Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  February 1st, 2017

Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching and you need to find a great gift that will convey to your sweetheart just how much you love them.  There are no lovers like book lovers, and giving that special book to your special someone shows them that you have carefully thought about what they will enjoy.  In our children's section, we have the newly announced Newbery and Caldecott Award winners -- respectively, The Girl Who Drank The Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, and Radiant Child, by Javaka Steptoe -- and they're terrific books.  The gift department is also full of fantastic and romantic choices for everyone you love.  We also have a great selection of Valentine's Day cards for kids and adults, from mushy sentiment (awww...) to humorous and silly.  The world needs all the love it can get now; express your love this Valentine's Day with a carefully chosen gift for the book lover in your life!
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, February 1st, 7:00 PM.   Abby Fabiaschi reads from and signs her new set-in-Wellesley novel, I Liked My Life, which Booklist called "Warm and hopeful."  Maddy is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch -- until she commits suicide, leaving her husband and daughter heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, they are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths.  Fans of Jodi Picoult will love this book.

Saturday, February 11th, 4:00 PM.  Calling all middle grade readers -- and parents!  We've gathered together five amazing authors for an exciting Middle Grade Panel with a discussion and group signing.  Join Victoria Coe, Lee Gjertsen Malone, Erin Petti, Elly Swartz, and Monica Tesler as they read from and explore their new novels. 

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!

March 8th, 7:00 PM -- The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

March 9th, 6:00 PM -- Penguin Teen On Tour featuring four great authors

March 14th, 7:00 PM -- Edgar And Lucy by Victor Lodato

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

April 28th, 7:00 PM -- Out Of Line by Barbara Lynch
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.com (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.


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

Marilyn Recommends:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
I have been happily immersed in the lives of the four different Archibald Fergusons. We follow each version through his childhood, teen years, and early 20's with the families, friends, sports, films, and the history of the 50's & 60's intricately intertwined. The author shares his inner thoughts on the writing process through each Archie's love of reading and writing. My copy is underlined and dog eared because I want to refer back to it in the future as so much is beautifully phrased, thoughtful, and wise. Dear Mr. Auster, continue your journey and give me another 866 pages, please!

Phyllis Recommends:

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk  by Kathleen Rooney
This is a fabulous love story with unlikely protagonists! Lillian Boxfish, a fictionalized character based on the real life 1930 advertising phenom, Margaret Fishback, is in love with New York City and has been for well over sixty years. As she walks the streets of Manhattan on New Year's Eve, 1984, we are privy to her unique encounters of the evening but also her memories of NYC from the 1930s to the 1980s. A remarkable story full of love, sorrow, poetry, history, and even a good dose of common sense philosophy. You will fall in love with Lillian for sure!

Tracy Recommends:

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson
Usually it takes me a good 50 pages to get into a book; this one had me at the prologue.  Izzy awaits her son Cap, who has just been informed that Izzy is his real biological mother after being raised collectively since birth by a group of parents in the Infinite Family Project.  Can parents really love other children as much their own biological ones, and is life as part of the Project better than life as an individual family in the outside world?  I loved seeing Izzy's character grow from a lost pregnant high-schooler to a confident young woman and mother, as well as discovering whether this utopian world could work as the interactions between family members intensified.

William Recommends :
The Dry by Jane Harper
Harper's first novel is a mystery set in Australia during a terrible drought, and does everything exactly right.  From the stifling atmosphere to the race to discover the truth behind a murder/suicide, this thriller doesn't pull any punches.  The plot jumps back and forth between two stories, interconnected tales of a young girl's death and her friend, now a grown man on the police force, who investigates the death of another person in their childhood circle of friends.
If you like Tana French or  Louise Penny, you should enjoy this thriller with a stark, unique setting.
New In Hardcover

Days Without End
Sebastian Barry

Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough

The Fifth Petal
Brunonia Barry

The Girl Before
JP Delaney

A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea
Melissa Fleming

The True Flag
Stephen Kinzer
New In Paperback

The Widow
Fiona Barton

At The Edge Of The Orchard
Tracy Chevalier

Everybody's Fool
 Richard Russo

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick

The Rainbow Comes And Goes
Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

All The Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
New Books For Kids

Holly Goldberg Sloan

North. South, East, West
Margaret Wise Brown

Lost In Time
Geronimo Stilton

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Learn all about the best new titles and what's hot right now.

New Books For Young Adults

Stephanie Garber

Wires And Nerve
Marissa Meyer

City Of Saints And Thieves
Natalie C. Anderson

Valentine's Day Gifts

Show your love this Valentine's day with a gift from Wellesley Books.
For the kids, for her, for him -- we have something for everyone, plus a wonderful assortment
 of cards from the romantic to the laugh-out-loud funny.


Downstairs At Wellesley Books
The new year is bringing lots of fresh, new titles into our Used Book Cellar!  We've recently received gently used copies of books by Dennis Lehane, Nick Hornby, Anita Diamant, Paula Hawkins, Elin Hilderbrand, and many more.  We have also recently obtained a batch of cool vintage mysteries (remember Modesty Blaise?) which won't last very long.  Visit the Used Book Cellar at least once a week to see what's new!
What We're Reading Now...









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