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June 14, 2013

Father's Day is this Sunday! Stop by the store this weekend to pick up the perfect gift and card for Dad. Can't make it to the store? No problem! This Saturday and Sunday we're offering same-day delivery for Father's Day gifts in Cambridge and nearby towns. The offer is available for phone orders only, and the delivery fee will be $10 (regardless of how many items you're sending). Find full information about timing and eligible towns at our Current Promotions page.

I also want to remind you that next weekend is our semi-annual warehouse sale. On June 22 and 23, our Somerville warehouse will be open with an all-new selection of discounted bargain books as well as used books that have been marked down, in most cases under $5. Find details and directions here.

Other assorted news and notes:
  • We've been nominated for Best Bookstore on Boston's A-List. We're only in third place at the moment, but it's early voting days, so log on here and cast your vote!
  • Last week Irish author Kevin Barry was awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his debut novel, City of Bohane. Click here to read Harvard Book Store buyer Megan's staff recommendation of the novel, and keep an eye on our fall calendar for an upcoming event with Mr. Barry!
  • Our friends over at Boston Review recently launched a new website! Visit bostonreview.net to browse their many excellent pieces on politics, education, technology, and culture as well as new fiction and poetry. And if you like what you read, consider subscribing

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen


Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover

Andrew Yancy--late of the Miami Police--has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it's not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first--this being Hiaasen country--Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

The Silence of Animals:
On Progress and Other Modern Myths
by John Gray

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover
Writers as varied as Ballard, Borges, Freud, and Conrad have been mesmerized by forms of human extremity--experiences on the outer edge of the possible or that tip into fantasy and myth. What happens to us when we starve, when we fight, when we are imprisoned? And how do our imaginations leap into worlds way beyond our real experience? In The Silence of Animals, John Gray continues the thinking that made his Straw Dogs a cult classic, drawing on an array of memoirs, poems, fiction, and philosophy to reimagine our place in the world.
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Men of Bronze:
Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece    
by Donald Kagan and Gregory F. Viggiano

Princeton University Press, hardcover

Men of Bronze takes up one of the most fiercely debated subjects in ancient history: how did archaic Greeks fight, and what role did hoplite warfare play in shaping the Greek polis? In the nineteenth century, George Grote argued that the phalanx battle formation of the hoplite soldier was the driving force behind a revolution in Greek social, political, and cultural institutions. But over the past thirty years scholars have criticized every major tenet of this orthodoxy. Men of Bronze gathers leading scholars to advance the current debate and bring it to a broad audience of historians, classicists, archaeologists, and general readers.   

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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.  
by Egan Millard        


Print on Demand, paperback

This collection of original poems explores and documents the theme of transience. Inspired by studies of various liminal spaces (train stations, airports, motels, waiting rooms, highways, elevators, etc.), Interstate is a close examination of those places and moments that are often passed through on the way to something else.  

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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.
Poems for the Millennium:
The University of California Book of Romantic and Postromantic Poetry 
edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C. Robinson 
$6.99, paperback (originally $39.95)
Defining romanticism as experimental and visionary, Rothenberg and Robinson feature prose poetry, verbal-visual experiments, and sound poetry, along with more familiar forms. The anthology also explores romanticism beyond the European orbit and includes ethnopoetic and archaeological works outside the literary mainstream.
Poems: 1959-2009        
by Frederick Seidel
$5.99, paperback (originally $21)
This collection presents the complete poems by Frederick Seidel in his first five decades, in a volume that encompasses his nine anthologies as well as new and previously uncollected works. His previous collection, Ooga-Booga, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize.
The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth       
by Norton Juster        
$9.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)
Leonard Marcus, a nationally acclaimed writer on children's literature, has created a richly annotated edition of this perennial favorite. Marcus's expansive annotations include interviews with the author and illustrator, illuminating excerpts from Juster's notes and drafts, cultural and literary commentary, and Marcus's own insights on the book.
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.
Sexuality and the Christian Body
by Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.
Originally published by Blackwell Publishing in 1999
$25 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Sexuality and the Christian Body provides rigorous analysis of both conservative and liberal conceptions of the body within Christianity, exposing similarities between apparently opposing positions, and offers arguments for the place in the Christian tradition of marriage-like homosexual relationships.
A.C. Goodwin: Impressionist Cityscapes
by Regina Eliot-Ramsey
Originally published by Copley Fine Arts Press in 1999
$15 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Regina Eliot-Ramsey provides a carefully researched volume that elucidates the life and artistic career of one of America's most authentic Impressionist painters. Arthur Clifton Goodwin envisioned himself as the interpreter of the city, and through his paintings, Goodwin created an homage to American life.
by Toshio Shibata    
Originally published by Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2008
$100 (paperback) in Very Good Condition  
This large-format art book features the work of Toshio Shibata, renowned Japanese landscape photographer. His specialty is photography featuring large man-made structures surrounded by natural elements, such as bridges and dams in undeveloped areas. Photographs are in both full color and black and white.

Author Events


On sale now:

Colum McCann (6/25)

On sale Monday, June17:
Ivy Pochoda w/ Dennis Lehane (7/9)


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All Upcoming Events 

Raymond Sokolov
Mon, June 17, 7PM   

Restaurant critic and food historian Raymond Sokolov discusses Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food.
At Harvard Book Store
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Philipp Meyer
Tues, June 18, 7PM    

Critically acclaimed author of American Rust Philipp Meyer reads from his new novel, The Son.
At Harvard Book Store
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Todd McLeish
Wed, June 19, 7PM    

Natural history writer Todd McLeish discusses Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Philosophy Caf
Wed, June 19, 7:30PM 

This month's topic:
"Is Atheism Just a Value Judgment?"
At Harvard Book Store,
Lower Level
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Peter Rand
Thurs, June 20, 7PM    

Boston University journalism professor Peter Rand discusses Conspiracy of One: Tyler Kent's Secret Plot Against FDR, Churchill, and the Allied War Effort.
At Harvard Book Store
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John Edward Huth
Fri, June 21, 7PM    

Harvard University Physics professor John Edward Huth discusses The Lost Art of Finding Your Way.
At Harvard Book Store
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