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November 11, 2012

It's a big week at Harvard Book Store. On Monday, November 12, thanks to a new partnership between the American Booksellers Association (the trade association for independent booksellers) and e-reading service Kobo, we'll begin selling Kobo e-readers in the store and on our website. We know our customers love paper books, but we also know that for a lot of people, e-readers can be a practical addition to a literary life, so we're excited to offer this new option. Stop by the store this week to check out the display, and find more information about the new program in next week's newsletter.

Mark your calendars now for World Book Night 2013, which will be held on April 23, 2013. On World Book Night, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to give away free World Book Night paperbacks to help encourage a love of reading. This year's titles have just been announced, and they are now accepting applications for those who'd like to be givers. We hope you'll consider signing up, and if you do, don't forget to choose us as your book pick-up location!

A quick reminder that there are only a few days left to take advantage of a new perk for 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. Find the Brattle's calendar here, and remember, this membership offer ends on November 15.

Finally, congratulations to customer Gwen, who won two free front-row seats to this week's event with Barbara Kingsolver, simply by pre-ordering a copy of her new novel, Flight Behavior. That was the last of our fall Buzz List ticket giveaways, but we'll announce spring contests as we continue to finalize our schedule. Stay tuned!

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Later Poems, Selected and New: 1971-2012
by Adrienne Rich 


W.W. Norton, hardcover

The final volume of poems assembled by one of America's most distinctive voices, Later Poems, Selected and New displays the trajectory of the work of Adrienne Rich, who was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of America's best known public intellectuals. At her death in March 2012, Rich left behind a manuscript of mature work that speaks to her concern with a poetics of relation along with a passionate attention to craft. In addition to her selections from twelve volumes of published work, Later Poems, Selected and New contains ten new poems.

Nonfiction Jews and Words
by Amos Oz and
Fania Oz-Salzberger

Yale University Press, hardcover
Why are words so important to so many Jews? Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to tell the tales behind Judaism's most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips.
"Ingenious and thrilling, Jews and Words manages to cram more than 5,000 years of prayers, songs, stories, arguments, praises, curses, and jokes into the suitcase of a thin, page-turning work of . . . what? History? Anthropology? Literary criticism? Theology? All of these and more. It's a wonderful book." --Jonathan Safran Foer
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No Enchanted Palace The Demon of Writing:
Powers and Failures of Paperwork 
by Ben Kafka

Zone Books, hardcover

Since the middle of the eighteenth century, political thinkers of all kinds--radical, professional, and amateur--have been complaining about "bureaucracy." But what, exactly, are they complaining about? In The Demon of Writing, Ben Kafka offers a critical history and theory of one of the most ubiquitous, least understood forms of media: paperwork. Examining episodes that range from the story of a clerk who lost his job and then his mind in the French Revolution to an account of Roland Barthes's brief stint as a university administrator, Kafka reveals the powers, the failures, and even the pleasures of paperwork.                  

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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 Harvard Book Store Anthologies 

$9.41 each

Print on Demand, paperback

We have a brand new page on harvard.com dedicated to the anthologies that Harvard Book Store has published, each the result of a writing contest we threw open to our customers. The current selections are Microchondria (short short fiction), Minimum Paige (comics), and Paige Leaves (essays about or set in New England). We have plans for new contests in the future, so we're looking forward to seeing this page grow!

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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.
In Praise of the Stepmother
by Mario Vargas Llosa
$3.99, paperback (originally $15)
Mario Vargas Llosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, little by little, darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony of his characters in this erotic tale of a sensual middle-aged stepmother, her attentive husband, and his pre-pubescent son that explores the mysterious nature of happiness and the corrupting power of innocence.
The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver
$6.99, paperback (originally $16.99)
Harrison William Shepherd, a highly observant writer, is caught between two worlds--in Mexico, working for communists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Leon Trotsky, and later in America, where he is caught up in the patriotism of World War II--in a gripping story about identity and the power of art and words.           
Visions of Belonging: New England Art and the Making of American Identity 
by Julia B. Rosenbaum

$6.99, hardcover (originally $32.95)
Against the backdrop of industrialization, immigration, and post-Civil War sectionalism, many Americans yearned for national unity and identity. Visions of Belonging demonstrates how the work of several Impressionist and Modernist artists helped to identify New England as a symbol of cultural identity, spiritual achievement, and democratic values.       
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.
Baked Elements:
Our Ten Favorite Ingredients
by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Originally published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang in 2012
$16.50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Pastry chefs Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito present seventy-five inventive recipes revolving solely around their ten most loved ingredients, from peanut butter and caramel to malt and booze. They celebrate these favorite elements by baking each one into a variety of delicious cookies, bars, cakes, milkshakes, and more.
James Baldwin's Turkish Decade:
Erotics of Exile
by Magdalena J. Zaborowska
Originally published by Phaidon in 2007
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Between 1961 and 1971 James Baldwin spent extended periods of time in Turkey, where he worked on some of his most important books. In this first in-depth exploration of Baldwin's "Turkish decade," Magdalena J. Zaborowska reveals the significant role that Turkish locales, cultures, and friends played in Baldwin's life and thought.
Harvard College in the Seventeenth Century
by Samuel Eliot Morison
Originally published by Harvard University Press in 1936
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
In the introduction to this history of his alma mater, famed historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote, "Higher education in the United States begins with the books that Harvard students read, the theses that they defended--and also . . . with food and drink, and play and prayer." This study of Harvard's history also serves as a larger history of American educational practice.

Author Events


On sale now:
Barbara Kingsolver (11/13)  


On sale Wed, Nov 14:

Margaret Talbot (12/5)

America's Test Kitchen (12/11) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Nick Montfort,
Patsy Baudoin, and Noah Vawter

Mon, Nov 12, 7PM      

MIT's Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, and Noah Vawter discuss 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+ RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a book on creative computing focused on one single line of code.
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Paul Bracken
Mon, Nov 12, 7PM   

Yale University's Paul Bracken discusses The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics.
A Cambridge Forum event.
At First Parish Church,
Parlor Room
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Barbara Kingsolver
Tues, Nov 13, 7PM  

Orange Prize-winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver reads from her newest work, Flight Behavior.
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Eve LaPlante
Wed, Nov 14, 7PM  

Award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante discusses Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother.
At Harvard Book Store
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Joyce E. Chaplin
Thurs, Nov 15, 7PM  

Harvard historian Joyce E. Chaplin discusses Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit.
At Harvard Book Store
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Michael David Cohen
Fri, Nov 16, 3PM  

University of Tennessee's Michael David Cohen discusses Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

David Nasaw
Fri, Nov 16, 7PM  

Historian and biographer David Nasaw discusses The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.
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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