Wellesley Books Newsletter  
September 5th, 2018

You may know James Patterson as one of the best-selling authors of all time, but within literary circles, he is also known and respected as a true advocate for independent bookstores.  Every year, he runs the James Patterson Holiday Bonus Program, which gives nominated booksellers a chance at a meaningful bonus at the end of the year.  Some of our booksellers have won these awards before, and they can tell you it's not only a financial help during the holidays, it's also an affirmation of all they do within our store.  We hope you will consider nominating your favorite Wellesley bookseller for one of this year's holiday bonuses HERE -- it's quick and easy and should take no more than a minute.  The last day to submit nominations is September 30th, so there is plenty of time.  We love being Wellesley booksellers, we appreciate everything James Patterson does for the world of independent bookstores, and we truly appreciate your support.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line

Monday, September 17th, 7:00 PM
Nigel Travis, executive chairman and former CEO of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins, reflects on the unique, results-oriented discipline he's developed over decades of leadership in his new book The Challenge Culture.  Travis' fine-tuned ideas provide a blueprint for any organization to achieve prosperity.  Join us for a fascinating discussion, with book signing to follow.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:00 PM
Sarah Smarsh has written one of our favorite books of the year. Heartland is an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in the Midwest, and a perfect choice for book clubs. Smarsh challenges us to look closer at the class divide in our country and examines the myths about people who are thought to be less because they earn less.  Join us in celebrating this truly wonderful new book that will make you think as well as feel.

Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 PM
Kerri Maher presents her fabulous new book, The Kennedy Debutante, a captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's greatest political dynasties.  Featuring history, adventure, and romance among the Kennedy family, this is certain to be a thrilling best-seller and a perfect gift for lovers of historical fiction.  Get your copy signed at the event and meet this exciting new author.

Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00 PM
Wellesley Books is proud to present two-time Oscar winner and three-time Emmy winner Sally Field, in conversation with NPR and WBUR's Robin Young.  Please note that this is a ticketed event and will be held at Dana Hall School.  Each ticket includes a signed copy of Sally Field's forthcoming memoir, In Pieces.
Friday, October 19th, 7:00 PM
B. A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger and The Muralist, has made the historical art thriller her own -- as well as a store favorite.  At this special event, she presents her new novel, The Collector's Apprentice, the tale of a young woman in 1922 Belgium, who is falsely accused of an elaborate heist which has lost her family its art collection.  Please note that this is a ticketed event.  Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of The Collector's Apprentice.
Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Aaron Thier

This wildly entertaining road novel cleverly juggles grand contemplations of cosmic and theological mysteries with hilarious riffs on the shortsightedness and mundanity of modern life.

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.  $35 buys the book and a ticket to the event.
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group
by John Boyne

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.  
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Celia C. PĂ©rez

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for a new book club 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 Recommendations

Peter Recommends:
The Diary Of A Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Shaun Bythell is the perennially exasperated proprietor of what has to be the most delightful used bookshop in the UK, if not the world. If it's not the clueless or downright rude customers, it's his staff and their tendency to do things their own way, no matter what the boss says. At heart, though, you can tell he has a tremendous soft spot for the people in his life -- none more than Nicky, his obstreperous assistant/nemesis. This diary is not just for us bookstore geeks, though; anyone who loves a good anecdote and tales of small-town life will find nourishment here.

Lorna  Recommends:
Meet Me At The Museum by Anne Youngson
File Anne Youngson's debut novel (at the age of 70) under 'good things that come in small packages'. An English farm wife and a Danish museum curator begin a correspondence. Their lives couldn't be more different; the curator even needs an English dictionary at his side to be sure of the meanings of some words, but they manage, through all that, to tell each other the stories of their lives and give voice to their feelings through the intimacy of letter writing. 
William Recommends:
Ultraviolet by Suzanne Matson
This gorgeous novel finds Suzanne Matson digging into her inner Elizabeth Strout, as she offers up three generations of women, each discovering their independence, in and away from family.  Beginning in India and ending up in Boston, Matson offers up short stories, each a snapshot of a time in one or more of the women's lives.  Each snapshot is self-contained, but taken as a whole, they offer a lovely, yet unflinching, look at family, love, death, and the way our own values affect our lives.      
New In Hardcover

The Mystery Of Three Quarters
Sophie Hannah

The Good Neighbor
Maxwell King

21 Lessons For The 21st Century
 Yuval Noah Harari

French Exit
Patrick DeWitt

Small Fry
Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Lake Success
Gary Shteyngart

Every Day Is Extra
 John Kerry

The Silence Of The Girls
Pat Barker

Fashion Climbing
Bill Cunningham
New In Paperback

In The Midst Of Winter
 Isabel Allende

The Ninth Hour
 Alice McDermott

James Lee Burke

Uncommon Type
Tom Hanks

The Salt Line
Holly Goddard Jones

The Grave's A Fine And Private Place
Alan Bradley
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Adults
Lauren Recommends:
Darius The Great Is Not Okay
by Adib Khorram
Darius is half Persian, but knows more Klingon than Farsi and is more comfortable with Hobbit social cues than Persian.  So, he fears the worst when his parents announce a trip to Iran to visit his mother's family for the first time.  Struggling with depression, a difficult relationship with his father, and a little sister who is everything he isn't, Darius feels way out of place.  That starts to change when he meets Sohrab and an entirely new world is opened up.  Sohrab is a lifeline, helping Darius discover himself and his place within this new sprawling Persian family.  This book is so charming!  I completely fell for Darius, and his entire family and would live between the pages of this book forever if I could.  Read this one now! 
New Books For Kids

Dog Man: Lord Of The Fleas
Dav Pilkey

Presto & Zesto In Limboland
Arthur Yorinks and
Maurice Sendak

Track 4: Lu
Jason Reynolds
New Books For Young Adults

The Sacrifice Box
Martin Stewart

Natalie C. Parker

And The Ocean Was Our Sky
Patrick Ness
Calendars And More

2019 calendars have been pouring into the store, and our gift department is hard at work getting them ready for you.  We have wall calendars with beautiful pictures to decorate your home or office -- everything from birds, dogs, and New England scenery to Van Gogh, cats, and the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Workout calendar.  There are lots of choices for planners, as well as the usual favorites, such as the Sandra Boynton Mom's Calendar or the New York Public Library Planner.  No matter how you like to organize and plan your days, we have the calendars and planners to fit your needs!

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Dog of the Week
   Bo paid us a visit recently.  His owner isn't certain of his age, but he believes he is a boxer / beagle mixed breed.  In any case, he is undeniably cute.  He was discovered in a box on an abandoned property, and was instantly adopted by his new family.  He enjoys squirrel-chasing, anything to do with chicken or cheese, and cuddling -- but only with close family!  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Bo! 

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