Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  March 29th, 2017

Why are independent bookstores so important?  In an age of internet convenience, what does it mean to step into a real store, talk to real people, and have a real experience?  For us, the key word in what we do is 'real.'  Local independent bookstores -- such as Wellesley Books -- offer true, tangible experiences.  Our booksellers are real people, full of knowledge, who know you and can have a real conversation with you, and who delight in finding the perfect book for your current mood.  Our booksellers live locally and help nurture and sustain our communities. We don't have distant headquarters that pull resources out of the local economy so huge corporations can reap the benefits.  Independent bookstores like ours also offer life-enriching experiences, such as book clubs and author events, for which we invite writers from all over the world to our communities where you can meet them in person and hear them talk about their work.  At an author event you can meet a living, breathing legend face-to-face and even have the chance to mark the occasion with a personally signed copy of an author's latest book.  As independent booksellers, we are at the heart of our communities, offering real people, real books, real knowledge, a warm welcome, and real benefits to the local economy.  Why settle for anything less?
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!  

Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00 PM.  The Gods are drawing battle lines.   In this thrilling sequel to Silent Hall, the city of Ardis is reeling, its leaders frightened and disorganized. The remaining oracle of the god Ravennis has resurfaced there and is spreading a new gospel -- one in which Ravennis is the new Lord of the Underworld.  N.S. Dolkart shares his new epic fantasy novel, Among The Fallen. If you enjoy George R.R. Martin or Robert Jordan, this is a night you won't want to miss!

Wednesday April 5, 7:00 PM.  Mike Lupica is the author of multiple bestselling books for young readers, and has carved out a niche as the sporting world's finest storyteller.  Mike will introduce his newest sports book for kids, the third in the Home Team series, Point Guard, and he will sign it for you.  This tale of an immigrant family, a boy switching from baseball to basketball and the racism he endures, and a young girl facing sexism, is incredibly timely and is certain to be a best-seller.

Thursday April 6, 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.

Friday, April 7, 3:30 PM.  Kwabena "Kojo" Darko, the true-life hero of Katie Smith Milway's best-selling children's book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made A Big Difference, will visit Wellesley Books.  As a boy, Kwabena received a small loan and started a tiny poultry farm in Ghana, which later grew into one of the largest in West Africa.  This is an exciting chance to meet a man who has inspired so many and buy a copy of the book for him to sign.  Learn more about Kwabena and his non-profit agency at onehen.org.

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 after the discussion.

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.


Mark your calendar!  

Thursday, April 27th, 7:00 PM -- Poetry Panel with
 Heather C. Bryant, Lynne Viti, and J.C. Spece

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

Saturday, April 29th, All Day -- Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!
Literary trivia, prizes, giveaways, a Dr. Seuss Brunch,
 and a Hamilton Happy Hour!

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


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



Wednesday, June 14th, 7:00 PM -- A House Among The Trees by Julia Glass



Thursday, June 15th, 7:00 PM -- Beartown by Fredrick Backman


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 Philip Roth

 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

Gillian Recommends:

The Stranger In The Woods by Michael Finkel
Do you remember hearing about Christopher Knight,  the hermit who was caught in the Maine woods after living outdoors for twenty-two years?  It turns out he was only a few miles from home and a few yards from the very cabins he was raiding for supplies! This book tells the incredible story of why he chose to disappear from the world,  how he survived on his own for so long, and what has happened to him since. I couldn't put it down!

Bill Recommends:

The Peculiar Life Of A Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault
Quaint and quirky, this short novel revolves around a postman who escapes his dull routine by steaming open,  and living vicariously through, the personal mail of his various patrons. One day he stumbles upon a romantic courtship conducted solely in the form of haiku poems and becomes obsessed with the correspondents.  If this all sounds creepy, it all pulls together and delivers a very satisfying conclusion.  The story has a sweetness reminiscent of The Housekeeper and the Professor or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry with the added benefit of a crash course in advanced haiku.

William Recommends:

Loo and her father have been on the run for her entire life, but they are trying to make a life in Massachusetts that is as normal as possible.  Her father has twelve bullet wounds, each of which tells a story of a time and place in his life, and each tale is recounted as the sins of the past threaten to destroy their future.  Tinti ( The Good Thief) creates a vibrant world full of romance, danger, and familial love.  This brilliant literary thriller is equal parts Donna Tartt, Richard Russo, and Quentin Tarantino.  I could not put it down, but I was incredibly sorry when I finished it!

Peter Recommends :
The Book That Changed America by Randall Fuller
This is a fascinating account of the rapturous reception given The Origin Of Species amongst a small but potent group of American intellectuals during the period of the runup to the start of the Civil War. Darwin's ideas proved compelling, and were quickly pressed into service to support a wide range of (often opposing) views about race and religion. Fuller balances top-notch social history with wonderful first-hand accounts of the relationships and rivalries among those attempting to forge public opinion during one of our country's most fractured times.
New In Hardcover

The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane
Lisa See

The Arrangement
Sarah Dunn

Mississippi Blood
Greg Iles

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?
 Alyssa Mastromonaco

The Gargoyle Hunters
 John Freeman Gill

The Devil And Webster
Jean Hanff Korelitz
New In Paperback

Vinegar Girl
Anne Tyler

No Man's Land
David Baldacci

Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume

Mikhail And Margarita
Julie Lekstrom Himes

Cork Dork
Bianca Bosker

The Astonishing Mistakes Of Dahlia Moss
Max Wirestone
New Books For Kids

We're All Wonders
R.J. Palacio

Happy Dreamer
Peter H. Reynolds

King Of The Bench: No Fear!
Steve Moore

New Books For Young Adults

Strange The Dreamer
 Laini Taylor

Blood Rose Rebellion
Rosalyn Eves

Girl Code
Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser

Spring Is In The Air 

Celebrate the beginning of spring with a fresh new look for your home or table!
  Easter and Passover are right around the corner and we have a fabulous selection of cards,
 spring décor, basket stuffers, and bunnies galore


Downstairs At Wellesley Books

We received a great selection of adult titles in the Used Book Cellar last weekend, and several are featured in the photograph to the left.  There are great mysteries, literary fiction, history, biography, and several very cool vintage titles.  Some of our favorites this week include The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo, A Spell For Chameleon by Piers Anthony, Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike, and Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh.  We also received a good selection of David Sedaris books, which we rarely see in the used section.  Don't forget to check downstairs every time you visit; you never know what surprises you'll find in our Used Book Cellar!

What We're Reading Now...












Dog of the Week


  Kenzie is a four year old Maltese who modeled her new pink sweater and green hair bow for us on the first day of Spring!  She enjoys playing with her stuffed animals and taking walks in Wellesley Center, especially when it entails going to Wellesley Books where she can get a treat!  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Kenzie! 
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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-- Jerry Seinfeld

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independent bookstore!
William D. Carl

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