Wellesley Books Newsletter | January 5th, 2022
Oh, 2021...what can booksellers begin to say about you? You were long, and complicated, and so, so challenging...but, mercifully, you were also full of excellent books. Our highly anticipated year-end Top 25 bookmarks will be here soon, but you can follow along on Instagram now to see our booksellers' favorite reads of the past year.

January and February aren't exactly slouches in the new-release department, either. Keep scrolling for a preview of forthcoming books for children, teens and adults that we're particularly excited about.
Used Book Trade-Ins Are Back!
If you've been holding onto those gently read novels, or the kids have at long last outgrown that series of chapter books, bring them in! We're open for used book trade-ins from 1-4 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Kerri Maher, author of The Girl in White Gloves and The Kennedy Debutante, presents The Paris Bookseller, the dramatic story of how a humble bookseller fought against incredible odds to bring James Joyce's controversial novel, Ulysses, to the world.

"What must life have been like for Sylvia Beach? Most of us know her now, if at all, as the proprietor of the renowned Shakespeare & Co., or as the first person brave enough to publish a complete edition of James Joyce’s controversy-laden Ulysses. Let Kerri Maher take you inside Sylvia’s life – as a friend, sister, daughter, businesswoman, and lover – with her wonderful new book, The Paris Bookseller."--Peter
Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Jennifer Haigh, author of Heat and Light and Mrs. Kimble, presents Mercy Street, a tense, riveting story about the disparate lives that intersect at a woman’s clinic in Boston.

Mercy Street is propulsive, urgent, and essential. Haigh writes with uncommon insight and compassion (and, yes, mercy) about people whose ideals are so strikingly at odds that we can only wait for their lives to collide. I was riveted and transported, and want to hand this book to everyone I know."
— Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers

Jennifer will be in conversation with Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety.
Sunday, February 13th at 2:00 PM (in-person)
Elly Swartz, author of Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, and Give and Take, joins us to celebrate the release of her latest middle-grade novel, Dear Student. When Autumn becomes the secret voice of the advice column in her middle school newspaper, she is faced with a dilemma: Can she give fair advice to everyone—including her friends—while keeping her identity a secret?

"A heartfelt story about finding the courage to stand up for your beliefs even when you’d rather remain invisible."
–Kirkus
Bookseller Recommendations
Gillian recommends:
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
After a one-time lapse in parenting judgment, frazzled single-mom Frida is whisked away by the state to its experimental new School for Good Mothers. You will be on the edge of your seat as you watch Frida’s desperate struggle to prove her worth as a mother in order to be reunited with her young daughter Harriet. This gripping story provides terrifying and heartbreaking insights into contemporary society’s impossible standards for motherhood. I couldn’t put it down!
Ashleigh recommends:
The Starless Crown by James Rollins
A captivating page-turner full of impressive world-building, layered characters, and existential questions. It pits religious extremism against science; morally grey heroes against the innocence of youth; and a mismatched squad trying to stop the end of their world. I couldn’t put it down!
Betty recommends:
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
The narrator is your guide for this poignant story of a cohesive Japanese family living in California when Pearl Harbor happens. Nothing is ever the same for them as they are isolated in Manzanar and then released to Chicago, which is even less hospitable. The gumption of the sisters makes the story. It’s billed as a mystery, but it’s so much more.
Coming Soon for Adults
Hanya Yanagihara
January 11th
Elizabeth George
January 11th
Marie Benedict
January 25th
Jacquelyn Mitchard
January 18th
Marlon James
February 15th
Sarah J. Maas
February 15th
New In Hardcover
Noah Hawley
Xochitl Gonzalez
Thrity Umrigar
Jean Chen Ho
Daphne Palasi Andreades
Jamie Raskin
New In Paperback
Ashley Audrain
Alexi Pappas
Gabriela Garcia
Carole Johnstone
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Lucy recommends:
This Mamma Mia!-inspired story about a theatre kid on a mission to find her birth mother is a delight from start to finish! Chock full of Broadway references, with an enemies-to-love-interests romance, a frank portrayal of mental health struggles, and a touching father-daughter relationship, it is as charming and big-hearted as its plucky protagonist. Feed your inner teenage drama queen!
Cassie recommends:
City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda
Laugh-out-loud funny and a rollicking adventure. Between school, work at the deli, and talking with his dead brother, Sik doesn't have time for much else. But when an ancient god of war breaks into the deli and curses his family, Sik will do anything to help his loved ones. Chadda brings Mesopotamian mythology to life!
Have you and your child been enjoying the picture book or middle grade subscription service? We’d love to hear from you!
Let us know if there’s a particular book that your child loved, if they’re looking for more titles in a different genre, or any other thoughts you’d like to share. Please email Cassie at Cassie@WellesleyBooks.com.
Middle-Grade Monthly: A Subscription Club
Middle-Grade Monthly is our subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month our children's book buyer Lauren and school liaison Cassie select a newly-released chapter book. Get your hands on the newest and soon-to-be coveted books of the year. We offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and you can pick up your book at the store or have it mailed to you. Click on the link below for FAQs about the program.

The January 2022 pick is Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is our subscription service for children ages 0-5! Lauren and Cassie select one newly-released picture book each month to be sent or picked-up from the store. The goal 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 January 2022 pick is Stacey's Extraordinary Words by Stacey Abrams and Kitt Thomas. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Coming Soon For Kids & Teens
Gary Paulsen
January 11th
Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin
January 11th
Gordon Korman
January 18th
Tahereh Mafi
February 1st


Joanna Ho & Dung Ho
January 25th
James Ponti
February 1st
New Books For Kids & Teens
Yoon Ha Lee
Alice Oseman
Morgan Rhodes
Irene Latham & Charles Waters
In the Gift Department
There's still plenty of winter left, and our first storm of the season is due to hit this Friday. It's time to stock up on games and activities for those indoor days. Color in a globe, make fantastical creatures with our bestselling Hey Clay kits, or--perhaps best of all--build a candy claw machine from scratch.
What We're Reading Now...
Aoife
Maddie
Ashleigh
Dog of the Week
Puddles
Puddles is a 5-year-old Beagle/Whippet mix with the most delightfully wonky ear configuration in the business! She was born in Nashville, spent the last three years in Los Angeles, and you can now follow her MetroWest adventures on Instagram. We first met her around Thanksgiving and learned that she loves turkey. You deserve all the treats, Puddles.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
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