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May 6, 2012
One of our favorite local nonprofits, 826 Boston, is gearing up for their second Night of 1,000 Stories. The evening will feature renowned authors Richard Russo and Lois Lowry, as well as students of 826's afterschool programs, as they tell 1,000 stories in a single night. Click here for ticket details and information about how to contribute to 826 Boston's programming.

Last week I mentioned the range of Mother's Day and graduation cards on display at the store. You still have a week to pick out the right card for Mom, so stop by for one of these or any of our many other options.

The end of the academic year is a great time to step back and think critically about the efficacy of our educational institutions. Pick up a copy of My Absurd Vision of Harvard: An Inquiry into Ancestors, Humility, and Occupy (only $3!) in the store to read Peter Winsor Pruyn's ideas for how to help our illustrious neighbor "to strive to be a space that fosters equality, education, and humanity" (from a review of the book).

Lastly, there's only one week left to pledge toward the bright future of literary and cultural journal The Baffler. To learn more about the journal and how you can help, visit their Kickstarter Project page.


'Til Next Week,

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New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books & In Store Book Printing
Fiction They Eat Puppies, Don't They? 
by Christopher Buckley


Twelve, hardcover

In an attempt to gain congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "Bird" McIntyre teams up with sexy neocon Angel Templeton to pit the American public against the Chinese. When Bird fails to uncover an authentic reason to slander the nation, he and Angel put the Washington media machine to work, spreading a rumor that the Chinese secret service is working to assassinate the Dalai Lama. "Hilarious. . . . What makes it laugh-out-loud funny is Buckley's sense of how little you have to exaggerate to make Washington seem absurd." --The New York Daily News

Nonfiction Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well)
by Peter Kaminsky

Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover
Peter Kaminsky--who has written cookbooks with four-star chefs and no-star chefs--shows us that anyone can learn to eat food that is absolutely delicious and doesn't give you a permanently creeping waistline. "For most people, good health and hedonism make strange bedfellows. But for Peter Kaminsky, eating for pleasure is eating for longevity: the two go hand in hand, and happily.  His brilliant new book, Culinary Intelligence, isn't formulaic or abstemious.  It's a culinary doctrine deeply rooted in flavor, making cooking and eating well something to look forward to." --Chef Dan Barber 
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No Enchanted Palace The Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray
by Noam Chomsky

Cambridge University Press, hardcover

Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of our time, yet his views are often misunderstood. In this previously unpublished series of interviews, Chomsky discusses his iconoclastic and important ideas concerning language, human nature, and politics. In dialogue with James McGilvray, Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, Chomsky takes up a wide variety of topics--the nature of language, the philosophies of language and mind, morality and universality, and the evolution of language. McGilvray's extensive commentary helps make this incisive set of interviews accessible to a variety of readers.            

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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 Words Fly Free
by Claire Ayala Breger-Belsky

Print on Demand, paperback
Words Fly Free is a poetry collection in two parts: Within, an exploration of the individual, and Without, a critical examination of the relationship between humanity and the natural world. This is Claire Breger-Belsky's first book of poetry.
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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.
Stories: All-New Tales
edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
$5.99, hardcover (originally $27.99)
Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world the opportunity to work  together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman and Sarrantonio personally selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this "new literature of the imagination" is high.
The Upside of Irrationality
by Dan Ariely

$4.99 hardcover (originally $27.99) 
Social scientist Dan Ariely exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we're with, and more.
The Silver Spoon: Pasta  
edited by Phaidon Press editors

$14.99 hardcover (originally $39.95)
The Silver Spoon: Pasta offers detailed descriptions and cooking tips for both dried and fresh pasta and instruction on the traditional art of combining various pasta shapes with the right sauces. Whether you are feeding the family, cooking for one, or preparing an elaborate dinner party, The Silver Spoon: Pasta has the perfect dish for every need.    
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.
The Arkham Sampler:
Vol. I, No. 2; Vol. II, No. 2; Vol. II, No. 4
by various authors
Originally published by The Strange Company, 1983-1985
$10 each (pamphlet) in Very Good Condition
The Arkham Sampler was originally printed in the 1940s as a science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine. The volumes here were new original works put out under the Arkham Sampler name in the 1980s. Volume II, No. 4 is devoted to H.P. Lovecraft, whose work inspired the original Arkham Sampler and influenced the content of the magazines.
Clark Ashton Smith: Letters to H.P. Lovecraft
edited by Steve Behrends 
Originally published by Necronomicon Press in 1987
$125 (pamphlet) in Very Good Condition
This transcription of the correspondence between Clark Ashton Smith and H.P. Lovecraft spans the years of 1922-1937. Their friendship was based entirely upon these letters; the two men never met in person. The two influenced and critiqued each other's work, and Lovecraft was the first person to urge Smith to begin writing fantasy stories.
Exhibit A: Guy Bourdin
by Samuel Bourdin and Fernando Delgado
Originally published by Bullfinch Press in 2001
$125 (hardcover) in Very Good Condition 
Guy Bourdin's surreal and erotic imagery filled the pages of international fashion magazines in the 1970s. His influence on modern photography is sweeping, yet he died in 1991 without ever having published a collection of his work. Now his son has created this overview of some of the finest images from his father's legacy.

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Paul Krugman 
Mon, May 7, 7PM

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James K. Galbraith
Tues, May 8, 7PM

Leading economist James K. Galbraith discusses Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis.  
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Jorie Graham
Wed, May 9, 7PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham reads from Place: New Poems.
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Ben Fountain
Thurs, May 10, 7PM

Brief Encounters with Che Guevara author Ben Fountain reads from his newest work of fiction, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
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Robert J. Shiller
Fri, May 11, 3PM

Economist and New York Times columnist Robert J. Shiller discusses Finance and the Good Society
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Matthew Battles
Fri, May 11, 7PM

Former Harvard librarian and co-founder of HiLobrow Matthew Battles reads from his new story collection, The Sovereignties of Invention.
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