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News from Harvard Book Store
September 14, 2012
Check out our new Publisher Focus window display, highlighting the University of Minnesota Press. It's worth coming by the store to see them firsthand, because as head buyer Megan notes, "You can't see it in the photo but the bottom white books are all philosophy with lovely letterpress covers!"

Two big pieces of news regarding our always-evolving Buzz List, a collection of featured pre-orders:
  • Congratulations to lucky customer Kate, who won two free front-row seats to our sold-out Junot Diaz event, just by pre-ordering a copy of his new book, This Is How You Lose Her. We have similar contests running for our fall events with John Banville, Camille Paglia, and Barbara Kingsolver, so pre-order now. Complete promotion details can be found here.
  • We've just added three new titles to the list, by Michael Connelly, Jared Diamond, and Sonia Sotomayor. View the complete list and start ordering here.  


Don't forget that you only have one more week to send in submissions to our New England Essay Contest! We'll be accepting entries through next Friday, September 21. Full details can be found here.   


Finally, mark your calendars for next week's Dorchester Speakers Forum with Lawrence Lessig. His topic, "Money, Power & Corruption," will be of interest to anyone who has been following the fall elections. More details about the talk 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 People of Forever Are Not Afraid
by Shani Boianjiu 


Hogarth, hardcover

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Shani Boianjiu, winner of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35," captures that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.

Nonfiction The End of Men and the Rise of Women  by Hanna Rosin

Riverhead, hardcover
Rosin explains the radically shifting power dynamics between men and women at every level of society, with profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. Rosin shows how the different ways men and women today earn, learn, spend, couple up--even kill--has turned the big picture upside down. In The End of Men, she helps us see how, regardless of gender, we can adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.
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No Enchanted Palace Seduced by Logic:
milie du Chtelet, Mary Somerville, and the Newtonian Revolution
by Robyn Arianrhod

Oxford University Press, paperback

Seduced by Logic tells the story of milie du Chtelet and Mary Somerville, who, despite living a century apart, were connected by their places at the heart of the most advanced scientific society of their age. Newton's explanation of the natural law of gravity shattered the way mankind perceived the universe, and hence it was not immediately embraced. After all, how can anyone warm to a force that cannot be seen or touched? Yet for these women, the intellectual power of that force drove them to great achievements. Brilliant and almost entirely self-taught, they dedicated their lives to explaining and disseminating Newton's discoveries.       

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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 Journey into a Dark Past, Land of My Ancestors: Budapest, Prague & Vienna
by Norma Roth


Print on Demand, paperback
Journey Into A Dark Past, Land of My Ancestors by Norma Roth narrates a personal journey to the land of her parents' birth, a land they left behind before the Nazi Holocaust. In 1979, the author makes her first trip with her aging parents to "see the beauty of their homeland." There are momentary lapses from her parents: hints, slips of the tongue ("the Danube ran red;" says her father). Haunted by these words she makes a second trip in 1999, to finally confront "truths" that she could not face before. This time she finds that the incredible beauty of these lands cannot mask the fall of these nations into barbarism.
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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.
by Giles Foden
$4.99, paperback (originally $13.75)
In this novel, a team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate weather forecast five days in advance of what would be the D-Day landings. Wallace Ryman has a system that can do this--but he refuses to divulge his secrets. A young math prodigy is sent to Scotland to uncover the system, but it proves more elusive that anyone could have imagined.
House of Holes: A Book of Raunch
by Nicholson Baker
$4.99, hardcover (originally $25)
Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. Luna meets a man made of light bulbs at a tanning parlor. So begins Nicholson Baker's fuse-blowing, sex-positive escapade, House of Holes. Baker returns to erotic territory with a gleeful novel set in a pleasure resort, where normal rules don't apply.      
Life Times: Stories, 1952-2007 
by Nadine Gordimer

$5.99 hardcover (originally $30)
Whether writing about lovers, parents and children, or married couples, Nadine Gordimer maps out the terrain of human relationships with razor-sharp psychological insight and a stunning lack of sentimentality. This volume, which includes four previously unpublished stories from the Nobel laureate, is a testament to the power, forces, and ongoing relevance of Gordimer's vision.       
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.
Heroes of the Revolution:
American Cars and Cuban Beats
by Robert Polidori
Originally published by EarBooks in 2004
$16 (hardcover, includes CDs) in Very Good Condition
Survivors from pre-revolutionary times, American cars and limousines line the streets of Cuba, adding to the Caribbean island's charm. Photographer Robert Polidori presents these fascinating relics, some well maintained, some in decay, which define the streets of Cuba. The book includes four CDs of original Cuban music.
Moods of La Habana
by Robert Polidori
Originally published by EarBooks in 2003
$16 (hardcover, includes CDs) in Very Good Condition
Photographer Robert Polidori casts an objective glance at and behind the decaying facades of the Cuban capital, Havana. The book is accompanied by four CDs of original Cuban music, which moves back and forth between deep melancholy and unbridled joy. Explore the soul of Cuba through its inhabitant's faces, architecture, and music.
Ernest C. Withers:
The Memphis Blues Again
by Ernest C. Withers and Daniel Wolff
Originally published by Viking in 2001
$45 (signed hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
The photographs of Ernest C. Withers travel the decades down Beale Street, the main street of the Memphis music scene. The photos span six decades of music, focusing on the '50s, '60s, and '70s. The community in which this music flourished, Memphis was home to one of the most vibrant music scenes in America and is the reputed birthplace of the blues.

Author Events


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


On sale Tues, Sept. 18:

Salman Rushdie (10/9) 


On sale Thurs, Sept. 20:

A Panel Discussion on Graphic Novels (10/11)

John Banville (10/12) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Paul Auster
Mon, Sept 17, 6PM   

Legendary Brooklyn novelist Paul Auster reads from his new memoir, Winter Journal, with an introduction by Cambridge favorite, poet William Corbett.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Granta 120: Medicine
Tues, Sept 18, 7PM   

Local novelist Gish Jen and biographer Linda H. Davis discuss their contributions to Granta 120: Medicine, in conversation with Granta editor John Freeman.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Robert Sullivan
Wed, Sept 19, 7PM  

Bestselling author and Vogue contributing editor Robert Sullivan discusses My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Ted Widmer
Wed, Sept 19, 7PM  

Brown University's Ted Widmer discusses "A Test Case for America: Washington, Longfellow, and the Jewish Community at Newport."
A Cambridge Forum event.
At the First Parish Church Parlor Room
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The Philosophy Caf
Wed, Sept 19, 7:30PM  

This Month's Topic:
"Should Philosophers Be Therapists?"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level  
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Jonathan Kozol
Wed, Sept 19, 7:30PM  

Jonathan Kozol discusses Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. This event is presented by Citizens for Public Schools.
At Memorial Church Learn More

William Chafe
Thurs, Sept 20, 7PM  

Duke University historian William Chafe discusses Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Daniel Kanstroom
Fri, Sept 21, 3PM  

Boston College's Daniel Kanstroom discusses Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora. Co-sponsored by Amnesty International.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Gene Robinson
Fri, Sept 21, 6PM  

Gene Robinson, ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, discusses God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage. Co-sponsored with the Episcopal Divinity School.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

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