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Banned Book Week News from Harvard Book Store
September 30, 2011

Venue change! Please note that next Thursday's event with Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright--interviewed by the wonderful Gish Jen--will take place at 7pm at Harvard Book Store. Further details here.  


There are only a few more days left in Banned Books Week, a bookseller's favorite time of year. Stop in the store to see a hefty display of books that have been banned or challenged over the years--the line-up will surprise you. I especially like this BuzzFeed list of seventeen banned kids books, most of which you've probably read. Really--how could anyone have a problem with Bridge to Terabithia?! Where's Waldo, though . . . that one almost makes sense.


Cambridge is celebrating its second annual Local Economy Week. Check the bookstore soon for 2012 Cambridge Local First directories, which support and promote the many diverse and locally owned establishments that make this city so unique.   


And finally . . . a big announcement, at least for me. After four (!) years of penning this here newsletter, and after seven years with Harvard Book Store, I'm heading out. My longtime and perpetually awesome colleague Rachel (you may know her from such hits as the Harvard Square Book Circle and all these great book recs) will take over my role and I'm thrilled that the store's events and marketing are in her freakishly competent hands. I can't speak more warmly of this bookstore--it's a family and a home. While I will deeply miss being here every day, I won't be able to miss it too much, since where else could I (would I!) buy all my books. So for the last time, dear readers. . . 


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 Nightwoods: A Novel
by Charles Frazier

Random House, hardcover
"Frazier once again spins a story of two people falling in love in the North Carolina mountains. It's even the '60s again, but this time it's the 1960s, and things move a lot more swiftly than they did in Cold Mountain--think Thunder Road meets Night of the Hunter meets old murder ballads. This is a suspenseful noir nightmare, complete with bootleggers and switchblades." --The Daily Beast
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 The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
by Daniel Yergin

Penguin Press, hardcover
"This fascinating saga is the definitive book on the most important of global issues, the quest for sustainable sources of energy. Dan Yergin, the prominent energy expert of our times, weaves together security and environmental concerns to explain the system we have today and to analyze the sensible paths forward. This is one book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life."  --Walter Isaacson (American Sketches)
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Scholarly Leon Trotsky
by Joshua Rubenstein

Yale University Press, hardcover
As Joshua Rubenstein writes in his preface, "Leon Trotsky haunts our historical memory. A preeminent revolutionary figure and a masterful writer, Trotsky led an upheaval that helped to define the contours of twentieth-century politics." In this lucid and judicious evocation of Trotsky's life, Joshua Rubenstein gives us an interpretation for the twenty-first century.
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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
 Flowers of the Sea
by Eric Schoonover

Print on Demand, paperback

It all starts with a shipwreck along the rocky New England coast and a boy who finds a jeweled flower. Flowers of the Sea quickly becomes a compellng tale of sea, war, and passion. Set on the North Atlantic and on the shores of Norfolk, England and Southern Rhode Island, the novel follows in the nautical tradition of Melville and Conrad.  

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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 White Tiger: A Novel
by Aravind Adiga 
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26)

 The White Tiger recalls The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, and narrative genius, with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation and a provocative debut.

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems   
by Kay Ryan
$7.99, hardcover (originally $24) 
The Pulitzer Prize Board selected The Best of It for their 2011 Poetry award, calling it "a body of work spanning forty-five years, witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind."

The Art of William Steig
by William Steig
$12.99, hardcover (originally $40)
 Known for his brilliant cartoons and award-winning children's books, William Steig leaves a legacy that spans the twentieth century. This lavishly illustrated book features hundreds of Steig's drawings, and examines every aspect of his work, from the "Small Fry" cartoons--his earliest submissions to the New Yorker--to his later, bitingly funny cartoons and celebrated books for children.

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.


by Robert Franks   

Originally published by Steidl in 2011

$18.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition 
In August 1992 Robert Frank's good friend Reginald Rankin invited Frank on a trip to Pangnirtung, a village of around 1,300 Inuit inhabitants in the Arctic Circle. Sincere without being sentimental, the photos depict the village void of its people: the still harbor, public housing, a convenience store, a telephone post.
Islamization from Below: The Making of Muslim Communities in Rural French Sudan, 1880-1960
by Brian J. Peterson                                        

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2011

$24 (paperback) in Very Good condition

"A well researched and written narrative and analysis, Islamization from Below lives up to its promise of bringing new insight to the process by which Islam has become the majority religious practice of significant areas of West Africa. I do not know of any comparable works." --David Robinson, University Distinguished Professor of History at Michigan State University  

by Rinko Kawauchi

$35 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Originally published by Aperture in 2011 
Gorgeously produced as a clothbound volume with Japanese binding, this impressive compilation of previously unpublished images is proof of Kawauchi's unparalleled, unique sensibility and her ongoing appeal to the lovers of photography.

Author Events


Tickets for events with 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  

John Lithgow 
Fri, Sept 30, 7PM

Award-winning actor, bestselling children's book author, and now memoirist John Lithgow talks about his new book Drama: An Actor's Education. Tickets will be available at the door.
At First Parish Church
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George Scialabba
Mon, Oct 3, 7PM

Local author and critic George Scialabba joins us for a discussion about his new collection of essays, The Modern Predicament. He will be introduced by fellow essayist and critic James Wood.
At Harvard Book Store
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Steven Pinker
Tues, Oct 4, 7PM

The acclaimed cognitive scientist and psychologist Steven Pinker discusses his newest work, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Anita Hill  
Tues, Oct 4, 8PM

"Reimagining Equality:
Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home"
A Cambridge Forum event
At First Parish Church
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Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow, with Harvey Cox
Wed, Oct 5, 7PM

Physician and spiritual writer Deepak Chopra and physicist Leonard Mlodonow debate and discuss their new coauthored book, War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality. Their conversation will be moderated by Harvard theologian Harvey Cox.
At First Parish Church
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Anne Enright                   with Gish Jen
Thurs, Oct 6, 7PM

Booker Prize-winning novelist Anne Enright discusses her newest work of fiction, The Forgotten Waltz, with award-winning local author Gish Jen.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Swanee Hunt.
Fri, Oct 7, 3PM

Foreign policy expert and former U.S. Ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt discusses her most recent work, Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security.
At Harvard Book Store
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