Wellesley Books Newsletter | January 18th, 2023
January may be a sleepy month for much of the world, but not for the hardworking folks in our event department. The first two weeks of this year have seen a reading with fan favorite Elinor Lipman and a story time with local picture book luminaries Phaea Crede and Jannie Ho. Our Spring events calendar will grow steadily over the next several weeks, but we're already excited to announce new February events with YA author Haley Neil and historical fiction writer Marie Benedict. Read on for more!
Upcoming Events
Please note that we are now featuring a mixture of online and-in-person events.
For further details about each event, please click the author photos below.
Sunday, February 5th at 4 PM (online)
Natalie Haynes, author of A Thousand Ships and Pandora's Jar, joins Novel Neighbor and Wellesley Books online to discuss Stone Blind, her fresh and stunningly perceptive take on the story of Medusa, the original monstered woman.

"Haynes is master of her trade . . . She succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories."
Thursday, February 9th at 7 PM (in-person)
Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety, presents Small World, a heartfelt novel about two offbeat and newly divorced sisters who move in together as adults—and are finally forced to reckon with their childhood.

"Small World is a treasure: a family story that is wistful one moment, witty and wry the next. Few novelists write as beautifully about the damaged heart and the wounded soul as Laura Zigman, or understand the emotional bonds of siblings and sisters. I loved this novel."
–Chris Bohjalian author

Laura will be in conversation with Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year and the forthcoming memoir, The Fifth Passenger.
Sunday, February 12th at 2 PM (in-person)
Marie Benedict, author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie and co-author of The Personal Librarian, joins us to discuss her latest book, The Mitford Affair.

"An in-depth exploration of the complications and bonds of sisterhood. Benedict perfectly captures the anxiety and uncertainty of England's interwar years and serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of enigmatic autocrats. Fast-paced and eye-opening." ―Fiona Davis, author

Please note that this Wellesley Books event will likely take place at an off-site venue. We will keep ticket-holders updated when we know the location.
Wednesday, February 15th at 7 PM (in-person)
Haley Neil, author of Once More With Chutzpah, joins us to discuss her new novel, Planning Perfect.

In this charming, heartfelt YA romcom about being on the asexual spectrum, a girl tries to craft the perfect wedding for her mother but discovers that sometimes the best parts of life can't be planned.

"An engrossing, emotionally dynamic coming-of-age story."
–Kirkus Reviews.
Bookseller Recommendations
Tracy A. recommends:
The Good Life by Robert Waldinger, MD and Marc Schulz, PhD
So many noteworthy nuggets in this important book, chief among them that your relationships are essential to feeling satisfied, happy, and secure throughout your life, but especially as we age. For the introverted, socially inept among us (myself included), this book provided a gentle call to action to continue building and/or fostering my relationships with my family members, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.
Pete recommends:
Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder
Kidder has done it again. It's so good to know that there are so many caring people out there. Full of stats and logistics but also the human beings attached to the theories. A part of Boston most of us never see.
Colleen L. recommends:
Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
In book three of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series, readers can settle into a cozy story in a second café. Characters new and old grapple with things they wish they had done differently. Will traveling through time put weary souls to rest and provide love and light to those who need it? You'll have to read it to find out--you won't be disappointed!
New In Hardcover
Bret Easton Ellis
Stephen Markley
Suzanne Berne
Matthew Salesses
Marie Benedict
Laura Zigman
Fatin Abbas
Jacqueline Jones
Henry Marsh
Prince Harry
Janet Malcolm
Colm Tóibín
New In Paperback
Fiona Davis
Susan Stokes-Chapman
Antoine Wilson
Carl Bernstein
Peter Mann
Ellery Lloyd
Karl Ove Knausgaard
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Meghan recommends:
Nikhil Out Loud by Maulik Pancholy
A sweet story of Nikhil, a gay Indian-American boy--also known as the voice actor of Raj Reddy on a popular cartoon--as he enters eighth grade in a new school across the country. Will puberty mean the end of his career as a child voice actor? What about Raj? A great tale of new friends, family and finding your voice.
Rebecca recommends:
Fiona the Fruit Bat by Dan Riskin & Rachel Quiqi
Just about the cutest book ever! Look at those li'l fangs! Kids will find a lot to relate to in this story of a fruit bat who's afraid to take her first flight, until she realizes she has everything she needs to succeed. It's also a great introduction to the wonders of bats and to the concept of echolocation. I'm all for kids' books that demystify misunderstood or stigmatized animals, and this is a good one.
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 selects 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 2023 pick is The Superteacher Project by Gordon Korman. 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 selects 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 2023 pick is Very Good Hats by Emma Straub and Blanca Gómez. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Books for Kids & Teens

Ibithaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly
Katherine Marsh
Tanita S. Davis
Alejandra Green & Fanny Rodriguez
In the Gift Department
We've restocked on some colorful winter essentials this week, including Moleskine journals and calendars (for tracking those New Year's resolutions?) and these cheery, tech-friendly gloves.
What We're Reading Now...
Dog of the Week
River is an eight-year-old rescue who stopped into the bookstore on a dark and stormy night (of which we've had so many, recently). He was found as a stray in Western Massachusetts and is as sweet as can be, though a bit shy until he gets to know you. He's thought to be a Beagle/Lab mix--his stubbornness certainly points to something houndy in his background. Nevertheless, he's a Very Good Boy.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482