Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  June 7th, 2017
There is a plethora of great paperbacks being published right before Father's Day, June 18th, so if you are searching for a great gift for Dad, you can't go wrong with a book (or even two or three -- just look at those new releases!).  Whether he enjoys history, fiction, mysteries, or politics, there is a new book that will put a smile on Dad's face on this important day.  Speaking of smiles, he may enjoy the new diaries of David Sedaris, Theft By Finding, which was just released, or the clever British murder mystery The Magpie Murders.  If Dad isn't a reader, no problem -- we also have great gifts and cards suited for every taste!  Make him feel special with a hand-picked gift from Wellesley Books . . . and don't forget to find something for yourself while you are shopping!
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!  

TONIGHT!  Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00 PM.  Kennedy Babylon begins the story of the Kennedy family's scandalous century in the public eye. Join the author, syndicated radio talk show host Howie Carr, for this whirlwind tour of scandals -- from the days of the clan's rabidly anti-Semitic patriarch to the death of JFK Jr. The book includes scores of amazing photographs, many of which have not been published in decades. 

Thursday, June 8th, 7:00 PM.  Author Sarah Aronson introduces her fantastic new children's book, The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever.  Fairy-godmother-in-training Isabelle is pretty sure she has what it takes to pass her final test with flying colors, but then she is assigned a practice princess who is not a princess at all. Nora is just a normal girl -- a normal girl who doesn't believe in fairy godmothers or happily ever afters.  Isabelle has to change Nora's mind about magic and grant a wish for her. If she can't, Isabelle will flunk training and never become a great fairy godmother!

Wednesday, June 14th, 7:00 PM.  Visit with National Book Award winning author Julia Glass ( Three Junes), as she introduces and signs her new novel, A House Among Trees.   The unusual bond between a world-famous children's author and his assistant sets the stage for a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, and the power of an unexpected legacy.  This is a ticketed event, and you may purchase tickets here.

Thursday, June 15th, 7:00 PM.  Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, and now he presents his new novel, the dazzling and profound Beartown, about a small town with a big dream -- their junior ice hockey team has a chance at actually winning the national semi-finals -- and the price required to make it come true.  Please note that this is a ticketed event. Tickets can be bought  here . Please also be sure to note that this Wellesley Books event will take place at the Wellesley Community Center, located at 219 Washington Street, Wellesley.

Monday, June 19th, 7:00 PM.  Only one man can stop a powerful cabal planning an invisible coup of the U.S. government: Dewey Andreas, star of the the new thriller Trap The Devil by Ben Coes.  Some of the most powerful people in the government and the military have put into motion a brutal plot to quietly take the reins of the U.S. government, and only Dewey Andreas can stop them!  Join Ben Coes as he reads from his latest two-fisted suspenser and get your own autographed copy!

Thursday, June 22nd, 7:00 PM.  Cold Flash is the thrilling new entry in Carrie H. Johnson's explosive series featuring forensic firearms specialist Muriel Mabley.  Muriel doesn't have the option to cool her life down to a manageable chaos. With a heroin epidemic spreading across Philly, she must stop a related killing spree that's taking out gang members and innocent victims alike.  Carrie H. Johnson will read from her exciting new book and sign copies -- don't miss this heart-stopping event!

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Kazuo Ishiguro

With all the current focus on our immediate dystopian future surrounding
 The Handmaid's Tale, this beautifully written and haunting book should make a great companion piece for discussion.

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 Yaa Gyasi

 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

Peter Recommends:

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Horowitz gives us two for the price of one in this cleverly constructed story-within-a-story. Are clues to the curious death of famed mystery writer Alan Conway encoded in the manuscript of his final Atticus Pund novel? Trust Susan Ryeland, editor-turned-sleuth, to find the truth. Devotees of the golden age of English detective fiction will delight in Horowitz's obvious affection for the genre.

Lorna Recommends:

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
This recently discovered novel from the late best-selling author Michael Crichton has the feel of Jurassic Park by way of The Great Train Robbery.  Based on the real-life rivalry between two paleontologists, it tells the story of a Yale student who joins one of the scientists' groups on a westward journey.  The student aims to win a bet and utilize his brand-new skill -- photography.  This is a fun summer read.  I have missed Michael Crichton.

Phyllis Recommends:

Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan
Unnikrishnan introduces us to the plight of guest workers in the United Arab Emirates. In somewhat dystopian, very imaginative style, we learn about the poor treatment and truly fringe existence the workers from southeast Asia and the Indian Peninsula must endure to earn a pittance to remit to families back home.  Sound familiar?  Same story, different locale.

William Recommends :
You Belong To Me by Colin Harrison
This new novel from Colin Harrison is a wickedly satiric thriller set amongst the wealthy of New York City, and it details the way things become obsessions, the way possessiveness becomes compulsory.  With dense, Pynchon-esque prose, we meet a lawyer who covets an antique map of the city, a young wife with a secret past, an Iranian businessman who rigidly controls his wife, a soldier with a secret love, and a woman who desires nothing more than a child.  Their paths cross with those of criminals and killers as their obsessions become quixotic.

New In Hardcover

Theft By Finding
 David Sedaris

I Can't Make This Up
 Kevin Hart

 Joseph Kanon

Camino Island
John Grisham

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness
 Arundhati Roy

Al Franken, Giant Of The Senate
Al Franken
New In Paperback

Thomas Mullen

Here I Am
Jonathan Safran Foer

Dinner With Edward
 Isabel Vincent

Miller's Valley
 Anna Quindlen

Jonathan Unleashed by
 Meg Rosoff

The Children
Ann Leary

Another Brooklyn
Jacqueline Woodson

Ian McEwan

Modern Lovers
 Emma Straub

American Ulysses
Ronald C. White

The Wangs Vs. The World
Jade Chang

Before The Fall
 Noah Hawley
New Books For Kids

She Persisted
Chelsea Clinton

Little Excavator
Anna Dewdney

Dragon's Green
Scarlett Thomas
New Books For Young Adults

Once And For All
Sarah Dessen

And Then There Were Four
Nancy Werlin

J.C. Geiger

Father's Day is June 18th!

Honor dear old Dad with something useful like a hobby-themed baseball hat or pair of special socks; something silly like special "Dad Bods" soap; or even something to make work a bit more fun like a desktop punching bag, executive golf set, or a variety of other table top games. Don't forget a heartfelt card to thank your father on his special day!


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Dog of the Week
Nessie Rose

 Nessie Rose is a three year old black Labrador who is in training to be a therapy dog.  When she visited us recently with her owner, she could barely control her tail (as you can see in the photograph).  Her owner is the Teen / YA librarian at Morse Library.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Nessie Rose.
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 -- Andrew Lang


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