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January 17, 2014

Wendy Lesser: Why I Read


Failure Is An Optionnews1 


"Ever wonder how a Russian émigré with a wicked sense of humor becomes a great American novelist? In his new memoir, Gary Shteyngart tells his craziest, funniest, super-saddest tale yet: his own." --Francine Prose, Interview


Tickets are still available for Gary Shteyngart appearing on Thursday at the Brattle Theatre with his memoir Little Failure. Ticket holders will each receive a copy of the book. Learn more and purchase tickets in the store or on harvard.com now.





The Man Who Invented the Calendarnews2 


On Tuesday at 9am tickets go on sale for B.J. Novak (online only, as we expect them to move fast!) -- Newton native and Harvard grad, well known for his comic acting roles and writing. He's now the author of a book of stories in the vein of David Sedaris, Steve Martin, and George Saunders. Read an excerpt, from the perspective of "The Man Who Invented the Calendar," in the November 4 New Yorker.

"Getting so many compliments on the calendar. One guy came up to me and said he's going to organize his whole life around it -- literally, someone said that!"



Mark your calendar. Tickets go on sale January 21 for our February 10 event. Ticket holders will each receive a copy of the book.



It's Tough To Make Predictions, Especially About the Futurenews3    


Tickets are also available now for MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, presenting a look at the future of technological, societal, and economic progress and their book The Second Machine Age. Here's a bit of a preview, Andrew McAfee's TED talk on the future of jobs. Yes, probably, droids will take over many of the kinds of jobs we know now, but it's going to be okay.   

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?
Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

We at Harvard Book Store will also have some new technology to show off soon... a new way to help you find books when you're in the store with your iPhone. Stay tuned in coming weeks. 


We'll see you soon at Harvard Book Store.


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
The Exiles Return:
A Novel 
by Elisabeth de Waal


Picador, hardcover

Vienna is demolished by war, the city an alien landscape of ruined castles, a fractured ruling class, and people picking up the pieces. Elisabeth de Waal's mesmerizing The Exiles Return is a stunningly vivid postwar story of Austria's fallen aristocrats, unrepentant Nazis, and a culture degraded by violence.

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me:
A Memoir of Amnesia

by David Stuart MacLean


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover 

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean "woke up" on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there or any clues to his identity. The Answer to the Riddle Is Me is a deeply felt, closely researched, and intensely personal book which explores one of life's essential questions: What makes us who we are?
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From the Crusades to the Twentieth Century
by Francisco Bethencourt

Princeton University Press, hardcover

Groundbreaking in its global and historical scope, Racisms is the first comprehensive history of racism. Moving away from ideas of linear or innate racism, this is a major interdisciplinary work that recasts our understanding of interethnic relations. 
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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

Finding Rabbit    
by Joselyn Torres Ignacio


Print on Demand, paperback

Whether we are planted in our local soil or we leap to other lands, we are social beings connected by our humanity − through social intelligence, altruism, and love. Finding Rabbit, Many Worlds: Poems and Terse Tales describes lives linked together by emotions and experiences, revealing what makes us unique and otherworldly.

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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 Great Divide:
Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New
by Peter Watson
$9.99, hardcover (originally $31.99)

Peter Watson, the acclaimed author of Ideas and The German Genius, offers a groundbreaking new exploration of the progress of human history. This remarkable book offers a fascinating, all-encompassing, highly readable overview of how human civilization has grown and expanded.
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The DIY Revolution 
by Teal Triggs
$15.99, paperback (originally $40.00)

For more than 60 years, fanzines have been one of the most significant forms of self-expression. This highly visual compendium showcases the best, most thought provoking, and downright weirdest fanzines ever produced. It is a comprehensive and unprecedented look at a fascinating phenomenon. 
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Beyond Babylon:

Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C.

edited by Joan Aruz, Kim Benzel, and Jean M. Evans
$19.99, hardcover (originally $75.00)

This important volume describes the extraordinary art created in the second millennium B.C. for royal palaces, temples, and tombs from Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, and the Aegean, delving into the history and artistic creativity of the period in great breadth and detail.    
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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.
Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents: 
Dissimulating the Sustainable City  
edited by Andres Duany and Emily Talen

Originally published by New Society Publishers in 2013

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents is a collection of essays exploring the debate over urban reform, now polarized around the two competing paradigms of Landscape Urbanism and the New Urbanism. Well-known and influential urban theorists delve into the impact of the tension between the two perspectives.  

Illuminated Manuscripts and Their Makers 

by Rowan Watson

Originally published by Victoria and Albert Museum in 2003

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

The magnificent pages of medieval books sparkle with detail illuminating the world in which they were created. This volume, featuring some of the finest illuminated masterpieces, details the remarkable collaboration and craftsmanship that went into the creation of these delicate treasures.

The Sharks of North America  

by Jose I. Castro

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011

$50.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Which species of sharks live within 500 nautical miles of North American shores, and what do we know about them? José I. Castro's The Sharks of North America is the first comprehensive book in sixty years to address these questions, and it does so with unrivaled authority and aesthetic detail. 


Upcoming Events  


Tickets on sale now:
Gary Shteyngart (Jan 23)
Isabel Allende (Jan 28)
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (Feb 3)
E.L. Doctorow (Feb 4)

Tickets on sale Jan 21
(online only):
B.J. Novak (Feb 10)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Tue, Jan 21, 7pm      

James Scott presents his literary debut, The Kept -- a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Jan 22, 7PM      

The National Book Award-winning author of The Echo Maker reads from his new novel Orfeo, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.
At Harvard Book Store
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Wed, Jan 22, 7PM 

Cambridge Forum welcomes author and essayist Wendy Lesser as she discusses Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books, in conversation with Robert Pinsky.
At First Parish Church Parish House
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Thu, Jan 23, 6PM      

The author of Super Sad True Love Story presents his memoir, Little Failure. "The army of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is about to get bigger." --The New York Times Book Review
At the Brattle Theatre
$28 tickets (include book)
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Fri, Jan 24, 7PM      

Rachel Cantor reads from her novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World.
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Event Info 



Featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are now 20% off on the day of the event!  



$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store. Coupons expire 30 days after the event, and cannot be used for already discounted items, online purchases, event tickets, or gift certificates. Please note that tickets only guarantee admission until 5 minutes before an event begins, after which we may open any open seats to a standby line.   

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Alex W. Meriwether
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