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September 21, 2013

Join us from 10am-6pm this Saturday and Sunday for the continuation of Warehouse Weekends at our Somerville warehouse! This weekend we'll be playing host to some of our favorite purveyors of fine local food, including Somerville's own Q's Nuts, who will be roasting away in our parking lot. And cookbooks are 15% off all weekend long! See you at 14 Park Street, and bring an appetite.

Cookbooks at our #WarehouseWeekends! 15% off this weekend.

We've had an array of amazing, engaging, and packed author events these last few weeks, from novelist Margaret Atwood to environmental activist Bill McKibben. On Friday we'll welcome Stephen King to Cambridge for a sold out special event. Those lucky folks who got tickets to his presentation of Doctor Sleep received an e-mail this week with important guidelines for the talk. Doctor Sleep, King's sequel to The Shining, hits the shelves Tuesday.



Of Mice and Men. Where the Wild Things Are. Huckleberry Finn. September 22-28 is Banned Books Week. We'll be marking this annual celebration of the freedom to read with a display in the store of frequently banned and challenged books.   


"While books have been and continue to be banned, part of Banned Books Week is celebrating the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books challenged have remained available. This happens thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out. And that's exactly what we're going do this week."

Thanks for reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves
Bleeding Edge
by Thomas Pynchon


Penguin Press, hardcover

With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, the National Book Award-winning author of Gravity's Rainbow brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the Internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since.

Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy
by Sudhir Venkatesh


Penguin Press, hardcover


Sudhir Venkatesh, acclaimed sociologist at Columbia University and author of Gang Leader for a Day, returns to the streets to connect the dots of New York's divergent economic worlds and crack the code of the city's underground economy. Floating City exposes the underground as the city's true engine of social transformation and economic prosperity--revealing a wholly unprecedented vision of New York.

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Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

by Michael Axworthy


Oxford University Press, hardcover


Michael Axworthy guides us through recent Iranian history from shortly before the 1979 Islamic revolution through the summer of 2009, when Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran by the hundreds of thousands, demanding free, democratic government. Revolutionary Iran combines an expansive scope with the most accessible and definitive account of this epoch in all its humanity.

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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

The Ruined Abbeys of Great Britain  
by Ralph Adams Cram


Print on Demand, paperback

Published in 1905, this book is part travelogue, part historical narrative, featuring lore-ridden Gothic cathedrals whose names live on in art and literature though their structural integrity is long gone. Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey is here, as is Lindisfarne (whose monks created the gorgeous Lindisfarne Gospels) and Glastonbury Abbey. Explore the florid language alongside old photos of crumbled, beautiful edifices.  

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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.
Blindness / Seeing
by Jose Saramago
$8.99, hardcover (originally $22.00)

In Blindness, a city is overcome by an epidemic of blindness that spares only one woman. She serves as the eyes for the reader in this profound parable of loss and disorientation. We return to the city years later in Saramago's Seeing, a satirical commentary on government in general and democracy in particular. Together here for the first time, this beautiful edition will be a welcome addition to the library of any Saramago fan.

John Saturnall's Feast

by Lawrence Norfolk

$7.99, hardcover (originally $26.00)

A beautiful, rich and sensuous historical novel, John Saturnall's Feast tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, and rises through the ranks to become the greatest Cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one boy's rise from outcast to hero.

Midnight Rising

by Tony Horwitz

$5.99, hardcover (originally $29.00)

Bestselling author Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to a bloody war. John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history, but few know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict.

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.

Sexuality and the Christian Body

by Eugene F. Rogers., Jr

Originally published by Blackwell Publishing in 1999

$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Sexuality and the Christian Body addresses the challenges to traditional Christianity by gay and lesbian Christians and their critics within the church. This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.

The Epistle of Forgiveness, Volume I: A Vision of Heaven and Hell

edited and translated by Geert Van Gelder and Gregor Schoeler

Originally published by New York University Press in 2013

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

One of the most unusual books in classical Arabic literature, The Epistle of Forgiveness is the lengthy reply by the prolific Syrian poet and prose writer Abu l-'Ala' al-Ma'arri to a letter written by an obscure grammarian, Ibn al-Qarih. This translation is the first complete translation in any language and retains the many digressions, difficult passages, and convoluted grammatical discussions of the original typically omitted. It is accompanied by extensive annotation and a comprehensive introduction.

Pissarro's People

by Richard R. Brettell

Originally published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2011

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This definitive portrait of Camille Pissarro by one of the world's foremost authorities on Impressionism and French painting reveals the deep connection between Pissarro's humanitarian concerns and his creative output. Pissarro's People is a refreshing and landmark reconsideration of the artist's magnificent body of work.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now: 
Simon Winchester (Oct 15)

Tickets on sale Oct 1:
Andre Dubus III and Tom Perrotta (Oct 25)
Donna Tartt (Oct 31)


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All Upcoming Events 

Warehouse Weekends: Local Flavors

Sat, Sept 21 & Sun, Sept 22, 10AM-6PM  

Join us at our Somerville warehouse for some of our favorite purveyors of fine local food--plus books, books, and more books!
At Harvard Book Store
Warehouse, 14 Park St.,
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Virginia Pye

Mon, Sept 23, 7PM     

Virginia Pye presents her novel River of Dust. Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, Sept 24, 7PM    

At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Sept 25, 7PM 

Carl Rollyson discusses

Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography.

At the Brattle Theatre
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Thurs, Sept 26, 7PM    

Joshua Rubenstein discusses Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jason Ānanda Josephson

Fri, Sept 27, 3PM    

Jason Ānanda Josephson discusses The Invention of Religion in Japan.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Sept 27, 7PM    

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Ticket holders have been notified by e-mail with guidelines for this event.
At Memorial Church,
Harvard Yard
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Warehouse Weekends: Local Innovation

Sat, Sept 28 & Sun, Sept 29, 10AM-6PM  

Warehouse Weekends continue! This weekend: Sci-fi to Science Fairs.
At Harvard Book Store
Warehouse, 14 Park St.,
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Things to know about our author 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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