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February 24, 2012
If you're planning to spend Sunday evening glued to the Oscars, I recommend checking out this article from The Millions about the many book adaptations nominated this year. (Note that I decidedly disagree with the prediction in the opening line.) You can also take a stroll down Mass. Ave. to see our window display devoted to some of these titles, including Moneyball, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Albert Nobbs.

We have another batch of tickets going on sale Monday. On March 19, we're excited to welcome Jack Goldsmith, discussing his new book on presidential authority with a panel that includes Charles Fried, Martha Minow, and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. On March 20, technology historian George Dyson discusses the early days of the digital world. You can find more information and purchase tickets here, or by calling the store at 617-661-1515.

Our event season is well underway now, and we have lots of great events coming up. If you haven't already, follow us on Twitter or "like" us on Facebook to get reminders about events and other store goings-on. Also, occasional puppy photos.


'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 Collected Poems of Eugenio Montale:

edited by Rosanna Warren 


W.W. Norton, hardcover

Eugenio Montale changed Italian poetry forever and helped to create international Modernism. Steeped in the tradition of Dante, Petrarch, and Leopardi, yet fiercely innovative, in each new book Montale challenged the styles he had previously established. His poems chart an adventure of consciousness in response to the shocks of modernity, fascism, and two world wars, and they also present several of the greatest erotic sequences in modern poetry. With the wide range of Montale's poetry at last available to the English reader, this collection reveals Montale to be the greatest Italian poet of the twentieth century.

Nonfiction Psychology's Ghosts:
The Crisis in the Profession and the Way Back

by Jerome Kagan

Yale University Press, hardcover
This book is the product of years of thought and a profound concern for the state of contemporary psychology. Jerome Kagan, a theorist and leading researcher, examines popular practices and assumptions held by many psychologists. He uncovers a variety of problems that, troublingly, are largely ignored by investigators and clinicians. Yet solutions are available, Kagan maintains, and his reasoned suggestions point the way to a better understanding of the mind and mental illness.  
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No Enchanted Palace From Kant to Husserl:
Selected Essays

by Charles Parsons

Harvard University Press, hardcover

"Parsons's penetrating and careful exploration of fundamental issues in the philosophy of mathematics has led him to study in depth key figures in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century philosophy, notably Kant, Frege, Brentano, and Husserl. These essays combine subtle and original insights with a unified view on key topics beyond the philosophy of mathematics. Even those of us who without delay read everything that Parsons writes appreciate having these essays collected between two covers and provided with postscripts on recent developments."
--Dagfinn Føllesdal, Stanford University     

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Printed on Paige
Each week, we feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store on Paige, our book-making machine. Featured books range from fresh works from local authors to near-forgotten titles discovered in our extensive print-on-demand database.  
Paige Kipling's Cat:
A Memoir of My Father

by Anne Cabot Wyman

Print on Demand, paperback
Kipling's Cat tells the true story of Jeffries Wyman: Boston Brahmin, scion of Harvard, brilliant scientist, accomplished artist, and grieving widower who left his children behind in pursuit of science, knowledge, and discovery of self. His daughter and "keeper of the flame," Anne Cabot Wyman, takes us on his global pilgrimages from the inner sanctum of Boston's elite to the far reaches of the mountains of Japan; from life alongside the Eskimos of Alaska to the embassies and back streets of Paris, Cairo, and Rome.
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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.
What the Dog Saw, and Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell
$6.99 hardcover (originally $27.99)
In What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell brings together a collection of the best of his essays and writing from The New Yorker. Essays range from a discussion of why there are dozens of varieties of mustard, but only one variety of ketchup; to divining the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand.
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
by Mary Roach
$5.99 paperback (originally $15.95) 
The research of sexual physiology has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic. Mary Roach devoted two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.
Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
$5.99 paperback (originally $15)
In Niffenegger's second novel, Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old twin sisters with an intense attachment to each other. Their aunt Elspeth has died of cancer and left them her London apartment, with two conditions: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, and discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including, perhaps, their aunt.     
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 Civil War Diary of Berea M. Willsey
edited by Jessica H. DeMay
Originally published by Heritage Books in 1995
$20 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Berea M. Willsey, member of Company C, 10th Massachusetts Volunteers, fought as a Union soldier from 1862-1864. His diary entries, preserved by his family, describe battle plans, nursing stations, and living conditions in vivid detail and offer great insight into the daily lives of the soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
In This Short Span
by Michael Ward
Originally published by Victor Gollancz Ltd in 1972
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This first-person account of Himalayan mountaineering and exploration details the multiple climbs undertaken by Michael Ward. Starting his mountaineering with the Alps, Ward becomes entranced with the idea of moving onto bigger climbs and scaling Mr. Everest, and finally does so after an initial unsuccessful ascent. He also details his exploration of the mountainous terrain of Bhutan.
At East with the Dead
edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden
Originally published by Ash-Tree Press in 2007
$30 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
The editors of this short story volume write in the introduction that the best supernatural stories touch your core so that you can never quite shake yourself of them. This collection of thirty ghostly tales that explore the macabre and dark side of life (and death) will leave you chilled and haunted long after you finish reading.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:

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


Tickets on sale Monday:

Jack Goldsmith (3/19)

George Dyson (3/20) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Adam Wilson
Fri, Feb 24, 7PM

 Adam Wilson, editor of the online newspaper The Faster Times reads from his debut novel, Flatscreen.
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Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Feb 27, 7PM  

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Irène Némirovsky's novel Suite Française.
At Harvard Book Store
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Charlotte Silver
Tues, Feb 28, 7PM

Harvard Book Store alum Charlotte Silver reads from her first book, the memoir Charlotte au Chocolat.
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Natalie Dykstra 
Wed, Feb 29, 7PM

Natalie Dykstra, an English professor and Massachusetts Historical Society Fellow, discusses Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life.
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Cristina Alger
Thurs, Mar 1, 7PM

Attorney and Harvard alum Cristina Alger reads from her debut novel, The Darlings.
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David R. Slavitt
Fri, Mar 2, 3PM

Poet and translator David R. Slavitt reads from his new translation of Petrarch's Sonnets and Shorter Poems.
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Audrey Schulman
Fri, Mar 2, 7PM

Local novelist and world traveler Audrey Schulman reads from Three Weeks in December
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$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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