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July 29, 2013

This week marks the last in our Summer 2013 author event series, but we're closing out with some good ones. Tonight is our monthly book club discussion, this month focusing on Julian Barnes's Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sense of an Ending. We also have events this week with debut novelist Ursula DeYoung, with former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr on Whitey Bulger, and with a philosopher and a psychoanalyst (Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster) who take on Hamlet.

Although we do take the month of August off from events, we have a packed schedule coming up for the fall. We're starting to post September events now at harvard.com/events, and make sure to read next week's newsletter for an announcement about all of September's ticketed events, including one in particular we're really excited about. Stay tuned!

Next time you're in the store, make sure to take a look at the small display case behind the register and information desk, which booksellers are constantly populating with clever, timely, and often punny displays based on books' titles, covers, and authors. Can't make it into the store? The most recent has been a collection of books with Shakespeare-inspired titles, and you can view (and purchase) the selections 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
On the Come Up
by Hannah Weyer


Nan A. Talese, hardcover

Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a school for pregnant teens, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Four months before she's due to give birth she lands a lead role. Based on the real-life story of Anna Simpson, whom the author met during the filming of the award-winning Our Song, Hannah Weyer's debut novel illuminates the lives of the urban unseen.

Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis
by Leo Hollis

Bloomsbury Press, hardcover
Combining anecdote, scientific studies, historical portraits, first-hand interviews, and observations of some of the most exciting world cities, Hollis upends long-held assumptions with new questions: Where do cities come from? Can we build a city from scratch? Does living in the city make you happier or fitter? Is the metropolis of the future female? What is the relationship between cities and creativity? And are slums really all that bad?
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The Left Hemisphere:
Mapping Critical Theory Today   
by Razmig Kreucheyan

Verso, paperback

Over the last twenty-five years, radical intellectuals across the world have produced important and innovative ideas. The endeavor to transform the world without falling into the catastrophic traps of the past has been a common element uniting these new approaches. This book--aimed at both the general reader and the specialist--offers the first global cartography of the expanding intellectual field of critical contemporary thought. A history of critical thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is also provided, helping situate current thinkers in a broader historical and sociological perspective. 

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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.  
Five Stories High and Rising
by Jonathan Papernick   


Print on Demand, paperback
Five Stories High and Rising is a pocket-sized anthology of Jonathan Papernick's short fiction. All five of these stories focus on the struggles and complications of youth in the modern world, whether it is the drama of interfaith attraction or the confusion and loneliness of not fitting in. Papernick's acclaimed comic masterpiece "The King of the King of Falafel" appears again in this collection for those who have yet to read the hilarious apocalyptic tale of two rival falafel stand owners.
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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 Gershwins and Me:
A Personal History in Twelve Songs     
by Michael Feinstein       
$9.99, hardcover (originally $45)

From celebrated entertainer and five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins--told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs and accompanied by an original CD of those songs, performed by the author.
The Invention of Enterprise:
Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times 
edited by David Landes, Joel Mokyr,
and William Baumol

$14.99, paperback (originally $78.50)
The Invention of Enterprise gathers together leading economic historians to explore the entrepreneur's role in society from antiquity to the present. Addressing social and institutional influences from a historical context, each chapter examines entrepreneurship during a particular period and in an important geographic location.
American Canopy:
Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation     
by Eric Rutkow
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29)
This book tells the story of the relationship between Americans and their trees across the span of our nation's history. Like many of us, historians have long been guilty of taking trees for granted. Yet the history of trees in America is no less remarkable than the history of the United States itself--trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country's rise as both an empire and a civilization.
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.
Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law
edited by Andrew Ashworth, Lucia Zedner,
and Patrick Tomlin

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2013
$60 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
This volume explores the principles and values that should guide and limit the state's use of preventive techniques that involve coercion against the individual. The contributions examine whether and when preventive measures are justified and whether they signal a larger change in the architecture of security.
Machik's Complete Explanation:
Clarifying the Meaning of Chöd
translated by Sarah Harding
Originally published by Snow Lion in 2013
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Fear, anger, and negativity are states that each of us has to contend with. Machik Lapdrön, the great female saint and yogini of eleventh- to twelfth-century Tibet, developed a system, the Mahamudra Chöd, which takes the Buddha's teachings and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces.
Egon Schiele:
The Complete Works
by Jane Kallir          
Originally published by Harry N. Abrams in 1998
$150 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition  
Egon Schiele ranks with Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka among the most influential painters to emerge from the cultural ferment that characterized Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century. Jane Kallir offers new insights into Schiele's brief and sometimes troubled life. The book is illustrated with 94 full-color plates and 107 duotone pictures.

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 

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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