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September 8, 2013

This month we are pleased to be featured as the Bookstore of the Month on "The Quivering Pen," a book blog by Fobbit author David Abrams. In addition to a lovely write-up on yours truly, he'll be linking to our website throughout September when recommending books. It's a great way to remind readers that your favorite indie bookstore is just a click away.

Declare your ind(ie)pendence! Starting next Saturday, our Somerville warehouse will be chock full of more than just books! From 10am to 6pm for four consecutive weekends this fall, dozens of our favorite local businesses and non-profits will set up shop at 14 Park Street for Warehouse Weekends, a festival of books, culture, and community. You'll encounter everything from asteroids to zines at Warehouse Weekends, and each Saturday and Sunday will feature a unique set of community partners showcasing the best of what they do.

First off, we're celebrating Local Voices. Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, Warehouse Weekends will feature some of New England's best small presses and literary journals, offering up consultations with literary editors, chapbook giveaways, book signings, author meet-and-greets, poetry contests, and more. Add 25,000 used, rare and remainder books, three local food vendors, two amazing food trucks, and a boatload of old MBTA signage to the mix, and you've got yourself a not-to-be-missed event. We hope to see you there!


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
His Wife Leaves Him: A Novel
by Stephen Dixon


Fantagraphics, hardcover

His Wife Leaves Him is as achingly simple as its title: A man, Martin, thinks about the loss of his wife, Gwen. In Dixon's hands, however, this straightforward premise becomes a work of such complexity that it no longer appears to be words on pages so much as life itself. Dixon captures consciousness. Stories matter here, and the writer understands how people tell them and why they go on retelling them, for stories, finally, may be all that Martin has of Gwen.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
by John Bradshaw 


Basic Books, hardcover
In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to dispel the myths and explain the true nature of our feline friends. Unlike dogs, cats evolved as solitary hunters, and, while many have learned to live alongside humans and even feel affection for us, they still don't quite "get us" the way dogs do, and perhaps they never will. But cats have rich emotional lives that we need to respect and understand if they are to thrive in our company.
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Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
by Estelle B. Freedman    


Harvard University Press, hardcover

Redefining Rape tells the story of the forces that have shaped the meaning of sexual violence in the United States, through the experiences of accusers, assailants, and advocates for change. In this ambitious new history, Estelle Freedman demonstrates that our definition of rape has depended heavily on dynamics of political power and social privilege.  

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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

Minimum Paige: A Harvard Book Store Comic Anthology
Print on Demand, paperback

Two summers ago Harvard Book Store put out the call for original comics for Minimum Paige, collecting stories from local Cambridge-area creators and comics artists worldwide. Browse all of Harvard Book Store's staff-produced compilations here

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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.
American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, a Man Who Turned Disaster into Destiny  
by Sarah S. Kilborne
$9.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

American Phoenix traces the rise, fall and improbable comeback of a leading founder of the American silk industry, offering insight into how William Skinner's considerable knowledge and business acumen rendered him a millionaire and helped him to rebuild after losing everything in a devastating flood.  

The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways
by Earl Swift
$6.99, hardcover (originally $15.95)

Perhaps nothing changed the face of America more than the creation of the interstate system. The Big Roads tells the story of this essential feature of the landscape we have come to take for granted. With a view toward players both great and small, Earl Swift gives readers the full story of one of America's greatest engineering achievements.

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
by Ken Jennings
$6.99, hardcover (originally $25.00)

Maphead recounts Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings' lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the "unreal estate" charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy.  

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.

Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum

by Stanley Ellis Cushing and David B. Dearinger
Originally published by University Press of New England in 2007 
$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The Boston Athenaeum was one of this country's earliest and most prestigious repositories of books, paintings, sculpture, engravings, maps, photographs, manuscripts, decorative arts, and other artifacts of history and design. Acquired Tastes is the first in-depth, scholarly study of these collections and the manner in which they were gathered.

Adventures in 'Pataphysics: Collected Works Vol. I

by Alfred Jarry

Originally published by Atlas Press in 2001

$250.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Alfred Jarry created a unique and large body of work that included plays, novels, poetry, journalism and other less definable speculations and texts, some of which are featured in this collection. His writings form the essential bridge between the European avant-garde of the 1890s (Symbolism) and those of the twentieth century (Futurism, Dada, Surrealism).

A History of Garden Art

by Marie Luise Gothein

Originally published by Hacker Art Books in 1966

$60.00 (hardcover, two volumes) in Very Good condition

First published in German in 1913 and then in English in 1928, this guide is commonly thought to be one of the best and most comprehensive studies of world garden history available. This two-volume set features numerous black-and-white illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.

Author Events


$5 tickets on sale 9/17:


Becky Cooper
Mon, Sept 9, 7PM   

Writer, cartographer, and recent Harvard grad Becky Cooper discusses Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.
At Harvard Book Store
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Katherine Powers
Tue, Sept 10, 7PM   

Katherine Powers presents Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life; The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942-1963.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Emmott
Wed, Sept 11, 7PM   

Stephen Emmott discusses his book on the population crisis, Ten Billion.
At Harvard Book Store
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Steve Yarbrough
Thurs, Sept 12, 7PM  

Emerson College's Steve Yarbrough presents his latest novel, The Realm of Last Chances--a richly nuanced portrait of a marriage being reinvented in a small New England town.
At Harvard Book Store
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James O'Connell
Fri, Sept 13, 3PM  

Urban planner James O'Connell discusses The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Suburban Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth.
At Harvard Book Store
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Warehouse Weekends: Local Voices

Sat, Sept 14 & Sun, Sept 15, 10AM-6PM   

Join us at our Somerville Warehouse for books, culture, and community as we host a superb cross-section of local literary talent. This weekend celebrates Small Presses and Literary Journals

At Harvard Book Store
Warehouse, 14 Park St.,
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Things to know about our events...


Featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are now 20% off on the day of the event!  


$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for already-discounted items, online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates.  


Please note that tickets only guarantee admission until 5 minutes before an event begins, after which we may open any open seats to a standby line. 

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