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August 24, 2012

We still have one more week until the unofficial end of summer, but as you've seen here over the last several weeks, we have a lot to look forward to this fall. To celebrate both our newly launched Buzz List and our fall author schedule, we're announcing a new contest. If you pre-order one of the current Buzz List books for which we're hosting an event, you'll be entered to win two front-row seats at that event. The eligible books are:

Winners will be announced on each book's release date.  

(Note: If you purchase tickets and then win, you can present up to two tickets for a refund. Refund instructions will be included in your notification. However, if you don't win, our usual policy that tickets are non-returnable will apply.) 


Our friends over at Cambridge Historical Tours are getting ready for fall by launching a new Haunted Harvard tour, beginning August 30. To celebrate, they're generously offering bookstore customers FREE tickets for the opening weekend (Aug. 30 through Sept. 2). Just e-mail info@cambridgehistoricaltours.org or call (617) 520-4030 and mention Harvard Book Store to make your free reservation. Also, remember that Harvard Book Store customers receive 50% off tickets to their regular Historical Tour. Enter coupon code BOOKSTORE when purchasing tickets online through October 31.

If you're reading this on Friday, today is our penultimate Fiction Friday of the summer. Receive 15% off new fiction purchases on August 24 and August 31, both in the store and online. Full details can be found 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
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
by Jonathan Evison 


Algonquin Books, hardcover

Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything--his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called "The Fundamentals of Caregiving," where he is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability. But when Ben is assigned to tyrannical nineteen-year-old Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he soon discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan checklists have done little to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated adolescent with an ax to grind with the world at large.

The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power 
by Seth Rosenfeld

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, hardcover
The FBI spent more than $1 million trying to block the release of the secret files on which Subversives is based, but Seth Rosenfeld compelled the bureau to release more than 250,000 pages, providing an extraordinary view of what the government was up to during a turning point in our nation's history. Rosenfeld tells a dramatic story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, and secret detention lists. He reveals how the FBI's operations--led by Ronald Reagan's friend J. Edgar Hoover--helped ignite an era of protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically.
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No Enchanted Palace Philosophical Logic  
by John P. Burgess

Princeton University Press, paperback

Philosophical Logic is a concise critical survey of nonclassical logics of philosophical interest written by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject. John Burgess introduces five central branches of nonclassical logic (temporal, modal, conditional, relevantistic, and intuitionistic), focusing on the sometimes problematic relationship between formal apparatus and intuitive motivation. Requiring minimal background and arranged to make the more technical material optional, the book offers a choice between an overview and in-depth study, and it balances the philosophical and technical aspects of the subject. 

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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 How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion 
by Jerry Thomas


Print on Demand, paperback
"In all ages of the world and in all countries men have indulged in social drinks. . . . Whether it is judicious that mankind should continue to indulge in such things or whether it would be wiser to abstain from all enjoyments of that character it is not our province to decide. We leave that question to the moral philosopher. We simply contend that a relish for social drinks is universal, that those drinks exist in greater variety in the United States than in any other country in the world, and that he therefore who proposes to impart to these drinks not only the most palatable but the most wholesome characteristics of which they may be made susceptible is a genuine public benefactor." --from the preface (original edition published in 1862)
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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.
Empires Apart:
A History of American and Russian Imperialism
by Brian Landers
$7.99, hardcover (originally $35)
Empires Apart shows the American and Russian empires developed in parallel, both developing an imperial ideology that was central to their growth as nations. Although the ideology of the Russian Empire changed with the advent of Communism, the key argument of this book is that these changes did not alter the core imperial value of either nation.
The Black Hole War:
My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
by Leonard Susskind
$5.99, hardcover (originally $27.99)
What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Stephen Hawking claimed it did, and in doing so changed what we know about physics and the laws of the universe. Leonard Susskind tried to reconcile Hawking's theories with his own sense of reality, which eventually resulted in Hawking admitting he was wrong.     
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet 
by David Mitchell

$6.99 paperback (originally $15.50)
It is 1799 in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire's sole window onto the world. Jacob de Zoet is trying to earn a fortune in the East to win the hand of a woman back home in Holland. But Jacob's intentions are eclipsed after he encounters Orito Aibagawa. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds a rash promise made and fatefully broken.   
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.
Annie Leibovitz at Work
by Annie Leibovitz
Originally published by Random House in 2008
$60 (signed hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Annie Leibovitz describes how her pictures were made, starting with Richard Nixon's resignation, a story she covered with Hunter S. Thompson, and ending with Barack Obama's campaign. In between are a Rolling Stones tour, John and Yoko Ono, Kate Moss, and Queen Elizabeth, among others. The celebrated photographer discusses portraiture, reportage, fashion photography, lighting, and digital cameras.
by Robert Hughes
Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2003
$25 (signed hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Robert Hughes turns his critical eye to one of art history's most important figures, Francisco JosÚ de Goya y Lucientes. Hughes brings us the story of an artist whose life and work bridged the transition from the eighteenth-century reign of the old masters to the early days of the nineteenth-century moderns.
Captain America:
The Classic Years
by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Originally published by Marvel Comics in 1998
$85 (two-volume hardcover in slipcase) in Very Good Condition 
First introduced in 1941, Captain America was one of Marvel's most popular heroes during the war years, but waned in popularity in the 1950s. He was revived during the Silver Age of Comics and became part of the Avengers team in 1964. This two-volume boxed set presents the first ten original issues of the Captain America Comics.

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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All Upcoming Events 

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).
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Alan Wolfe
Wed, Sept 5, 7PM  

Boston College political science professor Alan Wolfe discusses Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Paul Tough
Thurs, Sept 6, 7PM  

Education writer Paul Tough discusses How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, in conversation with Robert Putnam.
Note: Time has changed since this event was originally posted.
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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

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

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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