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November 15, 2009

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HARVARD SQUARE: An Illustrated History Since 1950
By Mo Lotman
Stewart, Tabori and Chang
239 pp., $50

Harvard Square is iconic. It belongs not just to America but to the world. And, for that matter, to all those, like Mo Lotman, who think of it as home, regardless of whether they actually live there. In the two decades since making his first visit, Lotman has spent hours shopping, busking, dining, and just generally hanging out in and around the Square. As a tribute to this place of the heart, Lotman put together “Harvard Square: An Illustrated History Since 1950.’’ This coffee-table title contains scores of photographs, like this one from 1965 of lower Mass. Ave., short essays on people and landmarks, and tributes by John Updike, William F. Weld, Bill McKibben, and other worshippers of the 02238 ZIP code.

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