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January 22, 2016

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Our bountiful Staff Recommendations display is one of the most beloved sections of the bookstore, and new staff picks are popping up every day. 

Some recent selections include
  • Twilight by William Gay ("One of the greatest Southern Gothic writers this side of Cormac McCarthy" --Robbie M.)
  • the "brilliantly entertaining and disturbing" Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk (recommended by Sophia B.)
  • the "strange and enchanting, enchantingly strange" Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson (recommended by Serena L.)
  • and The Incarnations by Susan Barker, of which Rachel S. writes, ""Every so often I encounter a book like this one that's so compelling I can't put it down and I also don't want it to end."
Come by the store and check out many more featured titles our staff has read and loved.
"This may sound ridiculous, but it's magic -- these black marks on white paper that start a dream in your head. I think that's magical." 
Our 2016 "New Voices in Fiction" series kicked off this week with acclaimed debut novelist Sunil Yapa presenting his book Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (signed copies available now!). He also recently discussed the novel in interviews with NPR's Morning Edition and with GrubStreet's The Grub Daily.

The "New Voices in Fiction" series, presented with GrubStreet, highlights debut novelists discussing their work and the writing process. We're excited to be presenting many more debut novelists and story writers throughout the winter season, including Hannah Tennant-Moore (Wreck and Order) and Patrick Dacey (We've Already Gone This Far) late next month.

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Alex W. Meriwether
Harvard Book Store 
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The Portable Veblen
by Elizabeth McKenzie


Penguin Press, hardcover

Set in and around Palo Alto, amid the culture clash of new money and old (antiestablishment) values, and with the specter of our current wars looming across its pages, The Portable Veblen is an original, exuberant look at the way we live now.

The Road to Little Dribbling:
Adventures of an American in Britain
by Bill Bryson


Doubleday, hardcover
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson took a trip around Britain. The result was Notes from a Small Island, one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has done it again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed -- and what hasn't.

In Defence of the Terror:
Liberty or Death in the French Revolution
by Sophia Wahnich


Verso, paperback
In this succinct essay, Sophie Wahnich explains how the institution of Terror during the French Revolution sought to put a brake on legitimate popular violence and was subsequently subsumed in a logic of war. 
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Kids & Young Adult
A Recipe for Bedtime
by Peter Bently

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, hardcover
A few simple ingredients are all you need for the perfect bedtime. Take one cute-enough-to-eat baby, add a spoonful of kisses, mix with plenty of cuddles, and finish with a sweet lullaby. 
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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

Vision and Legacy
by  Aya Lehmann-Schlair


Print on Demand, paperback

Vision and Legacy presents the story of a young German Jewish physician who left behind a life of success and comfort to go out to search for his Jewish roots.


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 Last Word:
A Novel
by Hanif Kureishi
$4.99, hardcover (originally $25.00)
From the author of The Buddha of Suburbia comes a mischievous, wickedly funny, and intellectually deft story about a young biographer and the famous and reclusive novelist who is his subject.
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M.C. Escher Pop-Ups
by Courtney Watson McCarthy
$12.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)
This unique volume presents some of Escher's most intriguing works in original three-dimensional pop-ups. These paper constructions allow us to appreciate in new ways the artist's impossible geometry and his themes of infinity and paradox.
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Ida M. Tarbell;
The Woman Who Challenged Big Business -- and Won!
by Emily Arnold McCully
$7.99, hardcover (originally $18.99)
Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time. This biography for young readers offers an engrossing portrait of a trailblazer in a man's world who left her mark on the American consciousness. 
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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.
by Sir Ronald Syme
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 1980
$85.00 (hardcover, 2 volumes) in Very Good condition
This now-classic work seeks to place Tacitus in his social and political context. Ronald Syme not only analyzes Tacitus's writings, their development and style, but also his illustrious political career.
Jean Genet:
Performance and Politics
edited by Clare Finburgh, Carl Lavery, and Maria Shevtsova
Originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006
$55.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Jean Genet is the first book to explore the broad political significance of Genet's performance practice by focusing on his radical experiments, polemical subjects, and formal innovations in theatre, film, and dance. 
Adriana Varej ão:
Entre Carnes e Mares / Between Flesh and Oceans
by Silviano Santiago 
Originally published by BTG Pactual in 2010
$125.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
This volume is the most comprehensive record to date of work by Adriana Varej ão, an artist whose creations are renowned in Brazil and many other countries for their creative strength and thematic and formal innovation. 
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for our annual Presidents' Day Sale! And much more . . .
Ticketed Events: 
» E.J. Dionne Jr. at the Brattle Theatre (Feb 23)  Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
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Pamela Painter and Ioannis Pappos
Fri, Jan 22, 7PM
Emerson College's Pamela Painter and debut novelist Ioannis Pappos read from their books Ways to Spend the Night and Hotel Living.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Jan 25, 7PM
The next selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Prothero
Tue, Jan 26, 7PM
Boston University's Stephen Prothero discusses Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections).
At Harvard Book Store
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Tessa Hadley
Wed, Jan 27, 7PM
Tessa Hadley discusses her highly anticipated new novel The Past, in conversation with Euphoria author Lily King.
At Harvard Book Store
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Justin Peters
Thu, Jan 28, 7PM

Justin Peters discusses The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, in conversation with The Baffler's John Summers.
At WorkBar, Central Square
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Roberto G. Gonzales
Fri, Jan 29, 3PM
Harvard's Roberto G. Gonzales discusses Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America.
At Harvard Book Store
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Leo Damrosch
Fri, Jan 29, 7PM
Local author and biographer Leo Damrosch discusses his books Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake and Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World.
At Harvard Book Store
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Kathleen Spivack
Sun, Jan 31, 2PM
Award-winning local writer Kathleen Spivack, author of With Robert Lowell and His Circle, reads from her her debut novel, Unspeakable Things.
At Harvard Book Store
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