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News from Harvard Book Store
February 10, 2012
There's still time to pick up a nifty Valentine's Day card for your main squeeze. Check out these and lots of other options in the store (including one with a Jaws reference . . . just sayin').

Also, since we love our loyal customers, we wanted to extend a little Valentine's Day gift to you. For any order placed on our website (harvard.com) from Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14, just type in the coupon code CHOCOLOVE to receive a special chocolatey treat.

Lastly, we want to extend a big "Welcome Back!" to WGBH Forum Network, which will be recording some of our events and posting them to their online lecture database. We also have their videos posted on the Harvard Book Store Channel, alongside video staff recommendations and staff-made favorites like Don't Be an iPhoney.


'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 Girl Reading
by Katie Ward  


Scribner, hardcover

An orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena. An eighteenth-century painter completes a portrait of a deceased poetess for her lover. A Victorian medium poses with a book in one of the first photographic studios. Seven portraits, seven artists, seven girls reading: each chapter of Ward's kaleidoscopic novel takes us into an imagined tale of how a portrait came to be, and as the connections accumulate, the narrative leads us into the present and beyond. Ward explores our points of connection, our relationship to art, the history of women, and the importance of reading.

Nonfiction Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times
by Robin D.G. Kelley

Harvard University Press, hardcover
This collective biography of four jazz musicians from Brooklyn, Ghana, and South Africa demonstrates how modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences and crossings altered the politics and culture of both continents. "Africa Speaks, America Answers is an exquisitely rendered account of the lives of African and African American musicians, their music, and their worlds. Kelley transforms our understanding of jazz, the history of Africa and its diaspora, and the global circulation of culture."
--Penny M. Von Eschen (Satchmo Blows Up the World)
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No Enchanted Palace Great American City:
Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect 

by Robert J. Sampson

University of Chicago Press, hardcover

For fifty years social theorists have insisted that community is dead. Sampson presents here the fruits of over a decade's research in Chicago combined with his own observations about life in the city, from Cabrini Green to Trump Tower and Millennium Park to the Robert Taylor Homes. He discovers that neighborhoods influence a remarkably wide variety of social phenomena, including crime, health, altruism, and immigration. Based on one of the most ambitious studies in the history of social science, Great American City argues that communities still matter because life is decisively shaped by where you live.  

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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 Not All for Fun
by Patricia Fedderson

Print on Demand, paperback
This memoir tells of a girl growing up in an Idaho mining town in the 1920s and '30s, a Rocky Mountain community surrounded by barren hillsides, denuded by the toxic effects of the belching smelter smokestack, and bifurcated by the Coeur d'Alene River, turned gray by seeping mine wastes in a time when there was little concern for the environment. With the Roaring Twenties, then the Great Depression setting the disparate national background, the author shares a childhood with two sisters, one ten years older, one ten years younger, an age difference that makes each of them an only child at times.
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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.
iKnow Language Series
from Living Language
$4.99 each, audiobook (originally $13.95 each)
This audio language series will turn  your iPod or iPhone into a pocket translator! The program allows you to hear and see over 1,500 essential words and common expressions. It is available in French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and German and includes a pocket-sized user's guide and a complete online PDF transcript of all the content.
Point Omega
by Don DeLillo
$4.99 paperback (originally $12) 
In this potent novel, DeLillo looks into the mind and heart of Richard Elster, a scholar who was recruited to help the military conceptualize the war. At the end of his military service, Richard has retreated to the desert in search of space and time. There his daughter Jessica and a filmmaker join him. The three of them build an odd, tender intimacy, but a devastating event turns detachment into colossal grief.
Architecture and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Boston: Harvard's H. Langford Warren
by Maureen Meister
$6.99 hardcover (originally $29.95)
In the first full-length study of an important turn-of-the-century New England architect, educator, and leader of the Boston Arts and Crafts movement, art historian Maureen Meister examines the complexity of Arts and Crafts architecture by exploring the eclectic historicism of H. Langford Warren, a key figure in the movement.   
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 Art of Coercion
by Antonio Giustozzi
Originally published by Columbia University Press in 2011
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The Art of Coercion provides a new approach to thinking about security forces and their relationship to state building by examining the past two centuries of armed conflict throughout the world. An expert on the Taliban's practices, Giustozzi explores the role of armies, guerrilla bands, mercenaries, police forces, and intelligence services in modern state building.
Voluptuous Panic:
The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin
by Mel Gordon
Originally published by Feral House in 2000
$20 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Voluptuous Panic documents the madcap world of Weimar Berlin during the interwar years. This survey of erotica explores the "lost Paradise" from the perspective of both Berliners and tourists who flocked there for its sordid nightlife. The book is a first-hand, voyeuristic account of the "nastiest, wickedest, and most debauched place on earth."
The Lost Vanguard:
Russian Modernist Architecture, 1922-1932
by Richard Pare
Originally published by Monacelli Press in 2007
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
The Lost Vanguard documents the work of modernist architects in the Soviet Union during the years following the 1917 revolution and civil war. In this period, some of the most radical buildings of the twentieth century were completed. Virtually inaccessible until the collapse of the Soviet regime, these important buildings have remained unknown and unappreciated until this stunning work.

Author Events


Tickets on sale Monday, Feb. 13:

A Panel Discussion on The Future of Black Politics (3/7) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Nathan Englander
Fri, Feb 10, 7PM

Best selling short story writer Nathan Englander reads from his new collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.
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Toby Lester
Mon, Feb 13, 7PM

Local history of science writer and Atlantic contributor Toby Lester discusses Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image.
At Harvard Book Store
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Margot Livesey
Wed, Feb 15, 7PM

Local novelist Margot Livesey reads from her new retelling of Jane Eyre, The Flight of Gemma Hardy.
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Philosophy Café 
Wed, Feb 15, 7:30PM

"Love and Robots: Can You Be My Valentine?"
At Harvard Book Store,
lower level
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Alan Shapiro
Thurs, Feb 16, 7PM

Award-winning poet and memoirist Alan Shapiro reads from his debut novel, Broadway Baby.
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Dimitar Sasselov
Fri, Feb 17, 7PM

Harvard astronomy professor Dimitar Sasselov discusses The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet.
At Harvard Book Store
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Presidents' Day Sale
Mon, Feb 20, all day

Harvard Book Store is celebrating Presidents' Day with a 20% off storewide sale! For the (few) restrictions, click here.
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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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