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August 17, 2012

Last week we announced a new list of featured books we're excited about: the Harvard Book Store Buzz List. This list contains some of the biggest books coming out over the next few months, now available to pre-order at a 20% discount. The first of the batch (Paul Auster's Winter Journal) comes out on Tuesday, August 21, and we'll be keeping the list continually updated as we hear about new and exciting titles in the coming seasons.  

We started accepting submissions on Monday for our New England Essay Contest, and we're looking forward to hearing from you! Send us your previously unpublished short essays on growing up in New England, moving here from afar, your first Red Sox game or ice fishing trip, or the best darn lobster roll you've ever eaten. We'll be accepting submissions through Friday, September 21. You can find contest guidelines and submission instructions here.

A big thank you to everyone who voted in the recent Boston A List contest. We were thrilled to hear we'd won the 2012 Best Bookstore Award. Thanks for your votes, and congratulations to all the local winners!

Now I'll leave you with this utterly delightful video recommendation from kids book buyer Kari, for the new rerelease of Anno Dracula.
Don't be an i-Phoney


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Summer Lies
by Bernhard Schlink  


Pantheon, hardcover

From Bernhard Schlink, author of The Readercome seven provocative new stories. A dissection of the ways in which we play with truth and less-than-truth in our lives, Summer Lies brims with the delusions, the passions, the outbursts, and the sometimes irrational justifications people make within a mélange of beautifully rendered relationships. The truth, as once character puts it, is "passionate, beautiful sometimes, and sometimes hideous, it can make you happy and it can torture you, and it always sets you free." 

What Light Can Do:
Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World 
by Robert Hass 

Ecco, hardcover
In What Light Can Do, Robert Hass returns with a collection of essays on writers, place, poetry, and photography. These essays are as much a portrait of the elegant thought processes of an unconventional and virtuoso mind as they are inquiries into their subjects, which range from meditations on how we see and treat the earth to the relationship between literature and religion. Hass explores the works of writers as diverse as Korean poet Ko Un, Wallace Stevens, Cormac McCarthy, and Anton Chekhov and looks at the ways in which photography--much like an essay--embodies a sustained act of attention. 
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No Enchanted Palace Virilio and the Media  
by John Armitage

Polity, paperback

In books such as The Aesthetics of DisappearanceWar and Cinemaand The Vision Machine, Paul Virilio has fundamentally changed how we think about contemporary media culture. Virilio and the Media presents an introduction to Virilio's important media related ideas, from polar inertia and the accident to the landscape of events, cities of panic, and the instrumental image loop of television. John Armitage positions Virilio's essential media texts in their theoretical contexts while outlining their substantial influence on recent cultural thinking.      

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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 Matty, Detective Cat
by Joanne Blondin


Print on Demand, paperback
Matty, Detective Cat is the sometimes-true tale of a Cambridge cat that leaves all the "dog hero" stories in the dust. This feisty elder feline brings home slices of salami instead of mice, makes friends (in her own way) with neighbors, sits firm with big dogs, AND helps police catch an arsonist. Besides cat escapades, Matty, Detective Cat includes some real scientific techniques that police use to catch criminals. Illustrations by Marilyn Wheeler complement the text and draw the reader into the story. Matty, Detective Cat is suitable for all ages, particularly grades 3 to 6.
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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.
Natural Selection and Beyond:
The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace
by Charles H. Smith and George Beccaloni
$9.99, paperback (originally $35)
Alfred Russel Wallace's link to Darwin as co-discoverer of the principle of natural selection alone would have secured him a place in history, but he went on to become the "father" of modern biogeographical studies and pioneered the field of astrobiology. He contributed to subjects as diverse as glaciology, land reform, anthropology and ethnography, and epidemiology.
Measuring Heaven:
Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
by Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier
$9.99, paperback (originally $25.95)
In Measuring Heaven, Christine Joost-Gaugier examines the unified concepts of harmony, proportion, form, and order that were attributed to Pythagoras in the millennium after his death and the important developments to which they led in art, architecture, mathematics, astronomy, music, religion, law, and the occult sciences.    
Mike Mulligan and More 
by Virginia Lee Burton

$7.99 hardcover (originally $20)
Best known for the ever popular Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal winner The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated stories that have been entertaining children for more than sixty years. Many of her books have themes that honor a simple way of life and have become classic American tales.    
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.
Alex Katz: Prints
edited by Klaus Albrecht Schröder
and Marietta Mautner Markhof

Originally published by Hatje Cantz in 2010
$45 (signed hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This signed edition of Alex Katz: Prints contains 214 illustrations, 203 of which are in color. Katz is often associated with the beginnings of the Pop Art movement, and his aesthetic involves planes of saturated color that the media of screenprint, aquatint, and lithography (the primary forms featured in this volume) showcase well.
Black Aluminum Copper: Paintings
by Frank Stella
Originally published by L&M Arts in 2012
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This catalog accompanied a show of the same name in New York City earlier this spring. The New York Times said of the exhibit, "These works represent the cornerstone of Mr. Stella's reputation, the Stellas whose historical importance . . . is most widely, if somewhat predictably, accepted. . . . [The works] here progressively articulate a new agreement between painting as image and as object."
Warhol Icons:
Ten-Foot Flowers and Double Elvis
by Andy Warhol
Originally published by Sotheby's in 2012
$25 (paperback in slipcover) in Very Good Condition 
This slipcovered set contains two Sotheby's catalogs featuring some of Andy Warhol's most famous works, Ten-Foot Flowers and Double Elvis, which were up for auction earlier this year. In addition to full color photographs of the artwork, the catalogs also contain text discussing Warhol's inspiration for the pieces and the history of the works.

Author Events


On sale now: 
Martin Amis (9/7)

On sale Mon, August 27:
Paul Auster (9/17)
Gene Robinson (9/21)
Junot Diaz (9/26) 


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Fiction Fridays
Every Friday through Labor Day 

All new fiction is 15% off on Fridays this summer, both in the store and online (coupon code FICTIONFRIDAY).
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Theda Skocpol
Tues, Sept 4, 7PM 

Harvard University's Theda Skocpol kicks off our fall event season with a discussion of Obama and America's Political Future.
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Alan Wolfe
Wed, Sept 5, 7PM  

Boston College political science professor Alan Wolfe discusses Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It.
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Paul Tough
Thurs, Sept 6, 6PM  

Education writer Paul Tough discusses How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, in conversation with Robert Putnam.
At the Monroe C. Gutman Library at Harvard            Learn More

Yoram Hazony
Fri, Sept 7, 3PM  

Yoram Hazony, founder of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, discusses his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture.
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Martin Amis
Fri, Sept 7, 6PM  

Acclaimed novelist, story writer, and essayist Martin Amis reads from his newest novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Nassir Ghaemi
Mon, Sept 10, 7PM  

Tufts University professor of medicine Nassir Ghaemi discusses A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

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