Wellesley Books Newsletter | March 2nd, 2022
March is Women's History Month--and what could be a better way to start it off than with a book launch party for everyone's favorite local librarian and children's author, Lisa Rogers? In celebration of her new book all about women artists across the centuries, we'll be featuring youth art above the children's desk through the rest of the week. Join us on March 5th for a history lesson and some art activities--keep reading for details!
Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 5th at 11:00 AM (in-person)
Lisa Rogers, author of the picture books 16 Words and Hound Won't Go, presents Discover Her Art: Women Artists and Their Masterpieces, her new book for young art lovers. Each chapter focuses on one masterwork from the 1500s to the 1900s, examining the artist's life and how she used composition, color, value, shape, and line in her painting.

This event will include fun art activities for kids, such as a selfie station with art-related props, a canvas on which to practice signatures, and mini canvas art!

Lisa will be in conversation with Carolyn Mackin Watson, a Wellesley artist.
Sunday, March 6th at 7:30 PM (online)
JUST ADDED! From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—Dolly Parton and James Patterson—comes Run, Rose, Run, a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run who is determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

This is a ticketed event. Your ticket includes a copy of Run, Rose, Run.
Thursday, March 31st at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle, presents her new thriller, Girl in Ice.

Ferencik's latest opens with Val—a brilliant linguist who specializes in dead Nordic languages—struggling to make sense of her brother's apparent suicide while conducting climate research in the Arctic Circle. Amid her grief, she is called by her brother's colleague about an impossible discovery: a young girl frozen in the ice has been thawed out alive, speaking a language no one understands. Val soon journeys to the frozen North both to attempt communication with the girl and to find out the truth about her brother's death.

Erica will be in conversation with Jenny Milchman, author of The Second Mother.
Bookseller Recommendations
Sally recommends:
Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso
In short, austere paragraphs Ruthie describes her growing up in a suburb west of Boston where she feels she and her family never belonged. Her mother was cold and loveless. Ruthie was bullied and then turned to destructive behaviors starting with pulling out her eyebrows and eyelashes. She felt that shame was her birthright. This is a piercing and chilling account of a clearly damaged family and what it is like to grow up unloved.
Cassie recommends:
Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist
The atmospheric successor to Knives Out and The Chosen & the Beautiful, this fabulously Gothic read is reminiscent of a chilly, overcast, Massachusetts day, walking through the city, trying not to slip on the wet leaves. Back Bay & class division & re-creation of Renaissance botany & poison & addiction & greasy diners & glittering crushes & being 25 living with your parents & a modern Gothic & stealing the family car & family dynasties and capitalism & "finding your passion" & f*ck she's so pretty &... honestly more to the book than I could ever possibly list.
Lucy recommends:
Other People's Clothes by Calla Henkel
A literary thriller that reads like a viral Netflix show. Two American art students abroad in Berlin in 2008 begin to suspect that the crime author whose apartment they are subletting is spying on them and using their lives as fodder for her next book. Henkel blurs the lines of friendship and obsession, grief and paranoia, social media and fiction and art. A total page turner!
New In Hardcover
Julie Otsuka
Lucy Foley
Rosie Walsh
Jennifer E. Smith
Joseph Kanon
Roddy Doyle
Margaret Atwood
Sarah Moss
Rebecca Serle
Frank Bruni
Harvey Fierstein
Daniel Genis
New In Paperback
Kazuo Ishiguro
Sarah Penner
Daniel Silva
Ali Benjamin
Janet Skeslien Charles
Lauren Willig
Juneau Black
Meg Mason
Sherry Turkle
Shankar Vedantam & Bill Mesler
Jonathan Meiburg
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Ashleigh recommends:
Only a Monster by Vanessa Len
I love the quagmire of moral greyness that this books swirls around itself. What truly makes a monster or a hero? Monsters are real: they have families, jobs, date nights... and they steal duration from human lives to embellish their own through time travel. But heroes--dashing, charming and surprisingly vicious--commit monstrous acts in the name of justice. The concept and execution are fascinating; the pace is excellent; and the bittersweet conclusion leaves me wanting more.
Cassie recommends:
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
The last act had me reading through tears, and the last page had me weeping. An emotional gem of a book, Tahir is a masterful storyteller who holds such compassion for the youth she writes for and about. She holds multiple truths in her hands, showing that rage and grief and laughter and terrible mistakes can all exist together. All My Rage is a survival story, a hopeful story, a violent story, an empathetic story. The stories of Noor and Salahudin and the generations before them from their small California town to their parents' homes in Pakistan will weave themselves into your heart with all their beautiful angry edges.
Middle-Grade Monthly: A Subscription Club
Middle-Grade Monthly is our subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month our children's book buyer Lauren and school liaison Cassie select a newly-released chapter book. Get your hands on the newest and soon-to-be coveted books of the year. We offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and you can pick up your book at the store or have it mailed to you. Click on the link below for FAQs about the program.

The March 2022 pick is Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is our subscription service for children ages 0-5! Lauren and Cassie select one newly-released picture book each month 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 March 2022 pick is Knight Owl by Christopher Denise. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Books for Kids
Ivy Noelle Weir & Myisha Haynes
Stuart Gibbs & Stacy Curtis
Jean Leibowitz & Lisa Labanca Rogers
Marjorie Liu & Teny Issakhanian
Kelly Yang
New Books For Teens

V.E. Schwab
Lizz Huerta
Alice Oseman
Claire Legrand
Amina Mae Safi
In the Gift Department
Nominally for kids, these mess-free tempera paint sticks and un-dry-outable markers--for the most distracted among us--have so much visual appeal, they beg to be played with by young people of all ages.
What We're Reading Now...
Dog of the Week
Samantha is a spry 13 year-old Golden Retriever. She enjoys indoor showers during the winter and plays the towel game after, going through three towels. She is originally from Falmouth and can swim to Martha's Vineyard. She loved doing the "Touchdown!" paws-up when Tom Brady scored.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482