Wellesley Books Newsletter | October 14th, 2020
If 2020 is the trick, then our fall merchandise is your treat! Our children's buyer has put together a Halloween display for kids of all ages with favorites such as Little Blue Truck's Halloween, Fly Guy and the Frankenfly, and Spirit Hunters. For our adult readers, it wouldn't be an October in Massachusetts without witches! Check out the new fiction titles The Year of the Witching, The Once and Future Witches, and Magic Lessons.

Our Annex is open with all the fall goodies from Pumpkin Butternut Spice syrup, which we hear is great for cocktails, to pillows you can use while watching those scary movies and if you're the kind of person who gets frightened easily, we recommend a JellyCat stuffed animal to hold on to. For you early shoppers, we have holiday cards, ornaments, and crackers for your socially-distant dinner parties.
Upcoming Online Events
Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 PM TONIGHT!
Join us for an evening with the charming and talented founder of Milk Street, Christopher Kimball. In addition to discussing his new cookbook, Cookish, Christopher will lead a cooking demonstration, and attendees will receive copies of the recipes he prepares! 

This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off a copy of Cookish bought from Wellesley Books.
Friday, October 16th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with TWO incredible picture book authors! Abi Cushman will read Soaked! and Carrie Finison will read Dozens of Doughnuts.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 PM
Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Scorpio Races and the Raven Cycle series, presents The Scorpio Sea Tarot, her new tarot deck of rugged beauty and mystery. Joining Maggie will be Melissa Cynova, author of the deck's companion guidebook, Navigating the Scorpio Sea.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM
Jane Gilmartin presents Mirror Man, a near-future suspense in which a man agrees to be replaced by a clone, only to have his life spiral out of control and everything he values put at risk. Jane will be in conversation with Sylvain Neuvel, author of Sleeping Giants and the upcoming A History of What Comes Next.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and get ready for a Bedtime Story, read by the author herself! Lori Mortensen reads NONSENSE! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey, a beautifully illustrated and lyrical picture book biography of eccentric and beloved writer and artist Edward Gorey.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Friday, October 23rd at 8:00 PM
Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, presents Broken Wish, the first in a new series that follows one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it. Julie will be in conversation with E.K. Johnston, author of The Story of Owen and Star Wars: Queen's Peril.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Bookseller Recommendations
Cassie recommends:
Deadly by Naomi Novik
A school for wizards! The Chosen One! But imagine if the Chosen One was just a sweet, dumb jock with a penchant for slaying monsters who had a hard time saying ‘no.’ And if the bright, often-relegated Lady Sidekick was just as intelligent, rude, and ruthless as she wanted to be. If she was the so-called hero of the story. And one more small thing - if the magical school they attended was actively trying to kill them, morning, noon, and night while they were just trying to study. Self-aware, witty, and brutal, A Deadly Education is your new favorite magical read. You’ll fall in love (or possibly terror) with El from the very first line when she declares her intent to kill Orion after he saves her life for the (gasp) second time.
Jess recommends:
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
Bad things keep happening to Owen Pick or so he thinks that his behavior has nothing to do with getting fired from his teaching position, questioned by the police about the assaults in the neighborhood, or about his eventual arrest. The women are lying, making it all up. Until Valentine's Day, women seem to run from him, but he has the most amazing date where he drinks too much. On his way home he sees the strange girl named Saffyre standing outside his neighbor's house. She goes missing that night and Owen can't remember what happened. Did he do something he didn't know he was capable of? Why is her blood outside his window?
Pre-Order Now
Barack Obama
Heather Clark
Michael J. Fox
New In Cookbooks
Ina Garten

Jacques Pepin
New In Hardcover
Tana French
Elin Hilderbrand
Phil Klay
John O. Brennan
Jerry Seinfeld
Alice Hoffman
Brandon Stanton

Katie Swenson
John Banville
John Grisham
Alix E. Harrow
New In Paperback
Ali Wong
David Baldacci
Paul Theroux
Christopher Leonard
Zadie Smith
John Hodgman
Julie Andrews
Martin Cruz Smith
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Cassie recommends:
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
This is a sparse, atmospheric, emotionally resonant and absolutely devastating read in the best possible ways. Watch Over Me follows Mila, after she has aged out of the foster care system and finds work teaching foster children on an idyllic, but isolated farm owned by foster parents, Terri and Julia. Mila just wants to carve out a place to call her own, find a family she can claim for herself, and forget all about her mother's boyfriend, Blake. But as much as Mila wants to put her past behind her, the ghosts that reside on the farm make that decidedly impossible. Ghosts and family and belonging and resilience set to the backdrop of the fog-covered northern California coast. A pitch-perfect read while the weather cools and the leaves start to fall.
Rachael recommends:
Kenny & the Book of Beasts by Tony DiTerlizzi
He's Back! Finally, twelve long years after Kenny and the Dragon, Tony DiTerlizzi - by way of Flit Shrewsbury - has returned to the wonderful, bucolic world of Roundbrook. A lot has changed for Kenny Rabbit; he has a dozen little sisters to look out for, his friends are all going to different schools, and Sir George is almost always off adventuring. The only thing that hasn’t changed is his friendship with Grahame. But all of that takes an unexpected turn when one of Grahame's oldest acquaintances arrives on the scene. Kenny and the Book of Beasts is exquisitely detailed and as warm and inviting as a hug from an old friend.
Geoff recommends:
I really love when graphic novels feel cinematic, and this first book in the new Lightfall series does just that. The pacing through the pages and framing within the cells are impeccable, really transporting you into the world (which makes sense since the creator is also an art director at an animation studio). The only problem with this book is that you’ll be left yearning for the next volume as soon as you finish!
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 purpose 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 or holiday gift!

The October 2020 pick is Louis by Tom Lichtenheld. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Pre-Order Now For Kids
Jory John and Pete Oswald
Marissa Meyer
New Books For Kids
G. Z. Schmidt

Stefan Bachmann
Jerry Craft
Stuart Gibbs
New Books For Young Adults

Trung Le Nguyen
Ben Philippe
Dylan Farrow
Leigh Bardugo
In the Gift Department
The cold air arrived this week and while the last leaves from the trees on Central Street blow into the store, the gift department has been merchandising. We've got new scarves and gloves, loads of funny mugs for your warm drinks, irresistible caramel and little snack bags of chocolate-covered pretzels, and new utensils to stir those hot dishes.
What We're Reading Now...
New! Self-care Package
Whether you're stressed out by the general state of the world, work, Mondays, midterms, or the chilly weather, books are always there. Introducing the Wellesley Books self-care package for local customers. Each package comes with a surprise book handpicked by our booksellers and an assortment of gift items to brighten your day. These packages are only available for curbside pickup. Email orders@wellesleybooks.com for more info.
Boston Book Festival: Virtual Events October 5th-25th
The Boston Book Festival is going virtual this year and while we'll miss the in-person events with our favorite authors, you can still attend! Check out the schedule here, and the full title list here.
Dog of the Week: Nellie
Nellie is a 5 year-old Havanese. She loves walking the trails in Weston, playing with her cousin Lola, barking, and being a little naughty. But, don't worry Nellie, we all love to be a little naughty now and then. Especially in October! Treats!
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