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August 31, 2013

Goodbye, August. Hello, September! If you haven't explored our September events calendar, please take a look.

Most of our events are free and unticketed, but tickets are still available for Harvard Law's Randall Kennedy, 350.org's Bill McKibben, and Margaret Atwood (for her dystopic forthcoming novel MaddAddam). Missed out on tickets for sketch comedy duo Bob Odenkirk & David Cross? (It sold out in a flash!) You can still pre-order a signed copy of their book of rejected scripts, Hollywood Said No!


As promised, this week we're pleased to announce Harvard Book Store Warehouse Weekends: Four Weekends of Books, Culture & Community--kicking off September 14th.     



We've invited dozens of our favorite community cohorts to our 6,500-square-foot Somerville warehouse to celebrate our collective ind(ie)pendence! Join us for bargain books, free samples, contests, workshops, and more. Learn more about the schedule and our growing list of partners here.


Enjoy this holiday weekend, and we'll sign off with a reminder -- we're open regular hours on Labor Day (9am-11pm). See you in the store!  


Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel
by Jojo Moyes


Pamela Dorman Books, hardcover

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything to see her husband again. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is--putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test.

Jane Austen's England
by Roy & Lesley Adkins  


Viking Adult, hardcover
Jane Austen wrote brilliantly about the gentry and aristocracy of two centuries ago. Jane Austen's England explores the customs and culture of the real England of her everyday existence depicted in her classic novels as well as those by Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Drawing upon a rich array of contemporary sources, including many previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and personal letters, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly portray the daily lives of ordinary people. From chores like fetching water to healing with medicinal leeches, from the hardships faced by young boys and girls in the mines to the familiar sight of corpses swinging on gibbets.
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The Second Amendment on Trial: Critical Essays on District of Columbia V. Heller
Edited by Saul A. Cornell & Nathan Kozuskanich   

Univ. of Massachusetts Press, hardcover

This volume brings together some of the best scholarship on District of Columbia V. Heller, with essays by legal scholars and historians representing a range of ideological viewpoints and applying different interpretive frameworks. The landmark ruling not only opened a new chapter in the contentious history of gun rights and gun control but also revealed both the strengths and problems of originalist constitutional theory and jurisprudence.

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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

Microchondria: Forty-Two Short Stories
Collected by Harvard Book Store  
Print on Demand, paperback

Back in 2010 Harvard Book Store put out a call for original short short stories (500 words or less) and within weeks produced our first ever staff-produced anthology. Microchondria is printed in-store on Paige M. Gutenborg, which has since printed thousands more books and two more original anthologies. Browse all three Harvard Book Store compilations here

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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.
Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy 
by John Julius Norwich
$9.99, hardcover (originally $30.00)

Absolute Monarchs captures two thousand years of the papacy--its inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent. The book recounts what the papacy means politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.

Piccadilly Circus, Bunker Basement
by Paul McCarthy
$29.99, hardcover (originally $120.00)

Using an abandoned bank on London's Piccadilly as the on-site location for this video performance, and a re-creation of the bank's vaults in his studio outside Los Angeles for supplementary footage, McCarthy has staged a slapstick Twilight of the Gods that also doubles as disturbing Sadeian fantasia.

At Work
by Lee Friedlander and Richard Benson
$19.99, hardcover (originally $55.00)

by Lee Friedlander 
$19.99, hardcover (originally $85.00)

American photographer Lee Friedlander's focus since his career began in the 1960's has generally been the American urban landscape. At Work documents Americans working, from sitting at computers to running machinery. Stems comes from a time when Friedlander was housebound due to his health, and looks at close-ups of flower stems.

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.
Cindy Sherman: Centerfolds
by Cindy Sherman
Originally published by Skarstedt Fine Art in 2003
$55.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition 
The Centerfolds catalogue represents Cindy Sherman's Centerfolds series in its entirety. There are twelve photographs in the series, and they are all represented in full-page color layout. Sherman, strongly influenced by performance art, moves effortlessly between the roles of photographer and subject, but neither in the traditional sense.

Composing for the Films

by Theodor W. Adorno and Hanns Eisler

Originally published by Oxford University Press in 1947

$14.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition

The authors of this classic account of the nature of film music aesthetics envisaged the book as a contribution to the study of modern, industrialized culture. Eisler had insight on the technical questions that arise for composers when music is used in the production of films; while Adorno was able to contribute on wide aesthetic and sociological matters.

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art 

by Mat McWilliams

Originally published by The Asia Society Galleries in 1989

$40.00 (hardcover in slipcase) in Very Good condition

Philanthropist Norma Jean Calderwood assembled an extensive collection of Islamic art, ranging from austere and powerful epigraphic ceramics of the 9th and 10th centuries to the introspective realism of late-19th-century portraiture. The collection represents every significant period and technique in Persian pottery and also includes examples of album painting, drawing, and calligraphy.

Author Events


Ticketed Events

$5 tickets on sale now: 
Randall Kennedy (9/6)
Bill McKibben (9/16)
Margaret Atwood (9/19)

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All Upcoming Events 

Mark Slouka
Tue, Sept 3, 7PM    

Mark Slouka presents his novel Brewster, in conversation with Sven Birkerts.
At Harvard Book Store
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Junot Daz
Thurs, Sept 5, 6PM  

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Robert M. Neer
Fri, Sept 6, 3PM 

Columbia University's Robert M. Neer discusses Napalm: An American Biography.
At Harvard Book Store
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Randall Kennedy
Fri, Sept 6, 6PM     

Prominent Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy discusses
For Discrimination:
Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
. $5 Tickets.
At the Brattle Theatre
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Becky Cooper
Mon, Sept 9, 7PM    

Writer, cartographer, and recent Harvard grad Becky Cooper discusses Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.
At Harvard Book Store
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Katherine Powers
Tue, Sept 10, 7PM    

Katherine Powers presents Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life; The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942-1963.
At Harvard Book Store
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Stephen Emmott
Wed, Sept 11, 7PM    

Stephen Emmott discusses his book on the population crisis, Ten Billion.
At Harvard Book Store
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Steve Yarbrough
Thurs, Sept 12, 7PM  

Emerson College's Steve Yarbrough presents his latest novel, The Realm of Last Chances--a richly nuanced portrait of a marriage being reinvented in a small New England town.
At Harvard Book Store
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James O'Connell
Fri, Sept 13, 3PM  

Urban planner James O'Connell discusses The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Suburban Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth.
At Harvard Book Store
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