Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome STEPH BURT author of The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them, in conversation with CHLOE GARCIA ROBERTS. Contemporary American poetry has plenty to offer new readers, and plenty more for those who already follow it. Yet its difficulty—and sheer variety—leaves many readers puzzled or overwhelmed. The critic, scholar, and poet Stephen Burt sets out to help. Beginning in the early 1980s, where critical consensus ends, Burt canvasses American poetry of…Find out more »
Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, CAMILLE PAGLIA has remained one of feminism’s most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she’s calling for equal opportunity for American women (years before the founding of the National Organization for Women), championing a more discerning standard of beauty that goes beyond plastic surgery’s quest for eternal youth, lauding the liberating…Find out more »
Harvard Book Store welcomes Massachusetts senior U.S. Senator ELIZABETH WARREN for a discussion of her latest book, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class. The fiery Senator and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it. Senator Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America’s middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become…Find out more »
NOAM CHOMSKY is widely regarded as the most influential thinker of our time, but never before has he devoted a major book to one topic, income inequality. Requiem for the American Dream is not an essay collection but an entire work of some 70,000 words based on four years of interviews with Chomsky by the editors. CHOMSKY comes to the First Parish Church in Cambridge to speak with AMY GOODMAN in an event sponsored by Harvard Book Store. Requiem for the American Dream is…Find out more »
From one of the most singular presences in American fiction comes a searingly intelligent book of essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal. Whether she’s writing about date rape or political adultery or writers from John Updike to Gillian Flynn, Mary Gaitskill reads her subjects deftly and aphoristically and moves beyond them to locate the deep currents of longing, ambition, perversity, and loneliness in the American unconscious. She shows us the transcendentalism of the Talking Heads, the melancholy of…Find out more »
After the sudden death of her husband, SHERYL SANDBERG felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend ADAM GRANT, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of…Find out more »
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.