Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  March 1st, 2017

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Just a note -- there will be no used book trade-ins on Saturday, March 4th. 
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!

Monday, March 27th, 7:00 PM. Lisa See, the best-selling author of Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, unveils her new novel, The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane.  Li-yan and her family arrange their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate -- the first automobile any of them have seen -- and a stranger arrives.  In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and the reticent Akha people, whose world will soon change. This book paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people.

Mark your calendar! 

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

Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 PM -- Maximum Harm by Michele McPhee

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

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Richard 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 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:

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
When Flora and Nan return to their childhood home to tend to their elderly father, hidden letters from their long-vanished mother reveal a very different family from the one they thought they knew. Fuller spins a gorgeous tale of suspense, deceit, duty, guilt, forgiveness, and love.

Sally Recommends:

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
These poignant and beautifully written stories come from the Pulitzer prize winning author of The Sympathizer. They tell the experiences of refugees, new to this country, most having left Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in the mid seventies. They are often broken down by war, alienated, and dealing with the quiet and not so quiet ghosts of memory.  A timely book, indeed.

Barry Recommends:

I'm fascinated by language, but I've never been very adept at learning foreign languages. Dutch linguist/polyglot Dorren is clearly quite good at learning them (he claims to speak six and read an additional nine, and I have no reason to doubt him).  In sixty short chapters, he succeeds in telling us one or two (or more) really interesting things about each of sixty of the languages of Europe. All the biggies are here, of course, but think what a star you'll be at parties when you inject something about Galician, Romani, Manx, or Frisian into the conversation! I guarantee that the book's breezy, conversational style will draw you in if you're at all predisposed to the subject matter.

Phyllis Recommends :
A Piece Of The World by Christina Baker Kline
This beautifully rendered novel is about the life of Christina Olson, the inspiration for Andrew Wyeth's famous painting 'Christina's World.'  Moving back and forth between Christina's childhood and her long-term relationship with Wyeth during her middle years, Baker Kline does a masterful job giving us insight into a fiercely independent woman who has suffered so many disappointments, but who still manages to create a fulfilling life for herself and inspire those around her with her strength. 
New In Hardcover

Homo Deus
Yuval Noah Harari

Robert Lowell: Setting The River On Fire
Kay R. Jamison

Traveling With Ghosts by
Shannon Leone Fowler

The Lost Book Of The Grail
Charlie Lovett

The Schooldays Of Jesus
J.M. Coetzee

Shining City
Tom Rosenstiel
New In Paperback

Lab Girl
Hope Jahren

A Hero Of France
 Alan Furst

Imagine Me Gone
Adam Haslett

The Summer Before The War
Helen Simonson

Heat & Light
Jennifer Haigh

Three Sisters, Three Queens
Philippa Gregory
New Books For Kids

Grandpa's Great Escape
 David Walliams

Life On Mars
Jon Agee

Saturdays At Sea
 Jessica Day George

New Books For Young Adults

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas

The Beast Is An Animal
 Peternelle van Arsdale

The Ship Beyond Time
 Heidi Heilig

The Luck Of The Irish

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day -- are you Ready?  Shop our selection of St. Patrick's Day cards,
 Irish Pub Puzzles, Celtic Journals, and Shamrock Charms for that lucky leprechaun in your life!


Downstairs At Wellesley Books

A lot of people brought used books in for trade-in last Saturday, so there are plenty of new choices in the Used Book Cellar.  Some of our favorite newly-arrived titles are: Possession by A.S. Byatt, the novels of Elena Ferrante, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Rules Of Civility by Amor Towles, Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela,The Given Day by Dennis Lehane, and classic novels by the great James Clavell.  Don't forget to check downstairs every time you visit; you never know what surprises you'll find in our Used Book Cellar!

Just a note -- there will be no used book trade-ins on Saturday, March 4th.

What We're Reading Now...






Gillian and Tracy



Dog of the Week

  Harry is a five year old hound/lab mix who visited us recently in our Used Book Cellar.  He was very excited to see us!  Harry loves to run, roll in the snow (ample opportunities for that recently), hike, and chase squirrels.  In fact, if you want to gain his attention, all you have to do is say, "Just saw a squirrel."   Welcome to Wellesley Books, Harry! 
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.


"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age,
 as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight."

 -- Robertson Davies

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