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May 19, 2013

This week is the start of one of our favorite summer traditions: Fiction Fridays! Beginning May 24 and continuing through the end of August, fiction purchases at Harvard Book Store will be 15% off every Friday. You can find the few restrictions and lots of suggestions here, but please note that this promotion is in-store only. Stay tuned for announcements about a series of online-only promotions happening throughout the summer!

It's graduation season! Whether you have a little one graduating from preschool or a brand-new PhD heading into a promising career, books are always the perfect gift. (I know, I might be a little biased, but that doesn't make it less true.) Don't forget to snag one of our graduation greeting cards to match whatever words of wisdom you have to instill.

One source of ideas for a graduation gift might be our new Debut Authors display, currently 20% off in the store and online. Perfect for post-school relaxation!


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Questions of Travel
by Michelle de Kretser


Little, Brown and Company, hardcover

Laura Fraser grows up in Sydney, motherless, with a cold, professional father and an artistic bent. Ravi Mendis lives on the other side of the world--exploring the seductive new world of the internet, his father dead, his mother struggling to get by. With money from an inheritance, Laura sets off to see the world, returning to Sydney to work for a publisher of travel guides. There she meets Ravi, now a Sri Lankan political exile who wants only to see a bit of Australia and make a living. Their stories culminate in unlikely fates for them both, destinies influenced by travel--voluntary in her case, enforced in his.

Country Girl:
A Memoir
by Edna O'Brien       
Little, Brown and Company, hardcover
In 1960, Edna O'Brien published The Country Girls, her first novel, which so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien, married with two sons, was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Starting with O'Brien's birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, her story moves through convent school to elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, the wild parties of the '60s in London, and encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, and literary titans.
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The Metamorphoses of Fat:
A History of Obesity   
by George Vigarello
translated by
C. Jon Delogu

Columbia University Press, hardcover

Gluttony--whether perceived or real--has become the ultimate deadly sin in our secularized Western world. The Metamorphoses of Fat tackles with depth and breadth the history of obesity from the Middle Ages to the present from a wide interdisciplinary and cultural perspective. Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. Vigarello traces the eventual equation of fatness with infirmity and the way we have come to define ourselves and others in terms of body type.   

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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.  
Wind in the Fire:
A Personal Journey
by Bobbi Gibb      


Print on Demand, paperback

The journey of Bobbi Gibb is one of the most unique stories of our time. Her historic accomplishment of being the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon in 1966, and three time women's winner, is only the beginning of her contributions to the world. Her transformative and integrative philosophical and spiritual insights build a foundation for an entirely new way of viewing nature and our place in it that will inspire and move you.

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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 Memory Chalet 
by Tony Judt        
$4.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)

The Memory Chalet is a memoir unlike any you have ever read before. Each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Tony Judt's prodigious mind. Composed when Judt was paralyzed and unable physically to write, this book found its shape in the ordered rooms of a Swiss Chalet of the mind: a warm refuge in the closing darkness of his final years.
The Prague Cemetery: A Novel      
by Umberto Eco
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27)
From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created the world's most infamous document?
Jane Brody's Good Seafood Book     
by Jane E. Brody      
$14.99 hardcover (originally $59.95)
Part One of this comprehensive cookbook is an overview of seafood lore that includes chapters on how to select fish; how to clean, fillet, and store it; basic seafood cooking techniques; and full discussions of seafood safety and the overwhelming health benefits of adding fish to your diet. Part Two is a collection of some 250 recipes.
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.
Inventing the Egghead:
The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture
by Aaron Lecklider
Originally published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2013
$23 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Throughout the 20th century, pop culture in the United States represented intelligence alternately as empowering or threatening. In Inventing the Egghead, Aaron Lecklider discusses how Americans who were not part of the traditional intellectual class negotiated the complicated politics of intelligence within an accelerating mass culture.
Stranded in Canton
by William Eggleston
Originally published by Twin Palms in 2008
$25 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
William Eggleston's pioneering video work, "Stranded In Canton," has been restored and finally became available, almost thirty-five years after it was made. The book contains forty frame enlargements from the digital re-master, a brief appreciation from filmmaker Gus Van Sant, and a DVD of the 77-minute film itself.
Lee Friedlander: Photographs
Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes
by Lee Friedlander   
Originally published by Distributed Arts Publishers in 2008
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition  
Frederick Law Olmsted was responsible for a staggering number of America's greatest parks; his most famous work remains New York City's Central Park. This book, published to coincide with The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2008 exhibition, compiles eighty-nine photographs made by Friedlander in Olmsted's public parks and private estates.

Author Events


On sale now:

Edward O. Wilson (5/24)

On sale Monday, May 20:
Niall Ferguson (6/13)
Marc Maron (6/14)


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All Upcoming Events 

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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Margalit Fox
Mon, May 20, 7PM    

New York Times journalist and trained linguist Margalit Fox discusses The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, May 20, 7PM    

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Edward Hirsch's Poet's Choice, a collection of his poetry columns from The Washington Post.
At Harvard Book Store,
Lower Level
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Jessica Wapner
Tues, May 21, 7PM 

Science writer Jessica Wapner discusses The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wed, May 22, 7PM 

MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads from her newest novel, Americanah.
At Harvard Book Store
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Abigail Tarttelin
Thurs, May 23, 7PM     

Novelist, actress, and book reviewer Abigail Tarttelin reads from Golden Boy.
At Harvard Book Store
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Edward O. Wilson
Fri, May 24, 6PM     

Award-winning biologist and science writer Edward O. Wilson discusses Letters to a Young Scientist.
At the Harvard Museum of Natural History,
Geological Lecture Hall
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