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December 4, 2015

News This Week: 
The NY Times Top 10 Books of the Year [Browse our online display]
Best Books of the Year news1

It's that time of year when every book lover, book reviewer, and book seller starts making and analyzing the many wonderful "Best Books of the Year" lists.

There's the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 -- the year's notable fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review -- plus the just-announced NYT 10 Best Books of 2015.

. . . And the Washington Post's list of "exceptionally rewarding" selections in its 10 Best list.

. . . BuzzFeed has The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015.

What about Harvard Book Store? Here at the store we will be joined by Radio Boston tonight (December 4th) for our own discussion of the year in books, taped here in the store for broadcast on WBUR in the coming weeks.

Join us, and starting mapping out a book list or two of your own.
It's time! The wait is over! This Saturday and Sunday we'll throw open the doors of our book-filled Somerville warehouse for our annual Winter Warehouse Sale.

Check out our sneak preview of some of the used and remainder books you'll discover at the sale this weekend. This is the biggest sale yet, with an unprecedented 70% off the already-discounted prices on used and collectible books in our inventory. You'll also find a huge selection of newly curated remainder titles (new books at bargain prices), 15% off their already-marked-down prices.

Find more details, directions, and hours here .

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There's something for everyone, gift-wise, at Harvard Book Store. Check out our unique goods & gifts, including easy gift packages for the writer and book lover in your life. And as the holidays approach we have Hanukkah cards, advent calendars, and more.

Can't figure out the perfect gift? Well, just ask a bookseller.


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Alex W. Meriwether
Harvard Book Store
newshelvesGift Ideas from the Holiday Hundred

The Harvard Book Store  Holiday Hundred is our staff's handpicked selection of notable (and giftable!) books published this year in a variety of categories. It's the perfect starting point for any holiday shopper, and all Holiday Hundred titles are 20% off through the end of the month.
A Manual for Cleaning Women
by Lucia Berlin

$26.00/ $20.80 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover

"In A Manual for Cleaning Women we witness the emergence of an important American writer, one who was mostly overlooked in her time. Ms. Berlin's stories make you marvel at the contingencies of our existence. She is the real deal." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

More Gift Ideas in Fiction

There's much more to discover on our shelves of featured Holiday Hundred fiction picks, including novels and short story collections.
And Still I Rise:
Black America Since MLK  
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke

$35.00/ $2 8.00
Ecco, hardcover
This illustrated chronology details the most salient events of the last half century in African American history, from the climactic moments of the civil rights movement to the once unimaginable, and now nearly complete, two-term presidency of Barack Obama.

More Gift Ideas in Nonfiction

Looking for more nonfiction? Browse our picks in Biography and Memoir, Essays and Criticism, History, Politics and Economics, and Science and Tech.
Art & Architecture
Leap Before You Look:
Black Mountain College, 1933-1957 
by Helen Molesworth 

$75.00/ $60.00
Yale University Press, hardcover
Leap Before You Look is a singular exploration of the legendary Black Mountain College and of the work of the artists who spent time there. Its fresh approach and rich illustration convey the school's unique atmosphere of creativity and experimentation.
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More Gift Ideas in Art & Architecture

Nothing compares to a beautiful art book or cookbook.
Kids & Young Adult
by Carson Ellis

$16.99/ $13.59
Candlewick, hardcover
"Artists and design enthusiasts, take note! It's the prettiest picture book of the year. Carson Ellis (whose art you might recognize from The Decemberists) offers a modern riff on classics like A House is a House For Me." --Liz S., Harvard Book Store
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More Gift Ideas in Kids & Young Adult

Check out more gift ideas for Kids & Young Adults.

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.
The Wisdom of Birds:
An Illustrated History of Ornithology
by Tim Birkhead
$6.99, hardcover (originally $45.00)
"One of the most entertaining, informative and enthusiastic accounts of the history of ornithology; and of the many different ways in which we have observed, studied and wondered about birds." --Daily Telegraph
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The Tinkerers:
The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great
by Alec Foege
$8.99, hardcover (originally $26.99)
Through a lively retelling of recent history and captivating interviews with today's most creative innovators, Foege reveals how the tinkering tradition remains, in new and unexpected forms, at the heart of American society and culture.
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The Who, the What, and the When:
65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History
by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe
$11.99, hardcover (originally $24.95)
"An illuminating inventory of the little-known champions behind a wide range of cultural icons. Each story is told by a different writer and illustrated by a different artist, all of astounding range and talent." --Brain Pickings
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Recent Findsused in Used Books
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.
Milton and the Manuscript of De Doctrina Christiana
by Gordon Campbell, Thomas N. Corns, John K. Hale, and Fiona J. Tweedie
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2008
$65.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Debate over the authorship of the manuscript known to us as De Doctrina Christiana has bedeviled Milton studies over recent years. Here, four leading scholars give an account of the research project that definitively demonstrated its Miltonic provenance.
Mario de Janeiro Testino
by Mario Testino
Originally published by Taschen in 2009
$95.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition
From its breathtaking sunset panoramas, to the throbbing chaos of its world-famous carnival, this is Mario Testino's love poem to the Brazilian metropolis that captured his teenage heart, and never let go.
Hitler's Shadow Empire:
Nazi Economics and the Spanish Civil War
by Pierpaolo Barbieri
Originally published by Harvard University Press in 2015
$15.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
In Hitler's Shadow Empire Pierpaolo Barbieri revises the standard account of Axis intervention in the Spanish Civil War, arguing that economic ambitions -- not ideology -- drove Hitler's Iberian intervention.
Upcoming Events

There is plenty going on this weekend, and continuing into next week!

Please Note: Our Thursday, December 10 event with Eric Jarosinski has been canceled.

Tickets on Sale Now:
» Elizabeth Strout at the Brattle Theatre (Jan 12) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Serhii Plokhy
Fri, Dec 4, 3PM
Harvard's Serhii Plokhy discusses The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine.
At Harvard Book Store
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An Evening with Radio Boston: A Discussion of the Year in Books
Fri, Dec 4, 7PM
Radio Boston's Meghna Chakrabarti hosts a discussion of the year in books with writer Jennifer De Leon and Harvard Book Store's Rachel Cass and Liz Sher.
At Harvard Book Store
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Winter Warehouse Sale
Sat/Sun, Dec 5-6, 10AM-6PM

Thousands of deeply discounted books!
At the Harvard Book Store Warehouse, 14 Park St., Somerville
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Charlie Savage
Sat, Dec 5, 7PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage discusses Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency.
At Harvard Book Store
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Harvard Book Store Gives Back
Sundays Through Dec 20
Shop with Harvard Book Store on Sundays this holiday season and your purchases will help support local charitable organizations.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ryan Britt
Mon, Dec 7, 7PM
"One of nerd culture's most brilliant and most essential commentators" discusses Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jay Wexler
Tue, Dec 8, 7PM
BU law professor Jay Wexler reads from his comic debut novel -- the story of a Supreme Court Justice's midlife crisis -- Tuttle in the Balance.
At Harvard Book Store
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An Evening of Poetry with Boston Review
Wed, Dec 9, 7PM
Boston Review presents Mary Jo Bang, Lucie Brock-Broido, Stephen Burt, and Major Jackson for an evening of poetry.
At the Cambridge Public Library
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Luc Sante
Fri, Dec 11, 7pm
Luc Sante presents his book of essays and photographs that celebrate and remember The Other Paris.
At Harvard Book Store
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