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July 25, 2014

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news1Recommendations for Fiction Fridays   


Fiction Fridays continue this week (15% off new fiction in the store), and our staff of course has plenty to recommend -- from general fiction, fantasy, mystery, kids books, poetry, and more. (And yes, all of these sections are included in the weekly sale!)   




Greg and Vanessa recommend the medical novel The House of God

"Samuel Shem brilliantly interweaves dark humor with vivid prose to convey the paradoxical world of The House, a hospital where empathy is as damning as disease." 


Ben F. suggests fantasy favorite The Name of the Wind:

"I see this book not only as a great work of fantasy but also as a brilliantly self-aware look at the art of storytelling and how stories, fictional or otherwise, can shape an individual and the world."  


Isabel recommends Out, from the mystery section

"The characters are so fully realized that I imagined the characters going about their lives even after I had finished reading."  


Liz wants you to read (or re-read) Harriet the Spy:

"Whether you're just meeting Harriet or whether you spent a good portion of the 90s, as I did, lugging around a secret green notebook, this new edition is one you'll want on your shelf forever."  


Jen L. heads to the poetry section to recommend Native Guard:

"Natasha Trethewey made me fall in love with poetry. Reading this collection is like living in a haunted dream."  


Lauren suggests a YA novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender:

"A ghost story, a love story, a murder mystery, a tease. This new book for young adults will reach up and bite you." 


Serena suggests Altered Carbon from Sci-Fi:

"Richard Morgan's writing is gritty, evocative, tactile, and as a result, Altered Carbon is not simply a book you read; it's a book you experience."  


Carole recommends Casebook (and we have signed copies!): 

"The way Mona Simpson pulls everything together is dazzling, and by the end I found myself moved more than by anything I've read in a long time." 



news2Tax Holiday Sale, August 9 and 10    


Our event season is coming to a close next week, and resumes after Labor Day. But mark those calendars for our Tax Holiday Sale on August 9 and 10. Away for that weekend? You can still get sale prices on harvard.com by using coupon code TAXHOLIDAY2014



news3Letters & the Epistolary Novel   


We're featuring a beautiful display of books of letters and epistolary novels in the store this week.   





news4In Case You Missed It   


David Rose: Enchanted Objects - Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things
David Rose: Enchanted Objects -
Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things

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After Everything:
A Novel
by Suellen Dainty

Atria Books, hardcover

After Everything is about the frailties and joys of friendship and family. In this heartwarming novel about midlife coming-of-age, some relationships blossom, others fade, but all reveal the ambivalent nature of the ties that bind us to each other.

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl:
How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis
by Arthur Allen


W.W. Norton & Company, hardcover
The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl tells the harrowing true story of the eccentric Polish scientist who, tasked by the Nazis to create a typhus vaccine, hid the intelligentsia from the Gestapo by hiring them to work in his laboratory.

On the New
by Boris Groys


Verso, paperback

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. It is an investigation which aims to map the uncharted territory of what constitutes artistic innovation.

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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. This week we're featuring dozens of print-on-demand titles!

Recovering the Classics is the brainchild of the Creative Action Network. Bringing together dozens of professional and amateur artists and designers, RTC crowdsources original covers for some of the greatest works of fiction available in the public domain.

Partnering with Harvard Book Store, these redesigned masterpieces are available to you through Paige, our Espresso Book Machine! Stop by the store and browse our catalog of over 200 crowdsourced covers. Pick your favorite book(s) and a cover, and fill out an order form for your custom printed book!

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.
Gods Like Us:
On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame
by Ty Burr
$6.99, hardcover (originally $28.95)

Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, explores questions of fame and celebrity in this lively and fascinating anecdotal history of stardom, with all its blessings and curses for star and stargazer alike. 
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By Blood:
A Novel
by Ellen Ullman
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27.00)

A disgraced professor takes an office in an old downtown building but is distracted by the voices from the therapy sessions next door. By Blood is a dark and brilliant novel about connection, identity, history, and the terrible desire to influence another life.
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May We Be Forgiven:
A Novel
by A.M. Homes
$7.99, hardcover (originally $27.95)

May We Be Forgiven digs deeply into the intensity of fraternal relationships, the need to make sense of things, and the craving for connection. It is an unnerving tale of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.
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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.
Positions in Contemporary Art / Positionen zur Gegenwartskunst:
Invented Symbols / Erfundene Symbole
by Alex Katz

Originally published by Hatje Cantz Publishers in 1997

$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The previously unpublished autobiographical notes of Alex Katz are presented here in German and English. This beautifully illustrated volume gives an insight into the life and development of an artist who is considered one of America's leading painters.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

Voices from a Medieval Village

by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Robert Byrd

Originally published by Candlewick Press in 2007

$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters. Maidens, monks, and millers' sons -- in these pages, readers will meet them all. (First edition and first printing).

Maine Moderns:

Art in Seguinland, 1900 - 1940

by Libby Bischof and Susan Danly

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2011

$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In this beautifully illustrated book, Libby Bischof and Susan Danly explore Maine's important place in the history of modern art and show how summers in Seguinland inspired a new classicism that merged the antique with the modern.

Upcoming Events  


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Sept 29, 7PM    

We take August off for book club. Our next selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary. Join us in September!
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