Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  October 11th, 2017
With all the new releases this season -- and there are a lot of them -- I usually rhapsodize over the adult books (oh, look, a new Ron Chernow, Jennifer Egan, Elin Hilderbrand, and Dan Brown!), but in this newsletter, I would like to point out the amazing number of exciting kids and young adult books which have recently arrived.  Anthony Horowitz brings back his teenage spy, Alex Rider in a brand new thriller, John Green's new book Turtles All The Way Down debuts (and our copies are autographed!), and Kate Milford unveils a new Greenglass House novel.  One store favorite is the new Sweet Pea And Friends picture book, A Farm For Maisie.  Don't forget to check out the very creepy Haunting The Deep as well as the third Harry Potter novel in deluxe illustrated form.  We also feature Rick Riordan's new Magnus Chase book and the next Spy School novel.  Scroll down for a bit, and peek at the New Books For Kids section.  There is something for everyone!
Community Survey
Wellesley Square, an association of local merchants, is asking for people to take a short survey about how shoppers and diners feel about Wellesley and its downtown area.  To take this survey, please click on the lovely autumn street picture below.  It will only take a few minutes, and it will benefit our community in improving the Wellesley experience.  Thank you!

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!  

SOLD OUT!  Thursday, October 12th, 7:00 PM.  Celeste Ng's first book, Everything I Never Told You, was a huge bestseller and one of our favorite books of 2015.  Her new novel, Little Fires Everywhere, is equally thought-provoking, featuring social commentary and gripping drama as a custody case divides the town of Shaker Heights into opposing factions.  Join Celeste as she discusses and signs this terrific new book.  SOLD OUT!

Sunday, October 15th, 4:00 PM.  The bestselling author of the Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, presents the second book in the Lock and Key trilogy -- The Downward Spiral.  The author will visit the store to speak about this thrilling middle-grade series, in which the reader learns about the origins of the animosity between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, as told by James's sister, Moria.  Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, said, "Only a mastermind like Ridley Pearson could put such a fresh spin on Sherlock Holmes."

Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00 PM.  From Newbery Award-winning author Avi ( Crispin: The Cross of Lead) comes The Player King, the gripping and amazingly true tale of a boy plucked from the gutter to become the King of England.  Meet the author and learn all about England in 1486 and King Henry VII while enjoying a rousing story of power, battles, and adventure!  Please note that this is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.

Saturday, October 21st, 2:00 PM.  If your kids like animals, especially elephants, bring them to this special storytime featuring the author herself, Cheryl Lawton Malone!  In her book, Elephants Walk Together, two Asian elephants roam the wild; although they are separated as they get older, they are destined to meet again one day.  Hear this great story and get your very own copy of the book signed by the author.

Monday, October 23rd, 7:00 PM.  Join best-selling author Claire Messud as she reads from and signs her wonderful new novel, The Burning Girl.  Two girls grow up together as best friends in Royston, Massachusetts, but their lives diverge during adolescence, and one of them starts down a path that could ruin their friendship and cost one her life.  Please note that this is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.

Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00 PM.  Istanbul And Beyond is the most extensive and lushly photographed Turkish cookbook to date, written by two internationally acclaimed experts.  Journalist Robyn Eckhardt and her husband, photographer David Hagerman, have spent almost twenty years discovering the country's very best dishes.  Please note that this is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a food tasting of recipes from the book.

Thursday and Friday, October 26th & 27th.  Reserve your seat for a complimentary event featuring two days of ideas, insights, and innovation with several renowned business authors, including keynote speaker Bob Reynolds, CEO of Putnam Investments and Great-West Financial.  To reserve your seat and for more information, click the picture to the left.

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Richard Ford

As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people who live entirely within themselves, a condition that Frank himself aspires to attain, but at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess.  This painfully funny novel established Ford as one of the best realist American writers.

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 Margaret Atwood

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:

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
Set in a depression-era North Carolina mill town, The Last Ballad tells the story of an impoverished mill worker and mother who joins the union and brings the plight of mill workers alive with her moving ballads.  Cash brings his characters and their struggles to vivid life with strong lyrical writing and conveys deep emotion throughout, providing a new twist on a period of history that should not be forgotten.

William Recommends:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
This is a meticulously researched historical novel of a father who leaves his family and his daughter who becomes a diver during WW2 in New York.  The dream-like quality of the prose wraps its arms around the reader, enveloping you like an ocean fog, and the result is a tale that reads like a fever dream of a family drama.  Unexpected twists abound, and the relationships ring completely true in every way.  It's a remarkable achievement!

Sally Recommends:

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
Julia and Cassie have been the closest of friends since they were young children. Once adolescence begins, however, this friendship starts to fade. Cassie, the wilder one, and Julia, the rule keeper, are no longer in the same social circles. The angst of high school and the importance of friendship against a looming crisis make this the perfect coming-of-age story.

Barry Recommends :
California Dreamin' by Penelope Bagieu
This is a graphic novel/biography (I still can't get used to calling nonfiction books "graphic novels") of Ellen Cohen, a (mostly) nice Jewish girl from Baltimore whose family owned a deli and who didn't want to work in a deli but instead transformed herself into one of the most distinctive vocalists in pop music history -- Cass Elliot. She was quite a character, and Penelope Bagieu's portrayal of Ellen/Cass is poignant, generous, inspiring, happy-sad, and altogether delightful.
New In Hardcover

Dan Brown

Fresh Complaint: Stories
Jeffrey Eugenides

Winter Solstice
 Elin Hilderbrand

We Were Eight Years In Power
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ron Chernow

The Rules Of Magic
Alice Hoffman

Paris In The Present Tense
Mark Helprin

Code Girls
Liza Mundy

Mary Oliver
New In Paperback

Odd Child Out
Gilly MacMillan

The Mothers
Brit Bennett

The Tiger's Daughter
K. Arsenault Rivera

Victoria The Queen
Julia Baird

A Revolution In Color
 Jane Kamensky

Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien
New Books For Kids

Remembering Vera
Patricia Polacco

La La La
Kate DiCamillo

A Farm For Maisie
Jennifer and John Churchman

The War I Finally Won
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Perfect Score
 Rob Buyea

Illustrated Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling

Ghosts Of Greenglass House
Kate Milford

Spy School Secret Service
Stuart Gibbs

The Wizards Of Once
Cressida Cowell
New Books For Young Adults

Before The Devil Breaks You
Libba Bray

Things I'm Seeing Without You
 Peter Bognanni

Alex Rider: Never Say Die
Anthony Horowitz

All The Crooked Saints
Maggie Stiefvater

Turtles All The Way Down
John Green

Haunting The Deep
Adriana Mather

News From The Used Book Cellar 
Every Saturday, from noon to 3:00 PM, Melinda, our used books guru,  takes trade-ins of used paperbacks for store credit in our Used Book Cellar. There is a limit of two bags or one box -- about fifty books -- but this is a perfect time to make room on your bookshelves for the new books arriving this fall!  Currently, she is receiving more kids books than she can handle, but she is in need of adult paperbacks, especially non-fiction.  If you have gently-read memoirs, biographies, history, or reference books, Melinda would love to give you a credit that you can use to buy new books.

Halloween Countdown

There are lots of new spooky treats for you! We have fall decor for entertaining in style, including beautiful table linens in warm reds and oranges that will brighten your dining room as well as delicious autumn teas.


What We're Reading Now...









Dog of the Week
Rescue Dogs 
When author Peter Zheutlin premiered his new book, Rescued, at our event last week, we had several rescue organizations bring in adoptable dogs.  From left to right, we have Gracie, Jackie, and Charlie -- all of whom were very well-behaved and sweet dogs.  They were quite excited to meet so many new people.  We hope they all find families soon.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Gracie, Jackie, and Charlie!
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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