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November 16, 2013

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Comics, Sports & Cooking: O, What a Luxurynews1 




Our ticketed events over the next few weeks cover everything from innovative storytelling through comics, to the astoundingly popular world of fantasy sports, to some occasionally vulgar (and often hilarious and charming) verse. Tickets are on sale now



We're Giving Away 30 Books in 30 Days!news2 


If you are a Twitter user, you know that our Twitter feed, @HarvardBooks, is a great source for author event updates, bookish news, staff recommendations, and more. Over the next month it will also be giveaway machine. We're nearing 30,000 followers, and we want to celebrate by giving away 30 books over the next few weeks.  


Starting Monday, November 19, we'll be kicking off our 30 Books in 30 Days Twitter promotion. Stay tuned to @HarvardBooks on weekday mornings for our daily giveaway, exclusively for local customers who follow us on Twitter. Follow along with #HBS30books, and good luck! 


Our first giveaway will be a copy of The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. Enter to win via our Twitter link on Monday morning, and don't forget to get your tickets to see Chris Kimball and the cast of America's Test Kitchen for our annual ATK cookbook event this December. 



Your Holiday Need-To-Knowsnews3 


Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are just under two weeks away, as is the unveiling of our bookseller-vetted selection of gift-worthy (and 20% off!) books: the Holiday Hundred. Your friends and relatives will want books this season, and our list will have something on it for everyone on your list


As November comes to a close, you'll want to mark your calendars for the following Harvard Book Store happenings:

We'll be back with another newsletter next week with more seasonal promotions, giveaways, and events. 


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves

A Novel

by Nicola Griffith

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover

A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby. Hild is a young woman at the heart of the violence, subtlety, and mysticism of the early Middle Ages--all of it brilliantly and accurately evoked by Nicola Griffith's luminous prose. Working from what little historical record is extant, Griffith has brought a beautiful, brutal world to vivid, absorbing life.

My Venice and Other Essays
by Donna Leon


Atlantic Monthly Press, hardcover

My Venice and Other Essays will be a treat for Donna Leon's many fans, as well as for lovers of Italy and La Serenissima. For many years, Leon has written essays for European publications and collected here are the best of these: over fifty funny, charming, passionate, and insightful essays that range from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate.

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Time, History, and Literature:

Selected Essays of Erich Auerbach

by Erich Auerbach


Princeton University Press, hardcover

Erich Auerbach is celebrated today as a founder of comparative literature, a forerunner of secular criticism, and a prophet of global literary studies. This book presents a wide selection of Auerbach's essays, many of which are little known outside the German-speaking world. These writings offer a challenging model of intellectual engagement, one that remains as compelling today as it was in Auerbach's own time.

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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

Always Wondering...  
edited by W. Shorr, S. Hoidin, C. Lowry, E. Cavicchi


Print on Demand, paperback

This volume provides an artful introduction to the life and work of Harvard Professor, Eleanor Ruth Duckworth. Teacher, learner, researcher, dancer, and social activist, Duckworth has influenced generations of teachers through her surprisingly radical pedagogical stance, Critical Exploration in the Classroom. Anyone who wishes to rethink educational practice and policy will find themselves intrigued by the work described here.     

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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.

Murder Has a Public Face:

Crime and Punishment in the Speed Graphic Era

by Larry Millett
$9.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)

Larry Millett traces four sensational 1950s crimes from the moment the victim was found through to the court trial and resulting imprisonment or acquittal. All are copiously illustrated with shots from a Speed Graphic camera, images that dramatically evoke crimes of passion now more than a half-century old and provide a thrilling immersion into Minnesota noir.
The American Resting Place:

400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds

by Marilyn Yalom
$4.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

Cemeteries and burial grounds, as illuminated by an acclaimed cultural historian, are unique windows into our religious, ethnic, and deeply human history as Americans. The American Resting Place is a sweeping history of America as seen through its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with eighty black-and-white photographs.

The Language of Objects in the Art of the Americas
by Edward J. Sullivan
$19.99, hardcover (originally $65.00)

In this wide-ranging book, a distinguished scholar of Latin American art explores the meanings of created and depicted objects from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking regions of the New World. This generously illustrated volume invites the reader to travel across time and national boundaries to examine an array of extraordinary and meaningful objects.
Recentused Finds in the Used 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 Complete Poetry:

A Bilingual Edition

by Cesar Vallejo

edited and translated by Clayton Eshleman

Originally published by the University of California Press in 2007

$21.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This first translation of the complete poetry of Peruvian César Vallejo makes available to English speakers one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century world poetry. Handsomely presented in facing-page Spanish and English, this volume, translated by National Book Award winner Clayton Eshleman, includes The Black Heralds, Trilce, Human Poems, and Spain, Take This Cup from Me.

Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature:

Maitreya's Dharmadharmatavibhanga

by the Dharmachakra Translation Committee

Originally published by Snow Lion Publications in 2013

$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Outlining the difference between appearance and reality, this work shows that the path to awakening involves leaving behind our limiting beliefs and opening ourselves to our true nature. This volume includes commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham, whose discussions illuminate the subtleties of the root text and provide valuable insight into the nature of reality and the process of awakening.


The Last Supper

by Pinin Brambilla Barcilon and Pietro C. Marani

Originally published by the University of Chicago Press in 2001  

$50.00 (boxed hardcover) in Very Good condition

Leonardo: The Last Supper is the definitive record of the recently completed project to restore one of the most important works of Renaissance art and preserve it in a manner that generations of conservators have failed to do. It is an invaluable historic record, an extraordinarily handsome book, and an essential volume for anyone who appreciates the beauty, technical achievements, and fate of Renaissance painting.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Matthew Berry (Nov 22)
Garrison Keillor (Dec 3)
America's Test Kitchen
(Dec 4)

Tickets on sale Nov 18:
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (Dec 13)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Russell Banks

Mon, Nov 18, 7PM 

Russell Banks presents his new collection of stories, A Permanent Member of the Family.
At Harvard Book Store
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Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

Tue, Nov 19, 7PM     

Cambridge Forum presents the authors of The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World.
At the First Parish Church Barn Room
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John McMillian

Tue, Nov 19, 7PM    

John McMillian discusses Beatles vs. Stones, the definitive account of the friendship and rivalry between the biggest bands of the 1960s.
At Harvard Book Store
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Graham Robb

Wed, Nov 20, 7PM 

Graham Robb reveals an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe in The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts.
At Harvard Book Store
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Gene Luen Yang

Thu, Nov 21, 6PM    

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang is joined by young adult novelist M.T. Anderson for a discussion of Boxers & Saints, two parallel stories of the Boxer Rebellion. Tickets are $5.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Matthew Berry

Fri, Nov 22, 6PM    

ESPN's Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst Matthew Berry, the "Talented Mr. Roto," presents his book on the curious, outrageous, and heartbreaking world of fantasy sports, Fantasy Life. Tickets are $5.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Robert Stone

Fri, Nov 22, 7PM    

Robert Stone is joined by Christopher Lydon for a discussion of his haunting new novel Death of the Black-Haired Girl.
At Harvard Book Store
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Bill Ayers

Mon, Nov 25, 7PM    

Social activist Bill Ayers of the University of Illinois at Chicago presents Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident.
At Harvard Book Store
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Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Nov 25, 7PM    

Our in-store book club discusses Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot DÍaz's book, This Is How You Lose Her.
At Harvard Book Store (Lower level)
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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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