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April 28, 2013

It has been a sad and surreal couple of weeks in the Boston area, but it's also been inspiring to see how the city, its business, its organizations, and its people near and far have come together to offer support and encouragement. You may have already donated to the One Fund or bought one of the many t-shirts, hats, or posters to benefit the victims, but there's one more thing you can do. On May 2, the Boston literary community is coming together for an evening of readings and reflection, with speakers including Robert Pinsky, Sue Miller, and Sven Birkerts, among others. Find information about the event here. There is a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds will go to the One Fund.

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and we have a great selection of greeting cards. And of course books make the perfect gift for any occasion. If you're not sure what to get, ask any of our booksellers for a recommendation.

Please note that on Tuesday, April 30, we will not be buying used books as we do our annual used books inventory. Normal buying hours will resume Wednesday, May 1. (In general, we buy used books Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm.)

Spring is one of the busiest times for literary events in Boston, and just in the next week there are a number of happenings we'd like to draw your attention to:
  •  Tuesday, April 30 - The local book launch event for Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed You, by Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
  • Thursday, May 2 - Missy Carter, author of Living Lines, speaks at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education as part of the Gonson Society Lecture Series.
  • Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 - The Muse in the Marketplace, the annual literary conference put on by creative writing center Grub Street, takes place at the Park Plaza Hotel.
  • Saturday, May 4 - Author and playwright Mary Lou Quinlan performs The God Box: A Daughter's Story, as a benefit for the Women's Health Forum at the Lahey Clinic.

And of course we have many great events on our store calendar throughout May and much of the summer. Find the frequently updated calendar 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
by Brian Kimberling


Pantheon, hardcover

Nathan studies birds, earning just enough money to live on. He drives a glitter-festooned truck, and he is in love with Lola, a woman so mysterious she can break a man's heart with a sigh or a shrug. Around them swirls a colorful cast of characters: the proprietor of Fast Eddie's Burgers & Beer, the genius behind "Thong Thursdays"; Uncle Dart, a Texan who brings his swagger to Indiana with profound results; a snapping turtle with a taste for thumbs; and the state of Indiana itself. At the center of it all is Nathan, creeping through forests to observe the birds he loves and coping with the accidental turns his life has taken.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls:
Essays, Etc.
by David Sedaris     
Little, Brown, and Co., hardcover
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.
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Birdsong, Speech, and Language: Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain 
edited by
Johan J. Bolhuis and Martin Everaert

MIT Press, paperback

In this book, leading scholars draw on the latest research to explore what birdsong can tell us about the biology of human speech and language and the consequences for evolutionary biology. They examine the cognitive and neural similarities between birdsong learning and speech and language acquisition, considering vocal imitation, auditory learning, an early vocalization phase ("babbling"), the structural properties of birdsong and human language, and the striking similarities between the neural organization of learning and vocal production in birdsong and human speech.  

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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.  
Art Lessons:
Reflections from an Artist's Life      
by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord


Print on Demand, paperback

"Art Lessons is about my relationship to my work--what inspires me and keeps me going. Part personal story and part reflection, the book contains seven essays which begin with hand-lettered quotes. Each contains hard-won truths that I have learned during my thirty-plus years of making art: the role of patience, the development of the critical eye, the importance of putting process above product, and the idea that an artist's best teacher is the work itself." --from the author  

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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 Artful Universe Expanded 
by John D. Barrow     
$7.99, paperback (originally $19.95)

The Artful Universe Expanded explores the meaning and significance of the links between art and science. John D. Barrow explains how the landscape of the universe has influenced the development of philosophy and mythology, and how millions of years of evolutionary history have fashioned our attraction to certain patterns of sound and color.
The America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook:
A Faster, Smarter Way to Cook Everything from America's Most Trusted Test Kitchen   
from America's Test Kitchen
$14.99, hardcover (originally $34.95)
This cookbook from the innovative chefs of America's Test Kitchen includes dishes that can be prepared in forty-five minutes or less, most requiring only a handful of ingredients. The recipes utilize quick techniques, ordinary kitchen gadgets, and an array of convenience products to create flavorful dinners in short order.
by Ian McEwan    
$6.99 hardcover (originally $26)
Set within a single day, Saturday tells the story of Henry Perowne, a successful neurosurgeon, whose day moves through the ordinary to the extraordinary. A minor accident in his car brings him into a confrontation with a small-time thug, with savage consequences that will lead him to deploy all his skills to keep his family alive.
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.
The Infinite Resource:
The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet
by Ramez Naam
Originally published by University Press of New England in 2013
$15 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
In this book, Ramez Naam charts a course to supercharge innovation--by changing the rules of our economy--that can lead the whole world to greater wealth and human well being, even as we dodge looming resource crunches and environmental disasters and reduce our impact on the planet.
Taste of Ethiopia
by Webayehu Tsegaye
Originally published by Merkato Market in 1991
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This cookbook explores Ethiopian cuisine in an informative way by including a glossary of terms and details on the various spices and condiments used to give Ethiopian food its distinct, delicious flavor. Other sections focus on breakfast; vegetarian dishes; poultry, meat, and fish dishes; snacks; bread; and beverages.
Monet, Or the Triumph of Impressionism
by Daniel Wildenstein   
Originally published by Taschen in 1996
$375 (hardcover; 4 volumes in slipcase) in Very Good Condition (slipcase is damaged) 
The first of the four volumes in this set is entirely devoted to Monet's biography, and the three others to a catalogue of the paintings. The catalogue includes 2,050 works, reproduced in full color and listed in chronological order, with notes in English, French, and German.

Author Events


On sale now:

Eve Ensler (5/6)
Daniel C. Dennett
w/ Steven Pinker


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All Upcoming Events 

The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, April 29, 7PM   

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.
At Harvard Book Store
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Nadeem Aslam
Tues, April 30, 7PM    

Critically acclaimed novelist Nadeem Aslam reads from his newest work, The Blind Man's Garden.
At Harvard Book Store
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Greg Bellow and
Janna Malamud Smith

Wed, May 1, 7:30PM    

Greg Bellow and Janna Malamud Smith, both psychotherapists and authors, discuss their literary family memoirs,
Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir
and My Father Is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud.
At Harvard Book Store
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Paul Farmer
Thurs, May 2, 7PM 

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ
At First Parish Church
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Amy Richards,
Cynthia Greenberg, and Anita Hill

Fri, May 3, 3PM 

Anita Hill joins editors Amy Richards and Cynthia Greenberg as they discuss
I Still Believe Anita Hill: Three Generations Discuss the Legacies of Speaking Truth to Power
At Harvard Book Store
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An Evening with Transition Magazine
Fri, May 3, 7:30PM     

Guest editors Laurent Dubois and Kaiama L. Glover present selections from new and forthcoming issues of Transition Magazine.
At Harvard Book Store
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$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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