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September 24, 2012
A few weeks ago I wished everyone a happy unofficial start to fall, but now it's really, truly, officially here. The days are passing by faster than any of us would like, and now you only have a few days left to pre-order J.K. Rowling's new book, The Casual Vacancy, at a 20% discount. It hits the shelves on Thursday, and we can't wait to see what it's like. Call the store (617-661-1515) or click here to pre-order today.

Thanks to everyone who entered our New England Essay Contest! We'll be working our way through the submissions over the next few weeks, and we'll announce winners as soon as we're able. And of course everyone is invited to our release party on Wednesday, October 31.

For the theatre-goers and activists among you, we recently heard about a new play about Occupy Boston, which premiered at the Boston Center for the Arts and is coming to Central Square beginning this coming Sunday. No Room for Wishing is written and performed by Boston University graduate Danny Bryck. More information, including a link to tickets, 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
San Miguel
by T.C. Boyle 


Viking Adult, hardcover

On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. "It is a striking departure from Boyle's past work. In thirteen satirical novels, Boyle has skewered all manner of egoists and kooks. . . . He is skewering no one here, and it takes a solid forty pages for a longtime fan to trust that he's put away his knives for real. He has. While the prose remains as exuberant and biting as ever, he has stripped away every trace of his trademark irony to stunning effect." --NPR
We have a limited number of signed copies available.

Nonfiction I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen 
by Sylvie Simmons

Ecco, hardcover
The legend behind such songs as "Suzanne," "Bird on the Wire" and "Hallelujah," Leonard Cohen is one of the most influential artists of our era. His work has explored the definitive issues of human life--sex, religion, power, meaning, love. Cohen is also a man of complexities and seeming contradictions: a devout Jew, who is also a sophisticate and ladies' man, as well as an ordained Buddhist monk whose name, Jikan--"ordinary silence"--is quite the appellation for a writer and singer whose life has been anything but ordinary. I'm Your Man is the definitive account of that extraordinary life.
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No Enchanted Palace The Oil Road:
Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London 
by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello

Verso, paperback

In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centers of Northern Europe, James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello track the concealed routes along which flows the lifeblood of our economy. The stupendous resource of Azerbaijani crude has long inspired dreams of a world remade. From the revolutionary Futurism of the capital city, Baku, in the 1920s to the unblinking Capitalism of modern London, the drive to control the region's oil reserves--and hence people and events--has shattered environments and shaped societies.         

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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 Lit House:
100 Poems 1975-2011 
by Al Basile


Print on Demand, paperback
Al Basile is a singer-songwriter and cornetist originally from Haverhill, MA. His blues CDs have been called "the most literate blues releases ever." Throughout his 40 year music career he has also written formal poetry whose music is completely contained in the words. A Lit House is the collection of that other body of his work. While not organized or intended as an autobiography, this collection touches on many of the periods and most of the concerns of Al Basile's life.
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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.
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse:
Trapped on Treasure Island
by Floyd Gottfredson
$9.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: 
Race to Death Valley 
by Floyd Gottfredson 
$9.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)
Everyone knows Mickey Mouse as a cheerful Disney icon. Mickey originally gained fame, however, as a rough-and-tumble epic hero in his own daily comic strip, the most popular cartoon-based comic of its time. Glimpses of the Mickey comics have been reprinted over the years, but the whole strip has never been comprehensively collected in English until these editions.
Being Wrong:
Adventures in the Margin of Error
by Kathryn Schulz
$4.99, paperback (originally $14.99)
In Being Wrong, journalist Kathryn Schulz explores why we find it so gratifying to be right and so maddening to be mistaken, and how this attitude toward error corrodes relationships. She takes us on a tour of human fallibility, and proposes a new way of looking at wrongness, in which error is both a given and a potentially transformative gift.       
How Rome Fell:
Death of a Superpower 

by Adrian Goldsworthy

$9.99 hardcover (originally $32.50)
Adrian Goldsworthy addresses perhaps the greatest of all historical questions: how Rome fell. Though a period of remarkable personalities and revolutionary ideas, ultimately Goldsworthy tells the story of how an empire without a serious rival rotted from within, its rulers and institutions putting short-term ambition and personal survival over the wider good of the state.         
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.
In the Sweet Kitchen:
The Definitive Baker's Companion
by Regan Daley
Originally published by Artisan in 2001
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
In the Sweet Kitchen serves as a cookbook and reference volume through the world of sweet cooking. Professional pastry chef Daley stresses the importance of high quality ingredients, and offers extensive information on how to select, store, and correctly use a variety of ingredients, from the exotic to the mundane.
French Bistro: Seasonal Recipes
by Bertrand Auboyneau and Francois Simon
Originally published by Flammarion in 2012
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Bertrand Auboyneau, owner of the Paris bistro Paul Bert, offers a seasonal selection of sixty hearty recipes inspired by traditional French bistros. With checkered tablecloths, chalkboard menus brandishing the plats du jour, and an endless supply of crusty baguettes, the gastronomic bistro has firmly established itself as a culinary institution.
Objects and Furniture Design: Charles and Ray Eames
edited by Sandra Dachs, Patricia de Muga, and Laura Garcia Hintze
Originally published by Ediciones Poligrafa
$15 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Best known for their contributions to architecture, furniture design (especially the Eames chair), industrial design, film, and photography, Charles and Ray Eames remain among the most renowned American designers of the twentieth century. This book features detailed photographs and drawings of many of their influential designs.

Author Events


On sale now:
Salman Rushdie (10/9)   

A Panel Discussion on Graphic Novels (10/11)

John Banville (10/12)  


On sale Tues, Sept. 25:

Camille Paglia (10/16) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Sept 24, 7PM   

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Abraham Verghese's bestselling novel Cutting for Stone.
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Junot Diaz
Wed, Sept 26, 6PM   

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Edward B. Burger
Thurs, Sept 27, 7PM  

Business consultant and Williams College professor of mathematics Edward B. Burger discusses The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking.
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Dennis Thompson
Thurs, Sept 27, 7PM  

Harvard political philosophy professor Dennis Thompson discusses
The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It.
A Cambridge Forum event.
At the First Parish Church Parlor Room
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Natalie Hopkinson
Fri, Sept 28, 3PM  

Natalie Hopkinson, contributing editor to TheRoot.com, discusses Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City.
Co-sponsored with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
At Harvard Book Store 
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Steven Johnson
Fri, Sept 28, 7PM  

Bestselling science writer Steven Johnson discusses Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.
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