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December 19, 2014

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Holiday shopping bustle is the name of the game at Harvard Book Store this week. Our Holiday Hundred recommendations are flying off the shelves, and we're launching our extended hours this weekend (open until midnight Friday/Saturday/Monday/Tuesday). 


Your indie bookstore is the best place to pick up something for every loved one on your list, and we've got suggestions if you need 'em. Gift ideas... 

Some of our suggestions, signed books in particular, are limited in supply, so act fast if you see something good!  



news2What's Our Staff Giving This Holiday?   


Click each image for a mini-video on what our booksellers are giving our friends and family this year:  






news3Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays  





news4And a Happy New Year!  


Purchase First Night buttons in the store now to attend Boston's New Year's Eve "First Night" festivities.

See you soon at Harvard Book Store! 


Gift Ideas from the Holiday Hundrednewshelves
Shop our staff's handpicked selection of some of the best books to give this holiday season. Every title from the Holiday Hundred is 20% off through December 31. View the complete list here.
Fiction Anthologies
The World of Ice & Fire:
The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin

Bantam, hardcover

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that led to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones

A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps
by Tim Bryars and Tom Harper

University of Chicago Press, hardcover
In this beautiful volume, Tim Bryars and Tom Harper select one hundred maps from the millions printed, drawn, or otherwise constructed during the twentieth century and recount through them a narrative of the century's key events and developments.

The Meaning of Human Existence
by Edward O. Wilson

Liveright, hardcover

In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with important existential questions, examining what makes human beings supremely different from all other species.  

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Art & Design
The Best American Infographics 2014
edited by Gareth Cook

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, paperback

The rise of infographics across virtually all print and electronic media reveals the patterns in our lives in surprising ways. The Best American Infographics 2014 captures the finest examples of this mesmerizing new way of understanding our world. 

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Kids & Young Adult  
Before After
by Matthias Arégui and Anne-Margot Ramstein

Candlewick, hardcover

No words are necessary in this beautiful, artfully humorous book, in which every turn of the page offers a surprise. With simple, graphic illustrations sure to appeal to young children, this clever rumination on the passage of time will please adult readers, too.


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.
An Unnecessary Woman:
A Novel
by Rabih Alameddine
$7.99, hardcover (originally $25.00)

In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, Rabih Alameddine, one of the Middle East's most celebrated voices, follows a digressive mind as she struggles to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings.
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The Bitter Years:
Edward Steichen and the Farm Security Administration Photos
by Jean Black
$29.99, hardcover (originally $60.00)

The Bitter Years was the title of a seminal exhibition held in 1962 at The Museum of Modern Art, curated by Edward Steichen. This volume includes all the photographs in the original show, in a structure that reflects those devised by Steichen for the exhibition.
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Selected Poems
by Vladimir Nabokov
$7.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

Though we know Vladimir Nabokov as a brilliant novelist, his first love was poetry. This landmark collection brings together the best of his verse, including many pieces that have never before appeared in English.
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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 Life and Death of the Paris Commune
by John Merriman

Originally published by Basic Books in 2014

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The Paris Commune lasted for only 64 days, but during that time it gave rise to some of the grandest political dreams of the century -- before culminating in horrific violence. Massacre reveals how the spirit of the Commune shook the very foundations of Europe.


by Robert Calasso

Originally published by FSG in 2010

$18.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

With his signature erudition, Calasso explores the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defines the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Ardor indicates that it may be possible to reach what is closest to us by passing through that which is most remote.

Paris Underground

by Caroline Archer with Alexandre Parre

Originally published by Mark Batty Publisher in 2005

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The underground quarries beneath Paris have been a mirror and memorial for over 500 years, with a long tradition of writing and painting on the walls. This book explores the statements that generations have left behind in these images and words. 

Our Hours   


Upcoming Holiday Hours
Fri, Dec 19 / Sat, Dec 20
Sun, Dec 21
» 10am-10pm
Mon, Dec 22 / Tue, Dec 23
Wed, Dec 24
» 9am-7pm
Wed, Dec 25
Thu, Dec 26
» 10am-11pm
Wed, Dec 31
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Thu, Jan 1 
» NOON-11pm

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» 9am-11pm
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Upcoming Events & Promotions   


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Harvard Book Store Gives Back

Sun, Dec 21, 10AM-10PM

December 21 is the final day of 2014 to shop with us to help support 826 Boston, Community Cooks, and Partners in Health Engage.
At Harvard Book Store and online at harvard.com
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Free Shipping

through Dec 31 

Our usual "Saver Shipping" promotion is EVEN BETTER for the holidays. Spend $25+ on an order (in the store or on harvard.com) and ship your books for FREE, via media mail.
At Harvard Book Store and online at harvard.com
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Holiday Hundred

20% off through Dec 31

We're featuring one hundred of the best books to give this holiday season.
At Harvard Book Store and online at harvard.com
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Find it here. Buy it here. Keep us here.

We appreciate the feedback we get from readers of this e-newsletter. Please send any comments to Alex at newsletter@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


Alex W. Meriwether
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