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August 15, 2014

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news1Sale This Weekend    


The Massachusetts' sales tax holiday has been approved for this weekend! Governor Deval Patrick just recently signed the bill establishing the annual holiday into law.  


In addition to tax free books by the bagful, Harvard Book Store is throwing in an extra 15% off your purchases in the store this weekend. (Learn more here.)


Heading to the beach instead of the bookstore? You can still shop the sale online at harvard.com with the promo code TAXHOLIDAY2014



news2Pre-Order a Signed Book   


Tickets sold out for Randall Munroe in a mere fifteen minutes on Tuesday. To those fans of his "What If?" column who didn't get a chance to buy a ticket, we still have a limited number of signed copies of the book available to pre-order. How else will you ever learn how many Lego bricks it would take to build a bridge capable of carrying traffic from London to New York?



Local authors Ben Mezrich and Rick Riordan are also offering signed pre-orders through Harvard Book Store this fall; have their books personalized to whomever you wish!

Mezrich's return to fiction, Seven Wonders, is "a rollicking adventure with a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour of some of the world's most intriguing spots." Pre-order a copy here.

In October, Rick Riordan serves up Book Five of his much-loved "Heroes of Olympus" series for ages 8 to 12. Order a copy, and have it signed "To Johnny" or "Megan" or "Athena" or "Poseidon."

As always, orders can be picked up in-store or shipped throughout the U.S.



news3Meet Jason Segel   


Tickets for our event with Jason Segel go on sale online only at jasonsegel.eventbrite.com on Tuesday at 9am. The star of the big and little screen will be reading from his forthcoming book for youngsters, Nightmares! The ticket price includes a copy of the book, though a kids-only ticket (for ages sixteen and under / book not included) is also available for $5.  





news4In Case You Missed It   


Mark Epstein: The Trauma of Everyday Life
Mark Epstein: The Trauma of Everyday Life

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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage:
A Novel
by Haruki Murakami


Knopf, hardcover

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel -- a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan -- from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. 

In a Rocket Made of Ice:
Among the Children of Wat Opot
by Gail Gutradt

Knopf, hardcover
Disarming, funny, and deeply moving, In a Rocket Made of Ice tells the true story of one woman's volunteer experiences at an orphanage in rural Cambodia, gathering the stories of children saved and changed by this very special place.

A History
by Jeremy L. Caradonna


Oxford University Press, hardcover

In this illuminating and fascinating primer, Jeremy L. Caradonna traces the ideas that underlie and define sustainability over several centuries, approaching it from a historical perspective and revealing the conditions that gave it shape.  

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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 Safe Distance
by Wes Marshall


Print on Demand, paperback

A Safe Distance is the story of two people whose lives are dramatically altered by a random act of violence and the choices they make in an effort to get on with their lives.


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.
Bring Up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel
$6.99, paperback (originally $18.15)

Bring Up the Bodies, winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize
and sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller Wolf Hall, delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.
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Silent House
by Orhan Pamuk
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

By turns deeply moving, hilarious, and terrifying, Silent House pulses with the particular energy of a great writer's early work even as it offers beguiling evidence of the mature genius for which Orhan Pamuk would later be celebrated the world over.
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Did Jesus Exist?:
The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
by Bart D. Ehrman
$6.99, hardcover (originally $26.99)

In Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.
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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 Infinite Crisis Omnibus
by Geoff Johns

Originally published by DC Comics in 2012

$300.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

OMAC robots are rampaging, magic is dying, villains are uniting, and a war is raging in space. It's the DCU's darkest day, and long-lost heroes from the past have returned to make things right in the universe...at any cost.

Order and Chaos in Dynamical Astronomy

by George Contopoulos

Originally published by Springer in 2004

$85.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This volume is one of the first books to offer a general overview of the progress of the theory of chaos and its profound impact on galactic dynamics. It provides a unifying approach from an author with more than 50 years of experience in the field.

Jean Paul Lemieux

by Marie Carani

Originally published by Musée du Québec in 1992

$200.00 (hardcover slipcase) in Very Good condition

Jean Paul Lemieux is one of the best-known and most beloved artists in Quebec. This volume is a catalog of the exhibition held at the Musée du Québec from June - November 1992, an authoritative reference work, and a superb art book. 

Upcoming Events  


Ticketed Events

» Jason Segel (Sept 12, Tickets on sale online only Aug 19)
» Sarah Waters (Sept 18, Tickets on sale Aug 26)
» Rainbow Rowell (Sept 19, Tickets on sale Aug 26)
» Lawrence Wright (Sept 29, Tickets on sale Sept 2)
» Steven Pinker (Sept 30, Tickets on sale Sept 2)
» Stephin Merritt (Oct 1, Tickets on sale Sept 9)
» Nicholas D. Kristof (Oct 1, Tickets on sale Sept 9)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Fridays this August  

Get 15% off new fiction purchases in the store!

At Harvard Book Store
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Saturday & Sunday
August 16 & 17 

It's official! This weekend we are offering a 15% discount all weekend, in-store and online, in addition to all purchases being tax-free.  

At Harvard Book Store
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Randall Munroe

Tue, Sept 2, 6PM 

This event is SOLD OUT. There will be no standby line for this event.
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
At Harvard Book Store
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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.
At Harvard Book Store
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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!
At Harvard Book Store
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