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September 7, 2012
Welcome back to all you students, teachers, world travelers, and to those of you taking your first steps back indoors after a long, sunny summer! I'm still not quite ready for the change of seasons, but the first week of fall events was a smashing success, and there's a lot to look forward to.

New England is, of course, one of the best places to be when fall comes around, and this year we're excited to be celebrating our home with our New England Essay Contest. We're still accepting your essays about or set in New England through Friday, September 21. Full details about the contest can be found here.

There are lots of great local literary events this season, like Literary Death Match: Boston and 826 Boston's second annual Write-A-Thon, both of which I've mentioned before. We also just found out about a new production based on the novel The Kite Runner, put on by the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. The show opens September 9, and ticket info can be found here. Use promo code "Rising" online or by phone to receive $7 off!

Finally, we have a new video staff recommendation on the website this week, from the store's general manager, Carole. Enjoy!


'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 Forgetting Tree
by Tatjana Soli 


St. Martin's Press, hardcover

When Claire Nagy marries Forster Baumsarg, the son of California citrus ranchers, she knows she's consenting to a life of hard work and long days. But her love for Forster is so strong, she turns away from her literary education and embraces the life of the ranch. Not even the death of her son at kidnappers' hands can pull her from the ranch she's devoted her life to preserving. But years after that tragedy, Claire is about to face her greatest struggle: an illness that threatens to rip her from her land and take her life. The Forgetting Tree explores the intimate ties we have to one another and the calling of the land that ties us together.

Nonfiction Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case:
A Documentary History 
by Jason Emerson

University of Illinois Press, hardcover
In 1875 Mary Lincoln, the widow of a revered president, was committed to an insane asylum by her son, Robert. The focus of public attention since Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860, Mary Lincoln had attracted plentiful criticism and visible scorn from much of the public, who perceived her as spoiled, a spendthrift, and even too much of a Southern sympathizer. Noted Lincoln scholar Jason Emerson provides a history of Mary Lincoln's mental illness and insanity case, giving scholars and history enthusiasts incomparable access to the documents crucial to understanding this vexing chapter in American history.
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No Enchanted Palace Telemorphosis 
by Jean Baudrillard
translated by Drew S. Burk

Univocal Publishing, paperback

In one of his last texts, the late Jean Baudrillard takes on the task of thinking and reflecting on the coming digital media architectures of the social. While "the social" may have never existed, according to Baudrillard, his analysis at the beginning of the twenty-first century of the coming social media-networked cultures cannot be ignored. Telemorphosis is one of the first releases from new independent publishing house Univocal Publishing, specializing in artisanal editions of texts on philosophy, art, technology, and poetry. Univocal's books are archival and boast letterpress covers and linen pages.       

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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 Little Soul:
140 Twitterstories

by Darren Cormier


Print on Demand, paperback
One of the first books of its kind, all the stories or chapters in this collection are 140 characters or less. But don't mistake brevity for lack of depth. Deceptively complex, ranging from philosophical musings on literature and writing, to the nuanced terrain of anxiety, self-disappointment, and disintegrating relationships, these stories will stay with you for much longer than they take to read.
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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 Third Policeman
by Flann O'Brien
$5.99, paperback (originally $13.70)
Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, The Third Policeman follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, with the help of his newly found soul named "Joe," he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policemen present to him.
by Milan Kundera
$5.99, hardcover (originally $23.99)
Milan Kundera's collection of essays is a defense of art in an era that, he argues, no longer values art or beauty. With the same mix of emotion and idea that characterizes his novels, Kundera revisits the artists who remain important to him and whose works help us better understand the world we live in and what it means to be human.      
Drawing Upon Nature:
Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Models 

by Susan M. Rossi-Wilcox and David Whitehouse

$13.99 hardcover (originally $24.95)
This book is a collection of detailed drawings made by Rudolf Blaschka as studies for the delicate glass flower and invertebrate models that he and his father, Leopold, created for Harvard University in the late 19th century. The drawings range from everyday houseplants, to tropical wonders, to translucent sea creatures.      
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.
Thai (Siamese) Buddhist Sculpture
by J.A. Learsch
Originally published by Krung Siam Press in 1969
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This work outlines the paths by which Buddhism and its sculptural tradition were introduced into Thailand, and discusses the many regional differences that identify Buddhist sculpture within Thailand. The book contains over sixty black-and-white photographs of both small- and large-scale Buddha sculptures.
Rose's Heavenly Cakes
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Originally published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Winner of the 2010 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook of the Year Award, this comprehensive guide will help home bakers to create delicious, decadent, and spectacularly beautiful cakes of all kinds with confidence and ease. It includes one hundred full-color photographs and special tips and tricks for cake decorating.
Beyond the Great Wall:
Recipes and Travels in the Other China
by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
Originally published by Artisan in 2008
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Winner of the 2009 James Beard Foundation International Cookbook Award, Beyond the Great Wall brings home the flavors of Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, and Guizhou. This collection of photographs, home-style recipes, and stories is a journey into a fascinating area of the world.

Author Events


On sale now:
Paul Auster (9/17)
Gene Robinson (9/21) 


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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.
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Bob Spitz
Tues, Sept 11, 7PM   

On the heels of what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, biographer Bob Spitz discusses Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.
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Rebecca Harrington
Wed, Sept 12, 7PM  

Harvard University alum Rebecca Harrington reads from her Harvard-centric debut novel, Penelope.
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David Kaiser
Thurs, Sept 13, 7PM  

MIT's David Kaiser discusses How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival, newly out in paperback.
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Alasdair Roberts
Fri, Sept 14, 3PM  

Suffolk University law professor Alasdair Roberts discusses America's First Great Depression: Economic Crisis and Political Disorder After the Panic of 1837.
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Eric Jay Dolin
Fri, Sept 14, 7PM  

Award-winning author Eric Jay Dolin discusses When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail.
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