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October 22, 2011

If you're walking by the store this week, take a
moment to enjoy the eye-catching Publisher Focus window from Princeton University Press. The display includes the stunning Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, the thought-provoking The Whites of Their Eyes, and the inspiring compilation The Quotable Thoreau.

Have you missed any of our fantastic fall events so far? Did you forget to come by the store to hear debut novelist Justin Torres read from We the Animals or to buy a ticket to hear John Lithgow read from his memoir Drama: An Actor's Education? Consider following us on Twitter or "liking" us on Facebook to get reminders and updates about upcoming events, as well as other fun and interesting tidbits from the literary world.

And lastly this week, we wish congratulations to newly minted Booker Prize-winner Julian Barnes. Copies of his The Sense of an Ending are going quickly, so click here to order one now, or call the store at 617.661.1515 to have one reserved.

'Til Next Week,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 Zone One
by Colson Whitehead

Doubleday, hardcover
 "New York City in death was very much like New York City in life," writes Whitehead in his apocalyptic tragicomedy Zone One. "The main difference was that there were fewer people." Zone One is a story of three days in the life of Mark Spitz and his squad of three "sweepers" moving through the eponymous Zone One of lower Manhattan, a walled-off enclave scheduled for resettlement in the aftermath of a zombie plague. Brilliantly evoking a ruined New York of unsettling familiarity, Zone One "trades fright-night fodder for empathy and chilling realism . . . yielding a haunting portrait of a lonely, desolate, and uncertain city." --Elle
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The Rise and Fall of a Renaissance Prophet

by Donald Weinstein

Yale University Press, hardcover
 Girolamo Savonarola, the fifteenth-century doom-saying friar, embraced the revolution of the Florentine republic and prophesied that it would become the center of a New Age of Christian renewal and world domination. This new biography, the culmination of many decades of study, presents an original interpretation of Savonarola's prophetic career and a nuanced assessment of his vision and motivations. The author explores the years Savonarola dominated Florence's spiritual and political life, and tracks his staggering downfall followed by the confession that he had invented his prophesies and faked his visions.
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Scholarly Freud's Couch, Scott's Buttocks, Brontė's Grave
by Simon Goldhill

University of Chicago Press, hardcover
The Victorian era was the high point of literary tourism. Writers became celebrities, and readers trekked far and wide for a glimpse of the places where their heroes wrote and thought. In Freud's Couch, Scott's Buttocks, Brontė's Grave, Goldhill travels to Sir Walter Scott's mansion, Wordsworth's cottage, the Brontė parsonage, Shakespeare's birthplace, and Freud's office. Armed with wry humor and a lifetime's engagement with literature, Goldhill tries to discern what our forebears were looking for at these sites. The result is a travel book like no other, a reminder that even today, the writing life still has the power to inspire.
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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
 Biochemistry at Tulane Medical School:
by William H. Baricos

Print on Demand, paperback

In 1834, seven physicians formed the Medical College of Louisiana which would eventually become Tulane Medical School. One of the original seven departments was the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, the predecessor of the today's Biochemistry Department. Over its 177 year history, the department has had only 11 Chairs. Who were these Chairs and what was the department like under their leadership? In Biochemistry at Tulane Medical School, William "Rick" Baricos, a member of the department from 1969-2004, presents surprising answers to these questions.       

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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.
Modern China:
The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present

by Johnathan Fenby
$9.99, hardcover (originally $34.95)

Clear and engaging, this is the definitive history of China, one of the most important political, economic, and cultural players in the modern world. Kirkus Reviews describes Modern China as "a sweeping, reasoned history. . . . An essential desk-side reference."    

The Monster in the Box: An Inspector Wexford Novel   
by Ruth Rendell
 $4.99, paperback (originally $15)  
In this enthralling book, Rendell returns Inspector Wexford to his first murder case--a woman found strangled in her bedroom. The Monster in the Box is the latest addition to the Inspector Wexford series and a mystery The Los Angeles Times calls "masterful."

The Secret History of the World: 
As Laid Down by the Secret Societies
by Mark Booth
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)
In this groundbreaking work, a scholar of philosophy and theology at Oxford embarks on an astounding intellectual tour of the world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise--that everything taught about the world's past is corrupted--Booth produces an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.

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.

Ledgers of History:
William Faulkner, an Almost Forgotten Friendship, and an Antebellum Plantation Diary

by Sally Wolff       

Originally published by Louisiana State University in 2010  

$17 (paperback) in Very Good condition  
In Ledgers of History, Emory University professor Sally Wolff recounts her conversations with Dr. Francisco--known to Faulkner as "Little Eddie"--and reveals startling sources of inspiration for Faulkner's most famous works. The editor of Louisiana Culture hails it as "one of the most exciting literary finds in recent history."
Lost Girls
by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie

Originally published by Top Shelf Productions in 2006  

$60 (three hardcover volumes in slipcase) in Very Good condition

"As an exercise in the formal bounds of pure comics, Lost Girls is remarkable, as good as anything Moore has done in his career. . . . Whatever you call it, there has never been anything quite like this in the world before." --Neil Gaiman     

Romantic Narrative:
Shelley, Hays, Godwin, Wollstonecraft

by Tilottama Rajan

Originally published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010  

$35 (hardcover) in Very Good condition  
Exploring the role of narration among the Romantic writers, noted humanist Tilottama Rajan also reflects on larger disciplinary issues such as the role of poetry versus prose in an emergent modernity and the place of Romanticism itself in the nineteenth century.

Author Events


Tickets for events with Jaclyn Friedman (10/26), The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Panel (10/28), Jim Lehrer (11/1), Tom Brokaw (11/4), Joan Didion (11/7), Lisa Randall (11/8), Jonathan Lethem (11/9), Adam Gopnik (11/10), and Umberto Eco (11/12) 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  

Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Oct 24, 7PM  

Book Circle
The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Sebastian Junger's War, as part of our participation in this year's Cambridge READS program.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tony Horwitz 
Tues, Oct 25, 7PM

Tony Horwitz
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz  discusses his newest book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sebastian Junger
Tues, Oct 25, 7:30PM

Sebastian Junger
Sebastian Junger discusses War, his account of being embedded with American troops in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.
A Cambridge READS event.
At Sanders Theatre
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Jaclyn Friedman
Wed, Oct 26, 6PM

Jaclyn Friedman
Writer, activist, and founder of Women, Action, and the Media Jaclyn Friedman reads from What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety. The evening will include performances by Boston Sass Attack and Bitches of Destiny.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Gish Jen  
Thurs, Oct 27, 7PM

Gish Jen
Local author Gish Jen reads from her most recent novel, World and Town, newly out in paperback
At Harvard Book Store
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Sean Wilentz
Thurs, Oct 27, 7PM

Sean Wilentz
Princeton University historian and cultural commentator Sean Wilentz discusses Bob Dylan in America.
A Cambridge Forum event.
At First Parish Church
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John Palfrey
Fri, Oct 28, 3PM  

John Palfrey
Harvard Law School professor John Palfrey discusses his newest treatise, Intellectual Property Strategy.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Panel
Fri, Oct 28, 6PM  

Chris Van Allsburg
Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg presents the new story collection, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, together with contributor Lois Lowry and children's book editor Roger Sutton.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Glenn Greenwald
with Noam Chomsky

Sat, Oct 29, 1PM  

Glenn Greenwald
At the Brattle Theatre
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