Wellesley Books Newsletter  
October 3rd, 2018

  Join Wellesley Books and other Boston-area independent bookstores as we celebrate the
10th Annual Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 13th.  With a lineup of 200 authors, including many familiar names such as Andre Dubus III, Walter Isaacson, John Kerry, Michael Pollan, and Doris Kearns Goodwin, this year's festival is sure to be a huge hit.  Don't miss out on a chance to hear so many great authors speaking about their craft and autographing their books. We'll be selling books at Emmanuel Church on Newbury St. -- if you see us, stop by and say hello!  If you can't make it to Boston, visit us at the store; we have plenty of great new books to recommend (take a peek below at the new releases).  For more information about the Boston Book Festival, click on the block below.  We hope to see you there!  
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We will not be accepting trade-ins for used books on October 13th due to
the Boston Book Festival.  Normal trade-ins will resume on Saturday, October 20th.

Upcoming Events

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

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 members of 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
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 lost 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 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 best-selling Middle Grade author 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!
Saturday, October 27th, 11:00 AM
Kids and parents, join us for this special storytime featuring five fabulous authors and illustrators reading from their new books.  Emilie Boone will read her picture book Ella & Monkey At Sea, Josh Funk brings us Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast: Mission Defrostable, Nancy Tupper Ling presents The Yin-Yang Sisters And The Dragon Frightful, and Annie Cronin Romano and Ioana Hobai will read their collaborative book, Before You Sleep.  A fun time will be had by all!  
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

William Recommends:
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Faster moving than a Megadeth chord progression and more fun than an Iron Maiden concert (maybe), this heavy metal horror novel poses the question, "What would you sell for rock and roll?"  Apparently, the lead singer of Dürt Würk sold the souls of his band mates for fame and fortune, but guitarist Kris Pulaski wants hers back.  How do you reclaim a soul sold by another person?  This is a terrific, fun Halloween read with a terrific, bombastic climax.

Gillian Recommends:
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
I absolutely love Heartland. Through her gorgeous writing, Sarah Smarsh manages to weave memoir, history and social commentary with a lyricism that is both tender and steely. Her focus on the women in her community is heartbreaking and important and she tells their stories with a delicate touch, full of respect, affection, and compassion.
Barry Recommends:
Against The Grain by James C. Scott
If I were to tell you this is a book that's largely about ancient Mesopotamia (what is today southern Iraq) and left it at that, you'd probably say, "Uh, that doesn't really sound like my cup of tea" (or Sumerian beer, as it were). But this book happens to ask very big, extremely interesting questions. To wit: What do we mean when we refer to the "origins of civilization" or "early civilizations"? Was "civilization" typically a good thing for all those involved?  Admirers of Jared Diamond and Yuval Harari -- prepare to engage with James Scott's restless and brilliantly original mind. 
Colleen Recommends:
How To Be A Good Creature by Sy Montgomery  
Animal lovers rejoice!   Sy Montgomery explores the evolution of her writing career and lifetime love of all creatures great and small in this thoughtful and creative memoir.  Thirteen essays chronicle a selection of creatures Montgomery has either studied or welcomed into her home.  All have a special place in her heart and have, in some way, shaped the individual she has become. Through her life's travels, trials, and everyday occurrences she upholds an ever-enduring compassion for all species.  Snuggle with your own beloved pet and enjoy! 
New In Hardcover

Kate Atkinson

Gone So Long
 Andre Dubus III

Ian O'Connor

A Spark Of Light
Jodi Picoult

Valley Forge
Bob Drury and
Tom Clavin

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Hank Green

The Fifth Risk
 Michael Lewis

Paulo Coelho

Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart
Alice Walker
New In Paperback

Ron Chernow

Fresh Complaint
Jeffrey Eugenides

Scott Kelly

Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson

The Future Is History
Masha Gessen

This Could Hurt
Jillian Medoff
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
Colleen Recommends:
Good Rosie!
by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss

Rosie is a good dog, but sometimes she feels lonely.  This is a beautifully written and illustrated story about making friends that will pull at your heartstrings and make you smile.  Rosie, Fifi, and Maurice are the new Three Amigos of the dog park!
New Books For Kids

Carl Hiaasen

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

Amulet: Supernova
Kazu Kibuishi

Princess In Black: Science Fair Scare
Shannon and Dean Hale

A Parade Of Elephants
Kevin Henkes

Jonathan Auxier
New Books For Young Adults

The War Outside
Monica Hesse

A Blade So Black
L.L. McKinney

For A Muse Of Fire
Heidi Heilig

The Lady's Guide To Petticoats And Piracy
Mackenzi Lee

Grim Lovelies
Megan Shepherd

Sawkill Girls
Claire Legrand
Everything's Coming Up Pumpkins

Fall signifies the arrival of cooler temperatures and, of course, all things pumpkin, and our gift department has everything you need for your Fall-themed parties.  If you are entertaining, we have place mats, paper plates, table runners, napkins, and beautiful table decorations to really "Autumn" the place up.  We are also stocking Pumpkin Spice and Herbs of Autumn teas from The Republic Of Tea.  Get ready for the Halloween parties and the beautiful New England Fall with gifts from Wellelsey Books.

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Dog of the Week
   Harry is a four year old Australian Shepherd who visited us recently.  He's named after Prince Harry, which is appropriate since he's a bit of a ginger. He's also a regular shopper here at Wellesley books and knows exactly where we keep the cookies.    Welcome to Wellesley Books, Harry! 

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