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July 20, 2013

There's only one week left until voting ends in this year's Boston A-List Awards, and we're in a neck-and-neck race for Best Bookstore. Find the full line-up of nominees here, including categories for Best Indie Cinema, Best Art Gallery, Best Craft Cocktail, and Best Place to People Watch. Make sure to cast your ballots before the July 26 deadline!

Remember that summer reading display I mentioned last week? We've added even more titles to it, including selections from Cambridge Rindge and Latin's summer reading list. And if you, like me, can't convince yourself to leave the comfort of your air-conditioned bedroom, you can still browse and buy online. Use coupon code SUMMER2013 now through July 26th to receive 20% off any of the items in our Summer Reading Suggestions. You can even choose free in-store pick-up, if you decide to escape that bedroom after all.

Beginning this weekend, we're excited to offer a sale on selected Harvard gear in the store. Find the display of discounted items (40% off their original prices!) in front of the information desk. If Aunt Sally's been bugging you to buy her some Harvard swag, now's the time!

'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
The Light in the Ruins
by Chris Bohjalian


Doubleday, hardcover

1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. 1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case--a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood--Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.

This Town:
Two Parties and a Funeral--Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!--in America's Gilded Capital
by Mark Leibovich

Blue Rider Press, hardcover
In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, presents an examination of our ruling class's incestuous "media industrial complex." Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city's most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent "brand" than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on "changing Washington" can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.
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Violence: Thinking Without Banisters   
by Richard J. Bernstein

Polity, paperback

In this new book Bernstein examines the work of five figures who have thought deeply about violence--Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, and Jan Assmann. He shows that we have much to learn from their work about the meaning of violence in our times. Through the critical examination of their writings he also brings out the limits of violence. There are compelling reasons to commit ourselves to non-violence, and yet at the same time we have to acknowledge that there are exceptional circumstances in which violence can be justified.  

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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.  
Pirates of Lobster Cove
by S.E. Toon  


Print on Demand, paperback
Young Tyler Byrne swears he has seen an old-school pirate. But how can that be, today, in the here and now? Ty becomes the man's lackey in hopes of discovering clues to the stranger's identity. What he discovers is The Manifest and Captain's Log, an ancient tome that, when altered, changes history and our recollection of it. Thus begins the first tale of Lobster Cove, Pirates of Lobster Cove by S.E. Toon.
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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.
In the Valley of the Shadow:
On the Foundations of Religious Belief     
by James L. Kugel      
$6.99, hardcover (originally $26)

In this wide-ranging exploration of different aspects of religion--interspersed with his personal reflections on the course of his own battle with cancer--James Kugel seeks to uncover what he calls "the starting point of religious consciousness," an ancient "sense of self" and a way of fitting into the world that is quite at odds with the usual one.
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics 
edited by Alex Preminger and T.V.F. Brogan
$22.99, paperback (originally $49.95)
The New Princeton Handbook of Poetic Terms 
edited by T.V.F. Brogan 
$14.99, paperback (originally $39.95)
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is a comprehensive reference work dealing with all aspects of its subject: history, types, movements, prosody, and critical terminology. The New Princeton Handbook of Poetic Terms looks in-depth at nearly two hundred entries selected from the Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, with emphasis on terms that are most common in literary study.
Half Empty     
by David Rakoff
$5.99, hardcover (originally $24.95)
David Rakoff examines the realities of our everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and dreams won't come true. His sharp observations and humorist's flair for the absurd will have you reveling in the power of negativity.
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.
From the Heart of Chenrezig
translated and edited by Glenn H. Mullin
Originally published by Snow Lion in 2013
$12 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
The lineage of the reincarnated line of Dalai Lamas has held primary spiritual authority in Tibet since the beginning of the fifteenth century. The translations in this book represent a curated set of their writings specifically on tantra, the advanced path of Tibetan Buddhism in which practitioners use a variety of methods and techniques to overcome delusion and conflicting emotions.
How Surfaces Intersect in Space:
An Introduction to Topology
by J. Scott Carter
Originally published by World Scientific in 1993
$20 (paperback) in Very Good Condition
This book illustrates standard examples in low dimensional topology. The text starts at the most basic level (the intersection of coordinate planes) and gives hands-on constructions of the most beautiful examples in topology. The text carefully explains the importance of the examples and the techniques in clear, understandable language.
Cane Curiosa:
From Gun to Gadget
by Catherine Dike         
Originally published by Catherine Dike in 1983
$175 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition  
This fully illustrated book on gadget canes is a must not only for cane and antique collectors, but also for anyone interested in the unknown and unusual. The book includes over 1,600 canes with every conceivable object hidden inside: weapons, musical instruments, watches, telescopes, eyeglasses, smoking kits, games, and much more.

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 

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
with Guy Wolff

Thurs, July 25, 7PM    

Suzanne Staubach, author, potter, and indie bookseller, discusses her newest book, Guy Wolff: Master Potter in the Garden.
We will also be joined by potter Guy Wolff himself!
At Harvard Book Store
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The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, July 29, 7PM 

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Julian Barnes's Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ursula DeYoung
Tues, July 30, 7PM    

Biographer (of 19th-century physicist John Tyndall) and Harvard alum Ursula DeYoung discusses her debut novel Shorecliff.
At Harvard Book Store
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Dick Lehr
Wed, July 31, 7PM    

Boston University journalism professor and former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr discusses Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss.
At Harvard Book Store
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Simon Critchley and
Jamieson Webster

Thurs, August 1, 7PM 

Philosophy professor Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster discuss Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine.
Rescheduled from Wednesday, June 26.
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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