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April 5, 2015

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news1Coming Up This Month    


We've got a lively, bustling, event- and book-filled month ahead! Join us for poets, athletes, and a day-long celebration of books and bookstores. 



news2National Poetry Month   




April is National Poetry Month. Browse some of our recommendations for new poetry in this month's "Select Seventy Spotlight;" and join us this month for 2012 Pulitzer-winning poet Tracy K. Smith presenting her beautiful new memoir Ordinary Light, 1990 Pulitzer-winning poet Charles Simic presenting his latest collection The Lunatic, and President Obama's 2009 inaugural poet, Elizabeth Alexander, presenting her memoir The Light of the World (at the Cambridge Public Library, RSVPs requested). 



news3Marathon Weekend   


Marathon Weekend is just two weeks away. Whether you're running the 26.2 miles yourself, cheering on the runners on Marathon Monday, or simply in awe of these athletes from your comfy reading chair, we're hosting two author-athletes Marathon Weekend you won't want to miss.




Join us for a panel conversation with 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi on the legendary runner's training methods and championship legacy (plus sneaker and gift bag giveaways to select attendees!) and Born to Run author Christopher McDougall for two events (one in Boston, one in Cambridge) for an energetic exploration of the lost arts of the hero. Get your tickets now.  



news4Independent Bookstore Day   


We're counting down the days to Independent Bookstore Day, a daylong celebration of what makes indie bookstores special. On May 2 we'll be debuting special merchandise, available only at participating indie bookstores.

Exclusive merchandise includes:
  • An original, signed, gallery quality print from graphic novelist and illustrator Chris Ware.
  • A handsome wooden stencil, suitable for use as a stencil or as a stand-alone art piece, quoting Margaret Atwood's poem "Spelling."
  • A literary map of the seas, a hand drawn full-color, gallery quality giclee fine art print of 24 great books set in the ocean
  • and more 
We've also invited literary critic, essayist, and novelist James Wood to join us that evening to discuss his new book on the connections between fiction and life.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The World Before Us:
A Novel 
by Aislinn Hunter


Hogarth, hardcover

In the tradition of A. S. Byatt's Possession, The World Before Us explores the powerful notion that history is a closely connected part of us -- kept alive by the resonance of our daily choices -- reminding us of the possibility that we are less alone than we might think.

Words Without Music:
A Memoir 
by Philip Glass


Liveright, hardcover
World-renowned composer Philip Glass has uniquely crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical music. Yet here in Words Without Music, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice, that of a born storyteller and insightful chronicler.

Visions of Science:
Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age 
by James A. Secord


University of Chicago Press, hardcover

In Visions of Science, James A. Secord offers a new way to examine late nineteenth century Britain. He explores seven key books, demonstrating how science literature can be revelatory when granted the kind of close reading usually reserved for fiction. 

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Kids & Young Adult
Rad American Women A-Z:
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History... And Our Future!  
by Kate Schatz


City Lights Publishers, hardcover

Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet -- but instead of "A is for Apple", A is for Angela -- as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports. And the list of great women goes on.  

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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

Mass Confusion 
by Charles William Johnson


Print on Demand, paperback

In Einstein: Mass Confusion, Charles William Johnson uses Planck mass and Planck energy to follow the entire line of reasoning behind the distinction of Einstein's formula and Einstein's equation.


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 Cook Everything Vegetarian:
Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
by Mark Bittman
$15.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

With How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian, Mark Bittman has written the definitive guide to meatless meals -- a book that will appeal to everyone who wants to cook delicious meatless dishes, from health-conscious omnivores to passionate vegetarians.
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The Complete Adventures of Curious George:
70th Anniversary Edition
by Margret and H.A. Rey
$13.99, hardcover (originally $29.99)

The tales of Curious George have kept generations of readers enthralled and entertained. This lavish edition includes an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus, a retrospective essay by Dee Jones, and the seven original tales of Curious George.
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The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
$14.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)

For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic, The Little Prince, has captured readers' hearts. This exciting pop-up edition includes the complete original text accompanied by Saint-Exupery's beautiful illustrations brought to life.
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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.
Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment
by Henri Lefebvre

Originally published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2014

$14.50 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment is the only book devoted to architecture by Henri Lefebvre. Written in 1973 but only recently discovered in a private archive, this work extends Lefebvre's influential theory of urban space to the question of architecture.

Paul Rand:

Modernist Design

edited by Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo

Originally published by Distributed Art Publishers in 2003

$80.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

A compendium of essays, interviews, photographic reproductions, a contextual timeline, and an extensive bibliography, Paul Rand: Modernist Design adds to the literature on Rand, helping to place him in context within a century of art, design, and architecture.

Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845

edited by Porscha Fermanis & John Regan

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2015

$55.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Rethinking British Romantic History examines the ways in which we understand eighteenth century Britain by arguing that British historicism developed largely in quasi-historical genres such as memoir, fiction, and painting, rather than in works of 'real' history. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

» Lydia Davis (Apr 8)
» Peter Singer (Apr 13)
» Meb Keflezighi (Apr 17)
» Christopher McDougall (Boston, Apr 18 at 2pm)
» Christopher McDougall (Cambridge, Apr 18 at 7pm)
» T.C. Boyle (Apr 22)


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Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger

Mon, Apr 6, 7PM

Two of America's leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State.
At Harvard Book Store
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Helen MacDonald

Tue, Apr 7, 7PM

Writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist Helen MacDonald presents her breakout bestselling book H is for Hawk -- part memoir, part nature writing, part fiction -- with an introduction by Elephant Company author Vicki Constantine Croke.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lydia Davis

Wed, Apr 8, 6PM

Acclaimed translator and National Book Award finalist Lydia Davis presents her latest collection of short stories, Can't and Won't, newly released in paperback.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Cambridge Forum

Wed, Apr 8, 7PM

Erin O'Brien and Phillip Martin discuss "The Health of Democracy: Voter Suppression and Disenfranchisement."
At First Parish Church
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Tracy K. Smith

Thurs, Apr 9, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars, reads from Ordinary Light -- a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home.
At Harvard Book Store
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Orlando Patterson and Ethan Fosse

Fri, Apr 10, 3PM

Harvard University's Orlando Patterson and Ethan Fosse discuss their book The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth.
At Harvard Book Store
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Charles Simic

Fri, Apr 10, 7PM

One of America's most celebrated poets demonstrates his revered signature style -- a mix of understated brilliance, wry melancholy, and sardonic wit -- in his new collection The Lunatic: Poems.
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, April 27, 7PM    

The March selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Jill Lepore's Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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