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May 8, 2015

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news1Love Ya, Mom   


Mother's Day is this weekend, which means a new display of gift ideas and charming greeting cards for Ma here in the bookstore; much-needed sunshine and springy temps outside; a full slate of Mother's Day brunch menus in restaurants all over Harvard Square; and, of course, the traditional Mom's Day screening of Psycho over at the Brattle Theatre.


Happy Day, all you moms! (Especially mine.)    



news2Bookstore Day, Yay    


The first ever national Independent Bookstore Day took place on May 2, and was a darn good time. Thanks to all who came out to support and celebrate your indie bookseller.


Congrats to Carolyn, Tricia, and Josh -- our social media promo winners who documented their Bookstore Day visits in all sorts of delightful ways.


@Oh_Carolyn: "H loved going to @harvardbookstore for #bookstoreday!" 


@Bksinthebelfrey: "The next best thing to a book is a mug that reminds you of a great bookstore. #bookstoreday @HarvardBooks"


@jlagle: "Checking out the haul from @HarvardBooks and the cat's acting like they belong to her. #bookstoreday #whatevercat"

Check out more images of our Independent Bookstore Day in our Storify roundup and Facebook album.  



news3Harvard Book Store, Illustrated   


Ta-da! Our gorgeous new mug design, depicting our iconic storefront and a bustling Mass Ave full of bookish passers-by, is now available in the store and here on harvard.com.  





news4Browse Our Biographies


It's not too late to explore our epic display of our staff's "Biographies in Books," compiled for Independent Bookstore Day, back by the Fiction section. Come browse!



Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A God in Ruins:
A Novel
by Kate Atkinson


Little, Brown and Company, hardcover

A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th century through Life After Life protagonist Ursula's younger brother Teddy -- would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather -- as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world.

Whatever . . . Love is Love:
Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves
by Maria Bello


Dey Street Books, hardcover
The acclaimed actress and dedicated activist shares her personal journey of discovery, and destroys outdated ideas about partnership, love, and family that will resonate with anyone in an unconventional life situation.

Human Kindness and the Smell of Warm Croissants:
An Introduction to Ethics
by Ruwen Ogien

Columbia University Press, paperback

A beloved best-seller in France, Human Kindness and the Smell of Warm Croissants makes philosophy fun, tactile, and approachable. Moral thinking is simple, Ruwen Ogien argues, and as inherent as the senses. 

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Kids & Young Adult
Heather Has Two Mommies
by Leslea Newman


Candlewick, hardcover

Candlewick relaunches a modern classic for this generation with an all-new, beautifully illustrated edition. Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies.  

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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

The Tycoon's Ambassadors:
Captain Du Pont and the Japanese Embassy of 1860 
by Tom and Sidney Marshall


Print on Demand, paperback

The Tycoon's Ambassadors tells an all-but-forgotten story with insight and wit, treating readers to a fresh look at mid-nineteenth-century America.


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 Mind Awake:
An Anthology of C.S. Lewis
edited by Clyde Kilby
$4.99, paperback (originally $13.95)

C.S. Lewis believed in the absolute logic of faith; his books, letters, and essays demonstrated the immutability of religion in his life. This collection mines their pages to showcase the themes that provided the foundation for his philosophy.
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The Harvey Penick Collection:
Harvey Penick's Little Red Book; And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend; For All Who Love the Game; and The Game for a Lifetime
by Harvey Penick
$9.99, hardcover

The Harvey Penick Collection includes all four of Penick's classic golf books together in one beautiful volume. Included are Harvey Penick's Little Red Book; And If You Play Golf, You're My FriendFor All Who Love the Game; and The Game for a Lifetime.
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My Struggle:
Book One
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
$7.99, paperback (originally $16.00)

My Struggle: Book One introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
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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.
Moral Agents:
Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
by Edward Mendelson

Originally published by the New York Review of Books in 2015

$11.50 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Edward Mendelson's Moral Agents is a deeply considered and provocative new look at major American writers. Any important writer, in Mendelson's view, writes in response to an idea of the good life that is inseparable from the life the writer lives.

Photography Degree Zero:

Reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida

edited by Geoffrey Batchen

Originally published by the MIT Press in 2009

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida is perhaps the most influential book ever published on photography. Photography Degree Zero, the first anthology of writings on Camera Lucida, offers a range of perspectives on Barthes's important book.

Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s

edited by Rian Hughes

Originally published by Fiell Publishing Limited in 2010

$200.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s is a colossal survey of magazine artwork from the Swinging Sixties. It not only provides revelatory insight into the artistic talents of the illustrators featured, but also elucidates the social aspirations of this era of political optimism.

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

» Richard H. Thaler with Daniel Gilbert and Robin Young (May 20)


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Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:   

»  Jane Smiley (June 4)
» Lev Grossman with Gregory Maguire (June 10)

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Susanna Rankin Bohme

Fri, May 8, 3PM

Susanna Rankin Bohme discusses Toxic Injustice: A Transnational History of Exposure and Struggle
At Harvard Book Store
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David Roberts

Fri, May 8, 7PM

David Roberts discusses The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest.
At Harvard Book Store
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Patricia Park

Mon, May 11, 7PM

Patricia Park discusses her debut novel Re Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Jane Eyre, in conversation with Margot Livesey.
At Harvard Book Store
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Craig Lambert

Tue, May 12, 7PM

Craig Lambert discusses Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day.
At Harvard Book Store
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Anne Enright

Wed, May 13, 7PM

Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize winner for The Gathering, presents her latest novel, The Green Road, a family story sprung from small town Ireland.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jonathan Papernick

Thu, May 14, 7PM

Local author Jonathan Papernick presents his latest novel, The Book of Stone -- a searing psychological thriller set in pre-9/11 Brooklyn.
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Pierpaolo Barbieri

Fri, May 15, 3PM

Pierpaolo Barbieri presents Hitler's Shadow Empire: Nazi Economics and the Spanish Civil War.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jim Shepard

Fri, May 15, 7PM

Jim Shepard reads from his novel The Book of Aron, a child's-eye view of the Holocaust.
At Harvard Book Store
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Joanna Rakoff

Sat, May 16, 7PM

Cambridge author Joanna Rakoff discusses memoir My Salinger Year in conversation with the Boston Globe's Sacha Pfeiffer.
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

Tue, May 26, 7PM    

The May selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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Alex W. Meriwether
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