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January 26, 2013

It's award season! No, I'm not talking about the big entertainment shows, I'm talking about local awards. Voting is currently underway for the Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards. Fill out a ballot here to vote for us and all your other favorite local businesses. And the Boston Phoenix is currently accepting nominations for their 2013 awards. Find nomination spots for Best New and Best Used Bookstore under "Shopping." The deadline for both ballots is February 13, so get voting!

Starting this week, all remaining 2013 calendars are 50% off. Come snap one up before it's too late. You don't want to spend all of 2013 calendar-less, do you?

We're excited to announce a new promotion on  Kobo Mini e-readers. From now through February 14, you can purchase a Kobo Mini in the store for $59.99 (regularly $79.99) and receive a free Snapback case. Find information on all our Kobo offerings here, but note that this promotion applies to in-store purchases only.

Our friends over at the Brattle Theatre have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new digital projection system (don't worry, they're not getting rid of their film projector) and a new HVAC unit. Please consider donating to help keep them current in the film world, and to help make your future movie (and author reading!) experiences comfy.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Truth in Advertising
by John Kenney


Touchstone, hardcover

Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he's a bit of a mess and closing in on forty. He's recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he's forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Super Bowl commercial for his diaper account. Then Fin learns that his long-estranged abusive father has fallen ill. It's a wake-up call for Fin to reevaluate the choices he's made, question the importance of diapers in his life, and finally tell the truth about his past.

Smuggler Nation:
How Illicit Trade Made America
by Peter Andreas  
Oxford University Press, hardcover
America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses in the 18th century, to African slaves in the 19th century, to Canadian booze in the early 20th century. Providing a narrative history from colonial times to the present, Smuggler Nation is the first book to retell the story of America as a series of highly contentious battles over clandestine commerce. In tracing America's long and often tortuous relationship with the murky underworld of smuggling, Andreas provides an antidote to today's hyperbolic depictions of out-of-control borders and growing global crime threats.
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by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Seagull Press,

In Harlem, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak engages with thirty-four photographs by photographer Alice Attie as she attempts teleopoiesis, a reaching toward the distant other through the empathetic power of the imagination. For the last two decades, Spivak notes, Harlem has been the focus of major economic development. As the old Harlem disappears into a present that simultaneously demands and rejects a cultural essence, Spivak dwells in Attie's images, trying to navigate some middle ground between the rock of social history and the hard place of a seamless 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.  
Growing Up in Boston's Gilded Age:
The Journal of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1872-1874 
edited by Marlene Deahl Merrill


Print on Demand, paperback

The only child of women's rights leaders Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell, Alice Stone Blackwell was fourteen years old in 1872, when she began a diary. She was a lively, willful, intellectually precocious girl who tried to carve out her own identity while growing up in the midst of the strong personalities and commitments of her family and their Boston circle. Originally published by Yale University Press, and winner of several awards, the book is now published by the Dorchester Historical Society.   

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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.
The Supreme Court: A C-Span Book, Featuring the Justices in Their Own Words
edited by Mark Farkas, Brian Lamb, and Susan Swain

$9.99, paperback (originally $29.95)

The Supreme Court grew out of a unique opportunity to interview all nine sitting Supreme Court Justices plus retired Justice O'Connor for a documentary on the Supreme Court. Through interviews with our country's most influential judges, the book offers portraits of the Justices that introduce readers to the closed world of the Supreme Court.
Grand Pursuit:
The Story of Economic Genius

by Sylvia Nasar
$7.99, hardcover (originally $35)
From the great John Maynard Keynes to Schumpeter, Hayek, Keynes's disciple Joan Robinson, the influential American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman, and India's Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, Nasar shows how the insights of activist thinkers transformed the world--from one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America, and now to the entire planet.
by Philip K. Dick

$5.99 paperback (originally 7.99)
It began with a blinding light, a divine revelation from a mysterious intelligence that called itself VALIS. And with that, the fabric of reality was ripped open and laid bare so that anything seemed possible, but nothing seemed quite right. Part science fiction, part theological detective story, VALIS is both disorienting and eerily funny. 
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.
Black Power Beyond Borders:
The Global Dimensions of the Black Power Movement
edited by Nico Slate
Originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
The story of Black Power is older, richer, and more global than many recognize. In Black Power Beyond Borders, famous figures like Stevie Wonder and the Black Panthers emerge in a new light alongside lesser-known organizations like the Polynesian Panthers. From Harlem and Oakland to India and Israel, Black Power inspired movements that challenged boundaries throughout the world.
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
by Neil Gaiman
Originally published by White Wolf Publishing in 1997
$50 (signed hardcover) in Very Good Condition
What if you wanted your best friend's two goldfish so much that you'd swap anything for them--even your father? What if your mother came home and found out what you'd done? The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is a hilarious adventure and was the first book for younger readers from acclaimed author and illustrator Neil Gaiman.
John Twachtman:
A "Painter's Painter"
by Lisa N. Peters
Originally published by Spanierman Gallery in 2006
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Lisa Peters addresses John Twachtman's role in the context of his time in various essays and detailed entries on each featured work. The book also includes essays by John Nelson and Simon Parkes, whose conservation of Twachtman's paintings has led to a deep appreciation and understanding of the artist's techniques.

Author Events


On sale now:

Lawrence Wright (1/31)  

Daniel H. Pink (2/5) 


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All Upcoming Events 

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.
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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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Vivek Bald
Fri, Feb 1, 3PM    

Documentary filmmaker and scholar Vivek Bald discusses Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America.
At Harvard Book Store
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Amy Wilentz
Fri, Feb 1, 7PM    

Amy Wilentz, award-winning journalist and author of The Rainy Season, discusses Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti.
At Harvard Book Store
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