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May 11, 2013

Fellow procrastinators, there's still time to pick up the perfect gift for Mom before Sunday brunch. Shop our Mother's Day display in the store this weekend, and pick out a gift and greeting card she'll love. Or if your mom lives miles away, shop our suggestions online and have one sent directly to her door!



















If you missed our event this week with Claire Messud, check out this interview over at theEditorial.com. And we have a limited number of signed copies of The Woman Upstairs, so stop by the store to pick one up soon. Look for the red "Signed by the Author" sticker on the front cover. 


One of the events we're really looking forward to later in May is our May 24 event with Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. For the first time we're partnering with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and we couldn't be more excited. Find more information about the event and purchase tickets here.  (Note that beginning at 5:30pm on the evening of the event, there will be free parking for attendees at the 52 Oxford St. parking garage.)  


In the shorter term, there are two events coming up this week you might be interested in.  

  • Sunday, May 12 - The final Faith and Life Forum of the semester at Memorial Church will feature the Reverend Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Pasadena and author of 8 Habits of Love.
  • Tuesday, May 14 - Literary Death Match returns to Club Oberon for a bout featuring William Walsh, Jacquetta Szathmari, Kim Adrian, and Bryan Sobolewski. Advance tickets are only $12 and can be purchased here.

And as always, find the full listing of Harvard Book Store events at harvard.com/events.


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
A Dual Inheritance
by Joanna Hershon


Ballantine Books, hardcover

In the autumn of 1962, Ed Cantowitz and Hugh Shipley meet in their final year at Harvard. Ed is far removed from Hugh's privileged upbringing as a Boston Brahmin, yet the two form an unlikely friendship, bolstered by a fierce shared desire to transcend their vastly different circumstances. But in just a few years, their friendship ends abruptly, with only one of them understanding why. Can a friendship define your view of the world? Spanning from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present-day stock market collapse, A Dual Inheritance asks this question, as it follows these two men and their vastly different lives.

Saving Italy:
The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis
by Robert M. Edsel      
W.W. Norton, hardcover
When Hitler's armies occupied Italy in 1943, they seized control of the country's greatest cultural treasures. On the eve of the Allied invasion, General Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect these historic riches. Two unlikely American heroes--artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt--embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. Saving Italy moves from Milan and the near destruction of The Last Supper to the inner sanctum of the Vatican and behind closed doors with Allied and Axis leaders.
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The View from Above: The Science of Social Space  
by Jeanne Haffner

MIT Press, hardcover

In mid-twentieth century France, the term "social space" (l'espace social)--the idea that spatial form and social life are inextricably linked--emerged in a variety of social science disciplines. Taken up by the French New Left, it also came to inform the practice of urban planning. In The View from Above, Haffner traces the evolution of the science of social space from the interwar period to the 1970s, illuminating in particular the role of aerial photography in this new way of conceptualizing socio-spatial relations.  

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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.  
Shouts and Confessions:
Stories by Boston University Students       


Print on Demand, paperback

Shouts & Confessions is a collection of stories, poems, and personal essays written by students in a creative writing class at Boston University. All proceeds from this book will go to The One Fund, which helps those most affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.  

These stories are as diverse as the students who wrote them: A heartbroken girl finds solace in driving through the night; a remorseful scientist tries to fix a futuristic dystopia; a high school senior gets caught up in an exotic animal combat ring.
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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 Mind's Eye 
by Oliver Sacks       
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the ability to read, the sense of sight. For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world.
An Evil Eye    
by Jason Goodwin
$3.99, hardcover (originally $26)
It's 1839, and the admiral of the Ottoman fleet has defected to the Egyptians. It's up to Investigator Yashim to uncover the man's motives. Yashim's search draws him into the sultan's seraglio, a well-appointed world with an undercurrent of fear, ambition, and deep-seated superstition.
The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady    
by Elizabeth Stuckey-French     
$3.99 hardcover (originally $25.95)
In 1953, Dr. Wilson Spriggs gave Marylou Ahearn a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences. Marylou has been plotting her revenge for fifty years. When she accidentally discovers his whereabouts in Florida, her plans to kill him finally snap into action. This is Elizabeth Stuckey-French's second novel.
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.
Barnaby #1
Wanted: A Fairy Godfather
by Crockett Johnson
Originally published by Ballantine Books in 1985
$10 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Barnaby was comic strip run from 1942 to 1952. It featured the adventures of five-year-old Barnaby Baxter and his fairy godfather, Mr. O'Malley. Creator Crockett Johnson is perhaps best known for his children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Diary of an Escape
by Antonio Negri; translated by Ed Emery 
Originally published by Polity Press in 2010
$10 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Until 1979, Antonio Negri was a university professor teaching in Paris and Padua. Then he was arrested, charged with the murder of an Italian politician, and accused of seventeen other murders and of fomenting insurrection against the state. He has since been absolved of all these accusations. This book is Negri's diary in which he tells of his imprisonment, trial, and his escape to and exile in France.
The Making of Urban America:
A History of City Planning in the United States
by John W. Reps  
Originally published by Princeton University Press in 1965
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition  
From the early colonial period to the First World War, John Reps explores the extent to which city planning has been rooted in the nation's tradition, showing the extent of European influence on early communities. Illustrated by over three hundred images, this book presents hundreds of American cities and the unique factors affecting their development.

Author Events


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Edward O. Wilson (5/24)


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All Upcoming Events 

Jane Gardam
Mon, May 13, 7PM   

Prize-winning British novelist Jane Gardam discusses Last Friends, the third in her Old Filth Trilogy, in conversation with Brookline novelist Audrey Schulman.
At Harvard Book Store
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Anthony Marra
Tues, May 14, 7PM    

Stegner Fellow Anthony Marra reads from his debut novel,  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.
At Harvard Book Store
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Bill Cheng
Wed, May 15, 7PM    

Debut novelist Bill Cheng reads from his Southern gothic Southern Cross the Dog.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Philosophy Caf
Wed, May 15, 7:30PM 

This month's topic: "Creativity:
The History of a Concept"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Joseph S. Nye
Thurs, May 16, 7PM 

Harvard Kennedy School professor and former dean  Joseph S. Nye discusses Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era.
At Harvard Book Store
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Emma Brockes
Fri, May 17, 7PM     

Journalist and memoirist Emma Brockes discusses She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me.
At Harvard Book Store
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Paul Theroux
Sun, May 19, 7PM     

Acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux discusses The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari.
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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