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November 14, 2014

News This Week: 
Karen Armstrong at the First Parish Church



news1Winding Down the Year    


The fall season is winding down, but there's still plenty to fill up your November/December calendar at Harvard Book Store. Check out our upcoming events through the end of 2014, now posted, for a look at one of America's most infamous films, a tribute to Nelson Mandela, a cultural history of one of our most iconic superheroes, an exploration into the world of animal weaponry, and a conversation on the best books of the year, plus much more. 




Some shopping save-the-dates are worth mentioning as well. The nationwide push to support your neighborhood businesses continues this year with Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We'll also be unveiling our Holiday Hundred soon -- our 100 picks for some of the best books to give (and receive) this year -- next week, just in time for Thanksgiving weekend. Check out many of our Small Business Saturday promotions here, including a way to earn coupons for our upcoming Winter Warehouse Sale, another set of dates you'll want to save.   



news2Stacks and Stacks, Signed by the Author    




Amanda Palmer stopped by our secret underground book-unboxing lair this week to sign copies of her book The Art of Asking. Check out The Art of Asking [Signed] and many more signed books (by David Sedaris, Richard Ford, Naomi Klein, and others) in the store and over on our Featured Signed Books page.    





news3Giving Back   


Another upcoming holiday tradition is the Harvard Book Store Gives Back program. Shop with us on any of the four consecutive Sundays after Thanksgiving, and your purchases will help support 826 Boston, Community Cooks, and Partners in Health. Learn more about Gives Back here




We'll also be remembering Boston's beloved "urban mechanic" over the next six weeks. Through the end of 2014, 20% of all Harvard Book Store sales of Mayor for a New America by the late Mayor Tom Menino will be donated to the Thomas M. Menino Fund for Boston. This fund was established as a way to ensure that Mayor Menino's legacy would live on, continuing support for the programs that he embraced and that helped so many.       



news4Indie Bob     


Bob Manson has tackled a big, fun project -- one that none of us would mind tagging along for. He is on a pilgrimage to visit all the indie bookstores profiled in the beautiful book My Bookstore.  


He paid us a visit recently and wrote about it over on  The Indie Bob Spot. Thanks, Bob!


Thanks for reading,


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The Heart Has Its Reasons
by María Dueñas


Atria Books, hardcover

New York Times bestselling author María Dueñas pours heart and soul into this story of a woman who discovers the power of second chances. The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey from the pangs of the past to the vibrant present.

Small Victories:
Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
by Anne Lamott


Riverhead Hardcover, hardcover
Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives.

Your Brain on Movies
by Jeffrey M. Zacks


Oxford University Press, hardcover

In Flicker, Jeffrey Zacks delves into the history of cinema and the latest research to explain what happens in your head when you sit down in the theater, creating an engaging, fast-paced look at the mind's relationship with the silver screen. 

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Kids & Young Adult
Taking Flight:
From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
by Michaela DePrince


Knopf Books for Young Readers, hardcover

Taking Flight is the extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a gifted young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet. 

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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 Persekian


Print on Demand, paperback

This book provides a glimpse into the vanished way of life in Armenian villages and shares its traditions and values with the public at large, with deep respect for the memory of those who perished and 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.
The Marriage Plot:
A Novel
by Jeffrey Eugenides
$6.99, paperback (originally $16.00)

Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English student and incurable romantic, is writing her thesis on Austen and Eliot -- authors of the great marriage plots. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, she breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold.
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Consider the Fork:
A History of How We Cook and Eat
by Bee Wilson
$5.99, paperback (originally $16.00)

Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious. In Consider the Fork, food writer Bee Wilson provides a witty tour of the evolution of cooking around the world.
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A Memoir
by Andre Dubus III
$5.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)

An acclaimed novelist reflects on his violent past and a lifestyle that threatened to destroy him -- until he was saved by writing. An unforgettable book, Townie is a riveting and profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.
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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 First Western Greeks
by David Ridgway

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1992

$60.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The purpose of this book is to acquaint a wider audience with an archaeological project that could hardly be more revolutionary: the effective discovery and excavation, from 1952 onwards, of the first Greek establishment in the West. 

Some Colonial Homesteads and Their Stories

by Marion Harland

Originally published by G.P, Putnam's Sons in 1897

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

From the Preface: "The stories that make romantic the Colonial Homesteads described in this work, were collected during visits paid by myself to those historical shrines. The task was a labor of love throughout."

Francesca Woodman

by Chris Townsend

Originally published by Phaidon Press in 2006

$40.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This volume is a comprehensive monograph devoted to one of post-war photography's most original figures: the precocious and brilliant Francesca Woodman. It includes a review of her work based on new research by art historian Chris Townsend.

Upcoming Events  


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Paul E. Fallon

Fri, Nov 14, 3PM

Local architect and journalist Paul E. Fallon presents Architecture by Moonlight: Rebuilding Haiti, Redrafting a Life.
At Harvard Book Store
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Robert Brustein

Fri, Nov 14, 6PM

Robert Brustein, founding artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre, presents Winter Passages: Reflections on Theatre and Society.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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GrubSreet Launch Lab: Visual Storytelling; Prose as Pictures and Pictures in Prose

Fri, Nov 14, 7PM

GrubStreet presents NEA Fellow Thomas McNeely and Robert Olen Butler Prize winner Annie Weatherwax discussing their books Ghost Horse and All We Had.
At Harvard Book Store
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Adrienne Mayor

Mon, Nov 17, 7PM

Adrienne Mayor, a research scholar in classics and history of science at Stanford, discusses The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tue, Nov 18, 6PM

Acclaimed restaurant owner, columnist, and memoirist Gabrielle Hamilton discusses her gorgeous debut cookbook, Prune, with Boston's Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery + Café.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Dick Lehr

Tue, Nov 18, 7PM

Boston University's Dick Lehr presents The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jimmy Carter

Wed, Nov 19, 3:30PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Harvard Divinity School welcomes President Jimmy Carter as he discusses and signs A Call to Action. This event will be live streamed and able to be viewed through hds.harvard.edu.
At Memorial Church
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Dorie Greenspan

Wed, Nov 19, 7PM

Dorie Greenspan presents Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.
At Harvard Book Store
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Witness to History: Remembering Freedom Summer

Wed, Nov 19, 7PM

Cambridge Forum presents performer Jack Landron.
At the First Parish Church Parish House
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Hilton Als
with Jamaica Kincaid

Thu, Nov 20, 6PM

New Yorker cultural critic Hilton Als discusses his acclaimed essay collection White Girls with the renowned Jamaica Kincaid, co-sponsored by The Harvard Advocate.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Jo Guldi and David Armitage

Fri, Nov 21, 3PM

Leading historians Jo Guldi of Brown and David Armitage of Harvard discuss The History Manifesto.
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.


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Nov 24, 7PM    

The November selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Nadine Gordimer's novel, Burger's Daughter.
At Harvard Book Store
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