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December 9, 2011

This week, the book world has been abuzz with reactions to Amazon's latest effort to encourage customers to browse local businesses but ultimately purchase online from them. We've seen thoughtful responses from readers and booksellers from across the country, including this gem from Jarek Steele of Left Bank Books in St. Louis. This is an issue we at Harvard Book Store have Don't be an i-Phoneybeen talking about for a while, with the launch of our "Find It Here. Buy It Here. Keep Us Here." campaign, as well as last year's fan-favorite video Don't Be an iPhoney. We've had great responses from our customers about both these campaigns, so we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of this local business.

 

And now on to more festive fare: This Sunday marks the third week of our annual Harvard Book Store Gives Back program. This week, a percentage of sales made on Sunday, December 11 will be donated to Partners in Health. They'll have volunteers in the store part of the day on Sunday to wrap gifts and answer questions you may have about their organization. So stop by for a visit!

 

'Til Next Week,
Rachel 

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction
Fiction The Artist of Disappearance
by Anita Desai

$23
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover
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Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life's expectations and its realities in these three novellas. "These stories about art are also stories about ourselves. The characters, sketched in with Desai's usual blend of irony and tender sympathy, are people who look at pictures and read books: the rich who collect and neglect art, the civil servants who fail to support it, the adapters and critics and publishers who cluster round the edges, their restless jostling muddying and blurring its outlines." --The Guardian
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Nonfiction
Nonfiction The Beauty and the Sorrow:
An Intimate History of the First World War 

by Peter Englund


$35
Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover
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In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a new approach to the history of World War I, magnifying its least examined, most stirring component: the experiences of the average man and woman. A mosaic of perspectives that moves between the home front and the front lines, The Beauty and the Sorrow reconstructs the feelings, experiences, and shifting spirits of twenty people, allowing them to speak not only for themselves but also for all those who were in some way shaped by the war, but whose voices have been forgotten, rejected, or simply remained unheard.
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Scholarly
No Enchanted Palace Immunitas
by Roberto Esposito


$24.95
Polity, hardcover
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Just as the human body's immune system protects the organism from deadly incursions by viruses and other threats, law also ensures the survival of the community in a life-threatening situation. But the function of law as a form of immunization points to a more disturbing consideration: like the individual body, the collective body can be immunized from the perceived danger only by allowing a little of what threatens it to enter its protective boundaries. Starting from this reflection on the nature of immunization, Italian political philosopher Roberto Esposito offers a wide-ranging analysis of contemporary biopolitics.

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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 The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction

$15 each
Print on Demand, paperback

Thanks to the Google Books project, we are now able to print all twenty volumes comprising the Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction. The Shelf of Fiction was selected by Charles W. Eliot in the early twentieth century, and contains notes by William Allan Neilson. Included are novels and novellas by authors ranging from Leo Tolstoy to Mark Twain, and Jane Austen to Victor Hugo. For a complete list of available volumes, or to place an order, please e-mail bookmachine@harvard.com or stop by the information desk at the store.
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.
Mother of God:
A History of the Virgin Mary
by Miri Rubin
$12.99 hardcover (originally $35)
"Miri Rubin's Mother of God is an intellectually exuberant tour-de-force. Like the great cloak that in some medieval images billows out from the Virgin, enclosing her rapt worshippers, this book reaches out to embrace a startling range of human dreams, fears, and hopes across many centuries." --Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University
West of Here
by Jonathan Evison
$5.99 hardcover (originally $24.95)
West of Here is a grand and playful odyssey, a multi-generational saga of destiny and greed, adventure and passion, one that chronicles the life of a small town on Washington State's rugged Pacific coast. It is a bold novel by a writer destined to become a major forces in American literature.
Kraken
by China Miville
$5.99 hardcover (originally $16)
Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears? Booklist calls Miville's fantasy "a rich work, full of wordplay and imagery." 
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.
Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People
edited by Alan Lomax, Woody Gutherie, and Pete Seeger
Originally published by University of Nebraska Press in 1999
$90 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Twenty-seven years in the making, Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People is a rare collection of over 150 American folk songs of the Depression and the Labor Movement of the 1930s. Created by three giants of performance and musical research, this collection starts with a foreward by John Steinbeck and includes iconic images from Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.
The Daily Practice of Painting:
Writing and Interviews, 1962-1993
by Gerhard Richter
Originally published by MIT Press in 1995
$85 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This book includes a rich selection of Richter's words from all periods of his career, many translated for the first time. There are public statements about specific exhibitions, private reflections from personal correspondence, and excerpts from journals from various periods. The writings are accompanied by eighty-seven photographs from the artist's personal collection.
Legalizing Prostitution:
From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business
by Ronald Weitzer
Originally published by New York University Press in 2011
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Legalizing Prostitution maps the current terrain of the sex industry. Using America as a backdrop, Weitzer draws on extensive field research in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany to illustrate alternatives to American-style criminalization and marginalization of sex workers. Gilbert Geis, a professor emeritus of Criminology, Law & Society, calls it "comprehensive, astute, and provocative."

Author Events

 

Tickets on sale 12/12:

Thomas Frank (1/5)

 
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Holiday Buyers' Night 
Fri, Dec 9, 7PM

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The team of Harvard Book Store buyers recommend books for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
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Harvard Book Store Gives Back
Sun, Dec 11, all day 

As part of the Harvard Book Store Gives Back program, a portion of book sales made on December 11 will be donated to Partners in Health.
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Harvard Book Store Gives Back
Sun, Dec 18, all day

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As part of the Harvard Book Store Gives Back program, a portion of book sales made on December 18 will be donated to Community Servings.
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Thomas Frank
Thurs, Jan 5, 6PM

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Political columnist and bestselling author Thomas Frank discusses Pity the Billionaire.
At the Brattle Theatre        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
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rcass@harvard.com 

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