Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  March 15th, 2017

Our Spring events season is about to begin and Jane, our events coordinator, has been busy signing up authors for fabulous in-store events.  We'll be seeing some cherished old friends like Julia Glass, Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), N.S. Dolkart, Ben Coes, and Mike Lupica as well as authors new to the store like Barbara Lynch, Lisa See, Anita Shreve, J. Courtney Sullivan,and Elinor Lipman.  Join us for a panel of three terrific poets, then attend our wine tasting author event, with Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork.  We even have a top secret forthcoming event with a famous European author and another with an amazing local celebrity -- more on those soon!  Don't forget Independent Bookstore Day is April 29th, and we will have a great day planned.  For a complete list of author events, visit here.  It's going to be a great season!
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!  

Tuesday, March 21st, 7:00 PM.  Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era with her best-sellers The Family Man and The View From Penthouse B, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On Turpentine Lane is a funny, poignant, and outrageous tale of a woman who discovers mysterious family artifacts in the attic of her new home.  Join Elinor as she reads from and signs this hilarious new novel!

Monday, March 27th, 7:00 PM. Lisa See, best-selling author of Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, unveils her new novel, The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane.  Li-yan and her family arrange their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate -- the first automobile any of them have seen -- and a stranger arrives.  In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and the reticent Akha people, whose world will soon change. This book paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people.

Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00 PM.  The Gods are Drawing Battle Lines.   In this thrilling sequel to Silent Hall, the city of Ardis is reeling, its leaders frightened and disorganized. The remaining oracle of the god Ravennis has resurfaced there and is spreading a new gospel -- one in which Ravennis is the new Lord of the Underworld.  N.S. Dolkart shares his new epic fantasy novel, Among The Fallen. If you enjoy George R.R. Martin or Robert Jordan, this is a night you won't want to miss!

Wednesday April 5, 7:00 PM.  Mike Lupica is the author of multiple bestselling books for young readers, and has carved out a niche as the sporting world's finest storyteller.  Mike will introduce his newest sports book for kids, the third in the Home Team series, Point Guard, and he will sign it for you.  This tale of an immigrant family, a boy switching from baseball to basketball and the racism he endures, and a young girl facing sexism as she tries out for the boy's basketball team, is incredibly timely and is certain to be a best-seller.

Thursday April 6, 7:00 PM.  Join WZLX-Boston disc jockey and music director Carter Alan when he presents and signs his new memoir, The Decibel Diaries.  Chronicling fifty concerts -- from Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young to Talking Heads -- Alan weaves history with music and cultural studies.  It's a visceral and visionary portrait of nearly fifty years of rock 'n' roll.

Mark your calendar!  

Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 PM -- Maximum Harm by Michele McPhee

Thursday, April 27th, 7:00 PM -- Poetry Panel with
 Heather C. Bryant, Lynne Viti, and J.C. Spece

Friday, April 28th, 7:00 PM -- Out Of Line by Barbara Lynch

Saturday, April 29th, All Day -- Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!
Literary trivia, prizes, giveaways, a Dr. Seuss Brunch,
 and a Hamilton Happy Hour! 
Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh's singular style remains surprisingly modern and as funny as ever.  In Waugh's first novel, Paul Pennyfeather is expelled from Oxford for debauchery and then unexpectedly qualifies for the position of schoolmaster at an elite Welsh boys' school.  Mayhem ensues!

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 Philip Roth

 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

Gillian Recommends:

Exit West by Moshin Hamid
The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist delivers another compelling twist on life in the Middle East. This time, a desperate young couple abandons home and family, escaping a war-torn city by way of hidden doors that rumors promise will lead to a better life.

Jane Recommends:

Edgar And Lucy by Victor Lodato
This is a love letter to family, a tale of familial redemption, and a lovely character study of a struggling mother and her iconoclastic son.  Victor Lodato utilizes familiar tropes to tell his story of a fractured family and their difficult journey to healing and love (a wise child, a grieving mother, a strong ethnic background), but he surprises the reader at nearly every turn.  The result is the delightful, sad, funny, and heart-warming tale of one family split apart -- the mother by grief over the loss of her husband, the son by the loss of his beloved grandmother -- and their inability to connect with each other through their grief.

William Recommends:

Ill Will by Dan Chaon
This is a shocking, frequently disturbing, but always compelling tale about the lies we tell ourselves to survive our unconscionable past actions.  When a man's foster brother is released from prison after new DNA evidence proves his innocence, the past comes rushing back to Dustin Tillman, forcing him to question his own decisions made when he was a boy.  While balancing a dying wife, rebellious sons, and a patient who is leading him on a chase after a serial killer, Dustin confronts what he thinks he knows. Chaon ratchets the tension tighter and tighter, forcing the reader to flip pages -- all the while dreading the final outcome.

Betty Recommends :
Georgia by Dawn Tripp
Step into the world of Georgia O'Keeffe and you will be mesmerized. Here is young Georgia, whose talent is clear but undeveloped, as she comes under the force field of the famous Alfred Stieglitz. Together they are a swirl of passion, art, and the business of art in the 20-30s in New York.  As time goes on, Georgia asserts her independence, including how she wants to be interpreted.  Dawn Tripp has captured exactly how these artists see the world and has given us a well-paced story of color, character, and beautiful American vistas. I enjoyed this immensely. 
New In Hardcover

 Peter Heller

Mark Kurlansky

South And West
Joan Didion

The Hearts Of Men
Nickolas Butler

In This Grave Hour
Jacqueline Winspear

Dear Ijeawele
 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
New In Paperback

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
Chris Cleave

Two If By Sea
Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Other Side Of Silence
 Philip Kerr

 The Silk Roads
Peter Frankopan

Disappearance At Devil's Rock
 Paul Tremblay

Jane Steele
Lyndsay Faye
New Books For Kids

 Mac Barnett and
 Jon Klassen

Secrets And Sequences
Gene Luan Yang

Dark Shadows
Doreen Cronin

New Books For Young Adults

A Psalm For Lost Girls
 Katie Bayern

Stranger Than Fanfiction
 Chris Colfer

Alexander Hamilton: The Making Of America
Teri Kanefield

Getting out of Town?

Travel in style with a one-of-a-kind luggage tag, sunscreen packable hat, or even a nice new dopp kit.  We also have travel-size games to make getting there as much fun as vacation itself!


Downstairs At Wellesley Books

A new batch of remainders have arrived, and you can see some of the great children's titles to the left.  There is non-fiction, history, and novels for kids of all ages, including books by Andrew Clements, Neil Gaiman, Beatrix Potter, and several classic Babar titles!  Don't forget to check downstairs every time you visit; you never know what surprises you'll find in our Used Book Cellar!

What We're Reading Now...









Dog of the Week


  Sydney is a six year old mini Australian Labradoodle who belongs to our bookseller Sally.  Sydney enjoys chasing squirrels, playing catch, eating animal crackers, and doing yoga.  Here she can be seen demonstrating the downward dog pose.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Sydney! 
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 a door opens to allow in more light."

-- Vera Nazarian

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