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December 20, 2013



news0Shop Early and Choose Your Own Sale Day!  


Every morning until Christmas we'll be awarding "Choose Your Own Sale Day" coupons to every Frequent Buyer Card holder who spends $100 or more in the store. If you missed our annual Frequent Buyer Sale in November, you can make your own sale in early 2014! 


WHO: Frequent Buyer Card members (free to sign up!)

WHAT: Spend $100 or more in a single transaction (before tax)

WHEN: BEFORE NOON any day BEFORE December 25 

NEAT, AND WHAT DO I GET? A coupon redeemable for 20% off a single purchase (with no limit on purchase size!) on any day between January 1, 2014, and March 1
PLEASE NOTE: Only one coupon awarded per customer
DETAILS? Check out the details.



news1Books Make The Best Gifts  


"While I wander the aisles of my local bookshops, I am pondering more intimate aspects of my friends than their shirt sizes or culinary tastes. A good book will go with them and be their guide through the coming year." --Margot Livesey, "Why Books Make The Best Gifts"

The past few days we've been reviewing many of the reasons why Harvard Book Store is a special place to shop for the holidays. Take another look at our gift suggestions here, here, and here.



news2Don't Watch This Video If You Are a Bookseller's Cousin or Friend or Mom  


What is the discerning staff of Harvard Book Store giving to their friends and family for the holidays this year?
What is the discerning staff of Harvard Book Store giving to their friends and family for the holidays this year?

Learn more about Pie, Downton Tabby, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, and more of our gift picks here.   



news3First Night Boston 2014  


Don't forget to pick up your First Night buttons in the store for New Year's Eve festivities, including  Beantown Outloud. Bestselling authors Sue Miller and Chris Castellani, along with Regie Gibson and members of the Grub Street Teen Slam Poetry Team, will celebrate our city in words. Steve Almond will emcee and read as well.  


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


Selections from Our Holiday Hundred (20% Off)newshelves
Little Women:
An Annotated Edition
by Louisa May Alcott

Belknap Press, hardcover

In this richly annotated, illustrated edition, Daniel Shealy illuminates Little Women's deep engagement with issues such as social equality, reform movements, the Civil War, friendship, love, loss, and of course the passage into adulthood.

The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours
by Gregory Nagy

Belknap Press, hardcover

In twenty-four installments, based on the Harvard University course Nagy has taught and refined since the late 1970s, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours offers an exploration of civilization's roots in the Homeric epics and other Classical literature.
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Kids & Young Adult
Mr. Wuffles!
by David Wiesner

Clarion Books, hardcover

In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He's much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens.  

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Food & Cooking
The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden
by Alice Waters


Clarkson Potter, hardcover

Alice Waters, the iconic food luminary, presents 200 new recipes that share her passion for the many delicious varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you can cultivate in your own kitchen garden or find at your local farmers' market.  

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Staff Recommendations
City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts
by Catie Marron


Harper, hardcover

"If I could be anywhere right now (other than a bookstore), I would be sitting on the grass people-watching in a public park. Catie Marron's City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts lets you eavesdrop on the inner monologues and quiet wonderings of some of the world's most beautiful writers in some of the world's most beautiful public spaces." --Dana C.    

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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.
The Emperor of All Maladies:
A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
$7.99, paperback (originally $21.25)

 The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer -- from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, it is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

$10.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)

Educator, writer, critic, intellectual, filmmaker -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has been widely praised as being one of America's most prominent and prolific scholars. In what will be an essential volume, The Henry Louis Gates Reader collects three decades of writings from his many fields of interest and expertise. An invaluable reference, this book is a singular reflection of one of our most gifted minds.

The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English student and incurable romantic, is writing her thesis on Austen and Eliot - authors of the great marriage plots. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, she breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while at the same time an old friend resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.
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 Condemnation of Blackness:

Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Originally published by Harvard University Press in 2010

$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of urban America, as were African Americans' own ideas about race and crime. Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, this fascinating book reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.

An Excavation of the Iliad
by Alice Oswald   
Originally published by Gardners Booksin 2011
$12.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Matthew Arnold praised the Iliad for its 'nobility', as has everyone ever since -- but ancient critics praised it for its 'bright unbearable reality'. To retrieve the poem's energy, Alice Oswald has stripped away its story, and her account focuses on the brief 'biographies' of the minor war -- dead, most of whom are little more than names, but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably -- and unforgotten-in Homer's glance.

China's Vanishing Worlds:

Countryside, Traditions, and Cultural Spaces

by Matthias Messmer and Hsin-Mei Chuang

Originally published by MIT Press in 2013

$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition    

China's Vanishing Worlds is an impressive documentation in images and text of modernization's effect on traditional ways of life and a sympathetic portrait of lives burdened by hardship but blessed by simplicity and tranquility. In striking and evocative color photographs, this book offers readers a rare opportunity to glimpse China as it once was, and as it will soon no longer be. 

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Gary Shteyngart (Jan 23)

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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.
At Harvard Book Store
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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
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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.
At Harvard Book Store
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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.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Jan 15, 7PM      

MIT's Bill Aulet discusses Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.
At Harvard Book Store
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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.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Jan 17, 7PM      

Yascha Mounk discusses his book Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany.
At Harvard Book Store
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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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Alex W. Meriwether
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