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June 1, 2012

Happy Fiction Friday, everyone! Beginning today and continuing through Labor Day, every Friday all new hardcover and paperback fiction will be discounted 15% both in the store and online (coupon code FICTIONFRIDAY). Find complete details here.

Summer is a great time for festivals and community events in Cambridge. Two you should keep an eye out for in June are:
  • June 9 is the fourth annual Dance for World Community Day, put on by our neighbor, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Come to the Square that Saturday for a full day of dance performances, demonstrations, and classes for children and adults.
  • On June 12, exercise your taste buds at the Taste of Cambridge. Over 90 restaurants, specialty food shops, breweries, and wineries will be represented at this year's festival, their tenth! 
A reminder that the deadline for the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is June 15. Hosted by The Iowa Review, this writing contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre about any subject. Contest rules and additional information can be found here.

And don't forget that Father's Day is quickly approaching. We have lots of great cards available for Dad, and see below for bookseller Jamie's charming Father's Day gift suggestion.

Don't be an i-Phoney


'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 Our Lady of Alice Bhatti 
by Mohammed Hanif


Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover

"Rambunctious, vulgar, funny, and moving, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti wields enormous emotional punch. . . . The social concerns around which the novel turns--the shocking plight of Pakistan's women and the culture's entrenched yet casual misogyny--are handled in a way that is never preachy or obtrusive, but woven . . .  organically into the narrative. . . . The book is . . . peopled with three-dimensional individuals, who live with their flaws and what life throws at them, improvising responses to extraordinary situations." --Time Magazine

Nonfiction Tubes:
A Journey to the Center of the Internet

by Andrew Blum

Ecco, hardcover
When your Internet cable leaves your living room, where does it go? Almost everything about our day-to-day lives--and the broader scheme of human culture--an be found on the Internet. But what is it physically? And where is it really? In Tubes, journalist Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet's physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing the online world we think we know. Blum chronicles the dramatic story of the Internet's development, explains how it all works, and takes the first-ever in-depth look inside its hidden monuments.
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No Enchanted Palace Land of Strangers
by Ash Amin

Polity, paperback

The impersonality of social relationships in Western society is making majorities nostalgic for a time of closer personal ties and strong community moorings. The constitutive pluralism and hybridity of modern living is being rejected in an age of heightened anxiety over the future and drummed up aversion towards the stranger. Judging these developments as dangerous, Land of Strangers offers a counter-argument by looking to relations that are not reducible to local or social ties in order to offer new suggestions for living in diversity and for forging a different politics of the stranger.                   

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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 The Decoration of Houses
by Edith Wharton
and Ogden Codman


Print on Demand, paperback
Edith Wharton's The Decoration of Houses is an invaluable reference, one of the classic works on interior decoration, and a testament to the enduring style of one of America's greatest writers. Originally published in 1898 and written in collaboration with celebrated American architect Ogden Codman, Jr., Wharton's first book is a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn-of-the-century interior design, moving from historical traditions to the distinctive styles of contemporary taste.
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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.
The Bookshop/The Gate of Angels/The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
$7.99, hardcover (originally $23)
Three critically acclaimed novels by award-winning novelist Penelope Fitzgerald: The Blue Flower, winner of the 1977 National Book Critics Circle Award; The Gate of Angels, an Edwardian Romance; and The Bookshop, about an enterprising woman who opens a bookstore and finds it threatened by poltergeists, weather, and hostile townsfolk.
M.F.K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans:
Celebrating Her Kitchens

by Joan Reardon

$6.99 hardcover (originally $40) 
"I've always admired M.F.K. Fisher's gastronomical ingenuity and vivid culinary imagination. In this rich portrait, Joan Reardon eloquently shares with us Mary Frances's great lesson: to cook well, you need only the most elementary kitchen, a mortar and pestle, and full awareness of your own five senses."
--Alice Waters
Eating for Beginners:
An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid 

by Melanie Rehak

$3.99 hardcover (originally $25)
Eating for Beginners details the year Melanie Rehak spent discovering how to be an eater and a parent in today's increasingly complicated world. She joined the kitchen staff at Applewood, a small restaurant owned by a young couple committed to using locally grown food, and worked on some of the farms that supplied it. Between prepping the nightly menu, milking goats, and sorting beans, Rehak gained an understanding of her own about what to eat and why.   
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.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
by Mark Bittman
Originally published by John Wiley and Sons in 2007
$18 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Mark Bittman has written the definitive guide to meatless meals--a book that will appeal to everyone who wants to cook simple but delicious meatless dishes, from health-conscious omnivores to passionate vegetarians. The recipes in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian are straightforward, unfussy, and unfailingly delicious.
John Currin
by Robert Rosenblum and John Currin 
Originally published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in 2003
$75 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition
Currin's beautiful and unsettling paintings are showcased in this catalog from his 2003 show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
"Currin is among other things a latter-day Jeff Koons, trafficking in lowdown humor, heartless kitsch, and ironic smut, while offering up dollops of finesse, beauty, and brains. The combination is disorienting and, at its best, thrilling." --The New York Times
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,
10th Anniversary Edition
by Frank Miller
Originally published by DC Comics in 1996
$225 (hardcover with slipcase) in Very Good Condition 
This limited-print-run, signed and numbered edition of the comic includes not only the hardcover comic book, but also the script of the comic, original sketches, and various press releases and articles from 1986, when Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was first released.

Author Events


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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot (6/4)

Dan Ariely (6/7)     

Joseph E. Stiglitz (6/18) 


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Douglas Brinkley 
Fri, June 1, 7PM

History professor, award-winning writer, and Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley discusses his new biography, Cronkite.
At Harvard Book Store
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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Mon, June 4, 6PM

Macarthur Award-winning sociologist and Harvard education professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot discusses Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free.   
At the Brattle Theatre       Learn More

Daniel Chamovitz
Tues, June 5, 7PM

Daniel Chamovitz of Tel Aviv University discusses What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, the first in a new book series from Scientific American.
At Harvard Book Store
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Scott Jurek
w/ Chris McDougall

Wed, June 6, 6PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. View our Sold Out Event FAQ
At the Brattle Theatre
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Dan Ariely
Thurs, June 7, 6PM

Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves     
At the Brattle Theatre      Learn More

Carlin Romano
Fri, June 8, 7PM  

Philosopher and literary critic Carlin Romano discusses America the Philosophical.
At Harvard Book Store      Learn More

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