Wellesley Books Newsletter  
August 8th, 2018

It is still summer, and if you doubt it, just step outside!  It's a great time to stay in the air conditioning or find a beach where there's a breeze and a large umbrella and, of course, a good book or two.  I am dreaming of the fall while I'm doing my summer reading and anticipating the great events forthcoming at our store.  We can't give away details yet, but we are hosting some great events -- including one of America's greatest humorists, a famous sports figure, one of New England's top CEOs, and an Oscar-winning actress.  Plus, lots of great fiction writers and memoirists.  You can always check out what we have announced HERE, and we will be adding details soon about all the exciting events.  In the meanwhile, I'm going to finish my book in the shade of a big tree while enjoying a cool beverage.

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Aaron Thier

This wildly entertaining road novel cleverly juggles grand contemplations of cosmic and theological mysteries with hilarious riffs on the shortsightedness and mundanity of modern life.

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.  $35 buys the book and a ticket to the event.
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group
by John Boyne

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.  
Bookseller Recommendations

Peter Recommends:
The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer
Rachel Proulx, FBI expert on terrorist underground movements, has been placed in charge of investigating a clandestine group known as the Massive Brigade.  As the Brigade begins to execute their revolutionary plot, Proulx takes on the competing distractions of a nosy media pundit, a loose-cannon colleague, and the challenge of figuring out the elusive motives of the odd-couple behind the mysterious outfit.  Take the tightly-wound cat-and-mouse interplay of All The Old Knives and ratchet up the stakes by a notch or three, and you have The Middleman, riveting reading for lovers of suspense everywhere.

 Lorna Recommends:
The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller
This novel is all about family, friendship, and community. Set in the same fictional Vermont town that appeared in her first novel, Miller presents a story of a mysterious will, a lost dog, and a big-box store that is threatning to change life in Guthrie forever. The people who inhabit Guthrie have known each other for a long time, are always willing to lend a hand, and are known for doing what is right.  I loved Louise Miller's first book and I was even more moved and charmed by this one.
Rebecca Recommends:
Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin
Tamara Shopsin is the daughter of Kenny Shopsin, the famously cantankerous chef/owner of a general-store-turned-restaurant made famous by Calvin Trillin, among many other loyal patrons.  In charmingly episodic fashion, Tamara tells stories from her childhood in pre-corporate Greenwich Village, when the rents were low and the food-safety regulations were, uh, lax.  A worthy addition to the Old New York City genre. 
Julia Recommends:
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon 
This stunning debut draws upon, then traverses, the line between passion and enthusiasm.  Phoebe, Will, and John Leal's voices work both together and against one another in such a way that Kwon creates a glittering and mesmerizing portrait of grief, love, and fanaticism.  It is dark, creepy, and utterly awesome. 
New In Hardcover

Bloody Sunday
 Ben Coes

12: The Inside Story Of Tom Brady's Fight For Redemption
Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

The Masterpiece
Fiona Davis

So Much Life Left Over
 Louis De Bernieres

Fly Girls
 Keith O'Brien

An Unwanted Guest
Shari Lapena
New In Paperback

Prairie Fires
Caroline Fraser

Wild Things
 Bruce Handy

Y Is For Yesterday
Sue Grafton

A Column Of Fire
 Ken Follett

American Wolf
Nate Blakeslee

Our Little Racket
Angelica Baker
The Return Of The Kids' ARC Program
The Kids Summer ARC Program is back!  Through Labor Day (September 3rd), anyone from the ages of 8 to 17 may participate.  On weekdays, from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on weekends from 11:00am until 4:00pm, any young reader may check out a free advance copy of a book to read.  All we ask is that when you return the ARC (as they are known in the book biz), you fill out a short form expressing how you felt about the book.  Your review may even end up here in the newsletter!  This is a cool way to read hot titles before publication and give feedback to our staff about them.  It's totally free, and totally fun!
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
William Recommends:
Good Dog
by Cori Doerrfeld
This wonderful picture book tells the story of how a little lost stray dog finds a home with a surprised little girl.  The illustrations are whimsical and busy with action while the text is a simple recitation of emotions -- happy dog, sad dog, hopeful dog, lucky dog -- which will help young children learn these feelings.  Plus, how can you not love a book with the theme 'every dog is a good dog'!  
New Books For Kids

 Barbara Binns

The Principal Strikes Back (Jedi Academy)
Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Princess And The Absolutely Not A Princess
Emma Wunsch
New Books For Young Adults

The Darkest Legacy
Alexandra Bracken

The Impossibility Of Us
 Katy Upperman

Catwoman: Soulstealer
 Sarah J. Maas
Day Planners

We all love the calendars on our phones, but there is nothing quite like having a nice, solid planner to maintain your appointments (and it never loses its signal or has an expired battery!)  Our gift department has acquired a great selection of day-planners, including the old standards like the New York Public Library Planner and a selection of Moleskines.  There's the always-hilarious New Yorker cartoon planner as well as several cheerful and colorful hardbacks featuring hedgehogs or llamas.  There is a planner for every taste, so get yours before supplies run out!

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  Louis is a four year old Tibetan Terrier who visited us recently.  He lives for J.P. Licks' peanut butter frozen yogurt and supporting local businesses.  He once went missing for ten days, had an adventure, and returned home to his loving family.   Welcome to Wellesley Books, Louis! 

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