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August 29, 2014

Summer Glow Over Harvard Book Store



news1Staff Picks: Favorite Fiction   


Today is the final Fiction Friday of 2014. Our popular summer promotion means 15% off fiction when you shop for new books in the store, and today's your last chance.


Need inspiration? Let some of our staff tell you about their favorite fiction they read this summer:


Staff Picks: Favorite Fiction
Staff Picks: Favorite Fiction



news2Love Your Indie Bookstore?   


Looking for ways to show your love for your local, independent bookstore?



Tell author James Patterson about your favorite store. It's an opportunity for stores likes us to receive grants to support our efforts to innovate and contribute to our community. (And thanks!)  



news3Labor Day Browsing   


This August, Harvard Book Store is commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with a selection of literature and history from and about the First World War. Browse the selection in our online display archives, or come by the store.




Need to take a bit of the Bay State with you on your travels this weekend? We also have a Massachusetts reading list for your perusal.





news4In Case You Missed It   


Browse the HBS Channel for our HBS Originals -- video book recommendations and original short films from our staff. This week we made our very own Ice Bucket Challenge.
HBS Ice Bucket Challenge
HBS Ice Bucket Challenge
(We've also contributed donations to the ALS Association and to 826 Boston.) Check out the icy responses by fellow indie bookstores Brazos Bookstore in Houston, Green Apple Books in San Francisco, and Tattered Cover in Denver, and thanks Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C., for the challenge!


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel
by Daniel Kehlmann


Pantheon, hardcover

F is for family. F is for fortune. F is for fraud. F is for fate. From the internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World comes a dazzling tragicomedy about three brothers whose father takes on the occult and both wins and loses.

Feminism Unfinished:
A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements
by Dororthy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry


Liveright, hardcover
Feminism Unfinished traces the beginnings of this hugely important American social movement to the 1920s, and in the process creates an expanded, historical narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of American women's history.

A Philosophical Journey Through a Concept
by Slavoj Zizek


Melville House, paperback

Slavoj Zizek explores the meaning of events in this short and digestible book.  Drawing on references from Plato to arthouse cinema, the Big Bang to Buddhism, Event is a journey into philosophy at its most exciting and elementary.

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Kids & Young Adult 
by Liz Boyd


Chronicle Books, hardcover

Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art.


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.
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles
by Ron Currie Jr.
$6.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

In this tour de force of imagination, Ron Currie, acclaimed author of Everything Matters!, asks why literal veracity means more to us than deeper truths, creating yet again a genre-bending novel that will at once dazzle, move, and provoke.
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A Life
by Stacy Schiff
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)

Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, examines one of the most intriguing women in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.
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The Bedside Book of Beasts:
A Wildlife Miscellany
by Graeme Gibson
$6.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

The Bedside Book of Beasts explores the relationship between predators and their prey. Graeme Gibson's fascinating text is enhanced by a breathtaking array of art, as well as scientific, religious, and mythological drawings, paintings, and woodcuts.
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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 Cult of Souls & Belief in Immortality among the Greeks
Volumes 1 & 2
by Erwin Rohde

Originally published by Harper & Row in 1966

$30.00 (paperback, 2 volumes) in Very Good condition

From W. K. C. Guthrie's Introduction: "In all humane studies, while knowledge advances, certain works retain a classic quality which puts them beyond the reach of time. Much of Psyche possesses this enduring value."

The Way to Nirvana:

The Concept of the Nembutsu in Shan-tao's Pure Land Buddhism

by Ryosetsu Fujiwara

Originally published by The Kyoiku Shincho Sha in 1974

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Sha-tao, one of the most important Buddhist clerics of the Tang Dynasty, emphasizes the exclusive utterance of the Nembutsu as the way to Nirvana. His teachings had a tremendous influence on later Buddhism.

Andy Warhol:

The Record Covers 1949-1987

by Paul Marechal

Originally published by Prestel Publishing in 2008

$100.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This catalogue raisonné reproduces the fifty album covers designed over four decades that bear Warhol's unmistakable imprint. Paul Marechal explores Warhol's creative process, his relationship with artists and his fascination with music. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:   

» Jason Segel (Sept 12, Tickets on sale online only)
» Sarah Waters (Sept 18)
» Rainbow Rowell (Sept 19)


Tickets on Sale Soon:  

» 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 

Aug 29, 9AM-11PM
Final Fiction Friday of the Summer!

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
New Voices in Fiction
Co-sponsored by GrubStreet
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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
Co-sponsored by Cambridge Energy Alliance
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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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