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December 14, 2013

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Recommendations from Human Expertsnews1 


Last week Publishing Perspectives posted a piece that caught our eye on the value of discovering books in your local bookstore, especially when gift-giving season comes around. . . 


"So when you're shopping for gifts, try getting a recommendation from an actual human expert at your local bookstore. Because, for as complicated and sophisticated as the Amazon algorithm purports to be, the human brain is quite a more supple muscle. It's a muscle with memory and discernment. It's a muscle that makes sure you won't waste your time reading something you're not interested in, and will point you to books that can really matter in your life."  


--Ross Ufberg, President, New Vessel Press

"A Better Kind of Algorithm"



Don't Read This Section if You're My Momnews2 


Your friends and family want books this year, and we can help! Come ask our booksellers for recommendations when you're in the bookstore this week (and be sure to explore our Holiday Hundred for gift ideas as well).   




I'll be giving Mom (lover of grammar and prose) a copy of Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks.  


Staffer Danny is giving Dad The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. (Rumor has it we may be getting more signed copies this weekend!)  


Carole's mom will be receiving Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Kate Atkinson's Life After Life.   




Brad's dad is getting Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Bully Pulpit. Isabel is getting Skim by Tamaki Mariko for her 16-year-old sister and Rookie Yearbook 2 for her 15-year-old cousin. Mina is giving her brother Things Fall Apart.  


Bethy is giving Dad a copy of The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining




Linden is getting Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide for... well... herself.


Want more staff picks? Check out the Staff Recommendations section in the bookstore or online. And stay tuned in coming weeks for the release of our newly produced anthology of every one of our thoughtfully penned staff recommendations of 2013.



Need a Gift? Give Harvard Book Storenews3 


Still need gift ideas for that book lover in your life? We sell gift cards in the store and online. And perhaps that far flung Harvard Book Store fan would like one of our mugs or tote bags?


Thanks for shifting your shopping to indie businesses (and bookstores) this holiday season.  


And thanks for reading. We'll see you in the store!


Selections from Our Holiday Hundred (20% Off)newshelves
The Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud

Knopf, hardcover

"Riveting . . . Messud is adept at evoking complex psychological territory, and here favors a controlled and notably unreliable style of narration. She is interested in the identities that women construct for themselves, and in the maddening chasm that often divides intensity of aspiration from reality of achievement." --The New Yorker

Orr: My Story
by Bobby Orr

Putnam, hardcover

Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest ever to play the game of hockey. From 1966 through the mid-seventies, he could change a game just by stepping on the ice. No defenseman had ever played the way he did, or received so many trophies, or set so many records, several of which still stand today. "A must-read for anyone who fondly remembers the glory years of the Big Bad Bruins . . . Read Orr. It's like reminiscing with an old friend." --The Sun Chronicle
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Kids & Young Adult
by Rainbow Rowell

Griffin, hardcover

"Rowell, whose last young adult novel was Eleanor & Park, specializes in young misfits charting their way in the world. She doesn't disappoint here. Though the theme of a young writer finding her voice may be familiar, Rowell brings to it fresh humor, heart and more than a few surprises." --The New York Times 

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Food & Cooking
Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories
by Joanne Chang


Chronicle, hardcover

The ideal companion to Flour--Joanne Chang's beloved first cookbook--Flour, Too includes the most-requested savory fare to have made her four cafés Boston's favorite stops for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are 100 gratifying recipes for easy at-home eating and entertaining from brunch treats to soups, pizzas, pasta, and, of course, Flour's famous cakes, tarts, and other sweet goodies.

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Staff Recommendations
Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders


Random House, hardcover

"Tenth of December, George Saunders's fourth short story collection, revisits his stylized, post-reality America, a land that takes form at the point where suffering intersects comedy. Saunders brings the culture of the information age under a harsh light, illuminating the tragic and mundane aspects of daily life in ways that make us laugh, meanwhile-somewhat contrary to an initial impression-affirming basic human decency." --Haleh W.  

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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.

Architectural Inventions:

Visual Drawings

by Max Goldfarb and Matt Bua
$16.99, hardcover (originally $40.00)

 Born out of the drawingbuilding.org online archive, Architectural Inventions presents a stunning visual study of impossible or speculative structures that exist only on paper. Soliciting the work of architects, designers, and artists of renown, Maximilian Goldfarb and Matt Bua have gathered an array of works that convey architectural alternatives, byproducts, expansions, or critiques of our inhabited environments.

Lucian Freud Drawings

by William Feaver

$26.99, hardcover (originally $55.00)

The interplay in Lucian Freud's work between paper and canvas was a defining feature of his creative habits throughout his career, as Freud's foremost scholar and curator, William Feaver, establishes with this masterful volume. The fruit of Feaver's privileged access to Freud's studio, Lucian Freud Drawings includes more than 100 drawings, around half of which have never been exhibited or published.

Alfonse Mucha:


by Rosalind Ormiston
$19.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

Though very much an individual and spiritual artist, Alfonse Mucha was a defining figure of the Art Nouveau era and is loved for his distinctive lush style and images of beautiful women in arabesque poses among the plethora of paintings, posters, advertisements and designs he produced. Admire a whole range of his work here in its full glory with succinct accompanying text.
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.

A Companion to the Works of Friedrich Schiller

edited by Steven D. Martinson

Originally published by Camden House in 2005

$65.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Friedrich Schiller is not merely one of Germany's foremost poets. He is also one of the major German contributors to world literature.This collection of cutting-edge essays by some of the world's leading Schiller experts constitutes a milestone in scholarship that gives special attention to both the paradigm shifts in Schiller's work in its development over time and the indelible imprint of the early writings on his later works.

The Faustian Century:
German Literature and Culture in the Age of Luther and Faustus  
edited by J.M. van der Laan and Andrew Weeks  
Originally published by Camden House in 2013
$75.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The new essays in this volume complement one another, providing insights into the tensions and forces that gave the Faustian century its distinct character. They focus on the intersection of historical accounts and literary imaginings, on concerns with obedience and transgression, obsessions with the devil and curiosity about magic, and quandaries created by shifting religious and worldly authorities.

Il Convento di S. Bernardino in Ivrea e il Ciclo Pittorico di Gian Martino Spanzotti

The San Bernardino Monastery at Ivrea and the "Life and Passion of Christ" Cycle of Frescoes by Gian Martino Spanzotti

by Adele Rovereto

Originally published by Priuli & Verlucca in 1990

$65.00 (hardcover slipcase) in Very Good condition   

The "Life and Passion of Christ" series of frescoes at the San Bernardino Monastery at Ivrea are widely considered to be Gian Martino Spanzotti's (also known as Giovanni Martino Spanzotti) best work. This gorgeous volume (trilingual in Italian, French, and English) is the perfect celebration of these pieces, featuring full color plates, detailed descriptions, and a lengthy introductory essay. 

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Harvard Book Store Gives Back

Sun, Dec 15      

Shop with us in the store or at harvard.com this Sunday and your purchases will help support 826 Boston, Cambridge Public Library Literacy Project, Community Servings, and Partners in Health.
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Harvard Book Store Gives Back

Sun, Dec 22       

December 22 is our final Gives Back Sunday of the season. Shop Harvard Book Store and harvard.com.
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Ishmael Beah

Thurs, Jan 9, 6PM      

The bestselling author of A Long Way Gone presents his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets on sale Dec 17
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Nick Turse

Mon, Jan 13, 7PM      

Award-winning investigator Nick Turse presents the paperback release of his book Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.
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Tue, Jan 14, 7pm      

Tufts University's Jay Cantor reads from his new book of stories, Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka.
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Wed, Jan 15, 7PM      

MIT's Bill Aulet discusses Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.
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Thu, Jan 16, 7PM      

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Kennedy Lawford presents What Addicts Know, discussing the lessons addiction and recovery offer to those who haven't battled addiction.
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Fri, Jan 17, 7PM      

Yascha Mounk discusses his book Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany.
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