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April 7, 2017

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Announcing May Events news1

Break out those calendars. Our May events lineup is here.

In addition to recently announced ticketed events with renowned writers at the Brattle Theatre (many noted here last week), we're pleased to announce two new May events at First Parish Church. 

On May 14th we'll welcome Stephen Kennedy Smith (nephew of JFK) and historian Douglas Brinkley -- editors of the forthcoming compendium,  JFK: A Vision for America -- and panelists Ambassador Samantha Power, Ron Suskind, and Fredrik Logevall, for a discussion on JFK's most important and iconic speeches. Then on May 19th we'll welcome Washington Speakers Bureau co-founder Bernie Swain and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for a discussion of Swain's book, What Made Me Who I Am -- a collection of profiles on thirty-four remarkable leaders, including Goodwin, and the influences that shaped them.

Learn more about all our ticketed events here.


Plus: plenty of free events here in the store and at the Cambridge Public Library, including a new sci-fi thriller by Cory Doctorow, the anticipated latest book by staff favorite author  J. Courtney Sullivan, a wrenching new nonfiction graphic novel by Guy Delisle, and the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction by Lisa Ko.

Browse the complete lineup at harvard.com/events.
Reading Without Walls news2

Join us this month -- along with thousands of schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide -- in celebrating Reading Without Walls. Anyone can participate, and it's for readers of all ages. Read a book about a character who doesn't look or live like you. Read a book in a format you don't typically read -- graphic novels, poetry, audiobooks, plays. Read a book about a new subject you don't know much about. 

In Case You Missed It news3

In February we hosted Yuval Noah Harari for his latest book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Check out the video, courtesy of the  Forum Network.

Thanks for Choosing Harvard Book Store news4

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Harvard Book Store
New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
A Novel

by Julie Buntin


Henry Holt and Co., hardcover

When fifteen-year-old Cat falls into the orbit of her pill-popping neighbor Marlena, she catalogues a litany of firsts -- first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill. Their wild year costs Marlena her life, and decades later, Cat must try to move on, even as the memory of Marlena calls her back.

Letters to a Young Writer:
Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

by Colum McCann


Random House, hardcover

A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann's Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling.

Former West:
Art and the Contemporary after 1989

edited by Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh


The MIT Press, paperback 

What has become of the so-called West after the Cold War? In this book, artists, thinkers, and activists explore the repercussions of the political, cultural, and economic events of 1989 on both art and the contemporary, unfolding a cartography far more complex than the dichotomy of East vs. West.
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Kids & Young Adult
Olivia the Spy
by Ian Falconer


Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, hardcover

Everyone's favorite pig is about to have a birthday, but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more than presents? When Olivia not-so-accidentally-but-kinda overhears her mom talking about her not-so-squeaky-clean-and-possibly-very-bad-behavior, her imagination runs wild.
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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

Late Revelations
by Kenneth Lee


Print on Demand, paperback

From his perch on the cusp of old-age, Kenneth Lee's fourth book of poetry presents his view of the contradictory time of life when the joy and fulfillment of family and the ripened fruits of wisdom are countered by the loss of friends and loved ones.


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.
T he Complete Gardener's Guide
by DK
$14.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)
Containing all the practical techniques, inspirational ideas, and problem-solving advice you need to make and maintain a garden of any size, The Complete Gardener's Guide is a new, one-stop manual for both beginner and more experienced gardeners.
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Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century
by Dick and James Strawbridge
$13.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)
With step-by-step guidance and techniques, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century combines traditional skills and crafts with modern technological advances to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
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Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location
by DK 
$19.99, hardcover (originally $40.00)
Including more than 2,000 recommendations from gardening experts, this book includes planting suggestions for over 30 types of sites, from notoriously dry ground by a hedge or fence to cracks in walls or paving.
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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.
Plautilla Nelli, 1524-1588:
The Prioress Painter of Renaissance Florence
edited by Jonathan K. Nelson
Originally published by Syracuse University Press in 2008
$13.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition
A painter in sixteenth-century Florence, Plautilla Nelli is one of the first known female Renaissance artists. In this collection of essays, scholars examine the life and works of Nelli, the prioress of a Dominican convent, with attention to artistic, social, and religious contexts.
Hidden Urbanism:
Architecture and Design of the Moscow Metro 1935-2015
by Sergey Kuznetsov, Alexander Zmeul, and Erken Kagarov
Originally published by DOM Publishers in 2016
$65.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
This illustrated book focuses on the architecture of the Moscow Metro, exploring the design, art, and construction history of the characteristic 320 km transport system.
by Robert Mapplethorpe
Originally published by Random House in 1996
$25.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
Not since Georgia O'Keeffe has an artist looked at flowers with as developed an eye as Robert Mapplethorpe.  Pistils reproduces 120 of Mapplethorpe's images of flowers -- early Polaroids, exacting still lifes in black-and-white and color, and toned gravure prints -- many of which have never been published.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for Independent Bookstore Day on April 29th! Browse our upcoming events calendar, now updated through May.
Tickets on Sale Now:  
» Barbara Lynch (Apr 18)
» Elizabeth Warren (Apr 20)
»  Richard Ford (May 5) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
»  Richard Russo (May 8) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
»  Dennis Lehane (May 15) Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale now
Tickets on Sale Soon: 
» Colm Toibin (May 18)
All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Daniel Drezner
Fri, Apr 7, 3PM
Tufts University's Daniel Drezner discusses his latest book, The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas.
At Harvard Book Store
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Gene Stone
Fri, Apr 7, 7PM
Gene Stone presents his bestselling book The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen.
At Harvard Book Store
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Lindy West
Tue, Apr 11, 7PM
The Guardian columnist Lindy West presents her acclaimed memoir Shrill -- now in paperback -- an uproarious and important feminist rallying cry.
At Harvard Book Store
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Cass R. Sunstein
Wed, Apr 12, 7PM

Harvard Law School's Cass R. Sunstein presents his latest book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media.
At Harvard Book Store
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Elisabeth Rosenthal
Thu, Apr 13, 7PM
Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.
At Harvard Book Store
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Celso Amorim
Fri, Apr 14, 3PM
Celso Amorim, Brazil's longest-serving Foreign Minister, discusses Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazil's Assertive Foreign Policy.
At Harvard Book Store
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Meta Wagner
Fri, Apr 14, 7PM
Meta Wagner, Emerson College and Boston University adjunct professor, presents her new book What's Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality.
At Harvard Book Store
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The Next Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, Apr 24, 7PM
In April the Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
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