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October 28, 2011

Halloween is just around the corner, so I hope you all have big plans for this weekend's costume parties, literary or otherwise. And if you find yourself far away from your most fright-loving friends and family this year, drop by the store to peruse our selection of Halloween greeting cards, ranging from the creepy to the utterly adorable. 



On Tuesday, November 1, Harvard Book Store is excited to partner with the New Center for Arts and Culture and Harvard Hillel to present Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza by MacArthur Prize-winning poet and translator Peter Cole and acclaimed essayist Adina Hoffman. Their conversation, moderated by Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt, will take place at Harvard Hillel, and tickets can be purchased here


Don't forget to mark your calendars for our annual Frequent Buyer Sale, next Sunday, November 6. The store will be open 9am until 11pm, and anyone who has signed up for a card BEFORE NOVEMBER 6 will receive 20% off purchases all day long. And for the first time, this year the sale will also be online at harvard.com! Find all the details (and a very small number of exceptions) here


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction Ed King
by David Guterson

Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover
In Seattle in 1962, Walter Cousins makes the biggest mistake of his life. He sleeps with the not-quite-legal British au pair who's taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted and named Edward King, grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and international celebrity who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape. This re-imagining of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time.
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Nonfiction An Everlasting Meal:
Cooking with Economy and Grace

by Tamar Adler

Scribner, hardcover
Through the essays in An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler issues a rallying cry to home cooks. In chapters about boiling water, cooking eggs and beans, and summoning respectable meals from empty cupboards, Tamar weaves philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on instinctive cooking. Tamar shows how to make the most of everything you buy, demonstrating what the world's great chefs know: that great meals rely on the bones and peels and ends of meals before them.
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No Enchanted Palace Cruel Optimism
by Lauren Berlant

Duke University Press, paperback
"Lauren Berlant elegantly weaves together readings of contemporary art, literature, and film to reveal how our persistent aspirations for the good life are continually thwarted. Reading this book is an exciting theoretical experience but it also has a very practical, immediate, everyday quality. Berlant gives us something like a how-to guide for living in the impasse, that is, the affective and political conditions of our present."
--Michael Hardt (Commonwealth)
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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.  
Paige Hear, O Israel: A Novel
by Sam Jon Wallace

Print on Demand, paperback
In a time when Israel is growing more isolated in the Middle East and is fearful of a nuclear armed Iran, Noa Kagan, an MIT-trained scientist and strong-willed daughter of a socialist kibbutz upbringing, loses her only son when he is killed in combat. Deranged by grief and anger, she sets out to embarrass the right-wing Israeli government she blames for his death by breaking the country's most sacred taboo: she leaks information about Israel's top-secret nuclear weapons program to Alan Raskin, an American journalist whom she has seduced. They are soon hunted down by the Shin Bet, Israel's secret police, in the person of Gavri Gilboa, a haunting figure from Noa's past.
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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.
Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction
by Kurt Vonnegut
$6.99 hardcover (originally $27)
Frequently perceptive, and at points ruefully sinister, the fourteen never-before-published short stories featured in Vonnegut's Look at the Birdie date from the years before this American master began his ascent to international stardom. With line drawings throughout, Booklist claims "everything here entertains."
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
by Michael Chabon
$5.99 paperback (originally $15.95)
After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon returns for another literary tour de force. In a "what-if" story for adults, Chabon imagines that Alaska was turned into a Jewish state after World War II. Combining speculative and detective fiction with his own distinctive literary stylings, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is an unforgettable novel.
Images of Muhammad:
Narratives of the Prophet in Islam
by Tarif Khalidi
$6.99 hardcover (originally $27)
In Images of Muhammad, a leading Muslim scholar examines the ways the Prophet Muhammad has been depicted and revered from the immediate aftermath of his death to the present day. With historical accuracy, Khalidi explores how the "biography" of Muhammad has been constructed, reconstructed, and utilized in various Islamic cultures, and traces the influences that have shaped his image.
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 Audacity of Hope
by Barack Obama
Originally published by Crown Publishers in 2006
$350 (signed first edition) in Very Good Condition
In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners' minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called "the audacity of hope."
Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass
by Dale Chihuly
Originally published by MFA Publications in 2011
$26 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Arguably the most famous glass artist since Louis Comfort Tiffany, Dale Chihuly has been credited with elevating blown glass from delicate decorative object to groundbreaking fine art. This exhibition catalogue of new and archival works represents the breadth and scope of the artist's creative vision over the last four decades.
The Troubled Union:
Expansionist Imperatives in Post-Reconstruction American Novels
by John Moran Gonzalez
Originally published by Ohio State University Press in 2010
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
"This work is, without a doubt, relevant to the study of national allegory, the culture of empire, and the social construction of realism." --George Lipsitz, professor of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Author Events


Tickets for our upcoming events with 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 

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Panel
Fri, Oct 28, 6PM

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 editors Roger Sutton and Margaret Raymo.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Glenn Greenwald
with Noam Chomsky

Sat, Oct 29, 1PM

View our Sold Out Event FAQ
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Jim Lehrer
Tues, Nov 1, 6PM

Veteran journalist and moderator Jim Lehrer discusses his new book, Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Andre Aciman
Wed, Nov 3, 7PM

Author and professor of literary theory Andre Aciman reads from his new collection of essays, Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Laurence Bergreen
Wed, Nov 2, 7PM

Cambridge Forum presents award-winning biographer Laurence Bergreen as he discusses Columbus: The Four Voyages.
At First Parish ChurchLearn More

Amir D. Aczel
Thurs, Nov 3, 7PM

Historian of science Amir D. Aczel discusses his new biographical survey of mathematics, A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Robert Trivers
Fri, Nov 4, 3PM

Sociobiologist Robert Trivers discusses his newest book, The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceipt and Self-Deception in Human Life.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Tom Brokaw
Fri, Nov 4, 7PM

In The Time of Our Lives, legendary journalist Tom Brokaw turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium.
At First Parish Church Learn More

Things to know about our $5 tickets...


$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at events or at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates. Please note that your ticket guarantees you a seat until five minutes before an event begins.

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