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March 30, 2012
Lots of great displays have gone up in the store recently. If you've already read the Hunger Games trilogy, and already seen the movie, check out our "Hungry for More?" display with lots of ideas for further reading. 2012 is also a big year for big anniversaries. We have a baseball display up to celebrate the beginning of a new season and the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and a display of books about the Titanic,
just in time for the 100th anniversary of its fateful maiden voyage.

Tickets go on sale Monday for our April 23 event with Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel. Harvard students take note: We have a limited number of free tickets available with a current Harvard I.D. Pick one up at the register in the store (only one per person, please).

Finally, I'd like to offer our thanks to Harvard's Shorenstein Center and Nieman Foundation for partnering with us to host a tribute event for fallen journalist Anthony Shadid. Read a write-up of and hear audio from that moving evening here (courtesy of the Boston Phoenix).


'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 New Republic 
by Lionel Shriver  


Harper, hardcover

Ostracized as a kid, Edgar has always yearned to be popular. A disgruntled New York corporate lawyer, he's ready to leave his lucrative career for the excitement of journalism. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a homegrown terrorist movement, Edgar recognizes the disappeared larger-than-life reporter he's been sent to replace, Barrington Saddler, as exactly the outsize character he longs to emulate. The New Republic addresses weighty issues like terrorism with the deft, tongue-in-cheek touch that is vintage Shriver.

Nonfiction The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and Her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin
by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith

PublicAffairs, hardcover
The Mancini Sisters were born in Rome, brought to the court of Louis XIV of France, and strategically married off by their uncle, Cardinal Mazarin, to secure his political power base. Marie and Hortense, however, had other ambitions in mind. Miserable in their marriages and determined to live independently, they abandoned their husbands in secret and began lives of daring on the run and in the public eye. Their scandalous behavior--disguising themselves as men, gambling, and publicly disputing with their husbands--sparked discussions across Europe concerning the legal rights of husbands over their wives.   
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No Enchanted Palace The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre
by Jack Zipes

Princeton University Press, hardcover

If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread--or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. In this book, fairy tale expert Jack Zipes presents a new theory about why fairy tales were created and retold--and why they became such an indelible and infinitely adaptable part of cultures around the world.         

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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 Theoretical Physics:
Unthinkable Works!

Derek J. Daniel

Print on Demand, paperback
Derek J. Daniel is an Australian physicist who has made significant contributions in theoretical physics, which includes his recent exact solution of the famous Kolmogorov Birth-Death equation. In this monograph, Dr. Daniel uncovers entirely new classes of exact solutions--never seen before--for the most seemingly impossible and unsolved problems in quantum mechanics, statistical physics, and nonlinear dynamics.
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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.
The Varieties of Religious Experience
by William James
$6.99, paperback (originally $13.95)
Philosopher and psychologist William James championed the value of individual experience and American democratic culture. In The Varieties of Religious Experience, he takes on "the very inner citadel of human life" by focusing on religious individuals from different cultures and eras, in order to explore from within how religion enriches human lives.
Lost in the Meritocracy:
The Undereducation of an Overachiever 

by Walter Kirn

$5.99 hardcover (originally $24.95) 
Walter Kirn's memoir details his experience at an Ivy League university that is not a temple of higher learning so much as an arena for gamesmanship, snobbery, and social climbing. Lost in the Meritocracy reckons the cost of a system where the point is to keep accumulating points and never to look back--or within.
The World of Winnie the Pooh Boxed Set by A.A. Milne
$29.99 hardcovers (originally $99.95)
This set includes the books Winnie-the-Pooh, The House on Pooh Corner, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, and the poem collections for children When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. All five volumes contain the illustrations by E.H. Shepard that accompanied the original works, now updated with color.     
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 EC Archives:
Tales from the Crypt, Volume One
by Al Feldstein, with introduction by John Carpenter
Originally published by Gemstone Publishing in 2007 
$100 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This volume reprints the first six complete issues of the comic book Tales from the Crypt, originally published in 1950. It features classic horror stories of vampires, werewolves, monsters, and ghouls in the vein of the early Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolf Man films. This title was EC's (Entertaining Comics) best seller.
Kepler's Philosophy and the New Astronomy
by Rhonda Martens
Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2000
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Johannes Kepler changed the face of astronomy by abandoning principles that had been in place for two millennia, made important discoveries in optics and mathematics, and was an uncommonly good philosopher. Rhonda Martens offers the first extended study of Kepler's philosophical views and shows how those views helped him construct and justify the new astronomy.
Creation out of Clay
by Brother Thomas Bezanson
Originally published by Pucker Gallery in 1999
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
This book presents essays and photographs of the porcelain work done by Brother Thomas Bezanson, praised as "one of the greatest artists in the Western pottery world" by well known Japanese ceramicist Tatsuzo Shimaoka. Thomas's essays explore his faith and the process of creation, and the book features his celebrated porcelain vases, plates, and tea bowls.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:

Joyce Carol Oates (3/30)

Alexander McCall Smith (4/13)  

Tickets on sale Monday:

Michael Sandel (4/23) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Joyce Carol Oates
Fri, March 30, 7PM

Award-winning and prolific author Joyce Carol Oates reads from her newest novel, Mudwoman. 
At First Parish Church        Learn More

Rachel Maddow 
Sun, April 1, 4PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ
At First Parish Church
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Doron Weber
Mon, April 2, 7PM

Doron Weber, of the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation, discusses Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir. 
At Harvard Book Store       Learn More

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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Jacqueline Winspear
Wed, April 4, 7PM

Jacqueline Winspear reads from her latest Maisie Dobbs novel, Elegy for Eddie.
At Harvard Book Store
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Hanne Blank
Thurs, April 5, 7PM

Writer and activist Hanne Blank discusses Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality.
At Harvard Book Store      Learn More

Jonathan Schlefer   
Fri, April 6, 3PM

Political scientist and Harvard Business School research associate Jonathan Schlefer explains The Assumptions Economists Make.
At Harvard Book Store
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