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May 3, 2014

Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself



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This week we're launching a partnership with AisleConnect, a new iPhone app designed to make your in-store shopping experience with us even better. Easily search for titles, find out what's in stock, and locate books in the store with the handy "map it" feature. Check out book reviews before you buy. Follow other shoppers and discover great new books, personally recommended just for you. Download AisleConnect here on the App Store.


Want to solve some fun book trivia, learn to use the app, and win cool prizes? AisleConnect is kicking things off with an iPhone Scavenger Hunt. Finish the hunt and you'll win a Harvard Book Store vintage USB thumbdrive; find and scan three books to be entered to win a $50 gift card. Happy hunting! 

The contest ends May 16. Learn more here or check out our flyers in the store.





Wednesday through Friday this week, we'll be taking over the Brattle Theatre for a trio of special events -- Roz Chast, Michael Cunningham, and Ruth Reichl with Barbara Lynch.











Our talk with New Yorker cartoonist Chast is nearly sold out, so act fast to get tickets (and there will be a standby line). The new novel by Michael Cunningham (author of The Hours and Speciman Days) has been described as his best novel in more than a decade. And No. 9 Park chef-owner Barbara Lynch will be interviewing Ruth Reichl (author of the bestselling memoir Tender at the Bone) as Reichl presents her debut novel, Delicious! That title will surely be the buzz word of the evening, as Chef Barbara Lynch will be providing small bites to those in attendance.  


Of course the Brattle folks have a great slate of programming of their own coming up, including repertory series Abracadabra! Magical Movies, a compilation of strange and wondrous films featuring practical stage magic. (And last night they hosted Margaret Atwood introducing the film version of The Handmaid's Tale. We're jealous.) Be sure to get on the Brattle e-mail list here.   



news3More Goings-On Around Town   


While your calendar is out:

  • Iconic intellectual Susan Sontag is brought vividly to life on the ArtsEmerson stage (May 6 - May 18) in Sontag: Reborn, adapted from her early journals by performer Moe Angelos. The Builders Association uses its signature synthesis of video and sound to poetically tell the personal story of one of America's most controversial and memorable cultural critics. Learn more here and get $10 off tickets priced $26+ with the promo code SONTAG10.
  • Our May 16 event with Joshua Ferris will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the author, to benefit the Boston Book Fest! His new book, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, explores online identities, religion . . . and the Red Sox. Buy meet-and-greet tickets here, and we'll see you at our 7pm event!
  • Grub Street's Muse in the Marketplace conference is this weekend, and we're commemorating the festivities with a display in the store. Come have a browse.  



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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel
by Sadie Jones


Harper, hardcover

Sadie Jones, the award-winning, bestselling author of The Uninvited Guests and The Outcast, explores the theater of love, the politics of theater, and the love of writing in this deeply romantic story about a young playwright in 1970s London.

The Big Tiny:
A Built-It-Myself Memoir
by Dee Williams


Blue Rider Press, hardcover
Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house was the beginning of building a new life for Dee Williams. Part how-to, part memoir, The Big Tiny is a seductive meditation on slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

History and Popular Memory:
The Power of Story in Moments of Crisis
by Paul A. Cohen


Columbia University Press, hardcover

In History and Popular Memory, Paul A. Cohen identifies the interplay between story and history as a worldwide phenomenon, found in countries of radically different cultural, religious, and social character, from Serbia to the Soviet Union.

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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

Last Man Standing:
by Arthur Bloom


Print on Demand, paperback
In this first collection of short stories, Arthur Bloom introduces us to a series of characters for whom the joys of life are considerable but for whom the existential pain of day to day existence, with its loss of dearly beloveds, is almost intolerable.


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.
Both Flesh and Not
by David Foster Wallace
$6.99, hardcover (originally $36.35)

Both Flesh and Not gathers fifteen of Wallace's seminal essays, all published in book form for the first time. Never has Wallace's seemingly endless curiosity been more evident than in this compilation of work spanning nearly 20 years of writing. 
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The Looney Tunes Treasury
by Andrew Farago
$14.99, hardcover (originally $19.95)

This irreverent, hilarious, and just plain looney history provides an offbeat look at the animation industry, the "behind-the-cels" men and women who gave the characters their unequivocal look, attitude, and voices.
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Readings in Greek History:
Sources and Interpretations
by D. Brendan Nagle and Stanley M. Burstein
$12.99, paperback (originally $54.95)

An ideal reader for courses in Greek history and Western civilization, this comprehensive collection of more than 180 historical source documents covers major aspects of Greek civilization from the Archaic Age through the Hellenistic Period. 
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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.
Travels in New England and New York
by Timothy Dwight

Originally published by The Belknap Press in 1969

$50.00 (hardcover, 4 volume boxed set) in Very Good condition

Between 1796 and 1815 Timothy Dwight, President of Yale College, journeyed 18,000 miles through New England and New York, by horseback, chaise or sulkey, and on foot. His Travels, published in 1822, present a final affirmation of what he valued in America.


by Helen Levitt

Originally published by powerHouse Books in 2001

$115.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Since the mid-1930s, Helen Levitt has photographed life on the streets of New York, capturing the pulse of the city at moments when sidewalk life becomes an urban portrait. Crosstown is the most comprehensive monograph devoted to this master photographer. 

The Frank S. Streeter Library:

Important Navigation, Pacific Voyages, Cartography, Science 

edited by Christie's 

Originally published by Christie, Manson, and Woods Ltd in 2007

$30.00 (hardcover, 2 volume boxed set) in Very Good condition

These gorgeous volumes comprise the auction catalog from Christie's Auction House, Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17, 2007. They feature numerous color plates as representative of 552 individual lots, as well as detailed descriptions which include materials, dimensions, and history. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
 Roz Chast (May 7)
Michael Cunningham
(May 8)

 Ruth Reichl in conversation with Barbara Lynch (May 9)
Michael Pollan (May 12)
Philippe Petit (May 19)

Tickets on sale May 6:
Timothy F. Geithner in conversation with David Gergen (May 27)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Sat, May 3, 4PM 

Slate staff writer Ben Blatt and president of The Harvard Lampoon Eric Brewster present their book I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mon, May 5, 7PM 

Sebastian Barry, who has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, reads from his new novel, The Temporary Gentleman -- the story of an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, May 6, 7PM

Historian Dan McMillan presents How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, May 7, 6PM 

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast presents Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Wed, May 7, 7PM 

Boston University's Amir Aczel, author of Fermat's Last Theorem, discusses Why Science Does Not Disprove God.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thu, May 8, 6PM 

Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, reads from his new novel The Snow Queen.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Fri, May 9, 6PM 

Food writer extraordinaire Ruth Reichl is joined by James Beard Award-winning local chef Barbara Lynch for a discussion of Reichl's first novel, Delicious! (With small bites provided by Barbara Lynch!)
At the Brattle Theatre
$28 Tickets (Book Included)
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Fri, May 9, 7PM 

Sam Kean, the bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon, presents The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery.
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

Tue, May 27, 7PM    

The May selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Frank Conroy's Body and Soul. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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