Light Boxes
by Shane Jones
$4.99, paperback (originally $14)
In this fantastical first novel, a god-like spirit named February is punishing a town for flying. As the endless month of February continues, children go missing and adults become nearly catatonic with depression. But others find the strength to fight back. 

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.

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939  

by Laura Muir

Originally published by Harvard Art Museums in 2011
$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
One of the most versatile talents of the modern art movement in Germany, the American-born Lyonel Feininger is celebrated as a master of caricature, figurative painting, and a distinctive brand of cubism, but he also created a fascinating body of photographic work that is virtually unknown. Drawn primarily from Harvard's Houghton Library, this collection represents the first opportunity to consider his achievements in photography.
Fashion Cultures
edited by Stella Bruzzi and Pamela Church Gibson  Originally published by Routledge in 2000
$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Ranging on issues from gender politics to geographies of style, these academic essays explore why people are so fascinated with fashion and the associated spheres of photography, movies, magazines, television, and shopping.   

60 Fotos
by László Moholy-Nagy
Originally published by Errata Editions in 2011
$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
László Moholy-Nagy was among modernist photography's most vocal theorists and ideologues, and a tireless explorer of its outer limits. Published in 1930, 60 Fotos sets the framework and ideas behind the "New Vision" of modern photography from the legendary Bauhaus teacher. Errata Editions reproduces every page spread from this classic treatise on photography along with a contemporary essay from noted photo-historian David Evans.

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  

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.
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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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

James K. Galbraith
Thurs, Sept 8, 7PM

"Economic Policy: Supporting or Undermining the American Dream?"
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, reporter and author of the accompanying book, Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Alexander Maksik 
Mon, Sept 12, 7PM

Debut novelist Alexander Maksik reads from his Europa Edition novel, You Deserve Nothing.
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Sven Birkerts
Tues, Sept 13, 7PM

Essayist, literary critic, and Harvard Book Store alum Sven Birkerts takes us through his most recent collection of essays, The Other Walk.
At Harvard Book Store
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