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November 5, 2011

First up, one final reminder to come by the store this Sunday, November 6 for our annual Frequent Buyer Sale. Anyone who has signed up for an account BEFORE November 6 will receive 20% off purchases all day long. The store will be open Sunday from 9am until 11pm (daylight savings time ends this weekend, so don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night), and the sale is also good online at harvard.com all day. For more information, click here.


In honor of Veterans Day this year, purchase a  What it is like to go to warcopy of  Karl Marlantes's new nonfiction work What It Is Like to Go to War on Friday, November 11 and receive a complimentary paperback copy of his critically acclaimed first novel, Matterhorn.
Sebastian Junger calls
Matterhorn "a raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history. . . . One of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam--or any war."


If you're the kind of person who plans ahead and is already thinking about sending this year's holiday cards (or even if you just aspire to be that person), come to the store to check out our growing selection. We have designs to suit all tastes, in both boxed and single varieties.   


'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 Out of Oz
by Gregory Maguire

William Morrow, hardcover
"Gregory Maguire's The Wicked Years series ends just as the journey of its source material began, with a motley crew traveling down the Yellow Brick Road. It's not Dorothy in the lead this time around . . . but Rain, the granddaughter of the green-skinned, animal-loving outsider Elphaba. In four books, Maguire has expanded the mythology of Oz from L. Frank Baum's books and created a land that's just as rich as Middle-earth or Narnia, and balances the serious with the sublime. . . . Out of Oz is a satisfying finish to the Wicked Years saga." --USA Today
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Nonfiction That Is All
by John Hodgman

Dutton Adult, hardcover
John Hodgman, The Daily Show's reliably hilarious "Resident Expert," completes his literary vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off--specifically, at page 596--and covers such subjects as wine, sports, and the end of the world.

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No Enchanted Palace Florence & Baghdad:
Renaissance Art and Arab Science

by Hans Belting

Belknap Press, paperback
The use of perspective in Renaissance painting caused a revolution in the history of seeing, allowing artists to depict the world from a spectator's point of view. But the theory of perspective that changed the course of Western art originated elsewhere--it was formulated in Baghdad by the eleventh-century mathematician Ibn al Haithan. Hans Belting--preeminent historian and theorist of medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary art--narrates the historical encounter between science and art, between Arab Baghdad and Renaissance Florence, that has had a lasting effect on the culture of the West.
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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 Saint Sebastian's Head
by LeAnn Neal Reilly

Print on Demand, paperback
Weeble has a secret so painful she's hiding it even from herself. At ten, she meets Lauren Case, a book-loving daydreamer who offers Weeble refuge from the everyday degradations of life in her poor Midwestern family. Weeble fiercely protects Lauren, just as she protects her sister Annie. But there are forces at work she can't withstand. When Richard Lee Grady arrives in town, he rips lives apart, including Weeble's. Now, four years after college, Weeble has a new life, new friends, and the potential for love--if she can only admit what happened one hot July day in 1982.
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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.
Sesame Street: A Celebration;
Forty Years of Life on the Street
by Louise A. Gikow
$12.99 hardcover (originally $40)
In a book as lively, energetic, and appealing as the television show, readers are treated to an inside look at every aspect of Sesame Street. Starting with the initial idea for the show and moving through its evolution over four decades, Sesame Street provides an insider's view of all of the delightful Muppet and human characters, as well as the writers, directors, and producers who have made learning fun for generations of kids.
The Story of Science:
From Antiquity to the Present
by R.R. Subramanian
$5.99 paperback (originally $16.99)
Discover the law of gravity with Isaac Newton, develop the atomic model with Niels Bohr, fathom the mystery of evolution with Charles Darwin, or theorize on continental drift with Alfred Wegener. Filled with over 150 illustrations, timelines, maps, and informative indices, this book makes a huge topic clear and inviting.
The Annotated Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
edited by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

$9.99 hardcover (originally $35)
The Secret Garden is the beloved story of an orphan girl who moves from India to the British countryside. With over one hundred illustrations, many in vibrant color, The Annotated Secret Garden is an enchanting gift for any child or for any adult who is still a feisty child underneath.
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 Limits of Gendered Citizenship:
Contexts and Complexities
by Elzbieta H. Oleksy, Jeff Hearn, and Dorote Golanska
Originally published by Routledge in 2011
$75 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The underlying theme of this edited collection is gendered citizenship, as well as the challenges and limits that confront the gendering of citizenship. It critiques the notion of the genderless nation-state and necessarily engages with at least three major sets of contradictions or tensions.
Japanese Prints and Drawings from the Vever Collection
by Jack Hillier
Originally published by Rizzoli International in 1976
$200 (three hardcover volumes in slip case)
in Very Good Condition
The quality of these prints and drawings bear witness to the supremacy of Henri Vever as a collector and provide what is the finest and most comprehensive series of illustrations to appear on the subject in Western literature. Two thousand copies of this book have been printed, of which this copy is number 1129.
Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes:
Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imaginations
by Laura Brown
Originally published by Cornell University Press in 2010
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
"In this delicate and sophisticated book, Laura Brown . . . seeks to restore lost or neglected dimensions of the interplay between animal and human. She focuses on representations of apes, pet monkeys, and lapdogs, and finally turns her attention to fictions narrated by dogs." --The Times Literary Supplement

Author Events


Tickets for our upcoming events with Joan Didion (11/7), Lisa Randall (11/8), Jonathan Lethem (11/9), Adam Gopnik (11/10), and Umberto Eco (11/12), and Errol Morris (11/30) 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 

Our Annual Frequent Buyer Sale!   Sun, Nov 6, 9AM-11PM

Those who have signed up for a Frequent Buyer Card BEFORE November 6 receive 20% off purchases in the store and online all day! More details.
At Harvard Book Store and Online at harvard.com
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Joan Didion
Mon, Nov 7, 7PM

Award-winning novelist, essayist, and memoirist Joan Didion discusses her new memoir, Blue Nights.
At First Parish ChurchLearn More

Lisa Randall
Tues, Nov 8, 6PM

Harvard physics professor Lisa Randall discusses Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World.
At the Brattle Theatre        Learn More

Jonathan Lethem
Wed, Nov 9, 6PM

Novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem reads from his new collection of essays, The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.
At the Brattle TheatreLearn More

Michael Nielsen
Wed, Nov 9, 7PM

Cambridge Forum presents pioneer of quantum computing Michael Nielsen, discussing Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science.
At First Parish Church        Learn More

Adam Gopnik
Thurs, Nov 10, 6PM

New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik discusses The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Daniel Kahneman
Thurs, Nov 10, 7:30PM

Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman discusses Thinking, Fast and Slow.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Willard Sterne Randall
Fri, Nov 11, 3PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Willard Sterne Randall discusses his new biography, Ethan Allen: His Life and Times.
At Harvard Book Store        Learn More

William Kennedy
Fri, Nov 11, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy reads from his most recent entry in his "Albany Cycle," Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes.
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Umberto Eco
Sat, Nov 12, 4PM

Legendary Italian novelist Umberto Eco reads from and discusses his latest, The Prague Cemetery.
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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Please send your comments and suggestions to Rachel at rcass@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


Rachel Cass
Marketing Manager

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