Wellesley Books Newsletter  
March 13th, 2019

Though we may be stuck in mud season, we're already thinking ahead to the heart of spring and Independent Bookstore Day on April 27th. This year, some clever folks (including a former Wellesley Bookseller) have put together a trolley tour of bookstores in the Greater Boston area to celebrate Metro Boston Bookstore day, our local subset of Independent Bookstore Day shenanigans. The route we're on, Route B, still has a very limited number of seats available.  As always, we'll also be celebrating IBD in our own fashion all day long--you may remember our literary trivia and assorted themed breakfasts and teas from years past. Whatever we come up with for 2019, you'll hear about it here first.
Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line .
Thursday, March 14th, 7:00 PM 
Susan MacKenty Brady, Executive Vice President at Linkage, is one of today's leading voices for women in business. Mastering Your Inner Critic . . . and Other Hidden Hurdles to Advancement provides the knowledge, insight, and tools women need to change the game in business and beyond. Readers learn how to build confidence, set clear goals, build effective networks, negotiate with skill, combat inner biases, and ultimately overcome the seven hurdles that hold women back.   
Saturday, March 23rd, 5:00 PM 
Local award-winning short-story author Gregory Wolos presents his new collection, Women of Consequence. Victims or victimizers, the mothers, daughters, sisters, lovers, friends, and ghostly presences in these stories face their unique circumstances with passion and creativity.  Join Gregory for an evening in celebration of the launch of his book.  
Monday, March 25th, 7:00 PM *At Tenacre School* 
Legendary thriller writer Harlan Coben joins award-winning author and storied local investigative reporter Hank Philippi Ryan for an evening of dynamic conversation about Coben's newest novel, Run Away. This is a ticketed event. Your $31 ticket includes a copy of Coben's new book in addition to a seat for his discussion with Hank Phillippi Ryan and entry into the signing line. You can buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the photo at left.     
Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:00 PM
In Christine Lynn Herman's riveting debut novel, The Devouring Gray, four teenage residents of Four Paths, New York band together to unearth the dark truths in their families' pasts before a monster from an otherworldly dimension devours them all. Fans of YA horror and fantasy (as well as Stranger Things) won't want to miss this evening and this author on the rise.   
Friday, April 5th, 7:00 PM  
In Lessons from Lucy, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry shows how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.
This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of Lessons from Lucy. Buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Dave at left. Forever Home Rescue of Medfield, MA will join us at this event with some dogs from their shelter!
Monday, April 8th, 7:00 PM
In honor of National Poetry month, join two local poets (and Wellesley College writing instructors), Lynne Viti and Heather C. Bryant, for an evening of readings and discussion.  Lynne and Heather will be in conversation about a variety of topics related to poetry and writing, and will be signing their books after the reading.
Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00 PM
Local author (and Bill's Book Group for Guys regular!) Joseph Moldover presents his YA debut, Every Moment After. Joe's timely and  psychologically astute novel follows two teenage friends and recent high-school graduates as they cope with the aftermath of a long-ago tragedy.  Male friendship and the aftermath of trauma are at the heart of this powerful story.  
 Later in April...
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

by Tayari Jones

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.  
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Adam Gidwitz

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for a book club for children ages 8-12 who love to read.  Join her for a lively discussion about a new book every month.   Parents, if your child would like to attend please e-mail rachael@wellesleybooks.com to reserve your spot!
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by Andrew Sean Greer

Once-promising author Arthur Less is fast approaching 50 years old (and a mid-life crisis) when he gets a wedding invitation from his partner of the past nine years. To avoid the wedding awkwardness, he embarks on a bizarre round-the-world tour of marginal literary events to re-kindle his flailing career.

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.
Bookseller Recommendations

Sally Recommends:
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones is a beautiful and wild singer who becomes involved with Billy, the lead singer of the band The Six. It is the ultimate story of sex, drugs and rock and roll, told through a series of interviews with members of the band. Whether you think you love 70's rock music or not, you will love Daisy Jones!

Rebecca Recommends:
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
This extremely readable book is half true-crime story, half history of the conflict in Northern Ireland. The main narrative concerns a horrifying crime: a mother of ten was taken from her apartment in a Belfast public housing complex that served as a flashpoint during the height of the Troubles and never heard from again. The stories of several prominent Provisional IRA families are also told in detail.  (Check out the massive "notes" section to understand the depth of research that went into this book).  Patrick Radden Keefe is a New Yorker staff writer and this reads like a New Yorker article in the best possible way. 
Jess Recommends:
In Florida, in the 90s, T. Kira grows up. There's money and privilege, but racism and longing to belong. At its core, this book is a love letter to family and T. Kira finding parts of herself she didn't even know were missing. A story about parents who are both attentive and love madly, but who disappear into themselves. I read this book in six hours on a train. It is good. It will be up for all the awards; get ahead of them this year! 
 Peter Recommends:
The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson 
The Lizzie Borden story is so well-known, it's hard to believe there is much new that can be said about it. In this masterful account of the legal maneuverings that followed the two brutal murders, Cara Robertson refracts the impact of these heinous crimes through the prism of a late-nineteenth-century society that was even more concerned with social status than we are now. Put simply, this was the O.J. Simpson trial of its day. Robertson has added a fascinating new dimension to the story of the Borden murders, and The Trial Of Lizzie Borden leaps to the front rank of books about this uniquely American crime. 
New In Hardcover

Helen Oyeyemi

The River
Peter Heller

The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See

Unto Us a Son is Given
by Donna Leon

The American Agent by
Jacqueline Winspear

The Bird King
G. Willow Wilson

Madame Fourcade's Secret War
by Lynne Olson

Mama's Last Hug
Frans de Waal

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward Wilson-Lee
New In Paperback

You Think It,
I'll Say It
by Curtis Sittenfeld

Us Against You
Fredrik Backman

The Only Story
Julian Barnes

A Place for Us
Fatima Farheen Mirza

The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn

Buttermilk Graffiti
Edward Lee
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readers

Sydney Recommends:
Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau
Subtle and nuanced, the incredible dynamic between Ari and Hector makes this graphic novel a must-read for anyone who loves romance, baking, and finding what makes you happy.
New Books For Kids

Far Away
Lisa Graff

The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter
by Diane Magras

Stand on the Sky
Erin Bow

The Revenge of Magic
by James Riley

A Crystal of Time
Soman Chainani

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince
by Liz Kessler

A Good Kind of Trouble
 by Lisa Moore Ramée

The 104-Story Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths

One Speck of Truth by
Caela Carter
New Books For Young Adults

Lovely War
by Julie Berry

Opposite of Always
by Justin A. Reynolds

by Crystal Smith

by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Iliad
Gareth Hinds

Yes She Can
Molly Dillon
New in the Gift Department

Two customer favorites--Swedish dishcloths and Socksmith socks--are back in stock in an array of cheerful patterns.

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