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August 17, 2013

This week we posed the question on our social media accounts, "What's the best book you've read so far this summer? How did you discover it?" Your answers included Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, re-reading Lolita, and recent selections from our Signed First Edition Club. So, keep 'em coming! Tweet us at @HarvardBooks using #HBSSummerReads or comment on our Facebook page. (And while you're there, check out how we recently answered the question "What do booksellers do with a puppy named Kafka?")

August is moving right along and our September events series is fast approaching! Until then, stop by the store for the remaining few Fiction Fridays for discounted new fiction. And if you've been curious to check out our selection of Kobo e-readers, now is a great time. We have a new display in the store showcasing the Kobo Aura HD, the Kobo Glo, and the Kobo Arc. Through the end of the month, the Arc (an e-reader/tablet) is on sale--$70 to $100 off, depending on the model you choose. Explore our e-reader selection and learn why Kobo is the best way to read digitally while supporting your local bookstore.

Last week Rachel Cass signed off as the regular author of this e-newsletter, but fortunately for Harvard Book Store, she hasn't gone far. She'll be working with Kari and Churchill to pick out all the great books you see on our shelves. I will be back next week with an announcement on our fall event series, and who knows, maybe more puppy pictures.

Thanks for reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
The People in the Trees: A Novel
by Hanya Yanagihara


Doubleday, hardcover

In 1950, young doctor Norton Perina signs on for an anthropological expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. The expedition succeeds, and also finds a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects their longevity comes from a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles it to the States. He proves his thesis, earning the Nobel Prize, but he discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.

Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in Business School Education
by Michel Anteby

University of Chicago Press, hardcover
In an era when many organizations are focused on principles of responsibility, Harvard Business School has long tried to promote better business standards. Manufacturing Morals reveals the role of silence and ambiguity in HBS's process of codifying morals and business values. It demonstrates how faculty and students are exposed to a system that operates on open-ended directives that require significant decision-making on the part of those involved, with little overt guidance from the hierarchy. This mode-which tolerates moral complexity-is perhaps one of the few that can adapt and endure over time.
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The Cambridge Companion to American Islam
by Michel Anteby 

Cambridge University Press, paperback

The Cambridge Companion to American Islam presents the debates, challenges, and opportunities that American Muslims have faced through centuries of American history. It covers the creative ways in which American Muslims have responded to the serious challenges they have faced and continue to face in constructing a religious praxis and complex identities that are grounded in both a universal tradition and the particularities of their local contexts. The book explores the many facets of the lives of American Muslims that can only be understood in their interactions with Islam's entanglement in the American experiment.  

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Printed on Paige 
Each week we feature a book printed 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

Changing Landscapes of Our Lives
by Norma Roth, Poet, and Evelyn Bernstein, Photographer     


Print on Demand, paperback

This long-time friendship and artistic collaboration combines provocative poems with alluring images that mirror the changing landscapes of our lives, creating a banquet for the eyes and evoking tones and moods in one's heart, mind, and soul-revealing the beauty and possibilities of life through the entire life cycle.  

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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.
Works in Political Philosophy: 1828-1841        
by Orestes A. Brownson         
$7.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

Orestes Augustus Brownson was a New England political, philosophical, and theological thinker who, before his conversion to Catholicism, was an important if neglected part of the Transcendentalist movement. In this volume, editor Gregory Butler has selected twenty-four of Brownson's writings representing the early stages of his career.

The One: The Life and Music of James Brown

by RJ Smith  

$9.99, hardcover (originally $27.50)

The One delves deeply into the story of a man who was raised in abject poverty in the segregated South but grew up to earn (and lose) several fortunes. At the heart of The One is James Brown's musical genius. As the book traces the legend's reinvention of funk, soul, R&B, and pop, it gives this history a melody all its own.
The Apple Trees at Olema
by RJ Smith  

$9.99, hardcover (originally $27.50)

The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass's first five books as well as a substantial gathering of new poems. Hass's themes include art, the natural world, desire, family life, the life between lovers, the violence of history, and the power and inherent limitations of language. He is a poet who is trying to say, as fully as he can, what it is like to be alive in his place and time.
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 Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India
by Philip J. Stern

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The English East India Company's 1557 conquest of Bengal and territorial acquisitions have been perceived as when the British Empire in India was born. Examining the Company's political and intellectual history in the century prior to this supposed transformation, The Company-State rethinks this narrative and the nature of the early East India Company.

Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present

by Didier Fassin

Originally published by University of California Press in 2011

$16.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Didier Fassin draws on case materials from France, South Africa, Venezuela, and Palestine to explore the meaning of humanitarianism in the contexts of immigration and asylum, disease and poverty, disaster and war. He analyzes recent shifts in moral and political discourse and practices and shows how humanitarianism is confronted by inequality and violence.

Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection

by Lewis Kachur            

Originally published by Merrell in 2013

$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Modernism, referring to the period dating roughly from the late 19th century through 1970, is regarded as a crucial moment in the history of American art. Although Modernist artists adopted a wide range of styles, they were tied by a desire to interpret the rapidly changing nature of society, and to cast aside the conventions of representational art.

Author Events


Ticketed Events

On sale now: 
Randall Kennedy (9/6)

On sale August 20:
Bob Odenkirk and
David Cross
with Brian Posehn
Bill McKibben (9/16)

On sale August 27:
Margaret Atwood (9/19)


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Junot Daz
Thurs, Sept 5, 6PM 

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At the Brattle Theatre
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Randall Kennedy
Fri, Sept 6, 6PM    

Prominent Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy discusses
For Discrimination:
Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
At the Brattle Theatre
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Bob Odenkirk and David Cross
with Brian Posehn

Sat, Sept 14, 6PM    

Emmy-nominated writers and comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross discuss Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show, with special guest
Brian Posehn.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Bill McKibben
Mon, Sept 16, 6PM 

Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Margaret Atwood
Thurs, Sept 19, 7PM    

Booker Prize-winning novelist Margaret Atwood reads from MaddAddam, the final in the trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.
At First Parish Church
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Stephen King
Fri, Sept 27, 7PM 

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There will be no standby-line for this event. FAQ coming soon!
At Memorial Church,
Harvard Yard
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