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News from Harvard Book Store
September 2, 2011

Harvard Book Store loves carrying books and products from people in our community. Recently added to our counters are Q's Nuts, a Massachusetts-based and family run operation that makes some seriously tasty snacks. Tidy little bags of both cashews and almonds are available in flavors including chocolate raspberry, sea salt with herbs, flaming (personal favorite), and sweet & sassy. Try 'em next time you're in the bookstore.
We are also fans of Penn Press, an academic house that publishes books in the humanities and social sciences, especially classics, art, and American history. Check out our Publisher Focus window to discover some of their great books, including Robert Darnton's The Devil in the Holy Water (just out in paperback) and Elise Lemire's Black Walden.

Have a little 02138 pride? Check out and submit to ZIP-Code Stories. It's a collaboration between WBUR's Radio Boston and The Drum, a local literary audio magazine. They're seeking to gather the best stories about the greater Boston area. Check out earlier entries, including ones from Askold Melnyczuk and Daphne Kalotay, and learn how you can enter here.

And finally, a HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted to our comics contest. We're sifting through a massive number of pages and panels, and look forward to unveiling the resulting book, Minimum Paige, at our September 22nd party here at the bookstore. Learn more here.    


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 I Married You for Happiness: A Novel
by Lily Tuck

Atlantic Monthly Press, hardcover
"Nina and Philip are happily/unhappily married, neither is perfect, but which of us ever is? At the start, Nina listens to Philip come home from work, announce that he is going upstairs to lie down for a minute before dinner. He promptly dies. Before his body and soul can be released from this mortal coil, Nina slides in beside him to privately recant their marriage. This story takes place over one night, and it is both sad and crushingly honest. . . . This is a great love story, probably one of the most eloquent I've read in some time." --Three Guys One Book
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 The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us
by James W. Pennebaker

Bloomsbury, hardcover
"The Secret Life of Pronouns outlines in lively and accessible detail how [a surprising] discovery led Pennebaker to appreciate the many ways in which function words reveal our interior lives. . . . Paying closer attention to function words, he advises, can help us understand the social relations that those words reflect. Unfortunately, we might not be able to pay proper attention until we're all equipped with automatic word counters. Until that day, we have Pennebaker as an indefatigable guide to the little words that he boldly calls 'keys to the soul.'" --New York Times Book Review
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Scholarly A Constitution of Many Minds: Why the Founding Document Doesn't Mean What It Meant Before
by Cass R. Sunstein

Princeton University Press, paperback
In A Constitution of Many Minds, Harvard law scholar Cass Sunstein proposes a new way of interpreting the Constitution, one that respects the Constitution's text and history but also refuses to view the document as frozen in time. Exploring hot-button issues ranging from presidential power to same-sex relations to gun rights, Sunstein shows how the meaning of the Constitution is reestablished in every generation as new social commitments and ideas compel us to reassess our fundamental beliefs. He focuses on three approaches to the Constitution--traditionalism, populism, and cosmopolitanism.
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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
 How to Be a Homeless Frenchman
by Paula Young Lee

Print on Demand, paperback
How to Be a Homeless Frenchman tells a tale of two countries, France and the US, bound together in weird and wonderful ways by war, music, and the love of good cheese. In this comedic fable based on a true story, a French teenager leaves France to escape the difficult legacy of a mixed-raced mother who was orphaned by the Nazis. But what starts out as a summer semester living rent-free in Wellesley turns into a series of increasingly odd and funny adventures that finds him squatting in the Coolidge Corner Movie Theater, and then living in a tool shed in Dorchester. "If your happiness is costly, then you paid too much," his mother used to say. How to Be a Homeless Frenchman is an exploration of just how much happiness can be found in the ordinary joys of being alive on a sunny day.
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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.
by Frank Herbert
$6.99, paperback, UK edition (originally £7.99)
Originally published in 1965, Dune is the first book in the epic and award-winning science fiction series. Paul Atreides moves with his family to the planet Dune and is forced into exile when his father's government is overthrown.
The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University 
by Louis Menand
$5.99, hardcover (originally $24.95)
At a time when competition to get into and succeed in college has never been more intense, universities are providing a less-useful education. Louis Menand, Harvard Professor of English, assesses what is important in a traditional university--and what is not.

Song of Wrath: The PeloponnesianWar Begins
by J.E. Lendon
$12.99, paperback (originally $35)
Song of Wrath tells the story of the Ten Years' War (431- 421 BC), the first decade of the terrible Peloponnesian War that ended the Golden Age of Greece. Historian J.E. Lendon presents a sweeping tale of pitched battles by land and sea and recounts the rise of democratic Athens and the resulting fury of authoritarian Sparta.

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 Printing Press as an Agent of Change 

by Elizabeth L. Eisenstein 

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1980
$36 (paperback) in Very Good condition
This is a full-scale historical treatment of the advent of printing and its importance as an agent of change. Professor Eisenstein begins by examining the general implications of the shift from script to print, and goes on to explore its part in the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the rise of modern science.
Classical Probability in the Enlightenment
by Lorraine Daston                                                               Originally published by Princeton University Press in 1988
$35 (paperback) in Very Good condition

What did it mean to be reasonable in the Age of Reason? Classical probabilists intended their theory as an answer to this question--as, "nothing more at bottom than good sense reduced to a calculus," in Pierre Simon Laplace's words. In terms that are easily understood by nonmathematicians, Daston demonstrates how this view shaped the internal development of probability theory and defined its applications.  

The Production of Space
by Henri Lefebvre, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith
Originally published by Blackwell Publishers in 1991
$25 (paperback) in Very Good condition
Henri Lefebvre has considerable claim to be one of the greatest  philosophers of the twentieth century. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism, and the experience of everyday life. The Production of Space is his major philosophical work.

Author Events


Tickets for a screening + panel conversation with FRONTLINE (9/10) are on sale now, as well as for events with Craig Thompson (9/21), Randall Kennedy with Tou (9/29), and John Lithgow (9/30). 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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Paul Farmer
Wed, Sept 7, 7PM

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

"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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