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December 21, 2012
Happy Friday! We're gearing up for a busy, festive weekend at the store, and there's a lot going on. First off, note that we'll be open 9am to midnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 8am to 7pm on Christmas Eve. View our full holiday schedule here.

For those of you filling out your last-minute shopping list, take advantage of the following great deals in the store this weekend.
  • Win seats at our 2013 events! We've extended our ticket giveaway through December 23. Just print out the entry form below, bring it with you to the store, and with a purchase of $80 or more (before tax), you'll be entered to win a pair of seats at every off-site event Harvard Book Store hosts in 2013. (In 2012, two tickets to every off-site event would have cost slightly over $400). Winner will be notified December 27. 

  • Win Harvard Book Store swag! On Saturday, Dec 22 and Sunday, Dec 23, any Frequent Buyer who spends $50 or more (before tax) in the store will be entered to win their choice of a Harvard Book Store tote bag, mug, or our new silver-plated logo bookmark (each available while supplies last). Winners will be notified the week of December 31.  

  • Discounts on Kobo! Friday, December 21 through Sunday, December 23, 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.)  

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For you bargain hunters out there, beginning Wednesday, December 26, all holiday cards will be 50% off and all 2013 calendars will be 25% off.


Finally, as you're doing the rest of your December planning, remember that you can pick up a First Night button at the store for $18. Find the full schedule of New Year's Eve festivities here.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
A Possible Life:
A Novel in Five Parts

by Sebastian Faulks


Henry Holt and Co., hardcover

Throughout the five interlocking stories that make up A Possible Life, unforgettable characters risk their bodies, hearts, and minds in pursuit of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born of love, separations, and missed opportunities. "Each world feels complete, vivid, and convincing. . . . In the end it does what any good novel should--it unsettles, it moves, and it forces us to question who we are."
--The Sunday Times (UK)

Nonfiction The Dune's Twisted Edge:
Journeys in the Levant

by Gabriel Levin

University of Chicago Press, hardcover
Striking out from his home in Jerusalem in search of a poetics of the Fertile Crescent, poet Gabriel Levin probes the real and imaginative terrain of the Levant, a place that beckoned to him as a source of wonder and self-renewal. His travels take him to the Jordan Valley; to Wadi Rumm south of Petra; to the Negev of Israel and its Bedouin villages; and, in his recounting of the origins of Arabic poetry, to the Empty Quarter of Arabia where the pre-Islamic poets once roamed. Part travelogue, part field guide, and part literary appreciation, The Dune's Twisted Edge brings to life this small but enigmatic part of the world.
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No Enchanted Palace Alone in America:
The Stories That Matter 
by Robert A. Ferguson

Harvard University Press, hardcover

Robert A. Ferguson investigates the nature of loneliness in American fiction, from its mythological beginnings in Rip Van Winkle to the postmodern terrors of 9/11. At issue is the dark side of a trumpeted American individualism. The theme is a vital one because a greater percentage of people live alone today than at any other time in U.S. history. Alone in America examines the typical elements and moments that force us toward a solitary state--failure, betrayal, change, defeat, breakdown, fear, difference, age, and lossi-in their ascending power over us. 

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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 Antoine Cucheron of France and the Coucherons of the Netherlands &Norway
by Jonathan Shaw


Print on Demand, paperback
This historical & genealogical account provides new insights and new data about the life and times of a Dutch fortification engineer. A Huguenot, Antoine Cucheron fled La Rochelle, France, and settled in the northern provinces of the Netherlands where he studied fortification design at the University of Franeker and commanded an engineering company for the Dutch Republic during the Eighty Years War with Spain. His son, Willem, designed fortifications for the Republic's West India Company colony of Brazil and later as Norway's Quartermaster General.
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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.
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
by David Graeber

$15.99, hardcover (originally $32)

Anthropologist David Graeber shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
by J.R.R. Tolkien
$4.99, paperback (originally £8.99)
This previously unpublished work by J.R.R. Tolkien was written while Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford during the 1920s and 30s, before he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It makes available for the first time his extensive retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse tales of Sigurd the Völsung and The Fall of the Niflungs.        
Harry Potter:
A Pop-Up Book Based on the Film Phenomenon 

by Lucy Kee

$12.99 hardcover (originally $34.95)
This collectible Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book, based on the creative development of the films, features original artwork by Andrew Williamson, concept artist for all eight Harry Potter movies. With dynamic pops animating memorable moments and locations, Harry Potter: A Pop Up Book offers a 3-D glimpse into the amazing world, as seen in the films.    
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.
Songs of a Dead Dreamer
by Thomas Ligotti
Originally published by Carroll and Graf in 1989
$75 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Running the gamut of modern horror fiction, this collection of twenty tales ranges from domestic terrors to exotic nightmares. Many of the stories show a clear influence from Ligotti's literary forebears H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, other masters of the supernatural horror genre.
by China Miéville
Originally published by Del Ray in 2010
$100 (hardcover; signed and numbered limited edition)
in Very Good Condition
At London's Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the museum's prize specimen, a rare Giant Squid. But Billy's tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid impossibly vanishes into thin air. Billy inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.
Miscellaneous Writings
by H.P. Lovecraft
Originally published by Arkham House in 1995
$50 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
A collection of the lesser-known short works of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, Miscellaneous Writings includes correspondence, literary criticism, philosophical speculation, and eccentric travelogues, plus comments on Lovecraft's own creative aesthetic. Introductory notes to each section reveal the breadth of Lovecraft's intellectual curiosity.

Author Events


On sale now:

Nick Flynn (1/9)

Christopher Kennedy Lawford (1/16)


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All Upcoming Events 

Neil Shubin
Tues, Jan 8, 7PM   

Neil Shubin, bestselling science writer and dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago, discusses The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People.
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Nick Flynn
Wed, Jan 9, 6PM  

Memoirist Nick Flynn discusses The Reenactments, a book about the process of making Another Bullshit Night in Suck City into the film Being Flynn.
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Wenonah Hauter
Thurs, Jan 10, 7PM    

Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of D.C.-based Food and Water Watch, discusses Foodopoly: The Battle over the Future of Food and Farming in America.
At Harvard Book Store
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Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Wed, Jan 16, 6PM    

Addiction recovery activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford discusses Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction. He will be joined by Harvard's Howard Shaffer and special guest Patrick Kennedy.
At the Brattle Theatre
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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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