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August 22, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole?



news1Back to School Sale   


Our kids section is getting a mini-makeover. In preparation, this weekend at Harvard Book Store all kids nonfiction is 20% off, including biographies, histories, math/science/nature books, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, and encyclopedias. 


This in-store promotion is for in-stock items only, and as always there will be no compound discounts on purchases. And who among us doesn't need a little more dinosaur or bug knowledge?





news2Bring the Kids   


We hope you'll bring the kids to some of our upcoming events this fall. Jason Segel will read from his new book for young folks age 8 to 12, Nightmares!, on September 12. (Tickets are on sale now, online only.) And on October 2 we'll welcome back actor/writer/humorist B.J. Novak, this time reading from his innovative new "picture" book, The Book with No Pictures



news3Fiction Fridays Continue    


Fiction Fridays continue through the end of August, for 15% off your new fiction purchases in the store. And fiction from the kids/YA section is of course included in the sale! Here are some recommendations from our staff for late summer reads from the kids section. 


The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

"Complex heroes, kick-butt heroines, and giggles throughout." --Katherine F.

"Fair warning: when I read this, time stopped and the outside world blurred, darkened, and vanished. You'll want to sit down somewhere." --Rachel S.

"This is a magical tale of Good and Evil inspired by Arthurian myths and legends and I highly recommend it for all young readers as well as adults who appreciate great storytelling." --Ben F.



news4Tickets on Sale Tuesday 


Tickets go on sale August 26 for staff favorites historical novelist Sarah Waters and critically adored YA novelist Rainbow Rowell.

Riverhead Books has just republished Waters' first five books in this majestic set of matching paperbacks, and we'll be giving away a set to one lucky winner at the event on September 18.


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Mercy of a Rude Stream:
The Complete Novels
by Henry Roth


Liveright, hardcover

Here, Henry Roth's late-in-life masterpiece Mercy of a Rude Stream finally appears in one volume, including all four novels: A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park, A Diving Rock on the Hudson, From Bondage, and Requiem for Harlem.

Darling Monster:
The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to Her Son John Julius Norwich 1939-1952
by Diana Cooper

Overlook, hardcover
Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, a socialite, an actress of stage and early screen. Her letters to her only son offer a compelling portrait of some of history's most dramatic events and of the love between a mother and son.

The Divine Left:
A Chronicle of the Years 1977-1984
by Jean Baudrillard


Semiotext(e), paperback

First published in French in 1985, The Divine Left is Jean Baudrillard's chronicle of French political life from 1977 to 1984. It outlines a simulation of politics that offers discomfiting parallels to our political world today.

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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

Armenians of Nirze, Turkey: Roots of an Armenian-American
by Harry Parsekian


Print on Demand, paperback

This book attempts to provide a glimpse into the vanished way of life in Armenian villages and to share its traditions and values with the public at large, with deep respect for the memory of those who perished, with compassion for those who survived


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.
Horoscopes for the Dead:
by Billy Collins
$4.99, hardcover (originally $24.00)

In this new collection, the verbal gifts that earned Billy Collins the title "America's most popular poet" are on full display. Smart, lyrical, and not afraid to be funny, these poems extend Collins's reputation as a poet who occupies a special place in our hearts.
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The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury:
A Critical Edition
Volume One: 1938-1943
edited by William F. Touponce and Jonathan R. Eller
$15.99, hardcover (originally $65.00)

In this edition, editors Touponce and Eller present for the first time the stories of Ray Bradbury in the order in which they were written. Volume 1 covers the years 1938 to 1943 and contains thirteen stories that have never appeared in a Bradbury collection.
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The Hydrogen Sonata
by Iain M. Banks
$7.99, hardcover (originally $25.00)

The Scavenger species are circling. It is the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. Suspected of involvement after the Regimental High Command is destroyed, Lieutenant Commander Vyr Cossont must find a 9,000-year-old man to clear her name.
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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.
Handbook of Korean Art:
Folk Painting
by Yeolsu Yoon

Originally published by Art Media Resources in 2002

$40.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This series is designed to provide a comprehensive and readable introduction to major aspects of Korea's rich artistic heritage: Buddhist sculpture, folk painting, earthenware and celadon, and white porcelain and punch'ong ware.

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion

by Don Rosa

Originally published by BOOM! Studios in 2010

$110.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is an epic achievement in graphic storytelling. Now, experience even more Scrooge with these prequels, sequels, and in-between-quels in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion. 

An Endless Adventure . . . An Endless Passion . . . An Endless Banquet:

A Situationist Scrapbook

by Iwona Blazwick

Originally published by Verso Books in 1989

$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Published to coincide with the exhibition On The Passage of a Few People Through a Brief Period of Time, this collection of essays and documents traces the impact of the Situationist International on British culture from the 1960s to the 1980s. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:   

Jason Segel (Sept 12, Tickets on sale online only)


Tickets on Sale Soon:  

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)
B.J. Novak (Oct 2, Tickets on sale Sept 9, online only)

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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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!
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