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February 4, 2012
Need a stylish way to express all your warm and fuzzy February-type feelings? Come by the store this week to browse our wide selection of Valentine's Day cards. We have great options for both the hopeless romantic and the corporate-holiday skeptic. Pair one with a good book and some Taza chocolate for the perfect Valentine's Day gift package. 

Quick update: The deadline to sign up to be a book giver on World Book Night has been extended through Monday, February 6. Find more details, and sign up, here.

Finally, we were saddened this week to read about the death of Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska. Bookseller Margaret B. recently recommended Szymborska's collection
Here, writing "These are poems which open outward even as they zero in, poems of such simplicity and depth that they'll move you on the first reading and stay with you for years to come." Read the entire recommendation 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 Guilt
by Ferdinand von Schirach, translated by Carol Brown Janeway 


Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover

In these tales, von Schirach calls into question the nature of guilt and the toll it takes--or fails to take--on ordinary people. In "The Illuminati," the popular mean crowd at an all-boys' boarding school wages a vicious attack against a schoolmate, and ends up accidentally killing the boy's beloved teacher. Attempting to hurdle through a midlife crisis, a housewife steals trivial things no one will miss, an act that gives her a rush in "Desire." Seen with the same cool, controlled eye that propelled von Schirach's debut collection, Crime, onto best-seller lists, Guilt is a stunning follow-up from one of Germany's finest new writers.

Nonfiction Straight:
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality 

by Hanne Blank

Beacon Press, hardcover
Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly and permanently transformed Western culture. The idea of "the heterosexual" was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, "heterosexual" had become a byword for "normal." In Straight, historian Hanne Blank digs deep into the past of sexual orientation, while simultaneously exploring its contemporary psyche.
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No Enchanted Palace The Faith of the Faithless:
Experiments in Political Theology 

by Simon Critchley

Verso, paperback

The return to religion has perhaps become the dominant cliché of contemporary theory, which rarely offers anything more than an exaggerated echo of a political reality dominated by religious war. Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era, where political action flows directly from metaphysical conflict. The Faith of the Faithless asks how we might respond. Following Critchley's Infinitely Demanding, this book builds on its framework, also venturing into the questions of faith, love, religion and violence. Should we defend a version of secularism and accept the slide into a form of theism-or is there another way?  

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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 Distiller
by Harrison Hall

Print on Demand, paperback
"Continually liable to interruptions in our trade, with those countries from which we have drawn our supplies of liquors, it would be prudent to become less dependent on them, and more industrious in improving our own capacity to provide for ourselves. . . . Yet is the art of distilling an agreeable and wholesome liquor from the products of our own country, but very imperfectly understood. . . . It may perhaps be asserted with some confidence that a degree of success equal to [one's] most sanguine expectations may be attained by a careful attention to the directions contained in the following work." --from the preface
This text reflects the second edition, originally published in 1818.
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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.
When Will There Be Good News?
by Kate Atkinson
$5.99 hardcover (originally $24.99)
In this mystery novel, the lives of three individuals come to intersect in unexpected ways. A woman who witnessed a crime as a young girl, a teenager who is worried for the woman who employs her as a nanny, and an ex-detective who is drawn back into the world of investigating all collide in this suspenseful read.
Vitruvius on Architecture
by Thomas Gordon Smith
$9.99 paperback (originally $40) 
Drawn from Vitruvius's "Ten Books on Architecture," this edition presents a new translation of the five books most relevant to contemporary architecture, along with new drawings and watercolors that illustrate, for the first time since ancient days, Vitruvius's methods of proportion and composition. Architect Thomas Gordon Smith recreated these illustrations directly from the text. Also included are many photographs of historic architecture from throughout the Mediterranean region.  
New Vintage Type:
Classic Fonts for the Digital Age

by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson
$9.99 hardcover (originally $39.95)
The world's foremost historian of graphic design presents this remarkable rethinking and rediscovery of old and classic typefaces for today's modern needs. Hundreds of amazing and obscure examples from around the world are gathered here, organized into five historically and stylistically grouped sections. New Vintage Type is the graphic designer's guide to choosing and using vintage type for maximum impact.  
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 Chips Are Down
by Jean-Paul Sartre
Originally published by Lear Publishers, Inc. in 1948
$25 (paperback) in Good Condition
In this Paris-set screenplay by Jean-Paul Sartre, two people, Eve Charlier and Pierre Dumaine, are predestined to be soul mates. Their early deaths, however, prevent them from ever meeting during their lives, and when the mistake is discovered in the afterlife, they are both given a second chance at life in order to find each other.
Rabelais and His World
by Mikhail Bakhtin
Originally published by MIT Press in 1968
$10 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This classic work by the Russian philosopher and literary theorist examines popular humor and folk culture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially the world of the carnival, as depicted in the novels of Francois Rabelais. For both Bakhtin and Rabelais, carnival signified the symbolic destruction of authority and the assertion of popular renewal.
Abstract Particulars
by Keith Campbell
Originally published by Basil Blackwell in 1990
$20 (hardcover) in Good Condition 
In this study, Australian philosopher Keith Campbell proposes a first philosophy which recognizes particular properties, or tropes, as the sole fundamental category. He also points to the strength of a trope analysis for the philosophy of mind and of social phenomena.

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Naomi Benaron
Mon, Feb 6, 7PM

Naomi Benaron reads from her Bellwether Prize-winning novel Running the Rift.
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Sebastian Seung
Tues, Feb 7, 7PM

MIT neuroscientist discusses Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are, in conversation with Harvard's Jeff Lichtman.
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Robert Kanigel
Wed, Feb 8, 7PM

Award-winning author Robert Kanigel discusses On an Irish Island, his love letter to a unique and beautiful island off the coast of Ireland.
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Claire Messud
with John Freeman

Thurs, Feb 9, 7PM

Celebrate the launch of Granta 118: Exit Strategies with award-winning novelist and Granta contributor Claire Messud, in conversation with the journal's editor, John Freeman.
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Gary Small
Thurs, Feb 9, 7PM

UCLA Longevity Center director Gary Small discusses The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life. A Cambridge Forum program.
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Hendrik Hartog
Fri, Feb 10, 3PM

Princeton history professor Hendrik Hartog discusses Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age.
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Nathan Englander
Fri, Feb 10, 7PM

Bestselling short story writer Nathan Englander reads from his new collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.
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