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January 11, 2013

This week we're excited to launch a new homepage for our award-winning website. Now you'll have even quicker access to featured books, author events, print-on-demand information, and much more. And fans of the window-browsing feature of our previous homepage will be glad to know that's still an option. We're eager to hear your feedback, so check it out and let us know what you think.

Chris Ware's very impressive Building Stories was named one of the ten best books of 2012 by The New York Times, and it subsequently sold out all over the book world. We just got a fresh shipment in this week, so if you haven't checked out this multi-layered beauty of a graphic novel, you can pick yours up today.

For fans of Maureen Johnson's young adult novel The Name of the Star, the first in her Shades of London series, we're excited to announce a pre-order promotion from the author herself. Every person who pre-orders a copy of the second in the series, The Madness Underneath, from their local store will receive a signed bookplate and other assorted swag. The book is due out on February 26, so order away!

Now that we're all recovered from our holiday fog, I want to say a big thank you to all of you for making it a great season. The store was busy, sales were great, and booksellers had some wonderful conversations trying to find the perfect gift for your aunts, uncles, grandchildren, inlaws, and friends. Thank you, and here's to another great year of reading in 2013!

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Love Is a Canoe
by Ben Schrank


Sarah Crichton Books, hardcover

Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his legendary book on relationships, has won the hearts of hopeful romantics and cynics alike. But now it's 2010, and Peter's wife has just died. Completely lost, he passes the time with a woman he admires but doesn't love. Then Peter receives a call from an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fif­tieth anniversary of Marriage Is a Canoe with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship. This darkly funny novel delves into the world of publishing and the struggles of modern love.

Where Chefs Eat:
A Guide to Chefs' Favourite Restaurants
Phaidon Press, hardcover
From bargain noodle joints to high-end restaurants; late night haunts to all day breakfasts; neighborhood eateries to destination restaurants, Where Chefs Eat reveals over 2,000 personal recommendations by chefs of their top places to eat in all major cities around the world. With reviews, quotes from the chefs, maps, and an easy-to-use system of organization, Where Chefs Eat is a new kind of guidebook. Chef contributors include Hugh Acheson, Ferran Adria, Daniel Boulud, April Bloomfield, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, Gabrielle Hamilton, Ken Oringer, Eric Ripert, and Marcus Samuelsson.
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No Enchanted Palace Sex-Pol:
Essays, 1929-1934 
by Wilhelm Reich


This volume contains the first complete translations of Wilhelm Reich's writings from his Marxist period. Reich, who died in 1957, had a career with a single goal: to find ways of relieving human suffering. And the same curiosity and courage that led him from medical school to join the early pioneers of Freudian psychoanalysis, and then to some of the most controversial work of this century--his development of the theory of the orgone--led him also, at one period of his life, to become a radical socialist. This volume, edited by Lee Baxandall, indicates Reich's focus on the role of sexual repression in class domination and the struggle for sexual liberation.   

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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.  
Off the Beaten Path:
A Traveler's Guide from the 1960s 
by Anne Wyman


Print on Demand, paperback
From 1965 to 1970 Anne Wyman served as the first Travel Editor at The Boston Globe. Off the Beaten Path, a selection of Anne Wyman's travel articles published in the Globe through 1970, offers a unique and fascinating insight into the world and its people at a time when the technologies and affordability of modern travel were about to transform everything.
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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.
Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula Cures Many Mathematical Ills
by Paul J. Nahin

$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)

In the 18th century, mathematician Leonhard Euler developed a formula so innovative and complex that it continues to inspire research and discussion. Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula shares the story of this groundbreaking formula, long regarded as the gold standard for mathematical beauty, and shows why it still lies at the heart of complex number theory.
Renoir in the 20th Century
by Roger Benjamin and Claudia Einecke
$19.99, hardcover (originally $85)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is so heavily associated with Impressionist painting that his last creative period has frequently been ignored. This publication devotes itself to precisely these last three creative and innovative decades, in which Renoir abandoned Impressionism. The book includes more than three hundred color illustrations.     
Decorative Arts and Architecture of the 1920s:
Le Arti d'Oggi

by Roberto Papini

$29.99 hardcover (originally $120)
Le Arti d'Oggi was originally published in Italy in 1930. This near-facsimile edition of that rare and much sought-after book follows the format of the original exactly, presenting a dazzling selection of European architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts from the 1920s. 
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 Fabrication of American Literature:
Fraudulence and Antebellum Print Culture
by Lara Langer Cohen
Originally published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2011
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Literary histories often celebrate the antebellum period as marking the triumphant emergence of American literature. But the period's readers and writers tell a different story: they derided literature as a fraud. Langer Cohen uncovers the controversies over literary fraudulence that plagued these years and uses them to offer an ambitious rethinking of the antebellum print explosion.
Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece
by Ian Worthington
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012
$8 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Historian Ian Worthington brings the great orator Demosthenes's career vividly to life. He provides a moving narrative of the man's humble and difficult beginnings, the obstacles he faced in his public career, the fierce rivalries with other Athenian politicians, his successes and failures, and finally his posthumous influence as a politician and orator.
The Queen's Library:
Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany, 1477-1514
by Cynthia J. Brown
Originally published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Centered on Anne, duchess of Brittany and twice queen of France, The Queen's Library examines the cultural issues surrounding female modes of empowerment and book production. The book aims to uncover the conflicts that surfaced in male-authored, male-illustrated works for and about women.

Author Events


On sale now:

Christopher Kennedy Lawford (1/16)

Lawrence Wright (1/31) 


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All Upcoming Events 

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 Learn More

Jared Diamond
Wed, Jan 16, 7PM  

Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and bestselling author, discusses The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
A Cambridge Forum event.
At First Parish Church Learn More

Eric Asimov
Thurs, Jan 17, 6PM    

New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov discusses How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Philosophy Café
Wed, Jan 23, 7:30PM    

This month's topic: "Thomas Nagel and the Teleological Hypothesis"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Charles Wheelan
Fri, Jan 25, 7PM    

Charles Wheelan, a former correspondent for The Economist, discusses Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data.
At Harvard Book Store
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