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February 1, 2014

Hasty Pudding stopped in this week



news1Signed by B.J. Novak    


We're looking forward to a full February of author events, but our Brattle Theatre event with B.J. Novak is now sold out. (No standby line for this one -- sorry!)   




We are taking pre-orders for signed copies of his book (we'll ship or hold them for in-store pickup), and we're working on bringing another opportunity to meet B.J. for those of you who didn't get a chance to buy a ticket to his talk. Stay tuned!



news2More Signed Books in Our Photography Section    


We also have limited quantities of some beautiful (and signed!) photography books in the store this week, by Martin Karplus, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and documentarian Lauren Greenfield, director of the film The Queen of Versailles. Come check out the photo section and our signed book display on the info desk.  



news3In Case You Missed It, Watch Our Events Online    


We're pleased to announce that we've renewed our partnership with WGBH's Forum Network, who has been back this winter to film many of our author events. If you missed the chance to see Ishmael Beah, Gary Shteyngart, Isabel Allende, Michael Ignatieff, or Scott Stossel, take a look at our video archive. If you like what you hear, we hope you'll buy their books from this independent bookstore (or via our website, harvard.com).  


Isabel Allende presents Ripper
Isabel Allende presents Ripper


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The Crane Wife
by Patrick Ness


Penguin Press, hardcover

A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard. Witty and romantic, The Crane Wife is a story of passion and sacrifice, that resonates on the level of dream and myth. 

Careless People:
Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby
by Sarah Churchwell

Penguin Press, hardcover

Careless People is a unique literary investigation: a gripping double narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime and a quest for the roots of America's best loved novel. It effectively blends biography and history with lost newspaper accounts, letters, and newly discovered archival materials.
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Boundaries of Toleration
edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor


Columbia University Press, hardcover

How can people of diverse religious, ethnic, and linguistic allegiances and identities live together without committing violence, inflicting suffering, or oppressing each other? In this volume, contributors explore the limits of toleration and suggest we think beyond them to mutual respect.  

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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

World Clock
by Nick Montfort


Print on Demand, paperback

World Clock tells of 1440 incidents that take place around the world at each minute of a day. The novel was inspired by Stanislaw Lem's "One Human Minute" and Harry Mathews's "The Chronogram for 1998." It celebrates the industrial concept of time and certain types of vigorous banality which are shared by all people throughout the world. 

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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 Civil War:
The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean
$17.99, hardcover (originally $37.50)
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The Civil War:
The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It
edited by Stephen W. Sears
$19.99, hardcover (originally $40.00)
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These are the first two titles in Library of America's ambitious four-volume series on the Civil War. Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, military reports, legal opinions, and memoirs, these powerful books create a unique firsthand narrative of the first two years of this great historical crisis.
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
by Manning Marable
$7.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

Manning Marable's biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties.
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Hellenistic Poetry
by G.O. Hutchinson
$9.99, hardcover (originally $175.00)

This broad study of the Hellenistic poets of the 3rd century B.C. provides a much needed picture of the poetry of the period while demonstrating its quality and vitality. Hutchinson explores the work of such writers as Theocritus, Callimachus, and Apollonius of Rhodes and offers a fresh analysis of the influence of Hellenistic poetry on that of Rome.
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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.
Appendix A
by A.M. Homes

Originally published by Artspace Books in 1996

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In an ongoing exploration, highly-acclaimed novelist and art critic A.M. Homes exposes the breadth of her creative process and unleashes her imagination. Appendix A is an elaboration on the novel The End of Alice, a unique investigation of the troubled boundary between truth and fiction, art and evidence.

Dickens and the Workhouse:

Oliver Twist and the London Poor

by Ruth Richardson

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012

$10.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The discovery that, as a young man, Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. This book presents the story for the first time and shows that the two periods during which Dickens lived in that part of London were profoundly important to his subsequent writing career.

Rough Justice:

The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics

by David Bosco

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2014

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Rough Justice grapples with the International Criminal Court's basic dilemma: designed to be apolitical, it requires the support of politicians who answer to domestic audiences. Through sharp analysis of the dynamics at work, Bosco assesses the ways in which powerful states have shaped the court's effort to transform the vision of international justice into reality. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee with Meghna Chakrabarti (Feb 3)
E.L. Doctorow with Christopher Lydon (Feb 4)

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Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Mon, Feb 3, 6PM 

MIT's Brynjolfsson and McAfee discuss The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies with Radio Boston's Meghna Chakrabarti.
At Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Feb 3, 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
Rescheduled from Jan 27
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E.L. Doctorow

Tues, Feb 4, 6PM    

National Book Award winner E.L. Doctorow discusses his latest novel, Andrew's Brain, with Radio Open Source's Christopher Lydon.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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David Kertzer

Tues, Feb 4, 7:30PM 

David Kertzer discusses The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe with James Carroll.
At Harvard Book Store
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Rachel Kushner

Wed, Feb 5, 7PM    

Rachel Kushner presents her second novel, The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award.
At Harvard Book Store
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Anthony M. Amore

Wed, Feb 5, 7PM    

Cambridge Forum presents Anthony M. Amore, discussing Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists with conservator Ingrid Neuman.
At the First Parish Church Parish House
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Peter Swanson

Thurs, Feb 6, 7PM    

Local author Peter Swanson reads from his debut novel, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, a romantic noir with shades of Hitchcock.
At Harvard Book Store
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Howard Eiland

Fri, Feb 7, 3PM    

MIT's Howard Eiland discusses Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life, the first English-language biography of one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jennifer Senior

Fri, Feb 7, 7PM    

New York magazine's Jennifer Senior discusses All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood with Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert.
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Event Info 



Featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are now 20% off at 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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