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May 25, 2012

On this weekend, the unofficial start to summer, I encourage you to take a moment to remember and honor those who have served our country: those who have passed as well as those who remain. Thanks to The Iowa Review, this year there's a brand new writing contest, the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans, that seeks to do just that. Open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre on any subject, the award includes a $1,000 prize and publication in an upcoming issue of The Iowa Review. For more information, click here.   


If you're in Harvard Square this lovely long weekend, take a walk by our Publisher Focus window, currently featuring our friends over at Cambridge University Press.


Also new in the store this week is Durable Values, a collection of writings by the late Reverend Professor Peter Gomes. As his editor, Cynthia Wight Rossano, explains in the introduction, Professor Gomes planned to write a memoir of his life in the ministry and at Harvard, but died before he had the chance. This new collection of writings is Ms. Rossano's best guess at what that memoir might have been. You can find copies of Durable Values on display at the store's information desk.


And finally, mark your calendars for the return of Fiction Fridays. Each Friday this summer, beginning on June 1, all new hardcover and paperback fiction will be discounted 15%, both in the store and online. Stop by to stock up on all the books you'll need for the beach, the park, the plane, or the porch. Click here for details


'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 Lower River 
by Paul Theroux


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover

Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa. He runs a menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps. When his wife leaves him, and he is on his own, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to his village in Malawi, on the remote Lower River. "In this hypnotically compelling fiction, [Theroux] wrestles with questions of good intentions and harsh reality. . . . A gripping and vital novel that reads like Conrad or Greene--in short, a classic." --Booklist

Nonfiction Just Send Me Word:
A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

by Orlando Figes

Metropolitan Books, hardcover
In 1946, after five years as a prisoner--first as a Soviet POW in Nazi concentration camps, then as a deportee in the Arctic Gulag--Lev Mishchenko received a letter from Sveta, the sweetheart he had hardly dared hope was still alive. Amazingly, over the next eight years the lovers managed to exchange over 1,500 messages, and even smuggled Sveta herself into the camp for secret meetings. Their recently discovered correspondence is the only known real-time record of life in Stalin's Gulag. Orlando Figes draws on the letters as well as KGB archives to reconstruct the world in which their story unfolded.
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No Enchanted Palace Segregation:
A Global History of Divided Cities

by Carl H. Nightingale

University of Chicago Press, hardcover

When we think of segregation, what often comes to mind is apartheid South Africa, or the American South in the age of Jim Crow--two societies fundamentally premised on the concept of the separation of the races. But as Carl H. Nightingale shows us, segregation is everywhere, deforming cities and societies worldwide. For the first time ever, the majority of humans live in cities, and nearly all those cities bear the scars of segregation. Segregation lays bare our troubled past, and sets us on the path to imagining the better, more equal cities of the future.                 

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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 Crowds and Other Hiding Places
by Wes Marshall


Print on Demand, paperback
In Crowds and Other Hiding Places, the author shares, mostly in free verse poetry, some thoughts he had jotted down when, as a young man, he was first confronted with feelings no one had warned him he would ever face. They were an attempt to find a safe path out of the forest of emotions he was experiencing and to leave markers and other warning signs should he ever find himself lost and needing directions again. The poems touch on, each in a slightly different way, how all too often we keep our true feelings hidden--from each other and even from ourselves.
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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 Affluent Society and Other Writings
by John Kenneth Galbraith; edited by James K. Galbraith
$18.99, hardcover (originally $40)
Incisive and original, John Kenneth Galbraith wrote with an eloquence that burst the conventions of his discipline and won a readership none of his fellow economists could match. This Library of America volume, the first devoted to economics, gathers four of his key early works, the books that established him as one of the leading public intellectuals of the last century.
by Keith Richards

$6.99 hardcover (originally $29.99) 
"By turns earnest and wicked, sweet and sarcastic and unsparing, Mr. Richards, now 66, writes with uncommon candor and immediacy. He's decided that he's going to tell it as he remembers it, and helped along with notebooks, letters, and a diary he once kept, he remembers almost everything. . . . But Life . . . is way more than a revealing showbiz memoir. It is also a high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock 'n' roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States." --The New York Times
More About Boy:
Roald Dahl's Tales from Childhood 

by Roald Dahl

$5.99 hardcover (originally $15.99)
In Boy, the world's favorite storyteller recollected scenes from his youth--some funny, some frightening, all true. More About Boy is the expanded story of Roald Dahl's childhood, with his original text augmented by never-before-seen material from behind the scenes, and some of the secrets that were left out. Dahl's adventures and misadventures during his school years are crowded with people as strange and wonderful as any character he created and are as exciting and full of the unexpected as his celebrated fiction.  
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.
Thank You
edited by Robert Frank and Ed Grazda
Originally published by Scalo in 1996
$21 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
"I was touched how many people wanted to tell me their appreciation of what I was doing without asking anything in return." --Robert Frank. For years friends, aspiring artists, and admirers have been sending Robert Frank highly personal, and often hand-made, postcards. This book shares the ones closest to his heart.
32 Stories:
The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics

by Adrian Tomine 
Originally published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2009
$10 (pamphlets in boxed set) in Very Good Condition
Redesigned to coincide with the release of Shortcomings in paperback, this boxed-set edition of Adrian Tomine's first book, 32 Stories, collects his inaugural mini-comics. This onetime printing includes facsimile reprints of the seven mini-comics packaged in a slipcase, as well as an additional pamphlet containing a new introduction and notes by Tomine.
A Companion to Ancient Epic
edited by John Miles Foley
Originally published by Blackwell Publishing in 2005
$125 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic. It offers a multi-disciplinary discussion of both longstanding ideas and newer perspectives and shows how scholarship over the last forty years has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre.

Author Events


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Dan Ariely (6/7)     

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Simon Johnson
and James Kwak 

Fri, May 25, 7PM

MIT's Simon Johnson and Harvard's James Kwak discuss White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You.
At Harvard Book Store
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Harvard Square Book Circle
Tues, May 29, 7PM

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses James Joyce's Dubliners.  
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John Palfrey
and Urs Gasser

Wed, May 30, 6PM

Harvard Law School's John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, discuss their new book, Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems.
At Wasserstein Hall
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Peter Carey
Wed, May 30, 7PM

In this year's Chuck Pacheco Memorial Lecture, Booker Prize-winning novelist Peter Carey reads from The Chemistry of Tears.
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Kristin Cashore
Thurs, May 31, 7PM

Acclaimed YA novelist Kristin Cashore reads from Bitterblue, her companion volume to the bestselling Graceling and Fire.    
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Fiction Friday
Fri, June 1, All Day 

Fiction Fridays are back for their second summer! Every Friday in June, July, and August, all new hardcover and paperback fiction will be discounted 15%, in the store and online!
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Douglas Brinkley
Fri, June 1, 7PM

History professor, award-winning writer, and Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley discusses his new biography, Cronkite.    
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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Mon, June 4, 6PM

Macarthur Award-winning sociologist and Harvard education professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot discusses Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free.
At the Brattle Theatre      Learn More

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