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January 6, 2012
We wanted to begin the new year with a big thank you for a wonderful 2011. We just finished up the best holiday season we've had in years, and we're looking forward to another great year bringing books and authors to Cambridge. Some things to look forward to:
  • First off, 2012 marks Harvard Book Store's 80th anniversary. Here's to eighty more years! 
  • For a sneak peek at the many great books coming out this year, check out The Millions' annual book preview
  • We have another exciting year of author events coming your way (including several of the books mentioned in The Millions' preview).
  • In the coming weeks we'll be announcing thousands of new additions to our print-on-demand catalogue, meaning that many titles by beloved authors such as Agatha Christie and Russell Banks will never be out of stock again. 
  • We're continuing to make improvements to our website, harvard.com, including making it easier to browse and purchase e-books. 
Stay tuned for more information on these and other bookstore happenings. Happy new year!


'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 Iago
by David Snodin 


Henry Holt & Co., hardcover
 Wounded in love, tormented by his past, Shakespeare's most complex villain is brought to life in this tale of two adversaries--one an accused killer; the other, one of the most powerful men in Venice. Having escaped from Cyprus, accused of the murders of the governor, known as the Moor, and his lovely young wife, Iago is now locked in battle with Annibale Malipiero, known as Il Terribile, the chief inquisitor of Italy's greatest city.  Iago will captivate fans already familiar with Shakespeare and appeal to anyone who loves a rich historical novel.
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Nonfiction The Heights:
Anatomy of a Skyscraper 

by Kate Ascher

Penguin Press, hardcover
 Providing offices, homes, restaurants, and shopping to thousands of inhabitants, skyscrapers function as small cities-- with infrastructure not unlike that hidden beneath our streets. Clean water is provided to floors thousands of feet in the sky; elevators move people swiftly and safely throughout the building. How are these services possible in such a complex structure? What does it really take to sustain human life at such enormous heights? The Heights is the ultimate guide to the way things work in the skyscraper.
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No Enchanted Palace A History of Violence  
by Robert Muchembled

Polity, paperback

"In this wide-ranging book, Robert Muchembled, one of France's most talented historians, draws on a lifetime of study to elucidate the history of violence in Europe from the late middle ages to the present. In showing how Western Europe by the twentieth century had achieved the lowest level of interpersonal violence yet known to the world, Muchembled employs modern gender analysis to challenge historians to reconsider many long-held assumptions about the control of violent behaviour in the West." --Julius R. Ruff, author of Violence in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800 

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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 Crude Oil: A Novel
by Brian T. Bellavia

Print on Demand, paperback
Sean Benetti is a litigation attorney with a fledgling solo practice in Central Florida, who stumbles across evidence that the two largest oil companies in the world have been working together to drive up the price of oil. Desperate to keep a lid on the scheme, the CEO of Federal Oil calls in Vance Caldwell, a former Special Forces group commander who, on behalf of Federal Oil organizes a mercenary army in Ecuador. But unbeknownst to Caldwell, Sean grew up in a blended Scottish/Sicilian family with strong ties to organized crime.
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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.
Naked Lunch 50th Anniversary Edition
by William S. Burroughs
$9.99 hardcover (originally $24)
Naked Lunch, a collection of vignettes narrated by drug addict William Lee, transformed American literature fifty years ago with its formal innovation and tackling of previously taboo subjects. This special edition hardcover contains new, never-before-published material and drafts in addition to essays by Burroughs about the book.
How to Slice an Onion:
Cooking Basics and Beyond; Hundreds of Tips, Techniques, Recipes, Food Facts, and Folklore
by Bunny Crumpacker
$4.99 hardcover (originally $25.99) 
How to Slice an Onion makes cooking simple both for the rookie cook and the experienced chef alike. Containing recipes bursting with flavor and tips sure to help even the most talented kitchen connoisseurs, along with interesting bits of food history, this book is a must-have for anyone who enjoys spending time making, or even simply reading about, delicious food.  
Peter the Great
by Derek Wilson 
$6.99 hardcover (originally $29.99)
Peter the Great was considered a giant among men. Not only in his physical stature but also in his innovations and ideas about his country and modernization, Peter towered over his contemporaries. Derek Wilson tells the story of how Peter the Great brought Russia from what he viewed as its old, staid ways into the ways of a more modern Europe.   
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 Aeneid
by Virgil
edited with introduction and notes by R.D. Williams 
Originally published by St. Martin's Press in 1972
$100 (hardcover; two volumes) in Very Good Condition
One of the cornerstones of Western literature, with enormously wide-reaching literary influence, Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid has been translated, studied, and edited by scholars the world over. This two-volume set edited by R.D. Williams would be a lovely addition to a collection of classical works.
Personal Recollections of Distinguished Generals
by William F.G. Shanks
Originally published by Harper and Brothers in 1866
$30 (hardcover) in Good Condition
This illustrated volume characterizes the many military men of the Civil War era in order to, as the author states, "make more familiar to the general public the actual characters of some of our great military leaders." Filled with facts not found elsewhere about these men as individuals both on and off the field of battle, Personal Recollections of Distinguished Generals portrays a rich history.
The Second Coming
by Walter Percy
Originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1980
$100 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Will Barrett, also the protagonist of Percy's novel The Last Gentleman, and a young woman who has escaped from a mental institution form a relationship that ultimately saves Barrett from his existential despair in this beautiful signed limited edition printing of The Second Coming.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now: 

Jonathan Gruber (1/25)   

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All Upcoming Events 

Ellis Avery
Tues, Jan 17, 7PM  

Award-winning writer and creative writing teacher Ellis Avery reads from her newest novel, The Last Nude.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Gary Marcus
Mon, Jan 23, 7PM

Award-winning psychology professor Gary Marcus discusses Guitar Zero:The New Musician and the Science of Learning.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Piotr Naskrecki
Tues, Jan 24, 7PM

Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki discusses Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine.
At Harvard Book Store        Learn More

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

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