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September 17, 2016

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Fall Releases and Awards news1

We're in the thick of fall releases! With every week comes a new slate of anticipated titles, and along with them, authors visiting us here in Cambridge to read from and discuss their works.

One of the many notable new titles this week is Nutshell, Ian McEwan's latest novel. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times calls it "a small tour de force that showcases all of Mr. McEwan's narrative gifts of precision, authority and control, plus a new, Tom Stoppard-like delight in the sly gymnastics that words can perform." We can't wait to see his conversation with Harvard linguist Steven Pinker next Wednesday. Tickets are on sale now.

Hitting the shelves on Tuesday is the latest by acclaimed biographer Tracy Kidder -- the "master of the nonfiction narrative" -- with what he's calling a sequel to The Soul of a New Machine, his Pulitzer winning book from 1981 about the race to build a next-generation minicomputer. He'll join us for an event on Monday, discussing his latest,  A Truck Full of Money, in conversation with the subject of the book, Boston-bred entrepreneur and inventor Paul English. And we'll host them the night before the book is released to the world. A Truck Full of Money will be available exclusively at the event that night, and we're thrilled to launch this Boston-based story right here. Tickets are on sale now.

Along with shelves full of new arrivals, it's also book award season. The Man Booker Prize shortlist and National Book Award longlists came out this week. Take a look, and be sure to check out our upcoming events with NBA longlisters Cathy O'Neil and Heather Ann Thompson.

And there's plenty more going on these next couple weeks. View the complete schedule here.



This weekend you'll find a display in the store celebrating the life and work Hilary Putnam (1926-2016). Professor Putnam was a "giant of modern philosophy," known for his "broad thinking, vivid arguments, and willingness to change his mind." A service celebrating his life will take place this Sunday, September 18th at Harvard. 

Brainy Shock Waves news3

"What better way to taste the brainy shock waves of Harvard Square, Cambridge's commercial and spiritual epicenter, than to sample its indie bookstores?"

Harvard Book Store was noted in the recent New York Times " 36 Hours in Cambridge, Mass."

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New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Sleeping World:
A Novel
by Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes


Touchstone, hardcover

"A searing, beautifully written novel that captures the exhilaration and dangers of 1970s post-Franco Spain. Mosca, a bitterly jaded young woman, goes on a harrowing search for her missing brother  -- and the history that destroyed their lives." --Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban

Shakespeare in Swahililand: 
In Search of a Global Poet
by Edward Wilson-Lee


Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover
Shakespeare in Swahililand tells the unexpected literary history of Shakespeare's influence in East Africa. Beginning with Victorian-era expeditions in which Shakespeare's works were the sole reading material carried into the interior, the Bard has been a vital touchstone throughout the region.

Insecure Majorities:
Congress and the Perpetual Campaign
by Frances E. Lee


University of Chicago Press, paperback
With Insecure Majorities, Frances E. Lee offers a controversial new perspective on the rise of congressional party conflict, showing how the shift in competitive circumstances has had a profound impact on how Democrats and Republicans interact.
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Kids & Young Adult
by Stacy McAnulty


Running Press Kids, hardcover
Beautiful breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and reading books under a flashlight with friends. This book will encourage all girls to embrace who they are and realize their endless potential.
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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 Ig Nobel Cookbook
by Corky White, Gus Rancatore, and Marc Abrahams


Print on Demand, paperback

The Ig Nobel Cookbook is a science humor cookbook filled with recipes invented, inherited, devised, and/or improvised by winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, Nobel laureates, and organizers of the Ig Nobel Ceremony.


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 Sacred and The Profane: 
The Nature of Religion
by Mircea Eliade
$5.99, paperback (originally $14.00)
In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people often believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred.
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Buildings of Empire
by Ashley Jackson
$10.99, hardcover (originally $34.95)
Buildings of Empire takes the reader on a journey through thirteen territories of the British Empire. From Dublin Castle to the glass and steel of Sir Norman Foster's Hong Kong, it examines the buildings that capture the essence of the imperial experience.
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The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
$5.99, paperback (originally $16.95)
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. In Jill Lepore's riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman's story provides a missing link in the history of the struggle for women's rights.
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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.
Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia
by Mariusz Szczygiel
Originally published by Melville House in 2014
$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
One of Europe's most preeminent investigative journalists travels to the Czech Republic -- the Czech half of the former Czechoslovakia -- to explore the surreal fictions and the extraordinary reality of its twentieth century.
Cinema I & Cinema II
by Giles Deleuze
Originally published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013
$25.00 (paperback, 2 volumes) in Very Good condition
Cinema I and Cinema II is Deleuze's revolutionary two part work on the theory of cinema. Influenced by the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Deleuze here offers a compelling analysis of the cinematic treatment of time and memory, thought and speech.
Frans Hals
by Seymour Slive
Originally published by Phaidon in 2014
$70.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Frans Hals is an authoritative and perceptive study of one of the greatest Dutch painters of the Golden Age. Seymour Slive places Hals' career in the social and historical context of seventeenth-century Holland, exploring the artist's portraiture alongside works by Hals' predecessors and contemporaries.
Upcoming Events
Newly announced this week: a signing with Beach Boys founding member Mike Love. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

Browse more  upcoming events. Our calendar is updated through October.
Tickets on Sale Now:  
» Tracy Kidder (Sep 19)
» Ian McEwan (Sep 21)
» Emma Donoghue (Sep 23)
» Alan Cumming (Sep 25)
» Ann Patchett (Sep 29)
All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Teddy Wayne
Mon, Sep 19, 7PM
Teddy Wayne presents his latest novel, Loner -- the chilling story of a first-year Harvard Student -- in conversation with writer Molly Antopol.
At Harvard Book Store
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Tracy Kidder
Mon, Sep 19, 7PM
Tracy Kidder discusses A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success in conversation with the subject of this new biography, Kayak.com founder Paul English.
At First Parish Church
$5 tickets
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Lauren Collins
Tue, Sep 20, 7PM

New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins discusses When in French: Love in a Second Language.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Glories of Poetry in Translation, Part 2
Tue, Sep 20, 7PM
The Poetry Society of America welcomes David McCann, Chloe Garcia Roberts, and Patrick Sylvain, hosted by Martha Collinson.
At First Parish Church
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Ruth Scurr
Wed, Sep 21, 7PM
Ruth Scurr and Harvard's Danielle Allen discuss Scurr's latest book, John Aubrey, My Own Life, a biography of the first modern biographer.
At Harvard Book Store
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Ian McEwan
Wed, Sep 21, 7PM
The author of Atonement and The Children Act discusses his new novel Nutshell, in conversation with Professor Steven Pinker.
At First Parish Church
Ticketed (book included)
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Tom Gauld
Thu, Sep 22, 7PM
Cartoonist Tom Gauld presents his graphic novel Mooncop, in conversation with Harvard's Katie Kohn.
At Harvard Book Store
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Harvey Cox
Fri, Sep 23, 3PM
Harvey Cox, Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, discusses his latest book, The Market as God.
At Harvard Book Store
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Fri, Sep 23, 6PM
The bestselling author of Room and Slammerkin presents her latest novel, The Wonder.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Jerald Walker
Fri, Sep 23, 7PM
Emerson College's Jerald Walker discusses his memoir The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Next Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Sep 26, 7PM
This month our in-store book club will discuss Toni Morrison's Beloved.
At Harvard Book Store
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