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March 13, 2015

In Like a Lion: Our hopeful window
display of springy kids books.



news1Searching for Meaning   


Staffer Melissa writes, of the new book Ongoingness:   


"Sarah Manguso has my head in her lap and she is stroking my hair and she is telling me everything is going to be okay. This is a necessary read for writers and anyone having a hard time searching for meaning." 


Join as as Sarah Manguso reads from Ongoingness in the store this Saturday at 7pm. Check out many more staff suggestions here and upcoming book talks here. (And please note, our upcoming talk with Helen O'Donnell has unfortunately been canceled.) 



news2For the Love of Science  


Our featured spotlight for March is "For the Love of Science," books on physics, neuroscience, history of science and humankind -- and more. Plus, find dozens more recommended new books in our featured "Select 70" this month. 



news3Rest in Peace, Sir Terry Pratchett    


"DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH." Rest in peace, Sir Terry Pratchett. (1948-2015)




Staffer Emmaline said it well in a recent staff recommendation for The Wee Free Men: Terry Pratchett "is one of the greatest people to ever live."  



news4In Case You Missed It


We recently hosted world renowned security and privacy expert Bruce Schneier for his book Data and Goliath


Bruce Schneier: Why We Should Reform Surveillance Policies
Bruce Schneier: Why We Should Reform Surveillance Policies

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
The Lost Child:
A Novel
by Caryl Phillips


Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover

Caryl Phillips intertwines his narrative with the childhood of one of literature's most enigmatic lost boys, deftly conjuring young Heathcliff, the anti-hero of Wuthering Heights, and his ragged existence before Mr. Earnshaw brought him home to his family.

Galileo's Middle Finger:
Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science
by Alice Dreger

Penguin Press, hardcover
An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility, Galileo's Middle Finger is one American's eye-opening story of life in the trenches of scientific controversy. 

Cuisine & Empire:
Cooking in World History
by Rachel Laudan

University of California Press, paperback

Rachel Laudan tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the world's great cuisines -- from the mastery of grain cooking some twenty thousand years ago to the present -- in this superbly researched volume. 

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Kids & Young Adult
How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France 
by Maria Rockliff


Candlewick, hardcover

This rip-roaring, lavishly illustrated peek into a fascinating moment in history shows the development and practice of the scientific method -- and reveals the amazing power of the human mind. 

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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

Microchondria II:
42 More Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store


Print on Demand, paperback

Between February 1 and February 28 the staff of Harvard Book Store made this cool little book from scratch -- an anthology of microfiction by writers near and far. This week's featured cover (we picked four great designs from those submitted) is by Ali Habashi; check out all four available cover designs here.


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 Complete Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
$12.99, hardcover (originally $27.50)

More than 400 years ago, Miguel de Cervantes sent his irrepressible hero out into the world and in this terrific adaptation of the Cervantes classic, Rob Davis uses innovative paneling and an interesting color palette to bring the Knight-Errant to life.
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Fin & Lady:
A Novel
by Cathleen Schine
$6.99, paperback (originally $15.00)

From bestselling author Cathleen Schine comes Fin & Lady, a comic love story for the ages: an enchanting novel of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.
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The Faithful Executioner:
Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century
by Joel F. Harrington
$7.99, paperback (originally $18.00)

In a dusty German bookshop, historian Joel F. Harrington stumbled upon a remarkable document: the journal of a sixteenth-century executioner. In The Faithful Executioner, Harrington teases out the hidden meanings and drama of Schmidt's journal. 
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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.
Comparative Theology:
Deep Learning Across Religious Borders
by Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

Originally published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2010

$20.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This is a highly engaging introduction by one of the world's most respected scholars in this fast-growing field. It describes the development of the discipline and shows readers both how to understand and undertake comparative theology.

Starboard Wine:

More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

by Samuel R. Delany

Originally published by Dragon Press in 1984

$50.00 (hardcover, signed) in Very Good condition

In Starboard Wine, Samuel R. Delany explores the implications of his famous assertion that science fiction is not about the future. Rather, it uses the future as a means of talking about the present and its potentiality. Signed first edition.

Loneliness in Childhood and Adolescence

edited by Ken J. Rotenberg and Shelley Hymel 

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1999

$35.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

This book examines a wave of theory and research into the phenomena of loneliness during childhood and adolescence. The chapters range from the role of attachment in children's loneliness to the link between loneliness and maladjustment.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

  Kazuo Ishiguro (Mar 21)
  Barney Frank (Mar 24)
  Jon Ronson (Apr 2)
  Lydia Davis (Apr 8)
  Malcolm Gladwell (Apr 13)


Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:    

  Peter Singer (Apr 13)
  Christopher McDougall at Old South Church, Boston (Apr 18)
  Christopher McDougall at First Parish Church, Cambridge (Apr 18)

Upcoming Pre-Sales Available Mar 17:

T.C. Boyle (Apr 22)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Gabriella Blum

Fri, Mar 13, 7PM

Harvard Law School's Gabriella Blum discusses The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones -- Confronting A New Age of Threat.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Kurkjian

Fri, Mar 13, 7PM

Boston Globe veteran Stephen Kurkjian investigates the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in his new book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sarah Manguso

Sat, Mar 14, 7PM

Sarah Manguso confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years in Ongoingness.
At Harvard Book Store
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Nina MacLaughlin

Mon, Mar 16, 7PM

Local author Nina MacLaughlin discusses her memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter.
At Harvard Book Store
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Roseanne Montillo

Tues, Mar 17, 7PM

Emerson College's Roseanne Montillo discusses The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer.
At Harvard Book Store
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David O. Stewart

Wed, Mar 18, 7PM

Historian David O. Stewart presents Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, his new book that names James Madison as the nation's most significant framer.
At Harvard Book Store
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Benjamin E. Schwartz

Thurs, Mar 19, 7PM

National security specialist Benjamin E. Schwartz discusses Right of Boom: The Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism, a look at what could happen if a nuclear explosion took place in the United States.
At Harvard Book Store
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GrubStreet Launch Lab: Family and Friends; Expect the Unexpected

Fri, Mar 20, 7PM

GrubStreet Launch Lab participants present their newly published work and reflect on the writing process. David Marshall Hunt presents Flower Girl; Dr. Alice LoCicero presents Why "Good Kids" Turn into Deadly Terrorists; Lori Reisenbichler presents Eight Minutes.
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.


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$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store.


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Mar 30, 7PM    

The March selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Haruki Murakami's novel A Wild Sheep Chase. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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