Wellesley Books Newsletter  
April 24th, 2019

On Independent Bookstore Day, we're looking forward to celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission (and the many books that have been published about it). But we would be remiss if we didn't pause and recognize a milestone here at the bookstore: the fiftieth meeting of Bill's Book Group for Guys, helmed by store co-owner Bill Kohli. You can peruse the impressive BBGG reading list on our website, though they haven't quite read a moonshot's worth of pages just yet. To quote Bill's letter to the group, "Several of you have been with us since the beginning, but we've picked up some great friends along the way...For me personally, the conversations and friendships that have emerged through the Group are one of the best developments out of our purchase of the store a little over eight years ago."  Drop in to the store any time to purchase tickets to the next meeting, where they'll be discussing Every Moment After by book group regular Joseph Moldover.

Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line .

Wednesday, April 24th, 7:00 PM   TONIGHT!
Legions of loyal fans of Mary Ann Esposito's groundbreaking PBS cooking show, Ciao Italia, have enjoyed cooking and learning with this beloved television personality. Join Mary Ann as she introduces her new cookbook, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures In Italy
This is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a food tasting at the event with recipes from the cookbook! Buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Mary Ann at the left.  
Friday, May 17th, 7:00 PM 
Jennifer Donnelly, award-winning author of multiple young-adult novels and an adult historical-fiction trilogy, presents her new novel Stepsister. This fierce feminist re-imagining of the Cinderella story, from the perspective of the victorious "ugly" stepsister, asks tough questions about beauty, likeability and the cultural forces that spur competition between women. Come meet one of the leading lights in YA fiction!   
Monday, May 20th, 7:00 PM 
Get ready for grilling season with Jamie Purviance, author of Weber's Ultimate Grilling: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius. Jamie is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller; join him outside the store for a cooking demonstration and get a signed copy of his book just in time for Father's Day. This is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a grilling demo and tasting. Buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Jamie at the left.  
 And coming later in the season... 

Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

by Esi Edugyan
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 Ben Guterson

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 Joseph Moldover

Every Moment After is an introspective, astute YA debut about teenage friendship and life after trauma, written by Bill's Book Group all-star Joe Moldover.

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
Lorna recommends:
Roar by Cecelia Ahern
Roar is what happens when a woman is confronted with an obstacle or a situation again and again. Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern knows what it is like to be a woman in a man's world, so she started writing little stories when something would happen, and used the stories she heard from her women friends too. I would call it a little book of modern feminist fables but that may not make them sound as entertaining, or funny, or twistedly wonderful as they are. These stories will make you think, and make you laugh, and want to share them with your friends.
Rebecca recommends:
Sing To It by Amy Hempel
This collection is only 146 pages long (plus notes) and there are no bad sentences in it. The shortest of these stories, including the title story, achieve a prose poem-like compression, but the amazing thing is that none of them feel overworked--and they're funny. If you can get through the one about people who work in a New York City dog shelter without crying, you're tougher than I am. This is a book to sit with and to savor.
Sally recommends:
Normal People by Sally Rooney
This endearing and thoughtful coming of age novel follows the relationship of Marianne and Connell. It starts with an awkward high school friendship, going through the next four years of their together/not together status--deceptively simple, and often heartbreaking. Sally Rooney is a gem of a writer!
Colleen L. recommends:
The Editor by Steven Rowley
Imagine finding out that Jackie O. is your editor! Over multiple heart-to-hearts, the marvelous Mrs. Onassis mixes daiquiris with straightforward compassion and helps an author overcome his writer's block and family conflicts.
New In Hardcover

Machines Like Me
by Ian McEwan

Feast Your Eyes
by Myla Goldberg

by David Baldacci

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

The Moment of Lift by
Melinda Gates

Everything in Its Place
by Oliver Sacks

The Second Mountain
by David Brooks

by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Like Lions
Brian Panowich
New In Paperback

by James A. McLaughlin

 Kate Atkinson

The Mercy Seat
by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

The Feather Thief
by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Eileen McNamara

Bloody Sunday
Ben Coes
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readers
Colleen L. recommends:
A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese
What do a wishing well and a stolen gem have to do with each other? Writer Keith Calabrese has crafted a story of unlikely friendships that bring a downtrodden town back to life. Sixth grade students Ryan, Ernest, and Lizzy team up to solve a mystery and unexpectedly end up helping their peers and the community.  This is a great story about friendship, kindness and, most importantly, hope--and an uplifting read!
New Books For Kids

The Next Great Paulie Fink
by Ali Benjamin

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
by Andrea Beaty

Summer of a Thousand Pies
by Margaret Dilloway

Lenny's Book of Everything
by Karen Foxlee

The Line Tender
 Kate Allen

August Isle
 Ali Standish
New Books For Young Adults

Serious Moonlight
by Jenn Bennett

Forward Me Back to You
by Mitali Perkins

Wicked Saints
by Emily A. Duncan
New in the Gift Department

Enjoy afternoon tea in style, with a delicious shortbread pick-me-up.

What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
Free Audiobooks from Libro.fm!

This Independent Bookstore Day, we want to thank you for supporting us with a gift of free audiobooks. Made possible through our audiobook partner, Libro.fm, there is no cost or commitment required. Simply create your free account before April 27th and you'll receive free audiobooks for being a Wellesley Books customer.

Dog of the Week

Sandy is a ten-year-old Cockapoo who enthusiastically pulls his humans to the bookstore for a biscuit whenever he comes within two blocks of us. He's a very good boy once he's here, however--in fact, he responds to commands in English, Afrikaans and German. We're lucky that Sandy visits us often--his mom is a longtime member of Betty's Lunchtime Book Club. Thanks for cheering us all up, Sandy!

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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