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March 5, 2012
Big event news this week! As you may have seen on our website already, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is coming to Cambridge in April to discuss her first book, Drift. Tickets go on sale ONLINE ONLY this Wednesday, March 7. All the details can be found here.

We also have tickets on sale now for lots of other upcoming events, from this week's panel discussion on "The Future of Black Politics," co-sponsored with Boston Review, to an end-of-the month event with renowned novelist Joyce Carol Oates. See harvard.com/events for all the details!

This week begins my favorite spring literary obsession. The Tournament of Books, put together by The Morning News, is a March Madness-style tournament bracket pitting the year's best books against one another in head-to-head competition. It sounds silly, but the result is some of the most thoughtful literary analysis around. It's also one of the few places online where the comments are as intelligent as the commentary. It starts on Wednesday, so take a look at the list of books, pick your favorite, and enjoy!


'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 Spinoza Problem 
by Irvin D. Yalom 


Basic Books, hardcover

By imagining the intersection of the Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza's life with that of Alfred  Rosenberg, the infamous Nazi leader, bestselling novelist Irvin D. Yalom explores the mindsets of two men separated by three hundred years. Using his skill as a psychiatrist, he imagines the inner lives of the saintly philosopher and the mass murderer. "The great-souled psychiatrist has written a novel about the great-souled philosopher. Ambitious, erudite, and engaging, The Spinoza Problem's interweaving tale forces a reader to confront the fundamental question: can reason exert its force for good?" --Rebecca Goldstein (Betraying Spinoza)

Nonfiction Trip of the Tongue:
Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages

by Elizabeth Little

Bloomsbury USA, hardcover
While much ado has been made about the role that Spanish plays in our national future, it would be a gross misrepresentation to label America a bilingual country. On the contrary, our languages are as varied as our origins. There is Basque in Nevada, Arabic in Detroit, Gullah in South Carolina. We speak European, Asian, and American Indian languages; creoles, jargons, and pidgins. In Trip of the Tongue, Elizabeth Little explores our nation's many cultures and languages in search of what they say about who we are individually, socially, and politically.  
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No Enchanted Palace Varieties of Presence
by Alva NoŽ

Harvard University Press, hardcover

The world shows up for us, but, as Alva NoŽ contends in his latest exploration of the problem of consciousness, it doesn't show up for free. We must show up, too, and bring along what knowledge and skills we've cultivated. "By making present the philosophy in art and the art in philosophy, NoŽ reveals the many ways the world shows up for us thanks to our consciousness being a kind of skillful understanding. Philosophers especially, but also artists, historians, and scientists, will find new insights on every page of this passionate and profound reflection on human experience." --Evan Thompson, University of Toronto       

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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 Contributions to the Extinct Vertebrate Fauna of the Western Territories
by Joseph Leidy

Print on Demand, paperback
"The following pages contain a description of fossil remains of vertibrated animals found in the vicinity of Fort Bridger, a military post situated in the southwest corner of Wyoming Territory. Many of the specimens were obtained during Professor Hayden's geological explorations of 1869 and 1870, but the greater part of them were collected during the same years and the succeeding one by Dr. James Van A. Carter, residing at Fort Bridger, and by Dr. Joseph K. Corson, United States Army, the surgeon of the post. . . . The results of their explorations they have liberally placed at the service of naturalists by voluntarily donating all the more characteristic portions of their collections to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia." --from the introduction
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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.
Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through the Pearly Gates
by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
$4.99 hardcover (originally $19.95)
With the subtitle Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between, you can be sure this book will consider deep philosophical topics in a lighthearted and entertaining manner. Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through the Pearly Gates is a hilarious take on the philosophy, theology, and the psychology of mortality and immortality.
The Arabs: A History
by Eugene Rogan
$9.99 hardcover (originally $35) 
In The Arabs, historian Eugene Rogan traces five centuries of Arab history, from the Ottoman conquests through the British and French colonial periods and up to the present age of American influence. Rogan's study will transform our understanding of the past, present, and future of one of the world's most tumultuous regions.
More Things Like This: 289 Drawings with Funny Words Also on the Same Drawing
edited by McSweeney's
$6.99 paperback (originally $35)
The editors of McSweeney's bring together dozens of contributors and nearly three hundred images to explore the intersection of text, humor, and illustration. Created by cartoonists, writers, musicians, and fine artists, the images mix high art, low art, cartoons, scribbles, social commentary, politics, and just about anything else you can think of.      
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.
Prague Panoramas: National Memory and Sacred Space in the Twentieth Century
by Cynthia Paces
Originally published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2009
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Prague Panoramas focuses on the creation of a cohesive Czech national identity through "sites of memory," places shared by all Czech people. By examining monuments, buildings, festival, and protests in the public spaces of the city during the 20th century, Prague Panoramas reveals the iconography intrinsic to forming collective memory and the meaning of being Czech.
Intersecting Tango:
Cultural Geographies of Buenos Aires, 1900-1930
by Adriana J. Bergero
Originally published by University of Pittsburg Press in 2008
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Intersecting Tango examines Buenos Aires at a time when it was erupting from its colonial past and expressing its unique cultural identity. The book captures a culture in motion, a city transforming itself into the modern, cosmopolitan city we know today. This interdisciplinary study of urban development and modernity is as rich and captivating as the tango itself.
Ai: Japan Through John Lennon's Eyes
by John Lennon
Originally published by Shogakukan, Inc. in 1990
$70 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Part language-learning instruction, part art book, and part memoir, Ai (which means "love" in Japanese and is pronounced "eye") is filled with sketches that John Lennon made while learning Japanese. In her introduction, Yoko Ono mentions her hope that the book will show the reader how to face learning about a new world "with a sense of fun and a lot of love."

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:

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

Jack Goldsmith (3/19)

George Dyson (3/20)    

Gregory Maguire and Kelly Link (3/29)

Joyce Carol Oates (3/30)


Tickets on sale Wednesday:

Rachel Maddow (4/1) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Linda Gray Sexton
Mon, March 5, 7PM  

Linda Gray Sexton, novelist, memoirist, and daughter of poet Anne Sexton, discusses Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide.
At Harvard Book Store
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David Wolman
Tues, March 6, 7PM

David Wolman, a contributing editor for Wired, discusses The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

A Panel Discussion on "The Future of Black Politics" 
Wed, March 7, 6PM

With Boston Review, we present a panel discussion featuring Michael Dawson and William Julius Wilson, moderated by the Reverend Eugene Rivers.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Joshua Kendall
Thurs, March 8, 7PM

Journalist and biographer Joshua Kendall discusses The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture.
At Harvard Book Store       Learn More

Thomas Mallon
Fri, Mar 9, 7PM

Historical novelist and Harvard PhD Thomas Mallon reads from his newest novel, Watergate.
At Harvard Book Store
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Trita Parsi
Wed, Mar 14, 7PM

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, discusses A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran.
A Cambridge Forum Event 
At First Parish Church,
Parlor Room
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