Wellesley Books Newsletter | January 19th, 2022
The night comes early, the wind howls, temperatures are back in the single digits--in other words, it's January in New England. What else if there to do, really, besides cozying up with a blanket and a book? Our Bedtime Story with the Author series returns this Friday with a frosty penguin tale. If you're looking for some warmth, our booksellers have been on a romance-reading tear recently, and have posted a bunch of reviews in our newly-expanded romance section. Our gift corner is full of cocktail kits and accoutrements, mixing bowls and pie dishes--and, in board games, several of us are a bit obsessed with Azul at the moment. Get ready for a night in!
Used Book Trade-Ins Are Back!
If you've been holding onto those gently read novels, or the kids have at long last outgrown that series of chapter books, bring them in! We're open for used book trade-ins from 1-4 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 21st at 7:00 PM (online)
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a bedtime story with the author herself! Angela Burke Kunkel, author of Digging for Words, reads Penguin Journey, her lyrical picture book about emperor penguins’ incredible journey to parenthood.

"Perfect for group storytime and discussion. . .The familiar black and white of emperor penguins contrasts well with the scenes of rich winter blues of Antarctic ice, sea, and sky and, later, the warm pastels of the spring skies as time passes, the temperatures warm, and the penguin family unit basks in their success."
— Kirkus Reviews
Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM (online)
Lindsey Vonn, Olympic gold medal-winning skier, joins Wellesley Books and other indie bookstores to discuss her new memoir, Rise.

82 World Cup wins. 4 Overall World Cup titles. 3 Olympic medals. 8 World Championship Medals. Lindsey Vonn's athletic career has been legendary. In Rise, Vonn reveals never-before-told stories of her life in the fast lane, her struggle with depression, and the bold decisions that helped her break down barriers on and off the slopes.

"[Vonn's] story is inspirational, not just for athletes like myself, but to anyone facing an obstacle in life."
–Roger Federer, tennis champion

Lindsey will be in conversation with Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Jennifer Haigh, author of Heat and Light and Mrs. Kimble, presents Mercy Street, a tense, riveting story about the disparate lives that intersect at a woman’s clinic in Boston.

Mercy Street is propulsive, urgent, and essential. Haigh writes with uncommon insight and compassion (and, yes, mercy) about people whose ideals are so strikingly at odds that we can only wait for their lives to collide. I was riveted and transported, and want to hand this book to everyone I know."
— Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers

Jennifer will be in conversation with Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety.
Sunday, February 13th at 2:00 PM (in-person)
Elly Swartz, author of Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, and Give and Take, joins us to celebrate the release of her latest middle-grade novel, Dear Student. When Autumn becomes the secret voice of the advice column in her middle school newspaper, she is faced with a dilemma: Can she give fair advice to everyone—including her friends—while keeping her identity a secret?

"A heartfelt story about finding the courage to stand up for your beliefs even when you’d rather remain invisible."
–Kirkus
Bookseller Recommendations
Bill recommends:
Borges and Me by Jay Parini
 In the early 1970s, adrift and fearful of the Vietnam draft, Jay Parini talks his way into the PhD program in literature at St. Andrews. Early in his program, through a string of unlikely coincidences, Parini is cajoled into chaperoning the visiting, blind, and elderly Jose Luis Borges on a literary quest into the Highlands. Filled with wonderful characters and gorgeous descriptions of the rugged countryside, whether this work is fiction or memoir is just part of the fun (and part of the point) as Parini takes us on an enchanted trip that provides an intimate and endearing portrait of an enigmatic genius of post-modern literature. Although, in many ways, the turmoil of the early 70s reverberates today, there is something wonderfully distracting, and uplifting, in this account of a simpler time when you could jump into your rusted out Morris Minor, with barely more than a toothbrush, and head for the hills (and islands) on a whim. If you love language, literature, Scotland, or just a great coming-of-age road novel, this is one of those happy books that makes you want to be a more ambitious reader and embrace life’s unexpected opportunities.
Lorna recommends:
Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
A professional wedding planner and her congressman brother appear to have it all. They are both intelligent and ambitious, Brooklyn-born and proud of their Puerto Rican heritage, but as their lives are revealed we learn how much more complicated they are. This debut novel from Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Xochitl Gonzalez was a joy from start to finish.
Jane recommends:
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner (published Jan. 25th)
Clear your calendar and sit down for a few delicious hours of mystery and suspense! Meet Helen and David, Serena and Rory--college friends, colleagues, expectant parents. Into their seemingly perfect lives arrives Rachel--young, single and pregnant. She attaches herself to Helen and then--mayhem. Treat yourself to this one!
New In Hardcover
Hanya Yanagihara
Elizabeth George
Kerri Maher
Nikki May
Weike Wang
Peter Mann
Sequoia Nagamatsu
James Patterson & Mike Lupica
Rosemary Sullivan
Kathryn Schulz
Barbara F. Walter
New In Paperback
Mateo Askaripour
Michael Farris Smith
Paraic O'Donnell
Sarah Pearse
Jane Harper
Andrew J. Graff
Simon Winchester
Syed M. Masood
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Sofia recommends:
Anatomy by Dana Schwartz
A gothic and totally atmospheric story, Anatomy engrosses you until the very last page. Part murder mystery, part love story, set in historical Edinburgh, this novel kept me rooting for Hazel, a girl who wants to be a surgeon despite society telling her it’s “improper,” and Jack, a resurrection man who digs up bodies to sell to anatomists. Dana tore out my heart and stomped on it by the end—in the best way possible, of course. It gave me Night Circus vibes with just a dash of Addie LaRue, tied up neatly into a YA package. I adored it.
Ashleigh recommends:
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
Artemisia is part of a cloister who tends to the dead so their souls don’t rise to possess others. When her convent is attacked, she becomes partially possessed by one of the most powerful ancient spirits but is able to use its strength to protect her people. Soon, she becomes a myth, then a legend, then a saint to the frightened townsfolk around her…all while battling major childhood trauma and keeping her possession-adjacent occupant from fully taking over and, well, consuming everyone living. I loved the world-building and the snark; the complex women; the dynamic relationships that evolve beautifully; and the action-packed pace. The sequel can’t come soon enough.
Middle-Grade Monthly: A Subscription Club
Middle-Grade Monthly is our subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month our children's book buyer Lauren and school liaison Cassie 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 up your book at the store or have it mailed to you. Click on the link below for FAQs about the program.

The January 2022 pick is Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is our subscription service for children ages 0-5! Lauren and Cassie select one newly-released picture book each month 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 January 2022 pick is Stacey's Extraordinary Words by Stacey Abrams and Kitt Thomas. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Have you and your child been enjoying the picture book or middle grade subscription service? We’d love to hear from you!
Let us know if there’s a particular book that your child loved, if they’re looking for more titles in a different genre, or any other thoughts you’d like to share. Please email Cassie at Cassie@WellesleyBooks.com.
New Books for Kids
John David Anderson
Gordon Korman
Jeannine Atkins
New Books For Teens
Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin
J. Elle
Gary Paulsen
Rachel Roasek
Corey Ann Haydu
ed. Laura Silverman
Jetta Grace Martin, Joshua Bloom & Waldo E. Martin Jr.
A.L. Graziadei
Leslie Vedder
In the Gift Department
Our gift corner is bursting with everything you need to celebrate the birthday of someone special. Our customer-favorite sparklers and surprise balls from Tops Malibu are back, as well as miniature piñatas, confetti and cookies.
What We're Reading Now...
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Reggie is a two-year-old German Shepherd/Pyrenees mix from Tennessee by way of Schultz's Guest House in Dedham. He loves squirrels; his brother, Dylan; and playing in the snow. Good thing he has such delightfully large paws to help him out!
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
Rebecca Stimpson
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Wellesley, MA 02482
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