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March 27, 2015

News This Week: 
Spring Fiction     
"To Harvard Book Store, Kazuo Ishiguro"



news1Spring Fiction   


Authors of the some of the most acclaimed fiction being published this spring are coming to Harvard Book Store.


T.C. Boyle's new novel about the dark side of the American dream has been praised by The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani as "a masterly -- and arresting -- piece of storytelling, arguably Mr. Boyle's most powerful, kinetic novel yet." Get tickets and details for T.C. Boyle's April 22 appearance here


Viet Thanh Nguyen's "remarkable" debut novel, The Sympathizer, "brings a distinct perspective to the [Vietnam] war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless." (The New York Times Book Review) Join us for Viet Thanh Nguyen on May 4.  


And let's not forget the paperback release of Lydia Davis's Can't and Won't. Tickets are on sale now for her April 8 appearance.  


"Some writers have the uncanny ability to slant your experiences. Read enough Lydia Davis and her stories start happening to you... Her stories have a way of affecting the senses so that indecision itself becomes drama and a mutual shrug between two strangers can take on more meaning. This is what the best and most original literature can do: make us more acutely aware of life on and off the page." (The New York Times Book Review



news2Go Set a Watchman Update   


This week the stunning cover design for Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman was unveiled. What do you think?  


Pre-order Go Set a Watchman from Harvard Book Store now, 20% off, and go set your watch, man, for July 14 -- the on-sale date for this much-anticipated new book. 



news3Never Underestimate a Pioneer Girl   


Never underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder.


Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, from the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, sold out its initial and secondary print runs from a few months back. This beautiful hotcake of a book has been reprinted and is on our shelves now.




The staff is braiding their hair to celebrate. Pick up your copy at Harvard Book Store.  



news4More Community Goings-On 

  • It's not too late to join 826 Boston's Write-A-Thon (through April 16).
  • 826 Boston's Night of 1,000 Stories is also coming up! Enjoy an evening of intrigue and imagination as you help 826 Boston tell 1,000 stories in a single night.
  • Over at Harvard, check out the dedication of the Seamus Heaney Suite in Adams House on March 28 at 3pm.
  • Support local Cambridge businesses by playing "Lovin' Local" between now and April 3!

Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Reunion of Ghosts:
A Novel
by Judith Claire Mitchell


Harper, hardcover

Meet the Alter sisters: Lady, Vee, and Delph. They love each other fiercely, but being an Alter isn't easy. Bad luck is in their genes. Yet no matter what curves life throws at these siblings -- and it's hurled plenty -- they always have a wisecrack, and one another.

Becoming Steve Jobs:
The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli


Crown Business, hardcover
Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. Its rich, compelling narrative is filled with stories never told before from the people who knew Jobs best, and who decided to open up to the authors.

Hitler's Shadow Empire:
Nazi Economics and the Spanish Civil War
by Pierpaolo Barbieri


Harvard University Press, hardcover

The Spanish Civil War has long been seen as a grim dress rehearsal for World War II. In Hitler's Shadow Empire Pierpaolo Barbieri revises this standard account, arguing that economic ambitions -- not ideology -- drove Hitler's Iberian intervention.  

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Kids & Young Adult
The Penderwicks in Spring
by Jeanne Birdsall


Knopf, hardcover

Filled with all the heart, hilarity, and charm that has come to define the beloved Penderwick clan, The Penderwicks in Spring is about fun and family and friends (and dogs), and what happens when you bring what's hidden into the bright light of the spring sun.

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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

Over the last few weeks we've featured all four gorgeous cover designs for our latest Harvard Book Store anthology, Microchondria II. This week's painterly design features artwork by Skye Moret and Ethan Norris. Check out all four covers and learn more about this unique book we created from scratch in February 2015!


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.
A Novel
by Juan Pablo Villalobos
$6.99, paperback (originally $14.00)

Both profoundly moving and wildly funny, Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos's Quesadillas is a satiric masterpiece, chock-full of inseminated cows, Polish immigrants, religious pilgrims, alien spacecraft, and psychedelic watermelons.
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My Notorious Life:
A Novel
by Kate Manning
$4.99, paperback (originally $16.00)

Inspired by a real midwife who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City, My Notorious Life is a love story, a family saga, and the confessions of a woman who changed the lives of countless others.
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Religion in America:
A Comprehensive Guide to Faith, History, and Tradition
edited by Harold Rabinowitz & Greg Tobin
$7.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

This illustrated and comprehensive volume covers all of America's most significant organizations and denominations, including an introduction to the basic tenets of 30 faiths, as well as maps, surveys, and other demographic breakdowns.
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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.
Russian Criminal Tattoo:
Volumes I & II 
by Danzig Baldaev

Originally published by Fuel Publishing in 2006

$30.00 (hardcover, 2 volumes) in Good condition

The photographs, drawings, and texts published here are part of a collection of 3,600 tattoos accumulated by prison attendant Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his entrance into a world in which he acted as an ethnographer, recording a closed society. 

The Colors of Clay:

Special Techniques in Athenian Vases

by Beth Cohen

Originally published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2006

$38.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This gorgeous catalogue documents a major exhibition at the Getty Villa that is the first ever to focus on ancient Athenian terracotta vases made by techniques other than the well-known black- and red-figure styles. 

On the Art of Building in Ten Books

by Leon Battista Alberti

Originally published by the MIT Press in 1991

$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

De Re Aedificatoria, by Leon Battista Alberti, was the first modern treatise on the theory and practice of architecture. Its importance for the subsequent history of architecture is incalculable, and this is the first English translation based on the original Latin text.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

  Jon Ronson (Apr 2)
  Lydia Davis (Apr 8)
  Peter Singer (Apr 13)
  Malcolm Gladwell (Apr 13)
  Meb Keflezighi (Apr 17)
  Christopher McDougall (Boston, Apr 18 at 2pm)
Christopher McDougall (Cambridge, Apr 18 at 7pm)


Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:   

  Joseph E. Stiglitz (Apr 20)
  T.C. Boyle (Apr 22)

Upcoming Pre-Sales Available Mar 31:

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Sulmaan Wasif Khan

Fri, Mar 27, 3PM

Tufts University's Sulmaan Wasif Khan presents Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands.
At Harvard Book Store
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Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman

Fri, Mar 27, 7PM

Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman discuss Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet.
At Harvard Book Store
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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.
Harvard Book Store
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Mary Louise Kelly

Tues, Mar 31, 7PM

Former NPR and BBC Pentagon reporter Mary Louise Kelly presents her second thriller, The Bullet. Protagonist Caroline Cashion has a shocking discovery at a routine doctor's visit: a bullet lodged at the base of her skull.  
At Harvard Book Store
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Paul Beatty

Wed, Apr 1, 7PM

Paul Beatty reads from his acclaimed new novel, The Sellout, "Swiftian satire of the highest order" (The Wall Street Journal) about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum

Wed, Apr 1, 7PM

Iyad Burnat and Trina Jackson discuss "Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine."
At First Parish Church
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Jon Ronson

Thu, Apr 2, 6PM

This American Life contributor and bestselling author of The Psychopath Test Jon Ronson discusses So You've Been Publicly Shamed, an exploration of the world of modern-day public shaming, sparked by the author's brief encounter with online impostors.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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