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January 27, 2012
Tickets are on sale now for Wednesday evening's event with former Boston police commissioner William Bratton and Zachary Tumin, of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Purchase tickets for their talk on Collaborate or Perish, moderated by WBUR's David Boeri, here.

Now one final reminder about the upcoming World Book Night deadline. Sign up by February 1st to be a book giver and to help spread a love of reading and books.

World Book Night is an initiative to give away one million free books in a single day, April 23, across the United States (with a partner program, now in its second year, in the U.K.). Individuals can sign up to give away twenty copies, provided free of charge, of their chosen title (see a complete list of available titles here).

Harvard Book Store is excited to partner with World Book Night as a distribution point, where local book givers can choose to pick up their specially printed World Book Night books. For more information about this exciting and important program, visit the World Book Night website. We hope you'll join us in sharing the love of reading with new readers throughout the greater Cambridge area and beyond.


'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 Flame Alphabet
by Ben Marcus 


Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover

In The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus delivers a work of heartbreak and horror, a novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families. A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children's speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions indicate that people are going into hiding. But parents Sam and Claire find it isn't easy to leave the daughter they still love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. The Flame Alphabet invites the question: What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love?

Nonfiction Wanted Women:
Faith, Lies & the War on Terror; The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui 

by Deborah Scroggins

Harper, hardcover
 A look at militant Islam, Muslim women's rights, and the war on terror--brought into focus through two lives on opposite sides: activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and religious extremist Aafia Siddiqui. Reconstructing the histories of these two women, award-winning journalist Deborah Scroggins weaves a provocative true-life thriller from two separate but strangely parallel lives in a time of bitter battle. Based on remarkable original research, Wanted Women traces their origins to explain why they chose opposite paths and how each has risen to become revered and reviled as an international symbol of her beliefs.
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No Enchanted Palace The Culture of Markets 
by Frederick F. Wherry

Polity, paperback

What are the logics of pricing, and why do some pricing schemes defy standard economic expectations? What explains the different labor market outcomes of people who receive the same training from the same place and who have similar grades? Why do national governments issue statements about the country's history and personality when developing economic policies, and why are struggles over the images pictured on money so hard fought? Using clear prose and illustrative examples, Frederick F. Wherry locates the answers to these and other questions in the cultural logics and dynamics that constitute and guide markets. 

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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 Through Finland in Carts
by Ethel Tweedie

Print on Demand, paperback
This travelogue, originally published in 1898, follows three women as they tour this northern country, meeting its inhabitants and observing its customs. From the first chapter: "Finland, or, as the natives call it, Suomi, is a country of lakes and islands; a vast continent about which strangers hardly know anything, beyond such rude facts as are learnt at school. . . . When we first thought of going to Suomi, we naturally tried to procure a Finnish guide-book and map; but no guide book was to be found in all London. . . . Nothing daunted by want of information, however, we packed up our traps and started."
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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.
From Disgust to Humanity:
Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law
by Martha C. Nussbaum
$7.99 hardcover (originally $21.95)
In From Disgust to Humanity, distinguished scholar Martha Nussbaum aims her intellectual firepower at the bulwark of opposition to gay equality: the politics of disgust, which has long been among the fundamental motivations of those who discriminate against lesbian and gay citizens. Nussbaum contends that the politics of disgust must be confronted, for it contradicts the basic principle of the equality of all citizens under the law.
by J.M Coetzee
$6.99 hardcover (originally $25.95) 
Told from the perspective of a biographer writing about John Coetzee after his death, this semi-fictionalized autobiography contains the accounts of five people who knew Coetzee well when he lived in Cape Town, South Africa during his thirties, a time of his life when the biographer believes Coetzee was discovering who he was as a writer. 
Strength in What Remains
by Tracy Kidder
$6.99 hardcover (originally $26)
This non-fiction narrative describes the life of Deo, a survivor of war and genocide in Burundi who comes to America with almost no money, speaking no English, and having very few prospects. Through determination and the kindness of people he meets in his journeys, he eventually becomes a student at Columbia University and goes on to medical school and, finally, back to his home in Burundi to open a medical clinic and realize his dreams. 
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.
History of Palestine
by Dr. Mohsen Mohammed Saleh
Originally published by Al-Falah Foundation in 2003
$40 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This overview of the conflict in Palestine "outlines and clarifies the main facts in a political, intellectual, and cultural manner," with chapters focusing in-depth on the land of Palestine, the people of Palestine, the different religious and cultural groups that are involved in the conflict, and various peace projects that have been negotiated in the region.
Forced Entries:
The Downtown Diaries, 1971-1973
by Jim Carroll
Originally published by Penguin Books in 1987
$50 (paperback, signed) in Very Good Condition
Jim Carroll's first memoir, The Basketball Diaries, chronicled his teenage years as a high school jock who becomes addicted to drugs. This sequel, signed by the author, details his young adult life in New York City as a writer and contemporary of Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, and also recounts his attempts to kick his heroin addiction for good.
The Amber Spyglass
by Philip Pullman
Originally published by Knopf in 2000
$30 (hardcover, signed) in Very Good Condition 
The third and final book in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, The Amber Spyglass concludes the amazing adventure of young Lyra and Will in their quest to save the world that they hold dear from the Magisterium. This conclusion of the epic tale was the first children's book to win the Whitbread Book of the Year Award (in 2001) and was also the first children's book to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. This edition is signed by the author.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now: 

William Bratton and Zachary Tumin (2/1)    

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All Upcoming Events 

John Matteson
Mon, Jan 30, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer John Matteson discusses The Lives of Margaret Fuller.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Jan 30, 7PM

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Colum McCann's National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin.
At Harvard Book Store,
Lower Level
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Jodi Kantor
Tues, Jan 31, 7PM

New York Times columnist Jodi Kantor discusses The Obamas in conversation with Harvard's John Palfrey.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

William Bratton and Zachary Tumin
Wed, Feb 1, 6PM

Former Boston police commissioner William Bratton and the Harvard Kennedy School's Zachary Tumin discuss their new book, Collaborate or Perish: Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World, in a conversation moderated by WBUR's David Boeri.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Judy Richardson, Barbara Brandt, Janet Moses, and Penny Patch
Thurs, Feb 2, 7PM

A panel of contributors discusses Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Wael Ghonim
Fri, Feb 3, 5PM

Egyptian internet activist Wael Ghonim signs copies of Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power. This signing is put on in collaboration with Harvard's Institute of Politics.
At the Charles Hotel,
Charles Ballroom
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Pico Iyer
Fri, Feb 3, 7PM

Novelist and essayist Pico Iyer discusses The Man Within My Head, in which he explores his lifelong literary obsession with Graham Greene.
At Harvard Book Store 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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