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September 11, 2015

Lee Child book signing this week


news1That Season of Beginning 

It's back to school time. Harvard Square and our learned neighbors across the street are getting back into the swing of things. Our latest display in the front of the store marks that back-to-school spirit with books on writing and productivity, fiction set in Boston/Cambridge, and more good reads for this autumnal season of beginning.

news2Get Your Tickets 

We're honored and thrilled to be hosting such an exciting group of authors this September and October. Many tickets are available now for readings and signings coming up.

Learn more about ticketed events here, and browse our schedule of in-store and off-site events here.

news3Why Not Me?

It's not too late to pre-order Mindy Kaling's Why Not Me? The first twenty in-store pre-orders will be getting this fancy tote. (Find promotion details here.)

news4In Case You Missed It

Last week we hosted The Nation's Ari Berman for a discussion of his book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Check out the video here, thanks to our partners at WGBH Forum Network.

Thanks for reading,

New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Above the Waterfall
by Ron Rash


Ecco, hardcover

In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, Above the Waterfall demonstrates once again the prodigious talent of "a gorgeous, brutal writer" (Richard Price) hailed as "one of the great American authors at work today" (The New York Times).

Black Earth:
The Holocaust as History and Warning 
by Timothy Snyder


Tim Duggan Books, hardcover
Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.  

Revolutionary Ideas: 
An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre 
by Jonathan Israel


Princeton University Press, hardcover

In Revolutionary Ideas, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment restores the Revolution's intellectual history to its rightful central role. Drawing widely on primary sources, Jonathan Israel shows how the French Revolution was set in motion.
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Kids & Young Adult
by Kevin Henkes


Greenwillow Books, hardcover

What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig -- all toys arranged on a child's windowsill -- wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.
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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

Chess for Adult Beginners
by Alex Cherniack


Print on Demand, paperback

This book describes how to improve your chess strategy after learning the rules. Covered topics include visualization, choosing the best move, sharpening tactics, endgame technique, developing your own unique playing style, and many more.


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 Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
$3.99, paperback

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs.
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The Perfect Theory:
A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity
by Pedro G. Ferreira
$5.99, paperback (originally $15.95)

In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, astrophysicist Pedro Ferreira brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. 
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Brilliant Blunders:
From Darwin to Einstein -- Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe 
by Mario Livio
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.00)

We all make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history. In Brilliant Blunders, Mario Livio tells stories of scientific error and breakthrough, demonstrating how mistakes are essential to progress.
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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.
Selected Works in Three Volumes:
Volume III: Plays, Articles, Essays
by Vladimir Mayakovsky
Originally published by Raduga Publishers in 1987
$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
"[Vladimir Mayakovsky] was a highly cultured man who had a superlative mastery of language and a superlative mastery of composition, and who used the laws of the stage superlatively well." --Vsevolod Meyerhold
Radical Orientalism:
Rights, Reform, and Romanticism
by Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2015
$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
This fascinating study reveals the extent to which the Orientalism of Byron and the Shelleys resonated with the reformist movement of the Romantic era. Cohen-Vrignaud shows that promoting colonization was not Orientalism's sole ideological function.
Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress
by Samuel Beckett, William Carlos Williams, and others 
Originally published by New Directions in 1958
$35.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
This title is unique among the many books designed to assist the comprehension of Joyce's Finnegans Wake. The contributors were all friends or acquaintances of the author and Joyce himself is believed to have contributed under a pseudonym.  
Upcoming Events  
Tickets on Sale Now:
Salman Rushdie (Sep 21)
 Paul Theroux (Sep 29)
 Ruth Reichl (Sep 30)
 Robert B. Reich (Oct 1)
 Rick Riordan (Oct 5)
   (tickets online only)
Jason Segel (Oct 7)
   (tickets online only)
Patti Smith (Oct 10)

Available in Pre-Sales (Online only):
 Roberta Kaplan (Oct 8)
 Sherry Turkle (Oct 16)
On Sale September 15:
Chelsea Clinton (Oct 21)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Leonard Cassuto
Fri, Sep 11, 3PM
Leonard Cassuto discusses The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It.
At Harvard Book Store
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Amy Stewart
Fri, Sep 11, 7PM
The Drunken Botanist author Amy Stewart presents her novel Girl Waits with Gun.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mary Karr
Mon, Sep 14, 6PM
SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Ann Beattie and Joy Williams
Tue, Sep 15, 7PM

In an evening with two masters of the short story form, Ann Beattie presents The State We're In: Maine Stories, and Joy Williams reads from The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories.
At Harvard Book Store
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Mindy Kaling
Tue, Sep 15, 7PM
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There will be no standby line for this event.
At Back Bay Events Center
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Damon Tweedy
Wed, Sep 16, 7PM
Dr. Damon Tweedy presents his profound new memoir, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jane McGonigal
Thu, Sep 17, 7PM
Jane McGonigal discusses SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient -- Powered by the Science of Games with MIT's Scot Osterweil.
At the MIT Bartos Theatre
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John Thavis
Thu, Sep 17, 7PM
Journalist John Thavis discusses The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age.
At Harvard Book Store
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Daniel Geary and Benjamin Hedin with Eugene Rivers
Fri, Sep 18, 3PM
Reverend Eugene Rivers moderates a discussion with the authors of Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy and In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now.
At Harvard Book Store
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Thomas Mallon
Fri, Sep 18, 7PM
The author of the novels Watergate, Henry and Clara, and Dewey Defeats Truman, presents his latest historical fiction: Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Sep 28, 7PM
The next selection for our in-store book club discussion is How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.
Harvard Book Store
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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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