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January 25, 2014

A New Year's Resolution Success! Our beautifully updated section signage



news1Meet Isabel Allende   


A limited number of tickets ($5) are still available for Isabel Allende, coming to Harvard Square on Tuesday. We'll have both English and Spanish language editions of her "utterly charming and intensely suspenseful" Ripper for sale at the event. Find tickets and details or order a signed copy if you can't make it here (with "signed copy" in the comments field). 






news2The Intern Has Written a Book   


He's done it! He's written a book! Tickets ($26) are still available for comic actor and writer B.J. Novak. (Purchase tickets online here. All ticket holders will receive a copy of the book with their ticket.)  


The book trailer for One More Thing hit the web this week and it's definitely worth a view or three. Check it out and join us on February 10th with B.J. Novak! 


Book Trailer:
Book Trailer: One More Thing by B.J. Novak



news3Another New Year's Resolution: More Picks for Your To-Be-Read Shelf!     


We've heard how much you love getting book recommendations from our staff, and one of our New Year's resolutions was to revamp our "Recommended This Month" newsletter.

This is where we'll be pointing out new staff recommendations, featured titles, and the Harvard Square Book Circle (our in-store book club) discussion selections. Our picks are great for book clubs, and also for your personal "to be read" list. 


Browse our "Books to Curl Up With This January" and we hope you'll subscribe.


Update your subscriber profile with us to subscribe to the Monthly Recommendations list. 


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Under the Wide and Starry Sky:
A Novel
by Nancy Horan


Ballantine Books, hardcover

From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
by Simon Winder


Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover

Danubia, Simon Winder's hilarious new book, plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages and a guinea-pig village. It is the fascinating history of the very peculiar Habsburg dynasty and the people they ruled.
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Worlds Without End:
The Many Lives of the Multiverse
by Mary-Jane Rubenstein


Columbia University Press, hardcover

"Multiverse" cosmologies imagine our universe as just one of a vast number of others. While this idea has captivated philosophy, religion, and literature for millennia, it is now being considered as a scientific hypothesis -- with different models emerging from cosmology, quantum mechanics, and string theory. 

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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

The Mosaic Economy
by Jennifer Leonard


Print on Demand, paperback

The Mosaic Economy is a description of the varieties of economic activity that come together to provide a mosaic of jobs and opportunities in today's economy. This book seeks to make people feel empowered as they read. Jennifer Leonard is a participant and frequent presenter at the monthly Philosophy Cafe discussion group.

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Remainders are bargain books, 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 Remainders section, visit our Remainders page.
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities:
Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists
edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
$5.99, paperback (originally $14.99)

You'll be astonished by what you'll find in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer have gathered together a spectacular array of exhibits, oddities, images, and stories by some of the most renowned and bestselling writers and artists in speculative and graphic fiction.
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Antony and Cleopatra
by Adrian Goldsworthy
$5.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

A masterfully told-and deeply human-story of love, politics, and ambition, Adrian Goldsworthy's Antony and Cleopatra goes beyond myth and romance to create a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of its subjects, set against the political backdrop of their time.
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A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson
$5.99, paperback (originally $14.00)

Hailed as "incandescent," "magnificent," and "a literary miracle", hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Here Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead.

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usedRecent 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.
Joseph Beuys:
compiled and edited by Jorg Schellmann

Originally published by Editions Schellmann in 1985

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

From the editor's note: "This catalogue contains Beuys' entire output of objects produced in editions -- multiples -- and printed graphics as well as all works which have appeared as signed editions . . . [It] documents all printed graphics and multiple objects since 1965."

Jeremiah's Scribes:

Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England

by Meredith Marie Neuman

Originally published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2013

$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Puritan sermon culture was primarily an oral phenomenon, and yet its literary production has been understood mainly through a print legacy. In Jeremiah's Scribes, Meredith Marie Neuman turns to the notes taken by Puritan auditors in the meetinghouse in order to fill out our sense of the lived experience of the sermon.

The Illuminated Book:

Its History & Production 

by David Diringer

Originally published by Frederick A. Praeger in 1967

$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Hailed on its first publication in 1958 as the most comprehensive survey of the subject ever published, The Illuminated Book is virtually an encyclopedia of the hand-illustrated book. It surveys the subject not so much as a branch of pictorial art, but as a total art of whose finest examples reveal a superb integration of text, illustration, and decoration. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Isabel Allende (Jan 28)
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee with Meghna Chakrabarti (Feb 3)
E.L. Doctorow with Christopher Lydon (Feb 4)
B.J. Novak (Feb 10)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Jan 27, 7PM 

Our in-store book club sits down for a discussion of Anthony Trollope's classic work, The Way We Live Now.
At Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
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Max Tegmark

Mon, Jan 27, 7PM    

MIT's Max Tegmark discusses Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.
At Harvard Book Store
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Isabel Allende

Tue, Jan 28, 7PM    

Isabel Allende -- the bestselling author of Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro -- presents Ripper, the mystery of a strange series of murders across San Francisco.
At the First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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Michael Ignatieff

Wed, Jan 29, 7PM 

Harvard's Michael Ignatieff presents Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics.
At Harvard Book Store
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Scott Stossel

Thu, Jan 30, 7PM    

Editor of The Atlantic Scott Stossel discusses My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind in conversation with Cullen Murphy, editor at large at Vanity Fair.
At Harvard Book Store
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Richard Grossman

Fri, Jan 31, 3PM    

Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University Richard Grossman discusses Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn from Them.
At Harvard Book Store
Friday Forum
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Alex Myers

Fri, Jan 31, 7PM    

Harvard alum Alex Myers -- the first openly transgender student at Harvard University -- presents his meticulously researched debut novel. Revolutionary tells the story of his ancestor, Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Samson.
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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