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May 11, 2012
I've been seeing lots of people walking around Harvard Square carrying boxes and pieces of furniture this week, so I know we must be at the end of another academic year. If you have a friend or family member graduating, stop by to pick up one of our assorted celebratory greeting cards.

Don't be an i-Phoney


And if you need a gift idea, we've just put up a graduation themed display of books in front of the info desk. For a less specific suggestion, check out our "Very Harvard Book Store Introduction" display, which is now featuring staff-favorite essay collections. 


Another display that we were saddened to put up this week was one in honor of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. There have been many lovely tributes to him since his death on Tuesday, including this collection of images from The Guardian. Children and adults the world over will forever remember him for Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen (and one of my favorites, Chicken Soup with Rice), among his many many books. Thank you, Mr. Sendak.  


'Til Next Week,

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New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction Bring Up the Bodies 
by Hilary Mantel


Henry Holt and Co., hardcover

The sequel to Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history and the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and strong will alienate his friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice and ensnared in a web of conspiracy. Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason.

Nonfiction I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)
by Stephen Colbert

Grand Central, hardcover
Earlier this year, the late Maurice Sendak sat down with Stephen Colbert to do a segment for the Colbert Report on the state of children's books. Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are and Chicken Soup With Rice, among many other classics, gave a hilarious, grumpy, touching interview that made clear his distaste for current children's literature, leading Colbert to pitch a book called I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) That book, the product of their now storied conversation, is an adults-only tale that led Sendak to proclaim, "The sad thing is, I like it!" 
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No Enchanted Palace Less Than Nothing:
Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism

by Slavoj Zizek

Verso, hardcover

For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel. In Less Than Nothing, the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Slavoj Zizek argues that it is imperative that we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs,overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Zizek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with the key strands of contemporary thought--Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics, and cognitive sciences.             

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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 Mothers' Day:
Its History, Origin, Celebration, Spirit, and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse

compiled by Susan Tracy Rice
edited by Robert Haven Schauffler 


Print on Demand, paperback
"The arrival of this newcomer, Mothers' Day, in the calendar of our national festivals is significant. That a day so rich in sentiment, so tender in its meaning, should be officially adopted in a country which scoffs at sentiment and prides itself on its veneer of practicality is a hopeful sign. Like the divining rod of old usage it reveals underneath the crust of commercialism a perennial spring of idealism." --from the introduction (1915)
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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.
Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories
by Shirley Jackson
$16.99, hardcover (originally $35)
This volume from Library of America contains the essential works of Shirley Jackson, unrivaled mistress of the macabre, groundbreaking domestic humorist, and subtle social satirist. These novels and stories, written from the early 1940s through the mid-1960s, remade the genre of psychological horror for an alienated, postwar America.
The Elephant's Journey
by José Saramago

$5.99 hardcover (originally $24) 
In 1551, King Jopo III of Portugal gives Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon, along with his keeper, Subhro. Accompanied by the archduke, his new bride, and the royal guard, our unlikely heroes travel a continent plagued by the Reformation and civil war. At last they make their grand entry into the imperial city of Vienna.
The Animals Reader:
The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings 

edited by Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald

$14.99 hardcover (originally $35.95)
The study of animals--and the relationship between humans and other animals--is now one of the most fiercely debated topics in contemporary science and culture. The Animals Reader brings together key writings from philosophy, ethics, sociology, anthropology, history, law, and science to provide a framework for understanding the multidisciplinary field of animal studies.     
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.
1000 Japanese Tattoos Volume 2
by various artists
Originally published by Keibunsha Co. Ltd. in 2001
$85 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This book is a collection of over 530 tattoo photographs, by over 160 artists, published in the monthly magazine Jitsu-wa Document. The art, designs, and technique of Japanese tattooing belong to a tradition that dates back hundreds of years to the Edo period. The tattoo designs are drawn from history, culture, religion, and folklore.
Life Is Good and Good for You in New York:
Trance Witness Revels

by William Klein 
Originally published by Errata Editions in 2010
$125 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
William Klein's Life Is Good and Good for You in New York is regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking photo-books created in the last half-century. Errata Editions' Books on Books series is dedicated to making rare and out-of-print photography books accessible. The series presents the entire content, page for page, of an original work which, until now, has been too rare or expensive for most to experience.
Yue Minjun:
The Lost Self
by various authors; illustrations by Yue Minjun
Originally published by Hebei Education Press in 2005
$75 (hardcover in slipcase) in Very Good Condition 
Yue Minjun is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing. He is most famous for paintings depicting himself laughing uproariously in different scenarios. Many of his works riff on the paintings of other artists, such as "Liberty Leading the People" by Delacroix and "Luncheon on the Grass" by Manet.

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Matthew Battles 
Fri, May 11, 7PM

Former Harvard librarian and co-founder of HiLobrow Matthew Battles reads from his new story collection, The Sovereignties of Invention.
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Béatrice Peltre
Mon, May 14, 7PM

Boston-based food writer and photographer Béatrice Peltre discusses La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life.   
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Dennis Thompson
Tues, May 15, 7PM

Dennis Thompson, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, discusses The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It.
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Florence Williams
Wed, May 16, 7PM

Florence Williams, whose journalism focuses on health, science, and the environment, discusses her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.
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The Philosophy Cafe
Wed, May 16, 7:30PM

"Should My Nation Come First?"  
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Christoph Wolff
Thurs, May 17, 7PM

Harvard professor and music historian Christoph Wolff discusses Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791.
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Merry White
Fri, May 18, 3PM

Boston University professor Merry White discusses Coffee Life in Japan.
Co-sponsored with the Japan Society of Boston.   
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Rosecrans Baldwin
Fri, May 18, 7PM

Rosecrans Baldwin, novelist and co-founder of The Morning News, discusses his new memoir, Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down.
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