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July 27, 2012
As I write this, the Olympic Don't be an i-Phoneyopening ceremony is underway in London, kicking off two solid weeks of obsession-inducing sports. If you need an Olympic primer to help you get started, check out How to Watch the Olympics, by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton. Or if you want to go into more depth than the heartwarming personal stories (one of my favorite parts), try Mathletics, by John D. Barrow. Both are 20% off through Tuesday, as part of our July Select 70.

I mentioned last week that we currently have a window display featuring the new Baffler (Issue 20). I neglected to mention, though, that we have a limited number of Baffler tote bags, available for free with the purchase of a copy of the new issue. Stop by for one today!

Tickets are still available for Boston Book Festival's upcoming Literary Trivia Night. You have until August 6 to memorize the date of the first English translation of The Divine Comedy and the names of all the Weasleys in chronological order. (Note: As I don't know what questions they'll be asking, these pieces of information may or may not prove useful.)

Finally, if you happen to be reading this on Friday before midnight, you have one final chance to vote for us in the Boston A-List contest. And a big thank you to everyone who's voted already!


'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 Significant Objects
edited by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker 


Fantagraphics, paperback

Can a great story transform a worthless trinket into a significant object? The Significant Objects project set out to answer that question by recruiting an impressive crew of creative writers to invent stories about an unimpressive menagerie of items rescued from thrift stores and yard sales. The secondhand flotsam definitely becomes more valuable: sold on eBay, objects originally picked up for a buck or so sold for thousands of dollars in total--making the project a sensation in the literary blogosphere along the way. This book collects one hundred of the finest tales from this unprecedented creative experiment.

Nonfiction How to Be Gay 
by David M. Halperin

Belknap Press, hardcover
David M. Halperin, a pioneer of LGBTQ studies, dares to suggest that gayness is a specific way of being that gay men must learn from one another in order to become who they are. Inspired by the notorious undergraduate course of the same title that Halperin taught at the University of Michigan, How To Be Gay traces gay men's cultural difference to the social meaning of style. Far from being deterred by stereotypes, Halperin argues that the genius of gay culture resides in some of its most despised features: its aestheticism, snobbery, melodrama, and adoration of glamor.
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No Enchanted Palace Third Person 
by Roberto Esposito

Polity Press, paperback

All discourses aimed at asserting the value of human life as such, whether philosophical, ethical, or political, assume the notion of personhood as their indispensable point of departure. In the legal sphere the enjoyment of subjective rights continues to be increasingly linked to the qualification of personhood, which appears to be the only one capable of bridging the gap between human being and citizen, right and life, and soul and body. The radical thesis of Third Person is that the notion of person is unable to bridge this gap because it is precisely what creates it.  

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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 A Life       Interrupted:
The Long Night of Marjorie Day

by Ruth Levy Guyer

Print on Demand, paperback

Marjorie Cornelia Day--Daysey--dazzled everyone who met her, starting when she was a little girl in rural Strasburg, PA, then at Wellesley College, and later at Oxford University where, in 1926, she fell ill with a mysterious disease, lapsed into a coma, and stayed "asleep" (though not comatose) for seventeen years. Even hospital staff members caring for her during her unresponsive years found Daysey intriguing. Then, inexplicably, she was fine. Daysey lived almost a hundred years (minus those seventeen), and never learned what had made her sick. But now we know.

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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 Original of Laura
by Vladimir Nabokov
$9.99 hardcover (originally $35)
Nabokov's final work was incomplete at the time of his death; his will instructed that the material be burned. Instead, the note cards that made up the manuscript were kept in a locked vault until 2009, when Nabokov's son allowed them to be published. The story centers on Philip Ward, a man preoccupied with death, and his promiscuous wife Flora.
Foreign Bodies
by Cynthia Ozick
$4.99, hardcover (originally $26) 
A retelling of Henry James's The Ambassadors, Foreign Bodies tells the story of Bea Nightingale, a divorced middle-aged schoolteacher estranged from her family. Out of the blue, her brother contacts her to ask if she will travel to Paris and bring back her runaway nephew. Bea goes to Paris and the trip propels her life in surprising directions.   
Toward a True Kinship of Faiths:
How the World's Religions Can Come Together 

by the Dalai Lama

$5.99 hardcover (originally $25) 
In Toward a True Kinship of Faiths, the Dalai Lama acknowledges that much of the modern world's strife comes from the seemingly incompatible religious beliefs of its occupants. He shows, however, that all religious traditions confront the same basic questions, and that a diversity of answers can lead to inspiring dialogue and peaceful coexistence.   
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.
Early Charlie Chaplin:
The Artist as Apprentice at Keystone Studios
by James L. Neibaur
Originally published by Scarecrow Press in 2012
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Film star Charlie Chaplin was not only one of the most influential performers of his time, but he also wrote, directed, and produced the vast majority of the films in which he starred. Most well known for his work in silent films, he began his career at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios, where he honed his slapstick comedy skills and his behind-the-camera artistic visions.
His Life, His Theories, His Work
by CÚsar Martinell
Originally published by MIT Press in 1967
$50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Featuring more than five hundred photographs of his projects, including sixty full-color plates, this book explores GaudÝ's unique architectural and sculptural style and his innovative use of color in his buildings. A major figure of Catalan Modernism, GaudÝ used many natural and organic forms in his works, giving them a distinctive and popular style.
The Foundation of the Situationist International
(June 1957-August 1960)
by Guy Debord
Originally published by Semiotext(e) in 1999
$10 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
Writer, filmmaker, and cultural theorist Guy Debord was the founding member of Situationist International, a cultural and political movement based in Europe in the late 60s and early 70s. This collection of his letters, the first to be available in English, serves as a comprehensive first-person account of the Situationist Movement's formation.

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All new fiction is 15% off on Fridays this summer, both in the store and online (coupon code FICTIONFRIDAY).
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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.
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Cheryl Strayed
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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.
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