Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  August 2nd, 2017
Even though it is still summer, everyone in the store is growing extremely excited about the books being released in the final quarter of the year.  The titles are trickling in from publishers, and it looks like there will be something for every reader's literary palate.  For example, Ken Follett is releasing the final book in his Pillars Of The Earth trilogy, entitled A Column Of Fire.  Andy Weir, author of The Martian, unveils Artemis, a heist adventure set on the moon.  There will be new literary fiction from Jennifer Egan (Manhattan Beach), Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere), Alice McDermott (The Ninth Hour), and Jeffrey Eugenides (Fresh Complaint).  If you like mysteries and suspense novels, you will see new thrillers from Sue Grafton (Y Is For Yesterday), Louise Penny (Glass Houses), Harlan Coben (Don't Let Go), and Dan Brown (Origin).  In kids and young adult books, we will soon get to read John Green's Turtles All The Way Down, Dav Pilkey's Dog Man And Cat Kid, and Philip Pullman's long-awaited The Book Of Dust.  If you prefer non-fiction, we will have memoirs from Amy Tan, Armistead Maupin, and Patti Smith and history books like Grant by Ron Chernow, We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.  This is merely the tip of the new release iceberg, and you can learn more about any of these books (or even pre-order them) by clicking on the highlighted title.  It's going to be an amazing year for reading!
Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Denis Johnson

 This National Book Award-winner scathingly riffs on the Vietnam War, disinformation programs, disillusion and atonement, and the many personalities of Americans as seen through the eyes of one CIA operative.  It is brilliant and epic in scope.   

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 Nathan Hill

 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:

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
The heroine of this new thriller had a mother who suffered from early-onset dementia, and she is terrified of eventually inheriting the disease.  One night, she passes a parked car in the rain.  The next morning, she discovers that the woman in the car, someone she knew, was murdered.  Then, she begins to forget things.  Is the killer stalking her or is it all in her deteriorating mind?  This thriller is a lot of fun, fast-paced, and features a likable lead character who is the most unreliable narrator ever.  It's a perfect summer read, and it will have you cheering.

Barry Recommends:

The Usefulness Of Useless Knowledge by Abraham Flexner and Robbert Dijkgraaf
A 1939 essay by Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, is followed by a 2017 companion essay written by the Institute's current director, Dutch physicist Dijkgraaf. Both are pleas on behalf of what is called basic research -- something of an endangered species these days -- and the pure, unimpeded intellectual curiosity that commonly drives it.  Up in the Institute for Advanced Study in the Sky, da Vinci, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Einstein, and Fermi nod vigorously in agreement with this small jewel of a book. 

Peter Recommends:

When The English Fall by David Williams
An Amish community finds itself under threat from the societal chaos unleashed in the wake of a massive solar storm.  For farmer Jacob, who has been keeping a diary, the catastrophe has a personal aspect -- his troubled young daughter appears to have foretold the coming of the "skies bright with angel wings". This poignant story is, at heart, a meditation on the meaning of faith and devotion to family and community when truly put to the test. Jacob's voice resonates long after one turns the last page. 

Phyllis Recommends :
The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris
This is a somewhat edgy and totally wonderful collection of character-driven short stories.  Wide ranging in perspective, location, and situation,  these tales all deal with human nature -- often in uncomfortable situations.  Ferris' trademark wit and humor are evident throughout.  Excellent reading! 
New In Hardcover

The Lying Game
 Ruth Ware

The Ice-Cream Makers
Ernest van der Kwast

The Address
Fiona Davis

Mrs. Fletcher
Tom Perrotta

Girl In Snow
Danya Kukafka

The Readymade Thief
Augustus Rose
New In Paperback

Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty

Alice Hoffman

Nine Women, One Dress
Jane L. Rosen

Pearl Harbor
Craig Nelson

Two By Two
Nicholas Sparks

The River At Night
Erica Ferencik
New Books For Kids

Dogosaurus Rex
Anna Staniszewski and Kevin Hawkes

The Force Oversleeps: Jedi Academy 5
Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Royal Crush
Meg Cabot
New Books For Young Adults

Wings Of Fire 10: Darkness Of Dragons by
 Tui T. Sutherland

Little Monsters
Kara Thomas

Far From The Tree: Teen Edition
Andrew Solomon

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We are now featuring rock bottom prices on many gift items in our annual clearance sale.  Shop ahead for the holidays or get great deals on the last of our spectacular seasonal items.  Don't forget to check for more items downstairs! 

What We're Reading Now...






Dog of the Week
Huxley and Jasper

 In a real life version of P.D. Eastman's classic children's book Big Dog... Little Dog,  we recently met Huxley (Little Dog) and Jasper (Big Dog).  They were accompanying their owner in the Used Book Cellar and stopped to pose for us -- although they were quite wiggly!  Huxley is ten months old, while Jasper is three years old.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Huxley and Jasper!
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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-- Stephen King

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