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February 23, 2013

George Saunders is coming to Cambridge! We just added a last-minute March event with George Saunders, author of many excellent short story collections, including the critically acclaimed new collection, Tenth of December. He'll be reading at the Brattle Theatre on Sunday, March 10 at noon. Tickets are on sale now.

Our Buzz List of featured pre-orders has just been updated, and we have a brand new set of events for our pre-order contest. If you pre-order one of the current Buzz List books for which we're hosting an event, you'll be entered to win two front-row seats at that event. The current eligible books are:
  • Red Doc> by Anne Carson
    (book release 3/5, event 3/11)
  • The Burgess Boys
    by Elizabeth Strout
    (book release 3/26, event 4/4)
  • Gulp by Mary Roach
    (book release 4/1, event 4/5)

Browse these and the rest of the books on the Buzz List here.


We're nearing the end of February, so all calendars are now 75% off. This includes wall calendars as well as desk calendars (and Moleskines!), so drop by to check out what we have left.


There's only one week left to donate to the Brattle Theatre's Kickstarter campaign, raising money for a new digital projection system and a new HVAC unit. They still have a ways to go, so make a donation and spread the word!

Finally, don't forget to vote for us in The Boston Phoenix's Best of 2013 Awards. We're up for Best Bookstore (New), but take a minute to go through the list and vote for all your other favorite local businesses too. And since you can vote up to once a day, you really can "vote early and vote often."

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
The Obituary Writer
by Ann Hood


W.W. Norton, hardcover

"In this poignant and incisive novel, Ann Hood brings history back to life in the most intimate way, chronicling the love affairs and heartbreaks of two very different women in two very different times. Moving gracefully and persuasively between post-earthquake San Francisco and the early 1960s, The Obituary Writer makes unexpected connections between these two bygone eras, and in the process, manages to illuminate the present as well as the past." --Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers

Blood Sisters:
The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses
by Sarah Gristwood    
Basic Books, hardcover
"Once again, Sarah Gristwood proves that she is at the top of her field with Blood Sisters. . . . In this gem of a book, she effortlessly interweaves the dramatic, often tragic, lives of seven royal women. . . . In telling their stories in this original way, and focusing on their diverse roles in the conflict between Lancaster and York, Gristwood reveals how they influenced a male-dominated world. Her text is further enlivened by incisive analysis, exquisite detail and an elegant and witty style. . . . It's the book that I wish I had written." --Alison Weir, BBC History Magazine
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 The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition 
by Arjun Appadurai

Verso, paperback

This collection of essays is the product of ten years' research and writing, constituting an important contribution to globalization studies. Appadurai takes a broad analytical look at the genealogies of the present era of globalization through essays on violence, commodification, nationalism, terror, and materiality. Alongside a discussion of these wider debates, Appadurai situates India at the heart of his work, offering writing based on firsthand research among urban slum dwellers in Mumbai, in which he examines their struggle to achieve equity, recognition, and self-governance in conditions of extreme inequality.

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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.  
by D.M.M. Crichton Somerville, W.R. Rickmers, and
E.C. Richardson


Print on Demand, paperback

"Ski-running is a sport which literally throws one into a whirl of excitement from the moment one starts learning it."
The first edition of this volume, published in 1903, sought to bring the knowledge of skiing, for pleasure or for transportation, to a wide audience. This second edition, from 1905, updates the material, adds a section on "Continental Ski-Running," and corrects assorted errors from the previous edition.  

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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.
Dark Harbor:
The War for the New York Waterfront

by Nathan Ward

$5.99, hardcover (originally $26)

The world of the old 1940s New York waterfront was every bit as violent and Mob-controlled as it appears in Hollywood movies, and the story of its downfall is the original New York Mob story. Nathan Ward tells this archetypal crime story as if for the first time, taking the reader back to a city, and an era, at once more corrupt and more innocent than our own.
Armies of Heaven:
The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse   
by Jay Rubenstein
$6.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)
Beginning in 1095, the First Crusade represented a new kind of warfare: holy, unrestrained, and apocalyptic. In Armies of Heaven, medieval historian Jay Rubenstein tells the story of this cataclysmic event through the eyes of those who witnessed it, emphasizing the fundamental role that apocalyptic thought played in motivating the Crusaders.
Great House: A Novel
by Nicole Krauss

$5.99 hardcover (originally $24.95)

A Man of Parts: A Novel 
by David Lodge 
$5.99 hardcover (originally $26.95)
Connecting the stories in Great House is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more meaning.
In A Man of Parts, David Lodge has taken the compelling true story of H.G. Wells's life and transformed it into a witty and deeply moving narrative about a fascinating yet flawed man.
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.
All Natural:
A Skeptic's Quest to Discover if the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier
by Nathanael Johnson
Originally published by Rodale Press in 2013
$14 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Why are more American women dying in childbirth? Why do we grow fatter the more we diet? Why have so many attempts to save the environment backfired? Nathanael Johnson teases fact from faith and offers a middle ground between natural and technological solutions that will assuage frustrated environmentalists, perplexed parents, and confused consumers.
Why Walls Won't Work:
Repairing the U.S.-Mexico Divide
by Michael Dear
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2013
$15 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
When one thinks of the border separating the U.S. from Mexico, what comes to mind is a mutually unwelcoming zone, with violent, poverty-ridden towns on one side and an increasingly militarized network of barriers and surveillance on the other. It was not always this way. Michael Dear traces the border's long history of cultural interaction and why it is in danger of extinction.
Reason and Imagination:
The Selected Correspondence of Learned Hand
edited by Constance Jordan 
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2013
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Judge Learned Hand is an icon of American law, more frequently quoted by legal scholars and in Supreme Court decisions than any other lower court judge in our history. He was also renowned as a superb writer. Constance Jordan offers a unique sampling of the correspondence between Hand and an array of intellectual and legal giants.

Author Events


On sale now:

Jamaica Kincaid (3/1)
Mary Robinson (3/7)
George Saunders (3/10)
Anne Carson (3/11)
Whitey Bulger Panel (3/13)


Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.

All Upcoming Events 

Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Feb 25, 7PM    

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses David Grossman's novel To the End of the Land.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cory Doctorow
Tues, Feb 26, 7PM  

Young adult novelist and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow reads from Homeland, the follow-up to 2008's Little Brother.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Mahzarin R. Banaji
Wed, Feb 27, 7PM    

Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji discusses Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, which she co-authored with Anthony G. Greenwald.
At Harvard Book Store
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Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney
Wed, Feb 27, 7PM    

Drs. Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney discuss Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges.
A Cambridge Forum event
At First Parish Church, Parish House
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Phil Lapsley
Thurs, Feb 28, 7PM    

Technology strategist Phil Lapsley discusses Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell.
At Harvard Book Store
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Donna Hicks
Fri, March 1, 3PM    

Donna Hicks, an international conflict resolution scholar at Harvard, discusses Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jamaica Kincaid
Fri, March 1, 6PM    

Acclaimed novelist and poet Jamaica Kincaid reads from See Now Then, her first novel in more than ten years.
At the Brattle Theatre
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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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