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News from Harvard Book Store
December 1, 2012
We're excited to announce that our event this week with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, about the unique film career of her father, Lyle Talbot, will include a screening of his film Three on a Match. Find more information about the event and purchase tickets here.

If you're up for an early-morning author event, join 826 Boston on Tuesday morning for their annual Books for Breakfast fundraiser, this year featuring historian David McCullough. Find more information here.

The beginning of December means it's time for the year's "Best of" lists. The New York Times posted two such book lists this week: "100 Notable Books of 2012" and "The 10 Best Books of 2012." Both make great holiday shopping lists, so check them out before you're next in the store, or have them open while you're browsing harvard.com!

It's also the time of year for holiday cards, so stop by the store to check out our selection. We have lots of great options in both boxed sets and single cards.

Two quick reminders:
  • Don't forget to stop by our warehouse sale this weekend. Our Somerville warehouse (14 Park St.) will be open Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from 10am to 6pm with thousands of used and bargain books just waiting to fill that empty spot on your shelves!
  • If you haven't yet, be sure to apply to be a 2013 World Book Night giver. The application deadline isn't until January, but they're getting lots of responses, so make sure you don't miss out. Find application information here.  

Finally, a note that we'll be closing at 9pm, an hour early, on Sunday, December 2 for our annual staff holiday party. Doors will open again at 9am on Monday.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Me and the Devil
by Nick Tosches


Little, Brown and Co., hardcover

An aging New Yorker, a writer named Nick, feels life ebbing out of him. Then one night he meets a tantalizing young woman who agrees to come back to his apartment. Their encounter is the most strangely extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he enters a new and unimagined dimension of the forbidden and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy that is as intense as it is unholy. "This is the best, from one of the best writers around. Nick Tosches knows the devil as well as any man has." --Keith Richards

Nonfiction Antifragile:
Things That Gain from Disorder

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Random House, hardcover
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world. Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. In Antifragile, Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.
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No Enchanted Palace Digital_Humanities 
by Peter Lunenfeld, Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp

MIT Press, hardcover

Digital_Humanities is a compact, game-changing report on the state of contemporary knowledge production. Answering the question, "What is digital humanities?," it provides an in-depth examination of an emerging field. This collaboratively authored volume explores methodologies and techniques unfamiliar to traditional modes of humanistic inquiry--including geospatial analysis, data mining, corpus linguistics, visualization, and simulation--to show their relevance for contemporary culture.          

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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 The Yiddish Hobbit 
translated by Barry Goldstein


Print on Demand, paperback

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit in Yiddish: der hobit, complete and unabridged. Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the original English version. The movie comes out soon--read the book first!  

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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.
We, the Drowned
by Carsten Jensen
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28)
We, the Drowned is a tale of love, war, and adventure, of the men who go to sea and the women they leave behind. In the port town of Marstal, the inhabitants have sailed the world's oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals.
Elizabeth's Women:
Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen
by Tracy Borman
$5.99, hardcover (originally $28)
So often viewed through her relationships with men, Elizabeth I is portrayed here as the product of women: the mother she lost, the female subjects who worshipped her, and the peers and intimates who loved, raised, challenged, and opposed her. An unprecedented account of how the public posture of femininity figured into the English court, Elizabeth's Women is a unique take on the queen.     
Final Jeopardy:
Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything 

by Stephen Baker

$5.99 hardcover (originally $24)
Researchers at IBM launched a billion-dollar project to develop a machine that could compete in the quiz show Jeopardy--and win. Stephen Baker takes readers on the journey from the IBM labs to the showdown between former champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and the very special collection of silicon and circuitry named Watson.      
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 Armageddon Letters
by James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang
Originally published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2012
$21 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Two of the leading experts on the Cuban missile crisis recreate the drama of those tumultuous days as experienced by the leaders of the three countries directly involved: U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and Cuban President Fidel Castro. This book documents the rapidly shifting realities faced in Washington, Moscow, and Havana.
Governance of Global Financial Markets
by Emilios Avgouleas
Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2012
$100 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The recent financial crisis proved that pre-existing arrangements for the governance of global markets were flawed. With reform underway in the USA, the EU and elsewhere, Emilios Avgouleas explores some of the questions associated with building an effective governance system and analyzes the evolution of existing structures.
The Apparatus of Science at Harvard, 1765-1800
by David Wheatland
Originally published by Harvard University Press in 1968
$15 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
This book, featuring black-and-white and color illustrations and detailed descriptions, describes the vast collection of historic scientific instruments owned by Harvard University's science departments circa 1968. According to the preface, every piece was "of the very latest design and manufacture at the time when they left England and started their hazardous voyage across the Atlantic" to aid Harvard's science departments.

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:
Cambridge Public Library Literacy Project

Sun, Dec 2, all day    

The second Sunday of our annual Gives Back promotion. A portion of the proceeds for sales made today (in the store and online) will go to the Cambridge Public Library Literacy Project.
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Kathleen Spivack
Sun, Dec 2, 4PM   

A reading and reception to celebrate the launch of With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz & Others by local poet Kathleen Spivack.
Co-sponsored with Grolier Poetry Bookshop.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Archer Mayor
Mon, Dec 3, 7PM  

Bestselling mystery writer Archer Mayor discusses his most recent Joe Gunther novel, Paradise City.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Joshua Glenn 
Tues, Dec 4, 7PM  

HiLobrow editor Joshua Glenn talks about the modern kid's activity book, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun. He'll be joined by fellow Unbored team members Tony Leone, Mister Reusch, and Keather Kasunick.
At Harvard Book Store
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Margaret Talbot
Wed, Dec 5, 7PM  

New Yorker contributor Margaret Talbot discusses the unique film career of her father, Lyle Talbot, and her new book The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century. The evening will include a screening of Three on a Match.
At the Brattle Theatre Learn More

Holiday Buyers' Night
Thurs, Dec 6, 7PM  

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or you want to catch up on the best books of 2012, join our buyers for an evening of book suggestions, conversation, and refreshments.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Louise Glück
Fri, Dec 7, 7PM  

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück reads from her new collection, Poems 1962-2012.
At Harvard Book Store
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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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