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August 8, 2014

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news1Event Date Updates    


We've updated some dates since our last newsletter.


Tax Holiday Sale: The weekend for the proposed Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday is now set for August 16 and 17 (rather than the previously posted August 9 and 10, pending the Governor's signature on the bill; watch harvard.com for updates). While we await confirmation on the 6.25% savings that would come with a sales tax holiday, no matter what happens, we'll be offering 15% off purchases on those dates. Note details and a few exceptions here. If you're out of town that weekend, just use our online coupon code: TAXHOLIDAY2014.  


Randall Munroe: Our event with the creator of the webcomic xkcd has been shifted to September 2. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 12. He'll present What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions at the Brattle Theatre. 



news2Honored To Be Boston's Best Bookstore   


Well, we're thrilled:


"Here's one thing you can't do on Amazon: Roam the aisles, thumbing through new releases and used books. Also impossible: attending readings and lectures by Elizabeth Warren, Gary Shteyngart, B.J. Novak, and Thomas Piketty (his Harvard Book Store appearance was scheduled before he was famous, by the way). At a time when bookstores need to be much more than bookstores to survive and thrive, no other local shop offers so many reasons to turn into a bona fide bookworm. Lucky us."   


Thank you, Boston Magazine, for naming us Boston's Best Bookstore in your 2014 "Best of" issue! Check out videos of many of the author events they mentioned on the HBS Channel, and take a look at who's coming in September



news3Comics Comics Everywhere   




Happy Boston Comic Con weekend! For lovers of the form, our Used Book window is packed with comics and graphic novels. Stop by and be sure to head downstairs, where a treasure trove awaits -- check out the comics remainders and our newly expanded Graphic Novels section in Used Books.




Seeking out comics for young readers? Pop by the Kids section to browse our newly unveiled Children's Graphic Novels section.  


And the comics fun continues next month with author presentations by Randall Munroe, Ed Piskor, Charles Burns and Michael Cho.  






Cool off with one of our Cold Reads for Hot Days.




Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Magician's Land
by Lev Grossman


Viking Adult, hardcover

The Magician's Land is an intricate, fantastical thriller, an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians Trilogy to its peak. It's the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land finally becoming whole.

When Paris Went Dark:
The City of Light Under German Occupation 1940 - 1944
by Ronald C. Rosbottom


Little, Brown, and Company, hardcover
When Paris Went Dark evokes the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Rosbottom has forged a book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.

Makers of Modern Asia
edited by Ramachandra Guha

Belknap Press, hardcover

The twenty-first century has already been dubbed the Asian Century. Makers of Modern Asia reorients our understanding of contemporary Asia by highlighting the political leaders, not billionaire businessmen, who helped launch the Asian Century. 

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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

The Farmer's Kitchen:
The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Your CSA and Farmers' Market Foods
by Julia Shanks and Brett Grohsgal


Print on Demand, paperback

Specifically designed for Farmers' Market customers and CSA subscribers, The Farmer's Kitchen truly is the ultimate guide to enjoying local produce. This 2014 edition has been updated to include detailed illustrations throughout the 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.
Visions, Prophesy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation
by Elaine Pagels
$5.99, paperback (originally $16.00)

Elaine Pagels, New York Times bestselling author of The Gnostic Gospels, elucidates the true history of the controversial Book of Revelation, uncovering its origins and the roots of dissent, violence, and division in the world's religions.
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The Ecstasy of Influence:
Nonfictions, etc.
by Jonathan Lethem
$6.99, hardcover (originally $27.95)

What's a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what's contemporary culture sup­posed to do with novelists? In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem tangles with what he calls the "white elephant" role of the writer as public intellectual.
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Helen Clay Frick:
Bittersweet Heiress
by Martha Frick Symington Sanger
$14.99, hardcover (originally $40.00)

In Helen Clay Frick: Bittersweet Heiress, Martha Frick Symington Sanger fashions a multifaceted portrait of a complex, often misunderstood, yet indomitable humanitarian, philanthropist, and cultural force in twentieth-century America.
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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 Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Originally published by Dutton Books in 2012

$75.00 (hardcover, signed first edition) in Very Good condition

Bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green's most beloved work yet, exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. This hardcover copy is a signed first edition and printing.

The Malory Debate:

Essays on the Texts of Le Morte Darthur

edited by Bonnie Wheeler, Robert L. Kindrick, and Michael N. Salda

Originally published by D.S. Brewer in 2000

$65.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

For the past fifty years, debates about which text of Malory scholars and teachers should prefer have sparked much controversy. The papers in this volume, Arthurian Studies XLVII, represent the most important contributions to the dialogue. 

A is for Architect:

The Best of Hellman

by Louis Hellman

Originally published by Trend Publishing in 1975

$60.00 (paperback, first edition) in Very Good condition

A is for Architect comprises the best of Louis Hellman's classic satirical cartoons, collected largely from his weekly appearances in "The Architect's Journal" over the eight years prior to the collection's publication in 1975.

Upcoming Events  


Ticketed Events

» Randall Munroe (Please note updated date: Sept 2, Tickets on sale Aug 12)
» Jason Segel (Sept 12, Tickets on sale Aug 19)
» Sarah Waters (Sept 18, Tickets on sale Aug 26)
» Lawrence Wright (Sept 29, Tickets on sale Sept 2)
» Steven Pinker (Sept 30, Tickets on sale Sept 2)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Fridays this August  

Get 15% off new fiction purchases in the store!

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Saturday & Sunday
August 16 & 17
(Please note updated dates for the sale) 

Offering a 15% discount all weekend, in-store and online. (The tax holiday is still pending the Governor's signature, but no matter what happens, we'll be offering 15% off purchases on these dates.) 

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Randall Munroe

Tue, Sept 2, 6PM
(Note updated date) 

Randall Munroe, creator of the wildly popular stick-figure webcomic xkcd, presents his book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Scott Cheshire

Tue, Sept 2, 7PM

Scott Cheshire is joined by Claire Messud for a discussion of his debut novel, High as the Horses' Bridles -- remarkable in its scale as it moves from 1980 Queens, to sunny present-day California, to a tent revival in nineteenth century rural Kentucky.
At Harvard Book Store
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George Marshall

Wed, Sept 3, 7PM

George Marshall, founder of the Climate Outreach and Information Network, discusses Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.
At Harvard Book Store
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Vicki Constantine Croke

Thu, Sept 4, 7PM

WBUR's Vicki Constantine Croke recounts the remarkable story of James Howard "Billy" Williams in her new book Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Battles

Fri, Sept 5, 3PM

Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Battles, of Harvard University's metaLAB, discuss the future of libraries and their book The Library Beyond the Book.
Friday Forum
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Marc Abrahams

Fri, Sept 5, 7PM

Marc Abrahams, writer of the "Improbable Research" column for the Guardian and founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, presents This Is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors and More WTF Research. Marc will be joined by several special guests, reading from research referenced in the book.
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Author Event Info 



Continuing this fall, featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are 20% off on the day of the event. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases. 


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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