Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  May 10th, 2017
Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 14th, but don't panic!  We have everything you need to make Mom's day a special one, from colorful cards to thoughtful gifts, from challenging puzzles to mugs, tea, and hand-crafted soaps.  We've also received an amazing crop of new releases that feature something for every mom, including new books by Richard Russo, Paula Hawkins, Jo Nesbo, Dennis Lehane, Elizabeth Strout, David McCullough, and Rick Riordan!  This is the biggest release week we have seen so far this year, and there's certainly something for every literary taste (and a perfect gift for Mom for Mother's Day; once again, don't panic).  Spring into Wellesley Books for your next great book and a wide array of gift ideas for Mom.
Upcoming Events At Wellesley Books
Exciting New Event! 


All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line!  

Wednesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM.  Tonight!  Victor Lodato signs and discusses his wonderful new novel, Edgar & Lucy. Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother, Lucy, has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic history, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.  William and Jane loved this book and agree that it is certain to be one of the best-reviewed books of the year!

Thursday, May 11th, 7:00 PM.  Saints For All Occasions is an unforgettable novel from J. Courtney Sullivan, the best-selling author of Maine and Commencement, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters.  The novel follows a large Catholic family through fifty years after they leave Ireland for Boston, and it explores the funny, and sometimes achingly sad, ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.  This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.  You may purchase a ticket here.

Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00 PM.   Leigh Montville is a former columnist at The Boston Globe and the best-selling author of Ted Williams and At the Altar of Speed. He will be presenting his newest book, Sting Like A Bee: Muhammed Ali vs. the United States of America and answering questions about the great boxing legend.  The book centers on the cultural and political implications of Ali's refusal of service in the military; what followed was a period of legal battles, a time of of cultural obsession, and of Ali becoming the very embodiment of the civil rights movement.

Mark your calendar!
Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00 PM -- Kennedy Babylon by Howie Carr

Thursday, June 8th, 7:00 PM -- The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! by Sarah Aronson
Wednesday, June 14th, 7:00 PM -- A House Among The Trees by Julia Glass 
Thursday, June 15th, 7:00 PM -- Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Monday, June 19th, 7:00 PM -- Trap The Devil by Ben Coes
Bill's Book Group For Guys
by David Mitchell

From David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood, tracking a single year in thirteen-year old Jason Taylor's life in the sleepiest village in Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England.

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

Phyllis Recommends:

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
This is the heart-wrenching story of a completely misunderstood autistic teen who has been shuffled from one foster home to another after suffering trauma and abuse in her birth home.  Ludwig gives Ginny an authentic voice and highlights the tensions and frustrations of the adults in Ginny's life as they misinterpret her behavior again and again. Similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, this novel helps us gain insight into individuals who cannot always be heard and the people who do so much to help them.

Jane Recommends:

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This funny and uplifting novel is about two very different strangers who meet when they help an old man who falls in front of them -- but can they help each other?  The characters are very real and damaged, especially Eleanor, who lives a quiet and solitary life until her world is turned upside-down when she opens herself up to the possibility of love and friendship.  Eleanor is a character you will never forget.

Gillian Recommends:

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
This graceful and timely novel follows Alia and her family through a series of displacements, from Palestine to Beirut and on to Paris and Boston. Despite heartbreak and misfortune, powerful family bonds help each generation reconnect and create a sense of home wherever the vagaries of war and life deposit them.

William Recommends :
The Best Of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Graeme Simsion has given us delightful romantic comedies with his Rosie Project books, but his new novel has a darker, more serious (and erotic) edge than either of his other books.  Adam plays piano in a bar, and Angelina is an actress who sings with him.  Their affair is doomed, but they have a second chance twenty odd years later when they are reunited. We examine the couple with the music they sing and play, a soundtrack to their lives, and Simsion even includes a play list of the songs for this wonderfully romantic and bittersweet book. 
New In Hardcover

Into The Water
Paula Hawkins

Trajectory: Stories
Richard Russo

A Dog's Way Home
W. Bruce Cameron

House Of Names
Colm Toibin

Since We Fell
Dennis Lehane

Men Without Women
Haruki Murakami

The Thirst
Jo Nesbo

The Purple Swamp Hen
Penelope Lively

Astrophysics For People In A Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
New In Paperback

A Great Reckoning
Louise Penny

Burning Bright
Nick Petrie

In The Darkroom
Susan Faludi

Ann Patchett

Yaa Gyasi

The Nix
Nathan Hill

The Girls
Emma Cline

Half Wild
Robin MacArthur

Valiant Ambition
Nathaniel Philbrick
New Books For Kids

The Trials Of Apollo, Book 2: The Dark Prophecy
Rick Riordan

Goldfish Ghost
Lemony Snicket and
Lisa Brown

Dragons Love Tacos 2
Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Beyond The Bright Sea
 Lauren Wolk

 Rob Sanders and Dan Santat

Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
New Books For Young Adults

A Court Of Wings And Ruin
Sarah J. Maas

The One Memory Of Flora Banks
Emily Barr

The Pearl Thief
Elizabeth Wein


Wellesley Books offers one-stop shopping for all of your celebrations this month -- from honoring Mom on Sunday, to congratulating grads all month long.  We have a wide assortment of gifts from the festive to the inspirational and the humorous to the practical.


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Dog of the Week


 Zeus is a seven month old American Bulldog, who has so much youthful energy it was difficult to get a picture of him when he visited us with his owner.  He enjoys eating almost anything and playing tug of war with his rope.  Look at that wonderful smile!  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Zeus.
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!)


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-- Mark Twain

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William D. Carl

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