Wellesley Books Newsletter | November 11th, 2020
Hello friends! Welcome to November, when we hug giant stuffed animals and reminisce about lava lamps. I know we sound like a broken record, but this is another call to do your holiday shopping early. This not only keeps the store from being overwhelmed in December, but also ensures that Wellesley Books will be here in the new year. This week's newsletter is loaded with gift suggestions, from gardening books to new releases to titles you can pre-order. We're also available by phone or email if you'd like us to curate gift packages for family members.

If you'd like to come into the store we've added more hours for shopping! While we will be observing Veterans Day today (open from 10am to 6pm), our new regular store hours are 9am to 9pm Monday thru Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday, and the Annex is now open from 11am to 5pm Monday thru Saturday. We are still limiting the number of people in the store when it's busy, and these extra hours offer the chance to enjoy off-peak shopping.

In other news, we've seen some new trends in the last couple of weeks. Are you watching The Queen's Gambit? Check out our selection of chess sets and books about learning to play for kids and adults. We're also getting requests for kids' baking and cookbooks—scroll down for some of our suggestions near the end of this newsletter. And, as always, we have plenty of games and puzzles for your indoor entertainment.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you are all staying healthy!
Upcoming Online Events
Friday, November 13th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and get ready for a Bedtime Story, read by the author herself! Kate Messner reads Over and Under the Rainforest, her picture book that takes readers on a thrilling tour of one of the most diverse ecosystems on planet earth: the rainforests of Central America.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM
Join us for a very special Tuesday edition of Bedtime Story with the Author! Jamie Harper joins us on release day for the launch of her latest book in the Miss Mingo series, Miss Mingo and the 100th Day of School. Grab a pen or pencil and some paper and join the fun!

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 PM
Elizabeth Wilcox, journalist and author, presents The Long Tail of Trauma, her memoir about the trauma we carry and the trauma we tend to.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Friday, November 20th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story read by the illustrator himself! Sydney Smith reads I Talk Like a River, a book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Bookseller Recommendations
Jess recommends:
Luster by Raven Leilani
Luster might be my favorite book of year. It presents a human rawness, a link between making art and a need to connect. Edie loses her job and then her apartment and finds herself in what might be the most uncomfortable situation—living in the house of the married man she's been sleeping with, but he's not there, only his wife and adopted daughter are home.
Peter recommends:
We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper
While studying at Harvard, Becky Cooper hears about the unsolved 1969 murder of Jane Britton, a grad student in anthropology. Unable to shake the story, Cooper is ultimately driven to learn everything she can about the victim, the suspects, the investigation, and the competitive milieu at Harvard in the late sixties. The result is in its own right a unique anthropological study, and the most compelling account of a murder investigation since I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.
Lorna recommends:
Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz
In this sequel to the bestselling mystery Magpie Murders, Susan Ryeland is no longer editor of The Atticus Pund crime series but she is again drawn into solving a real murder that is committed because of it. The mystery book within another mystery book is still a winning plot twist.
Pre-Order Now
(Available 11/17/20)
Barack Obama
(Available 11/17/20)
Elizabeth Holmes
(available 11/17/20)
Wizards RPG Team
(available 12/1/20)
Pope Francis
(available 11/24/20)
Ernest Cline
(available 11/24/20)
Philippa Gregory
New In Cookbooks
Melissa Clark
New In Gardening
Lauren Camilleri
& Sophia Kaplan
Katja Staring, Linda Van Der Slot, & Marlies Weijers
Celia Thaxter
New In Hardcover
Susie Yang
David Sedaris
Megan Rapinoe
Nicole Krauss
Jonathan Lethem
Ellen Alpsten
New In Paperback
Edmund Morris
Elizabeth Strout
Curtis Sittenfeld, ed.
Dave Barry
Ariana Neumann
David Maraniss
Mary Oliver
Anna Quindlen
Megan Phelps-Roper
Rachel Joyce
Cathleen Schine
Jack Flynn
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Cassie recommends:
Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao
Julie Dao reminds me why we as readers turn back to fairy tales. Broken Wish reminds me how much fairy tales can tell us something new, and can reveal to us both shimmering and dark pieces of ourselves and the world around us. It takes a skilled hand to show how much there still can be done with stories that feel as if they have been told over and over again. Broken Wish takes place in mid-19th century Germany and follows sixteen year old Elva, who is hiding her powers and prophetic visions from her small rural village. But when she has a vision of the future that suggests devastating outcomes, Elva seeks to learn more about her magic. Along the way she discovers that the lines between hero and villain might not be as clear cut as she has been led to believe. A stunning fantasy filled with secrets, and curses, and magical objects - perfect for advanced middle grade readers and young adults looking for a fun new fairy tale.
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 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 November 2020 pick is Bye, Penguin! by Seou Lee. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Pre-Order Now For Kids
(available 11/24/20)
Nathan Hale
(available 12/1/20)
Dave Pilkey
Goodbye, Mr. Terupt (available 12/1/20)
Rob Buyea
Native American Reads
David A. Robertson
James Bird
Cookbooks For Kids
America's Test Kitchen
Activity Books For Kids
Taro Yaguchi
Lorna Scobie
New Books For Intermediate and YA
Sofiya Pasternack
Jennifer Blecher
Marissa Meyer
In the Gift Department
New pillows, dish cloths, and art prints of Wellesley, oh my! We have locally made ornaments featuring RBG, Prince, and Queen Elizabeth. And our favorite coaster so far, "Marty, whatever happens, don't go to 2020" has been getting laughs. Click here for 2021 calendars.
What We're Reading Now...
The 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 available for curbside pickup only. Email orders@wellesleybooks.com for more info.
Dog of the Week
Re-introducing Zoe!
One of our regular customers has returned for her daily treat! Zoe is a sweet dog on a mission and that mission is to get as many pets, hellos, and treats as she can from each bookseller. We are always happy to see her!
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
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