Wellesley Books Newsletter  
January 22nd, 2020 
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Thanks to one and all who attended our event with Roz Chast and Patricia Marx last Friday! It was a memorable kick-off to our winter/spring events season and was definitely the first time we've ever been treated to an in-store ukulele performance. If you missed out, Roz and Patty were kind enough to sign books for us; you can buy them through our website or by giving us a call. Looking ahead in our events schedule, we're happy to welcome back some Wellesley Books favorites: Dave Becker talks all things Juniper, beloved local librarian Lisa Rogers launches a picture book inspired by a real-life hound, and Lily King presents a portrait of the artist as a young woman. Stay tuned for more events news (and think spring thoughts).
Upcoming Eventsevents
Book Clubs & Workshopsbookgroups
Teen Writers' Workshop

Join writing instructor (and children's book expert) Cassie Duncanson for a 90-minute workshop aimed at writers aged 14 to 18. Classes began in September and will run monthly through June. To sign up, please contact Cassie.

Rachael's Book Club for Kids
Tuesday, February 11th, 4:30 PM

Michelle Cuevas

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for children aged 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 contact Rachael to reserve your spot!
Bill's Book Group for Guys

Peter Carey
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.

Highly Educated: A Book Club for Teachers & Librarians

Jen Wang

Highly Educated, a new book club for teachers and librarians, will meet once a month to discuss a middle-grade or Young Adult book. Please contact our School Liaison Rachael Conrad to join!
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

Barbara Kingsolver
Betty Sudarsky, unparalleled bookseller emerita 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.
Bookseller Recommendationsrecs
Jane recommends:
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
You will fall in love with Edward Adler! The only survivor of a plane crash that killed his family, Edward is forced to confront both his overwhelming sadness and the onset of adolescence. Ann Napolitano expertly weaves Edward's narrative with the stories of the other passengers on the plane. It is a beautiful and poignant portrayal of grief, coming of age, and the need for connection.
Our staff recommends:
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Betty says: If you want to feel the terror of having to flee your home in Acapulco with your eight-year-old son, if you want to understand the plight of migrants who sense danger all around them from the government, marauders, and opportunistic monsters, if you want to get inside the heads of these people like you and me, then American Dirt will take you there. Following Lydia and her son Luca through the labyrinth of escape, you come to feel their frightening reality. Through beautiful language and wonderfully drawn characters, this story is no longer a headline, it is real. I could not put this book down, and once I did, I felt bereft in the best "read a great book" way.

Sally says: After twelve of her family members are slaughtered by a drug cartel in Acapulco, Lydia and her eight-year-old son Luca desperately escape and make their way out of their country where they are still being hunted. The plight of the migrants who all share their suffering, and hope for a better life aboard freight trains to "el Norte" is heartbreaking and timely. Jeanine Cummins puts a face to those in the news we should not look away from. I felt as though I barely breathed as I read their stories. My pick for best of the new year!

New In Hardcovernewreleases

The Vanished Birds
Simon Jimenez

Riot Baby
Tochi Onyebuchi

A Long Petal of the Sea
Isabel Allende

Garth Greenwell

Little Gods
Meng Jin

The Secret Guests
Benjamin Black

Father of Lions
Louise Callaghan

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The Stars in Our Pockets
Howard Axelrod
New In Paperback

When They Call You a Terrorist
Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

Bill McKibben

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
Damon Young

The Source of Self-Regard
Toni Morrison

The Last Romantics
Tara Conklin

Stephanie Land
Bookseller Picks for Young Readerskids
Rebecca recommends:
Fred's Big Feelings by Laura Renauld and Brigette Barrager
This accessible picture book biography, written with a charming directness, explains how Fred Rogers revolutionized television by validating children's feelings. Fred was a sensitive child who understood what it was like to feel deeply and wanted other children to know that they weren't alone. The beautiful illustrations by Brigette Barrager are a bit 1950s-retro but depict a diverse group of children.
New Books For Kids

Race to the Sun
Rebecca Roanhorse

Sunnyside Plaza
Scott Simon

The Best of Iggy
Annie Barrows & Sam Ricks

The Thief Knot
Kate Milford

From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Janae Marks

The Runaway Princess
Johan Troïanowksi
New Books For Young Adults

Infinity Son
Adam Silvera

Gabby Noone

Tweet Cute
Emma Lord

Black Girl Unlimited
Echo Brown

The Hand on the Wall
Maureen Johnson

Lucky Caller
Emma Mills
New in the Gift Department gifts

Colorful, touch & feel puzzles from Mudpuppy will please the youngest jigsaw enthusiasts on a snowy night.
Available for Pre-Order Now

Yes No Maybe So
Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

The Resisters
Gish Jen

Lidia Yuknavitch
What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
Prison Book Program
  For close to a year, we've been partnering with the Prison Book Program to send books to people in prison. Thanks to your generosity, we've filled seven large boxes and counting! We've recently added some new books in different genres; please check out our expanded wishlist here.

Dog of the Week
Twyla is an eleven-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback named after the inimitable Twyla Tharp. Her owners were inspired by Twyla the human's new book, Keep It Moving. She's a wiggly girl who loves to play and snuggle with her six-year-old Ridgeback sibling, Kito. As you can see, Twyla has--adorably--not quite grown into her paws yet.  

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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