Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  February 28th, 2018

Memoir offers a unique glimpse into someone else's life, and this has been a terrific year already for beautifully written stories of people overcoming adversity.  Through memoir, we can empathize with the situations of those from different walks of life.  One of our new favorites is Educated by Tara Westover (see Betty's review below), which many of us believe will be this year's Hillbilly Elegy or Angela's Ashes.  In I Am I Am I Am, Maggie O'Farrell details her seventeen brushes with death.  Another great new memoir is Dawn Davies' Mothers Of Sparta, a "memoir in pieces" whose title essay alone is worth the price of admission (see Peter's review below).  And in April, we are hosting Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, whose soon-to-be-published memoir, Make Trouble, expounds upon her many years fighting for women's rights.  This year, there is a memoir for everybody!
Upcoming Events
All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line!

Friday, March 16th, 7:00 PM.
In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul's, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest.  Now, the young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of assault, justice, and healing in the gut-wrenching memoir, I Have The Right To.  Prepare to be inspired by this remarkable young woman.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 7:00 PM.
Middle school is not a movie.  A budding filmmaker with executive function disorder figures out how to become the director of her own life in Lights, Camera, Disaster, a very funny, engaging middle-grade book from Erin Dionne. Join the author as she reads from and signs her hilarious novel, and ask her about her favorite action movies and superheroes!
Wednesday, April 4th, 7:00 PM.
Kick off National Poetry Month with three exciting poets as they read selections from their newest publications.  Heather Bryant, Catherine Stearns, and Lynne Viti will be presenting, and they promise to share their love for poetry and sign copies of their books.

Thursday, April 5th, 7:00 PM.
Meg Wolitzer wowed us with her best-selling novel The Interestings, and now she unveils her epic new book The Female Persuasion at a must-attend event.  Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman who will change her life, a dazzlingly persuasive and elegant pillar of the women's movement.  Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. Please note that this is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5 and can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.

Friday, April 6th, 7:00 PM at Wilson Middle School, Natick.
Cecile Richards -- president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, and featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington -- presents her memoir, Make Trouble.  She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way.  Please note that this is a ticketed event. Your $32 ticket includes a copy of the book. 
Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Bill Browder

Part financial caper, part spy thriller, part political crusade: Red Notice is the story of an accidental activist pursuing justice against overwhelming odds in post-Soviet Russia.

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 Colson Whitehead

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

Betty Recommends:
Educated by Tara Westover
Tara Westover has written of her upbringing as the youngest in a Mormon family whose livelihood comes from her father's junkyard.  Her early skills included stripping fuel tanks from cars and scrapping metal, but not books, arithmetic, or spelling.  She eloquently tells the raw story of her wrenching development, which includes making a break from her own history and family. It's both fascinating and horrific and it is a must-read.  I don't recall when a memoir has meant so much to me.

  William Recommends:
A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey
Peter Carey brings us a beautifully written examination of Australia's past that reads like the pages are on fire!  Three vividly drawn characters participate in a cross country automobile race, but this is just the starting point, as these folks go through major trials and life changes when confronted with the manner in which whites treated the Aboriginal people.  Funny, sweet, exciting, and ultimately very moving, this is a late-in-life gem of a novel from one of the best writers living today.

Rebecca Recommends:
The beauties of the title are the young queer and trans New Yorkers who find family and community in the 1980s Harlem ball scene. (Remember the documentary Paris is Burning?)  Despite the potentially heavy subject matter -- abuse, sex work, addiction, and lives that burn hot and fast -- this novel's exuberance, defiance and lightness of touch make it a joy to read.

Pete Recommends:
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Each generation tends to believe they are living in the worst of times, but this great book is chock-full of charts and graphs and stories that will remind you of the amazing progress that mankind has made over history.  Science and facts are great things, but don't let the twenty-four hour news channels get you down.


Peter Recommends:
Mothers Of Sparta by Dawn Davies
Davies writes with ferocity and heart about the arc of her eventful life, from her childhood as a gawky pre-teen, through a difficult first marriage, and on to parenthood as the mother of a badly damaged child.  Even when writing about the toughest of times, Davies will sharpen your senses and strengthen your soul with her refreshing honesty and the warmth and wit of her prose.  
New In Hardcover

The Hush
John Hart

What Are We Doing Here?
Marilynne Robinson

The Future Of Humanity
 Michio Kaku

I've Been Thinking
Maria Shriver

Winter Sisters
Robin Oliveira

Political Tribes
Amy Chua
New In Paperback

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult

Scott Turow

The Identicals
Elin Hilderbrand

In This Grave Hour
Jacqueline Winspear

Out Of Line
Barbara Lynch

House Of Spies
Daniel Silva
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
Rebecca Recommends:
Crown: An Ode To The Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James
I love the art; I love the text, and I need to quote another reviewer who called it "the ultimate black boy joy book."  Whether going to the barbershop is a regular feature of their lives or not, kids everywhere will love the fun, heart and sense of pride in this book.

Geoff Recommends:
Pigeon P.I.     by Meg McLaren
Parents, if you're fans of classics like The Maltese Falcon, then you and your kids will love this hard-boiled picture book about a pigeon detective and his avian cohorts.  Get your best Humphrey Bogart voice ready and enjoy this fun, charmingly illustrated story.  

New Books For Kids

R Is For Rebel
J. Anderson Coats

I Survived: The Children's Blizzard, 1888
Lauren Tarshis and Scott Dawson

The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
New Books For Young Adults

Where I Live
Brenda Rufener

Dreadful Young Ladies And Other Stories
 Kelly Barnhill

All Out
 edited by
 Saundra Mitchell
Color Is Blooming In The Gift Department

Think Spring!  Our gift department is currently showered in bright colors.  Keep notes in a stunning pink journal, write to your friends using vibrant paper from Vellum of Crown Mill, add a flowered scarf to your outfit, switch out your drab winter bag for a sunny orange one -- and compliment it all with a delightful scented candle!
What We're Reading Now...



Sally and Peter






Dog of the Week
   Zoe is a three month old Poodle, Golden Retriever, and King Charles Cavalier mix, which her owner informs us is called a CavaGoldenDoodle.  She lives in Wellesley, and she loves to play in the snow and model her new jacket.  This was her first -- and certainly not her last -- visit to the store.   Welcome to Wellesley Books, Zoe!
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!)


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

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

     View on Instagram   Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Find us on Google+