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December 30, 2011
Now that the holiday season is winding down, it's time to stock up for next year. All holiday gift wrap and cards are now 50% off. We're also offering 50% off all calendars and 2012 planners, so pick one up if you haven't already.

Need some plans to fill into that brand new 2012 calendar? Tickets for our January 5 event with Thomas Frank are on sale now, and tickets for our January 25 event with economist Jonathan Gruber go on sale Tuesday, January 3. For a look at our complete (and frequently updated) 2012 calendar, click here.

There's still time to pick up a First Night button at the store. Purchase one for $18 at the register and gain entry to music, comedy, and dance events throughout the city on New Year's Eve. Find the full schedule here.

And don't forget, we'll have shortened hours this weekend to give us all a chance to ring in the new year in style. On Saturday, December 31 we'll be open 9am to 9pm, and on Sunday, January 1 we'll be open noon to 10pm. Happy new year to you all, and here's to a fabulous 2012!


'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 The Death of King Arthur
translated by Simon Armitage  


W.W. Norton, hardcover
First appearing around 1400, The Alliterative Morte Arthure, or, The Death of King Arthur, is one of the most widely beloved and spectacularly alliterative poems ever penned in Middle English. Now, from the internationally acclaimed translator of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, comes this magisterial new presentation of the Arthurian tale, rendered in unflinching and gory detail. Following Arthur's bloody conquests across the cities and fields of Europe, all the way to his spectacular and even bloodier fall, this masterpiece features some of the most spellbinding and poignant passages in English poetry.
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Nonfiction Furnishing a Museum:
Isabella Stewart Gardner's Collection of Italian Furniture 

by Fausto Calderai

Periscope, hardcover
Ranging from Renaissance wedding chests and inlaid credenzas to Rococo Venetian pieces of the 18th century, the Gardner's collection of Italian furniture is perhaps the largest of its type in the United States. Isabella Gardner bought her furniture entirely on her own, recognizing the critical role furniture played in the function and decoration of Italian interiors from the 15th century to the early 19th century. This meticulously designed catalog features stunning photographs that focus on individual objects and reveal characteristic forms and styles.
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No Enchanted Palace The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank:
Inside Psychoanalysis   

edited by E. James Lieberman and Robert Kramer

Johns Hopkins University Press, hardcover

Sigmund Freud's relationship with Otto Rank was the most constant, close, and significant of his professional life. This complete collection of the known correspondence between the two brings to life their twenty-year collaboration and their painful break. The letters concern not just the work of Freud and Rank but also their supporters, rivals, families, and travels. A candid picture of how the pioneers of modern psychotherapy behaved with their patients, colleagues, and each other, the correspondence between Freud and Rank demonstrates how psychoanalysis developed in relation to early twentieth-century science, art, philosophy, and politics. 

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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 Perspicuity:
The Early Quirks of
Craig Swanson

by Craig Swanson

Print on Demand, paperback

Boston-area cartoonist Craig Swanson has been "spouting puns since the word 'goo'." This book includes his first fifty cartoons, along with an essay for each. Melding everything from art to science, from theatre to math, from pop culture to psychology, and beyond, Swanson's off-beat sense of humor plays to a wide range of sensibilities.

"Anybody who can invent an amusing cartoon based on esoteric mathematics deserves to be applauded."
 --Simon Singh (Fermat's Enigma and The Code Book)
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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.
Justice Brennan:
Liberal Champion
by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel
$9.99 hardcover (originally $35)
"Authors Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel are both legal scholars and journalists who have a deep understanding of how the Supreme Court works. . . . As a work of legal analysis, Justice Brennan provides unique insights into Brennan's own legal thinking and how he lobbied other justices to support his views."
--The Christian Science Monitor
The Wild Trees:
What if the Last Wilderness Is Above Our Heads?
by Richard Preston
$7.99 hardcover
Hidden in unseen valleys of dense rainforest on the coast of California are the world's tallest and largest things--trees up to forty stories tall and as old as the Parthenon: the coastal redwoods. The Wild Trees is the astonishing story of the handful of wild tree climbers and amateur naturalists who are now working in the redwood canopy, exploring this enchanted and terrifically dangerous new world. 
Selected Poems
by Wallace Stevens
edited by John N. Serio 
$8.99 hardcover (originally $30)
A new edition of the work of Wallace Stevens, a founding father of contemporary American poetry. This rich and thorough selection--published in the 130th anniversary year of Stevens's birth--carries us from the explosion of Harmonium in 1923 to the maturity of The Auroras of Autumn in 1950 and the magisterial Collected Poems published by Knopf in 1954.  
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.
The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Originally published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1953
$65 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The forty-seven stories in this collection, selected by Singer himself out of nearly one hundred and fifty, range from the publication of his now-classic first collection, Gimpel the Fool, in 1957, until 1981. "There are whole fistfuls of masterpieces in this one volume: a cornucopia of invention. . . . When all is said and done, [it] is an American master's 'Book of Creation.'"
The New York Times Book Review
photographs by Juergen Teller
Originally published by Steidel in 2010
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
One of the stars of fashion photography and one of its most resolute interpreters of beauty and fashion, Juergen Teller is known for disregarding conventions and pointing his camera behind the scenes of glamor to reveal models in all their personality and vulnerability. This series explores his family's roots--literally. Taking his camera down into the basement of his parents' house, Teller photographed their wet bar, known among family as the Marchenstuberl ("fairy tale corner").
A Stitch in Time:
The Four Seasons of Baltimore's Needle Trades
by Philip Kahn, Jr.
Originally published by the Maryland Historical Society in 1989
$13 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
A Stitch in Time documents Baltimore's needle trades, a group of industries which played a significant role in the economic development of the city. Kahn divides his book into four parts, each dealing with a different period of the city's sewing industries. Beginning with the colonial foundations of the industry and stretching to the decline of needle trades after World War II, Kahn describes the people, technology, and important social changes that contributed to this unique, vital aspect of Baltimore's history.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now: 

Thomas Frank (1/5)  

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All Upcoming Events 

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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Philosophy Caf
Wed, Jan 18, 7:30PM

"A Philosophical Look at Inequality"
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.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

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.
At Harvard Book Store        Learn More

David Weinberger
Fri, Jan 27, 3PM

David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman 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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

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