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September 12, 2014

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news1Bona Fide Bookworms 


Hey, look what came in the mail the other day!   




Thanks once more to Boston magazine for the distinguished award of "Best Bookstore" in the recent 2014 Best of Boston awards issue. And for these kind words:  


"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."


Boston magazine also cited our fantastic author series in its write-up. Check out who's coming in October! 



news2Expanding Its Borders   


Big book news this week: the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 was unveiled, and this year (for the first time) the prize will be open to any author writing originally in English (and published in the UK). Two Americans, for the first time ever, are on this year's shortlist. 

"As the Man Booker Prize expands its borders, these six exceptional books take the reader on journeys around the world, between the UK, New York, Thailand, Italy, Calcutta and times past, present, and future.

"We had a lengthy and intensive debate to whittle the list down to these six.  It is a strong, thought-provoking shortlist which we believe demonstrates the wonderful depth and range of contemporary fiction in English."

The shortlist:
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris - On Our Shelves
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan - On Our Shelves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler - On Our Shelves
J, Howard Jacobson - To Be Published in the U.S. on October 14, 2014 (Pre-Order)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee - To Be Published in the U.S. on October 1, 2014 (Pre-Order)
How to Be Both, Ali Smith - To Be Published in the U.S. on December 2, 2014 (Pre-Order)

We fondly remember the results (erroneous, but adorable) when we once tried to get a puppy to predict the winner of the Booker Prize.


"Lucy the Wonder-Pup Picks the Booker"


Perhaps we'll try again this year?  



news3Twenty Years of Great Books    


In the store this week you'll find our display celebrating twenty years Riverhead publishing. Can't wait to stop by in person? Browse the display online at harvard.com.  




Want to win this gorgeous set of Riverhead paperbacks by three-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sarah Waters? We'll be giving away a set to someone in attendance at Thursday's event. Find tickets and details for Sarah Waters' September 18 event here



news4In Case You Missed It   


George Marshall: Don't Even Think About It - Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
George Marshall: Don't Even Think About It --
Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change


Learn more about George Marshall's new book on climate change here.


Browse the HBS Channel, our video archive of author events, and consider buying the books from Harvard Book Store. Your purchases support our award-winning author series.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Station Eleven:
A Novel
by Emily St. John Mandel


Knopf, hardcover

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors risking everything for art and humanity. 

Dr. Mutter's Marvels:
A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz


Gotham, hardcover
Dr. Mutter's Marvels is a mesmerizing biography of Thomas Dent Mutter, the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's most famous museum of medical oddities.
All for Nothing:
Hamlet's Negativity
by Andrew Cutrofello


The MIT Press, paperback

Entering from stage left: the philosopher's Hamlet. The philosopher's Hamlet is a conceptual character, played by philosophers rather than actors. In All for Nothing, Andrew Cutrofello examines the performance history of this unique role. 

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Kids & Young Adult
I'm My Own Dog
by David Ezra Stein


Candlewick, hardcover

Many dogs have human owners. Not this dog. He fetches his own slippers, curls up at his own feet, and gives himself a good scratch. But there's one spot that he just can't reach. So one day, he lets a human scratch it. And the poor little fella follows him home. 

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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 25th Amendment:
A Conspiracy to Disable and Remove the President
by James Weaver


Print on Demand, paperback

The 25th Amendment tells a fictional account of a possible legal regime change in the United States by the Vice President invoking the 25th Amendment.   

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.
Catherine the Great:
Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie
$12.99, hardcover (originally $35)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert K. Massie returns with the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.
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A Short History of the Jews
by Michael Brenner
$12.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)

A Short History of the Jews is a sweeping and powerful narrative history of the Jewish people from biblical times to today. Based on the latest scholarship and richly illustrated, it is an authoritative and accessible chronicle of the Jewish experience.
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by Jo Nesb°
$6.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)

Following from Jo Nesb°'s international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, Phantom plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.
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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 Ragmud Collection
by Aminah Robinson

Originally published by the Toledo Museum of Art in 2010

$15.00 (six paperback booklets in a case) in Very Good condition

Using rich visual language and poetic text, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson tells stories full of humor and universal truths about her family, her community, African American history, and her own life experiences.

James Rosenquist:

A Retrospective

by Walter Hopps and Sarah Bancroft

Originally published by Guggenheim Museum in 2003

$140.00 (hardcover, inscribed) in Very Good condition

James Rosenquist combines seemingly disparate but always all-American elements into billboard-sized collages of surreal euphoria. This momentous catalogue gives long-overdue attention to Rosenquist's singular achievement in American art. 

The Talisman & Black House

by Stephen King and Peter Straub

Originally published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher in 2003

$100.00 (hardcover, two volume boxed set) in Very Good condition

Each of these numbered copies of this limited edition of The Talisman and its sequel Black House is signed by author Peter Straub and illustrator Rick Berry. Both books are illustrated with 11 new full color plates and numerous black and white drawings.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:   

Sarah Waters (Sept 18)
Steven Pinker (Sept 30)
B.J. Novak (Oct 2, Tickets on sale online only)
Alan Doyle (Oct 29, Tickets on sale online only on Sept 12 at 9am)


Tickets on Sale Soon:  

Atul Gawande (Oct 9, Tickets on sale Sept 16)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Noah Wilson-Rich

Fri, Sept 12, 7PM

Noah Wilson-Rich discusses The Bee: A Natural History, co-sponsored by Follow the Honey.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jason Segel

Fri, Sept 12, 7PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There will be no standby line for this event. Co-sponsored by 826 Boston.
At the First Parish Church
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Mon, Sept 15, 7PM

Alternative cartoonist Ed Piskor presents his Hip Hop Family Tree, Books 1 and 2, co-sponsored by the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University. These comics trace hip hop history from the 1970s to 1983.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tues, Sept 16, 7PM

Harvard's Adam Tanner discusses What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data -- Lifeblood of Big Business -- and the End of Privacy as We Know It.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Sept 17, 7PM

Astrophysicist Caleb Scharf discusses The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Sept 17, 7PM

Cambridge Forum presents Harvard Law's Laurence Tribe discussing Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution.
At First Parish Church
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Thurs, Sept 18, 6PM

Historical novelist Sarah Waters, a favorite among the Harvard Book Store staff, discusses her novel The Paying Guests with emily m. danforth. It is 1922, and London is tense.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Thurs, Sept 18, 7PM

Nick Monfort presents a whole new world of creative computing and computer generated texts, discussing three works: #!World Clock, and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Sept 19, 6PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our  Sold Out Event FAQ.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Fri, Sept 19, 7PM

Rowan Jacobsen, author of A Geography of Oysters, presents Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little-Known Wonders. (And, yes, there will be apples to taste!)
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.


Tickets & Coupons 

$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and some restrictions apply.


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Sept 29, 7PM    

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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