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October 12, 2013


Signed Books on Our Shelves 

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize 

Simon Winchester: Tuesday, October 15th   



Bargain Books
Recent Finds Downstairs in the Used Book Department



Signed Books on Our Shelvessignedbooksonourshelves  


When you're browsing the shelves at Harvard Book Store, you never know who might have stopped by recently to sign books. 

On display now we have limited numbers of signed copies of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane (order) and Rick Riordan's The House of Hades (order). Come by the store or place orders at harvard.com (and specify "signed copy" in the comments field of your online order). We'll ship anywhere in the U.S. or hold copies for you here in the store! Quantities are indeed limited.   





Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prizealicemunrowins  


This week the literary world cheered for Alice Munro, much-loved short story author, as she was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. "It's a wonderful thing for the short story," she stated in an interview with nobelprize.org. She also answered the question, "for those who don't know your work, would you recommend a starting point?"  


[Alice Munro] Oh goodness! I don't know, I can't ... You always think that your latest work is your best, at least I do. So I would want them to start with the latest book.

[Nobelprize.org's Adam Smith] So they should start with Dear Life should they?
[Alice Munro] Well, in a way, yes, but then I hope they would go back and read the others as well.

Hear the interview here and shop her books here. Munro is a delight.

Simon Winchester: Tuesday, October 15thsimonwinchesterevent


We hope you'll join us for some of our author events this week, including Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman author Simon Winchester, presenting his new book on the lives and eccentricities of those who pulled the United States together as one. $5 tickets are on sale now. Here's a preview: 

Simon Winchester discusses THE MEN WHO UNITED THE STATES
Simon Winchester: The Men Who United the States

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New on Our Shelvesnewbooks 
The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Knopf, hardcover

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But what begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House
by Robert Dallek

HarperCollins, hardcover

Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek delivers a riveting new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisers--their rivalries, personality clashes, and political battles. In Camelot's Court, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration were indelible.

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Don't Look, Don't Touch, Don't Eat:
The Science Behind Revulsion

by Valerie Curtis

University of Chicago Press, hardcover

In Don't Look, Don't Touch, Don't Eat, Valerie Curtis builds a strong case for disgust as a "shadow emotion"--less familiar than love or sadness, it nevertheless affects our day-to-day lives. Through a deeper understanding of disgust, Curtis argues, we can take this ubiquitous human emotion and direct it towards useful ends, from combating prejudice to reducing disease in the poorest parts of the world by raising standards of hygiene.

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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 Reagan Memes:
The Path from Reagan Conservatism to Modern Day Gridlock (and how to get out of it)
by Martin Long


Print on Demand, paperback

The Reagan Memes is an examination of how Republicans have mindlessly applied the once successful themes of the Reagan presidency to radically different modern day circumstances.    

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Bargain Booksbargain

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.
Living in the End Times
by Slavoj Zizek

$12.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)

In a major new analysis of our global situation, Slavoj Zizek argues that our collective responses to economic Armageddon correspond to the stages of grief: ideological denial, explosions of anger and attempts at bargaining, followed by depression and withdrawal. After passing through this zero-point, he writes, we can begin to perceive the crisis as a chance for a new beginning.
Cultural Resistance Reader

edited by Stephen Duncombe

$7.99, paperback (originally $22.95)

This expansive and carefully crafted reader brings together many of the classic texts that help to define culture as a tool of resistance. With illuminating introductions throughout, it presents a range of theoretical and historical writings that have influenced contemporary debate, providing relevant tools for the reader's own interventions.
Imagined Communities:
Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
by Benedict Anderson

$7.99, paperback (originally $20.00)

What makes people love and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name? While many studies have been written on nationalist political movements, the sense of nationality-the personal and cultural feeling of belonging to the nation-has not received proportionate attention. In this widely acclaimed work, Benedict Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the 'imagined communities' of nationality.

Recent Finds Downstairs in the Used Book Departmentused


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 Black Hole of Empire:
History of a Global Practice of Power

by Partha Chatterjee

Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2012

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In The Black Hole of Empire, Partha Chatterjee takes a close look at the justifications of modern empire by liberal thinkers, international lawyers, and conservative traditionalists, and examines the intellectual and political responses of the colonized. Challenging conventional truisms of imperial history, nationalist scholarship, and liberal visions of globalization, she argues that empire is a necessary and continuing part of the history of the modern state.

A Thousand Darknesses:

Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction

by Ruth Franklin

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2013

$10.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Taking a fresh look at the most significant works of Holocaust writing, from Tadeusz Borowski's Auschwitz stories to Jonathan Safran Foer's postmodernist family history, Franklin makes a persuasive case for literature as a vital vehicle for understanding the Holocaust. The result is a study of immense depth and range that offers a lucid view of an often cloudy field.

Privacy and Solitude in the Middle Ages

by Diana Webb

Originally published by Continuum Books in 2007

$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The lord in his hall, the monk in his cloister: we often think of medieval people as living most of their lives in the constant company of others. But by the later middle ages more and more men and women aspired to enjoy time and space apart for purposes of prayer, recreation and scholarship. Diana Webb traces these trends in this unusual, but fascinating, look at a major historical development.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Donna Tartt (Oct 31)

Tickets on sale Oct 15:
Alan Dershowitz (Nov 6)

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Mon, Oct 14, 7PM 

MIT professor of American history Craig Wilder discusses Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, Oct 15, 6PM    

Bestselling author Simon Winchester presents his first book about the history of America, The Men Who United the States.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Breaking the Silence

Wed, Oct 16, 7PM    

Avner Gvaryahu and Oded Na'aman discuss Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010. Co-sponsored by Boston Review and by Friends of Breaking the Silence.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Philosophy Caf 

Wed, Oct 16, 7:30PM 

This month's topic is "Does Liberty Require Free Market Capitalism?"
At Harvard Book Store (Lower Level)
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Thurs, Oct 17, 7PM    

Jo Baker presents Longbourn, her belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Oct 18, 3PM    

Harvard Business School's Michel Anteby discusses Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in Business School Education.
At Harvard Book Store
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Howard Mansfield

Fri, Oct 18, 7PM    

Howard Mansfield discusses his book Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter.
At Harvard Book Store
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Boston Book Festival

Thurs, Oct 17 through Sat, Oct 19     

Visit bostonbookfest.org to view the complete schedule, including Thursday's special panel discussion on Writing Terror: An Exploration of Fear.  

Copley Square, Boston
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Author Event Info 



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



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