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News from Harvard Book Store
January 19, 2013

You may have heard the big announcement this week that Dan Brown, of Da Vinci Code fame, has a new novel due out in May, but his is only one of many books we're looking forward to this spring. Our Buzz List of featured, discounted pre-orders has just been updated with a few of them--including new work by Maya Angelou and the only play written by Vladimir Nabokov--and we'll be continuing to update over the comings weeks.

By now you probably know that we began selling Kobo eReaders this fall, and we've had a lot of great feedback from all of you about the program. This week we're excited to announce that we now are carrying the brand new Kobo Arc, their version of the tablet. You can read about its features, as well as the rest of our Kobo options, here.

In other big news, our partner On Demand Books, maker of our Espresso Book Machine, has just announced that they are joining with publisher Penguin to allow us to print books from Penguin's extensive backlist. We're not sure yet when this will go into effect, but you can read the press release here, and we'll keep you updated as we learn more.

You only have one week left to apply to be a book giver for World Book Night 2013 (the deadline is January 25). Visit their website to read all about the program and to see the list of titles. And if you are accepted, be sure to choose Harvard Book Store as your pick-up location. We're excited to be helping to coordinate efforts again this year.

Finally, if you're out and about on Monday, but want to catch some of the inaugural coverage, stop by the store, where we'll be playing the address live over our sound system.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
White Dog Fell from the Sky
by Eleanor Morse


Viking Adult, hardcover

"There are not enough adjectives to describe the strength of this story. Eleanor Morse has written a character-driven novel with character. White Dog Fell from the Sky has a life of its own that blends reality, insight, observation, and nuance with such ease and grace you forget you are reading. . . . A powerful story of love--love of a person, a people, a land--and living with purpose. . . . Emotionally riveting, heartbreaking, and at times unbearable, while simultaneously embracing hope, insight, and a sense of perpetual mystery. Each sentence is more beautiful than the last." --New York Journal of Books

Good Prose:
The Art of Nonfiction
by Tracy Kidder  
and Richard Todd 
Random House, hardcover
"Good Prose offers consummate guidance from one of our finest writers and his longtime editor. Explaining that 'the techniques of fiction never belonged exclusively to fiction,' Kidder and Todd make a persuasive case that 'no techniques of storytelling are prohibited to the nonfiction writer, only the attempt to pass off invention as facts.' Writers of all stripes, from fledgling journalists to essayists of the highest rank, stand to benefit from this engrossing manual." --Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild
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 Rewiring the Real:
In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers,
Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo 
by Mark C. Taylor

Columbia Univ. Press,

Digital and electronic technologies that act as extensions of our bodies and minds are changing how we live, think, act, and write. Some welcome these developments as bringing humans closer to unified consciousness. Others worry that invasive globalized technologies threaten to destroy the self. Gaddis, Powers, Danielewski, and DeLillo are American authors who explore this phenomenon thoroughly in their work. Engaging the works of each author, Taylor discusses their sophisticated representations of new media, communications, and virtual technologies and their transformative effects on the self and society.    

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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.  
The Pentecostal Boy:
A Search for a Memoir 
by Elliott Weatherby


Print on Demand, paperback

This memoir recounts the varied experiences--in childhood and adolescence, in church and out--that eventually led the author to move from Pentecostalism to spiritual humanism. He grew up with "one foot in everything worldly and the other in everything religious, spiritual, and Pentecostal." The most dramatic and moving aspect of this story is that Weatherby retains a deep and abiding respect, even affection, for the religious community he was raised in, despite his choice of separation from it.  

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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.
Beyond the Atmosphere:
Early Years of Space Science

by Homer E. Newell

$5.99, paperback (originally $24.95)

This exciting survey is the work of a top NASA administrator. Ranging from the laboratory to the launch pad and from international conference halls to lunar wastelands, Newell chronicles technological advances, explores the relationship of space science to general science, and places the space program in social, political, and economic contexts.
The Sultan's Shadow:
One Family's Rule at the Crossroads of East and West

by Christiane Bird
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28)
A story virtually unknown in the West, about two of the Middle East's most remarkable figures--Oman's Sultan Said and his rebellious daughter Princess Salme--comes to life in this narrative. From their capital on the island of Zanzibar, Sultan Said and his descendants were shadowed and all but shattered by the rise and fall of the East African slave trade. 
The Astronomical Revolution:
Copernicus, Kepler, Borelli

by Alexandre Koyre

$4.99 paperback (originally $11.95)

Copernicus and Modern Astronomy 
by Angus Armitage 
$5.99 paperback (originally $14.95)

Amateur Astronomer's Handbook 
by J.B. Sidgwick 
$5.99 paperback (originally $19.95)
The Astronomical Revolution illuminates contributions of three great astronomical pioneers. Copernicus and Modern Astronomy provides lucid accounts of the development and progress of the Copernican theory. Amateur Astronomer's Handbook contains comprehensive coverage of telescopes, mirrors, lenses, mountings, and more. 
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.
Science on American Television: A History
by Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette
Originally published by University of Chicago Press in 2012
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
As television emerged, many imagined that the medium would enhance civic education for topics like science. But what promised to be a wonderful way of presenting science to huge audiences turned out to be a disappointment, argues historian Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette. LaFollette narrates the history of science on television, from the 1940s to the turn of the twenty-first century, to demonstrate how disagreements between scientists and television executives inhibited the medium's potential to engage in meaningful science education.
Annals of My Glass House: Photographs
by Julia Margaret Cameron
Originally published by University of Washington Press in 1997
$35 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Annals of My Glass House highlights the work of the most famous Victorian woman photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron. Although she did not begin her career until the age of 49, after rearing six children, she produced almost 3,000 photographs from 1864 until her death in 1879.
Makoto Saito:
The Art of the Poster
by Makoto Saito
Originally published by Massachusetts College of Art in 1999
$50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
This book served as the exhibition catalogue for a collaboration between MassArt and AIGA/Boston presenting one hundred posters designed by Makoto Saito between 1984 and 1999. It was the largest comprehensive survey of his work ever presented in the United States. The book contains all one hundred posters in full color, and essays on Saito's work.

Author Events


On sale now:

Lawrence Wright (1/31)  

Daniel H. Pink (2/5) 


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All Upcoming Events 

The Philosophy Caf
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.
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Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Jan 28, 7PM    

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ward Wilson
Tues, Jan 29, 7PM    

Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, discusses Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons.
At Harvard Book Store
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Rose Styron
Wed, Jan 30, 7PM    

Poet, journalist, and editor Rose Styron discusses Selected Letters of William Styron with co-editor R. Blakeslee Gilpin.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lawrence Wright
Thurs, Jan 31, 6PM    

New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright discusses Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.
At the Brattle Theatre
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$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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