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December 8, 2012
I received my first holiday card in the mail this week, which means I'm officially way behind. Luckily we have lots of options in both singles and boxes, so I still have time to catch up. See some of the possibilities below. (The caption on that top one is "The gifts don't count themselves." Adorable.) Also flying off the shelves are our 2013 calendars. Stop by soon to make sure you don't miss your favorite (Mark Rothko? Treehouses of the World? Provence?)!

It's the season of giving, so don't forget to sign up with World Book Night to be a book giver come spring too. The application deadline isn't until January, but they're getting lots of responses, so make sure you don't miss out. The books are free and the experience is priceless, so there's no reason not to apply. Find details about the program here and apply here.

I'll close this week with a belated Happy Birthday to MIT's own Noam Chomsky. The celebrated linguist, philosopher, and political activist turned 84 on Friday. Here's to many more, sir!

'Til Next Week,

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New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
by Will Self


Grove Press, hardcover

"Will Self's Joycean tribute is a stream of consciousness tour de force. . . . [It] builds into a heartbreaking mosaic, a sardonic critique of the woefully misdirected treatment of the mentally ill and the futility of war, and, above all, a summation of the human condition. Despite the bleakness of the message, by the end you are filled with elation at the author's exuberant ambition and the swaggering way he carries it all off, and then a huge sense of deflation at the realization that whatever book you read next, it won't be anything like this." --Daily Mail (UK)

Nonfiction Arcadian America:
The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition

by Aaron Sachs

Yale University Press, hardcover
Perhaps America's best environmental idea was not the national park but the garden cemetery, a use of space that quickly gained popularity in the mid-nineteenth century. Such spaces of repose brought key elements of the countryside into rapidly expanding cities, making nature accessible to all and serving to remind visitors of the natural cycles of life. In this interdisciplinary blend of historical narrative, cultural criticism, and memoir, Aaron Sachs argues that American cemeteries embody a forgotten landscape tradition that has much to teach us in our current moment of environmental crisis.
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No Enchanted Palace The Making of the Indebted Man 
by Maurizio Lazzarato

Semiotext(e), paperback

Debt--both public debt and private debt--has become a major concern of economic and political leaders. In The Making of the Indebted Man, Maurizio Lazzarato shows that, far from being a threat to the capitalist economy, debt lies at the very core of the neoliberal project. Through a reading of Karl Marx's lesser-known youthful writings on John Mill, and a rereading of writings by Friedrich Nietzsche, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Michel Foucault, Lazzarato demonstrates that debt is above all a political construction, and that the creditor/debtor relation is the fundamental social relation of Western societies.           

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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 Living Lines 
by Missy Carter


Print on Demand, paperback

Living Lines asks the reader three core questions and offers perspectives, focused on perennial themes--the meaning of life, setting priorities, coping with challenges, strengthening relationships, connections between body and mind, and spirituality. Living Lines is a book for personal discovery. It encourages the reader to live more fully and provides a reference to be revisited in that ongoing process.  

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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.
Selected Stories
by William Trevor
$7.99, paperback (originally $18)
Four-time winner of the O. Henry Prize and three-time winner of the Whitbread Award, William Trevor crafts exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition. This powerful collection brings together forty-eight stories from After Rain, The Hill Bachelors, A Bit on the Side, and Cheating at Canasta.
Evolutionary Writings
by Charles Darwin, edited by James A. Secord
$9.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)
On topics ranging from intelligent design and climate change to the politics of gender and race, the evolutionary writings of Charles Darwin occupy a pivotal position in contemporary public debate. This volume brings together key chapters of his most important and accessible books, including the Journal of Researches, The Origin of Species, and The Descent of Man.     
The Infinity of Lists:
An Illustrated Essay 

by Umberto Eco

$7.99 hardcover (originally $19.95)
In Western culture, a passion for accumulation is recurring: lists of saints, catalogues of plants, collections of art. This impulse has recurred through the ages from music to literature to art. Eco refers to this obsession itself as a "giddiness of lists" but shows how in the right hands it can be a "poetics of catalogues," and he reflects on how such catalogues mirror the spirit of their times. 
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.
Globalization and Islamism:
Beyond Fundamentalism
by Nevzat Soguk
Originally published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2010
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Nevzat Soguk argues that the current Western focus on Wahabi fundamentalism has obscured past and present cosmopolitan Islamic traditions. He highlights the often-overlooked forms of Islam in Turkey and Indonesia, which holds the world's largest population of Muslims. This book is essential for those concerned about repairing Western-Islamic relations.
A Jurisprudence of Power:
Victorian Empire and the Rule of Law
by R.W. Kostal
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2006
$50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This book reconstructs the martial law suppression of the Jamaica uprising of 1865, and the debate and litigation these events spawned in England. It addresses questions of legality and the integrity of political ideals arising from the most important conflict over martial law and the rule of law in the history of England in the nineteenth century.
The Oxford Handbook of Food History
by Jeffrey M. Pilcher
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012
$100 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
The historical study of food, culture, and society has become established within the academy based on a generation of high-quality scholarship. The Oxford Handbook of Food History places existing works in historiographical context, crossing disciplinary, chronological, and geographic boundaries, and suggesting new routes for future research.

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