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March 9, 2012
It's time for The Boston Phoenix's annual BEST issue, so visit their website to cast your votes. We're up for  Best Bookstore (New Books), but make sure you take the time to vote for all your favorite Boston/Cambridge offerings. 

We're excited to announce that this week The Baffler,
legendary journal of art and criticism,
publishes its 19th issue, the first from new editor John Summers.
Included are pieces by Thomas Frank on wrongness as a career-maker for DC pundits, Barbara Ehrenreich on animal spirits, Rick Perlstein on Ronald Reagan, David Graeber on flying cars, and James Agee on cotton tenants. All that, plus a menu of poetry, fiction, humoresque, art, documents, and interviews. Subscribe now by visiting thebaffler.com, and attend the launch party at Harvard Book Store on Monday, April 9. More details to come.

"The Bafflers have, in their writing styles, the buoyancy of Mencken, but in substance, they're in the tradition of the old-time muckrakers, those who challenged the power pillars of our society. I've a hunch that Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, and I.F. Stone would have approved." --Studs Terkel

Lastly, just a quick reminder that we take Harvard spring break off from our event series, but we'll be back later in March with a packed calendar of spring events. See you then!


'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 Birds of a Lesser Paradise 
by Megan Mayhew Bergman 


Scribner, hardcover

Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman's collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collide with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can't be denied. As intelligent as they are moving, the stories in Birds of a Lesser Paradise are alive with emotion, wit, and insight into the impressive power that nature has over all of us.

Nonfiction New American Haggadah
edited by Jonathan Safran Foer

Little, Brown and Company, hardcover
Read each year around the seder table, the Haggadah recounts through prayer, song, and ritual the extraordinary story of Exodus, when Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to wander the desert for forty years before reaching the Promised Land. Now, Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander have orchestrated a new way of experiencing and understanding one of our oldest, most sacred stories. Designed and illustrated by the Israeli artist Oded Ezer, New American Haggadah is a unique and absorbing prayer book that brings together some of the preeminent voices of our time.  
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No Enchanted Palace This Is Not a Diary
by Zygmunt Bauman

Polity, paperback

This is not a diary: while these observations were recorded in autumn 2010 and spring 2011 in the form of dated entries, they are not personal reflections but an attempt to capture signs of our times in their movement. The author takes a leaf from William Blake's precept of seeing the universe in a grain of sand--and, having done so, alerts us to what may be happening to our individual lives: forms of togetherness, the ways we perceive and relate to each other, the forces that shape our life chances and itineraries. These timely meditations by one of today's most perceptive social thinkers sheds new light on the familiar.        

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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 A Culture of Innovation
by David Walden and Raymond Nickerson

Print on Demand, paperback
A Culture of Innovation is a collection of pieces by prior and present senior employees of Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), a Cambridge-based R&D company that has been an innovator in diverse technical fields, including acoustics, computer science, data networking, and computer speech recognition. BBN employees played important roles in the development of the Internet, and of such internet-based services as electronic mail. The book depicts the technology and business history of the company, from its founding in 1948 until the mid-2000s.
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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.
John Cheever: Complete Novels
and John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings
by John Cheever
$16.99 each, hardcover (originally $35)
John Cheever's prolific writings can be found in these two volumes from the Library of America. These collections of both his full-length novels and his shorter works reveal their author to be a master whose prose is at once precise and sensuous, and in which a shrewd eye for social detail is paired with a lyric sensitivity to the world at large.
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
$6.99 hardcover (originally $15.99) 
Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American children's literature, When You Reach Me tells the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Miranda who lives in New York City with her mom. She starts getting mysterious notes that predict things about her future, and the notes lead her to believe that only she can prevent a tragic death.
Designin MIT: Bosworth's New Tech
by Mark Jarzombek
$6.99 hardcover (originally $29.95)
Designing MIT details architect William Welles Bosworth's challenges in the planning and construction of MIT's unique Cambridge campus. Wrought with artistic clashes, bureaucratic tangles, and contemporary politics, the book sheds light on academic culture in the early 20th century, the role of patronage in the world of architecture, and the history of the Beaux-Arts style in the United States.    
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.
Works and Days
by Hesiod; edited by M.L. West
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 1978
$90 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This translation by a leading expert on Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with readability and includes an introduction and explanatory notes on the Works and Days, a compendium of moral and practical advice for a life of honest husbandry and a work by one of the oldest known Greek poets.
A Memorial of the American Patriots Who Fell at the Battle of Bunker Hill
by the Boston City Council
Originally published by the Boston City Council in 1889
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
A detailed account of the ceremony the city of Boston enacted in honor of the soldiers who perished in the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, this volume contains the texts of various speeches given by city leaders on the day of the dedication. Also included are detailed appendices and illustrations in remembrance of the battle.
Alberto Giacometti
by Christian Klemm
Originally published by the Museum of Modern Art in 2001
$50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Alberto Giacometti is recognized as one of the small group of modern masters who dominated art during much of the 20th century. This centennial volume both celebrates his achievement and reexamines his work, and thus contributes to a more focused concentration on the art itself.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:

Jack Goldsmith (3/19)

George Dyson (3/20)    

Gregory Maguire and Kelly Link (3/29)

Joyce Carol Oates (3/30)


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All Upcoming Events 

Trita Parsi
Wed, March 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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Vericon Book Signings
Sat, March 17, 1PM

Harvard Book Store partners with the Radcliffe-Harvard Science Fiction Association to host book signings with this year's Vericon speakers: Vernor Vinge, Lev Grossman, Thomas Sniegoski, R. L. Stine, and Greer Gilman. Full signing schedule can be found here
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Jack Goldsmith 
Mon, March 19, 6PM

Harvard professor Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency Since 9/11 in conversation with Martha Minow, Charles Fried, and Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
At the Brattle Theatre
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George Dyson
Tues, March 20, 6PM

Science and technology historian George Dyson discusses Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe.
At the Brattle Theatre       Learn More

Daron Acemoglu
and James Robinson

Wed, March 21, 7PM

MIT economist Daron Acemoglu and Harvard professor of government James Robinson discuss Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ezra F. Vogel
Wed, March 21, 7PM

Harvard professor emeritus Ezra F. Vogel discusses Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China.
A Cambridge Forum Event 
At First Parish Church,
Parlor Room
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Madeline Miller
Thurs, March 22, 7PM

Classics scholar Madeline Miller reads from her debut novel, The Song of Achilles.
At Harvard Book Store      Learn More

Mike Edwards   
Fri, March 23, 3PM

Mike Edwards, political science expert and blogger, discusses Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn't Work at All Works So Well.
At Harvard Book Store
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Elaine Pagels
Fri, March 23, 7PM

Princeton University professor of religion Elaine Pagels discusses Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. 
At Harvard Book Store
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