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News from Harvard Book Store
July 13, 2013

There's still a lot of summer left, so we thought we'd offer up some options for great summer reading. Check out our online display of smart, page-turning books here, or stop by the store to browse the display in person.

When you're planning your beach or plane reading for the rest of the summer, don't forget about Fiction Fridays! Every Friday through August 30, all new fiction in the store is 15% off. Find more details here, but note that this promotion is in-store only.

Finally, a reminder that we still have plenty of options for academic year and 18-month calendars in the store. Stop by the store to browse our options, or if you're really an advance planner, you can start to shop our 2014 calendars too!

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves:
Staff Recommendations Edition
by Michael Crummey


Other Press, paperback

"This novel begins with the nineteenth-century denizens of a remote Labrador settlement discovering a man in the belly of a beached whale, silent and bone-white but miraculously alive. Here begins the saga of the town of Paradise Deep and the strange and tangled lives of its inhabitants. Spanning generations and blurring any distinction between the prosaic and the fantastical, Galore is a bit reminiscent of a cold, windswept One Hundred Years of Solitude. This is a truly beautiful and enthralling story." --bookseller Rachel S.

Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time
by Nicholas Slonimsky

W.W. Norton, paperback
"How to read this book of delightful venom and snark, which Nicholas Slonimsky has so thoughtfully compiled, distilled really, from classical music criticism? Begin on the first page or any page, or start with the index.  Look up the canonical composer you love the most, or alternately, the one you hate the most. There are gems of invective on each page that could only have been written by humans in the deepest grip of sincere loathing and visceral rage. As a bonus, it's also a potent reminder of the variability and wild vicissitudes of taste, the risk-averse reaction of the human mind to novelty, and how all criticism, professional or otherwise, can be sprinkled with large doses of salt. (Because salt makes everything more delicious. Imma just sayin'.)" --bookseller Jen C.
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Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism:
Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict  
by John Burt

Belknap Press, hardcover

"Informed with a subtle historical imagination and viewing political philosophy through a lit-crit prism, Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism brilliantly breaks apart the arguments of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. Burt draws out contemporaneous and fluid understandings of the founding documents; those become a map showing how the  positions reached by each man had unintended radical extensions and internal contradictions that helped drive wider popular politics toward rigidity and eventual rupture. You'd think a book this intricate and ambitious would be dense with lingo, but as a writer Burt is remarkably light on his feet. The result is an illuminating pleasure to read." --store manager Mark L. 

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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.  
I'll Sing to You Next Time
by Victor Edgar Rivera 


Print on Demand, paperback
I'll Sing to You Next Time is Victor Edgar Rivera's second book of poetry. In this concise compilation of forty-five quasi-imagist poems, Rivera, who is also a musician, experiments with both the English and Spanish languages to create poems infused with rhythm, symbolism, surreal thoughts, brooding rants and melancholy themes.
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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.
What It Is Like to Go to War     
by Karl Marlantes     
$7.99, hardcover (originally $25)

At twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of forty Marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent years dealing with his war experience. In this book, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat.
The Secrets of Codes  
by Paul Lunde
$5.99, paperback (originally $24.99)
A lavishly illustrated survey of international codes explains how they work, why they were invented, and how they have been cracked, providing coverage of code types ranging from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and World War II's Enigma machines to the samurai code of honor and the brands and trademarks of everyday modern life.
The Art of Joe Kubert    
edited by Bill Schelly
$14.99, hardcover (originally $39.99)
The Art of Joe Kubert is a deluxe, full-color coffee table book that honors this legendary comics creator with beautifully reproduced artwork from every phase of his career as well as critical commentary by the book's editor, comics historian and Kubert biographer Bill Schelly.
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 Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova,
Volumes I and II
translated by Judith Hemschemeyer
Originally published by Zephyr Press in 1990
$45 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
The New York Times Book Review named The Complete Poems one of fourteen "Best Books of the Year" when it was first published. Encyclopedic in scope, with more than eight hundred poems, one hundred photographs, a historical chronology, index of first lines, and bibliography, The Complete Poems is the definitive English language collection of Akhmatova.
Paul Klee's Pictorial Writing
by K. Porter Aichele
Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2002
$72 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This study examines the function and meaning of linguistic symbols in Klee's work. Using the artist's diaries, letters, lecture notes, and visual allusions, K. Porter Aichele shows how these sources provide the framework for fresh interpretations of works ranging from letter forms in pictorial settings to visual texts.
Francesca Woodman
edited by Corey Keller        
Originally published by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
in 2011
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition  
In her all-too-brief life, Francesca Woodman produced a remarkable collection of photographs focused on the human form, many of them featuring her own body. This volume contains many previously unpublished photos and was produced in conjunction with the first major American exhibition of her work in more than two decades.

Author Events


We have no author event tickets on sale at this time, but stay tuned for upcoming announcements about our packed fall schedule! And see below for lots of great FREE upcoming events!





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All Upcoming Events 

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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Joan Wickersham
and Elizabeth Graver

Tues, July 23, 7PM    

Award-winning authors Joan Wickersham and Elizabeth Graver read from and discuss their most recent works of fiction, News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story and The End of the Point.
At Harvard Book Store
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Katherine Hill
Wed, July 24, 7PM    

Debut novelist and assistant editor for Barrelhouse Katherine Hill reads from The Violet Hour.
At Harvard Book Store
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Suzanne Staubach
Thurs, July 25, 7PM    

Suzanne Staubach, author, potter, and indie bookseller, discusses her newest book, Guy Wolff: Master Potter in the Garden.
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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