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October 17, 2014

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Another gorgeous October day



news1Literary Awards Season   




It's literary awards season. Get to know the finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards here, thanks to NPR Books.  


Stop by and pick up a copy of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. "I didn't want to write this book but in the end I couldn't escape it," says author Richard Flanagan. In his acceptance speech he stated:


 I do not share the pessimism of the age about the novel. They are one of our greatest spiritual, aesthetic and intellectual inventions. As a species it is story that distinguishes us, and one of the supreme expressions of story is the novel. Novels are not content. Nor are they are a mirror to life or an explanation of life or a guide to life. 


Novels are life, or they are nothing.




news2Sale Season   


You'll want to block out some dates in your calendar.


Our Annual Frequent Buyer Sale is Sunday, November 2, and everyone with one of our Frequent Buyer accounts will get 20% off -- all day -- on new, used, and remaindered books, as well as Print on Demand titles from our database... AND ALSO on calendars, holiday cards, tote bags, mugs, and more. Check out the few restrictions and info on how to get the discount online that day (if you can't make it into the store) here.

And take note, bargain hunters.

Our Winter Warehouse Sale is scheduled for the first weekend of December (December 6 and 7). Stay tuned for some fun new promotions we have in the works for the next sale, and in the meantime, check out the bookish haiku prompted by our last Warehouse Sale promo.



news3I Went to Harvard (Book Store)   



Thanks to David Sedaris, Akhil Sharma, and the Celebrity Series of Boston for inviting our booksellers to sell our wares at a big reading and signing at Symphony Hall in Boston this week.  


David signed our Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls poster, as well as bunches of books for our shelves. Come stop by the essays section in the store for signed copies of Owls in both hardcover and paperback, as well as Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and more.  



news4BBF 2014  


The Boston Book Festival is almost here! Check out the schedule (there's something for everyone), with most events taking place on Saturday, October 25.

Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel
by Howard Jacobson


Hogarth, hardcover

Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson's new novel is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying.

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness
by Rebecca Solnit

Trinity University Press, hardcover
Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of nonfiction, brings the same dazzling writing to this new book. Gathered here are celebrated iconic essays along with little-known pieces that create a powerful survey of the world we live in.

An Essay on Playboy's Architecture and Biopolitics
by Beatriz Preciado


Zone Books, hardcover

In Pornotopia, Beatriz Preciado examines pornographic spaces as sites of architectural production. Combining historical perspectives with insights from critical theory, Preciado traces the strategic relationships among architecture, gender, and sexuality.

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Kids & Young Adult
A Moose Boosh:
A Few Choice Words About Food
by Eric-Shabazz Larkin


Readers to Eaters, paperback

In more than 40 exuberant poems and "vandalized" photographs, you'll meet a city kid who fantasizes about farming on a stoop, a girl with crumpets and crępes in her head, and a boy with a pet cabbage. Poetry is food for the soul, food is poetry for the tongue. 

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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.
The Taste of War:
World War II and the Battle for Food
by Lizzie Collingham
$6.99, hardcover (originally $36.00)

Food, and in particular the lack of it, was central to the experience of World War II. In this richly detailed and engaging history, Lizzie Collingham establishes how control of food and its production is crucial to total war.
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The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
by Bob Spitz
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)

In Bob Spitz's definitive, affectionate biography, the Julia we know and love comes vividly to life. Spitz provides a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time -- a woman known to all, yet known by only a few.
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Art of the Senses:
African Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection
by Suzanne Preston Blier,  Edmund Gaither, and Michael Kan
$7.99, hardcover (originally $50.00)

Presenting the William and Bertha Teel Collection for the first time, this book provides a chance to think about how our vision is shaped by the labels that have been applied in the West, and to compare to how the same works were viewed in their birthplace.
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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.
Modernist Voyages:
Colonial Women Writers in London, 1890-1945
by Anna Snaith

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2014

$60.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

London's literary and cultural scene fostered newly configured forms of feminist anticolonialism during the modernist period. This book examines the significance of gender to the interwoven nature of empire and modernism.

The History and Adventures of an Atom

by Tobias Smollett

Originally published by the University of Georgia Press in 1989

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In The History and Adventures of an Atom, a London haberdasher relates tales of ancient Japan as dictated to him by an omniscient atom that has lived within the bodies of great figures of state. The work is a savage allegory of England in the Seven Years' War.

Making Make-Believe Real:

Politics as Theater in Shakespeare's Time

by Gary Wills

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2014

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In this fascinating study of political stagecraft in the Elizabethan era, Garry Wills explores a period of vast cultural and political change during which the power of make-believe was not just a theory but an essential truth. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:   

» Cornel West (Oct 23)
» Alan Doyle (Oct 29)
» Anne Rice (Signing, Nov 4, Tickets Online Only)
» Megan Amram (Nov 10)


Tickets on Sale Oct 21: 

»  Richard Ford (Nov 13)
»  Robert Brustein (Nov 14)
»  Gabrielle Hamilton with Joanne Chang (Nov 18, Online Only Pre-Sales for One Week, Include Book)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Mary Elise Sarotte

Fri, Oct 17, 3PM

Harvard's Mary Elise Sarotte presents The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.
At Harvard Book Store
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Eric Nelson

Fri, Oct 17, 7PM

Harvard's Eric Nelson discusses his revisionist account of the American Revolution, The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding.
At Harvard Book Store
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Brian R. Little

Mon, Oct 20, 7PM

Brian R. Little discusses Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being.
At Harvard Book Store
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Charles M. Blow

Tues, Oct 21, 7PM

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow presents his memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
At Harvard Book Store
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Christine Kenneally

Wed, Oct 22, 7PM

Christine Kenneally discusses The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cornel West

Thurs, Oct 23, 7PM

Cornel West discusses Black Prophetic Fire, a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells.
At First Parish Church
$5 tickets
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Judith E. Smith

Fri, Oct 24, 3PM

Judith E. Smith, Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, discusses Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical.
At Harvard Book Store
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Vikram Chandra

Fri, Oct 24, 7PM

Vikram Chandra, bestselling author of Sacred Games, discusses his nonfiction debut work, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty.
At Harvard Book Store
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Boston Book Festival

Thurs-Sat, Oct 23-25 

The Boston Book Festival's annual, free Festival promotes a culture of reading and ideas with dozens of authors and events.
Copley Square, Boston
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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. 


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Oct 27, 7PM    

The next selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Robert Graves' 1929 autobiography, Good-bye to All That. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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