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June 5, 2015

"This is a love story."
[from Muse by Jonathan Galassi]



news1Tell Us Why You Love Your Bookstore   




It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the first ever Independent Bookstore Day on May 2. Next year's is set for April 30, 2016, but until then, we've collected some of the wonderful love letters passers-by left on our "Tell Us Why You Love Your Bookstore" banner on Indie Bookstore Day this year:

  • Because I always find something I didn't know existed! Browsing matters!
  • Because I can touch & feel the books!
  • Because it's indie and because I had a chance meeting here 25 years ago that changed my life in a good way.
  • Because Hillary Clinton loves it, too!  
  • Also BJ Novak is always here!
  • What immediately comes to mind: Because the books are HERE, and I can feel the quality of the paper and see the quality of the images, because I've been coming here for 35 years, and I know it will always be here.
  • Because it's home!!
  • excellent customer service, friendly employees, excellent selection/collection, superb bargain books downstairs, quick service / turnaround for out-of-stock books, excellent selection of book authors as speakers at events have in the bookstore
  • **Amazing** speaker series

Aw, thanks you all. 



news2Our Summer Warehouse Sale   


It's almost summer. And it's almost time for our wildly popular annual Summer Warehouse Sale.   




Don't leave town the last weekend of June or you'll miss out on thousands of discounted, curated used books and remainders. Save the dates: June 27 and 28. Learn more here



news3What's the Hubbub?   


This summer we're pleased to partner with the Boston Book Festival for Hubbub, a new (free!) festival celebrating creativity for children and families. Kids can laugh at a puppet show, meet kid-lit legend Mo Willems, craft a comic strip, and get inspired with a zillion ideas for a summer full of creative fun.  


Harvard Book Store will be there helping out with book sales, signings, and readings, so join us in Copley Square on June 20



news4In Case You Missed It


In March we hosted longtime Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank for his book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. (Signed copies are still available!



Browse the HBS Channel, our video archive of author events, and thank you for buying the author's books from Harvard Book Store! Your purchases support this award-winning author series.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
In the Unlikely Event:
A Novel
by Judy Blume


Knopf, hardcover

In her highly anticipated new novel, bestselling author Judy Blume creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne:
The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind 
by Hugh Aldersey-Williams


W. W. Norton & Company, hardcover
In an intellectual adventure (not unlike Sarah Bakewell's book about Montaigne, How to Live) Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Sir Thomas Browne's life, but to champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind.

The Ancients and the Postmoderns:
On the Historicity of Forms
by Fredric Jameson


Verso, hardcover

High modernism is now as far from us as antiquity was for the Renaissance. Such is the premise of Fredric Jameson's major new work. Throughout the historical periods, argues Jameson, the question of narrative persists through its metamorphoses. 

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Kids & Young Adult
P.S. I Still Love You
by Jenny Han


Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, hardcover

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that's part of makes it so amazing. 

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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

Memoirs of a Spaghetti Cowboy:
Tales of Oddball Luck and Derring-Do
by Thomas O'D. Hunter


Print on Demand, paperback

Tom Hunter has made B movies in some of the world's most dangerous places. This lively, unpredictable memoir chronicles his life in film, recounted with suspense, humor, and in fascinating detail.


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 Zadie Smith
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.95)

NW follows four Londoners as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. In its depiction of the modern urban zone, it is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.
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Ancient Chinese Warfare
by Ralph D. Sawyer
$8.99, hardcover (originally $39.99)

In Ancient Chinese Warfare, a preeminent expert on Chinese military history uses recently recovered documents and findings to construct a comprehensive guide to the technologies, strategies, and logistics of ancient Chinese militarism. 
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War of the Whales:
A True Story
by Joshua Horwitz
$5.99, hardcover (originally $28.00)

The remarkable account of two principled men who stand up to the world's most powerful navy, War of the Whales is a real-life thriller that combines the best of legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.
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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.
Jane Austen, Game Theorist
by Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2013

$13.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Game theory is one of the most popular technical approaches in social science today. But as Michael Chwe reveals in his insightful new book, Jane Austen explored game theory's core ideas in her six novels roughly two hundred years ago.

Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions

by Maggie Nelson

Originally published by the University of Iowa Press in 2007

$14.50 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Maggie Nelson provides the first extended consideration of the roles played by women in and around the New York School of poets, offering unprecedented analyses of the work of Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, and others.

The Early Christian World:

Volume I

edited by Philip F. Esler

Originally published by Routledge in 2000

$75.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The Early Christian World presents an exhaustive, erudite, and lavishly illustrated treatment of how the small movement which formed around Jesus in Galilee became the pre-eminent religion of the ancient world. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:  

Lev Grossman with
Gregory Maguire (June 10)
The Nation's First 150 Years Panel Discussion (June 16)


Ticket Pre-Sales
Now Available:    

 Caitlin Moran (July 8)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite

Fri, Jun 5, 7PM

Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite present their collaborative debut novel, War of the Encyclopaedists -- the story of a friendship that stretches from Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq, as its protagonists keep in touch by editing a Wikipedia article about themselves.
At Harvard Book Store
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Alexandra Petri

Mon, Jun 8, 7PM

Harvard grad and Washington Post columnist and blogger Alexandra Petri presents her hilarious memoir, A Field Guide to Awkward Silences.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mira Jacob and
Celeste Ng

Tues, June 9, 7PM

Two acclaimed novelists loved by the Harvard Book Store staff present their books, now in paperback. Mira Jacob reads from The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing; Celeste Ng presents Everything I Never Told You.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lev Grossman

Wed, Jun 10, 6PM

The Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman discusses his fantastical work with Wicked author Gregory Maguire upon the paperback release of The Magician's Land.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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William Damon

Wed, Jun 10, 7PM

William Damon discusses The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice, examining the lives and work of six 20th century moral leaders.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jonathan Galassi

Thu, Jun 11, 7PM

Jonathan Galassi -- renowned president and publisher of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux -- discusses his novel Muse, an insider look at publishing and a sophisticated roman clef, in conversation with Beacon Press director and former FSG associate publisher Helene Atwan.
At Harvard Book Store
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Joseph Luzzi

Fri, Jun 12, 7PM

Joseph Luzzi presents In A Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing and the Mysteries of Love.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fiction Fridays

Fridays This Summer 

Get 15% off your new fiction purchases in the store!

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, Jun 29, 7PM

The June selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Siri Hustvedt's The Blazing World. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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We appreciate the feedback we get from readers of this e-newsletter. Please send any comments to Alex at newsletter@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


Alex W. Meriwether
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