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July 24, 2015

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news1One of Contemporary Fiction's Best   


This week we lost author E.L. Doctorow.  


An astute New York Times obituary notes his legacy as a writer who "consistently upended expectations with a cocktail of fiction and fact, remixed in book after book; with clever and substantive manipulations of popular genres like the Western and the detective story; and with his myriad storytelling strategies. . . . Mr. Doctorow was one of contemporary fiction's most restless experimenters."


Marie G. posted to our Facebook page's remembrance of Doctorow: "Writers touch us in ways we do not always understand. E.L. Doctorow's novels made my own life feel or seem better several times. . . . I loved your writing, Mr. Doctorow; thank you for inviting and even compelling me to see and sit with things I did not instantly understand, things hard and painful to comprehend. RIP."


In 2009 Mr. Doctorow helped us launch our in-store book printing machine ("Paige"), and inaugurated our in-store book printing service with a copy of The Bay Psalm Book (also the first book printed in North America). He was also joined in conversation that night by his editor Jason Epstein for a reading from his new book at the time, Homer and Langley



news2From the Voice of Fenway   


Let's not think too much about how well the Red Sox are doing, or not doing. We still love 'em.  


This week we have in stock signed copies of a unique little book of loving poetry about the Sox, penned by the "voice of Fenway Park," announcer Dick Flavin. Check out Red Sox Rhymes in the store, or order copies here, and give a signed book to someone who still loves the BoSox, through thick and thin. 



news3Lessons of Redemption


Friend of the store Kevin Shird was once a drug dealer in Baltimore who then turned his life around and wrote about it in the book Lessons of Redemption, on our shelves now.  


He appeared on ABC7 in NY last weekend. Check out the interview with Kevin here



news4In Case You Missed It


Late last month we were thrilled to host Jessica Fechtor, writer of the popular food blog Sweet Amandine, in conversation with James Beard Award-winning journalist Kathy Gunst, for a discussion of Fechtor's new memoir Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home. Watch the video here, courtesy of the WGBH Forum Network



Learn more, and purchase your own copy of Stir (some signed copies still available!), here or at Harvard Book Store. 


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Gods of Tango:
A Novel

by Carolina De Robertis


Knopf, hardcover

"There is something inherently alluring about the tango. . . [The Gods of Tango] captures that allure in a rich feast of history and human drama. . . Leda/Dante's strength of character finds a perfect home in De Robertis' strong narrative." -- Booklist (starred review)

The Reason for Flowers:
Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives

by Stephen Buchmann


Scribner, hardcover
The Reason for Flowers is cultural history at its best, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. This is the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world's flowers.

Born Translated:
The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature

by Rebecca L. Walkowitz


Columbia University Press, hardcover

As a growing number of contemporary novelists write for publication in multiple languages, the genre's form and aims are shifting. Born Translated builds a much-needed framework for understanding translation's effect on fictional works. 

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Kids & Young Adult
Dory and the Real True Friend
by Abby Hanlon


Dial Books, hardcover

Fans of Junie B. Jones and Ivy and Bean will love this new story about the spunky little rascal with big ideas. The star of Dory Fantasmagory is heading to school in this must-read for the chapter book set.  

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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

Lines 2004-2009
by Fr. David Buss


Print on Demand, paperback

A collection of poetic impressions with philosophical underpinnings, Lines 2004-2009 records one man's investigations into the nature of God and mankind.


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.
Forty-One False Starts:
Essays on Artists and Writers
by Janet Malcolm
$6.99, paperback (originally $16)

Forty-One False Starts is a deeply Malcolmian volume on painters, photographers, writers, and critics that brings together essays published over the course of several decades that reflect the author's preoccupation with artists and their work.
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Surfaces and Essences:
Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
by Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander
$12.99, hardcover (originally $35)

Analogy-making, far from happening at rare intervals, occurs at all moments, defining thinking from top to toe, from the tiniest and most fleeting thoughts to the most creative scientific insights. Like Gödel, Escher, Bach before it, Surfaces and Essences will profoundly enrich our understanding of our own minds.
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Global Crisis:
War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
by Geoffrey Parker
$14.99, hardcover (originally $45)

Geoffrey Parker's demonstration of the link between climate change and worldwide catastrophe 350 years ago stands as an extraordinary historical achievement. And the contemporary implications of his study are equally important: are we at all prepared today for the catastrophes that climate change could bring tomorrow?
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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.
On Vietnam and World Revolution
by Che Guevara

Originally published by Merit Publishers in 1967

$5 (pamphlet) in Very Good condition

After his "farewell letter" of 1965, Che Guevara was silent on the world stage until the publication of this pamphlet in 1967, about "key problems facing revolutionists in the world-wide struggle against imperialism."

Book Illustrated:
Text, Image, and Culture, 1770-1930

edited by Catherine J. Golden

Originally published by Oak Knoll Press in 2000

$10 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Scholars examine the rich interplay of word and picture collaborations in essays that illustrate the ways visual culture evolved. Illustrations spanning 160 years of ballets, plays, poetry, novels, and children's books are analyzed.

Italian Drawings Before 1600 in The Art Institute of Chicago

by Suzanne Folds McCullagh and Laura M. Giles

Originally published by The Art Institute of Chicago in 1997

$35 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

This volume contains over seven hundred Italian drawings of the 15th and 16th centuries, including preliminary studies for major compositions, cartoons, modelli, independent drawings, and copies after Renaissance and Mannerist masters.

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Fiction Fridays

Fridays This Summer 

Get 15% off new fiction purchases in the store.
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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Jul 27, 7PM

The July selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Allegra Goodman's Intuition. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
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Elizabeth Little

Tue, Jul 28, 7PM

Debut novelist and Harvard grad Elizabeth Little presents her new-to-paperback book Dear Daughter, the gripping story of a woman fresh out of prison who discovers that even the sleepiest towns hide sinister secrets.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jeff Hobbs

Wed, Jul 29, 7PM

Writer Jeff Hobbs presents the riveting biography of a young African American man -- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League -- now in paperback.
At Harvard Book Store
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Reif Larsen

Thu, Jul 30, 7PM

A black baby boy, Radar, is born to white parents during a power outage. Reif Larsen, the bestselling author of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, discusses his latest novel, I Am Radar, in conversation with Boston Globe book critic Eugenia Williamson.
At Harvard Book Store
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