Harvard Book Store
News from Harvard Book Store
June 22, 2013

Happy summer! There's no better way to kick off the season than at our Summer Warehouse Sale. This Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, our Somerville warehouse (14 Park St.) will be open from 10am to 6pm for your chance to get great deals on bargain and used books, plus a selection of single greeting cards and other assorted goodies. Find all the details here. Twitter users, tweet your favorite Warehouse Sale find with the hashtag #HBSWarehouseSale for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

Need some summer reading inspiration? Pick a title off our latest bookseller-inspired display, on "The Sea." Browse it in person (find our rotating "Very Harvard Book Store Introduction" display near the fiction section) or online. My vacation's not for another two weeks, but I can already smell the sea air.
A Very Harvard Book Store Introduction to "The Sea"

And a favorite summer tradition is back. From now through Labor Day, every Friday is Fiction Friday at the store. All new fiction in the store is 15% off on Fridays, including hardcovers and paperback, and everything from literary fiction to mysteries to young adult fiction to poetry. Find more information, including just a few restrictions, 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
Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway
by Sara Gran


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover

When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt's musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police think it's a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul's fate in her other cases. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: "The detective won't know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart." And love is the greatest mystery of all--at least to the world's greatest PI.

Do You Believe in Magic?
The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
by Paul A. Offit, M.D.

HarperCollins, hardcover
In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposÚ of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly. Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine--an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks--can actually be harmful to our health. Using real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy--alternative or traditional--should be scrutinized.
Learn More
The Italian Townscape
by Ivor de Wolfe

Artifice Books on Architecture, paperback

Originally published in 1963, The Italian Townscape was written by Hubert de Cronin Hastings under his pseudonym, Ivor de Wolfe. He claimed to have invented the word Townscape, and used his position as editor of the Architectural Review to inspire the creation of historically layered, visually stimulating, dense cities. Hastings worries about the blandness of modern consumer society and celebrates Italian towns as theatrical background for everyday life. Writing at a time when English people were migrating to the suburbs, Hastings anticipated the return to an ideal of public space, where "the only true happiness lies at the centre."    

Learn More
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.  
How to Mix Drinks,
Or the Bon-Vivant's Companion
by Jerry Thomas         


Print on Demand, paperback
"Whether it is judicious that mankind should continue to indulge in [social drinks], or whether it would be wiser to abstain from all enjoyments of that character, it is not our province to decide. We leave that question to the moral philosopher. We simply contend that a relish for 'social drinks' is universal; that those drinks exist in a greater variety in the United States than in any other country in the world; and that he, therefore, who proposes to impart to these drinks not only the most palatable but the most wholesome characteristics of which they may be susceptible, is a genuine public benefactor."
--from the preface (originally published in 1862)
Learn More
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 Magic of Reality:
How We Know What's Really True  
by Richard Dawkins  
$4.99, paperback (originally $16)
Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these questions.
Cycles of Time:
An Extraordinary New View of the Universe 
by Roger Penrose
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28.95)
Current understanding of our universe dictates that all matter will eventually thin out to zero density, with huge black holes finally evaporating into massless energy. Penrose turns around this picture of the universe's "heat death," arguing how the expected fate of our accelerating, expanding universe can actually be reinterpreted as the "Big Bang" of a new one.
Manual of Painting and Calligraphy: A Novel
by JosÚ Saramago
$5.99, paperback (originally $13.95)
Manual of Painting and Calligraphy was JosÚ Saramago's first novel. It is a story of self-discovery set against the background of the last years of Salazar's dictatorship. A struggling young artist, commissioned to paint a portrait of an influential industrialist, learns in the process about himself and the world around him.
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 Artist's Hand:
Willem de Kooning Drawings, 1937 to 1954
by Willem de Kooning
Originally published by Mitchell-Innes and Nash in 2002
$30 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
The New York Times review of the exhibition this catalogue accompanied states, "One is tempted to declare that no 20th-century artist drew more beautifully than Willem de Kooning." The beauty of de Kooning's work is on full display here, with many drawings that are not published elsewhere and an accompanying critical essay.
Palladio and Northern Europe:
Books, Travellers, Architects
by Guido Beltramini, et al.
Originally published by Skira in 1999
$40 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Between the 17th and 18th centuries, the architecture of Andrea Palladio became a model that would be imitated throughout Northern Europe and America. Palladio, himself influenced by the architecture of Vitruvius and the Greek and Roman antiquities, is considered one of the most influential Western architects in history.
100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators
from Phaidon     
Originally published by Phaidon in 2013
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition  
Pattern is the follow-up to the 2005 Phaidon success Sample, presenting one hundred of the most creative fashion designers who have recently emerged internationally. Selected by ten of the most respected figures in the field--a mixture of leading designers, stylists, editors, educators, bloggers, and writers--it is a must-see catwalk in a book.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:

Colum McCann (6/25)
Ivy Pochoda w/ Dennis Lehane (7/9)


Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.

All Upcoming Events 

The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, June 24, 7PM   

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Mary Roach's Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More

Colum McCann
Tues, June 25, 6PM    

National Book Award winner Colum McCann reads from his newest novel, TransAtlantic.
At the Brattle Theatre
Learn More

Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster
Wed, June 26, 7PM
Rescheduled for
Thurs, Aug 1, 7PM    

Our event with Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster, for Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine, has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 1.
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More

Stephen Burt
Thurs, June 27, 7PM 

Poet and critic Stephen Burt reads from and discusses his new collection of poems, Belmont, in conversation with local poet David Blair.
At Harvard Book Store
 Learn More

Melissa Mohr
Fri, June 28, 7PM    

Local scholar Melissa Mohr discusses her first book,  Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing.
At Harvard Book Store
Learn More

Things to know about our $5 tickets...


$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.

Find it here. Buy it here. Keep us here.

We appreciate the feedback we get from readers of this e-newsletter.


Please send your comments and suggestions to Rachel at rcass@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


Rachel Cass
Marketing Manager

Bookseller Recommendations
Harvard Book Store


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel (617) 661 1515
Toll Free (800) 542 READ
Email info@harvard.com

Store Hours
Mon - Sat 9am - 11pm
Sun 10am - 10pm

Find Harvard Book Store ╗


Facebook Twitter Youtube

Confirm that you like this.

Click the "Like" button.