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July 6, 2013

Don't forget to buy tickets to our Tuesday evening event with up-and-coming noir novelist Ivy Pochoda, interviewed by Boston noir master Dennis Lehane. Pochoda's novel Visitation Street is the second title in Lehane's eponymous publishing imprint, Dennis Lehane Books. Find more information about the event and purchase tickets here.

It's hard to believe that a new round of calendars is already arriving at the store, but if you're an academic calendar user or an 18-month calendar user, it's your time to shine. We have lots of options in the store, including Moleskines and the perennial favorite "August to August" calendars, so stop by to pick one up today.

A note on the next couple of newsletters: For two weeks only, I'm trying something a little new with our New Arrivals section below. This week we're featuring some recent (but not brand-new) books in each of our usual categories that might make particularly good summer reading. And next week, look out for featured staff recommendations in that space. But don't worry, we'll be back to the usual hot-off-the-presses suggestions soon.

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves:
Summer Reading Edition
The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker


HarperCollins, hardcover

A chance meeting between two mythical beings takes readers on a journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem whose master dies at sea as their ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni trapped in an old copper flask and released in the city, though not yet free. Wecker's debut novel weaves Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, history, and fable into an inventive and unforgettable tale.

Dirty Wars:
The World Is a Battlefield
by Jeremy Scahill

Nation Books, hardcover
New York Times best-selling author of Blackwater Jeremy Scahill takes us inside America's new covert wars, with insight drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater, and other private security contractors who operate worldwide. Scahill reports from the frontlines and explores the depths of America's global killing machine. Through his reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the "dirty wars" the United States government struggles to keep hidden.
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Ghosts of Jim Crow:
Ending Racism in Post-Racial America 
by F. Michael Higginbotham

NYU Press, hardcover

When America inaugurated its first African American president, many wondered if the country had finally become a "post-racial" society. Higginbotham convincingly argues that America remains far away from that imagined utopia. The shadows of Jim Crow era laws and attitudes continue to perpetuate insidious, systemic prejudice and racism in the 21st century. Using history as a road map, he arrives at a provocative solution for ridding the nation of Jim Crow's ghost.   

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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.  
Home Town Ride
edited by
K. Peddlar Bridges


Print on Demand, paperback
This first edition of Roadpoets Review! focuses on the Hamilton/Wenham Multi-Class High School Reunion and the Groveland "Pine Speedway" Stock Car Reunion. This book is stuffed with over 150 pages of stories, poems, and photos giving the reader a glance of stock cars, memories of the past, glimpses of today, and thoughts toward the future.
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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 Natural History Essays    
by Henry David Thoreau    
$5.99, hardcover (originally $14.99)

Students and general readers alike will find a representative sampling of Thoreau's investigations of nature in this collection of eight essays. The essays include exploratory works from Thoreau's earliest involvement with nature and the writer's craft, and later pieces developed for publication from lectures and unfinished studies near the end of his life.
Cubop City Blues  
by Pablo Medina
$5.99, hardcover (originally $25)
Our guide into Cubop City is The Storyteller. When he's twenty-five, his mother and father are diagnosed with cancer, and The Storyteller is left to care for them. He does so by telling them stories, and through his tales--full of magic, sorrow, longing, love--Cubop City surges to life.
America's Great Debate:
Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union   
by Fergus M. Bordewich
$8.99, hardcover (originally $30)
Fergus Bordewich tells the story of two generations of senators who dominated the great debate surrounding the Compromise of 1850. As one side tried unsuccessfully to cobble together a compromise that would allow for California's admission to statehood and simultaneously put an end to the nation's agony over slavery, the other side ultimately shaped the country's politics as slavery fractured the nation.
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.
Visualizing the Holocaust:
Documents, Aesthetics, Memory
edited by David Bathrick, Brad Prager,
and Michael D. Richardson

Originally published by Camden House in 2008
$20 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Visual representations are an essential but highly contested means of understanding and remembering the Holocaust. This book explores the taboos that structure the production and reception of Holocaust images and the possibilities that result from the transgression of those taboos.
by Jenny Holzer and Noemi Smolik
Originally published by Cantz in 1996
$50 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
Like hardly any other contemporary artist Jenny Holzer provokes the public with her art, that is, with her texts. Countless individual statements by her have appeared on T-shirts, posters, and electronic signboards around the world. This book assembles, for the first time, a complete collection of the key texts written by Jenny Holzer for her installations.
Political Philosophy Versus History:
Contextualism and Real Politics in Contemporary Political Thought
edited by Jonathan Floyd and Marc Stears       
Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2011
$17 (paperback) in Very Good Condition  
Is the way in which political philosophy is conducted today too ahistorical? Does such ahistoricism render political philosophy too abstract? Is political philosophy thus incapable of dealing with the realities of political life? This volume brings together some of the world's leading political philosophers to address these crucial questions.

Author Events


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Ivy Pochoda w/ Dennis Lehane (7/9)


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Ivy Pochoda
w/ Dennis Lehane

Tues, July 9, 6PM   

Ivy Pochoda, novelist, former professional squash player, and Harvard alum, discusses her newest book Visitation Street, in conversation with Boston noir maven Dennis Lehane.
At the Brattle Theatre
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J. Courtney Sullivan
Wed, July 10, 7PM    

Bestselling novelist J. Courtney Sullivan (Maine and Commencement)
reads from her latest novel, The Engagements.
At Harvard Book Store
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Daniel Bergner
Thurs, July 11, 7PM    

New York Times Magazine contributing writer Daniel Bergner, author of The Other Side of Desire and two other non-fiction works, discusses his latest book,
What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ethan Hauser
Mon, July 15, 7PM 

Journalist and short story writer Ethan Hauser reads from his new novel, The Measures Between Us, set in suburban Boston as an historic storm bears down on the region.
At Harvard Book Store
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Andrew Sean Greer
Tues, July 16, 7PM    

Bestselling author Andrew Sean Greer (The Confessions of Max Tivoli) reads from his new era-bending novel
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
At Harvard Book Store
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Mary Louise Kelly
Wed, July 17, 7PM    

Mary Louise Kelly, former intelligence correspondent for NPR, discusses her first novel, the spy thriller Anonymous Sources.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jennifer Thomas
and Jenni Schaefer

Thurs, July 18, 7PM    

Harvard Medical School's Jennifer Thomas and motivational speaker Jenni Schaefer discuss Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem?
At Harvard Book Store
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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.

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