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June 24, 2011

It's finally here, folks: the Summer Warehouse Sale gets underway tomorrow morning, 10am. Did you miss the sneak peek newsletter earlier this week? Click here to take a gander at some of the awesome books available this weekend only at our Somerville Warehouse. Find further details and directions here

 The Greater Journey 

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough is simply wonderful. He was at the store on Wednesday night, despite the miserable weather, and charmed his way through the lengthy signing line before browsing the stacks himself. The booksellers were swooning. Couldn't make it? No worries--we still have signed copies of The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris on hand--a marvelous gift for history buffs. Call the store now at 617-661-1515 to reserve one! 


Happy reading,




The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 East of the West: A Country in Stories

by Miroslav Penkov

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover
"A gifted Bulgarian writer explores the history of his country in eight sharp, heartfelt stories about home. This debut collection from Penkov spotlights the best of the young (he was born in 1982) writer's output, much of which has been published in literary magazines. The opener, 'Makedonija,' sets the bittersweet scene, depicting a disgruntled old man nursing a grudge against the fellow who wrote letters to his wife 60 years earlier.... In all the stories, Penkov so fully occupies his narrators that one can almost hear their voices." --Kirkus Reviews
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 Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family--a Test of Will and Faith in World War I

by Louisa Thomas

Penguin Press, hardcover
"This is an unforgettable saga of four brothers, each fighting for freedom in his own way. With powerful narrative writing, great historical sensitivity, and a wealth of poignant letters, Louisa Thomas explores the bonds of family and the nature of conscience. This gem of a book is both a wonderful story and a guide to the nature of moral commitments." --Walter Isaacson (Einstein and Benjamin Franklin)
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Scholarly Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

by Gordon Mathews

University Of Chicago Press, paperback
Chungking Mansions is a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong's tourist district. A motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Nepalese heroin addicts, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there. But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side of globalization. A world away from the gleaming headquarters of multinational corporations, Chungking Mansions is emblematic of the way globalization actually works for most of the world's people.
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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
 The New York of the Novelists 
by Arthur Bartlett Maurice

Print on Demand, paperback
Originally published by Dodd, Mead, and Company in 1915, The New York of the Novelists is a literary exploration of New York City, complete with architectural illustrations. Novelists referenced in the text include Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Stephen Crane, O. Henry, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.
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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. To see more of our Bargain Books section, visit our Bargain Books page.
The Big Burn:
Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America

by Timothy Egan
$5.99, hardcover (originally $27.00)  
From the author of the National Book Award-winning The Worst Hard Time, comes a dramatic account of the most devastating forest fire in American history. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly notes, "Egan brings a touching humanity to this story of valor and cowardice in the face of a national catastrophe, paying respectful attention to Roosevelt's great dream of conservation."
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
by Mary Roach
$8.99, hardcover (originally $25.00)  
Mary Roach, the author of Packing for Mars, turns her outrageous curiosity and infectious wit on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. In Bonk, Roach shows how and why arousal can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
by J.K. Rowling
$4.99, hardcover (originally $10.99)
This unique volume contains five diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character and includes illustrations by J.K. Rowling. Names from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle these pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, "Nearly Headless Nick" and other professors at Hogwarts, and the past owners of the Elder Wand.

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.

A Net of Fireflies
Translated by Harold Stewart
Originally published by Charles E. Tuttle Company in 1960
$11.00 (hardcover in slipcase) in Very Good condition
An anthology of 320 Japanese haiku with over thirty full color paintings, the Mainichi Daily News describes this book as "quite special in beauty and in content." The translator's perceptive essay gives the reader an insight into this tiny, evocative expression of the Japanese poetic genius.
When in Boston
by Jim Vrabel
Originally published by Northeastern University Press in 2004
$25.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition
As authoritative as it is user friendly, When in Boston will prove indispensable for researchers, professionals, history buffs, residents, and tourists alike. The proprietor of Brattle Book Shop calls it "the starting point in [any] reference toolbox." Includes an extensive bibliography, thorough index, and abundant illustrations primarily from the Bostonian Society.


By the Old Walls of Kyoto
by Harold Stewart
Originally published by John Wetherhill, Inc. in 1981
$35.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
From the renowned Stone Garden of Ryoan-ji to the Silver Pavilion under snow, Stewart leads readers through the traditional sights of Kyoto. The seasonal poems and twenty-four color wood-block prints portray the atmosphere of the ancient capital and form an homage to Kyoto's rich heritage of art, nature, and religion.

Author Events

Tickets for our events with Benjamin Black (7/14) and Sapphire (7/28) 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.


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All Upcoming Events  

Harvard Square Book Circle
Mon, June 27, 7PM

Our in-store book club will discuss the collection Common Threads: Seven Poems and a Wealth of Readers, a volume created by MassPoetry.
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Molly Birnbaum
Tues, June 28, 7PM

Local journalist and food blogger Molly Birnbaum discusses her new memoir, Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way.
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Mara Hvistendahl
Thurs, June 30, 7PM

Journalist Mara Hvistendahl discusses global gender disparity and her new book, Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men.
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Robert Jay Lifton 
Tues, July 5, 7PM

Acclaimed psychiatrist and author Robert Jay Lifton discusses his new memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century.
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Published on Paige!
Thurs, July 7, 7PM

Harvard Book Store is excited to host an evening in celebration of the many authors who have published their books on Paige, our book-making robot. The evening will include brief author remarks; demonstrations of the Espresso Book Machine in action; and light refreshments.
At Harvard Book Store
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Benjamin Black  
Thurs, July 14, 6PM

Benjamin Black, the crime-writing alter ego of Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, will read from his newest mystery, A Death in Summer.
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Nina Sankovitch
Wed, July 20, 7PM

Ambitious book blogger Nina Sankovitch discusses her memoir, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, which tells the story behind her blogging project to read and review a book a day for an entire year. 
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Justin Martin
Thurs, July 21, 7PM

Acclaimed biographer Justin Martin discusses his newest work, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted.
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Harvard Square Book Circle 
Mon, July 25, 7PM


Our in-store book club will discuss Jane Austen's classic novel Sense and Sensibility.
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Heather Gain
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