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January 10, 2014

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Gary Shteyngart: He's Funny. He's Serious.news1 


Tickets are on sale now for Gary Shteyngart presenting his acclaimed memoir Little Failure at the Brattle Theatre on January 23. 


"The relationship between being funny and serious in books has always been tricky. If you're too funny, they say you're not serious. If you're too serious, you certainly can't be funny. But Shteyngart's humor comes out of the most serious material, and vice versa. . . . Little Failure is a rich, nuanced memoir. It's an immigrant story, a coming-of-age story, a becoming-a-writer story, and a becoming-a-mensch story, and in all these ways it is, unambivalently, a success." --Meg Wolitzer, NPR

Ticket holders will each receive a copy of the book at this very special event. Learn more and purchase tickets in the store or on harvard.com now.



Discover Something New in Paperbacknews2 


It's a great time of year for paperback releases.  



On our shelves this week you'll find Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, George Saunders' Tenth of December, and Sonia Sotomayor's My Beloved World, among many others. In February we'll welcome Rachel Kushner -- the only writer ever to be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel -- for the paperback release of the The Flamethrowers (a title on almost every Best Book list of 2013). 


Come browse the New in Paperback section when you're next in the store. It's one of the best spots to discover something unexpected and great.



All Aboard!news3    


Our 2014 event season is full steam ahead, after a wonderful event with Ishmael Beah this week. There's a lot more to look forward to, including our annual Presidents' Day Sale on February 17. Don't plan to be in town? You should still mark your e-calendar; the sale will extend to harvard.com purchases with our coupon code.  




We'll see you soon at Harvard Book Store! 


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd


Viking, hardcover

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Ping-Pong Diplomacy:
The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World

by Nicholas Griffin


Scribner, hardcover 

Ping-Pong Diplomacy traces a crucial inter­section of sports and society. Through a cast of eccentric characters, from spies to hippies and Ping-Pong-obsessed generals to atom-bomb survivors, Nicholas Griffin explores how a neglected sport was used to help realign the balance of worldwide power.
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Cut of the Real:

Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy

by Katerina Kolozova

Columbia University Press, hardcover

Katerina Kolozova reclaims the relevance of categories traditionally rendered "unthinkable" by postmodern feminist philosophies, such as "the real," "the one," "the limit," and "finality," thus critically repositioning poststructuralist feminist philosophy and gender/queer studies.

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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

Professor Magillicutty's Dingle-Dangle Guide for Hunting Wild Animals   
by Joanne Blondin


Print on Demand, paperback

A fanciful, humorous book of letters between the fictitious Professor Malachi Magillicutty and his fans, questioners, and complainers, Professor Magillicutty's Dingle-Dangle Guide for Hunting Wild Animals is suitable for children in grades three to six and youthful adults.

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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.
Nature Revealed:
Selected Writings, 1949-2006
by Edward O. Wilson
$19.99, hardcover (originally $42.00)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson is one of the leading biologists and philosophical thinkers of our time. This compelling collection enables us to share Wilson's various vantage points and to view the complexities of nature through his eyes.  Learn More
The American Heritage Medical Dictionary
by the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
$12.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

 The American Heritage Medical Dictionary provides students, healthcare professionals, and general consumers interested in medical vocabulary with a comprehensive reference that reflects the most recent developments in medicine and health care delivery. 
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Peterson Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals 

by Mark Elbroch and Kurt Rinehart
$14.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

This exciting new addition to the Peterson Reference Guide series is highly readable and full of fascinating facts. A guide not to identifying mammals, but to understanding them, it provides detailed information on more than 70 species of mammals and includes many illuminating photographs and drawings.  
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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.
Metal Box:
Stories from John Lyndon's Public Image Limited
by Phil Strongman

Originally published by Helter Skelter Publishing in 2007

$12.50 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Metal Box features riots, CS gas, axe attacks, knife-wielding maniacs, addiction, and sonic terrorism. It is the first time that those who were actually there amidst the madness have borne witness to John Lydon's long strange trip.

An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics, 2nd Edition 

by W.N. Cottingham and D.A. Greenwood

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2007

$40.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This textbook provides a concise but accessible introduction to the Standard Model. Each chapter ends with problems, and hints are provided at the end of the book. The mathematical treatments are suitable for graduates in physics, and more sophisticated mathematical ideas are developed in the text and appendices.

Click Doubleclick:
The Documentary Factor

edited by Thomas Weski 

Originally published by Haus der Kunst in 2006

$75.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Click Doubleclick is a big, bold, and truly essential compendium of documentary and almost-documentary photographs. Featured among the 24 photographers displayed here are Diane Arbus, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Scott McFarland, and Jeff Wall.



Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

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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Wed, Jan 15, 7:30PM 

This month's topic is "Can Human Beings Be Labeled Evil?"
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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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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Tue, Jan 21, 7pm      

James Scott presents his literary debut, The Kept -- a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Jan 22, 7PM      

The National Book Award-winning author of The Echo Maker reads from Orfeo, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Jan 22, 7PM 

Cambridge Forum welcomes author and essayist Wendy Lesser as she discusses Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books.
At First Parish Church Parish House
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Thu, Jan 23, 6PM      

The author of Super Sad True Love Story presents his memoir, Little Failure. "The army of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is about to get bigger." --The New York Times Book Review
At the Brattle Theatre
$28 tickets (include book)
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Fri, Jan 24, 7PM      

Rachel Cantor reads from her novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World.
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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We appreciate the feedback we get from readers of this e-newsletter. Please send any comments to Alex at newsletter@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


Alex W. Meriwether
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