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April 6, 2013

One of the most beloved and bestselling children's books of the  twentieth century,  The Little Prince, celebrates its 70th anniversary today. Inspired by a plane crash in the Sahara desert, the novella has been translated into hundreds of languages and adapted for stage, screen, ballet, and opera. Read more in this article from The Christian Science Monitor, and purchase a copy of the 70th anniversary edition here.

The spring is full of many exciting events at the store; tickets went on sale this week for a May 2 event with physician and humanitarian Paul Farmer. And tickets go on sale this Monday for May events with activist and playwright Eve Ensler and with cognitive scientist Daniel C. Dennett. Find our full list of ticketed events here.

On April 30, we're very pleased to be co-sponsoring a local book launch event for Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed You, by Saru Jayaraman, cofounder and codirector of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. Find full details about the event here.

And mark your calendars now for the 2013 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, to be held May 3 through May 5 in Salem, MA. Find full schedule details here, and purchase a copy of the festival anthology, Common Threads 2013, on our 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
The Shelter Cycle
by Peter Rock


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover

The Shelter Cycle tells the story of two children, Francine and Colville, who grew up in the Church Universal and Triumphant, a religion that predicted the world could end in the late 1980s. While their parents built underground shelters to withstand the impending Soviet missile strike, Francine and Colville played in the Montana wilderness, where invisible spirits watched over them. When the prophesized apocalypse did not occur, the sect's members resurfaced and the children were forced to grow up in a world they believed might no longer exist.

The Borgias:
The Hidden History
by G.J. Meyer    
Bantam, hardcover
They burst out of obscurity in Spain not only to capture the great prize of the papacy, but to do so twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century--as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers--they held center stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance, standing at the epicenter of the power games in which Europe's kings and Italy's warlords gambled for life-and-death stakes. G.J. Meyer brings new insight to the real people within this age-encrusted myth.
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 Helen of Troy:
Beauty, Myth, Devastation 
by Ruby Blondell

Oxford University Press, hardcover

The story of Helen of Troy has its origins in ancient Greek epic poetry, but it remains one of the world's most galvanizing myths about the destructive power of beauty. Much like the ancient Greeks, our own relationship to female beauty is deeply ambivalent, fraught with both desire and danger. No other myth evocatively captures this ambivalence better than that of Helen, whose elopement with the Trojan prince Paris "launched a thousand ships" and started the most famous war in antiquity. In this book, Ruby Blondell offers a fresh look at the paradoxes and ambiguities that Helen embodies.  

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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.  
Woman in the Nineteenth Century      
by Margaret Fuller


Print on Demand, paperback

Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century, a book adapted from her essay "The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men. Woman versus Women," was originally published in 1845. It is widely considered to be among the first feminist works published in the United States. This version, scanned from the original edition, also includes a review of the book, published on February 15, 1845. And learn more about Margaret Fuller's life in Megan Marshall's new biography, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

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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.
Parallel Stories 
by Péter Nádas    
$7.99, hardcover (originally $40)

Three unusual men are at the heart of Parallel Stories: Hans von Wolkenstein, whose German mother has ties to the fascist-Nazi collaboration of the 1940s; Ágost Lippay Lehr, whose influential father has served Hungary's different political regimes for decades; and András Rott, who has his own dark record of mysterious activities abroad.
The Man from Beijing    
by Henning Mankel
$5.99, paperback (originally £12.99)
One cold January day the police are called to a sleepy little hamlet in the north of Sweden where they find the victim of a savage murder lying in the snow. As they begin their investigation they notice that the village seems eerily quiet and deserted. Going from house to house, looking for witnesses, they uncover a crime unprecedented in Swedish history.
Art of McSweeney's  
from McSweeney's    
$9.99 hardcover (originally $45)
Created by the McSweeney's staff, this book showcases the award-winning art and design across all the company's activities. It features hundreds of images, interviews with collaborators such as Chris Ware and Michael Chabon, and dozens of insights into McSweeney's quirky creative process and the visual experience of reading.
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.
Dead Souls
by Nikolai Gogol
translated by Donald Rayfield

Originally published by Garnett Press in 2008
$75 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Featuring black-and-white illustrations by Marc Chagall, this translation of Gogol's classic novel corrects mistakes and omissions of earlier versions while capturing the novel's vivid speech rhythms. It also offers a fuller text of the second part of the book by combining material from Gogol's two surviving drafts into a single compelling narrative.
Ideas and Ideals in the North European Renaissance:
Collected Essays, Vol. III
by Frances A. Yates
Originally published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1984
$35 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The third and final volume of Dame Frances Yates' Collected Essays comprises her papers and reviews on topics concerning England, France, the Netherlands, and Germany during the Renaissance and Reformation. The essays are drawn from all periods of her long career and cover a wide range of subjects.
Gulag Voices:
Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile
by Jehanne M. Gheith and Katherine R. Jolluck 
Originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011
$17 (paperback) in Very Good Condition 
In this book, the powerful voices of Gulag survivors are told through oral histories rather than written memoirs. It brings together interviews with men and women, members of the working class and intelligentsia, people who live in the major cities and those from the "provinces," and from an array of corrective hard labor camps and prisons across the former Soviet Union.

Author Events


On sale now:

Paul Farmer (5/2)

On sale Mon, April 8:
Eve Ensler (5/6)
Daniel C. Dennett
w/ Steven Pinker


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All Upcoming Events 

John Hunter
Mon, April 8, 7PM 

Award-winning teacher and education consultant John Hunter discusses World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. This event is co-sponsored with the Harvard Graduate School of Education as part of the Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series.
At Askwith Hall
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Aleksandar Hemon
Tues, April 9, 7PM    

Novelist and short story writer Aleksandar Hemon discusses The Book of My Lives, a collection of personal essays paying homage to his home cities: Sarajevo and Chicago.
At Harvard Book Store
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Richard J. Samuels
Wed, April 10, 7PM    

Richard J. Samuels, political science professor and director of MIT's Center for International Studies, discusses 3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan.
At Harvard Book Store
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Paul Reid
Thurs, April 11, 7PM 

Award-winning journalist Paul Reid discusses The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill; Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965, the final volume in William Manchester's trilogy on Winston Churchill.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tatiana Holway
Fri, April 12, 3PM     

Independent scholar and gardening enthusiast Tatiana Holway discusses The Flower of Empire: An Amazonian Water Lily, the Quest to Make It Bloom, and the World It Created.
At Harvard Book Store
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Elissa Altman
Fri, April 12, 7PM     

James Beard Award-winning food writer Elissa Altman discusses Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking.
At Harvard Book Store
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