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March 16, 2013

I'll keep it short and sweet today. We're taking a break from events this week, as Harvard takes its spring break, but we're gearing up for a busy, exciting spring season. Tickets just went on sale for April events with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout and with popular science writer Mary Roach, and we have many other author events on the horizon, from debut fiction to political biography to culinary memoir to leadership research. Keep an eye here, on our author events page, for frequent updates.

If you know a local teen interested in writing (or if you are one), you should know about a new creative writing program that begins next Sunday, March 24. The program, put on by the Somerville Public Library, is geared for ages 13-17 and will be held once a month for the next seven months, in three-hour stand-alone sessions. For more information, or to sign up, visit the Somerville Public Library's website here.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Child of Vengeance
by David Kirk


Doubleday, hardcover

Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against each other, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord. Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when he suddenly returns, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it. These revelations soon guide him down the samurai's path--awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance.

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm
by Monte Reel   
Doubleday, hardcover
In 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the equatorial wilderness of West Africa determined to bag an animal that, according to legend, was nothing short of a monster. When he emerged three years later, armed with an astonishing collection of zoological specimens, Du Chaillu leapt straight into the center of the biggest issues of the time--the evolution debate, racial discourse, the growth of Christian fundamentalism--and helped push each to unprecedented intensities. Between Man and Beast combines Du Chaillu's personal journey with the epic tale of a world hovering on the sharp edge of transformation.
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 Mind, Modernity, Madness:
The Impact of Culture on Human Experience 
by Liah Greenfeld

Harvard University Press, hardcover

It's the American dream--unfettered freedom to follow our ambitions, to forge our identities, to become self-made. But what if our culture of limitless self-fulfillment is actually making millions desperately ill? One of our leading interpreters of modernity and nationalism, Liah Greenfeld argues that we have overlooked the connection between egalitarian society and mental illness. Encompassing philosophy, psychology, and history, Mind, Modernity, Madness challenges the most cherished assumptions about the blessings of living in a land of the free.  

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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.  
Above and Beyond Wellfleet   
by Constance B. Wilder


Print on Demand, paperback

"I picked up my pen a little over a month before my husband died and started writing my heart out; I never stopped. The stories in this book are a peek into that heart. A heart which was breaking. This book is a memoir about love lost and courage gained. While grief is universal, each person's response is unique. Grief hollows a person. Just when strength and courage are required to cope with the loss, the spirit is frail. These stories are about the unwelcome challenge of learning to live alone--not by choice but by circumstance. They are about the monumental and the mundane aspects of coping with loss and learning how to create a new way of living." --Constance B. Wilder

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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 Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
by Jacqueline Kelly 
$3.99, hardcover (originally $16.99)

Calpurnia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. With a little help from her cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, Callie explores the natural world around her and comes up against what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.
by Suichi Yoshida
$4.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)
A young insurance saleswoman is found strangled at Mitsuse Pass. Her family and friends are shocked and terrified. As the investigation unfolds, the events leading up to the murder come darkly into focus. From desolate seaside towns to love hotels and online chat rooms, Villain reveals the inner lives of men and women who all have something to hide.
There Is Power in a Union:
The Epic Story of Labor in America 
by Philip Dray 
$7.99 hardcover (originally $35)
From the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the first real factories in America, to the triumph of unions in the 20th century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for their share of American bounty has shaped our national experience. Philip Dray demonstrates the urgency of the fight for fairness and economic democracy--a struggle that remains especially urgent today.
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.
Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class
by David Savran
Originally published by University of Michigan Press in 2009
$13.50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Jazz sparked a cultural revolution, much greater than just music--it was a powerful cultural force that brought African American, Jewish, and working-class culture into the mainstream. When its influence spread to theater, playwrights, producers, and critics rushed to distinguish the newly emerging literary theater from its illegitimate cousins, giving birth to American theater as we know it.
Sites of Slavery:
Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination
by Salamishah Tillet
Originally published by Duke University Press in 2012
$18.50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
In Sites of Slavery, Tillet examines how contemporary African American artists and intellectuals turn to the subject of slavery in order to understand and challenge the exclusion of African Americans from the founding narratives of the United States. Claiming and recasting sites of slavery provides slaves with an interiority and subjectivity denied them in American history.
Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies, and Clowns:
The Lost Art of William Steig
by Jeanne Steig 
Originally published by Harry N. Abrams in 2011
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
The work of William Steig, the beloved cartoonist and award-winning children's book author, graced the covers and pages of The New Yorker for more than seventy years. In this book, Jeanne Steig uncovers more than 450 never-before-published cartoons by her husband and provides personal insight and anecdotes about his work.

Author Events


On sale now:

Elizabeth Strout (4/4)
Mary Roach (4/5)



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All Upcoming Events 

The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, March 18, 7PM 

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Susan Orlean's Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Philosophy Caf
Wed, Mar. 20, 7:30PM 

This month's topic: "The Unreality of Physical Reality"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Vericon Book Signings
Sat, Mar. 23, 2:30PM 

Harvard Book Store partners with the Radcliffe-Harvard Science Fiction Association to host book signings with this year's Vericon speakers: Shira Lipkin, Jennifer Pelland, Greer Gilman, Tamora Pierce, Jo Walton, N.K. Jemisin, Seanan McGuire, and Jeffrey Carver. Full signing schedule can be found here.
At Harvard Book Store
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Louisa Hall
Tues, March 26, 7PM    

Poet, Harvard grad, and former professional squash player Louisa Hall reads from her debut novel, The Carriage House.
At Harvard Book Store
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Gish Jen
Wed, March 27, 7PM    

Award-winning author Gish Jen discusses Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self, a book based on her Massey Lectures, delivered at Harvard University in the spring of 2012.
At Harvard Book Store
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Maria Konnikova
Thurs, March 28, 7PM 

Maria Konnikova, who writes the "Literally Psyched" column for Scientific American, discusses Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.
Rescheduled from Feb. 8.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jeanne Theoharis
Fri, March 29, 3PM     

Political science professor and civil rights scholar Jeanne Theoharis discusses The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Co-sponsored with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
At Harvard Book Store
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Andrea Pitzer
Fri, March 29, 7PM     

Andrea Pitzer, founder of the Nieman Storyboard, discusses her debut biography, The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.
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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