Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  February 15th, 2017

Now that the snowstorms are over and you've devoured your entire 'To Be Read' stack of books, you must be wondering . . . "What's next?"  There's good news -- 2017 is promising to be an epic year for new books.  Not only do we already have great new novels from Paul Auster, Ali Smith, and George Saunders, but the future offers a plethora of great new titles.  There will be new fiction from Elizabeth Strout, Fredrik Backman, Ken Follett, Elizabeth Kostova, Dan Brown, Greg Iles, Paula Hawkins, Dennis Lehane, Graeme Simsion, Haruki Murakami, Arundhati Roy, Colm Toibin, Philip Kerr, John Grisham, and Anita Shreve.  In nonfiction, we anticipate new books from David Sedaris, David McCullough, Elizabeth Warren, Jenny Lawson, Sherman Alexie, Dave Barry, Joan Didion, and Roxane Gay.  For the kids, we will see new books from Kwame Alexander, Mac Barnett, Lemony Snicket, Sarah Dessen, Ransom Riggs, Ian Falconer, Shannon Hale, and Stuart Gibbs.  There's something for everyone, and these titles are merely the tip of the iceberg.  Prepare yourself for an awesome year of reading.
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!  

Wednesday, March 8th, 7:00 PM.  Benjamin Alire Sáenz is the PEN/Faulkner Award, Printz Honor, Stonewall Award, and American Book Award winning author of many books of poetry and prose for adults and teens, and he is unveiling his new YA novel, The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life.  Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches and questioning everything. This humor-infused look at universal questions is a triumph.

 Thursday, March 9th, 7:00 PM.   Penguin Random House is sending four exciting young adult authors on tour! Join us here for Penguin Teen on Tour, a dynamic panel featuring Renée Ahdieh ( The Wrath & The Dawn), Natalie C. Anderson ( City of Saints and Thieves), Alwyn Hamilton ( Rebel of the Sands), and Lesley Livingston ( The Valiant).  With readings from the books and a question and answer period, this is certain to be one of the biggest panels of the year!

Tuesday, March 14th, 7:00 PM.  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 (who have already read advance copies) loved this book and agree that it is certain to be one of the best-reviewed books of the year!

For a limited time, Libro.fm is offering a fantastic selection of  downloadable audiobooks at very special prices.  With authors like Elie Wiesel, Maria Semple, Susan Faludi, Zadie Smith, David Baldacci, Maggie Stiefvater, and Sebastian Junger, there is something for every literary palate.  With full-length audiobooks for as little as $5.00, this is one of the best sales of the year.  If you haven't yet signed up for Libro.fm, see the directions just below this event box.

Mark your calendar! 

Monday, March 27th, 7:00 PM -- The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00 PM -- Among The Fallen by N.S. Dolkart

Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 PM -- Point Guard by Mike Lupica

Thursday, April 6th, 7:00 PM -- The Decibel Diaries by Carter Alan

Friday, April 28th, 7:00 PM -- Out Of Line by Barbara Lynch

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Robert Price

Price, a head writer on The Wire, brings his signature gritty, absurdist style and deft characterizations to this literary detective thriller set in the mean streets of The Bronx.

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 Dawn Tripp

 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:

Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders
In his first novel, Saunders jumbles real first-person historical documents, histories, and fictional accounts that he created to tell the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln's son and the president's mourning process.  Featuring a spectral Greek chorus and long monologues about life and death, this is an immensely moving story of grief and the memories of the living and the dead.  What is fiction and what is real, and does it even make a difference?  This is an exceptional novel from one of the greatest short story writers of our time.

Lorna Recommends:

Pachinko  by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko begins simply with this beautiful line "History has failed us, but no matter." This sweeping historical saga tells the story of a poor Korean family, their immigration to Japan, and their attempts to prosper despite the difficulties and prejudices each generation must confront there. Min Jin Lee writes with grace, and the history that comes alive in the pages of this book will take root in your mind and in your heart.

Joy Recommends:

The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This fairy tale draws you in from the start, immersing you in a world of freezing winters and fascinating folklore.  It relates tales of a time gone by, as we follow the life of Vasilisa, a girl who grows up just a bit different, a little closer to the old ways of days long past. This is a Russian twist on the classic Cinderella story, and fresh and captivating from the start -- this debut is not to be missed!

Phyllis Recommends :
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
This is a hauntingly beautiful story about a woman who must face truths about herself and her marriage in the most unusual circumstances. She and her husband have kept the news of their separation secret. When he goes missing on a research trip in Greece, it is assumed that she, his wife, will go to Greece to find him. The cast of characters she meets and situations she encounters there give her much to ponder as she delves into the mystery of her husband's disappearance. Her journey to self-realization is deeply moving and will resonate with anyone who has had a tumultuous relationship.  
New In Hardcover

Ali Smith

Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman

The Refugees
Viet Thanh Nguyen

On Turpentine Lane
Elinor Lipman

A Divided Spy
Charles Cumming

All Our Wrong Todays by
 Elan Mastai
New In Paperback

The Arrangement
Ashley Warlick

Journey To Munich
Jacqueline Winspear

The Yid
Paul Goldberg

Britt-Marie Was Here
Fredrik Backman

Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson

Sudden Death
Alvaro Enrigue
New Books For Kids

Matthew Van Fleet

Not Quite Narwhal
Jessie Sima

You Don't Want A Unicorn!
Ame Dyckman

I Am Not A Chair!
Ross Burach

Great, Now We've Got Barbarians!
Jason Carter Eaton

Dragon Captives by
Lisa McMann

New Books For Young Adults

King's Cage
Victoria Aveyard

We Are Okay
Nina LaCour

Jilly Gagnon

Snow Day Boredom Busters

Snow keeping the kids inside and stir crazy?  Head over to Wellesley Books before the
 next Nor'easter to stock up on games, projects, activities and more!


Downstairs At Wellesley Books

Everybody knows The Wizard Of Oz, but did you know that author L. Frank Baum wrote fifteen novels all set in the Wonderful World of Oz?  We have received a beautiful set of all fifteen books in paperback form in a deluxe box set, and it is in our children's remainder area.  This set originally cost $109.85, but now we have it -- brand new -- for only $24.98 (about $1.66 per book!).  This is one of the best bargains I have ever seen in the remainders area, but you can find many more great bargains downstairs.  Check it out the next time you visit us, but don't wait too long.  These Wizard Of Oz sets won't last!
What We're Reading Now...






Sally and William






Introducing Libro.fm

Wellesley Books has partnered with Libro.fm to bring you the best in digital audiobooks.  Visit our website to get more details about this great new service, or visit Libro.fm to sign up and download your next great read. With the Libro.fm app (available for both iOS and Android), listening is easy. It's like Audible (which is owned by Amazon), so if you would rather have your dollars go to an independent, locally-owned business, this is a terrific option.


Dog of the Week

   Marty is a nine month old standard poodle who visited the store for a treat recently.  He was accompanied by his owner, Mary, who obviously loves him very much.  We love his curly hair and sunny disposition.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Marty! 

"His hands were weak and shaking from carrying far too many books from
the bookshop. It was the best feeling."
-- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Tiny Book Of Tiny Stories, Vol. 1

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William D. Carl

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