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October 28, 2013



Our Annual Frequent Buyer Sale: Sunday, November 3frequent 


Our Frequent Buyer Sale--exclusively for Frequent Buyer cardholders--is Sunday (9am to 11pm)! Sign up for a free card and membership before November 3 for 20% off, store-wide, all day Sunday. Can't make it? Our Frequent Buyer Sale will also be online at harvard.com, and we ship throughout the U.S.! Simply use coupon code FREQUENT2013 at checkout to receive the discount. Get your shopping lists ready and check out details (and a few restrictions) here.



Celebrating and Supporting Grub Streetgrub 




Boston's Grub Street is one of the largest independent centers for creative writing in the United States, and their annual fundraiser gala takes place on November 7 at the Boston Design Center. This year they're extending the fun with a dance party after the VIP event. Learn more about both events here.  


And this Tuesday we're excited to welcome back writers from the Grub Street Launch Lab as they discuss their new books. Mystery writers Barbara Ross and Ron MacLean join us in the store at 7pm.   



Paige M. Gutenborg presents The Yiddish HobbitPaige 




Have you met Paige M. Gutenborg, our print on demand bookmaking machine? On November 12 we'll be celebrating our self-published authors on Paige, with brief remarks from several authors, demonstrations of the book machine in action, a book signing, and light refreshments. Join presenters Missy Carter, Darren Cormier, Heidi Legg, and Barry Goldstein, translator of The Yiddish Hobbit--the only Yiddish translation to be approved by the Tolkien Estate. Order copies and learn more about The Yiddish Hobbit, our featured "Printed on Paige" book this week, below.   


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New on Our Shelvesshelves
Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
by Billy Collins

Random House, hardcover

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Collins's unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, shines forth from every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience.

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
by Russell Shorto

Doubleday, hardcover
Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story which traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam and reveals how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on both Dutch--and world--history.
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Why Philosophize?
by Jean-François Lyotard

Polity Press, paperback

Why Philosophize? is a series of lectures given by Jean-François Lyotard to students embarking on their university studies. The circumstances obliged him to be both clear and concise: at the same time, his lectures offer a profound and far-reaching meditation on how essential it is to philosophize in a world where philosophy often seems irrelevant, outdated, or inconclusive.

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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 Yiddish Hobbithobbit  
translated by Barry Goldstein


Print on Demand, paperback

Here are the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, translated into Mame-loshn. Translator Barry Goldstein is on the editorial board of the recent Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary (Indiana University Press), and his translation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic is the only Yiddish translation to be approved by the Tolkien Estate. You can find Der Hobit through Harvard Book Store's Print on Demand service. This is Middle-earth as you've never seen it!  

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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.
Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations
by Avi Shlaim

$7.99, hardcover (originally $34.95)

Avi Shlaim, one of the world's foremost experts on the Israel-Palestine conflict,  reflects with characteristic rigour and readability on a range of key issues and personalities. From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the failure of the Oslo peace process, from the 1948 War to the 2008 invasion of Gaza, Israel and Palestine is an essential tool for understanding the fractured history and future prospects of Israel-Palestine.
Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century
by Masha Gessen

$6.99, hardcover (originally $26.00)

This fascinating book offers the true story of a mathematical mystery, a million-dollar prize and the fate of genius in today's world. Marsha Gessen focuses on mathematician Grigory Perelman's difficulty in dealing with the reality of human affairs and how it caused him to withdraw first from the field he loved, and then from the world in general.
The Collective
by Don Lee

$7.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)

Three aspiring Asian artists, a painter and two writers, meet in college and form a strong friendship after banding together against an act of racism that has lasting repercussions into their adult lives. With wit, humor, and compassion, The Collective explores the dream of becoming an artist, and questions whether the reality is worth the sacrifice.

Recent Finds Downstairs in the Used 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.
edited by Paul Schimmel

Originally published by Rizzoli International Publications in 2007

$100.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Takashi Murakami is one of contemporary art's most innovative and important figures. In conjunction with the first major retrospective of his work, Murakami traces Murakami's global impact socially, culturally, and art historically. Essays focus on Murakami's early works; the development of his characters; his work with anime and fantasy; otaku culture; and his engagement with global pop culture.

A Coney Island of the Mind

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Originally published by New Directions in 1958

$25.00 (boxed hardcover) in Very Good condition

Translated into over a dozen languages and with approximately a million copies in print, this classic work remains one of the best-selling poetry books of all time. Ferlinghetti's poems still resonate, as they will continue to resonate, with a joyful anti-establishment fervor that beats a rhythmic portrait of humanity. This is the first hardcover edition ever published.

Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective

edited by Gary Garrels 

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2000 

$250.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This book, the first retrospective of LeWitt's work in more than twenty years, fosters a deeper understanding of the artist's career and its significance to American art and thought. With more than 350 images, it provides a stunning visual survey of LeWitt's oeuvre from 1960 to the present, including sumptuous wall drawings, three-dimensional structures, and works on paper.

Upcoming Events  


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Alan Dershowitz (Nov 6)
Ivan Klima (Nov 14)
Doris Kearns Goodwin
(Nov 15)

Tickets on sale Oct 29:
Matthew Berry (Nov 22)

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Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Oct 28, 7PM 

Our in-store book club discusses Patricia Highsmith's classic thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley.
At Harvard Book Store
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Grub Street Launch Lab

Tue, Oct 29, 7PM    

Local mystery authors Barbara Ross and Ron MacLean present their books Clammed Up and Headlong.
At Harvard Book Store
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Will Self

Wed, Oct 30, 7PM    

Will Self reads from his novel, Umbrella, shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lester R. Brown

Wed, Oct 30, 7PM 

Cambridge Forum presents Lester R. Brown discussing his memoir Breaking New Ground: A Personal History.
At First Parish Church
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Donna Tartt

Thu, Oct 31, 6PM    

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ.
At Brattle Theatre
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Karen V. Hansen

Fri, Nov 1, 3PM    

Brandeis professor Karen V. Hansen presents Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930.
At Harvard Book Store
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Monique Demery

Fri, Nov 1, 7PM    

Monique Demery discusses Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sun, Nov 3, 9AM-11PM 

20% off purchases in the store and on harvard.com for our Frequent Buyers!

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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!  



$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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