Wellesley Books Newsletter  
October 17th, 2018

Ah, autumn in New England!  The leaves are turning brilliant colors, the days are growing shorter, and publishers are releasing their best books for the year.  Take a look at that line-up of new releases, and don't forget to mark your calendars for all the terrific scheduled events.  If autumn has you in the mood for a great Halloween read, we have an adult and a kids table stocked with the best spooky books, including two written by your humble newsletter writer!  Don't be scared; visit us and peruse all the new fall books before they disappear . . . like ghosts.
Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line
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!   
Sunday, October 28th, 4:00 PM
Kids, parents, and fans of middle-grade books, get ready for a fascinating afternoon at Middle-Grade Years: How Books Help Readers Discover Who They Are and Where They Fit, featuring Elly Swartz, Sarah Jean Horwitz, Lauren Magaziner, Susan Tan, and Jarrett Lerner.  Each author will be signing copies of their books and discussing the rich diversity of intermediate fiction and how all young readers can discover something they love. 
Tuesday, October 30th, 7:00 PM
History Buffs take note!  The bestselling authors of Lucky 666 return with a new book about one of the most inspiring and underappreciated chapters in American history:  Valley Forge, the story of the Continental Army's six-month transformation during one of the worst winters ever.  Co-author Tom Clavin will read from this fascinating history book and answer questions about the Revolutionary War period, especially what happened during that fateful time -- 1777. 

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 7:00 PM
Ellen King is the co-owner and Director of Baking Operations at Hewn bakery, and she is pleased to introduce her new cookbook,
Heritage Baking.  These 45 foolproof recipes for delicious, nutritious, good-for-the-gut breads and pastries star a wide range of artisanal flours, readily available for home bakers.   Please note this is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a food tasting at the event of recipes from the book.     
Tuesday, November 6th, 6:00 PM 
We are thrilled to announce that Boston Bruins superstar Bobby Orr will be at Wellesley Books to sign copies of Bobby: My Story in Pictures. This new book tells the incredible story of Bobby's life through never-before-seen photos from his personal collection.  Please note this is a ticketed event.  Tickets can be purchased in the store or HERE.    
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 PM
From the author of Mr. Eternity, Aaron Thier, comes The World Is A Narrow Bridge, a darkly comic road novel about a millennial couple facing the ultimate question: how to live and love in an age of catastrophe. Miami couple Murphy and Eva have almost decided to have a baby when Yahweh, the Old Testament God, appears to Eva and makes an unwelcome demand.  This is a free event, however we ask that you RSVP by clicking the photo of the author. 
Thursday, Nov. 8th, 7:00 PM
Join author and baker Louise Miller as she reads from and signs her new book, The Late Bloomers' Club, a delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true love.  Louise will present in conversation with author Juliette Fay (The Tumbling Turner Sisters).  This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the new book.  
Friday, November 9th, 7:00 PM
A husband's secret life, a wife's new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's newest novel, Winter In Paradise.  Elin is journeying from Nantucket to read from her new book and sign copies.  This is a ticketed event.  Get your ticket HERE or click on the author's photo for more details.  Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the new book.  
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by James Rebanks

Mr Rebanks, the latest in a long family line of Herdwick sheep farmers, has become an international phenomenon with his evocative prose and blunt observations on the rugged lives and culture of his native English Lake District.

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.  $25 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 Cornelia Funke

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:
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
Virgil is the projectionist at a down-and-out movie theater in a small town in Minnesota, and this lyrical novel puts him in the middle of small town drama, the sort everybody recognizes, but taken up a notch.  The humor is folksy and the eccentric characters twirl around him like the kites created by his erstwhile roommate.  I grew up in a small town, and the author gets every little detail right, from the unpredictable weather that only citizens could love to the way relationships bloom in the most unlikely of places. 

Colleen Recommends:
Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
Fans of the "All Souls Trilogy" will immediately be immersed in the world of the Bishop and deClermont families.  Those who haven't read the trilogy -- fear not!  This story stands on its own legs of history, romance, magic, and the supernatural.  It's a fabulous journey from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to contemporary Europe.  Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy! 
Rachael Recommends:
Maeve In America by Maeve Higgins
Until I picked up a copy of Maeve In America, I had never heard of Maeve Higgins.  What I quickly discovered was that she is hilarious, poignant, charming, whip-smart and, on top of all that, a wonderful essayist whose writing ranges from laugh-out-loud funny to engaging and insightful. This book contains a lot of intelligence, compassion, and a biting self-awareness -- all qualities I love in my non-fiction reading.  
Rebecca Recommends:
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez  
The protagonist -- a writing teacher and a cat person -- inherits a Great Dane after the death of her friend and mentor with whom she shares a long and complicated history.  Fans of pared-down writing and sensitive explorations of human/animal (and human/human) bonds will love this novel.  It has also been nominated for a National Book Award. 
New In Hardcover

Winter In Paradise
Elin Hilderbrand

The Clockmaker's Daughter
Kate Morton

Killing Commendatore
Haruki Murakami

The Witch Elm
Tana French

Presidents Of War
Michael Beschloss

My Love Story
Tina Turner

 Barbara Kingsolver

Sarah Perry

Almost Everything
Anne Lamott

In The Hurricane's Eye
Nathaniel Philbrick

Ottolenghi Simple
Yotam Ottolenghi

The Library Book
Susan Orleans
New In Paperback

Mrs. Osmond
John Banville

Lisa Halliday

The Mitford Murders
Jessica Fellowes
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Adults
Rachael Recommends:
Hey, Kiddo
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Jarrett Krosoczka's graphic novel memoir, Hey, Kiddo, is a story that will tear your heart into pieces only to put it back together again as it follows Krosoczka's life from the time that his mother, a heroin addict, is incarcerated to the search for his biological father as a teenager. This graphic novel marks his first work for an older crowd.   Hey, Kiddo tackles themes and issues such as neglect and addiction, the latter of which helps to make this a timely and important story.
New Picture Books For Kids

Carmela Full Of Wishes
 Matt de la Pena

1 Grumpy Bruce
Ryan T. Higgins

The Snowy Nap
Jan Brett
New Books For Kids

New Books For Young Adults

Bridge Of Clay
Markus Zusak

The Devil's Thief
 Lisa Maxwell

Dear Evan Hansen
 Val Emmich, Steven Levinson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul
Everything's Coming Up Pumpkins

Our gift department has everything you need for a great Halloween.  From trick or treat bags to cards, from holiday tea towels to pumpkin-themed placemats, paper plates, and napkins.  Try the new Vampire Hearts game to make your party extra spooky and check out the sweet Jellycat stuffed bats.  'Tis the season for all things creepy and spooky, and we have a fun Halloween gift for every taste!

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