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February 14, 2014

Our staff picks, on Jeopardy!



news1What Is the Harvard Book Store Top 100?   


Imagine our excitement when we learned that our staff's favorite hundred books (a carefully compiled list put together a few years ago) was a category on Jeopardy! this week. Find the complete boards for Jeopardy and Double Jeopardy here, and see how you do naming some of our favorite novels and poetry (in the form of a question, of course). 


We'll have printouts of the Top 100 list in the store this weekend, and Monday's a great opportunity to fill out your bookshelf with some of our picks! It's our annual Presidents' Day Sale, featuring 20% off new, used, and remaindered books. Can't make it to the store? Shop harvard.com and use the coupon code PREZDAY2014 for 20% off your online purchases. All the details are here.  



news2Move Over Mindy Kaling  



The charming and hilarious B.J. Novak was here this week, signing books in the store and reading to a sold out crowd at the Brattle Theatre (and causing a bit of a ruckus with our neighbors at Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers). We of course still love his pal Mindy Kaling (her sold out author event in 2011 was definitely a highlight that year) but at least B.J. never broke our website


Signed copies of Novak's laugh-out-loud story collection One More Thing are on sale now in the store. Pick up a copy for yourself or your Valentine, or order a copy online for shipment throughout the U.S.  


This week we are also featuring signed copies of The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. Author Ben Bradlee, Jr., will be stopping by to personalize copies soon for special orders, so make your request for a personalized inscription by Thursday, February 20 at 11:59pm.  



news3It's Cold Out There; It's Warm in Here   


One of our latest bookseller-curated displays is captioned "It's Cold Out There, Like, Russia Cold..."  




We've put together some of our favorite Russian lit, perfect for some of these cold nights.

We'll see you soon at Harvard Book Store (Presidents' Day Sale on Monday, February 17!)


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Swan Gondola:
A Novel
by Timothy Schaffert


Riverhead Books, hardcover

The Swan Gondola is a lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight séances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World's Fair. From the acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, it is a transporting read, reminiscent of Water for Elephants or The Night Circus.
The News:
A User's Manual
by Alain de Botton


Pantheon, hardcover

In his dazzling new book, Alain de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories -- including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal-and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. 
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The Extreme Life of the Sea
by Stephen R. Palumbi and Anthony R. Palumbi


Princeton University Press, hardcover

The ocean teems with life that thrives under difficult situations in unusual environments. The Extreme Life of the Sea takes readers to the absolute limits of the ocean world -- the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans--to show how marine life thrives against the odds. 

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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

Love Knots and Bridal Bands
Poems selected and arranged by F. Langbridge

Print on Demand, paperback

For your special someone this Valentine's Day, a little book of "poems and rhymes of wooing and wedding and valentine verses" complete with 16 illustrations and "a large number of little pieces and pithy extracts especially suitable for transcription" -- originally published in 1883. 

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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 Dalkey Archive
by Flan O'Brien
$3.99, paperback (originally $12.95)

Hailed as "the best comic fantasy since Tristram Shandy" upon its publication in 1964, The Dalkey Archive is Flann O'Brien's fifth and final novel; or rather (as O'Brien wrote to his editor), "The book is not meant to be a novel or anything of the kind but a study in derision, various writers with their styles, and sundry modes, attitudes and cults being the rats in the cage." 
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by Henry Green
$3.99, hardcover (originally $12.50)

Written almost completely in dialogue, Henry Green's final novel is a biting comedy of manners that exposes the deceptive difference between those who love and those who "dote." In Doting, he depicts a series of intertwining affairs between five close friends less concerned with love than with their attempts to keep the other lovers apart.
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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
by Rainer Maria Rilke
$3.99, paperback (originally $13.95)

First published in Paris in 1910, Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge is one of the first great modernist novels, the account of poet-aspirant Brigge in his exploration of poetic individuality and his reflections on the experience of time as death approaches.

We also have in stock many other remaindered titles from the Dalkey Archive Press. Drop by the store to see our full selection!
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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.
The Unknown University
by Roberto Bolano

Originally published by New Directions in 2013

$21.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The sum of his life's work in his preferred medium, The Unknown University is a showcase of Bolano's gift for freely crossing genres, with poems written in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. "Poetry," he believed, "is braver than anyone."

Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life

by Allan Kaprow

Originally published by the University of California Press in 1993

$18.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

As the creator of "Happenings" and "Environments," Allan Kaprow is the prince and prophet of all we call performance art today. Edited and introduced by critic Jeff Kelley, these essays bring into crisp focus the thinking of one of the most influential figures in the varied landscape of American art since the late 1950s.


The Late Series

edited by Achim Borchardt-Hume

Originally published by Tate Publishing in 2008

$125.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Mark Rothko is widely celebrated as one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. His paintings are famed for their visual intensity and the personal response they elicit from the viewer. This book looks beyond the customary biographical reading of Rothko's late work and calls for a major reassessment of the final decade of his career.  

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (March 4)
E.L. Doctorow (March 18)
Simon Schama (March 31, through the New Center)

Tickets on sale Feb 18:
David Sibley (March 14)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Mon, Feb 17, 9AM-11PM  

Our Annual Tradition: 20% off purchases in the store and on harvard.com this Presidents' Day.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, Feb 18, 7PM    

Jerome Charyn presents his bold new work of historical fiction, I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Feb 19, 7PM    

Classical archaeologist Joan Breton Connelly discusses The Parthenon Enigma, a new understanding of the world's most iconic building and the people who made it.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Philosophy Café

Wed, Feb 19, 7:30PM 

The Philosophy Café discusses Social Progress.
At Harvard Book Store (Lower Level)
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Thurs, Feb 20, 7PM    

Harvard's Lawrence Buell discusses The Dream of the Great American Novel.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, Feb 20, 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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Fri, Feb 21, 7PM    

Nell Lake discusses The Caregivers: A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love.
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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