Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  April 12th, 2017
This week, we'd like to thank all of our customers for bringing so much to our bookstore.  Our customers come from all walks of life, exemplifying a range of diversity that can only be found within the walls of an independent bookstore.  Your smiles and your conversation keep us lively.  Your business also helps keep us in business, and we appreciate that more than we can say.  We also thrive on your book recommendations; what better way to hear about a great new title than from a customer, someone who purchases their books from us?  Customers bring so much to a bookstore -- a whole thriving community of readers within our walls, and we want to express our gratitude to this community.  Independent Bookstore Day is arriving on Saturday, April 29th, a day when we say "thank you" to customers and offer fun events and activities. We hope to see you then!

Wellesley Books will be closed for Easter Sunday, April 16th. 
We will be open from 9AM to 5PM on Patriot's Day, Monday, April 17th. 
Upcoming Events At Wellesley Books
Exciting New Event!
Thursday, June 15th, 7:00 PM.
  Fredrick Backman, best-selling author of A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie Was Here, will introduce and sign copies
 of his new book, Beartown.
This event will take place at the Wellesley Community Center at 219 Washington Street, Wellesley.

Tickets and more information HERE

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

Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 PM.  In Maximum Harm, Emmy-nominated investigative journalist Michele R. McPhee unravels the complex story behind the Boston Marathon bombing, examining the bombers' roots in Dagestan and Chechnya and their struggle to assimilate in America. McPhee will offer a compelling examination of the Tsarnaev brothers' movements in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing, the subsequent investigation, and the resulting manhunt.   This is certain to be a fascinating conversation, and McPhee will sign copies of her book.

Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 PM at Eileen Fisher, 53 Central Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts.  Please RSVP by calling Eileen Fisher at 781.235.2065.   Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., is a leading neuroscientist and a pioneer in the study of mindfulness.  In his new book, The Craving Mind, he explains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conquer them.  This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction and informs the reader how to lead a more fulfilling, stress-free life.

Rescheduled! Tuesday, April 25, 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.

Thursday, April 27th, 7:00 PM.  Help us celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening panel featuring three terrific local poets.  Heather Bryant has written two chapbooks of poetry, as well as many academic articles,and her newest chapbook is My Wedding Dress.  Since August 15, 2003 she has written a poem a day, bringing her total to well over 4,000.  Lynne Viti is a senior lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College, where she has taught writing-intensive courses in bioethics, legal studies, media studies, and journalism.  She won an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, and her first poetry collection is Baltimore GirlsJC Spece is an editor at Fathom Books, and his honors include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Corrente Prize in Poetry. His first book of poems, Roads, was released in 2013, and he has two books scheduled for release in the next year.

Friday, April 28th, 7:00 PM.  Out Of Line: A Life Of Playing With Fire is a funny, fierce, and poignant memoir by world-renowned chef, restaurateur, and Top Chef judge Barbara Lynch, recounting her rise from a hard-knocks South Boston childhood to culinary stardom.  It is also a love letter to South Boston and its vanishing culture -- a town governed by Irish Catholic mothers and its own code of honor.  Lynch will sign copies of her new book and speak about her remarkable process of self-invention, including her encounters with many colorful characters of the food world.

Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM -- Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Thursday, May 4th, 7:00 PM -- The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

Friday, May 5th, 7:00 PM -- The Best Of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Wednesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM -- Edgar And Lucy by Victor Lodato

Thursday, May 11th, 7:00 PM -- Saints For All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00 PM -- Sting Like A Bee by Leigh Montville

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
Monday, June 19th, 7:00 PM -- Trap The Devil by Ben Coes  
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 Anthony Doerr

 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

Sally Recommends:

Marlena by Julie Buntin
You know from the start that this friendship between two teenage girls in rural Michigan is doomed. Both girls have been neglected by their parents. Marlena will die, helped along by drugs, and Cat will be permanently altered by the relationship that was forged between the two. This is a sad yet lovely coming of age story that you will remember.

Tracy Recommends:

The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck
With haunting and heart-wrenching imagery,  Jessica Shattuck reveals a detailed look at life in small-town Germany before, during, and after World War II.  What sets this book apart from similar historical fiction is that it's told through the eyes of three remarkable women who rise from the rubble to forge new lives for themselves.  Marianne, Ania, and Benita, bound by what they have seen and suffered, as well as a shared, fierce desire to protect their children, forge an unlikely friendship.

William Recommends:

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge
In this metaphysical literary novel, a man escapes from a mental hospital, where he has been placed after becoming obsessed with a book called the Erotinomican, a document of horror author H.P. Lovecraft's affair with a teenage boy.  As his wife goes searching for him, she has to unravel years of puzzles within puzzles.  Is the book real or a fake?  Was her husband on to something or was he being duped?  La Farge uses witty, inventive prose to sweep us into the twisted world of fandom and the strange, murky places where obsession can take us.

Bill Recommends :
Rabbit Cake
by Annie Hartnett
Elvis Babbitt is a precocious 10-year old with a head for science.  Although she, her renegade older sister, and befuddled father are "not a family of criers," Elvis is attending mandated weekly counseling sessions and developing an 18-month grieving plan.  They are each coming to terms with the accidental drowning of her mother during a sleepwalking episode.  Funny, poignant, and insightful, Hartnett has created an original and pure voice in her debut novel. 
New In Hardcover

Hallelujah Anyway by
Anne Lamott

American War
Omar El Akkad

The Road To Jonestown
Jeff Guinn

The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova

The Lowells Of Massachusetts
 Nina Sankovitch

Waking Gods
Sylvain Neuvel
New In Paperback

All The Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr

American Heiress
Jeffrey Toobin

The Last Painting Of Sara de Vos
Dominic Smith

Stephanie Danler

Annie Proulx

The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
New Books For Kids

Jack And The Geniuses by
Bill Nye and Gregory Mone

Stuart Gibbs

The Legend Of Rock Paper Scissors
Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex

New Books For Young Adults

Katie Cortugna

Alex And Eliza
Melissa De La Cruz

Mars One
Jonathan Maberry

Easter Is April 16th 

Are you Ready for the Easter Bunny?
Stop by for last minute Easter treats and surprises for everyone in the family --
Bunnies and small toys for the kids, scented soaps and festive table decor for mom, plus great socks and handy tools for Dad!


Downstairs At Wellesley Books

There is nothing like relaxing with a classic, and we have received a large shipment of many Vintage Classics for our remainders section in the Used Book Cellar!  A remainder is a mark-down from the publisher, so these are new books that we purchased for much less than the cover price.  We have classics from Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herman Melville, and several selections each from Cormac McCarthy, Virginia Woolf, and Graham Greene.  All of these amazing books are priced at only $5.98 or less.  These won't last long, so check out the selection soon.  You never know what surprises you'll find in our Used Book Cellar!

What We're Reading Now...









Dog of the Week


  Finnigan is a one-year-old labrador - corgi - dachshund mix who visited us recently.  He was adopted from the Sterling Animal Shelter in Massachusetts, and he loves taking long walks.  He is best friends with author Gigi Priebe, and he posed with one of her books, The Adventures Of Henry Whiskers.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Finnigan! 
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!)


"A book, too, can be a star, 'explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,' a
living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."
 -- Madeleine L'Engle

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
William D. Carl

Contact us:
store @wellesleybooks.com
82 Central Street,
Wellesley, Ma. 02482

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