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May 9, 2014

Reflections of spring



news1Seriously, Mom. Don't Watch This Video.   


At least until after you open that gift you got in the mail. 


Don't forget Mom! Mother's Day is Sunday.   


Check out what some of our discerning booksellers are giving Mom for Mother's Day this year, including signed copies of Elizabeth Warren's A Fighting Chance

Staff Picks: Books for Moms
Staff Picks: Books for Moms

Check out more featured signed books here, including the opportunity to pre-order a signed book by David Sedaris if you can't come to the reading. Wait, David Sedaris is coming for a reading?? Yes! Read on!  



news2This June: David Sedaris, John Waters, and More   


This June we're excited to welcome back contributor to The New Yorker and This American Life and bestselling author David Sedaris. The event will be a unique in-store reading and signing; tickets go on sale for the June 7 reading next Friday, May 16, on harvard.com or via EventBrite. Ticket holders will get priority spots in the signing line, which will open up to all later in the evening. Learn more about tickets and the signing line procedure here.


And wait there's more! John Waters -- filmmaking legend, "Pope of Trash," and hitchhiker author -- will be joining us at the Brattle Theatre on June 14 to discuss his book Carsick, about his road trip across America. WBUR's Robin Young will moderate the discussion.  


Sedaris and Waters tickets will be on sale online only in order to manage the expected demand. It'll be big.


We're rolling out the rest of our June schedule here. Stay tuned!



news3Our New In-Store Shopping Companion    


Our scavenger hunt continues this week with AisleConnect! Learn more about the new iPhone shopping companion here





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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Confabulist
by Steven Galloway

Riverhead Hardcover, hardcover

The Confabulist is a clever, entertaining, and suspenseful narrative that weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with the surprising story of Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician's.

The 40s:
The Story of a Decade
by The New Yorker


Random House, hardcover
The 1940s were when The New Yorker came of age. In this enthralling book, masterly contributions from the pantheon of great writers who graced The New Yorker's pages throughout the decade are placed in history by the magazine's current writers.

Cable Guys:
Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century
by Amanda D. Lotz


New York University Press, paperback

Examining the emergence of "male-centered serials," Amanda Lotz analyzes how these shows combine feminist approaches to fatherhood and marriage with more traditional constructions of masculine identity that emphasize men's role as providers. 

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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

Old Boston Taverns and Tavern Clubs
by Samuel Adams Drake


Print on Demand, paperback
Brush up on your history before the next pub crawl, with Old Boston Taverns and Tavern Clubs.


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.
Ethan Allen:
His Life and Times
by Willard Sterne Randall
$9.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

While Ethan Allen, a canonical hero of the American Revolution, has always been defined by his daring, predawn attack on the British-controlled Fort Ticonderoga, Willard Sterne Randall, the author of Benedict Arnold, now challenges our conventional understanding of this largely unexamined Founding Father. 
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Blood Sisters:
The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses
by Sarah Gristwood
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)

A richly drawn, absorbing epic, Blood Sisters is a tale of hopeful births alongside bloody deaths, of romance as well as brutal pragmatism. It is a story of how women, and the power that women could wield, helped to end the Wars of the Roses paving the way for the Tudor age -- and the creation of modern England.
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Millennium People
by J. G. Ballard
$4.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)

No writer, certainly no fiction writer, has examined in recent times the profound social malaise of the middle classes as presciently as Ballard, whose penultimate novel, Millennium People, a brilliant political satire, is filled with stunning psychological insights, twisted humor, and unrelenting suspense.
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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 Sublime
by Philip Shaw

Originally published by Routledge in 2006

$12.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Often labelled as 'indescribable', the sublime is a term that has been debated for centuries among writers, artists, philosophers and theorists. This remarkably clear study of what is, in essence, a term which evades definition, is essential reading for students of literature, critical and cultural theory.


A Literary History of the Muslim Holy Land

by F. E. Peters

Originally published by Princeton University Press in 1994

$40.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

For the non-Muslim, Mecca is the most forbidden of Holy Cities -- and yet, in many ways it is the best known. In this literary history, F. E. Peters brings together accounts and stories from a huge variety of sources to offer a remarkably revealing literary portrait of the city's traditions and urban life and of the surrounding area. 

The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate:

An Asian Approach to Analytical Thinking Drawn from Indian and Tibetan Sources

by Daniel Perdue

Originally published by Snow Lion in 2014

$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Here, Daniel Perdue provides step-by-step lessons in building the skills needed to engage in Tibetan Buddhist philosophical debate. Making use of his successful undergraduate course in the subject, he trains readers to develop the analytical skills used in Tibetan-style reasoning.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Ruth Reichl in conversation with Barbara Lynch (May 9)
Michael Pollan (May 12)
Philippe Petit (May 19)
Timothy F. Geithner in conversation with David Gergen (May 27)

Tickets on sale May 16
David Sedaris

Tickets on sale May 20
John Waters

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

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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Mon, May 12, 7PM

Bestselling author and foodie intellectual Michael Pollan discusses Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, new to paperback.
At the First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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Tue, May 13, 7PM 

Anne Germanacos reads from Tribute, "a work of prose created from distinct lines. . . a work of continual shape-shift and exhilarating motion."
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, May 14, 7PM 

Anthony Doerr, author of About Grace and The Shell Collector, presents his new novel All the Light We Cannot See, about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, May 15, 7PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ.
At the First Parish Church
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Thurs, May 15, 7PM 

Philip Hoare, award-winning author of The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, presents his quest to rediscover the sea and its islands, birds, and beasts -- The Sea Inside.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, May 16, 3PM 

Benjamin Ross, former president of Maryland's Action Committee for Transit, discusses Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, May 16, 7PM 

Joshua Ferris reads from his new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour -- "one of the funniest, saddest, sweetest novels I've read since Then We Came to the End." (Anthony Marra)

Followed by a ticketed Meet and Greet with the author to benefit Boston Book Fest.
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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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
Marketing Manager

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