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News from Harvard Book Store
March 25, 2011

Only a few tickets remain for our upcoming and rare event with former poet laureate Billy Collins. Click here to purchase online or call us at 617-661-1515 before they're gone! Tickets are also flying for our evening with Governor Deval Patrick.


The New Center for Arts and Culture welcomes Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson on Monday, April 4 for a conversation about his novel, The Finkler Question. This is his first visit to the U.S. since winning the Booker Prize. Learn more about the event here

We have a new sign in the store (done up in a lovely vintage Penguin orange), pictured here:Keep us here...

The sign is in response to a growing trend at Harvard Book Store (and indeed at bookstores around the country). Folks come in, browse our shelves, get help from booksellers, attend our free events--but then make their purchases online at Amazon. If you like our store and enjoy our services, we'd ask you to think about the power of your purchases and their effect on our viability. And since avid readers of this newsletter are aware of this idea already, I'll ask you to spread the word to your fellow book-loving friends. And let us know what we can do to improve your Harvard Book Store experience.

Bob Slate Stationer will be shuttered this weekend. RIP, my favorite stationery store ever. The Square won't be the same without you.


And finally, next Monday is Harvard Book Store's annual inventory, when we stay up all night not reading, but counting. Don't be jealous. The store will close early at 9pm and resume regular hours the following day. 


Happy reading,


The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing

All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories          

by E.L. Doctorow    




Random House, hardcover

"The surprises in this book come at you as slaps on the back of the head. Even while the plots make the surprises seem inevitable the moment you see them, you have to imagine Doctorow's own shock and relief that the story has come so far from its premise. You can only imagine it, though, because the writer and his agenda are nowhere to be found. At the emotional heights of this book, you communicate less with Doctorow than with the presiding god of the world of the story. Doctorow is only the medium. The effect is egoless, frank, spontaneous, and altogether wonderful." --The San Francisco Chronicle
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The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adri�'s elBulli             

by Lisa Arend   


Free Press, hardcover

What goes on behind the scenes at elBulli? Elected best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine an unprecedented five times, elBulli is the site where chef Ferran Adri�'s remarkably creative cuisine comes to life, and the object of gastronomic pilgrimage. But it is also the place where each year, dozens of young, ambitious cooks come from around the globe to work for free carrying out his extraordinary vision. The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli explores the remarkable system of apprentices, or stagiaires, that Adri� uses to run his restaurant and, in the process, train the next generation of culinary stars.

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Brand Aid:

Shopping Well to Save the World      

by Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte       



U. of Minnesota Press, paperback



In Brand Aid, Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte offer a stinging critique of "compassionate consumption." Campaigns like Product RED and its precursors, such as Lance Armstrong's Livestrong and the pink-ribbon project in support of breast cancer research, advance the expansion of consumption far more than they meet the needs of the people they ostensibly serve. At the same time, such campaigns sell both the suffering of Africans with AIDS (in the case of Product RED) and the power of the average consumer to ameliorate it through familiar and highly effective media representations.  

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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.   
Printed on Paige

Montcalm and Wolfe
by Francis Parkman        


Print on Demand, paperback

Montcalm and Wolfe is Francis Parkman's detailed account of the French and Indian War framed through portraits of its two opposing generals. The French and Indian War, which was the North American chapter of the Seven Years' War between the French and the British, pitted the commander of the French troops, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis de Saint-Veran, against the commander of the British forces, British Brigadier General James Wolfe. A captivating tale of one of the conflicts that arose over the colonies of the New World, Montcalm and Wolfe is a must read for all fans of the military history of the period.
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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.

Mildred Pierce: A Novel
by James M. Cain           

$4.99, paperback (originally $11.95)  

Mildred Pierce used her toughness and good looks to survive poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But she also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and a devotion to a monstrous daughter.

Bakunin: The Philosophy of Freedom  

by Brian Morris

$5.99, paperback (originally $19.99)  

Author Brian Morris illuminates the endearing political philosophy of Mikhail Bakunin. "Everything about [Bakunin] is colossal.... He is full of a primitive exuberance and strength." --Richard Wagner

Zapata of Mexico      

by Peter Newell   

$5.99, paperback (originally $19.99)  

Born in the Mexican state of Morelos, Emiliano Zapata became the greatest outlaw in the Western world. By the time of his murder in 1919, Zapata was the purest "embodiment" of the Mexican revolution.  


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.

Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold
by Leslie Kurke

Originally published by Princeton University Press in 1999
$30.00 (softcover) in Very Good condition

By linking the imagery of coinage to stories about oracles, counterfeits, and Eastern tyrants, Kurke traces the idea of an egalitarian society through all its specificity and permutations. Choice hails it as "an excellent monograph."  


Glass in Prague
by Jitka Lněničkov�
Originally published by Arista in 2002
$45.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition    

The history of Prague is displayed in the exquisite glass pieces collected by the City of Prague Museum. This vivid catalog showcases these national treasures in full color plates, with accompanying details in Czech, English, and Polish.  


Bradford Washburn: Mountain Photography
edited by Anthony Decaneas
Originally published by The Mountaineers in 1999
$30.00 (softcover) in Very Good condition

"Bradford Washington is one of the very few people who have combined spectacular experience in the wilderness with equally spectacular achievements in the world of civilization." --Ansel Adams  


Author Events

Tickets for our events with Sarah Vowell (3/25), Billy Collins (4/10), and Deval Patrick (4/15) are on sale now! 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  

Sarah Vowell 
Fri, March 25, 7pm   

The hilarious NPR contributor and popular historian Sarah Vowell discusses her newest book, Unfamiliar Fishes.

At First Parish Church  

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Harvard Square Book Circle 

Mon, March 28, 7PM

Our in-store book club will discuss Miles from Nowhere, the debut novel by Korean American writer Nami Mun.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

"Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging" 
Mon, March 28, 7PM

Writers Elisa Albert, Rachel Kadish, Joan Leegant, Tove Mirvis, and Jonathan Wilson  read from their stories in the new anthology, Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging, edited by Derek Rubin.
at Harvard HillelLearn More

Marjorie Garber 
Tues, March 29, 7PM

Harvard professor of English and chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies Marjorie Garber discusses her new book, The Use and Abuse of Literature.
At Harvard Book StoreLearn More

Tina Rosenberg
Wed, March 30, 7PM

Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg discusses Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Patricia S. Churchland      Thurs, March 31, 7PM


University of California professor emerita of philosophy Patricia S. Churchland discusses her new book, Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.    

At Harvard Book Store Learn More

Sandra E. Rapoport
Thurs, March 31, 6PM

Lawyer and biblical scholar Sandra E. Rapoport discusses her newest book, Biblical Seductions: Six Stories Retold Based on Talmud and Midrash. 
At Lowell HouseLearn More

Jacqueline Winspear
Friday, April 1, 7PM

Jacqueline Winspear reads from A Lesson in Secrets, the eighth novel in her Maisie Dobbs mystery series.
at Harvard Book Store Learn More
Did you know all our $5 tickets are also $5 coupons that you can use at the event or in the store?

Bookseller Reccomendations

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Heather Gain
Marketing Manager


Harvard Book Store


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