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April 20, 2012
On Monday evening we're thrilled to host the launch event for Harvard professor Michael Sandel's newest book, What Money Can't Buy. Professor Sandel, whose Harvard course on justice is arguably the university's most famous, will be speaking at First Parish Church at 7pm on Monday. Tickets and more information are available here

In other Harvard news, a big congratulations to Harvard English professor Stephen Greenblatt, whose book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. For the full list of award-winners, click here. If you're interested in hearing more about the controversy in the fiction category, I recommend these insightful pieces by Ann Patchett and the gents over at The Tournament of Books.

Don't forget that Monday is World Book Night. If you're one of the pre-registered givers signed up to pick books up at Harvard Book Store, just ask at the information desk any time through Monday. And keep an eye on your e-mail and on our Twitter and Facebook pages for info on how to share your World Book Night experiences. Good luck and have fun!

Lastly, please note that we'll be doing our annual used book inventory on April 23, 24, and 25, and so we will not be buying used books on Tuesday, April 24 or Wednesday, April 25. We'll be back to normal hours on Thursday.


'Til Next Week,

The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%
New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man 
by Nick Dybek 


Riverhead, hardcover

To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as Treasure Island, and the stories his crab-fisherman father returns with are mesmerizing. But while Cal is too young to accompany his father, he is old enough to know that everything depends on the fate of those few boats thousands of miles to the north. And old enough to wonder about his mother's relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the fleet. Then Gaunt dies suddenly, leaving the fate of the business in jeopardy. Soon Cal stumbles on evidence that his father may have taken shocking measures to salvage their way of life, and he is forced to make a terrible choice.

Nonfiction The Man Who Planted Trees:
Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet 

by Jim Robbins

Spiegel & Grau, hardcover
Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he'd been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world's great trees. The Man Who Planted Trees is both an investigation into the world of trees and the story of one man's quest to help save the planet.   
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No Enchanted Palace On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred 
by Paul Reitter

Princeton University Press, hardcover

Today, the term "Jewish self-hatred" often denotes a treasonous brand of Jewish self-loathing, and is frequently used as a smear, like when it is applied to politically moderate Jews who are critical of Israel. In On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred, Paul Reitter demonstrates that the concept of Jewish self-hatred once had decidedly positive connotations. He traces the genesis of the term to Anton Kuh, a Viennese-Jewish journalist who coined it in the aftermath of World War I, and shows how the German-Jewish philosopher Theodor Lessing came, in 1930, to write a book that popularized "Jewish self-hatred."          

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Printed on Paige
Each week, we feature a book printed in Harvard Book Store on Paige, our book-making machine. Featured books range from fresh works from local authors to near-forgotten titles discovered in our extensive print-on-demand database.  
Paige Paradise 
by Kitty Madeson

Print on Demand, paperback
This book of short stories is written by 85 year old Jewish author Kitty Madeson. She recalls her childhood as paradise, despite the darkness of the Great Depression. With her inimitable New York style, Kitty honours the courageous characters that put their sorrows aside to brighten and enrich her life.  This glimpse into Kitty's world is recaptured with tenderness, humor, and wisdom, and portrays everyday life in the Bronx, in that sepia tinged era, circa 1930.
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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.
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee
$4.99, hardcover (originally $27)
Randy Frost and Gail Steketee were the first to study hoarding when they began their work a decade ago; they expected to find a few sufferers but ended up treating hundreds of patients and fielding thousands of calls from the families of others. Now they explore the compulsion through a series of compelling case studies in the vein of Oliver Sacks.
The Black Minutes 
by Martin Solares

$4.99 paperback (originally $14) 
When a young journalist is killed in the fictional Mexican city of Paracuan, an investigation reveals missing links in a multiple homicide case from twenty years ago. The journalist had been writing a book about the murder of several young schoolgirls by a man known as el Chacal. Whoever killed him wanted to keep the truth about el Chacal from being revealed. 
by Jakob Arjouni

$5.99 paperback (originally $15)
For Kemal Kayankaya, a wisecracking private detective, getting work in Frankfurt, Germany isn't easy. So when a friend asks Kayankaya to protect him against thugs demanding protection money, Kayankaya takes the job. What ensues is a story about organized crime, immigration, the fallout from the Balkan wars, and the madness of nationalism.   
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.
In Search of Lost Time
by Marcel Proust
Originally published by The Folio Society in 2001 
$125 (hardcover, six volumes) in Very Good Condition
The Folio Society was founded in 1947 with the mission of creating aesthetically beautiful editions of great works of literature. This edition of Marcel Proust's sprawling masterwork is cloth bound in two shades of blue, in six elegant volumes, and contains photographs from the period.
Culina Mediterranea
edited by Elodie Bonnet and Nathalie Talhouas 
Originally published by Ullman Publishing in 2008
$30 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Mediterranean cooking is exceptionally popular the world over. Pizza and pasta, paella and tortillas, bouillabaisse and creme brulee are all popular favorites. This cookbook goes a step further and explores everything from Tunisian-style filled vegetables to Moroccan stuffed dates--a truly comprehensive look at Mediterranean cooking and flavors.
The Art of Herge, Inventor of Tintin: 1907-1937
by Philippe Goddin
Originally published by Last Gasp in 2008
$20 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
The first in a three-volume series about George Remi, aka Herge, the author of the famous Tintin comics, presents a variety of his early artwork. The book starts with one of his earliest drawings, a scribble on the back of a postcard. This volume is chock full of illustrations and history that will be appreciated by true Tintin fans.

Author Events


Tickets on sale now:

Michael Sandel (4/23) 

Madeleine Albright (4/27)

Alison Bechdel (5/2)


Tickets on sale Monday:

Paul Krugman (5/7) 


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All Upcoming Events 

Lesley Kinzel  
Fri, April 20, 7PM

Women, Action, and the Media joins us in hosting Lesley Kinzel as she discusses Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body. 
At Harvard Book Store        Learn More

Michael Sandel 
Mon, April 23, 7PM

Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel launches his newest work, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.
Co-sponsored with the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Center for American Political Studies, and the Tobin Project.
At First Parish Church
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Ron Rash
Tues, April 24, 7PM

Novelist, short story writer, and poet Ron Rash reads from his newest novel, The Cove. With an introduction from novelist Jennifer Haigh. 
At Harvard Book Store       Learn More

Guy Delisle
Wed, April 25, 7PM

Graphic novelist and former animator Guy Delisle discusses his newest work, Jerusalem.
At Harvard Book Store
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Terry Tempest Williams
Thurs, April 26, 7PM

Author, activist, and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams discusses When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice.
At Harvard Book Store
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Madeleine Albright
Fri, April 27, 11:30AM

Join us at a luncheon with former secretary of state Madeleine Albright as she discusses her memoir, Prague Winter.
Co-sponsored with Harvard's Institute of Politics.
At UpStairs on the Square      Learn More

Andrew W. Kahrl   
Fri, April 27, 3PM

Historian Andrew W. Kahrl discusses The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South.
Co-sponsored with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
At Harvard Book Store
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Leonard Mlodinow   
Fri, April 27, 7PM

Physicist and bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow discusses Subliminal: How the Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.
At Harvard Book Store
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