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November 23, 2012

You know by now that we've recently started selling Kobo e-readers. Now we're excited to announce that on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, you can purchase a Kobo Mini for a special sale price of $49.99, a $30 discount. And remember, Harvard Book Store receives credit for e-book purchases made through any Kobo e-readers purchased from us, so you'll be supporting your local indie bookstore as you read. (Find more information about our Kobo options here, but please note that this sale is in-store only and does not apply to online purchases.)    

The holiday gift buying season kicks off in earnest this weekend, and we have something special going on every day.    


Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday: In partnership with the American Bookseller's Association, we'll have a Thanks for Shopping Indie display up, featuring discounted titles as a way of saying, well, thank you! And Amex customers who have enrolled their card before November 24 will be eligible to receive $25 statement credit for shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday (making that Kobo Mini a steal at $24.99). Happy shopping!

Sunday: The kick-off of our Harvard Book Store Gives Back program. A portion of today's sales will go to benefit Partners in Health.

Cyber Monday: When you can't make it into the store, harvard.com is always there for your book-purchasing needs. On Monday, November 26, enter coupon code CYBER2012 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase! (Note: The discount will not apply to already-discounted items.)

Also coming up fast is our Winter Warehouse Sale. On Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, 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. Find more information and directions to our Somerville warehouse here.

Finally, even though it's the day after, but it's not too late for us to let you know some of the things Harvard Book Store is thankful for this year:
  • Cambridge and Greater Boston, one of the greatest literary communities in the country.
  • 80 wonderful years in Harvard Square. Come celebrate with us at our anniversary party on November 29! 
  • Dogs. We have treats at the information desk for your four-legged friends, and we always love to say hello.
  • You! Thanks as always for making our jobs so fun!

'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 Testament of Mary
by Colm Tóibín


Scribner, hardcover

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it." The woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the loving, long-suffering, obedient mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Antigone. Colm Tóibín's vivid portrait of Mary presents her as a woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

Nonfiction Dogfight:
The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse 
by Calvin Trillin

Random House, hardcover
In his latest book of political verse, Calvin Trillin provides a comical depiction of the 2012 presidential election campaign. On its way to the November 6 finale, Trillin's narrative poem takes us through such highlights as the January caucuses in frigid Iowa ("To listen to long speeches is your duty,/And getting there could freeze off your patootie"), the Republican convention ("It seemed like Clint, his chair, and their vignette/Had wandered in from some adjoining set"), and Mitt Romney's secretly recorded "47 percent" speech, which inspired the "I Got the Mitt Thinks I'm a Moocher, a Taker not a Maker, Blues."
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No Enchanted Palace Titian: His Life 
by Sheila Hale

Harper, hardcover

Sheila Hale's biography is the first since 1877 to examine all contemporary accounts of Titian's life and work as well as recent art historical scholarship, much of it previously unpublished. Her book charts the extraordinary transformation of Titian's style: from the radiant, minutely realized masterpieces of his youth, to the more freely painted work of his middle years, to the dark, tragic, sometimes terrifying visions of his old age. The Guardian calls Titian "a superb portrait of the artist--an example of measured scholarship, judicious opinion, and telling framing detail."         

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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 Nahant's Naval Secrets 
by Gerald W. Butler, Capt., MSG


Print on Demand, paperback

Prior to World War II, the United States Navy was gravely concerned with the defense of Boston and other vulnerable American harbors against Axis submarines and motor torpedo craft. Accordingly, under the secret code name Plan 04 - Rainbow, proposals and plans were established in 1940 for secret electronic devices placed subaqueously off Nahant and North Scituate to protect Boston Harbor. To grasp the importance of these remarkable devices, it is necessary to hark back to World War I when a secret laboratory was created in Nahant to detect submerged submarines.

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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.
Drawing upon Nature:
Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Models
by Susan M. Rossi-Wilcox and David Whitehouse
$13.99, hardcover (originally $24.95)
This book is a collection of detailed drawings made by Rudolf Blaschka as studies for the delicate glass flower and invertebrate models that he and his father, Leopold, created for Harvard University in the late 19th century. They range from everyday houseplants to tropical wonders to translucent sea creatures.
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
by Philip K. Dick
$15.99, hardcover (originally $40)
Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick's epic work.    
Josef Hoffmann: Interiors, 1902-1913 
by Christian Witt-Dörring

$19.99 hardcover (originally $60)
Covering such diverse topics as interior design, literature, fashion, and psychoanalysis, this book examines the social and artistic developments occurring in Vienna during the modern movement. Josef Hoffmann's various private dwellings are revealed in photographs that are being shown for the first time.       
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.
Secrets of Vacheron Constantin
by Franco Cologni
Originally published by Flammarion in 2005
$150 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
In 2005, Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest watch manufacturer in operation, celebrated its 250th anniversary. Illustrated with magnificent photographs, the first part of this work describes the history of the house. The second part is dedicated to a catalogue of the prestigious watchmaking collection, presenting the factory's most significant pieces.
by Andre de Dienes
Originally published by Taschen in 2002
$250 (hardcover in slipcase) in Very Good Condition
Tucked into this enlarged facsimile of Andre de Dienes's Kodak film box are an extra-large format hardcover photograph book; a facsimile of de Dienes's complete Marilyn Monroe memoirs and his Marilyn composite book (which includes the complete set of nearly a thousand Marilyn photos); and a brochure containing all twenty-four of Marilyn's magazine covers shot by de Dienes.
Lost Girls
by Alan Moore, illustrated by Melinda Gebbie
Originally published by Top Shelf Productions in 2006
$75 (3 hardcover volumes in slipcase) in Very Good Condition 
Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice, of The Land of Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland, are all grown up and meet by chance in an Austrian hotel on the eve of World War I. In these three full-color volumes of erotica, these women who readers knew as girls retell the stories of their childhoods in a very different way from the fairytales we know.

Author Events


On sale now:
Margaret Talbot (with film screening of Three on a Match) (12/5)

America's Test Kitchen (12/11) 


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All Upcoming Events 

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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

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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The Philosophy Café
Wed, Nov 28, 7:30PM  

This month's topic: "Ideals"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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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.
At Harvard Book Store
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Winter Warehouse Sale!
Sat & Sun, Dec 1 & 2, 10AM to 6PM   

This winter's warehouse sale will feature an all-new selection of Used and Bargain books, plus extra registers and faster lines!
At Harvard Book Store
Warehouse, 14 Park St.,
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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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