Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  May 24th, 2017
With the onset of spring, are you feeling social?  We would love for you to take a walk and visit us in downtown Wellesley, but if you can't get out, you can still visit our store via social media.  We have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as a special Twitter devoted to young adults and kids books.  We post pictures of author signings (like the ones of our David Ortiz event above), our four-legged friends, new books, our favorite recommendations, great gifts for the whole family (don't forget that Father's Day is June 18th), and much more.  You can sign up by clicking the icons located at the very end of this newsletter.  We hope to see you soon, but if you can't call on us in person, you can always visit us online!
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, 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.


Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00 PM.  Kennedy Babylon Vol. 1 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.  Fairy-godmother-in-training Isabelle is pretty sure she has what it takes to pass her final test with flying colors.  But then Isabelle 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 wishes come true, 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!

Mark your calendar!
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

Thursday, June 22nd, 7:00 PM -- Cold Flash by Carrie H. Johnson 
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

Phyllis Recommends:

The One Eyed Man by Ron Currie
Ron Currie gives us "K", a man who takes everything to its most literal edge. Unique in his ability to observe situations and political issues objectively without passing judgment or rendering personal opinions, K is the perfect satirical spokesman for what is ailing our country today. From immigration, racial profiling, abortion, climate change, and most poignantly, gun control (or lack thereof), K has something inflammatory to say, often with unforeseen consequences! This is a fun read that will make you stop and think.

Rebecca Recommends:

Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield
I discovered Lauren Greenfield's landmark photography book "Girl Culture" when I was an uncomfortable 15-year-old library page, and it immediately grabbed me by depicting many of the issues that troubled me most.  Here, her scope is larger but her eye is just as precise.  This book impressively manages to indict a culture without necessarily shaming the individuals who tell stories of addiction or excess or foreclosure.  A slightly nauseating look at our present-day woes.

Marilyn Recommends:

There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon
I learned so much about the Spanish Civil War from this historical novel in the context of a grandmother who explains her involvement to her granddaughter sixty years later.  This book is very thoughtful about subjects involving religion, family, politics, and aging, and it is very timely.

William Recommends :
Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann
This is David Grann's new non-fiction book that explores the mysterious deaths of many of the Osage Indians in the 1920s and the resulting investigation that led to the formation of the FBI under J Edgar Hoover.  Grann leads you through each step of the journey, and it unfolds like a mystery novel, making this one of the best narrative non-fiction books I have read in quite some time.  He even becomes a part of the story when, near the end, he investigates even more deaths, which leads to the discovery of one of the killers!

New In Hardcover

Scott Turow

No Middle Name
 Lee Child

Exit Strategy
Steve Hamilton

Dragon Teeth
 Michael Crichton

Churchill & Orwell
Thomas E. Ricks

Rich People Problems
 Kevin Kwan
New In Paperback

Hag Seed
Margaret Atwood

Redemption Road
John Hart

The After Party
Anton DiSciafani

Mark Kurlansky

The Muse
Jessie Burton

The Wrong Side Of Goodbye
Michael Connelly
New Books For Kids

The Great Treehouse War
 Lisa Graff

Laura Ruby

Welcome To Wonderland 2: Beach Party Surf Monkey
 Chris Grabenstein
New Books For Young Adults

Ramona Blue
Julie Murphy

Flame In The Mist
 Renee Ahdieh

Jennifer E. Smith


Celebrate your graduate in style at Wellesley Books with a great selection of cards, frames to capture memories, gifts to help them with life after school, inspirational journals, desk accessories, and other tokens of success!


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Dog of the Week


 Yogi is a three year old mixed breed who was a rescue dog and demonstrated his sitting skills when he visited us recently with his owner.  He enjoys biscuits and chasing squirrels - oh, how he loves chasing squirrels!   Welcome to Wellesley Books, Yogi.
Introducing Libro.fm Memberships

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"I can't imagine technology replacing bookstores completely, any more than movies
 about a country replace going there."
-- Gloria Steinem


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William D. Carl

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