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February 8, 2013

Winter Storm Update: We will close at 2pm on Friday, February 8 to give our booksellers a chance to get home before the MBTA shuts down. Keep an eye on harvard.com, and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates about Saturday hours.

The blizzard may have put a hitch in your Valentine's Day shopping plans, but we have you covered. Through February 14, receive a free small Chocolove chocolate bar of your choice (while supplies last) with your purchase of either:
  • any book + one of our lovely selection of Valentine's Day cards (see below for a small sample)
  • a copy of The Quiver of Love, a collection of love poems illustrated by Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway, originally published in 1876 and beautifully reproduced on Paige, our print-on-demand machine 

For the more digitally minded Valentine, we're also offering a discount on our Kobo Minis through February 14. Purchase one for $59.99 (usually $79.99) and receive a free Snapback case. Find more information about the Kobo Mini and our Kobo program here, but note that this promotion is for in-store purchases only.

If you haven't already, mark your calendar for Monday, February 18, when we're holding our annual Presidents' Day Sale. Receive 20% off your purchases in the store and online at harvard.com (with a very few exceptions). Find full information about the sale here.

The Brattle Theatre is hoping to meet their goal of 50% funding of their Kickstarter project by Valentine's, so help them make that happen. If they reach their full fundraising goal by February 28, they'll be able to install a new digital projector and a new HVAC unit, which means they'll be able to show a full range of classic and contemporary films, in a comfortable, cozy environment. What could be better!

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
My Brother's Book
by Maurice Sendak


HarperCollins, hardcover

Fifty years after Where the Wild Things Are was published comes the last book Maurice Sendak completed before his death in May 2012: My Brother's Book. With influences from Shakespeare and William Blake, Sendak pays homage to his late brother, Jack, whom he credited for his passion for writing and drawing. Pairing Sendak's poignant poetry with his dramatic artwork, this book redefines what mature readers expect from Maurice Sendak while continuing the legacy he created over his long, illustrious career.

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece
by Roseanne Montillo   
William Morrow, hardcover
The Lady and Her Monsters blends literary history, lore, and early scientific exploration to trace the origins of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, revealing how Shelley's Victor Frankenstein mirrored actual scientists of her period. Juxtaposing monstrous mechanization and rising industrialism with the sublime beauty of the legendary Romantics who defined the age, Montillo takes us into a world where poets become legends; where fame-hungry "doctors" conduct shocking performances for rabid audiences; and where body snatchers secretly toil in castle dungeons.
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 Changing Lanes:
Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways 
by Cliff Ellis and Joseph F.C. DiMento

MIT Press,

Urban freeways often cut through the heart of a city, destroying neighborhoods, displacing residents, and reconfiguring street maps. These massive infrastructure projects, costing billions of dollars, have been shaped for the last half century by highway engineers, urban planners, and architects--with highway engineers playing the leading role. In Changing Lanes, Joseph DiMento and Cliff Ellis describe the evolution of the urban freeway in the United States, from its rural parkway precursors through the construction of the interstate highway system to emerging alternatives for more sustainable urban transportation.   

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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 Quiver of Love:
A Collection of Valentines, Ancient and Modern 
illustrated by
Walter Crane and
Kate Greenaway


Print on Demand, paperback

Published in 1876, this delightful collection of poems, both "Ancient" (Shakespeare) and "Modern" (Coleridge), is illustrated by the famous Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway.  This book is now available as a reproduction of the original through the Harvard Book Store courtesy of our book-making robot, Paige M. Gutenborg. Purchase a copy now through February 14 and receive a free small Chocolove chocolate bar of your choice, while supplies last.    

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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.
Three Armies on the Somme:
The First Battle of the Twentieth Century

by William Philpott

$7.99, hardcover (originally $35)

For decades, the Battle of the Somme has exemplified the horrors and futility of trench warfare. However, the battle ultimately gave the forces on the Western Front the knowledge and experience to bring World War I to a victorious end. Three Armies on the Somme challenges our ideas about the Battle of the Somme, and about the very nature of war.
C: A Novel
by Tom McCarthy
$9.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)
Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of Serge Carrefax, whose father spends his time experimenting with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. Serge grows up with his brilliant but troubled older sister, Sophie: an intense sibling relationship that stays with him as he heads into an equally troubled larger world. 
500 Essential Cult Books:
The Ultimate Guide

by Gina McKinnon

$4.99 paperback (originally $17.95)
This is the most complete collection of cult classic books ever compiled, and readers will surely have fun debating and discussing the five hundred choices. Not only does it include the classics of English literature, it also takes an international perspective, and includes selections including sci-fi, horror, nonfiction, drama, comedy, memoir, mystery, 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.
Ways of Writing
by David D. Hall
Originally published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2008
$12 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Ways of Writing is about the making of texts in the seventeenth century, whether they were fashioned into printed books or circulated in handwritten form. The handwritten publishing was remarkably common, yet it is much less understood or acknowledged than transmission in print.
Gay Latino Studies:
A Critical Reader
edited by Michael Hames-Garca
and Ernesto Javier Martnez

Originally published by Duke University Press in 2011
$13 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
The authors of these essays explore the lives and cultural contributions of gay Latino men in the United States, while also analyzing the political and theoretical stakes of gay Latino studies. Scholars consider gay Latino scholarly and cultural work in relation to mainstream gay, lesbian, and queer academic discourses and the broader field of Chicano and Latino studies.
The Legitimacy of the Modern Age
by Hans Blumenberg
translated by Robert M. Wallace 
Originally published by MIT Press in 1983
$31 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
In this book, Hans Blumenberg disputes the view that the modern idea of progress represents a secularization of religious belief in divine intervention, which consummates human history from outside. He argues that progress always implies a process at work within history, a process that ultimately expresses human choices, human self-assertion, and man's responsibility for his own fate.

Author Events


On sale now:

Jamaica Kincaid (3/1)

On sale Mon, Feb 11:
Mary Robinson (3/7)
Anne Carson (3/11)


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Anna Summers
Mon, Feb 11, 7PM   

Translator Anna Summers discusses There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.
At Harvard Book Store
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David Roberts
Tues, Feb 12, 7PM  

Adventure writer and avid climber David Roberts discusses Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration.
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Jennifer Haigh
Wed, Feb 13, 7PM    

Award-winning local novelist and short story writer Jennifer Haigh reads from
News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories.
At Harvard Book Store
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Garry Wills
Thurs, Feb 14, 7PM    

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and cultural historian Garry Wills discusses Why Priests? A Failed Tradition.
At Harvard Book Store
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Allan A. Ryan
Fri, Feb 15, 3PM    

Lawyer and law scholar Allan A. Ryan discusses Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice, and Command Accountability, in conversation with Joshua Rubenstein.
Co-sponsored with Facing History and Ourselves
At Harvard Book Store
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Carl Rollyson
Fri, Feb 15, 7PM    

Biographer and professor of journalism Carl Rollyson discusses American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath.
At Harvard Book Store
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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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