Wellesley Books Newsletter | February 3rd, 2021
Since so many of you have enjoyed our staff favorites of 2020, we'd like to present you with three more: Gillian, Sofia, and Sally! Gillian's favorite books of the year are The Mirror and the Light, Hidden Valley Road, Vesper Flights, and Hamnet. Sofia, pictured in the middle, is holding her favorites: American Royals, Charming as a Verb, Anxious People, and The 99% Invisible City. On our right, Sally is holding her favorite books, which include Shuggie Bain, Memorial, Apeirogon, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. For more of our favorites, be sure to follow us on Instagram @wellesleybooks, or on our Young Adult Twitter @wellesleybksYA.
It's February! Order Your Valentine's Gift Bag Now!
This February 14th, everyone deserves a Valentine—your spouse, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your parent, your sibling, your best friend, your neighbor—so we've designed a gift bag full of goodies! The gift bag includes a paperback book, plus cozy socks, caramels from Big Picture Farm, and tea from Flying Bird Botanicals. To see our list of paperbacks to choose from and purchase a Valentine for someone you admire, click the button below!
New! Middle-Grade Subscription Club!
A subscription service for kids ages 8-12. Each month, our school liaison, Rachael, and children's buyer, Lauren, will select a newly released chapter book. Get your hands on the newest and soon-to-be coveted books of the year. We offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and you can pick the book up from the store or have it mailed to you.. Click on the link below for our FAQs about the program.

The February 2021 pick is The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. by David Levithan. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Upcoming Online Events
Friday, February 5th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with the author herself! Angela Burke Kunkel reads Digging for Words, a gorgeous and inspiring picture book based on the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector in Bogotá, Colombia who started a library with a single discarded book found on his route.

This online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Friday, February 12th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with the author himself! Rob Sanders reads Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter, Not Shade, a heartwarming picture book about the power of allies to lift others up . . . and the sparkling magic of glitter!

This online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 PM
The pandemic has scuppered many long-awaited travel plans. If you or a loved one will be kept home this year, fear not! Wellesley Books has just the solution: a moderated Zoom soirée to talk about books and dream of being in the City of Light!

This ticketed online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Bookseller Recommendations
Ashleigh recommends:
Wintering by Katherine May
Wintering is going on my “Great Unlearn” curriculum – the pieces that help me deconstruct the rules, restrictions, assumptions, expectations, and guidelines that I (we?) absorb from childhood, when we become too wild on our own and “need” to be structured. “Wintering” is about preparing for and experiencing the literal season, as illustrated by Nordic cultures and animals; as well as the metaphoric – illness, death, depression, change. These are the times we desperately want to avoid, but inevitably cannot. May guides us through myriad winters, reflecting on her experiences and those of friends and family: what happened, how they cope, what they learn. She draws comparisons and lessons from our animal brethren and surrounding Earthly cycles to show that wintering – resting, hibernating, retreating – is a necessary lifeforce of its own, and one we don’t consider or appreciate nearly enough. It is a quiet declaration that allowing ourselves to step back and weave our own way is not only OK, but desperately necessary for our individual and collective good. Read this in your coziest nook; listen while you’re working your sourdough; keep it close, as you’ll want to come back to it again and again.
Peter recommends:
150 Glimpses is not a straight Beatles biography and holds no great revelations, all of which is just fine. Craig Brown instead offers new perspectives on much of what we already know about the Fab Four and those who found themselves in their orbit. With well more than 150 laugh-out-loud moments, it's clear he has eyes and ears for the absurdity of Beatlemania. But he also captures the tragedy, and that's not too strong a word; this is the first book about The Beatles to bring me to tears. If, like me, you grew up on the group with the worst name in the history of popular music, 150 Glimpses is essential reading.
Cassie recommends:
Soup of the Day by Kate McMillan
A seasonal-focused, ingredient driven cookbook with straight-forward instructions that result in delicious and flavorful soups. For the cook looking to broaden their repertoire, for the cooks and anyone who could eat soup everyday of the week -- this one’s for you. I made 6 soups within a month, and each was worth repeating.

Whatever your mood, whatever is in your fridge and cabinets, there’s a soup for you.
New in Hardcover
Anne Youngson
Kristin Hannah
Jane Harper
New in Paperback
Greer Hendricks
& Sarah Pekkanen
James McBride
Emily Nemens
Lily Menon
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is a subscription service for children ages 0-5, or anyone who loves picture books! Each month, our children's book buyer, Lauren, will select one newly released picture book to be sent or picked-up from the store. The goal of A Child's Library is to help foster a love for books within the child's home. It makes a great baby shower gift!

The February 2021 pick is Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Releases
Rebecca K.S. Ansari
Waka T. Brown
Crystal Maldonado
Tamzin Merchant
Courtney Summers
Renée Watson
Alan Gratz
Gabriela Epstein
Rebecca Elliott
Books for Black History Month (and every month)
Ruth Forman
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Moziah Bridges
Kacen Callender
Books for the Lunar New Year
Hannah Eliot

Jen Sookfong Lee
Cao Wenxuan
Books for Valentine's Day
Rose Rossner
J.J. Howard
In the Gift Department

We're stocked up for Valentine's Day!
Get your candies, your candles, your tea towels, your mugs, and all the cards you need!
What We're Reading
Sofia and Rachael
Dog of the Week
Meet Benji
Benji is a 10 year old rescue who may be part Shih Tzu and Maltese. He loves to sniff things on his walks. Here he is modeling his old man sweater before demonstrating his "jumps through hoop" trick. Benji, I think you just upped the game on what we'll expect your fellow dog friends to do for treats.

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