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November 3, 2012

I want to start this week by sending our heartfelt warm wishes to everyone still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. From those in Massachusetts dealing with downed trees and property damage to all our friends in New York, New Jersey, and the other hard-hit areas who are dealing with much worse, we wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.

This is your last reminder that this Sunday, November 4, is our annual Frequent Buyer Sale, when members of our Frequent Buyer Program are eligible for 20% off all purchases made in the store and online. Find full details and the (very few) restrictions here. (Also don't forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, so you can sleep an extra hour before busting out your book-shopping list and heading to the Square.)

We're also excited to announce a brand-new perk for our Frequent Buyer Program members, courtesy of our friends over at the Brattle Theatre. Go to this website and enter password hbs12 to purchase a discounted regular or dual membership, available exclusively to Harvard Book Store customers. The Brattle's calendar is always packed with great programming; the next two months alone feature their annual It's a Wonderful Life screenings, a tribute to Gene Kelly, a preview screening of Hitchcock, and much more. This membership offer ends on November 15. (Thanks Brattle!)

Only a few days left to pre-order Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, Flight Behavior, with a 20% discount and a chance to win two front-row seats to our event on November 13. The book arrives on Tuesday, November 6.

Lastly, I'm sure I don't need to remind you, but please everyone go out and vote on Tuesday.

'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 Rime of the Modern Mariner
by Nick Hayes 


Viking, hardcover

Written in 1797, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" was the original eco-fable; drawn in 2010, The Rime of the Modern Mariner is a graphic novel, now set in the cesspool of the North Atlantic Garbage Patch--thus adding a timely and resonant message about the destruction of our seas. Hayes's visually striking debut is drawn with complex, iconic images reminiscent of old woodcuts. Emerging from every page are the poem's enduring themes: compassion for nature, a sense of connection among all living things, and rightful outrage at man's thoughtless destruction of the environment.

Nonfiction What Are You Looking At? The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
by Will Gompertz

Dutton, hardcover
What is modern art? Who started it? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it such big money? Join BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz on a tour that will change the way you look at modern art. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art. You will learn: not all conceptual art is bollocks; Picasso is king (but CÚzanne is better); Pollock is no drip; a urinal changed the course of art; why your 5-year-old really couldn't do it.
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No Enchanted Palace Debtor Nation:
The History of America in Red Ink 
by Louis Hyman

Princeton University Press, paperback

Before the twentieth century, personal debt resided on the fringes of the American economy, the province of small-time criminals and struggling merchants. By the end of the century, however, the most profitable corporations and banks in the country lent money to millions of American debtors. How did this happen? The first book to follow the history of personal debt in modern America, Debtor Nation traces the evolution of debt over the course of the twentieth century, following its transformation from fringe to mainstream--thanks to federal policy, financial innovation, and retail competition.                

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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 Paige Leaves
A Harvard Book Store Anthology    


Print on Demand, paperback

We at Harvard Book Store hail from regions far and wide, but we share a special place in our hearts for our current stomping ground, New England. Home to baseball mania and lobster cookouts, bitter winters and peaceful beaches, picturesque towns and bustling cities, our history-laden corner of the country has long inspired writers to put pen to paper. With that in mind, in late summer of 2012, we launched our New England Essay Contest, collecting short essays (no more than 1,500 words) about or set in New England. The result is Paige Leaves, a new anthology printed here at Harvard Book Store on Paige M. Gutenborg, our book-making robot.

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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 Thomas Pynchon
$4.99, paperback
This early short story of Thomas Pynchon's was first published in the Kenyon Review in 1960. Pynchon grew to dislike the story, saying that he "commit[ed] on paper a variety of abuses." The story is based on the concept of entropy, which is a key concept in Pynchon's body of work, notably in his novel Gravity's Rainbow.
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
$5.99, paperback (originally $12.95)
On his ninetieth birthday a bachelor decides to give himself a night of love, and he asks a madam for her assistance. The girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. With this sleeping beauty at his side, he awakens to a romance he has never known.          
by Richard Bryant

$49.99, hardcover (originally $195)
London is a fitting love letter to a city with an unparalleled history. Following the path of the river, the reader travels across London from west to east. This deluxe volume showcases breathtaking panoramic photographs, including ten gatefolds that open to present six feet of cityscape. The edition was limited to five thousand numbered copies.       
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.
The Philosophy of Fine Art, Vol. 1-4
by G.W.F. Hegel
Originally published by G. Bell and Sons in 1920
$100 (hardcover, four volumes) in Very Good Condition
This edition of Hegel's Lectures on Aesthetics, translated and with notes by F.P.B. Osmaston (who translated the title as The Philosophy of Fine Art), was the first complete translation of the lectures into English. Hegel presented these famous lectures, which put forth his theories on art, beauty, and "the end of art," in Berlin in the 1820s.
by Babette de RoziŔres
Originally published by Phaidon in 2007
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The legacy of French, Spanish, and African settlers, Creole cookery takes the best of these cuisines and combines them with native American ingredients to produce a style of cooking that is rich in history and full of flavor. Containing over 160 recipes, Creole paints an evocative picture of the food, freshness, and energy of the Caribbean.
Inventing the Charles River
by Karl Haglund
Originally published by MIT Press in 2003
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
The Charles River Basin, extending nine miles upstream from the harbor, has been called Boston's "Central Park." Yet few realize that this apparently natural landscape is a totally fabricated public space. Two hundred years ago the Charles was a tidal river, and this book describes how, before the creation of the basin could begin, the river first had to be imagined as a public space.

Author Events


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Barbara Kingsolver (11/13) 


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Our Annual Frequent Buyer Sale!
Sun, Nov 4,
9AM to 11PM     

Customers signed up for a Frequent Buyer account BEFORE November 4 will be eligible to get 20% off all purchases made in the store and online that day. Find full details and the few restrictions here.
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Boston Noir 2
Mon, Nov 5, 7PM   

Editors Jaime Clarke and Mary Cotton, contributors Linda Barnes and David Ryan, and special guest Atul Gawande read from the new anthology Boston Noir 2: The Classics.
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An Evening with Transition Magazine
Wed, Nov 7, 7PM  

Editors Vincent Brown, Glenda Carpio, and Tommie Shelby and poet Robin Coste Lewis read from Transition Magazine Issue #108 and the forthcoming Issue #109.
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Noam Chomsky and Barbara Lubin
Wed, Nov 7, 7PM  

Noam Chomsky of MIT and Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children's Alliance discuss A Child's View from Gaza, a collection of children's drawings published by MECA.
A Cambridge Forum event.
At First Parish Church
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Tehila Lieberman and Peter Brown
Thurs, Nov 8, 7PM  

Tehila Lieberman reads from Venus in the Afternoon and Peter Brown reads from A Bright Soothing Noise. Both books are recipients of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.
At Harvard Book Store
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Damien Echols
Fri, Nov 9, 7PM  

Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, discusses Life After Death, in conversation with Joshua Rubenstein. Co-sponsored with Amnesty International, ACLU of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, and Murder Victims Families for Human Rights.
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