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Belated Bastille Day News from Harvard Book Store
July 15, 2011

As our Facebook and Twitter fans learned just moments after his departure, George R.R. Martin stopped by this week to sign a slew of copies of his laA Dance with Dragonstest book, A Dance with Dragons. While the signed copies of A Dance with Dragons have already flown out the door, we have signed books of all the earlier titles in the Song of Fire and Ice series. Call 617-661-1515 to reserve one now.  


Thanks to the folks at The Improper Bostonian for voting us Boston's Best Bookstore! And congratulations to other local and awesome winners, including Black Ink, Plough & Stars, Flour Bakery, Formaggio, and UpStairs on the Square.  


Calling all comic artists and graphic novelists! Harvard Book Store has launched its first ever COMICS CONTEST. Submit your one-to-four page cartoon, comic, or graphic story by Friday, August 19th. . . Winning entries will be compiled in an original collection printed on Paige, our in-store book-making robot, with grand prize winners receiving gift certificates to the bookstore. Learn more--and submit your work--here. 


Click below to watch Customer Orders specialist and all-around gentleman Jon M. recommend his favorite summer read, Gary Shteyngart's Super SaJon!d True Love Story






Happy reading,





The Weekly Bestsellers already Discounted 20%  

New on Our Shelves: The Latest in Fiction, Nonfiction, Scholarly Books, & In Store Book Printing
 The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists
edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Harper Voyager, hardcover
The death of Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead in 2003 at his house in Wimpering-on-the-Brook, England, revealed an astonishing discovery: the remains of a remarkable cabinet of curiosities. A carefully selected group of popular artists and acclaimed, bestselling fantasy authors has been assembled to bring Dr. Lambshead's cabinet of curiosities to life. Including contributions from Alan Moore, Lev Grossman, Mike Mignola, China Mi�ville, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn, Greg Broadmore, Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, Michael Moorcock, Holly Black, Jeffrey Ford, Ted Chiang, and many more.
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 Debt: The First 5,000 Years
by David Graeber

Melville House, hardcover
Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems--to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There's not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods--that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.
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Scholarly The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt
by Mary Ann Glendon

Oxford University Press, hardcover
The relationship between politics and the academy has been fraught with tension and regret--and the occasional brilliant success--since Plato himself. In The Forum and the Tower, Glendon examines thinkers who have collaborated with leaders, from ancient Syracuse to the modern White House, in a series of brisk portraits that explore the meeting of theory and reality. "Which is better, the life of the mind or the world of action? . . . A fine book of examples to ponder--about a question every thoughtful person must face." --Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University
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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
 Pictures of Travel in the South of France
by Alexandre Dumas

Print on Demand, paperback
In October 1834, Alexandre Dumas set off on a two-year journey from Paris, accompanied by friend and painter Geoffrey Jadin and Mylord, an English bulldog with a propensity for feline mayhem. In this title, the versatile Dumas blends classical history with vivid descriptions of the people and landscapes of southern France.
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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.
Why Does E=mc2?
by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
$5.99, hardcover (originally $24.00)  
Dr. Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of twenty-first century science to unpack Einstein's famous equation. Explaining and simplifying notions of energy, mass, and light--while exploding commonly held misconceptions--they demonstrate how the structure of nature itself is contained within this equation.
Armenian Golgotha
by Grigoris Balakian
$12.99, hardcover (originally $35.00)  
On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with 250 other intellectuals in Constantinople, in what was to be a systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian minority. This is a dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.

Juliet, Naked
by Nick Hornby
$5.99, hardcover (originally $25.95)    
"Hornby's books are almost shamefully readable. . . . His characters are always richly, sympathetically drawn. . . . [Juliet, Naked is] tinged with despair, and though the ending offers little by way of hope, its bittersweet ambiguity lends it maturity." --The New Yorker

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 Round of the Year: Poems from the Chinese
translated by Helen Burwell Chapin
Originally published by The Eucalyptus Press in 1936
$30.00 (paperback in) in Very Good condition
After studying Classical Chinese and working for seven years at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Ms. Chapin migrated to China to develop her talents as translator and calligrapher. In this handsome edition, each subset of poems is accompanied by a Chinese character hand-brushed by Chapin. Prologue, epilogue, and all calligraphy by the translator, with a preface by Laurence Binyon. This edition is one of 500 copies.
Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction
by Lee Horsley
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2005
$30.00 (paperback) in Very Good condition
This in-depth study of detective fiction in Britain and America during the twentieth century will interest anyone who enjoys reading mysteries. For professors, it will prove a useful book for a variety of crime fiction classes with analysis on forty-seven texts for discussion.
Muhammad Juki's Shahnamah of Firdausi
by Barbara Brend
Originally published by The Royal Asiatic Society in 2010
$40.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition
The Shahnamah of Firdausi is one of the finest manuscripts from Persia and consists of thirty-one exquisite miniature paintings. In a description of Barbara Brend's monograph, The Economist offers: "It plunges deep into the complexity of the art of the manuscript, the use of colour, perspective, and symbolism."

Author Events

Tickets for our event with 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  

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.
At Harvard Book Store Learn More

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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John Burnham Schwartz Wed, July 27, 7PM

Bestselling novelist John Burnham Schwartz reads from his most recent book, Northwest Corner.
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Thurs, July 28, 7PM

Novelist and poet Sapphire reads from her new book, The Kid, a follow-up to her debut novel Push. The reading will be followed by a screening of the Academy Award-winning Precious, the film adaptation of Push.
At the Brattle TheatreLearn More

Kevin Wilson 
Mon, Aug 22, 7PM

Award-winning short story writer Kevin Wilson reads from his debut novel, The Family Fang.
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Gail Caldwell
Thurs, Aug 25, 7PM

Memoirist and former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell reads from her memoir, Let's Take the Long Way Home, newly out in paperback.
At Harvard Book Store
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