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December 16, 2011
This Sunday, December 18, is the final day of this year's annual Harvard Book Store Gives Back program. A percentage of sales made this Sunday will be donated to Community Servings, a local not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. We'll also have volunteers from Community Servings in the store to do some gift wrapping and to provide more information about the organization.

With only four days until the start of Hanukkah and nine days until Christmas, time is growing short to get holiday cards in the mail. Luckily, we have a wide selection of cards to choose from, including both boxed and single varieties, with options for everyone on your list.

Please note that our store hours will be a little different for the next two weeks, to accommodate last-minute shoppers, booksellers' holiday plans, and the effects of New Year's revelry. See a full listing of holiday hours here.

And speaking of New  Year's revelry, we just received a fresh batch of First Night buttons. Purchase one for $18 and get admission to all sorts of great New Year's Eve programming throughout downtown Boston. Find the complete schedule of events here, and purchase buttons at the register in the store.


'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 420 Characters
by Lou Beach
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover
"It says 'shit,' observes my six-year-old, spotting Jonathan Lethem's cover blurb: 'Holy sh*t! These are great!' And they are. Rendered as Facebook updates in 420 characters or less, these thought-provoking vignettes from illustrator Lou Beach are funny, poetic, touching, sexy, twisted-scene-and-character sketches replete with bumpkins, criminals, angry teens, truckers, boozers, bimbos, animals, and sentient objects. Best savored one or two a day, like a New Yorker cartoon calendar." --Mother Jones
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Nonfiction Pieter Bruegel 
by Larry Silver

Abbeville Press, hardcover
Best known for his amusing depictions of peasants, landscapes, and Bosch-like fantasies, Bruegel also created a wide range of highly original interpretations of religious themes in an era marked by religious controversies. While scholars will appreciate the novel insights of this comprehensive re-examination of Pieter Bruegel, its highly accessible text will introduce newcomers and the general public to the delights of this inventive, trenchant, yet often amusing visual commentator on the human condition.
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No Enchanted Palace The Curious History of Love
by Jean-Claude Kaufmann

Polity, paperback

The one emotion that matters most to many people is the one about which social thinkers rarely speak--love. For many people, love is the thing that matters most in their lives: they are searching for love, hoping to find in love a kind of happiness that they cannot find in their work or by surrounding themselves with material goods. But where does this peculiar and powerful blending together of love and happiness come from, and why do we find it such a compelling idea today? In this compulsively readable book, Jean-Claude Kaufmann offers a fresh account of the history of a feeling unlike any other.

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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 Little Folks of Animal Land
by Harry Whittier Frees

Print on Demand, paperback

"The series of animal pictures reproduced on the following pages have all been photographed from living animals. The difficulties encountered in posing kittens and puppies for pictures of this kind have been overcome only by the exercise of great patience and invariable kindness. My little models receive no especial training, and after their daily performance before the camera they enjoy nothing better than a frolic about the studio."  

--from the introductory note 

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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.
Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome
by Anthony Everitt
$9.99 hardcover (originally $30)
Born in A.D. 76, Hadrian lived through and ruled during a tempestuous era, a time when the Colosseum was opened to the public and Pompeii was buried under a mountain of lava and ash. By making splendid use of recently discovered archaeological materials and his own exhaustive research, historian of Ancient Rome Anthony Everitt vividly recounts Hadrian's thrilling life.
Lives Like Loaded Guns:
Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds
by Lyndall Gordon
$9.99 hardcover (originally $32.95)
The first major biography of Dickinson in nearly ten years, Lives Like Loaded Guns is a highly acclaimed story of creative genius, illicit passion, and betrayal that will forever change the way we view one of America's most important literary figures. The Washington Post raves that it "reads like a fabulous detective story. . . . [Gordon] takes us into undiscovered territory."
The Essential Engineer:
Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
by Henry Petroski
$7.99 hardcover (originally $26.95)
From the author of fourteen previous books on technology comes an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address the world's most pressing issues, from climate change to the prevention of natural disasters. The Essential Engineer illuminates the technological problems and paradoxes we face today and sets out a course for putting our ideas into action. 
Recent 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.
Island at the End of the World:
The Turbulent History of Easter Island
by Steven Roger Fischer
Originally published by Reaktion Books Ltd in 2005
$9.50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Famed for its breathtaking isolation and mysterious statues, Easter Island was once a verdant South Sea idyll until a small canoe of Polynesians arrived, circa A.D. 700. This book presents a comprehensive history of this unique region. The Economist calls it "a fascinating and highly readable history."
Children's Literature:
A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter
by Seth Lerer
Originally published by University of Chicago Press in 2008
$15 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
"Lerer gives us the facts, but he also weaves experiences and stories into an account that moves in registers ranging from the ecstatic to the elegaic. An ideal guide for students new to the field of children's literature as well as for scholars familiar with the territory." --Maria Tatar, Harvard University
A Photographer's Journey
by Graeme Outerbridge
Originally published by Harry N. Abrams in 2000
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
For five years, photographer Graeme Outerbridge traveled the globe by rail, photographing everything that caught his eye--hulking engines, stations both lonely and bustling, high-speed expresses, railroad workers, signals, and the landscapes that the trains traversed. With 225 photographs in full color, Trains is a photographic journey to the world of railroads.

Author Events


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Thomas Frank (1/5)  

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Harvard Book Store Gives Back
Sun, Dec 18, all day   

 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

 Political columnist and bestselling author Thomas Frank discusses Pity the Billionaire.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Ellis Avery
Tues, Jan 17, 7PM  

Award-winning writer and creative writing teacher Ellis Avery reads from her newest novel, The Last Nude.
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Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson
Wed, Jan 18, 7PM

Harvard professor of government Theda Skocpol and PhD student Vanessa Williamson discuss The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.
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Philosophy Caf
Wed, Jan 18, 7:30PM

Topic To Be Announced
At Harvard Book Store,
lower level
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Alex Gilvarry
Thurs, Jan 19, 7PM

Debut novelist Alex Gilvarry reads from From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.
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Jonathan Gruber
Wed, Jan 25, 6PM

MIT professor of economics Jonathan Gruber discusses Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, and How It Works.
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David Scheffer
Thurs, Jan 26, 7PM

Lawyer and diplomat David Scheffer discusses his new book, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals.
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David Weinberger
Fri, Jan 27, 3PM

David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard's Berman Center, discusses Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.
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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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