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November 24, 2011

This week Harvard Book Store is getting in the holiday spirit. Our Holiday Hundred went on display Tuesday, featuring 100 diverse titles from the entire year in books. These selected titles will be discounted now through December 31, so drop by the store to browse the full display.

As I mentioned last week, there's a national movement underway to Shift Your Shopping to locally owned and operated businesses.  There are always lots of reasons to support local business, but every day this weekend there's an extra incentive.


  • Friday: On Plaid Friday, sleep late and start your shopping locally as an alternative to the midnight (or earlier) Black Friday madness.
  • Saturday: On Saturday, continue your holiday shopping and the small business trend by participating in the second annual Small Business Saturday
  • Sunday: This Sunday marks the beginning of the 2011 Harvard Book Store Gives Back program. A percentage of sales made in the store and online on Sunday will go to the Cambridge Public Library Literacy Project. We'll also have volunteers from the Literacy Project providing gift-wrapping and more information about their program. 
  • Monday: Take advantage of Cyber Monday and receive free shipping on orders placed on harvard.com. Just use the coupon code CYBER2011 at checkout.  

Lastly, this week we want to give a shout-out to our lovely neighbors at José Mateo Ballet Theatre. Choreographed by Artistic Director José Mateo, and inspired by Tchaikovsky's glorious score, their Nutcracker brings Clara's dream world to life with festive sets, sumptuous costumes, and spectacular dancing. The professional company dancers are joined by over 100 children performing as mice, soldiers, angels, and more. Their Harvard Square performances begin next week, and you can receive $3 off $50 tickets for evening shows when you enter Discount Code "pcd" at www.ballettheatre.org


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction White Truffles in Winter
by N.M. Kelby

W.W. Norton, hardcover
White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier, who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz. A man of contradictions, Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the poet Delphine Daffis. In the last year of Escoffier's life, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name. How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? N.M. Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war.
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Nonfiction What It Means to Be a Democrat 
by George McGovern

Blue Rider Press, hardcover
George McGovern has been a leading figure of the Democratic Party for more than fifty years. From this true liberal comes a thoughtful examination of what being a Democrat really means. Applying his wide-ranging knowledge and expertise on issues ranging from military spending to same-sex marriage to educational reform, he stresses the importance of creating policies we can be proud of. With the 2012 elections looming, What It Means to Be a Democrat offers a vision of the Party's future in which ideological coherence and courage rule.
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No Enchanted Palace The Poet's Freedom:
A Notebook on Making

by Susan Stewart

University of Chicago Press, paperback

Why do we need new art? How free is the artist in making? And why is the artist, and particularly the poet, a figure of freedom in Western culture? The MacArthur Award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart ponders these questions through a series of evocative essays. Stewart not only argues that freedom is necessary to making and is itself something made, but also shows how artists give rules to their practices and model a self-determination that might serve in other spheres of work.

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Printed on Paige
Each week, we'll feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store 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.  
Paige The Raphael Conspiracy:
A Logan Ross Novel

by Sean Moore

Print on Demand, paperback

The Huntington Museum has acquired a mysterious masterpiece they've dubbed the Lost Raphael. Logan Ross, free-lance investigator, figures there's something dirty about how they got it, but it turns out the painting is only the tip of the iceberg. Logan plunges straight ahead in pursuit of the truth at the museum as the plot expands in concentric circles. The gravity of the crimes increases, their scope broadens, and the villains Logan takes on, from corrupt officials to local gangsters to heavily armed international smugglers, become increasingly violent.  

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Bargain Books
Bargain Books are new books at used-book prices. Limited copies are available 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 Bargain Books section, visit our Bargain Books page.
Eating Animals
by Jonathan Safran Foer
$5.99 hardcover (originally $25.99)
From the author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, this mixture of philosophy, literature, science, and Foer's own undercover detective work explores many of the fictions people use to justify their eating habits.
Photo Art:
Photography in the 21st Century
by Uta Grosenick and Thomas Seelig
$22.99 paperback (originally $55)
Photo Art: Photography in the 21st Century features the latest, greatest, and newly up-and-coming artists shaping the modern landscape of photography. A compendium of more than 120 image-makers from around the globe, Photo Art reads like an international art fair between two covers.
Diego Rivera:
Great Illustrator
by Diego Rivera
$32.99 paperback (originally $65)
Best known for his epic mural production, Mexican artist Diego Rivera was also an important easel painter and--as this book eloquently demonstrates--an extraordinary illustrator. This volume takes a detailed and long-overdue look at the illustrations he contributed to books and periodical publications over the course of his long career. 
Finds Downstairs in the Used Book 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.
Volker Bradke
by Gerhard Richter
Originally published by Dumont in 2010
$16 (hardcover with DVD) in Very Good Condition
Few have done more to revolutionize contemporary painting German artist Gerhard Richter. His work spans nearly five decades, yet his only film, Volker Bradke, has gone unnoticed by art critics. This publication is the first to present his 45-year-old film and place it within the artist's oeuvre.
by Anne-Marie Eddé
translated by Jean Marie Todd

Originally published by Harvard University Press in 2011
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Unlike biographies that focus on Saladin's military exploits, Eddé's narrative draws on an incredible array of contemporary sources to develop the fullest picture possible of a ruler shaped profoundly by the complex Arabian political environment in which he rose to prominence. The result is a unique view of the Crusades from an Arab perspective.
Pen and Parchment:
Drawing in the Middle Ages
by Melanie Holcomb
Originally published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009
$26 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
This fascinating exhibition catalogue reproduces rarely seen leaves from forty-nine manuscripts dating from the ninth to the early fourteenth century. The catalogue celebrates the achievements of medieval draftsmen. The Economist said the groundbreaking exhibition "may require art history to be rewritten."

Author Events


Tickets on sale now: 

Mindy Kaling (12/5)

America's Test Kitchen (12/7)

Tickets may be purchased at Harvard Book Store, online at harvard.com, or over the phone with a credit card at 617.661.1515. Subscribe to the Harvard Book Store Google Event Calendar here.
All Upcoming Events 

Harvard Book Store Gives Back
Sun, Nov 27, all day 

As part of the Harvard Book Store Gives Back program, a portion of book sales made on November 27 will be donated to the Cambridge Public Library Literacy Project.
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Harvard Square Book Circle 
Mon, Nov 28, 7PM

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store bookclub, will discuss Colm Toíbín's novel, Brooklyn.
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Joshua Rubenstein
Tues, Nov 29, 7PM

Joshua Rubenstein, the Northeast Regional Director of Amnesty Internation, discusses Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life.
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Errol Morris
Wed, Nov 30, 6PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ
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Greil Marcus
Thurs, Dec 1, 7PM

Music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus discusses The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years.
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Patricia Meyer Spacks
Fri, Dec 2, 3PM

Patricia Meyer Spacks, professor emerita of English at the University of Virginia, discusses On Rereading.
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Children's Book Buyers' Night
Fri, Dec 2, 7PM

Harvard Book Store's children's book buyer Kari P. and booksellers Fiona H.-K. and Jen C. discuss their favorite children's books of the year and give gift suggestions for all the children in your life.
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Things to know about our $5 tickets...


$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at events or at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates. Please note that your ticket guarantees you a seat until five minutes before an event begins.

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Please send your comments and suggestions to Rachel at rcass@harvard.com. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in the store!


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