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July 20, 2012
Obviously if you're reading this newsletter, you're interested in things literary. If you're also the competitive type, then mark your calendar for Boston Book Festival's  Literary Trivia Night on Aug. 6. Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door), and will help support the Book Fest's main event on October 27.

This week our Publisher Focus window changed once again, and continuing our theme of promoting stellar local journals, we're excited to be featuring The Baffler. Copies of the brand-new culture issue, "The High, the Low, the Vibrant," are available at the store now. And isn't this early-morning shot of the display lovely?

If you haven't already, we'd love it if you could take a moment to vote for us in WGBH's Boston A-List contest. Voting ends next Friday, July 27.

Don't forget, we're still celebrating Fiction Fridays. Every Friday through August, receive 15% off all new fiction purchases, both in the store and online (with coupon code FICTIONFRIDAY). For all the details, click here.


'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 Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian 


Doubleday, hardcover

 In 1915, Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There Elizabeth meets Armen, a young engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. In present day New York, we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist who has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought. But when an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura's grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey through her family's history that reveals love, loss, and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

Nonfiction Raphael:
A Passionate Life 

by Antonio Forcellino

Polity Press, hardcover
In this new biography, Antonio Forcellino retraces the meteoric arc of Raphael's career by re-examining contemporary documents and accounts and interpreting the artist's works with the eye of an expert art restorer. Forcellino analyses Raphael's techniques for producing the large frescos for which he is so famous, examines his working practices and his organization of what was a new kind of artistic workshop, and shows how his female portraits expressed and conveyed a new attitude to women.
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No Enchanted Palace Beauty and the Beast 
by Michael Taussig

University of Chicago Press, paperback

Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the anxious, audacious, and sometimes destructive attempts people make to transform their bodies through cosmetic surgery and liposuction. Situating this globally shared phenomenon within the economic, cultural, and political history of Colombia, Taussig links the country's long civil war and its bodily mutilation and torture to the beauty industry at large, sketching Colombia as a country whose high aesthetic stakes make it a stage where some of the most important and problematic ideas about the body are played out. 

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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 Her Boston Experiences
by Anna Farquhar Bergengren

Print on Demand, paperback
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal in 1899, this book is a satiric account of Anna Farquhar's experiences on first arriving in Boston from Indiana. Of the Bostonian disposition, she writes: "But on closer acquaintance I found, generally speaking, that when the sun melted the frost off the Boston exterior a right warm heart beat far down underneath, and, although its beats were not rapid nor enthusiastic, they were regular and constant, never swerving from an allegiance once taken."
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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.
Victor Regnault and the Advance of Photography
by Laurie Dahlberg
$19.99 hardcover (originally $87.50)
Filled with photographs and illustrations, this study of scientist Victor Regnault establishes his influence in the early years of photography. While occupying a role in the spheres of science and academia, photography and art, Regnault had a unique viewpoint that he expressed through his varied photographs.
The Early Works of Dr. Seuss, Volumes 1 and 2
by Theodor Seuss Geisel
$7.99 each, hardcover (originally $22.95) 
Before his work as a writer and illustrator of children's books, Theodor Geisel had a prolific career in illustration. These volumes showcase the examples of Geisel's advertisements, political cartoons, instructional pamphlets, and short stories that serve as the creative precursors to such classics as The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax.  
Sturgis' Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Volumes 1 and 2 
by Russell Sturgis, et al.

$6.99 paperback (originally $19.95) 
This unabridged multi-volume reprint of the 1901-1902 edition of the classic text is a truly comprehensive architectural dictionary. There are thousands of entries on architectural terminology and detailed sections on the architecture specific to different regions and time periods, along with over one thousand illustrations.  
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 New York Schools of Music and Visual Art
edited by Steven Johnson
Originally published by Routledge in 2002
$25 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Following World War II, a group of New York City musicians, including John Cage and Morton Feldman, struck up friendships with a group of New York painters known as the Abstract Expressionists, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko. These groups fueled each other, sharing ideas and passions, becoming creative leaders in the art world.
Electronic and Experimental Music
by Thom Holmes
Originally published by Routledge in 2002
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Electronic and Experimental Music offers an authoritative introduction to the theories and history of electronic music. The book outlines important musicians, composers, and designers in the field and also details how personal computers, design software, and the internet have revolutionized the field of electronic music creation.
by Thomas Kellein
Originally published by Thames and Hudson in 1995
$16 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
Fluxus is the term applied by art historians to a somewhat loose aesthetic movement of the 60s and 70s that encompasses visual art, music, and architecture, among other media. Fluxus features 145 illustrations and includes an essay on the "leader" of the movement, George Maciunas, which details some of his thoughts and opinions on what Fluxus "is."

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:  

Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black (7/26) 

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All Upcoming Events 

Don Lee
Tues, July 24, 7PM

Award-winning novelist and short story writer Don Lee reads from his newest novel, The Collective.
Co-sponsored with Ploughshares.
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Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain
Thurs, July 26, 6PM

Comedian Michael Ian Black and political commentator Meghan McCain discuss America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, July 30, 7PM

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award-winning novel Salvage the Bones.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Cheryl Strayed
Wed, Aug 8, 7PM

Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild and columnist for TheRumpus.net, discusses Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Things to know about our $5 tickets...


$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at events or at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates. Please note that your ticket only guarantees you a seat until 5 minutes before an event begins.

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