Wellesley Books Newsletter | November 22nd, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a warm, relaxing Turkey Day, whether you're gathered with family, or with friends, or planning a low-key alternative to the traditional festivities. Please note that we'll be open until 6 p.m. today and closed on Thanksgiving Day, so our booksellers can rest up before the big weekend.

Black Friday at Wellesley Books is traditionally Family Day. If you're feeling cooped up after the feast, bring yours! We love to see all of the big, multi-generational groups out for a stroll to the local bookstore. Speaking of strolls, the Holiday Stroll returns this year on December 3rd. And our final author event of 2023 promises to be a ton of fun. Read on for more!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 6th at 7 PM

Rebecca Shaw and Ben Kronengold, the youngest comedy writers ever for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, join us to discuss their new book of short stories, Naked in the Rideshare: Stories of Gross Miscalculations.

Showing off their trademark humor and writing chops that have made them a viral sensation, Shaw and Kronengold provide a collection of startlingly funny stories that will keep readers laughing. Irreverent, disturbing, and surprisingly hopeful, this book is not to be missed.

Buy tickets here

Holiday Stroll 2023

A Wellesley Square favorite, the Holiday Stroll returns this year on Sunday, December 3rd. Expect shopping, carolers, the annual scavenger hunt, and holiday cheer! Visit Shop Wellesley Square for updates and a full schedule of activities.

A note on used books...

We will resume trade-ins for one week after Thanksgiving weekend before going on holiday hiatus for the rest of the year. Please note that these hours will differ from our usual trade-in schedule.

For one week only, we will be open for trading-in used books from 11-4 each day from Monday, 11/27, through Friday, 12/1. Click the stack at left for more information.

Bookseller Recommendations

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Kali recommends:

Lost in the Beauty of Bad Weather by Christophe Jacrot

French photographer Christophe Jacrot captures the elegance and melancholy of rain, and the picturesque stillness of snowfall. Be transported from big cities to tiny island towns seeing the beauty that nature brings to the world around us. This collection makes a great gift for any lover of photography or for anyone who loves the smell of rain.

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Sarah recommends:

Baking Yesteryear by B. Dylan Hollis

He's prolific on social media, since that's where he started making these vintage recipes. He has a distinct, sassy voice and is continuing to keep these iconic foods of the 1900s on people's radars in the 21st century!

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Amadea recommends:

Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

A quiet, but intense story about the disorientation caused by grief. After her mother’s death Gopi and her sisters take up squash, which becomes Gopi’s obsession in addition to being one of the only ways she can connect with her detached father. Fueled by the goal of playing in a tournament, Gopi navigates family dysfunction and the yearning of first love.

New & Noteworthy Cookbooks

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Pete suggests:

Big Heart, Little Stove

Erin French

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Sally suggests:

I Could Nosh

Jake Cohen

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Bindy suggests:

Tasting History

Max Miller

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Milk Street Simple

Christopher Kimball

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Start Here

Sohla El-Waylly

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Adeena Sussman

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The Secret of Cooking

Bee Wilson

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Snacking Bakes

Yossi Arefi

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The Cookie That Changed My Life

Nancy Silverton & Carolyn Carreño

Click here for more new cookbooks!

New in Hardcover

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Michael Cunningham

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Before We Say Goodbye

Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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The Little Liar

Mitch Albom

Click here for more new hardcovers!

New in Paperback

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A Twist of the Knife

Anthony Horowitz

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Beverly Gage

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Musical Tables

Billy Collins

Click here for more new paperbacks!

Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers

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Ashleigh recommends:

What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez

Absolutely riveting! What The River Knows cast a lyrical web of adventure, suspense, betrayal, mystery, and romance over me. I didn't want it to end, and OH MY GOD the end! You can feel Isabel's passion, fascination, and research on every page as she takes us across oceans from 1880s Argentina to Cairo, down the Nile, deep into an ancient pharaoh's tomb, and right into the middle of an archaeological conspiracy. And that doesn't even cover the tastiest of slow burn romances--yum! I can't wait to return to Inez's story in the sequel. 

New Books for Kids & Young Adults

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Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Above the Trenches

Nathan Hale

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Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year

Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

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The Crimson Fortress

Akshaya Raman

Click here for more new kids' & YA!

Kids' Book Subscriptions

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A Child's Library and Middle-Grade Monthly are our two book subscriptions for children aged 0-5 and 8-12, respectively. Each month, Lauren and Kali select a newly-published picture book or middle-grade novel. Subscriptions can be purchased on a month-to-month basis, or for a year, and may be shipped to the child's home or picked up in-store. They make a great gift! Our November selections are Mole Is Not Alone by Maya Tatsukawa, and Hidden Truths by Elly Swartz. Please click on the covers for more information.

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In the Gift Department

Could this be our biggest-ever selection of boxed holiday cards? Slow it down and delight in the joy of receiving (and sending) good old-fashioned snail mail.

What We're Reading Now

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Out There Screaming


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Pete and Alice in Maine


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The Vulnerables


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The Sentence


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Real Life


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My Name Is Barbra


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The Berry Pickers


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Dog of the Week


Woody is a vivacious six year-old Goldendoodle--November is his birthday month! He's also Insta-famous as the star of Wonderful Wellesley Walks With Woody. We were lucky enough to be one of his very first visits! When he's not posing on the 'Gram, you can catch him at Isabel Harvey, where he's the shop dog and all-around morale booster. He can also be spotted on the beach at Morse's Pond.

Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!


Rebecca Stimpson

Wellesley Books

82 Central Street

Wellesley, MA 02482


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