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January 23, 2015

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news1Planning Ahead   


For those of you planning ahead, our annual Presidents' Day Sale is in the books for Monday, February 16. Come by the store for 20% off your mid-winter reads. (Learn more here.)



We're now pleased to unveil the first half of our March events calendar, including appearances by Alan Lightman, with a memoir of Memphis; poet Jorie Graham, presenting her forthcoming collection of nearly four decades of work; and bestselling author of The Devil in the White City Erik Larson, discussing his highly anticipated new book on the Lusitania.     



news2A Kickstart for Ideas   


It its first year on WBUR, Radio Open Source has explored everything from Infinite Jest's real life roots Boston and Cambridge to the secret history of Wonder Woman with Jill Lepore. With your contribution to the Open Source crew's new Kickstarter campaign (donate here!), they're expecting an even better Year Two.  


And thanks to all who have helped support GrubStreet's Scholarship Fund; it's not too late to help! Donate here.  



news3Need Distraction?   


Oof, it's dark and cold outside. Distract yourself with knitting, drinking, crosswords, and finally reading The Goldfinch already. Here are some of our Distractions from the Cold.   





news4In Case You Missed It   


We recently hosted Iranian journalist Nazila Fathi as she discussed The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran.

Nazila Fathi: The Lonely War
Nazila Fathi: The Lonely War

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


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel
by Ned Beauman


Knopf, hardcover

London, 2010: foxes are behaving strangely, Burmese immigrants are going missing, and everyone is trying to get hold of a new drug called Glow. The connections between all these anomalies drive the action and the mystery in this taut, riveting new novel.

Chasing the Scream:
The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
by Johann Hari


Bloomsbury USA, hardcover
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries.

The Cultural Matrix:
Understanding Black Youth
edited by Orlando Patterson


Harvard University press, hardcover

The Cultural Matrix seeks to unravel a unique American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis, segregation, and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. 

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Kids & Young Adult
by Melanie Crowder


Philomel, hardcover

A novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights.  

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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

Stone House:
A Literary Anthology
edited by Bobbie Ford


Print on Demand, paperback

Stone House: A Literary Anthology explores the theme of place through a series of poems, essays, and short fiction written by students and faculty from the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.


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.
How to Solve It:
A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
by G. Polya
$8.99, paperback (originally $19.95)

A perennial bestseller by eminent mathematician G. Polya, How to Solve It will show anyone how to think straight. In lucid and appealing prose, Polya reveals how mathematical methods can be of help in attacking any problem that can be "reasoned" out.
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House of Earth:
A Novel
by Woody Guthrie
$6.99, hardcover (originally $25.99)

House of Earth is legendary folk singer and American icon Woody Guthrie's only finished novel. A powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, it's the story of an ordinary couple's dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.
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In God's Shadow:
Politics in the Hebrew Bible
by Michael Walzer
$7.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

In In God's Shadow, political theorist Michael Walzer reports his findings after decades of thinking about the politics of the Hebrew Bible. He examines the laws, the histories, the prophecies, and the wisdom of the ancient biblical writers.
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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.
Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture
by James McHugh

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012

$20.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This comprehensive examination of concepts and practices draws on textual sources, from poetry to medical texts, to show the significant religious and cultural role of smell in India throughout the first millennium CE.

Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman

by Kōjirō Ikegami

Originally published by Weatherhill in 1986

$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

A third-generation traditional bookbinder gives easy-to-follow instructions for making all the major styles of Japanese bindings as well as traditional book cases -- the custom-made folding boxes that afford protection for Japan's exquisite books.

Drawn Blank

by Bob Dylan

Originally published by Random House in 1994

$75.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Drawn Blank is an extraordinary collection of drawings and sketches -- of women, hotel rooms, cityscapes, and more -- by the world's best-known singer-songwriter, each accompanied by a note or short poem.

Upcoming Events  


Ticket Pre-Sales
on Sale Now:   

Daniel Handler (Feb 20)


Tickets on Sale Now: 

 Nick Hornby (Feb 3)
Ian Bostridge (Feb 4)
Scott McCloud (Feb 5)
 David Axelrod (Feb 13)


Tickets on Sale Jan 27: 

Daniel Handler (Feb 20)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Catherine Bell

Fri, Jan 23, 7PM

Catherine Bell reads from her award-winning historical novel Rush of Shadows, part of our "New Voices in Fiction" series with GrubStreet. Bell's novel is "a vividly imagined historical drama of racial tension on America's last frontier."
At Harvard Book Store
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Cass R. Sunstein

Mon, Jan 26, 7PM

Harvard's Cass R. Sunstein presents two new works: Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter and Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Jan 26, 7PM    

The January selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
Harvard Book Store,
Lower Level
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Daniel DiSalvo

Tues, Jan 27, 7PM

Daniel DiSalvo debates his new book Government against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences with Northeastern's Barry Bluestone, moderated by WGBH's Peter Kadzis.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thanassis Cambanis

Wed, Jan 28, 7PM

Boston Globe contributor Thanassis Cambanis looks at January 2011 in Cairo's Tahrir Square in his book Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum

Wed, Jan 28, 7PM

Alex Jones and Charles Sennott discuss "The Health of Democracy: The Role of the Media."
At the First Parish Church Parish House
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Thurs, Jan 29, 7PM

Allen Kurzweil discusses his book Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully -- part childhood memoir, part literary thriller.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Jan 30, 3PM

Tufts University's Nan Levinson discusses War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built.
At Harvard Book Store
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John Vaillant

Fri, Jan 30, 7PM

John Vaillant reads from his novel The Jaguar's Children, a survival story of a young man trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum

Fri, Jan 30, 7PM

Cambridge Forum celebrates Pete Seeger and the power of music with this tribute Sing Out concert.
At First Parish Church
Tickets required
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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.

This Month


Browse our Recommended This Month newsletter for January, with picks from our featured titles, staff recommendations, new paperbacks, and more.

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