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June 29, 2012
There's been a lot of buzz about the new book published by one of our favorite literary non-profits, 826 Boston. A Place for Me in the World contains stories by 826 Boston students who explored the careers of their Boston-area neighbors, from Mayor Tom Menino to a veterinary surgeon who specializes in large animals. You can find copies of the book for sale at the store, or online here.

We're excited to be embarking on a new partnership with local tour group Cambridge Historical Tours. Customers of Harvard Book Store can use coupon code BOOKSTORE to get a 50% discount on tour tickets purchased online (offer good through 10/31/12). And keep an eye out in the store for shelf tags highlighting Boston history books particularly recommended by Cambridge Historical Tours tour guides.

In part two of our fall book preview, our head buyer Megan shares some of the books she's most looking forward to:
  • Office Girl by Joe Meno -- Meno's novel, about two young people taking on contemporary culture at the turn of the 21st century, contains black and white illustrations by Cody Hudson and photographs by Todd Baxter. No need to wait for this one; it's on our shelves now! 
  •  The Twelve by Justin Cronin -- The second in Cronin's trilogy of vampire thrillers. The Washington Post's Ron Charles said of the first, The Passage, "It's a macabre pleasure to see what a really talented novelist can do with these old Transylvanian tropes."
  • Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel -- A collection of recipes for American and French baked goods, accompanied by gorgeous photography, from James Beard Award-winning chef Thomas Keller.
  • The Heart Broke In by James Meek -- A new novel from the award-winning author of The People's Act of Love and We Are Now Beginning Our Descent.

Finally, we at Harvard Book Store would like to bid a fond farewell to poet, translator, and publisher Bill Corbett, who will be leaving Cambridge for new literary adventures in Brooklyn. Bill has been an important part of the Boston and Cambridge literary community for decades; he's taught at Harvard and MIT, written for The Boston Phoenix and other local journals, and is the publisher of the local literary small press Pressed Wafer. Thanks for everything, Bill, and best of luck in New York!  


Note: We will close early on Wednesday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day. Our hours on Wednesday will be 9am to 8pm.


'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 Shout Her Lovely Name
by Natalie Serber 


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover

"Shout Her Lovely Name joins the ranks of the finest books ever to address relations between daughters and their mothers--equal parts love and sandpaper. I ached for these characters and cried at their hard-earned moments of joy. A book to make you marvel that someone really does understand, to make you grateful that she wrote it all down so fiercely, so tenderly."
--Robin Black, author of If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

Nonfiction The Great Divide:
Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New 

by Peter Watson

Harper, hardcover
 Why did Asia and Europe develop far earlier than the Americas? What were the factors that accelerated development? The Great Divide compares the development of humankind in the Old World and the New between 15,000 BC and AD 1500. Watson identifies three major differences--climate, domesticable mammals, and hallucinogenic plants--that combined to produce very different trajectories of civilization in the two hemispheres. Combining the most up-to-date knowledge in archaeology, anthropology, meteorology, and mythology, this study offers revealing insight into what it means to be human.
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No Enchanted Palace Sinning in the Hebrew Bible:
How the Worst Stories Speak for Its Truth
by Alan F. Segal

Columbia University Press, hardcover

Stories of rape, murder, adultery, and conquest raise crucial issues in the Hebrew Bible, and their interpretation helps societies form their religious and moral beliefs. From the sacrifice of Isaac to the adultery of David, narratives of sin power the myths that form the basis of the relationship between a people and their God. Drawing on literary and historical theory, Alan F. Segal demonstrates the significance of sinning throughout history and today. He explores the motivation for creating sin stories, their prevalence in the Hebrew Bible, and their possible meaning to ancient Israelite readers and listeners.    

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Printed on Paige
Each week, we'll feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store on Paige, our book-making machine. Featured books will range from fresh works from local authors to near-forgotten titles discovered in our extensive print-on-demand database.  
Paige Boston Illustrated
edited by Edwin M. Bacon

Print on Demand, paperback
This "new and revised" edition (1890) of a volume originally published in 1872 offers a unique view of the city's history. It includes a historical overview, a contemporary survey of the city, a list of recommended carriage ride routes, and a handy reference if you're looking for the nearest telegraph office and other amenities.
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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.
Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl
by Donald Sturrock
$5.99 hardcover (originally $30)
Ever-popular author of dark and twisted children's tales, Roald Dahl led a notoriously private life. Donald Sturrock, granted access to Dahl's estate and archives, shows readers from where Dahl's dark streak came. He details a life filled with both adventure, noting Dahl's stint as a fighter pilot, and personal tragedy caused by his young daughter's death.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
$8.99 paperback (originally $18) 
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, this historical account of cancer is elegantly and engagingly written. Mukherjee, a physician, researcher, and science writer, chronicles cancer's first appearance thousands of years ago, the primitive radiation and chemotherapy of the 19th century, and the possible future of treatment.  
Under the Jaguar Sun
The Baron in the Trees
Marcovaldo, or the Seasons in the City
Difficult Loves
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Invisible Cities
The Nonexistent Night and the Cloven Viscount 

by Italo Calvino

$5.99 each, paperback (originally $13 - $14.95)
This sampling of Italian writer Italo Calvino's prolific oeuvre showcases some of his great literary accomplishments. Calvino, born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in Italy by politically and socially liberal parents, was influenced greatly by the political unrest of his early life and his atheistic views on religion.
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.
Essays on Music
by Theodor W. Adorno
Originally published by University of California Press in 2002
$25 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
With full annotations by Richard Leppert and new, more complete translations by Susan Gillespie, this collection of twenty-seven essays represents the full range of Theodor Adorno's music writing. Nearly half of these essays had never before been published in English, making this volume the definitive resource on Adorno's musical thought.
Marvel Masterworks: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, Nos. 1-13
by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers
Originally published by Marvel Comics in 1963
$200 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The Marvel Masterworks series was created in the early 2000s as a way to bring the popular Marvel comics of yesteryear--Captain America, The Avengers, Fantastic Four--back into print and make them available for the comic book connoisseur to enjoy. This volume features WWII special unit the Howling Commandos and their leader, Sergeant Fury.
The Book of Tiki
by Sven A. Kirsten
Originally published by Taschen in 2003
$50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
The Book of Tiki details the "Polynesian Pop" style of decor found in 1950s and 1960s America, exemplified by wooden carvings of god figures that were ubiquitous in Tiki-themed restaurants, hotels, and homes of the era. With tongue-in-cheek style, The Book of Tiki introduces the reader to the many Tiki huts and luaus that once graced the country.

Author Events


Tickets on sale Thursday, July 5:  

Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black (7/26) 

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Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
Fri, June 29, 7PM  

Novelist Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya reads from The Watch. The author will be joined by psychiatrist Jonathan Shay and U.S. Marine Tyler Boudreau.
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E.J. Dionne, Jr.
Tues, July 3, 7PM

E.J. Dionne, Jr., senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and frequent columnist and commentator, discusses Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent. Co-sponsored with the Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. 
At Harvard Book Store
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Maggie Shipstead and
J. Courtney Sullivan

Tues, July 10, 7PM

Harvard graduate Maggie Shipstead reads from her debut novel, Seating Arrangements, and local favorite J. Courtney Sullivan discusses her newly-in-paperback novel, Maine.
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Uzodinma Iweala
Wed, July 11, 7PM

Uzodinma Iweala, Harvard graduate and author of the prize-winning novel Beasts of No Nation, discusses Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope.
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Stephen L. Carter
Thurs, July 12, 7PM

Law professor and novelist Stephen L. Carter reads from his new work of alternative history, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln.
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Marjorie Garber
Mon, July 16, 7PM

Harvard professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies Marjorie Garber discusses her new collection of essays, Loaded Words.
At Harvard Book Store
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G. Willow Wilson
Wed, July 18, 7PM

G. Willow Wilson, a graphic novelist, memoirist, and blogger on politics and culture, reads from her new novel, Alif the Unseen.
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