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February 16, 2013

Thanks for nominating us! We were thrilled this week to learn that we've been nominated for Best Bookstore (New) in The Boston Phoenix's Best of 2013 Awards. Now you can continue to show your Harvard Book Store love by voting for us (up to once a day), and also be sure to vote for the rest of your favorite local businesses. Winners will be announced on April 11. 

We're also happy to announce that both events that were canceled due to last weekend's blizzard have been rescheduled! Maria Konnikova will discuss Mastermind on Thursday, March 28, and the panel on I Still Believe Anita Hill will take place on Friday, May 3. And we've officially dug out from the two-plus feet of snow, so it's back to business as usual!

The Brattle Theatre just passed the halfway mark in their fundraising to buy a new digital projector and upgrade their HVAC. Visit their Kickstarter page to donate, and pass the word to all your movie-loving friends. (Oh, and while you're at it, vote for the Brattle in the Boston Phoenix awards too!)

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles
by Ron Currie, Jr.


Viking Adult, hardcover

The protagonist of Ron Currie, Jr.'s new novel has problems. He's a writer whose latest book was destroyed in a fire. He's mourning the death of his father, and has been in love with the same woman since grade school. Worst of all, he's not even his own man, but rather an amalgam of fact and fiction from Ron Currie's own life. When Currie the character exiles himself to a Caribbean island to write a new book, he decides to fake his death, which turns out to be the best career move he's ever made.

The Tree That Time Forgot
by Peter Crane    
Yale University Press, hardcover
Perhaps the world's most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London's Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world's most popular street trees.
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 On the Muslim Question 
by Anne Norton

Princeton University Press,

In the post-9/11 West, there is no shortage of voices telling us that Islam is a threat to the security, values, and even existence of the United States. For better or worse, "the Muslim question" has become the great question of our time. Here, Anne Norton demolishes the notion that there is a "clash of civilizations" between the West and Islam. What is really in question, she argues, is the West's commitment to its own ideals: to democracy and the Enlightenment trinity of liberty, equality, and fraternity. In the most fundamental sense, the Muslim question is about the values not of Islamic, but of Western, civilization.  

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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 Fashion Diaries:
Dress Code 
by Libby Andrew


Print on Demand, paperback

Can any thirteen-year-old start a fashion magazine? Best friends Patterson, Ashlynn, Clara, Tinsley, and Benoit decide to try. The Fashion Diaries: Dress Code is the first in a series of five novels which explore the world of fashion. The fictional series is based on Libby Andrew's experiences working at Vogue in New York City. 

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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.
Heaven's Bride:
The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr and Madwoman

by Leigh Eric Schmidt

$5.99, hardcover (originally $28.95)

The nineteenth-century eccentric Ida C. Craddock was by turns a secular freethinker, a religious visionary, a civil-liberties advocate, and a resolute defender of belly-dancing. Arrested and tried repeatedly on obscenity charges, she was deemed a danger to public morality for her candor about sexuality. By the end of her life Craddock, the nemesis of the notorious vice crusader Anthony Comstock, had become a favorite of free-speech defenders and women's rights activists.
by Philip Ball
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)
Many patterns in nature show a branching form--trees, river deltas, blood vessels, lightning, the cracks that form in the glazing of pots. These networks share a peculiar geometry, finding a compromise between disorder and determinism. As part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature, acclaimed science writer Philip Ball here looks at the form and growth of branching networks in the natural world, and what we can learn from them.
The End of the Old Order:
Napoleon and Europe, 1801-1805

by Frederick Kagan

$11.99 paperback (originally $40)
In this account and analysis of the Napoleonic era in Europe, Frederick W. Kagan, distinguished historian and military policy expert, reveals the complex interaction of continental politics and war that dominated Europe in the early nineteenth century. Using hitherto untapped archival materials from Austria, Prussia, France, and Russia, Kagan tells the story of Napoleon and Europe that is vastly different from previous histories.
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.
H.P. Lovecraft:
Four Decades of Criticism
edited by S.T. Joshi
Originally published by Ohio University Press in 1980
$25 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This anthology, spanning nearly forty years of criticism, embodies the wide range of opinions evoked by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Critical acceptance of Lovecraft's works has fluctuated greatly, from those who feel that his work is juvenile and undeserving of serious study to those who consider him to be another Edgar Allan Poe.
A New Literary History of America
edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors
Originally published by Belknap Press in 2009
$13 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
From the first conception of a New World in the sixteenth century to the latest re-envisioning of that world in cartoons, television, science fiction, and hip hop, this book gives us a new, kaleidoscopic view of what "Made in America" means. Cultural creations of every kind appear in relation to each other, and to the time and place that give them shape.
The Annotated Emerson
edited by David Mikics  
Originally published by Belknap Press in 2012
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Full of color illustrations and archival photographs, this volume offers much for the specialist and general reader. In his running commentaries on Emerson's essays, addresses, and poems, David Mikics illuminates contexts, allusions, and language likely to cause difficulty to modern readers and sheds light on particular passages and lines.

Author Events


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Jamaica Kincaid (3/1)
Mary Robinson (3/7)
Anne Carson (3/11)
Whitey Bulger Panel (3/13)


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Presidents' Day Sale
Mon, Feb 18, all day   

Our annual Presidents' Day Sale! Get 20% off all purchases made in the store and online on February 18. Find details and the few restrictions here.
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Leana Wen and
Josh Kosowsky

Tues, Feb 19, 7PM  

Boston emergency room physicians Leana Wen and Josh Kosowsky discuss When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.
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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
Wed, Feb 20, 7PM    

Contributor Meena Alexander and editor Romy Ruukel discuss and read from Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007 Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of the Booksellers".
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The Philosophy Caf
Wed, Feb 20, 7:30PM    

This month's topic:
"Is Moral Reasoning a Waste of Time?"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Karen Russell
Thurs, Feb 21, 7PM    

Karen Russell, award-winning short story writer and novelist, reads from her new collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
At Harvard Book Store
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John Burt
Fri, Feb 22, 3PM    

Brandeis University English professor John Burt discusses Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict.
At Harvard Book Store
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Teddy Wayne
w/ Chris Monks

Fri, Feb 22, 7PM    

Teddy Wayne reads from and discusses The Love Song of Jonny Valentine in conversation with Chris Monks, of McSweeney's.
At Harvard Book Store
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