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June 23, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped by!



news1Win a Golden Ticket 


Our always-anticipated Summer Warehouse Sale is next weekend, June 28 and June 29 (10am to 6pm). We'll be opening the doors of our Somerville warehouse once again to browsers and shoppers, with thousands of discounted used and remaindered books.  

Willy Wonka, or bookstore owner Jeff Mayersohn?


For this year's summer sale we're awarding early entry via five golden tickets, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style.  


How do you enter to win? Send an e-mail to goldenticket@harvard.com before Thursday, June 26th at 8pm, with a haiku about book browsing and book discovery. Our five favorites will be published in our next newsletter and will win early entry (an hour early for each winner plus one guest) into Saturday's sale.  


Learn more about the sale, including directions to the warehouse and the return of our popular #HBSWarehouseSale Twitter contest, here



news2Hillary Recap   


We were honored to host a book signing event with Hillary Rodham Clinton last week, with a thousand in attendance and a perfect spring evening. Thanks to all who attended, to the Cambridge Police and Secret Service, and to all our Harvard Square neighbors.  


AP Photo/Steven Senne


Check out photos from the event in our Facebook gallery and a roundup of media coverage and your tweets over on Storify.   



news3World Cup 2014   


Gooooaaaallll! Explore our World Cup display in the store this week.



news4Fiction Fridays     


Fiction Fridays continues all summer long at Harvard Book Store.  


Looking for a good summer read? Support a debut author, an independent bookstore, and help send the message that bookstores are important (while taking up the call to action from Stephen Colbert and Sherman Alexie). Pre-order California from Harvard Book Store now.  


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Great Glass Sea
by Josh Weil


Grove Press, hardcover

From celebrated storyteller Josh Weil comes a breathtakingly ambitious novel of love, loss, and light, swathed in all the magic of Russian folklore and set against the dystopian backdrop of an all too real alternate present.

The Interior Circuit:
A Mexico City Chronicle
by Francisco Goldman


Grove Press, hardcover
The Interior Circuit is Francisco Goldman's timely and provocative journey into the heart of Mexico City. He explores and celebrates the city, which stands defiantly apart from so many of the social ills and violence wracking Mexico.

The Land of the Elephant Kings
by Paul J. Kosmin


Harvard University Press, hardcover

The Seleucid Empire (311-64 BCE) was unlike anything previously seen. The Land of the Elephant Kings investigates how the Seleucid kings, ruling over lands to which they had no historic claim, attempted to transform this territory into a coherent space.

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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

A Handful of Spells
by Kimberly A. Shaw


Print on Demand, paperback

Who wouldn't want to go to a 300-year-old school of magic, wave a wand, and learn to fly? But this girl falls off her broom, gets her spells wrong, and isn't sure her cat really is a familiar. Once Caitlin Leo finds her real community though, everything changes.


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.
When General Grant Expelled the Jews
by Jonathan D. Sarna
$7.99, hardcover (originally $24.95)

A riveting account of General Ulysses S. Grant's decision to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command, and the reverberations of that decision on the nascent American Jewish community and the American political process.
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The Infinity of Lists
by Umberto Eco
$9.99, paperback (originally $42.25)

In this beautifully illustrated edition, Umberto Eco reflects on how the idea of catalogues has changed over the centuries and how, from one period to another, it has expressed the spirit of the times.
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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
by Timothy Egan
$5.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history -- and the driven, brilliant man who made them.
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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.
Beuys zu Christus / Beuys on Christ
by Friedhelm Mennekes

Originally published by Verlag Katholishes Bibelwerk in 1989

$50.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

In numerous artistic attempts and in many conversations, Joseph Beuys expressed his attitude towards religion and Christ. It is in this long dialogue with Jesuit Friedhelm Mennekes that he expresses his concept most clearly. 

Tangled Roots:

The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics

by Sarah Mittlefehldt

Originally published by the University of Washington Press in 2013

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The Appalachian Trail offers a refuge from human ideas and institutions. But as environmental historian Sarah Mittlefehldt argues, the trail is also a model for public-private cooperation and environmental stewardship.

The Mystic Fable, Volume One

The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Michael B. Smith

Originally published by the University of Chicago Press in 1982

$33.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The culmination of de Certeau's lifelong engagement with the human sciences, this volume is both an analysis of Christian mysticism during the 16th and 17th centuries and an application of this influential scholar's transdisciplinary historiography. 

Upcoming Events  


Upcoming Sales:
Fiction Fridays
(Fridays All Summer Long!)
Summer Warehouse Sale (June 28 & 29)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Mon, June 23, 7PM

A week after Bloomsday, literary historian Kevin Birmingham discusses The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses.
At Harvard Book Store
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Susan Scarf Merrell

Tues, June 24, 7PM

Susan Scarf Merrell reads from her psychological thriller, Shirley: A Novel, in which fictional young couple spends a year with novelist Shirley Jackson.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ben Mezrich Book Signing

Wed, June 25, 12PM

The author of Bringing Down the House and Accidental Billionaires signs copies of his first book for ages 8 to 12, Bringing Down the Mouse, the story of a math nerd gaming the system at the biggest theme park in the world.
At Harvard Book Store
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Michael Waldman

Wed, June 25, 7PM

Michael Waldman, former Director of Speechwriting for President Bill Clinton, discuesses The Second Amendment: A Biography.
At Harvard Book Store
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Celeste Ng

Thu, June 26, 7PM

Local author Celeste Ng reads from her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.
At Harvard Book Store
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Bill Scheft

Fri, June 27, 7PM

Bill Scheft, longtime staff writer for David Letterman, reads from his comedic novel Shrink Thyself.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat & Sun, June 28 & 29, 10AM-6PM 

Featuring a wide selection of discounted used, remaindered, and collectors books!
At Harvard Book Store Warehouse, 14 Park St., Somerville
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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! 


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, June 30, 7PM    

The June selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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