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Puppy-Laden News from Harvard Book Store
September 16, 2011

Last week the Booker Prize shortlist was announced. Lucy!What, you may ask, does this adorable puppy have to do with one of the most prestigious prizes in literature?  

Find out by clicking on our latest staff-produced cinematic masterpiece below. (Huge credit and thanks are due to director/marketing assistant Alex W. Meriwether as well as Lucy's obliging and awesome owner, head buyer Megan Sullivan.) We call this little gem: "Lucy the Wonder-Pup Picks the Booker."


Have you checked out the amazing line-up for this year's Boston Book Festival? The festivities include a special Friday night event featuring George Pelecanos and cast members from The Wire. And next time you're in the store, be sure to snag a free copy of the BBF's One City, One Story selection, Richard Russo's "The Whore's Child."


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 King of the Badgers: A Novel
by Philip Hensher

Faber and Faber, hardcover
"In Philip Hensher's seventh novel the sleepy, picturesque Devon estuary town of Hanmouth, beloved of retired gentlefolk and artsy types, 'the perpetrators of macramé,' is the perfect setting for the author's latest dissection of the pretensions, peccadilloes and petty snobberies of provincial England. When an eight-year-old girl goes missing from the encroaching housing estates . . . Hensher brilliantly skewers the bizarrely festive media and public reaction. . . . Each character in this astute, complex and enjoyable novel imposes him or herself with some sort of reality, even those we only glimpse through their kitchen windows." --The Telegraph (UK)
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 Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous!
by Stéphane Hessel

Twelve, hardcover
This controversial, impassioned call for a return to the ideals that fueled the French Resistance has sold millions of copies worldwide since its publication in France in October 2010. Rejecting the dictatorship of world financial markets and defending the social values of modern democracy, 93-year-old Stéphane Hessel--Resistance leader, concentration camp survivor, and former UN speechwriter--reminds us that life and liberty must still be fought for, and urges us to reclaim those essential rights we have permitted our governments to erode since the end of World War II.
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Scholarly Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine
by E. Paul Zehr

Johns Hopkins University Press, hardcover
Tony Stark has been battling bad guys and protecting innocent civilians since he first donned his mechanized armor in the 1963 debut of Iron Man in Marvel Comics. In Inventing Iron Man, professor of neuroscience and kinesiology E. Paul Zehr physically deconstructs Iron Man to find out how we could use modern-day technology to create a suit of armor similar to the one Stark made.  But superherodom is not just about technology. Zehr also discusses our own physical limitations and asks whether an extremely well-conditioned person could use Iron Man's armor and do what he does.
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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
 Dusk in the Vanishing Garden: Poems
by Ellie Mamber

Print on Demand, paperback
A near-lifelong resident of Newton, MA, Ellie Mamber has been published in many journals and anthologies. Her poem "Don't Laugh, It's Serious, She Says", anthologized in 1985, was chosen for inclusion in 2011's Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. She has read frequently in the well-attended poetry series at the Newton Free Library. "Ellie Mamber's remarkably articulate verse captures the love and loss in the life of a family. It scans the endings and the empty spaces in elegiac tones. . . .  Beautifully written and rewarding to read." --Freddy Frankel, author of Wrestling Angels
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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 Parallax View
by Slavoj Zizek
$9.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

The Parallax View not only expands Zizek's Lacanian-Hegelian approach to new domains but also provides the systematic exposition of the conceptual framework that underlies his entire work. Philosophical and theological analysis, detailed readings of literature, cinema, and music coexist with lively anecdotes and obscene jokes.

Food and Friends: Recipes and Memories from Simca's Cuisine 
by Simone Beck
$$6.99, paperback (originally $18)
During her extraordinary career, Simca was mentor and friend to a generation of cooks and food writers. In Food and Friends, she interweaves tantalizing recipes and menus with a wonderfully evocative account of her Normandy childhood, her escapades in 1920s Paris, and her work with Julia Child.

Che Guevara: A Manga Biography
by Chie Shimano and Kiyoshi Konno
$5.99, paperback (originally $15)
An extraordinary illustrated graphic novel about the legendary political figure Che Guevara. "A powerfully drawn comic. . . . Che's adventures, as they are captured here, make for exciting fiction." --Publishers Weekly

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.

Cecily Brown  

edited by Ellen Feldman  

Originally published by Des Moines Art Center in 2007

$40 (paperback) in Very Good condition  
Known for her lush surfaces, vivid color, and energetic brushwork, Cecily Brown fills her atmospheric paintings with life forms that swim amongst swells of color and gesture. The Boston Globe called the artwork in this catalog "gorgeous and enticing."
Women and Indigenous Religions
edited by Sylvia Marcos                                                   

Originally published by Praeger in 2010

$25 (hardcover) in Very Good condition  

Women and Indigenous Religions addresses issues such as the tensions between indigenous traditions and gender and the genealogy of positions of authority in religion or spiritual matters. A thorough examination reveals that native religions, with their women specialists, are still a source of inspiration for millions of men and women even in the "advanced" areas in the world. 


13 Steps to Mentalism
by Tony Corinda

Originally published by D. Robbins & Co. in 1968

$21 (hardcover) in Very Good condition  
The bible for magicians interested in "Mental Magic," 13 Steps To Mentalism is a seminal work in the performance art of mentalism. The text contains over 400 pages of instruction on notions, predictions, and divinations as well as mental tricks with cards, slates, billets, clipboards, blindfolds, Q&A acts, and stunts.

Author Events


Tickets for events with Craig Thompson (9/21), Randall Kennedy with Tou (9/29), John Lithgow (9/30), Deepak Chopra with Leonard Mlodinow (10/5), Anne Enright (10/6), Dava Sobel (10/10), and Maria Tatar (10/12) 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  

Thomas Ponniah 
Fri, Sept 16, 3PM

Acclaimed scholar Thomas Ponniah discusses his new co-edited collection, The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change Under Chávez.
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Myla Goldberg 
Fri, Sept 16, 7PM

Bestselling novelist Myla Goldberg reads from The False Friend, her most recent novel, newly out in paperback.
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Tom Perrotta
Monday, Sept 19, 7PM

Award-winning (and local!) novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta reads from his newest novel, The Leftovers.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ploughshares Turns 40! DeWitt Henry and Gail Mazur 
Tues, Sept 20, 7PM

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the award-winning literary journal with a conversation with Ploughshares founder DeWitt Henry, author of the new memoir, Sweet Dreams: A Family History. The evening will also include a reading by poet Gail Mazur.
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Craig Thompson
Wed, Sept 21, 6PM

Harvey and Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Craig Thompson presents his newest work, Habibi, an Arabian Nights-like love story.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Philosophy Café 
Wed, Sept 21, 7:30PM

Phil Cafe
"The Origin and Scope of Morality"
At Harvard Book Store, lower level
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Minimum Paige Release Party
Thurs, Sept 22, 7PM

Join us to celebrate the release of Harvard Book Store's first comics anthology, Minimum Paige, printed on Paige M. Gutenborg, our in-house book machine.
At Harvard Book Store
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David W. Blight  
Fri, Sept 23, 3PM

David W. Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, discusses his newest treatise, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.
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Martha Southgate
Fri, Sept 23, 7PM

Award-winning novelist Martha Southgate reads from her newest book, The Taste of Salt.
At Harvard Book Store
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