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February 20, 2015

From Supertruck by Stephen Savage



news1Second Chance   


Our events series is going strong and the bookshelves are holding in the heat quite nicely, despite however many feet of snow sit outside. Join us in the store next week for harrowing and empathetic new fiction, a plan to reform higher education, a look at shame as a political tool, and much more.  




If you didn't make it to our annual Presidents' Day Sale on Monday, fear not, you get a second chance! Our Second Chance Presidents' Day Sale will take place in-store only, Saturday and Sunday (February 21 and 22).  


And why not have dinner in Harvard Square, catch a classic movie at the Brattle Theatre, and shop more of our neighborhood's vibrant local businesses while you're here? Thanks for supporting your local economy! 



news2Calling All Wordsmiths  


It's time to join 826 Boston's annual Write-A-Thon! The goal is to raise $20,000 in support of 826's free youth writing and tutoring programs. Set a page goal, round up pledges and donations, write from home (or anywhere!), and support this important Boston institution.  




Learn more and register today.  



news3Read the Movie   


It's Oscar time. Read the books that became the movies (or in some cases, came after the movies) being honored this weekend. Our Oscar display features everything from Alan Turing, to Captain America, to Wes Anderson. Hike the Wild with Cheryl Strayed. Dive into the drug-fueled noirish romp of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent ViceBrowse more titles here.

Of course, one of the most iconic book-into-film classics is To Kill a Mockingbird. You have until July 14 to re-read (or read for the first time) Harper Lee's text before her much-anticipated followup is released. Harvard Book Store is your spot to pre-order Lee's Go Set a Watchman, and we're pleased to offer a 20% discount to all who pre-order from us



news4In Case You Missed It   


Paul Fischer: A Kim Jong-Il Production
Paul Fischer: A Kim Jong-Il Production

Filmmaker Paul Fischer recently visited us to discuss his fascinating new book on North Korea, A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power.

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
Welcome to Braggsville:
A Novel
by T. Geronimo Johnson


William Morrow, hardcover

From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It 'Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment.

Spring Chicken:
Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
by Bill Gifford


Grand Central Publishing, hardcover
Spring Chicken is a full-throttle ride through research, mythology, and ancient wisdom on mankind's oldest obsession: How can we live longer? In his funny, self-deprecating voice, Bill Gifford takes readers on a fascinating journey through the science of aging.

The Rise of Writing:
Redefining Mass Literacy
by Deborah Brandt


Cambridge University Press, paperback

In this highly anticipated sequel to Literacy in American Lives, Deborah Brandt moves beyond the decline of reading to focus on the rise of writing. What happens when writing overtakes reading as the basis of people's daily literate experience?  

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Kids & Young Adult
Chasing Freedom:
The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts 
by Nikki Grimes
illustrated by Michelle Wood 

Orchard Books, hardcover

What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women?

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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

Bobo by Bobo:
An Unauthorized Autobiography of Diana Fillmore
by Diana Fillmore


Print on Demand, paperback

This volume contains selections from Diana Fillmore's letters, journals, and notebooks, offering unique perspectives on her unconventional study years in Boston and Europe and her Peace Corps service in Gabon, West Africa.


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 Man Without a Face:
The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
by Masha Gessen
$7.99, hardcover (originally $27.95)

The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in a very short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.
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Sweet Tooth:
A Novel
by Ian McEwan
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. MI5 plans to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth."
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How to Cartoon
by LTD Quadrum
$6.99, paperback (originally $17.95)

Doodle your way to out-of-this-world cartoons with this fabulous kit. How to Cartoon includes a how-to book, one black pen, eight colored pencils, one pencil sharpener, 16 sheets of tracing paper, and 66 sheets of drawing paper. 
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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.
Shadows of Reality:
The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought 
by Tony Robbin

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2006

$10.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In this insightful book -- both revisionist math history and revisionist art history -- Tony Robbin (known for his innovative computer visualizations of hyperspace) investigates different models of the fourth dimension and how these are applied in art and physics.

The Sartorialist:


by Scott Schuman

Originally published by Penguin Books in 2012

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Scott Schuman is back with a new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention. In The Sartorialist: Closer, he looks deeper and with great breadth at human style, and the way it is expressed across the world.

Matthew Barney:
River of Fundament 

by Okwui Enwezor

Originally published by Skira Rizzoli in 2014

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

On the occasion of a major exhibition, performance, and film premiere, this book considers Matthew Barney's epic seven year undertaking, an odyssey of death and its mythologies. This volume documents the full breadth of this ambitious new project.  

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

Erik Larson (Mar 12)


Ticket Pre-Sales
on Sale Now:   

Kazuo Ishiguro (Mar 21)
Barney Frank (Mar 24)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Sven Beckert

Fri, Feb 20, 3PM

Harvard's Sven Beckert discusses Empire of Cotton: A Global History.
At Harvard Book Store
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Quan Barry

Fri, Feb 20, 7PM

Quan Barry presents her debut novel, She Weeps Each Time You're Born, and her new poetry collection, Loose Strife.
At Harvard Book Store
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Daniel Handler

Fri, Feb 20, 7PM

Daniel Handler (aka "Lemony Snicket") is joined by poets Janaka Stucky and Elisa Gabbert for an evening of "Poets and Pirates."
At First Parish Church
$5 Tickets
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Second Chance Presidents' Day Sale

Sat/Sun, Feb 21-22 

Another chance at 20% off your in-store purchases.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mon, Feb 23, 7PM

Lani Guinier presents her book The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tues, Feb 24, 7PM

Travel writer Michael Meyer returns to China with his latest book In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Feb 25, 7PM

Decorated Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Elliot Ackerman reads from his debut novel, Green on Blue -- part of our "New Voices in Fiction" series with GrubStreet.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thurs, Feb 26, 7PM

NYU's Jennifer Jacquet explores how shame can change the world as a nonviolent form of resistance in her book Is Shame Necessary?: New Uses for an Old Tool.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Feb 27, 3PM

Harvard's Robert Darnton discusses Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.
At Harvard Book Store
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Laura van den Berg

Fri, Feb 27, 7PM

Laura van den Berg reads from her darkly funny debut novel, Find Me, a story of a young woman's loneliness and survival in a "a low science-fiction dystopian nightmare." Part of our "New Voices in Fiction" series with GrubStreet.
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Event Info 



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, Mar 2, 7PM    

Rescheduled from February 23, it's our monthly in-store book club discussion.
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