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April 6, 2012
If you're going to a seder or a big Easter dinner this weekend, stop by the store first to pick up a Passover or Easter card for your host. We have lots of great options, alongside cards that celebrate the change of seasons, and our usual selection of birthday, thank you, congratulations, and other greeting cards.

PaigeA new arrival on our shelves this week is the gorgeous new Notes from a Kitchen, a unique cookbook that combines photography, images from documentary film footage, and private journals from some of the culinary world's hottest young chefs. Each copy of this special, two-volume, slip-cased edition is signed by one of the featured chefs.

We just found out that today is the last day to vote in the poll portion of TIME Magazine's TIME 100 list of influential people. I encourage you to click here to vote for bestselling novelist Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and last year's State of Wonder), who was so distraught about the dearth of indie bookstore's in her hometown of Nashville that she opened her own. That's the kind of influence we love to see in the world.


'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 Sacré Bleu 
by Christopher Moore  


William Morrow, hardcover

Oh la la, quelle surprise, et zut alors! A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history--with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure--Sacré Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from Christopher Moore. In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Vincent's friends--baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec--vow to discover the truth about van Gogh's untimely death.

Nonfiction Gay Lives
by Robert Aldrich

Thames & Hudson, hardcover
A comprehensive biographical survey from ancient Chinese courtiers to pioneers of gay liberation in the twenty-first century, from the unknowable relationships of the distant past to the frankest affirmations of modern sexual identity. Robert Aldrich gives a voice to people from around the world and all walks of life, from poets, philosophers, and artists to radicals and activists. These life stories reflect--and have sometimes helped to shape--contemporary attitudes toward same-sex intimacy.   
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No Enchanted Palace Font of Life: Ambrose, Augustine, & the Mystery of Baptism  
by Garry Wills

Oxford University Press, hardcover

No two men were more influential in the early Church than Ambrose, the powerful Bishop of Milan, and Augustine, the philosopher from provincial Africa. Font of Life explores the remarkable moment when their lives intersected at one of the most important, yet rarely visited, sites in the Christian world, hidden under the piazza del Duomo in Milan. Garry Wills uses the site of this ancient baptistry to chronicle a pivotal chapter in the history of the Church, highlighting the often uncomfortable relationship between the two church fathers and exploring the mystery and meanings of the sacrament of baptism.         

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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 The Motor Cycle Handbook 
Harold P. Manly

Print on Demand, paperback
Originally published in 1920 by the author of Automobile Upkeep and Care, The Ford Motor Car and Truck, and Automobile Starting and Lighting, this book is a full manual of "the newer types of machine." Includes many illustrations, including images of early motorcycles and detailed diagrams of motorcycle parts.
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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 Key Spiritual Writings of the Jewish Tradition
edited by Arthur Hertzberg 
$5.99, paperback (originally $16)
Arthur Hertzberg provides moving testimony to the integrity of the Jewish spirit through the ages. The book is an overview of the nature of the Jewish religion, and provides a classic study of Jewish texts in addition to addressing such contemporary issues as the rights of women, medical ethics, the Holocaust, Arabs and Jews, and homosexuality.
American Earth:
Environmental Writing Since Thoreau 
edited by Bill McKibben
$18.99 hardcover (originally $40) 
As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries. The anthology includes eighty pages of color illustrations.
Lynd Ward:
God's Man, Madman's Drum, & Wild Pilgrimage

$18.99 hardcover (originally $35)
Lynd Ward:
Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, & Vertigo 
$16.99 hardcover (originally $35)  
by Lynd Ward
American artist and storyteller Lynd Ward is considered one of the founders of the American graphic novel form. These two collections contain his complete works of wood-engraved graphic novels. His graphic novels are unique, in part, for containing no written words and telling their stories only through pictures.   
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.
by Yohji Yamamoto
Originally published by M/M (Paris) in 2001 
$100 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This rare and out-of-print publication compiles all the images produced during the five years of collaboration between M/M (Paris) and Yohji Yamamoto preceding its release. It is a collection of daring and poetic images, now-iconic photos made in a context of great freedom in fashion.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
The Absolute Edition, Volume One
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
Originally published by DC Comics in 2003
$120 (hardcover with slipcase) in Very Good Condition
It's 1898 and Campion Bond is dispatched to procure the services of Miss Mina Murray (née Harker), adventurer Allan Quartermain, "Science-Pirate" Captain Nemo, Henry Jekyll (and his monstrous alter ego) and Hawley Griffin (aka the Invisible Man). Together, they must combat a threat that will decide supremacy of the London skies, but their success may unleash a far greater menace.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
The Absolute Edition, Volume Two
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
Originally published by DC Comics in 2005
$60 (hardcover with slipcase) in Very Good Condition 
The epic Victorian adventure continues in grand fashion as the intrepid band of heroes once again must face a most dire threat--but this time it's not just the fate of an empire that hangs in the balance, but that of the entire world. The first volume contains the thrilling graphic novel, complete with the Almanac of Fantastic Places, and the second contains Alan Moore's entire script for the graphic novel.

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Alexander McCall Smith (4/13)

Michael Sandel (4/23) 

Madeleine Albright (4/27)


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The Baffler Launch
Mon, April 9, 7PM

The Baffler is back! We are thrilled to celebrate the relaunch of the legendary political and cultural journal with editor John Summers and founding editor Thomas Frank. 
At Harvard Book Store        Learn More

Jessica Maria Tuccelli 
Tues, April 10, 7PM

MIT grad and first-time novelist Jessica Maria Tuccelli reads from Glow.
At Harvard Book Store
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Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Tues, April 10, 7PM

Harvard's Joseph S. Nye, Jr., former dean of the Kennedy School, discusses The Future of Power.
A Cambridge Forum event 
At First Parish Church       Learn More

Katherine Howe
Wed, April 11, 7PM

Bestselling novelist Katherine Howe reads from her new Boston-set historical novel, The House of Velvet and Glass.
At Harvard Book Store
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John Donatich
Thurs, April 12, 7PM

John Donatich, author, editor, and director of Yale University Press, reads from his debut novel, The Variations.
At Harvard Book Store
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Alexander McCall Smith
Fri, April 13, 6PM

The delightful Alexander McCall Smith reads from The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, the most recent in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
Co-sponsored with the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative
At the Brattle Theatre      Learn More

John D'Agata and Jim Fingal   

Mon, April 16, 7PM

A unique conversation between essayist John D'Agata and fact checker Jim Fingal about The Lifespan of a Fact.
At Harvard Book Store
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