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August 1, 2015

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news1Coming This September    


Drum roll, please. With September 1st just a month away, we've been rolling out our blockbuster fall events roster over at harvard.com/events. And it's time to shout it from the rooftops. Please join us this September in welcoming the stellar lineup of writers, artists, entertainers, and intellectuals coming to town to present their latest books.   




» For thriller buffs: You will not want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Jack Reacher-creator Lee Child interviewed by Stephen King at Sanders Theatre on September 9th.


» For memoir readers: Mary Karr, renowned memoirist, teacher, and the author of The Liar's Club (credited with sparking the current memoir explosion), will discuss her book The Art of Memoir.     


» For aficionados of literary fiction: Salman Rushdie returns with a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.   


» For artists and creative types: Elizabeth Gilbert, the beloved author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, digs deep into the creative process with Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.     


» For comics devotees: Kate Beaton, creator of the wildly popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant, will present her latest comics collection, Step Aside, Pops


» For travel writing enthusiasts: In his tenth travel book, Paul Theroux explores a piece of America for the first time -- the Deep South.  


And yes, there's more to come. Stay tuned next week for a few more announcements, and browse more authors visiting in September here



news2Book Logic    





news3Tax Holiday Sale      


This week the Massachusetts Legislature once again passed a summer sales-tax holiday, and hey, what a perfect time to get more books! On August 15th and 16th, Harvard Book Store (and harvard.com!) will offer a 15% discount on top of purchases being tax-free all weekend. Learn more here.



news4In Case You Missed It


In June we welcomed Jane Smiley to the Brattle Theatre for a reading from her novel, Early Warning, the second installment in The Last Hundred Years Trilogy.  



Browse the HBS Channel for more author event videos. 


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Kitchens of the Great Midwest:
A Novel
by J. Ryan Stradal


Pamela Dorman Books, hardcover

By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life -- its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises.

The Trip:
Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
by Deborah Davis


Atria Books, hardcover
From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey -- and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered -- profoundly influenced his life and art.

Common Knowledge?:
An Ethnography of Wikipedia
by Dariusz Jemielniak


Stanford University Press, paperback

In Common Knowledge?, Dariusz Jemielniak draws on his academic expertise and years of active participation within the Wikipedia community to take readers inside the site, illuminating how it functions and deconstructing its distinctive organization. 

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Kids & Young Adult
An Animal Alphabet
by Elisha Cooper


Orchard Books, hardcover

Explore the animal world, from aardvark to zebu! Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Look carefully, because for each letter of the alphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out.

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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

EveryMom's Guide to Going Back to Work
by Marguerite M. Dorn

Print on Demand, paperback

Whether you have been at home for eighteen months or eighteen years, the prospect of returning to work can be daunting. With On-Ramp you have at your fingertips the tools and strategies that have helped scores of other women return to the workforce.


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.
Good Prose:
The Art of Nonfiction
by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
$5.99, hardcover (originally $26.00)

Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, sometimes comically, on their own experience to demonstrate the ways creative problems get solved.
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The Story of Polaroid
by Christopher Bonanos
$7.99, hardcover (originally $24.95)

Instant tells the remarkable tale of Edwin Land's invention -- from Polaroid's first instant camera in 1948, to its meteoric rise in popularity, to the company's dramatic decline into bankruptcy in the late '90s and its unlikely resurrection in the digital age. 
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The Classical Tradition
edited by Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, and Salvatore Settis
$12.99, hardcover (originally $49.95)

In this comprehensive volume, some five hundred articles by a wide range of scholars investigate the rich heritage of ancient Greece and Rome in the fields of literature, philosophy, art, architecture, history, politics, religion, and science.
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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.
World Literature:
A Reader
by Theo D'haen, César Domínguez, and Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

Originally published by Routledge in 2012

$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

World Literature: A Reader brings together thirty essential readings which display the theoretical foundations of the subject, as well as showing its conceptual development over a two hundred year period.

Isabelle Graw, High Price:

Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture

by Isabelle Graw

Originally published by Sternberg Press in 2010

$13.50 (paperback) in Very Good condition

Paradoxically, in a world in which the global art market often plays the role of final arbiter on artistic matters, art history is still required as an insurance policy. German academic Isabelle Graw tackles this quandary in a stimulating book for our times.

Gerda Taro

by Irme Schaber, Richard Whelan, and Kristen Lubben

Originally published by the International Center of Photography in 2007

$80.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

In her brief but dramatic career, Gerda Taro made some of the most striking photographs to come from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Her work is explored in this first full-scale monograph. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale in August: 

» Mary Karr (Sep 14)
» Kate Beaton (Sep 28)
» Paul Theroux (Sep 29)

All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Fiction Fridays

Fridays This Summer 

15% off new fiction!
At Harvard Book Store
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Randy Blythe and Corey Taylor

Mon, Aug 3, 7PM

Newly announced book signing event! Randy Blythe, frontman of the heavy metal band Lamb of God, and the lead singer of Slipknot, Corey Taylor, sign copies of their books, Dark Days: A Memoir and You're Making Me Hate You.
At Harvard Book Store
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Nuala O'Connor

Tue, Aug 4, 7PM

Irish novelist and Pushcart Prize nominee Nuala O'Connor presents her novel Miss Emily, a reimagining of the private life of Emily Dickinson through her own voice and through the eyes of her family's Irish maid.
At Harvard Book Store
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Alice Hoffman

Wed, Aug 5, 7PM

Alice Hoffman, author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, reads from her novel The Marriage of Opposites, a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro -- the Father of Impressionism.
At Harvard Book Store
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Matthew Battles

Thu, Aug 6, 7PM

Harvard's Matthew Battles, author of Library: An Unquiet History, discusses Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word.
At Harvard Book Store
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Laura Hankin

Fri, Aug 7, 7PM

Debut novelist Laura Hankin presents The Summertime Girls, the story of two lifelong friends reuniting for one more summer in small-town Maine.
At Harvard Book Store
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Around the World Anthology Launch Party

Sat, Aug 8, 7PM

Join the party! The release event for our new printed-in-store travel writing anthology, Around the World, is open to all, and will feature readings from select contributors.
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Event Info 



Featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are 20% off on the day of the event. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.


Tickets & Coupons 

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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Sep 28, 7PM

The next selection for our in-store book club discussion is How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer. Registration is not required and no commitment is necessary.
At Harvard Book Store
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