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May 15, 2015

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news1Ticketed Events This Week   


Tickets ($5) are still available for upcoming events with David McCullough for The Wright Brothers on Monday... 



... and Richart Thaler for Misbehaving on Wednesday.  


"Misbehaving gives us the story behind some of the most important insights in modern economics. If I had to be trapped in an elevator with any contemporary intellectual, I'd pick Richard Thaler." --Malcolm Gladwell 


Learn more about ticketed events here



news2Book Learnin'


This month's featured books spotlight is on higher education. Find Fareed Zakaria's In Defense of a Liberal Education, Derek Bok's Higher Education in America, and more.   




Plus, it's commencement season! Our annual graduation display has plenty of gift ideas for the grad in your life.    



news3Give a Signed Book   


Signed books make great gifts! Whether it's for a birthday, graduation, Father's Day, or just because you spot a title someone you love will love -- Harvard Book Store has lots of possibilities.  


Signed books on our shelves now include A Girl and Her Greens by chef April Bloomfield, The Light of the World by poet Elizabeth Alexander, Meb For Mortals by runner Meb Keflezighi, and Frank by longtime congressman Barney Frank.


Or consider a membership in our Signed First Edition Club. Past selections over the years have included Pulitzer winners All the Light We Cannot See, The Goldfinch, and The Orphan Master's Son. Upcoming selections include McCullough's The Wright Brothers and The Green Road by Anne Enright. Learn more and sign up here



news4In Case You Missed It


In March we were delighted to host local author Nina MacLaughlin as she launched her book Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter -- her story of quitting a desk job to become a carpenter.   


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
A Novel
by Dan Pope


Simon & Schuster, hardcover

Powerful, provocative, and psychologically gripping, Housebreaking explores the ways that two families -- and four lives -- can all too easily veer off track, losing sight of everyone, and everything, they once held dear. Signed copies (limited in supply) are available here.

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy:
A Handbook for Girl Geeks
by Sam Maggs


Quirk Books, hardcover
With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on an often male-dominated world.

Teaching Plato in Palestine:
Philosophy in a Divided World
by Carlos Fraenkel


Princeton University Press, hardcover

Teaching Plato in Palestine is part intellectual travelogue, part plea for integrating philosophy into our personal and public life. Philosophical toolkit in tow, Carlos Fraenkel invites us on a tour around the world as he helps students tackle life's big questions.

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Kids & Young Adult
by Noelle Stevenson


HarperTeen, paperback

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from rising star Noelle Stevenson -- perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and sure to win Nimona many new ones.

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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

Winter Harvest:
Bob Dylan to Jalaluddin Rumi
by Shems Friedlander


Print on Demand, paperback

Winter Harvest is the long-awaited sequel to Shems Friedlander's When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra, now considered a Sufi classic. Friedlander has spent over 40 years in a Sufi order and is now sharing his stories and travels in the winter of his life.


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 Memoir
by Andre Dubus III
$5.99, paperback (originally $15.95)

In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Dubus shows us how he escaped the cycle of violence and found empathy in channeling the stories of others -- bridging, in the process, the rift between his father and himself.
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What's the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J. Sandel
$6.99, paperback (originally $15.00)

In this acclaimed book -- based on his legendary Harvard course -- Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the issues and controversies we face today, a lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a robust and thoughtful discourse. 
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
$5.99, hardcover (originally $17.99)

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that brilliantly mixes fiction and photography.
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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.
Sub Pop USA:
The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988
by Bruce Pavitt

Originally published by Bazillion Points in 2014

$20.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

From Beat Happening and Pell Mell to early records by the Beastie Boys, Metallica, and Run DMC, Sub Pop was a 1980s independent music bible, written with a diverse appreciation for happening scenes across the USA. 

Yankee India:

American Commercial and Cultural Encounters with India in the Age of Sail, 1784-1860

by Susan S. Bean

Originally published by the Peabody Essex Museum in 2001

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Built around mariners' journals of their pioneering voyages, Yankee India charts the early development of commercial and cultural relations between the United States and India. Images of India at the time augment and illustrate the story.

Maya Lin:

Here and There

by Maya Lin

Originally published by Pace Gallery in 2013

$85.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

From the Introduction: "The preciousness of these geographic portraits quietly but urgently calls upon us to protect the aquatic arteries on which they are based, for they are truly fragile and truly irreplaceable."

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

» Richard H. Thaler with Daniel Gilbert and Robin Young (May 20)
»  Jane Smiley (June 4)


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Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:   

» Lev Grossman with Gregory Maguire (June 10)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

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 ("one of the best writers you've never heard of" writes Vulture) 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 her memoir My Salinger Year, in conversation with the Boston Globe's Sacha Pfeiffer.
At Harvard Book Store
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David McCullough

Mon, May 18, 7PM

Historian David McCullough presents The Wright Brothers -- "a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency" (The New York Times).
At First Parish Church
$5 tickets
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Lou Ureneck

Tue, May 19, 7PM

Boston University's Lou Ureneck discusses The Great Fire: One American's Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century's First Genocide.
At Harvard Book Store
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Richard H. Thaler

Wed, May 20, 6PM

Nudge co-author Richard H. Thaler discusses Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, in conversation with Stumbling on Happiness author Daniel Gilbert, moderated by Here and Now's Robin Young.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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GrubStreet Launch Lab: The Myth of Solid Ground

Thu, May 21, 7PM

Recent GrubStreet Launch Lab participants Stephanie Kegan, Robin McLean, and Sylvia True join us for a presentation of their work that explores just how fragile the foundation of an ordinary life can be -- Golden State: A Novel, Reptile House, and The Wednesday Group.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jon Fine and Clint Conley

Thu, May 21, 8PM

Inc. magazine executive editor Jon Fine and Clint Conley, Mission of Burma musician, discuss Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear).
At the LilyPad
RSVPs requested
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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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