Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  August 16th, 2017
Ever since Thomas Edison thrilled viewers with his 1910 silent film of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, filmmakers have relied on books as the basis for their movies, and the theaters will be full of adaptations this fall.  We'll be treated to cinematic versions of Stephen King's terrifying It, the nostalgic science fiction of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, a star-studded version of Agatha Christie's classic Murder On The Orient Express, the lovely Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Kent Haruf's moving Our Souls At Night.  We all love seeing our favorite characters up on the big screen, but there's one immortal truth that all book lovers and readers hold close to their hearts -- the book is always better. 

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Denis Johnson

 This National Book Award-winner scathingly riffs on the Vietnam War, disinformation programs, disillusion and atonement, and the many personalities of Americans as seen through the eyes of one CIA operative.  It is brilliant and epic in scope.   

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 Nathan Hill

 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:

The Changeling by Victor LaValle
Want to read something really scary?  This intelligent literary horror novel will send chills up your spine as it relates the story of a family of immigrants who are split apart when the mother insists that their baby isn't her child.  In the old country, vampires had to be invited into your home in order to pass the threshold.  Today, we allow all kinds of technology into our homes through computers and phones -- and what else may be entering?  And why are we shocked when it takes our children?  This is a brilliant, perfectly-paced novel brimming with ideas and concepts -- just keep the doors locked while you are reading it!

Betty Recommends:

House Of Spies by Daniel Silva
When the British, French, Israeli, and American intelligence services are cooperating with each other, you know they're up against something truly evil. This time the bad guys are mixing drugs with the terrorism, and keen minds will have to strategize to wipe them out. Gabriel Allon is once again the shrewdest and the "games " of intrigue play out in a devious but clever and satisfying way. If you're looking to end August with a bang, this is the book for you.

Peter Recommends:

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
Sarah Schmidt takes on the story of Lizzie Borden in this ambitious debut novel. Four voices, including Lizzie herself, tell the story, in a gripping narrative of the fatal events of Aug. 4, 1892. Schmidt's wonderfully sensual prose perfectly captures the emotions so fully repressed within the Borden home that even the very walls of the house could have burst.

Phyllis Recommends :
Swimming With Bridgeport Girls by Anthony Tambakis
Ray is smart, handsome, has a great job, and a wife he loves, but Ray is an addicted gambler.  Reminiscent of "The Hangover", Tambakis treats us to unforgettable characters and incredible situations and scenes in Vegas that will leave you laughing out loud.  Ray is such a loveable mess that you will be rooting for him until the bitter-sweet end! 
New In Hardcover

The Last Tudor
Philippa Gregory

Home Fire
Kamila Shamsie

Adam Abramowitz

A Stranger In The House
Shari Lapena

The Locals
Jonathan Dee

Electric October
Kevin Cook
New In Paperback

Karolina's Twins
Ronald H. Balson

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo
Amy Schumer

The German Girl
Armando Lucas Correa

At The Existentialist Cafe
Sarah Bakewell

The Trespasser
 Tana French

The Luster Of Lost Things
Sophie Chen Keller
New Books For Kids

The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird
Chris Carter and Kim Smith

Creepy Pair Of Underwear!
Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Say Zoop!
Herve Tullet
New Books For Young Adults

A Map For Wrecked Girls
Jessica Taylor

In Some Other Life
Jessica Brody

The Epic Crush Of Genie Lo
 F.C. Yee

Start The School Year In Style

Help your child get ready for school this year with unique lunch sacks, snack boxes, and water bottles.  Choose from a wide variety of fun school supplies -- from puppy dog and milk carton pencil cases to assorted notebooks, pens, and pencils. Keep your student organized with an academic calendar. Top it all off with a trendy new Popsocket or squishie!

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Dog of the Week

Jake is a twenty-month old Yellow Labrador Retriever who visited the store for the first time recently.  He is a very well-behaved service dog -- just look at that serious face!  His owner is a frequent visitor and a fan of Rick Riordan, so we shall probably be seeing more of our new friend.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Jake! 
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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-- Fran Lebowitz

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William D. Carl

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