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April 5, 2014

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news1A Fighting Chance   


This week tickets went on sale for our upcoming event with Senator Elizabeth Warren. And they sold out in under three hours.  


View our Sold Out Event FAQ here, including info on a standby line. Note that we are taking orders for signed copies of the Senator's book A Fighting Chance. Even if you're unable to join the event, you can reserve a signed copy or have one shipped to you (or a loved one) throughout the U.S.


View more of our featured signed books, including Phil Klay's acclaimed Redeployment and Alan Lightman's The Accidental Universe, here.  



news2Is This Week Good For You? How About May?    


On Monday we'll host novelist Dinaw Mengestu, and the Boston Book Festival is following our event with a meet-and-greet gathering with the author just down the street. Learn more and buy tickets here.  


Tickets are still available for our Wednesday, April 9, event with the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Bob Mankoff, presenting his cartoon-filled memoir How About Never -- Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons.   



And wow. We're rolling out our packed May events calendar at harvard.com/events and the first two weeks alone include Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, novelist Michael Cunningham, food writer and critic Ruth Reichl, and foodie intellectual Michael Pollan. Stay tuned as we announce the rest of the month's schedule next week. 



news3National Poetry Month   


April is National Poetry month, and we're once again selling Mass Poetry Festival admission buttons this year. The festival is May 2-4 in Salem. Find all the details at masspoetry.org.


Plus, poetry month is the spotlight for our monthly selection of featured books this April. Browse all of this month's featured titles here.


Oh, and have you heard of "book spine poetry"?





news4In Case You Missed It   

Sarah Lewis: The Rise
Sarah Lewis: The Rise
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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Frog Music:
A Novel
by Emma Donoghue


Little, Brown and Company, hardcover

From the author of the worldwide bestseller Room comes a lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes which captures the pulse of 1876 San Francisco, a city in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. 

Life, Animated:
A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism
by Ron Suskind


Kingswell, hardcover
Life, Animated is the story of Owen Suskind, son of famed journalist Ron Suskind. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies and turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, and brotherhood.

Moral Imagination:
by David Bromwich


Princeton University Press, hardcover

Moral Imagination brings together a dozen recent essays by one of America's premier cultural critics. David Bromwich explores the importance of imagination and sympathy to suggest how these faculties may illuminate the motives of human action. 

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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

Kissed by Picasso
by Anita Leyfell


Print on Demand, paperback
A funny and heartbreaking memoir-in-vignettes by former Polish journalist Anita Leyfell. With the wit and candor that made her a beloved figure in the Warsaw arts scene, Leyfell's stories will entertain, enchant, and move you.


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 Beauty and the Sorrow:
An Intimate History of the First World War
by Peter Englund
$9.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a revelatory new approach to the history of WWI, magnifying its least examined, most stirring component: the experiences of the average man and woman. Englund examines not only tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity and even, at times, the beauty. 
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No Time Like the Present:
A Novel
by Nadine Gordimer
$4.99, hardcover (originally $27.00)

In No Time Like the Present, Nadine Gordimer trains her keen eye on Steve and Jabulile, an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa. In telling their story, she manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid. 
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The Tale of the Heike
translated by Royall Tyler
$7.99, hardcover (originally $50.00)

The Tale of the Heike, an epic from twelfth-century Japan, narrates with wit, energy, and compassion a reflection on the fleeting nature of power and glory. Lavishly illustrated and accompanied by maps, character guides, and genealogies, this book is a volume to treasure.
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Recentused 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 Alzheimer Conundrum:
Entanglements of Dementia and Aging
by Margaret Lock

Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2013

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The number of people worldwide experiencing dementia is increasing and the projections are grim. This book exposes the predicaments embedded in current efforts to slow down or halt Alzheimer's disease through early detection of presymptomatic biological changes in healthy individuals.


The Complete Collection 

by Joshua Luna and Jonathan Luna

Originally published by Image Comics in 2011

$65.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In rural Pennystown, life was peaceful. Now, things have changed, drastically. Clones, spawned from a beautiful and mysterious woman, are preying on the townspeople and paranormal activity is escalating into a full-blown catastrophe. To find a way out of this nightmare, the town must stand as one. 

Global Crisis:

War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century

by Geoffrey Parker

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2013

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Distinguished historian Geoffrey Parker examines first-hand accounts of people throughout the world describing what they experienced during a sequence of crises that stretched from 1618 to the 1680s, demonstrating a clear link between climate change and worldwide catastrophe 350 years ago.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
 Bob Mankoff (April 9)

Tickets on sale April 8:
Matt Taibbi in conversation with Robin Young (May 1)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Sat, April 5, 7PM  

Author Elizabeth Earley is joined by musician Steph Barrak and poet Janae Johnson for a reading and performance centered around Earley's novel, A Map of Everything.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ben Bradlee, Jr.

Mon, April 7, 6:30PM 

Ben Bradlee, Jr., presents his bestselling biography The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.
At the Cambridge Public Library
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Dinaw Mengestu

Mon, April 7, 7PM    

Dinaw Mengestu reads from his novel All Our Names, the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution.
At Harvard Book Store
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James Romm

Tues, April 8, 7PM 

Classics professor James Romm discusses Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero.
At Harvard Book Store
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Bob Mankoff

Wed, April 9, 6PM    

The cartoon editor for The New Yorker presents How About Never -- Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Mary McGrath and Jo Radner

Wed, April 9, 7PM    

Cambridge Forum presents Mary McGrath and Jo Radner for "Putting Together the Pieces: The Power of Narrative."
At the First Parish Church Parish House
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Annalee Newitz

Thurs, April 10, 7PM    

Founding editor of io9.com Annalee Newitz discusses Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction with Seth Mnookin.
At Harvard Book Store
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Werner Sollors

Fri, April 11, 3PM    

Harvard's Werner Sollors discusses The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s.
At Harvard Book Store
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Maggie Shipstead

Fri, April 11, 7PM    

Maggie Shipstead discusses her novel Astonish Me -- the story of a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star defect -- in conversation with Julie Orringer.
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.   

The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, April 28, 7PM    

The April selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Louise Erdrich's novel The Round House. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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This Month


Browse our most recent "Recommended This Month" newsletter, with picks from our featured titles, staff recommendations, new paperbacks, and more. Click "Join Email List" at the top of the page to receive our forthcoming April selections. 

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