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March 26, 2012
Spring has finally arrived in Harvard Square, and while we didn't get a real winter this year, I'm still grateful for longer, sunnier days. And it's looking to be a really wonderful spring. Our event calendar is packed, Mad Men is back on the air, the baseball season starts next week, and there are new titles scheduled by the likes of Toni Morrison, John Irving, Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel, and many more.

For those of you who purchased tickets to Sunday's event with Rachel Maddow, tickets and books will be available to pick up in the store beginning Tuesday at noon. You'll also, of course, be able to pick your tickets and books up at First Parish Church on Sunday, if you prefer. Full details about the event, include ticket pick-up info and signing guidelines, can be found here.

Finally, a reminder: Tonight (Monday) is the store's annual inventory, so we'll be closing the doors early, at 9pm. Plan your evening book shopping accordingly.


'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 Book of Jonas 
by Stephen Dau  


Blue Rider Press, hardcover

Jonas is fifteen when his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in an unnamed Muslim country. With the help of a relief organization, he is sent to America, where he eventually tells a court-mandated counselor about a U.S. soldier, Christopher Henderson, responsible for saving his life that tragic night. Christopher's mother, Rose, has dedicated her life to finding out what really happened to her son, who disappeared after the raid in which Jonas's village was destroyed.

Nonfiction Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival
by Christopher Benfey

Penguin Press, hardcover
"Christopher Benfey takes us on a journey of discovery that meanders into the most curious corners of family and world history, from colonial America to Nazi Germany to Mexico, Japan, and beyond. And what a splendid cast of characters: brickmakers, Quakers, erudite scholars, famous artists and obscure craftsmen, explorers, poets, and Mr. Benfey's own parents, whom he portrays with an amused and deeply touching affection. His prose is often delicious. This is a fascinating and charming book."
--Stephen Mitchell, translator of The Iliad   
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No Enchanted Palace Why Lyrics Last: Evolution, Cognition, and Shakespeare's Sonnets
by Brian Boyd

Harvard University Press, hardcover

In Why Lyrics Last, acclaimed critic Brian Boyd turns an evolutionary lens on the subject of lyric verse. He finds that lyric making is "universal across cultures because it fits constraints of the human mind." An evolutionary perspective--especially when coupled with insights from aesthetics and literary history--has much to tell us about both verse and the lyrical impulse. Boyd places the writing of lyrical verse within the human disposition "to play with pattern," and uncovers the many patterns to be found within Shakespeare's sonnets.         

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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 Common Threads:
Nine Poems and a Wealth of Readers

from the Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Print on Demand, paperback
This second volume of Common Threads, put together by the organizers of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, collects nine poems to introduce readers to poetry and to start conversation about the power of words. Also included in this volume are short biographies of each poet as well as short essays and questions to start discussion. For more information about the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival and their programming, visit www.masspoetry.org.
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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.
Sterling's Gold:
Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man
by Roger Sterling
$4.99, hardcover (originally $16.95)
Celebrate the fifth season premier of Mad Men by picking up beloved character Roger Sterling's personal memoir (which he discussed in Season Four of the show). Filled with witty one-liners and pithy observations about the ad industry, Roger's book is sure to become a classic with any Mad Men fan.
Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife
by Lisa Miller

$9.99 hardcover (originally $25.99) 
Drawing on history and popular culture, biblical research and everyday beliefs, Heaven offers a new understanding of one of the most cherished and shared ideals of spiritual life. The book explores the roots of our beliefs in heaven and how they have evolved throughout the ages to offer comfort and hope.
The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds:
A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road, and the Rise of Modern China

by Eric Enno Tamm

$7.99 hardcover (originally $30)
Following in the footsteps of a Russian diplomat who was sent to study China in 1906, Eric Tamm goes to great lengths to explore the region as it is today. He offers piercing insights into China's past that raise troubling questions about its future. As Confucius once wrote, "Study the past if you would divine the future," and that is just what Tamm does.     
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.
Sacred Painting and Museum
by Federico Borromeo
edited and translated by Kenneth S. Rothwell, Jr.

Originally published by Harvard University Press in 2010 
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Federico Borromeo recorded his reflections on art in two treatises. Sacred Painting laid out the rules that artists should follow when creating religious art. In Museum, Borromeo showed a more personal side by commenting on specific works in his collection. This volume offers, for the first time, translations of the treatises directly into English as well as freshly edited Latin texts.
When the Cathedrals Were White
by Le Corbusier
Originally published by Reynal and Hitchcock in 1947
$25 (hardcover) in Good Condition (no dust jacket)
When the Cathedrals Were White has the subtitle "Journey to the Country of Timid People." That country of timid people is America, and the book describes Le Corbusier's first visit to the United States, in 1935. In this bittersweet book, he faults America for lacking the courage to adopt his ideas.
Shaolin Gong-Fu:
A Course in Traditional Forms
by Liu Haichao
Originally published by Henan Science and Technology Publishing House in 1997
$100 (hardcover, set of five volumes) in Very Good Condition 
In both Chinese and English, this book serves as a guide to the art of Shaolin Gong Fu ("Kung Fu"), a collection of Chinese martial arts with a connection to the Shaolin Monastery, a Buddhist temple in China. "Shaolin" has come to mean a particular style of martial arts fighting, which is the most prominent style in the West today.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:

Gregory Maguire and Kelly Link (3/29)

Joyce Carol Oates (3/30)

Alexander McCall Smith (4/13) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, March 26, 7PM

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Alexandra Fuller's memoir Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.  
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Ellen Ullman 
Tues, March 27, 7PM

Novelist, memoirist, and computer industry pioneer Ellen Ullman reads from her newest novel, By Blood.
At Harvard Book Store
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A Tribute to Anthony Shadid
Wed, March 28, 7PM

We're honored to partner with Harvard's Shorenstein Center and the Nieman Foundation for an event tributing late journalist Anthony Shadid, featuring a panel of his former colleagues. Copies of Mr. Shadid's just-released memoir, House of Stone, will be available. 
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Gregory Maguire and Kelly Link
Thurs, March 29, 6PM

Masters of fantasy and fantasy worlds Gregory Maguire and Kelly Link discuss their new short works, Tales Told in Oz and Stone Animals.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Joyce Carol Oates
Fri, March 30, 7PM

Award-winning and prolific author Joyce Carol Oates reads from her latest novel, Mudwoman.
At First Parish Church
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Rachel Maddow
Sun, April 1, 4PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ
At First Parish Church      Learn More

Doron Weber  
Mon, April 2, 7PM

Doron Weber, of the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation, discusses Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir.
At Harvard Book Store
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Barbara Kellerman
Tues, April 3, 7PM

Barbara Kellerman, the Kennedy School's James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership, discusses her new treatise, The End of Leadership.  
At Harvard Book Store
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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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