Wellesley Books Newsletter | January 20th, 2021
It's that time of the year where our booksellers pick out their four favorite books from the previous year! Above are Ashleigh's four favorite books: The Sun Does Shine, The Soul of an Octopus, Untamed, and Night Tiger. Also above are Colleen's favorite books: The Authenticity Project, The Jane Austen Society, Hamnet, and The Book of Longings. Follow our Instagram @wellesleybooks where Lorna is curating our booksellers' top books of the year and find out what books the rest of us picked!
New! Valentine's Gift Bag
Everyone this February is deserving of a Valentine—your spouse, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your parent, your sibling, your best friend, your neighbor—so we've designed a gift bag full of goodies! The gift bag includes one paperback plus cozy socks, Big Picture Farm caramels, and tea from Flying Bird Botanicals. To see our list of paperbacks to choose from and purchase a Valentine for someone you admire, click the button below!
Upcoming Online Events
Friday, January 22nd at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with the author herself! Sy Montgomery reads Becoming a Good Creature, the picture book adaptation of her memoir, How to Be a Good Creature, based on her decades-long career traveling the world and writing about its animal inhabitants.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00 PM
Beth C. Greenberg presents First Quiver (Cupid's Fall Book 1), a sexy, modern romp that intertwines the lives of ordinary mortals with the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Friday, January 29th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with the author herself! Candace Fleming reads Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper. Filled with adorable baby cats, this is a story about love, dedication, and a new kind of family.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Monday, February 1st at 7:00 PM
Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent, joins us to celebrate the paperback release of his bestselling 2020 novel, The Last Trial. Scott will be in conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of The Other Woman and her latest, The First to Lie.

This ticketed online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 PM
The pandemic has scuppered many long-awaited travel plans. If you or a loved one will be kept home this year, fear not! Wellesley Books has just the solution: a moderated Zoom soirée to talk about books and dream of being in the City of Light!

This ticketed online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Bookseller Recommendations
Sally recommends:
What Could Be Saved by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
This is a story of secrets. It is both a family saga and a mystery. In 1972 the Preston family is living in Bangkok while the father works on a clandestine government project. It was a world of parties and servants, until eight-year-old Philip disappears after his judo class. And now in the present, back in their hometown of Washington, DC, Laura and Bea, the two older sisters, are still hoping to find him. Atmospheric and with great writing, this is a beautiful and compelling novel.
Pete recommends:
Bravey by Alexi Pappas
Heart-wrenching, funny, and inspirational. A great book for young female athletes.
New in Hardcover
Nadia Owusu
Julie Carrick Dalton
Melanie Benjamin
James Comey
Alexander Larman
New in Paperback
Melinda Gates
Jenny Offill
Paul Yoon
Sam Tschida
Gish Jen
Peter Swanson
Angie Hockman
Colin O'Brady
George Friedman
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is a subscription service for children ages 0-5, or anyone who loves picture books! Each month, our children's book buyer, Lauren, will select one newly released picture book 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 2021 pick is Moose, Goose, and Mouse by Mordicai Gerstein. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Bookseller Recommendations for Kids
Rebecca recommends:
This early reader, done in graphic-novel style, is a delight for the budding corvid enthusiast! Crows may not be the prettiest birds, or have the loveliest voices, but Elise Gravel makes a convincing case that they're truly king of all birds: they can count, have big brains and can imitate almost anything. Arlo the crow and his songbird friend Pips take on the big city and the beach together, and the reader picks up delightful crow facts along the way (much like Arlo collects shiny objects).
Middle-Grade New Releases
E. L. Shen
Davide Morosinotto
Nicole Lesperance
Michael Fry
Christina Li
Young Adult New Releases
Kristin Cashore
Angie Thomas
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hafsah Faizal
Desmond Hall
Laurence Bergreen &
Sara Fray
In the Gift Department


In the upcoming weeks, you'll find new socks, book lights, and puzzles arriving at the store--basically, all you need to stay cozy and busy this winter. We've also displayed Valentine's Day cards, tea towels, and candles to get you ready for another socially distant holiday. This year, everyone needs a Valentine!
What We're Reading
Ashleigh
Dog of the Week
Meet Roadie
Roadie is a 14 week-old smooth-coated border collie from Minnesota. He loves to swim, but since it's winter and he was in a bookstore, he settled for all the attention and cuddles he got from the booksellers.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
Wellesley Books
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