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February 7, 2014

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news1B.J. Novak Countdown!    


The big news around here is of course our Monday, February 10, book signing with B.J. Novak (just added to the schedule in addition to Monday evening's sold out event).  


B.J. only has an hour to sign, so get here early. The signing will start at 12:30 and end promptly at 1:30. It's going to be a cold morning, and while the line will begin forming inside the store, make sure to bundle up! The line will likely extend outside.  


Please review the signing line guidelines before arriving. (Most importantly, you must buy the book from us to join the signing line. Purchase it at the book signing on Monday or bring a Harvard Book Store proof-of-purchase with your book to join the line).


We're also taking requests for signed (non-personalized) books online here



news2Shop Our Annual Presidents' Day Sale     


Our Annual Presidents' Day Sale is just around the corner. Fill out your bookshelves this winter with new, used, and remainder books that are all 20% off.  


If you'll be leaving town for the weekend (or if you're one of our far flung Harvard Book Store devotees), head to harvard.com and use the coupon code PREZDAY2014 for 20% off your online purchases.  


There are a few sale exceptions, but they're not bad, I promise. All the details are here. See you on Monday, February 17. 




news3Mark Your Calendars for More Upcoming Events


We'll be posting our March events in the next couple days, and if you don't yet have a 2014 calendar, come snag one for 50% off.   




Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Sun and Other Stars:
A Novel
by Brigid Pasulka


Simon & Schuster, hardcover

The Sun and Other Stars is a celebratory tale about families, compromise, and community, and about how losses can be transformed into hope. Irresistible and unforgettable, it is a big-hearted masterpiece that showcases an exquisite writer at the height of her talents

American Fun:
Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt
by John Beckman


Pantheon, hardcover

From the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Americans have always defied their stodgy rules and hierarchies. This is an animated and engaging work of cultural history that lays out America's unruly past by describing the ways in which cutting loose has always been, and still is, an essential part of what it means to be an American. 
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The Faith of the Faithless:
Experiments in Political Theology
by Simon Critchley

Verso, paperback

The return to religion has arguably become the dominant theme of contemporary culture. Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by an era where political action flows directly from theological conflict. This book lays out the philosophical framework of this idea and seeks to find a way beyond it. 

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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

Summer River
Poems by Joan Alice Wood Kimball
Sketches by Margot Kimball 
Print on Demand, paperback

Island life on the St. Lawrence River was the inspiration for these poems and drawings. In this book the reader will find bickering geese, a swaggering mink, and more than one challenging boat trip. Poems vary from thoughtful to adventurous to droll.

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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.
Sister Queens:
The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile
by Julia Fox
$9.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

Ousted from their positions of power and separated from their children, Katherine and Juana each turned to their abiding faith in their family's dynastic legacy to cope with enduring hardship. Sister Queens is a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman.
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Empires of Food:
Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
by Evan Fraser and Andrew Rimas
$7.99, hardcover (originally $27.00)

Using the colorful diaries of a sixteenth-century merchant as a narrative guide, Empires of Food vividly chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past twelve thousand years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate--and gives us fascinating, and devastating, insights into what to expect in years to come. 
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The Table Comes First:
Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
by Adam Gopnik
$5.99, hardcover (originally $33.80)

In The Table Comes First, Adam Gopnik envisions a new 'physiology of taste' which will enable us to look at food in a renewed light and concentrate on the pleasure principle: food is to be enjoyed, and to help us enjoy life in turn. Above all, he argues, the dining table should be the heart of the family, the place where all real family begins. 
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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.
Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not:
Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850
by Prasannan Parthasarathi

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2011

$16.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This book provides a striking new answer to the question of why Europe industrialized from the late eighteenth century and Asia did not. It offers a groundbreaking rereading of global economic development that ranges from India, Japan, and China, to Britain, France, and the Ottoman Empire, and from the textile and coal industries to the roles of science, technology, and state.


Poverty and the Poor in Britain

by Jeremy Seabrook

Originally published by Hurst & Company in 2013

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In 1797 Jeremy Bentham prepared a map of poverty in Britain, which he called "Pauperland." More than two hundred years later, poverty and social deprivation remain widespread in Britain. This book is Jeremy Seabrook's account of the mutations of poverty over time, historical attitudes to the poor, and the lives of the impoverished themselves, from early Poor Laws till today.

Air News Yearbook:

Volume 2

edited by Phillip Andrews

Originally published by Phillip Andrews Publishing in 1944

$15.00 (hardcover, First Edition) in Very Good condition

This volume, now a fascinating taste of the past, was once the complete and current compendium in pictures of the world's aircraft. Each photograph is completely documented and all plane types are arranged according to the countries of their origin. It presents in words and images a comprehensive picture of modern aviation as it stood in the mid 1940s. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
E.L. Doctorow (Rescheduled for March 18)

Tickets on sale Feb 11:
Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (March 4)

Upcoming Sale!
Presidents' Day Sale
(Feb 17)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Mon, Feb 10, 12:30-1:30PM 

Open to the public! Writer and actor B.J. Novak signs copies of his book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Signing will end promptly at 1:30pm.
At Harvard Book Store
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B.J. Novak

Mon, Feb 10, 6PM    

OUR EVENING EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There will be no standby line.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Florence Ladd

Mon, Feb 10, 7PM    

Local author Florence Ladd, author of Sarah's Psalm, reads from her new novel The Spirit of Josephine: A Family Reunion in Paris.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

Tue, Feb 11, 7PM 

Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi present their new anthology Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy with several of their contributors.
At Harvard Book Store
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Maxim D. Shrayer

Wed, Feb 12, 7PM    

Boston College's Maxim D. Shrayer presents his memoir Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story.
At Harvard Book Store
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Elizabeth Kolbert

Thurs, Feb 13, 7PM    

The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert discusses The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History--an account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
At Harvard Book Store
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50 Shades of Hot: A Night of Erotica to Make You Blush

Fri, Feb 14, 7PM    

Boston authors Jon Papernick, Steve Almond, and Lana Fox celebrate Valentine's Day with a set of erotic readings.
At Harvard Book Store
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Alex W. Meriwether
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