Wellesley Books Newsletter  
June 19th, 2019
   Events      Book Clubs       Bookseller Picks      New Releases      For Kids      Gifts 
Many thanks to all of you who came out on Monday, June 10th and made our event with David Sedaris one for the books!  It truly was a special evening, and it's been gratifying to hear from so many who attended about what a great time they had.  (Signed copies of Calypso are still available in paperback and hardcover.)


With the end of the school year upon us, we're hard at work amassing local schools' summer reading lists, from elementary through high school. Check out our displays in both the adult and kids' sections, and feel free to ask us for some beach or summer camp reading suggestions if you need a little break from The Grapes Of Wrath...
Upcoming Eventsevents

 
All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line .
 
 
 
Monday, July 22nd, 7:00 PM  
Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her new book Mindful by Design, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with their audiences.   
 
 
 
  
 
Tuesday, July 23rd, 7:00 PM
J.A. Walsh worked in intelligence and counter-terrorism after the September 11th attacks. Purpose of Evasion is the first book in his Sami Lakhani thriller series. Sami is a new kind of spy hero, an American Muslim whose experiences are drawn from the author's own service in counter-terrorism, and inspired by some of the great writers and heroes of the spy and political thriller genres.   
 
 
 
Betty's Lunchtime Book Groupbookgroups
 

by Luis Alberto Urrea
 
 
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.  
Bill's Book Group For Guys
 

by Anna Burns


Middle sister navigates the rumors, gossip, codes, and hidden meanings of daily life during civil war in Northern Ireland. Her unique voice fills Milkman with character, intelligence, and sly wit. Anna Burns' third novel, her first to be published in the U.S., was a deserving winner of this year's Man Booker prize.

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.
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
 
Ben Guterson

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices 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 Recommendationsrecs
Peter recommends:
A Good American Family by David Maraniss
This is a fascinating portrait of the period of the Red Scare and the impact the anti-communist witch hunts had on one family. Maraniss writes from a unique perspective, as the family in question is his own--he was a young child during the early '50s--and his father lost more than one job as a result of his refusal to name names. But the author's own experience as a journalist and historian informs this book in so many ways, and he connects the dots between his family's experience and the larger story of this shameful period in our history.

Sally recommends:
Lot by Bryan Washington
This masterful collection of connected stories focuses on the life and family dynamics of a young, biracial and gay man living in Houston, Texas. Living with his single mother and homophobic brother, he also paints a vivid picture of his neighborhood including glimpses of poverty, fatherhood, and his own coming of age. It is an impressive debut.
Rachael recommends:
Wordslut by Amanda Montell
Amanda Montell's self-professed feminist guide to taking back the English language is an insightful and enlightening manifesto that deserves all of the same hype that Dreyer's English received. Montell breaks down the use of gendered language and shines a much needed light on everyday biases with a playfulness that challenges how we use language today.
New In Hardcovernewreleases

The Stationery Shop Marjan Kamali

Bunny
Mona Awad

The Porpoise
Mark Haddon

Summer of '69
Elin Hilderbrand
(signed copies available)
 
Fleishman Is in Trouble
Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Honestly, We Meant Well
Grant Ginder

Mrs. Everything Jennifer Weiner

The Travelers
Regina Porter

Recursion
Blake Crouch

Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory Raphael Bob-Waksberg

The Body Lies
Jo Baker

In Pain
Travis Rieder
New In Paperback

The President is Missing
Bill Clinton & James Patterson

French Exit
Patrick DeWitt

Lethal White
Robert Galbraith

Your Duck is My Duck
Deborah Eisenberg

Mary B
Katherine J. Chen

His Favorites
Kate Walbert

The Reckoning
John Grisham

Life in the Garden
Penelope Lively
 
American Prison
Shane Bauer
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readerskids
Geoff recommends:
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
One of the best graphic novels I've read recently. The art is beautiful, the story is magical, and the characters are engaging; what more could you want? Fans of Miyazaki movies and those who like their coming-of-age friendship stories with a dose of the supernatural will especially like this. Plus, who doesn't like a bear in a natty suit?
New Books For Kids


Maximillian Fly
Angie Sage

The Root of Magic
Kathleen Benner Duble

A Tale Magnolious
Suzanne Nelson

New Books For Young Adults
 
The Ables
Jeremy Scott

Something Like Gravity
Amber Smith

Tell Me How You Really Feel
Aminah Mae Safi

The Language of Fire
Stephanie Hemphill

Union Made
Norman H. Finkelstein

Hungry Hearts
edited by Caroline Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman
New in the Gift Department gifts

Set your table in red, white and blue with mugs from Emma Bridgewater and ceramics from Middle Kingdom, or gift the hostess a candle from Old Whaling Co.
What We're Reading Now...
Lorna
Tracy
Colleen C.
Geoff
Marilyn
Pete
Peter
Gillian
Judy
Prison Book Program
 
The Prison Book Program believes in the life-changing power of literature. Books give people the chance to learn, grow, and explore the worlds of their choosing. Since 1972, the Prison Book Program has been sending free books to individuals in prisons. Along with each hand-selected package, volunteers send personalized notes to each reader because everyone deserves the freedom to read.

Click here for the Prison Book Program wishlist.

We were thrilled to be able to donate our first big box of books to the Prison Book Program thanks to the generosity of our customers!

Dog of the Week
Yogi

Yogi is the beloved dog of local children's author Nandini Bajpai, whose new YA novel A Match Made in Mehendi arrives this September. He's a soon-to-be 11 year-old sato dog from Save a Sato via Buddy Dog. All of his siblings also live locally. According to his DNA test, he's part cattle dog, part German Shepard and part "unknown."  When he's not visiting us at the store, he loves to roll on the lawn and hang out with his two feline BFFs.  Come back soon, Yogi! 
 

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
Rebecca Stimpson

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