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May 20, 2016

Spring Skies in Harvard Square

Spring, Summer, Surfing, and Sales news1

Spring might really be here: green on trees, new spring releases on our bookshelves, Harvard commencement, and summer vacation plans around the corner.

But before we think too much about summer, we're getting excited for the next few weeks of author visits. For instance, an event where full-dress storm troopers will be in attendance. And the author of The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range presenting the novel she's been writing for over a decade. And more.

Then we'll kick off summer with our (newly added) event for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning Barbarian Days: A Surfing LIfe and -- of course -- our always anticipated Summer Warehouse Sale, taking place in Somerville on June 25-26.

Mark those calendars, and explore all upcoming events here

In the store this week you'll find a display honoring and remembering the life of Daniel Aaron. Professor Aaron held Harvard's first PhD in American Civilization. He might not have "invented" American Studies as a discipline, but his work demonstrated how illuminating the approach could be. The breadth of his interests is expressed in the Library of America, which he co-founded. That series now numbers nearly 300 volumes, including writers from Harriet Beecher Stowe to John Muir to James Baldwin to H.P. Lovecraft.


In Case You Missed It news3

In April we hosted legendary broadcaster Diane Rehm for her book On My Own. Check out the video below, courtesy of the  Forum Network.

WBUR's Robin Young joined Diane on-stage in conversation, and broadcast segments of the interview in two parts on Here and Now. Listen to those segments here and here.

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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Anatomy of a Soldier:
A Novel
by Harry Parker


Knopf, hardcover

"A gripping wartime story boldly and creatively told . . . Parker is invested in expressing the particulars of war with surprising intimacy, and the unique structure with multiple viewpoints ultimately reveals harsh truths about the countless cogs in the machine of war." --Publishers Weekly 

Joe Gould's Teeth
by Jill Lepore


Knopf, hardcover
From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore comes the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called "The Oral History of Our Time."

Shakespeare's First Folio: 
Four Centuries of an Iconic Book
by Emma Smith

Oxford University Press, hardcover
This is a history of the book that consolidated Shakespeare's posthumous reputation: a study of interactions between owners, readers, forgers, collectors, actors, scholars, booksellers, and the book through which we understand Shakespeare.
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Kids & Young Adult
Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk


Dutton Books for Young Readers, hardcover
Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class.  Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl's resilience and strength help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.
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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

The Farmers and Emigrants Complete Guide
by Josiah T. Marshall


Print on Demand, paperback

First printed in 1857, this practical guide to rural life includes articles on cheesemaking, home remedies, fruit tree growing and pruning, curing meats, preventing animal diseases, and a guide to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States.


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 Botany of Desire:
A Plant's-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
$5.99, paperback (originally $17.00)
Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.
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The Patrick Melrose Novels:
Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk
by Edward St. Aubyn
$9.99, paperback (originally $22.00)
This single volume collects the first four of the acclaimed Patrick Melrose novels -- Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk -- to coincide with the publication of At Last, the final installment of this unique novel cycle.
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The Death of Caesar:
The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination
by Barry Strauss
$7.99, hardcover (originally $27.00)
Thanks to William Shakespeare, the death of Julius Caesar is the most famous assassination in history. But what actually happened on March 15, 44 BC is even more gripping than Shakespeare's play. In this thrilling book, Barry Strauss tells the real story.
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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.
Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Risk of Art and Being
by Anne M. Carpenter
Originally published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2015
$16.50 (paperback) in Very Good condition
Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar originated much of theology's renewed interest in aesthetics. In Theo-Poetics, Anne Carpenter explores von Balthasar's use of poetic language, and offers a detailed analysis of his philosophical presuppositions.
Japan's Folk Architecture:
Traditional Thatched Farmhouses
by Chuji Kawashima 
Originally published by Kodansha International in 2000
$100.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Kawashima spent half a century scouring Japan, studying, drawing, and photographing. This book, the first comprehensive account in English of the architecture of minka, is a distillation of his vast knowledge and deep love for these traditional dwellings.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for our beloved Summer Warehouse Sale, taking place the last weekend in June. And browse more  upcoming events.
Tickets on Sale Now:  
» Cass R. Sunstein (May 23)
» Eric Ripert with Kelly Horan (May 31)  
» Mary Roach with Deborah Blum (Jun 8)
» Chuck Klosterman (Jun 9)  
» Annie Proulx (Jun 16) 
Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
» Alain de Botton (Jun 17) 
Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now

Learn more about all of our ticketed events here.
All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Malcolm K. Sparrow
Fri, May 20, 3PM
Harvard's Malcolm K. Sparrow discusses Handcuffed: What Holds Policing Back, and the Keys to Reform.
At Harvard Book Store
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Joshua Rubenstein
Fri, May 20, 7PM
Joshua Rubenstein, author of Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life discusses The Last Days of Stalin.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cass R. Sunstein
Mon, May 23, 6PM
Harvard Law School's Cass R. Sunstein presents The World According to Star Wars, a celebration of Star Wars as it relates to history, presidential politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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Moira Weigel
Mon, May 23, 7PM

Moira Weigel discusses her book Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating in conversation with Boston Globe's "Love Letters" columnist Meredith Goldstein.
At Harvard Book Store
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Jeffrey Rosen
Tue, May 24, 7PM
Jeffrey Rosen discusses his book Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet, an argument that Brandeis was the most farseeing constitutional philosopher of the twentieth century.
At Harvard Book Store
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Eric Ripert
Tue, May 31, 6PM
Chef Eric Ripert discusses his memoir 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line in conversation with Cognoscenti's Kelly Horan.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 Tickets
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The Harvard Square Book Circle
Tue, May 31, 7PM
This month our in-store book club will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 
The Sympathizer
At Harvard Book Store
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Sean Wilentz
Wed, Jun 1, 7PM
Princeton's Sean Wilentz discusses The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lydia Millet
Thu, Jun 2, 7PM
Lydia Millet reads from her latest novel, Sweet Lamb of Heaven -- a chilling first-person account of a young mother in hiding.
At Harvard Book Store
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Negin Farsad
Fri, Jun 3, 7PM
Negin Farsad discusses How to Make White People Laugh -- a memoir in essays about growing up Iranian-American in a post-9/11 world and the power of comedy to combat racism.
At Harvard Book Store
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