|Happy August, everyone! There are lots of great things about this late-summer month, but one of the best this year is a celebration of Julia Child's 100th birthday (she would have become a centenarian on August 15th). Our August Select 70 features five books by (or about) Cambridge's most famous chef, and lots of local restaurants are dedicating their Restaurant Week to the celebration. Yum!|
Speaking of summer, the Commonwealth has continued a recent summer tradition by announcing a sales tax holiday next weekend, August 11th and 12th. We'll be celebrating the tax break with a price break of our own: Harvard Book Store Frequent Buyers will receive 10% off purchases on August 11th and 12th, both in the store and online. Click here for full details.
We want to say a big thank you to Boston Magazine for naming us "Best Reading Series" in their new "Best of Boston" issue, which just hit newsstands. Their write-up highlights some of the great events we had in the spring, and I can assure you we have a stellar fall line-up as well. September events will be posted next week, but mark your calendars for events with Martin Amis (9/7), Paul Auster (9/17), Gene Robinson (9/21), and Junot Diaz (9/26).
'Til Next Week,
|New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
|A group of fathers--a sound engineer, a sculptor, a film producer, a chef, a memoirist, a gangster--meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to their exclusive school. The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex offender posters being put up around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabrication; and the chef puts his quest for the perfect frittata before his children's well-being. Over the course of a school year, we are privy to their secrets and passions and learn of their dreams deferred as they confront the harsh realities of midlife.|
| ||Double Cross:|
The True Story of the D-Day Spies
by Ben Macintyre
|"Double Cross is a blast. Macintyre peers into the looking-glass world of Operation Fortitude, which was run out of a cramped London office by a team of MI5 officers led by Thomas Argyll Robertson, a dashing upper-class Englishman with a fondness for tartan trousers. 'Tar,' as he was known, assembled a team of eccentric agents who the Germans thought were spying for them but in reality were working for the other side. . . . Macintyre draws on declassified MI5 documents, but also quotes extensively from the memoirs of the agents themselves." --The Boston Globe|
|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.
A Scanner Darkly
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
The Divine Invasion
Now Wait for Next Year
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
by Philip K. Dick
$5.99 each, paperback (originally $13.95 each)
|Philip K. Dick was a novelist, essayist, and short story writer most well known for his contributions to science fiction writing; over the course of his career, he wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels. This diverse array of his work offers an introduction to some of his best-known pieces as well as to more obscure titles that capture Dick's literary philosophy.|
|Eden to Armageddon:|
World War I in the Middle East
by Roger Ford
$6.99, hardcover (originally $35)
Roger Ford's book studies an oft-neglected arena of World War I: the Middle East. He details the various battles that occurred at holy sites and led to a reshaping of the region's borders. This reshaping gave rise to new conflicts in the aftermath of WWI that still affect world affairs and political struggles today.
|1938: Hitler's Gamble |
by Giles MacDonogh
$5.99 hardcover (originally $27.50)
|Historian Giles MacDonogh gives the account of how Adolf Hitler went from being a dictator whose influence extended only throughout his own country to a man who posed a threat to the world as a whole: how he brought the Third Reich to dominance and consolidated his power over the course of a single year. |
|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.
by Claes Oldenburg and Cossje Van Bruggen
Originally published by Monacelli Press in 1994
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
|This book presents twenty-six large-scale sculpture projects created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. Most of their sculptures were installed outdoors; many of the sculptures are extremely large versions of everyday objects. In addition to full-color photos of the pieces, the book contains essays from various art critics and historians.|
|Farewell to an Idea: |
Episodes from a History of Modernism
by T.J. Clark
Originally published by Yale University Press in 1999
$15 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
|Art historian T.J. Clark explores the connection between modernism in art and socialism, asking whether the two movements depended upon each other to exist. He explores art's connections with times of intense political and social stress and turmoil, and argues that modernism served as "an extreme answer to an extreme condition."|
by Alan Moore; illustrated by Melinda Gebbie
Originally published by Top Shelf Productions in 2006
$75 (three hardcover volumes in slipcase) in Very Good Condition
|Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice, of the Land of Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland, are all grown up and meet by chance in an Austrian hotel on the eve of World War I. In these three full-color volumes of erotica, these women whom readers knew as girls retell the stories of their childhoods in a very different way from the fairytales we know.||
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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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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.|
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Tax Holiday Sale
Sat & Sun, Aug 11 & 12
|Thanks to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there's no sales tax on August 11th and 12th this year. We're celebrating with a 10% sale for our Frequent Buyers, both in the store and online. For details, click here.|
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