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February 21, 2014

Philosophy, Ready to Be Shelved



news1Join Us This March


Details are still falling into place for many of our spring events, and we're pretty excited for what's brewing. You'll find our complete March lineup now posted to harvard.com/events, including the coauthors of the bestselling Difficult Conversations
(with a new book on the art of giving and receiving feedback), ornithologist and illustrator David Sibley, award-winning poets, YA and fantasy authors, historical novelists, and more.  



news2Support Our Extended Community:

A Write-A-Thon and a Marathon


We are often reminded that the Harvard Book Store community stretches well beyond Harvard Square and Cambridge.


Boston's chapter of 826, an important nonprofit dedicated to helping those 6-18 years old with their writing skills, just launched its third annual Write-A-Thon fundraiser. We're hoping you'll join in! Whether you're a blogger or a novelist or a college student, do some writing these next few weeks with the pledged support of friends or colleagues, and help the good work of 826 Boston. Learn more and sign up here.

We're also proud to mention that Harvard Book Store staffer Stephanie is pursuing her dream of running in the Boston Marathon this April. She's fundraising for Natick Community Organic Farm, a place close to her heart. Help her and "Team Farm" reach their goal and support this nonprofit educational farm by making a donation here.



news3Oscars, True Crime, and Lit for These Cold Nights


Stop in the store this week and you'll find our displays commemorating the upcoming Oscars, some of our staff's favorite nonfiction murder and mystery titles ("A Very Harvard Book Store Introduction to True Crime"), and "It's Cold Out There, Like Russia Cold..." (some of our very favorite Russian lit).



news4In Case You Missed It: All Joy and No Fun


On February 7 we were pleased to host New York Magazine's Jennifer Senior and Harvard's Daniel Gilbert for a discussion of Senior's new book on parenthood, All Joy and No Fun. Thanks to our partnership with WGBH's Forum Network, we have video of the evening's conversation.  

All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

If you like the talk, we hope you'll consider buying the book from Harvard Book Store or here on harvard.com. Book sales ensure the future of this acclaimed author series! And check out our video archive of select author events for more discussions.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel
by Anna Hope


Random House, hardcover

London, 1920. The city prepares to observe the two-year anniversary of Armistice Day with the burial of the unknown soldier. Anna Hope's brilliant debut unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on their lives.

A Place in the Country
by W.G. Sebald


Random House, hardcover

A Place in the Country is W. G. Sebald's meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind -- and the last of this great writer's major works to be translated into English. In his masterly and mysterious style, Sebald weaves their lives and art in with his own migrations and rise in the literary world.
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The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela
edited by Rita Barnard


Cambridge University Press, hardcover

Nelson Mandela is one of the most revered figures of our time. The essays in this companion, written by experts in history, anthropology, cinema, literature, and visual studies, examine how Mandela became the icon he is today and consider the meanings and uses of his internationally recognizable image.  

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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

Layla and the Lake:
A Novel
by M.D. Ross


Print on Demand, paperback

Set in the early 1980s, with brief interludes glimpsing the past, Layla and the Lake incorporates scenes from both coasts of the United States and Canada into a pristine lake setting while exploring the boundaries and ambiguities of familial and romantic ethics.

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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 Tao of Travel:
Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
by Paul Theroux
$5.99, paperback (originally $14.95)

Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe in this collection of the best writing from the books that have shaped him as a reader and a traveler. The Tao of Travel contains excerpts from the best of Theroux's own work interspersed with selections from travelers both familiar and unexpected.
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New Worlds, Lost Worlds:
The Rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603
by Susan Brigden
$5.99, paperback (originally $18.00)

No period in British history has more resonance and mystery today than the sixteenth century. New Worlds, Lost Worlds brings the atmosphere and events of this great epoch to life through exploring the underlying religious motivations for the savage violence and turbulence of the period.
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The End of Byzantium
by Jonathan Harris
$9.99, hardcover (originally $40.00 )

By 1400, the once-mighty Byzantine Empire stood on the verge of destruction. In The End of Byzantium, Jonathan Harris explores individual stories of diplomatic maneuverings, covert defiance, and sheer luck, offering a new perspective on the real reasons behind the fall of this extraordinarily fascinating empire.
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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.
Lives and Legends of Flamenco:
A Biographical History
by D. E. Pohren

Originally published by the Society of Spanish Studies in 1988

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The Lives and Legends of Flamenco is the second in famed North American flamenco guitarist D.E. Pohren's trilogy on the subject. The books have won many national awards in Spain and the author was the only non-native to have been honored with admission into the Spanish Professorate of Flamenco Studies.

Surrealist Women:

An International Anthology

edited by Penelope Rosemont

Originally published by the University of Texas Press in 1998

$20.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This anthology, the first of its kind in any language, displays the range and significance of women's contributions to surrealism. Penelope Rosemont has assembled nearly three hundred texts by ninety-six women from twenty-eight countries, effectively letting surrealist women speak for themselves. 

Representing Place:

Landscape Painting and Maps

by Edward S. Casey

Originally published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2002

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

"You are here," a map declares, but of course you are not. How maps and paintings figure and reconfigure space -- as well as our place in it -- is the subject of Edward S. Casey's ambitious study, an exploration of how we portray the world and its many places. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (March 4)
David Sibley (March 14)
E.L. Doctorow (March 18)
Simon Schama (March 31, tickets through the New Center)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Feb 24, 7PM

Our in-store book club discusses Ron Rash's novel Serena, a gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge.
At Harvard Book Store
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danah boyd

Tue, Feb 25, 7PM 

danah boyd, Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, discusses It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.
At Harvard Book Store
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Neil Swidey

Wed, Feb 26, 7PM 

Boston Globe Magazine reporter Neil Swidey discusses Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jenifer Ringer

Wed, Feb 26, 8PM

New York City Ballet dancer Jenifer Ringer presents her memoir, Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet.
At the JosÚ Mateo Ballet Theatre (just outside Harvard Square)
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The Uses of Black Political Thought

Thurs, Jan 27, 7PM 

Panelists Nick Bromell, Eugene Rivers, and Brandon M. Terry have a discussion of Bromell's new work The Time is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy.
At Harvard Book Store
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Susan Minot

Fri, Feb 28, 7PM 

The bestselling author of Evening presents her new novel Thirty Girls, set in war-torn Africa.
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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