Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  January 17th, 2018

Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.  Imagine a world in which children and grownups alike can learn about other cultures, a world in which our many ways of living are celebrated instead of relegated to political grandstanding.  Books offer views into windows all around the world through the words and experiences of authors from many countries and levels of society, and enrich our own lives with a wealth of knowledge.  This year, why not read a book from or about a different country or culture each month -- a diversity reading challenge, if you will. 
We need diverse books -- now more than ever.

Upcoming Events At Wellesley Books
All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line!   
Wednesday, January 24th, 7:00 PM. Nationally recognized wealth advisor Coventry Edwards-Pitt takes on one of today's most pressing issues: how to age well.  In her new book, Aged Healthy, Wealthy & Wise, she discusses our increased longevity.  How do we ensure that our later years have a positive rather than negative impact on our families?  The stories and research in this book will inspire you to take the actions in your own life to set you on a course to age well yourself.
Saturday, February 3rd, 4:00 PM. Elly Swartz, author of last year's wonderful Finding Perfect, reads from and signs copies of her new novel for middle school kids, Smart Cookie.  This charming story revolves around the importance of family and the need to sometimes keep secrets.  Frankie is determined to find her Dad a new wife, and she posts a profile on a dating website.  With humor and heart, Swartz details the results of this escapade.  
Thursday, February 8th, 7 :00PM.  Join best-selling author Kristin Hannah ( The Nightingale) as she presents her new novel, The Great Alone.  When thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright's unpredictable father loses his job, he makes an impulsive, desperate decision: he will move the family to Alaska, where they will live off the land.  Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book. This Wellesley Books event will take place at The Rivers School in Weston.

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy's true epic is based on historical events from the 1850s on the Texas-Mexico border. It traces the fortunes of the Kid, a 14-year-old from Tennessee who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered for their scalps.

Join Bill's Book Group for Guys for a relaxed evening in the store discussing a specially-chosen book while enjoying a beer, glass of wine, or select single-malt whiskey.  $25 buys the book and a ticket to the event.
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group
by Min Jim Lee

Guest Moderator -- Julie Buchta

Betty Sudarsky, unparalleled bookseller and experienced book club leader, chooses each book carefully and leads the discussion.  Bring your own lunch if you like; Betty supplies snacks, drinks, and insight.  No need to sign up; drop-ins are welcome.  
Bookseller Recommendations

William Recommends:
Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates
Three teenagers enact a shocking ritual (watch out for that opening scene!), and the repercussions follow them for the rest of their lives.  Physical and emotional ties between the three characters become more twisted as secrets emerge and the suspense ratchets higher and higher.   This literary thriller reads like a cross between Tana French and Donna Tartt with a Hitchcockian edge. 

This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff
There's a sinister joy at being dropped into the dysfunctional setting of someone else's workplace.  Jillian Medoff happily provides all the details of a wobbly 2010 consulting firm through the eyes of HR.  Long term assignments get brushed off, the financial whiz kid never comes to work on time, and the communications girl and training guy enjoy a very friendly 10-year relationship. To give too much away would be unfair.  Here's an apolitical escape that will keep you rapt.

Sally Recommends:
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
When the Gold children leave their Lower East Side apartment to visit a fortune teller, they believe it will be a summer adventure, but once they have each been told the date of their death, their experience takes on a much deeper meeting.  As a dancer in San Francisco, a magician in Las Vegas, a scientist, and a military physician, they separately experience the blessings and curses of the knowledge they acquired. 
New In Hardcover

Tell Me More
Kelly Corrigan

The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden
Denis Johnson

The Square And The Tower
Niall Ferguson

The Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Daniel H. Pink

The Girls In The Picture
Melanie Benjamin
New In Paperback

Ill Will
 Dan Chaon

On Turpentine Lane
Elinor Lipman

The Perfect Nanny
 Leila Slimani

Kiss Carlo
Adriana Trigiani

Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan

The Book That Changed America
Randall Fuller
New Books For Kids

Matt De La Pena and Loren Long

Shai & Emmie Star In Dancy Pants!
Quvenzhane Wallis

Hidden Figures
Margot Lee Shetterly
New Books For Young Adults

Neal Shusterman

Truly Devious
Maureen Johnson

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Gifts For Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming sooner than you think (psst -- it's February 14th!), so you need to impress your sweetheart.  We have everything you need to make that impression -- romantic and humorous cards, candy-free boxed Valentines for the kids, stuffed animals. candy, and wonderful gifts for all your loves.
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Dog of the Week
   Rosie is a five month old King Charles Spaniel / Poodle mix (Choodle?) who visited the store for the first time on a sunny January day.  She loves to cuddle with her family, play soccer, and play other games with her big sister.  She has a lot of energy that expresses itself through her happy wiggling.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Rosie!
Introducing Libro.fm Memberships
Do you love listening to your favorite books on the go?  More and more people do -- and Libro.fm offers the best way to listen, with superior audio quality audiobooks (2x industry standard) -- and more than 70,000 to choose from!. The folks at Libro.fm are indies, just like us, and a portion of every sale goes to your favorite independent bookstore.  It's the best way to "shop local" for digital audiobooks.  Plus, Libro.fm now offers monthly memberships! For just $14.99 each month, choose one free audiobook, and get 30% off all additional purchases.  To celebrate the launch, your first month's membership is just 99¢! All Libro.fm audiobooks are DRM-free -- you buy it, you own it -- and unused credits never expire. You'll get a great listening experience at a discounted price, along with a huge selection, and the satisfaction of supporting your local business.  Visit  libro.fm/wellesleybooks  to start your membership and get your first month for just 99¢! (Have unused Audible credits? Come see us in the store -- we can help you convert up to two Audible credits over to Libro.fm!)


"I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading accident. I hit a book mark and flew
 across the room."
-- Steven Wright

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William D. Carl

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