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March 16, 2012
Hurry! Today is the last day to vote for us and for your other favorite local businesses as part of The Boston Phoenix's annual BEST issue. You'll find us in Best Bookstore (New Books), and the full slate is available here. Thanks for your support!

Yesterday I saw the final version of the Don't be an i-Phoneylong-awaited Baffler #19, which was hot off the presses over at MIT. It looks great, and is a major accomplishment, so a hearty congratulations to John Summers and the rest of the Baffler team. You can still be part of the historic relaunch by subscribing and by attending our launch party on April 9. And if you register for the launch party at thebaffler.com, you'll be entered for a chance to win a free Baffler tote bag!

This week I'll close with a bit of fair warning: On Monday, March 26 we'll be conducting the store's annual inventory, so we'll be closing at 9pm. If you come by that evening with baked goods for the booksellers who are staying late to help count books, t-shirts, and postcards, they'll be forever grateful.


'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 Sea Is My Brother:
The Lost Novel 

by Jack Kerouac 


Da Capo Press, hardcover

In the spring of 1943, during a stint in the Merchant Marine, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Now, nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon. A clear precursor to such landmark works as On the Road, it bears all the hallmarks of classic Kerouac: the search for spiritual meaning in a materialistic world, spontaneous travel as the true road to freedom, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness.

Nonfiction When I Was a Child I Read Books
by Marilynne Robinson

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover
Ever since the 1981 publication of her stunning debut, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. Her compelling collection The Death of Adam--in which she reflected on her Presbyterian upbringing and the roots of Midwestern abolitionism, and mounted a memorable defense of Calvinism--is respected as a classic of the genre. In When I Was a Child I Read Books she returns to and expands upon the themes which have preoccupied her work.  
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No Enchanted Palace Travels in China
by Roland Barthes

Polity, hardcover

In 1974 Roland Barthes traveled in China as part of a small delegation of distinguished French philosophers and literary figures. "These notebooks, objects of much controversy when published in France, record Barthes's attempts to take an interest in Mao's China and his disaffection from the eager political discussions of his French companions. Though Barthes would doubtless have opposed the publication of this combination of dutiful note-taking and intimate notations, these fragments give an unfiltered picture of his affective reactions, touristic boredom, and sexual frustration." --Jonathan Culler, Cornell 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 First Lessons in Beekeeping
by Camille Pierre Dadant

Print on Demand, paperback
This book, a rewritten edition based on a text originally published in 1911, includes sections such as "Do Drones Serve Another Purpose?"; "Wonderful Habits of Bees"; "Queen-rearing"; "The Italian Bee"; and "Marketing Honey."
"There is a fascination about the apiary that is indescribable. Every scientific beekeeper is an enthusiast. The economy of the beehive presents to the thoughtful student both admiration and delight." --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.
Four Novels of the 1960s
Five Novels of the 1960s and 1970s
and Valis and Later Novels
by Philip K. Dick
$16.99 each, hardcover (originally $35)
Science fiction master Philip K. Dick was a writer of incandescent imagination who made and unmade world-systems with ferocious rapidity and unbridled speculative daring. In these three volumes from the Library of America, he mixes metaphysics and madness in a way that remains exhilarating and unsettling in equal measure.
American Fantastic Tales:
Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s Until Now
edited by Peter Straub
$16.99 hardcover (originally $35) 
This Library of America anthology is a diverse volume of short tales by leading genre authors from the latter half of the twentieth century, including entries by such names as Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. Jonathan Lethem called it "an encompassing and essential voyage to the dark side of the moon of American literature."
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
$3.99 paperback (originally $12.95)
The Dashwood sisters, evicted from their childhood home, go to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and secrets. While Elinor falls in love, her sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over unscrupulous rogues to find true love?     
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.
An Historical Relation of Ceylon
by Robert Knox
Originally published by Tisara Press in 1958
$10 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Written by an English trader and sailor in 1681, this book describes Knox's captive existence for nineteen years on the island then called Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka. The book offers an objective and detailed anthropological account of the economic, social, and cultural life of the island's inhabitants from 1660-1680, and also details Knox's escape from the island.
Blazers, Badges, and Boaters:
A Pictorial History of School Uniform
by Alexander Davidson
Originally published by Scope Books in 1990
$15 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Blazers, Badges, and Boaters offers an insightful look into the history, tradition, ritual, and hierarchy of school uniforms in England. Containing photographs dating back as far as 1860, the book examines what uniforms have meant over time in terms of custom, class, race, and gender.
That Divine Order
by Peter Vergo
Originally published by Phaidon Press, Ltd. in 2005
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Examining the connection between music and the visual arts from antiquity to the 18th century, That Divine Order looks at how this relationship has been conceived by practicing artists, musicians, critics, and art theorists. The book is a compelling exploration of how musical principles influenced the theory and criticism of the visual arts.

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Jack Goldsmith (3/19)

George Dyson (3/20)    

Gregory Maguire and Kelly Link (3/29)

Joyce Carol Oates (3/30)


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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
Wed, March 21, 7PM

MIT economist Daron Acemoglu discusses 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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