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November 24, 2013

Our Holiday Hundred picks -- 20% off!


The Holiday Hundred--our handpicked selection of great books to give this holiday--went on display this week, kicking off the season at Harvard Book Store! We'll be closed on Thanksgiving to spend the day with friends and family (and food and books), but shop with us next weekend as we'll highlight some of the wonderful benefits of shopping small with your local, indie bookstore. 



news1Shop Small This Thanksgiving Weekend  


Meet and shop with some of your favorite local authors today. Small Business Saturday is a day to rally people to shop at local businesses, and this year kicks off Indies First, a movement to bring local authors into bookstores to help recommend books to our customers on this special day. We'll be host to local novelists, Harvard scholars, and well-versed kids/YA authors throughout the morning and afternoon! (Browse the list of authors who will be joining us here.) And check out the added bonus for American Express cardholders on this day.  


This holiday season at Harvard Book Store and harvard.com, shop with us every Sunday of December (before the 25th) and a portion of every purchase will go to support important local organizations doing wonderful things for our community. Your purchases will help support 826 Boston, Cambridge Public Library Literacy Project, Community Servings, and Partners in Health.  


Cyber Monday (Dec 2)

The Monday after Thanksgiving is full of online deals for "Cyber Monday," and we want to thank you for choosing to shop with your indie bookstore this year. Enter coupon code CYBER2013 at checkout on harvard.com on December 2 and you'll get 20% off your shopping cart (excluding gift cards, already discounted items, and Kobo eReaders/eBooks). Shop harvard.com for in-store pickup, or we can ship orders throughout the United States. 


Thanks for shopping indie, and don't forget to check out our staff's thoughtfully curated Holiday Hundred picks



news2Follow Us on Twitter for 30 Books in 30 Days   


This past week we offered giveaway copies of The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, Doris Lessing's The Cleft, and a gorgeous set of poetry anthologies via our Twitter account, @HarvardBooks. Follow us and watch #HBS30books for our 30 Books in 30 Days giveaway. We've got a fine assortment of books to share over the next month! 



news3Mark Your Calendar: Our Winter Warehouse Sale  


It's back! Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8: Explore thousands of discounted used, bargain, and collectable books at our Somerville warehouse (14 Park Street, 10am-6pm). Find details and directions here.   



news4Hanukkah Begins Wednesday Night  

Happy Hanukkah! Our display in the store.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Stella Bain:
A Novel

by Anita Shreve

Little, Brown, and Company, hardcover

Suffering memory loss from time on a battlefield during WWI, American Stella Bain is taken in by a London surgeon and his wife, forever transforming their lives. In a narrative that takes us from England to America and back again, bestselling novelist Anita Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.


Junkyard Planet:

Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

by Adam Minter


Bloomsbury Press, hardcover

In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter--veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner--travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of consumption, innovation, and the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don't.
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A Sociological History

by Frank Furedi

Cambridge University Press, paperback

Concern with authority is as old as human history itself. This historical sociology of authority seeks to explain how the contemporary problems of mistrust and the loss of legitimacy of many institutions are informed by previous attempts to solve the problem of authority. It argues that the key pioneers of the social sciences regarded this question as one of the principal challenges facing society.

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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

Aquarium notes.
The octopus; or, The 'devil-fish' of fiction and of fact
by Henry Lee 


Print on Demand, paperback

From the introduction of Aquarium Notes (originally published in 1875): "When I accepted the position of Naturalist of the Brighton Aquarium. . . it became my pleasant duty to watch and record events and circumstances connected with the habits and development of the denizens of the tanks. . . . I have always endeavored to observe carefully, to describe faithfully, to record facts rather than to propound theories, and to relate what I have seen and learned in language comprehensible by all."      

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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.

Rereading Sex:

Battles over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America

by Helen Horowitz
$4.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

A lively, scholarly, and often startling exploration of nineteenth-century American attitudes toward sexuality--what we felt, thought, wrote, and said about the human body, about love, lust, intercourse, masturbation, contraception, and abortion. Horowitz shows us a many-voiced America in which acceptance of desire and sexual expression collided with prohibitions broadcast by evangelical Christian elements.


The Civil War Awakening

by Adam Goodheart

$9.99, hardcover (originally $28.95)

1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom.

Between the Assassinations
by Aravind Adiga

$4.99, paperback (originally $15.00)

Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. A series of sketches that together form a blinding, brilliant, and brave mosaic of Indian life, Between the Assassinations enlarges our understanding of the world we live in today with humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor.

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.
Science and Eastern Orthodoxy:

From the Greek Fathers to the Age of Globalization

by Efthymios Nicolaidis

Originally published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2011

$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

People have pondered conflicts between science and religion since at least the time of Christ. This pioneering study traces this rich history over an impressive span of time, from the fourth century to the twentieth. Nicolaidis argues that conflicts between science and Greek Orthodoxy--when they existed--were not science versus Christianity but rather ecclesiastical debates that traversed the whole of society.

Learning to Love You More

by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July

Originally published by Prestel Publishing in 2007

$10.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The web-based project "Learning to Love You More" offered more than sixty 'assignments' that could be completed by anyone. Here, creators Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher have curated a selection of the most memorable submissions to create a pop culture collage that tells a larger story about life today. The result is an engaging, heartwarming, idea sparking book sure to inspire, teach, and entertain.


Green Spaces in Modern Japan

by Thomas R. H. Havens

Originally published by the University of Hawaii Press in 2011

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Parkscapes analyzes the origins, development, and distinctive features of Japan's public parks. Based on extensive research in government documents, travel records, and accounts by frequent park visitors, this book will appeal widely to readers of spatial and environmental history as well as those interested in Modern Japan and its many inviting green spaces.

Upcoming Events  


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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 Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her.
At Harvard Book Store (Lower level)
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Indies First: Small Business Saturday

Sat, Nov 30      

Local authors will be joining us throughout the day to recommend books to our customers for this year's Small Business Saturday.
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Harvard Book Store Gives Back

Sun, Dec 1  

It's our first Gives Back Sunday of the season. Shop with us in the store or at harvard.com and your purchases will help support local charitable organizations. Gives Back continues every Sunday through December 22.
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Roger Rosenblatt

Mon, Dec 2, 7PM    

Roger Rosenblatt investigates his own life and the life of his city in The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, Dec 3, 7PM    

The host of A Prairie Home Companion reads from his first poetry collection, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.
At First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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Wed, Dec 4, 6PM    

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Thurs, Dec 5, 7PM    

Boston University's Merry White presents her indispensable classic Cooking for Crowds: 40th Anniversary Edition.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Dec 6, 7PM    

Nicholas Dawidoff discusses Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat-Sun, Dec 7-8, 10AM-6PM     

Explore thousands of discounted used, bargain, and collectable books!
At the Harvard Book Store Warehouse
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Harvard Book Store Gives Back

Sun, Dec 8     

It's our second Gives Back Sunday of the season. Shop with us in the store or at harvard.com and your purchases will help support local charitable organizations.
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Featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are now 20% off on the day of the event!  



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