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July 18, 2014

Summer evenings at Harvard Book Store



news1Fiction Friday Reads   


It's Fiction Friday! Come on by the store today for discounted Paperback & Hardcover Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Novels, Mythology, Fiction & Poetry Audio Books, and fiction from the Kids section.   


Pick out your summer read with us, and check out what some of our staff is reading. We'll be tweeting some of our staff #fridayreads throughout the day over on @HarvardBooks.  



news2Looking to September  


Harvard Book Store will be taking August off from events to make plenty of room in the store for evening summer browsing . . . and to make room in our schedules for prepping an excellent fall. 


We'll be rolling out our September calendar over the next week or two over on harvard.com/events, but today we're pleased to announce our September 4 event with Randall Munroe, creator of the wildly popular stick-figure webcomic xkcd. Learn more about the event and ticketing here.  


Are you a far-off friend of the store or a fan who can't make it to the upcoming event? Randall will be signing a limited number of pre-orders of his book What If?, pre-orders on sale now, only at harvard.com! We'll ship throughout the U.S.  



news3Revolution in France   


Harvard Square celebrated Bastille Day last weekend, and we've got a French Revolution reading list pour vous. Check out the display in the store this week. 





news4In Case You Missed It   


Michael Waldman: The Second Amendment - A Biography
Michael Waldman: The Second Amendment - A Biography

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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel
by Rainbow Rowell

St. Martin's Press, hardcover

From Rainbow Rowell, New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.

Unruly Places:
Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
by Alastair Bonnett


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover
In our technological world it can be hard to imagine there's any uncharted ground left on the planet. In Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected, offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination.

A History
by Vittoria Di Palma

Yale University Press, hardcover

In Wasteland, Vittoria Di Palma takes on the "anti-picturesque," offering an account of landscapes that have traditionally drawn fear and contempt. 

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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

Thusness and Image
by Dennis Cordell


Print on Demand, paperback

Thusness and Image is a photographer's journal that examines how a photographic image may be used to depict spiritual contemplation. The text discusses concepts by early Buddhist logicians such as Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Chandrakirti, and others.


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.
Fun Home:
A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel
$7.99, paperback (originally $14.95)

In this groundbreaking graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor.
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The Violinist's Thumb:
And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
by Sam Kean
$7.99, hardcover (originally $25.99)

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In The Violinist's Thumb, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.
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The Mansion of Happiness:
A History of Life and Death
by Jill Lepore
$7.99, hardcover (originally $27.95)

Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has composed a strikingly original, ingeniously conceived, and beautifully crafted history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave.
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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 Tales of Beedle the Bard:
Collector's Edition
by J.K. Rowling

Originally published by Children's High Level Group in 2007

$225.00 (boxed hardcover) in Very Good condition

This Collector's Edition includes ten illustrated prints, a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling's signature, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with an introduction and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

How It Is

by Samuel Beckett

Originally published by John Calder London in 1964

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This first edition volume, one of only 4,000 ever printed, contains Samuel Beckett's own translation from the original French text. How It Is is a unique novel which fuses poetry and prose to better mimic the rhythms of the breath of the narrator.  

Agnes Martin:

Paintings, Writings, Remembrances

by Arne Glimcher

Originally published by Phaidon Press in 2012

$85.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Agnes Martin is the only complete career retrospective of this visionary painter. This volume brings together 130 of Martin's paintings and drawings with her previously unpublished writings and lecture notes, which vividly illuminate her art. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale Aug 12:  

Randall Munroe (Sept 4) 


All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Fri, July 18, 9AM-11PM and Fridays all summer 

Get 15% off new fiction purchases in the store!

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Tues, July 22, 7PM

Local author Sukey Forbes reads from her memoir The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death, the story of the loss of her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, to a rare genetic disorder.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, July 23, 7PM

Judith Frank presents her novel All I Love and Know, a searing exploration of adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, July 25, 9AM-11PM and Fridays all summer  

Get 15% off new fiction purchases in the store!
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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, July 28, 7PM    

The July selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Adam Johnson's novel The Orphan Master's Son. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mark Epstein

Tues, July 29, 7PM

Mark Epstein, the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, presents The Trauma of Everyday Life, new to paperback.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen L. Carter

Wed, July 30, 7PM

Professor of Law at Yale University Stephen L. Carter reads from his latest novel, Back Channel, a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat & Sun, Aug 9 & 10 

Offering a 15% discount on top of purchases being tax-free! In-store and online all weekend.

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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!


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