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January 27, 2017

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Our first off-site Harvard Book Store event of the year takes us to the Cambridge Public Library on Monday, January 30th. In partnership with Boston Review, we'll present readings by poets Lucie Brock-Broido, Peter Gizzi, Jorie Graham, Major Jackson, Ricardo Maldonado, Nathan Xavier Osorio, and Monica Youn from Poems for Political Disaster.

The evening's presenters will read from this new chapbook, featuring both new poems and selections from the
Boston Review archive that record, refract, subvert, or otherwise respond to political trauma, catastrophe, or terror -- both here at home and abroad. Learn more here.

Haven't made it to the bookstore yet in 2017? Come by and pick up a 2017 bookmark with a new purchase. This year we're featuring a cozy scene of Harvard Book Store at night, courtesy of illustrator Spencer Hawkes.

(And of course online orders at harvard.com get a few bookmarks slipped into every box too!) 

In Case You Missed It news3

Our recently created book of the Barack and Michelle Obama Farewell Speeches ( printed right here in the store) is flying off the shelves since our first batch of copies went on display last week. Pick up a copy in the store now, or purchase here on harvard.com.

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Perfect Little World:
A Novel

by Kevin Wilson


Ecco, hardcover

Pregnant Izzy meets child psychologist Preston Grind fresh out of high school. She agrees to be part of his "perfect little world," a collective parenting study funded by an eccentric billionaire. When things start to fall apart and Izzy falls for Dr. Grind, she questions her participation in this strange experiment in the first place.

Earning the Rockies:
How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World

by Robert D. Kaplan


Random House, hardcover
In this meditation on the American landscape, Robert D. Kaplan travels the westward path of the pioneers, showing how geography continues to determine America's role in the world. 

African Futures:
Essays on Crisis, Emergence, and Possibility
ed. by Brian Goldstone and Juan Obarrio


University Of Chicago Press, paperback
A consortium comprised of some of the most important scholars of Africa today, this book surveys an intellectual landscape of opposed perspectives in order to think within the contradictions that characterize this central question: Where is Africa headed?
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Kids & Young Adult
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill


Algonquin Young Readers, hardcover
Kelly Barnhill's 2017 Newbury Medal-winning book tells  the story of a young girl who is accidentally given magical powers as a baby and must learn what to do with them before she is destroyed by others.
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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

by Brett A. Maddux


Print on Demand, paperback

Over the course of two years, Brett A. Maddux traveled to breakfast places in the state of Connecticut for a series of poems and black and white photographs titled "Diners of Connecticut," hoping to make strange art in public spaces for no discernible reason.


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.
Let's Go Letter Hunting:
A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions
by Friends of Type
$5.99, diary (originally $16.75)
Whether you're hunting for forgotten vintage signage, a perfect piece of street art, or colorful hand-painted ephemera, this lightly guided notebook provides ample space to record, sketch, and riff off all the letters in the world that are fit to hunt.
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The Rose
by Jennifer Potter
$15.99, hardcover (originally $45.00)
For fans of Anna Pavord's The Tulip and Andrea Wulf's The Brothers Gardener, a vividly written and lavishly illustrated history of the Queen of Flowers. Acclaimed horticultural historian Jennifer Potter sets out on a quest to uncover the life of a flower that has provoked worldwide fascination.
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by Elizabeth Childs
$29.99, hardcover (originally $60.00)
Gauguin: Metamorphoses explores the remarkable relationship between Paul Gauguin's rare prints and transfer drawings, and his famed paintings and sculptures. Though Gauguin is best known as a pioneer of modernist painting, this publication reveals a lesser-known aspect of his practice.
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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.
The Story of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand
Originally published by Juggernaut in 2016
$16.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The Koh-i-Noor is the world's most famous diamond, but it has always had a fog of mystery around it. Now, William Dalrymple and Anita Anand blow away the legends to reveal its true history -- stranger, and more violent, than any fiction.
The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy
by Christian Moevs
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2005
$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
In this volume Christian Moevs offers the first sustained treatment of the metaphysical picture that grounds the Divine Comedy, and the relation between those metaphysics and Dante's poetics.
The Flood Year 1927:
A Cultural History
by Susan Scott Parrish
Originally published by Princeton University Press in 2017
$18.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history.  The Flood Year 1927 draws from newspapers, radio broadcasts, vaudeville, blues songs, poetry, and fiction to show how this event took on public meanings.
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William F. Quigley Jr.
Fri, Jan 27, 3PM
William F. Quigley Jr. explores the American Civil War in his book Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union.
At Harvard Book Store
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Elliot Ackerman
Fri, Jan 27, 7PM
Eliot Ackerman, the acclaimed author of Green on Blue, discusses his latest novel, Dark at the Crossing, a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria.
At Harvard Book Store
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Melissa Fleming
Sun, Jan 29, 6PM
Melissa Fleming shares the story of young Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel with A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, & Survival.
At Harvard Book Store
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Poems for Political Disaster
Mon, Jan 30, 6:30PM
Boston Review presents readings from a newly produced chapbook, Poems for Political Disaster.
At the Cambridge Public Library
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The Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Jan 30, 7PM
Our in-store book club will discuss books 1-4 of Middlemarch. Then join us in February for a followup discussion of books 5-8.
At Harvard Book Store
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Chanelle Benz
Tue, Jan 31, 7PM

O. Henry Prize recipient and BU alum Chanelle Benz discusses her debut story collection, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, in conversation with novelist Dana Spiotta.
At Harvard Book Store
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David A. Moss
Wed, Feb 1, 7PM
Harvard Business School's David A. Moss discusses Democracy: A Case Study, looking at history to offer a bit of hope to those who might declare democracy is broken.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge Forum:
Let Them Eat Dirt!

Wed, Feb 1, 7PM
Cambridge Forum presents author B. Brett Finlay for a discussion of Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World.
At First Parish Church
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Stephen Kinzer
Thu, Feb 2, 7PM
Stephen Kinzer presents his latest book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, in conversation with Harvard's Stephen M. Walt.
At Harvard Book Store
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Andrew Krivák
Fri, Feb 3, 7PM
Local novelist Andrew Krivák, National Book Award finalist for The Sojourn, reads from The Signal Flame, the story of a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.
At Harvard Book Store
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