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News from Harvard Book Store
January 12, 2012
As of today, Paige, our book-making robot, has a whole host of new titles in her database, thanks to a partnership with publisher HarperCollins. Through their new "Comprehensive Backlist Program," we now have the ability to print fresh paperback copies of thousands of titles on their extensive backlist. What does that mean for you? Well, it means that for these titles, by authors such as Dennis Lehane, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Doris Lessing, we'll never be sold out again.

The program (which you can read more about here) is a new and important step in owner Jeff Mayersohn's vision "to provide our customers with any book ever written, in any format, and have it either in your hands or at your doorstep--the same day."
Don't be an i-Phoney
Along with eight other independent bookstores, we celebrated the launch of the new program with a ceremonial first printing of Ann Patchett's memoir Truth & Beauty.

In other exciting book world news, the deadline is fast approaching to sign up to be part of 2012's World Book Night. The program seeks to spread the love of reading by giving away a million free books in one night, April 23. To see the list of chosen titles, to read more about the project, and to apply to be a book giver, click here.


'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 Night of the Republic
by Alan Shapiro 


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover
 Alan Shapiro visits a gas station restroom, a shoe store, and a racetrack, among other places, and in stark Edward Hopper-like imagery reveals the surreal and dreamlike quality of these familiar but empty night spaces. He finds in them not the expected alienation but rather an odd, companionable spirit of a community of solitude rising from the quiet emptiness. While Night of the Republic is Shapiro's most ambitious, inventive, and accessible collection of poetry to date, it is also his most timely and urgent for the acute way it illuminates the mingling of private obsessions with public space.
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Nonfiction A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons 
by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

Palgrave Macmillan, hardcover
 Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James Madison, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight in the Civil War. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this portrait of the times reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery of the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters.
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No Enchanted Palace Marigold:
The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam 

by James G. Hershberg

Stanford University Press, hardcover

"This is a superb piece of scholarship, a study that will make a major contribution to our understanding of the Vietnam War in general and the Marigold peace initiative in particular. The research base is simply astounding and what is more, Hershberg shows a marvelous ability to take this mass of material and render it into a gripping and powerful narrative. Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam is history-writing at its best--evocative, elegant, well-organized, deeply researched, and authoritative." --Fredrik Logevall, author of Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam   

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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 Journey Into a Dark Past,
Land of My Ancestors: Budapest, Prague & Vienna

by Norma Roth

Print on Demand, paperback
Journey to A Dark Past, Land of My Ancestors: Budapest, Vienna & Prague by Norma Roth narrates a personal journey to the land of her parents birth, which they left behind before the Nazi Holocaust. In 1979, the author makes her first trip with her aging parents to "see the beauty of their homeland." She makes a second trip in 1999, to finally confront "truths" that she could not face before. This time she finds that the incredible beauty of these lands cannot mask the fall of these nations into barbarism.
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Bargain Books
Bargain Books are new books at used-book prices. We have a limited number of copies 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.
Harvard Square:
An Illustrated History Since 1950
by Mo Lotman
$17.99 hardcover (originally $50)
Harvard Square serves as a crossroads where experiences and events as far-reaching as poetry, retailing, politics, design, performance, and every other cultural endeavor intersect. Explored decade-by-decade through interviews and photographs, the rich history of the Square comes to life in this volume by local author Mo Lotman.
Finding Beauty in a Broken World
by Terry Tempest Williams
$6.99 hardcover (originally $26) 
Naturalist Terry Tempest Williams reflects on finding the connection between the human and natural worlds, and figuring out what it means to be human in an age of physical, social, and spiritual fragmentation--a "broken world." Her meditation on how the natural and human worlds collide and connect in violence and beauty is a work of uncommon perceptions.  
The Autobiography of Fidel Castro
by Norberto Fuentes, translated by Anna Kushner
$6.99 hardcover (originally $27.95)
Now an exile from his home country of Cuba, Norberto Fuentes was once a revolutionary in Fidel Castro's inner circle. His satirical and captivating "autobiography of Castro, written in Castro's arrogant and seductive voice, shares both immensely personal and completely outrageous stories from his life.    
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 Ecological Thought
by Timothy Morton
Originally published by Harvard University Press in 2010
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
In this surprising book, Morton explains his theory that all forms of life are connected in a vast and entangling mesh. Recognizing this entanglement is dubbed by Morton to be "the ecological thought." A concise and clear writer, Morton's work will appeal to readers in a vast array of disciplines.
The Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts: A History, 1639-1989
by Marion Vuilleumier
Originally published by The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth
in 1989
$40 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Written and published to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the town and signed by the author, this volume captures the history of one of the three oldest towns on Cape Cod. From the Viking explorers to the first English settlement to the expansion of the small town through the late 1980s, this book details a rich and charming history.
America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
by the editors of America's Test Kitchen
Originally published by America's Test Kitchen in 2008
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Containing over 700 recipes and over 1,000 color photos, this extensive guide to baking may sound intimidating, but the knowledgeable staff of America's Test Kitchen guides you through their many tried-and-true recipes in a clear fashion. In what truly is a family-friendly cookbook, you'll find easy-to-understand recipes and instructions for making delicious confections at home.

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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

"A Philosophical Look at Inequality"
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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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Gary Marcus
Mon, Jan 23, 7PM

Award-winning psychology professor Gary Marcus discusses Guitar Zero:The New Musician and the Science of Learning.
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Piotr Naskrecki
Tues, Jan 24, 7PM

Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki discusses Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine.
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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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