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September 29, 2013

On Friday evening we hosted a very special author event here in Harvard Square. Attendees drove, flew, and bused in from Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Canada, and even Venezuela (!!) to hear Stephen King present his newly released novel Doctor Sleep.

Tickets included a copy of the book, and 250 attendees randomly received signed first editions of the novel. We saw plenty of hopping up and down and joyful tears that night. When one guest (who drove thirteen hours from Ohio to be here) did not luck out with a signed book, the lucky guy next to her traded her his copy. "You have absolutely made my year," she wept. It was pretty cool. And boy, is this book creepy and good. According to Margaret Atwood, "by the end of this book your fingers will be mere stubs of their former selves."

Our Warehouse Weekends continue this weekend (with a focus on science and sci-fi) and then conclude next weekend, featuring comic books, craft, and D.I.Y. culture. If you haven't yet checked out this blending of bookstore, community celebration, and bargain hunter's paradise, please stop by these last two weekends!

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New on Our Shelves
The Aftermath
by Rhidian Brook


Alfred A Knopf, hardcover

Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves. Brook's courageous new novel tells an emotionally riveting story of two families, one house, and love grown from hate.

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
by Alan Weisman

Little, Brown and Company, hardcover

By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.

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by A.C. Grayling

Yale University Press, hardcover

In this fascinating exploration of friendship through the ages, one of the most thought-provoking philosophers of our time tracks historical ideas of friendship, gathers a diversity of friendship stories from the annals of myth and literature, and provides unexpected insights into our friends, ourselves, and the role of friendships in an ethical life.

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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

Captured Mind: A Collection of Syllables 
by William Brown


Print on Demand, paperback

"It seems as if The Captured Mind can speak for many of us who can't, it puts a voice to all who suffer from some sort of mental illness or another, and for those who didn't survive the mental torture." --  Catherine Collins      

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Bargain Books

Bargain Books are 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 Bargain Books section, visit our Bargain Books page.
Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
by Steven Pinker
$4.99, paperback

Steven Pinker, author of the landmark bestsellers The Language Instinct and The Blank Slate, offers an eye-opening explanation of how human beings learn and use language in Words and Rules. First published in 2000, Words and Rules remains one of Pinker's most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and how language makes us human.
Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left
by Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau, and Slavoj Zizek

$7.99, paperback (originally $24.95)

In this ground-breaking project, Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek engage in dialogue on central questions of contemporary philosophy and politics. While the rigor and intelligence with which they approach their work is as formidable as one would expect, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality benefits additionally from their clear sense of energy and enjoyment in a revealing and often unpredictable exchange.

The Revolutions of 1848: Political Writings Volume 1
by Karl Marx

$6.99, paperback (originally $19.95)

Surveys from Exile: Political Writings Volume 2

by Karl Marx

$6.99, paperback (originally $19.95)

The First International and After: Political Writings Volume 3

by Karl Marx

$7.99, paperback (originally $19.95)

Karl Marx was not only the great theorist of capitalism, he was also a superb journalist, politician, and historian. In these new editions of Marx's Political Writings we are able to see the depth and range of his mature work from 1848 through to the end of his life. Each book has a new introduction from a major contemporary thinker, to shed new light on these vital texts.
Recent 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.

Mother of Knowledge: The Enlightenment of Ye-shes mTsho-rgyal

by Nam-mkha'i snying-po
translated by Tarthang Tulku

Originally published by Dharma Publishing in 1983

$20.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition  

This biography of Yeshe Tsogyal, the closest disciple of Padmasambhava, tells the dramatic story of her flight from home, her life as a queen of Tibet, the stages of her spiritual training, and her enlightened accomplishments. The most important woman in the Nyingma lineage, she received all of Padmasambhava's teachings and was instrumental in transmitting them to future generations.

With �clat: The Boston Athen�um and the Origin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

by Hina Hirayama

Originally published by The Boston Athen�um in 2013

$15.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The Boston Athenaeum played a vital role in founding the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a fact that is not widely known. This book details this important relationship, from its inception through the museum's early years when the Athenaeum's continued support ensured the young institution's survival. It's extraordinary story will appeal to those who know these wonderful institutions or are interested in the history of American museums.

James Castle: A Retrospective

edited by Ann Percy

Originally published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008 

$85.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

James Castle (1899-1977) never learned to speak, read, or write, and yet he created a wide range of extraordinary works that resonate with much of 20th-century art. Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 full-color reproductions and packaged with an original documentary DVD illuminating fascinating aspects of his life and art, this engaging volume considers Castle's remarkable art from a variety of perspectives.

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Sat, Sept 28 & Sun, Sept 29, 10AM-6PM

Warehouse Weekends continue! This weekend: Sci-fi to Science Fairs.
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The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Sept 30, 7PM    

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Alice Munro's Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage.
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Mark Tushnet

Tue, Oct 1, 7PM    

Harvard Law's Mark Tushnet discusses In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court.
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Alfredo Corchado

Wed, Oct 2, 7PM 

Alfredo Corchado discusses

Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness, in conversation with WBUR's Richard Chacon. 

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Graham Allison

Wed, Oct 2, 7PM    

Cambridge Forum presents Harvard Kennedy School's Graham Allison discussing Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World.
At First Parish Church Parish House
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George Scialabba

Thurs, Oct 3, 7PM    

George Scialabba, author of What Are Intellectuals Good For?, discusses For the Republic: Political Essays.
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Eichmann in Jerusalem: Fifty Years Later

Fri, Oct 4, 3PM    

Stephen J. Whitfield, Susannah Heschel, and Joshua Rubenstein discuss the fiftieth anniversary of Hannah Arendt's classic work.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Kinzer

Fri, Oct 4, 7PM    

Award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer discusses The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sat, Oct 5 & Sun, Oct 6, 10AM-6PM

It's our final fall weekend of books, culture, and community at our warehouse! Join us for workshops, zines, indie comics, and more.
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