Wellesley Books Newsletter  
March 18th, 2020 
All of us at Wellesley Books have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support you have shown us since we we made the difficult decision to close our store to the public. The last two days we've been busy answering the phones and processing web orders, bringing bags of books outside for our curbside pick-up, and delivering books to your homes. We appreciate you all so much for helping us weather this difficult time. Seriously, thank you for the love.  
 
Even though our doors are not open, there are many ways you can continue to support us. You can still get staff recommendations over the phone or on our website under Bookseller Picks. If you need a puzzle or a board game, call us. Gift cards are a great way to set yourself or a friend up for future browsing sessions. Think about pre-ordering an upcoming book via our website, or perhaps join our audiobook partners at Libro.fm. 
 
Together we will muddle through this. Stay healthy and we look forward to talking books with you in the store before long.
Special Delivery Options
While our doors are closed and we practice social distancing, we're happy to offer reduced-rate shipping via the phone and our website, as well as curbside pick-up and free local delivery. You can select any of these options at check-out if you're shopping online, or call us for details between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
Libro.fm Loves Indies
Coronavirus is impacting independent bookstores near and far, but you can make a difference with a Libro.fm membership. When you start a membership with code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW, you'll get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99), and 100% of your payment will go to Wellesley Books. You can also buy a one-month audiobook gift membership for $15 to send to a loved one and 100% of the sale will go to your local bookstore. (That's us!)
Picture Book Subscription Service 
Wellesley Books is happy to announce A Child's Library, our new s ubscription 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!

The program kicks off in April with local author Lisa Rogers' new book Hound Won't Go. Please call the store or e-mail us to begin your subscription!
New in the Gift Department 

Time to break out the big games.

Bookseller Recommendations 
Sally recommends:
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Fifteen year-old Vanessa has an inappropriate relationship with her English teacher at a prestigious private school. Seven years later as the Me Too movement begins, there is chatter about this teacher's past behavior. Should she speak up or stay silent? Compulsive, complicated, and timely, Russell's excellent debut explores issues of memory, trauma, abuse, and complicity.

Jess recommends:
My Auto-biography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland
Carson McCullers's biographers denied her queer lifestyle, pointing to her marriage as proof. Even as Jenn Shapland researches Carson McCullers' life, she is met with opposition. In My Auto-biography of Carson McCullers, Shapland explores the idea of erasure and obsession while deconstructing Carson's marriage and reconstructing her relationships with two women: Annemarie and Mary.
Cassie recommends:
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
An absolute fever dream of a book, you'll want to read this story over and over again. Oyeyemi's sentences and turns of phrase are as delightful and delicious as the magical gingerbread she writes about. I had to keep going back and re-reading passages because I was so focused on how the words sounded so pleasing together, I started losing their meaning. If you are looking for a fairy tale you probably haven't read before, a fairy tale that truly adheres to fairy tale logic, talking dolls, magic mushrooms, stories meandering within stories, and a country that Wikipedia claims doesn't exist, this is the story for you.

Rachael recommends:
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Linus Baker is a by-the-books case worker for DICOMY (the Department in Charge of Magical Youth) where he oversees the well-being of magical children housed in government-sanctioned orphanages. His life has been safe, simple and, to be perfectly frank, dreadfully boring. But when Upper Management calls on him to investigate a curious and highly classified case, all that starts to change. I haven't read a book that is as sweet, heartwarming, or as wholesome as The House in the Cerulean Sea in a long time and it's exactly what sci-fi and fantasy needs right now.

New In Hardcover 


The Mirror and the Light
Hilary Mantel

Beheld
TaraShea Nesbit

The Animals at Lockwood Manor Jane Healey


The Mountains Sing
Nguyen Phan Que Mai

88 Names
Matt Ruff

Darling Rose Gold
Stephanie Wrobel


The Sea Glass Cottage
RaeAnne Thayne

The Red Lotus
Chris Bohjalian

In Five Years
Rebecca Serle


The Boy from the Woods
Harlan Coben

A Good Neighborhood
Therese Anne Fowler

Recollections of My Nonexistence
Rebecca Solnit

New In Paperback

Lot
 Bryan Washington

The Wall
John Lanchester

The Parade
Dave Eggers

American Spy
Lauren Wilkinson

The Other Americans
Laila Lalami

American Animals
Eric Borsuk

After Me Comes the Flood
Sarah Perry

Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing
Maryla Szymiczkowa

The Perfect Liar
Thomas Christopher Greene

Genesis
Edward O. Wilson

D-Day Girls
Sarah Rose

The Uninhabitable Earth
David Wallace-Wells

Our House is On Fire Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg, Malena Ernman, and Beata Ernman

The Trial of Lizzie Borden
Cara Robertson

Mama's Last Hug
Frans de Waal

The Island of Sea Women
Lisa See

Recursion
Blake Crouch

The Unwinding of the Miracle
Julie Yip-Williams
New Books For Kids


Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Jessica Kim

Brightstorm
Vashti Hardy

Silverworld
Diana Abu-Jaber


Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit
Lilliam Rivera

Blue Skies
Anne Bustard

Bloom
Kenneth Oppel



Child of the Universe
Ray Jayawardhana and Raul Colón

All My Friends Are Ghosts
S.M. Vidauri and Hannah Krieger

We Are Water Protectors
Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade
New Books For Young Adults

A Phoenix First Must Burn
ed. Patrice Caldwell

Dragon Hoops
Gene Luen Yang

All Your Twisted Secrets
Diana Urban

28 Days
David Safier

You Will Be Found Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Sparrow
Mary Cecilia Jackson

The Degenerates
J. Albert Mann

Girls With Razor Hearts
Suzanne Young

Super Adjacent
Crystal Cestari
What We're Reading Now...
Geoff
Peter
Andy
Colleen L.
Cassie
Pete
 

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
all of us at Wellesley Books

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781-431-1160

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