Wellesley Books Newsletter  
September 19th, 2018

A Special Bookseller Recommendation
 
A few times a year, a book comes along that is special to us, one that we truly want to recommend to everyone walking into the store.  Heartland by Sarah Smarsh is such a book.  Here's what some of our booksellers are saying:
Gillian says: "Sarah Smarsh weaves memoir, history, and social commentary with a lyricism that is both tender and steely." 
Jane says: "Don't miss this moving and intelligent memoir."
Peter says: "Smarsh's account of her upbringing amidst economic devastation in America's Breadbasket is a must read."
William says: "As someone who grew up in similar circumstances, I can attest Smarsh gets everything exactly right." 
 
 
The Boston Globe calls Heartland a " smartly-observed, big-hearted memoir".
 
We are thrilled to host Sarah Smarsh for a discussion of Heartland on October 2nd -- see below for more details. We hope you will join us for this very special author appearance!  
 
Upcoming Events

 
All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line
 



 
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:00 PM
In conversation with Linda K. Wertheimer. 
Sarah Smarsh has written one of our favorite books of the year. Heartland is an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in the Midwest, and a perfect choice for book clubs. Smarsh challenges us to look closer at the class divide in our country and examines the myths about people who are thought to be less because they earn less.  Join us in celebrating this truly wonderful new book.

 
 
Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 PM
Kerri Maher presents her fabulous new book, The Kennedy Debutante, a captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's greatest political dynasties.  Featuring history, adventure, and romance among the Kennedy family, this is certain to be a thrilling best-seller and a perfect gift for lovers of historical fiction.  Get your copy signed at the event and meet this exciting new author.

 
 
 
Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00 PM
SOLD OUT!
Wellesley Books is proud to present two-time Oscar winner and three-time Emmy winner Sally Field, in conversation with NPR and WBUR's Robin Young.  Please note that this is a ticketed event and will be held at Dana Hall School.  Each ticket includes a signed copy of Sally Field's forthcoming memoir, In Pieces.
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, October 19th, 7:00 PM
B. A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger and The Muralist, has made the historical art thriller her own -- as well as a store favorite.  At this special event, she presents her new novel, The Collector's Apprentice, the tale of a young woman in 1922 Belgium, who is falsely accused of an elaborate heist which has cost her family its art collection.  Please note that this is a ticketed event.  Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of The Collector's Apprentice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, October 20th, 11:00 AM
From Rob Buyea, the beloved and best-selling author of Because of Mr. Terupt, comes The Perfect Secret -- the sequel to The Perfect Score.  It's about a lovable group of students at Lake View Middle School and the rewards and challenges of seventh grade, including what happens when secrets are revealed.  Join Rob Buyea as he unveils his new book and answers all your questions about the characters . . . just don't ask him to give away any secrets!
 
Bill's Book Group For Guys
 
by Adam Ross

Alfred Hitchcock, The Fugitive, and M.C. Escher seamlessly combine in this postmodern thriller.  Darkly funny and sexy, Ross's debut novel is great fun.

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 Edward St. Aubyn



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.  
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
 
by Celia C. Pérez



Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for a new book club for children ages 8-12 who love to read.  Join her for a lively discussion about a new book every month.   Parents, if your child would like to attend please e-mail rachael@wellesleybooks.com to reserve your spot!
Bookseller Recommendations

Gillian Recommends:
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
Lyrical, romantic, and at times heartbreaking, this is the moving story of an inexperienced medical student conscripted to a skeletal field hospital during the First World War. In this brutal crucible, Lucius learns what he is capable of -- hard work and determination, occasional heroism,  and, more often, human frailty.  Against a bleak background of wartime hardship, this is a magnificent tale of resilience, atonement, and love.




 
Lorna  Recommends:
Bimini Twist by Linda Greenlaw
Travel to coastal Maine with maritime insurance investigator and part-time deputy sheriff Jane Bunker.  Boats, small town life, and a hefty dose of crusty Maine characters are featured in this mystery.  The cast of supporting characters include Audrey, the sarcastic waitress with an opinion on everything, Deloris the police dispatcher who knows her way around a computer, and Jane's elderly landlords and lobster-themed gift shop owners Mr. and Mrs. V, who feed her a never ending variety of mussel dinners with a side of word play. 
 
 
 
Betty Recommends:
A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen
What could go wrong when Andrei Kaplan leaves an inhospitable New York academic scene and heads to his native Moscow to look after his aging grandmother? The internet he relies on to teach his PMOOC courses is iffy, his grandmother occasionally can't remember who he is, and his money is quickly running out due to enormous Russian inflation. With ingenuity, dogged determination, and self-effacing humor, Andrei creates a life for himself.  And when spring arrives and Russia opens itself to him, the narrative soars.  Gessen has written a must read; don't miss it.  
 
 
 
Sally Recommends:
Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham
To be photographed by Bill Cunningham was one of the greatest of fashion compliments. This entertaining and endearing memoir was found after his death in 2016. Punished by his Puritanical Boston parents for dressing in his sister's dresses, he found true joy in fashion -- from early days at Jordan Marsh to the opening of the magnificent Bonwit Teller and then on to NYC to start designing hats under the name of William J. This book is perfect for all you fashionistas! 
New In Hardcover

Leadership In Turbulent Times
 by
Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Labyrinth Of The Spirits
 by
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Accessory To War
 by
 Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

Sea Prayer
 by
Khaled Hosseini

In Pieces
 by
Sally Field

These Truths
 by
Jill Lepore

Lethal White
 by
Robert Galbraith

The Spy And The Traitor
 by
Ben Macintyre

Time's Convert
 by
Deborah Harkness
New In Paperback

Righteous
 by
Joe Ide

Sourdough
 by
Robin Sloan

The Fallen
 by
David Baldacci

The Prague Sonata
 by
Bradford Morrow

Homo Deus
 by
Yuval Noah Harari

David Bowie
 by
Dylan Jones
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
 
William Recommends:
Sleepy, The Goodnight Buddy
by Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell
Drew Daywalt (The Day The Crayons Quit) is back with another hilarious picture book for kids and their parents.  Roderick hates going to bed, and he will do anything to get out of it, so his parents buy him a weird-looking stuffed animal (is it a moose? or a bear?) designed to get him to sleep.  But Sleepy turns out to be quite the chatterbox, and Roderick may never sleep again.  Hilarious pictures and text accompany a funny story that kids (and certainly most parents) can identify with, making it the perfect story for bedtime!
 
New Books For Kids



Saving Winslow
 by
Sharon Creech

Merci Suárez Changes Gears
 by
Meg Medina

Mac Undercover
 by
 Mac Barnett
New Books For Young Adults

Wildcard
by
 Marie Lu

Impostors
by
 Scott Westerfeld

Pride
 by
Ibi Zoboi
Fashionable Gifts For Fall

The Fall Season demands fall fashions, and our gift department has you covered . . . literally!  Our new line of Joy Susan products are beautiful and feature colors perfectly suited for autumn.  We have tote bags as well as hobo bags in various colors as well as lovely Joy Susan scarves, perfect for those cooler evenings.  Look stylish at any event with a new Joy Susan scarf and bag!

What We're Reading Now...

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Dog of the Week
Oliver 
 
   Oliver is a ten year old Old English Sheepdog who loves walking around Wellesley.  He has trained his owner to bring him into the bookstore every time they are near -- he knows where the treats are hidden!  He is a professional cuddler, according to his owner.    Welcome to Wellesley Books, Oliver! 
 

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William D. Carl

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