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November 18, 2012

Kobos are here! As I mentioned last week, thanks to a new partnership between the American Booksellers Association (the trade association for independent booksellers) and e-reading service Kobo, we are now 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. Find more information about the program here and browse our selection of e-readers here.

The holidays seem to be the busiest time of year for everyone, and Harvard Book Store is no exception. Here's a quick run-down of the upcoming dates you should be sure to have on your calendar:
  • Fri, Nov 23 and Sat, Nov 24 - Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday. As holiday gift shopping kicks off post-Thanksgiving, remember that where you purchase matters. We'll have special displays and discounts for the occasion, along with our annual Holiday Hundred display of featured (and discounted) books for the holidays. And Amex customers can sign up here beginning on Sunday, November 18 to be eligible to receive statement credit for shopping small on Small Business Saturday. Happy shopping!   
  • Sundays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 - The annual Harvard Book Store Gives Back promotion. A portion of the proceeds from sales made on these dates (in the store or online) will go to Partners in Health, the Cambridge Public Library Literacy Project, 826 Boston, and Community Servings, respectively.  
  • Sat, Dec 1 and Sun, Dec 2 - Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale! Our semi-annual warehouse sale, featuring hundreds of used and bargain titles at special discounted prices. We'll also have additional cash registers this time, so expect more browsing time and less waiting time. 
I'll end with a big congratulations to local poet David Ferry, who this week won the National Book Award for Poetry, for his most recent book,Bewilderment. The other winners were:

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm:
A New English Version

retold by Philip Pullman 


Viking, hardcover

"This is a grand and a great book. With confidence and modesty alike, Pullman adds just enough Pullman to remind us that the oldest stories are always best told by someone who knows how to do the job of storytelling. No grandstanding here, no posturing or poesy-making. Pullman selects familiars and exotics, and gives us the goods anew--the ashes never grittier, the golden shoes never more lively, and the teller's notes concise, witty, scholarly even. Older Grimms--put them on the top of the bookcase. This one needs to be closer to hand. I read it ravenously, rapturously." --Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

Nonfiction A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change
by John Glassie

Riverhead, hardcover
A Man of Misconceptions is the story of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary seventeenth-century priest-scientist who was either a great genius or a colossal crackpot. From optics to music to magnetism to medicine, he offered up inventions and theories for everything, and they made him famous across Europe. But Kircher lived during an era of radical transformation, in which the old approach to knowledge was giving way to the scientific method and modern thought. Glassie traces the rise, success, and eventual fall of this fascinating character as he attempted to come to terms with a changing world.
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No Enchanted Palace The Joy of Secularism:
11 Essays for How We Live Now 
edited by George Levine

Princeton University Press, paperback

Can secularism offer us moral, aesthetic, and spiritual satisfaction? Or does the secular view simply affirm a dog-eat-dog universe? At a time when the issues of religion, evolution, atheism, and fundamentalism fill headlines and invoke controversy, The Joy of Secularism provides a balanced approach for understanding a sympathetic and relevant secularism for today. Bringing together historians, philosophers, scientists, and writers, the essays in this collection examine the possibilities that secularism offers for achieving a condition of fullness.               

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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 Umbrellas and Their History
by William Sangster 


Print on Demand, paperback

A love letter to the umbrella, first published in London in 1855. "Can it be possibly believed, by the present eminently practical generation, that a busy people like the English, whose diversified occupations so continually expose them to the chances and changes of a proverbially fickle sky, had ever been ignorant of the blessings bestowed on them by that dearest and truest friend in need and in deed, the Umbrella. Can you, gentle reader, for instance, realise to yourself the idea of a man not possessing such a convenience for rainy weather?" --from Chapter 1 

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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 Emperor of All Maladies:
A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
$7.99, paperback (originally $18)
The Emperor of All Maladies examines the disease from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it. Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion.
Wheelock's Latin
by Frederic M. Wheelock
$6.99, paperback (originally $21.99)
Wheelock's Latin, sixth edition, has all the features that have made it the best-selling single-volume beginning Latin textbook. It includes grammatical explanations and readings based on ancient Roman authors, self-tutorial exercises with answer keys, extensive English-Latin/ Latin-English vocabulary, and a rich selection of original Latin readings.            
The Summer Shack Cookbook:
The Complete Guide to Shore Food
by Jasper White
$7.99, paperback (originally $25)

The Ultimate Cook Book: 
900 New Recipes, Thousands of Ideas 
by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough 
$7.99, paperback (originally $24.99)
The Summer Shack Cookbook includes two hundred easy-to-prepare seafood dishes in a volume that is complemented by illustrated seafood preparation tips. The Ultimate Cook Book gives cooks hundreds of solid, basic recipes with thousands of ways to vary them, shake them up, and personalize them so that everyone can be an ultimate cook.       
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 French at Kilwa Island
by G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 1965
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Letters and records from 1773-1779 describe a French attempt to set up a slave-trading center on Kilwa, an island off the coast of what is now Tanzania. The book also details African and Arab society, trade, and politics from the time period, mostly from the accounts of a "surgeon turned slave trader" named Morice.
This Will Have Been:
Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s
by Helen Molesworth
Originally published by Yale University Press in 2012
$25 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Published in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, this book chronicles canonical as well as nearly forgotten works of the 1980s, arguing that what has often been dismissed as cynical or ironic should be viewed as a struggle on the part of artists to articulate their needs and desires in an increasingly commodified world.
Richard Avedon Portraits
by Maria Morris Hambourg and Mia Fineman
Originally published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in 2002
$50 (hardcover in slipcase) in Very Good Condition 
This book, published in conjunction with an exhibit of the same name at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, features a selection of works by the influential portrait photographer packaged in an accordion-folding folio. It spans his entire career and demonstrates his signature technique of portraying his subject without extraneous detail against white backgrounds.

Author Events


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Margaret Talbot (12/5)

America's Test Kitchen (12/11) 


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Ross King
Mon, Nov 19, 7PM      

Art historian and bestselling author Ross King discusses his new book, Leonardo and the Last Supper.
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Harvard Book Store Gives Back:
Partners in Health

Sun, Nov 25, all day    

The kick-off of our annual Gives Back promotion. A portion of the proceeds for sales made today (in the store and online) will go to Partners in Health.
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Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Nov 26, 7PM  

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Stephen Greenblatt's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.
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James Wood
Wed, Nov 28, 7PM  

Harvard professor and New Yorker contributor James Wood discusses his new collection, The Fun Stuff, and Other Essays.
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Harvard Book Store 80th Anniversary Party!
Thurs, Nov 29, 7PM  

Harvard Book Store has been Cambridge's landmark locally owned, independently run bookstore since 1932. Join us as we celebrate 80 years and look forward to many more!
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Celeste-Marie Bernier
Fri, Nov 30, 3PM  

American studies professor Celeste-Marie Bernier discusses Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination. Co-sponsored with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
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Matthew Guerrieri
Fri, Nov 30, 7PM  

Boston Globe music critic Matthew Guerrieri discusses The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination.
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