Wellesley Books Newsletter  
May 8th, 2019

With Mother's Day upon us, we booksellers need to bring our book-recommending A-game every day this week.  Fortunately, helping people shop for their bookish moms (or daughters, or aunts, or mother figures of their choosing) is always one of the greatest pleasures of the year. We have several displays of recommended reads for Mom, but we also love a challenge, so come in and tell us about your mom who's read everything under the sun, or your mom who really loves early American history, or...

Perhaps your mom (or daughter, or aunt) loves to support a good cause? We're very excited to partner with a fantastic organization, the Prison Book Program, which sends requested books to individuals in prison. Please have a look at their wish list. We'll be updating this list frequently as needs change. All you have to do is select the title you'd like to purchase, and we will take care of the rest. Our friends at the Prison Book Program can attest to the difference that receiving a new book, with a personalized note, can make in a person's life.
Upcoming Events

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

Friday, May 17th, 7:00 PM 
Jennifer Donnelly, award-winning author of multiple young-adult novels and an adult historical-fiction trilogy, presents her new novel Stepsister. This fierce feminist re-imagining of the Cinderella story, from the perspective of the victorious "ugly" stepsister, asks tough questions about beauty, likeability and the cultural forces that spur competition between women. Come meet one of the leading lights in YA fiction!   
Monday, May 20th, 7:00 PM
Get ready for grilling season with Jamie Purviance, author of Weber's Ultimate Grilling: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius. Jamie is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller; join him outside the store for a cooking demonstration and get a signed copy of his book just in time for Father's Day. This is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a grilling demo and tasting. Buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Jamie at the left.    
Tuesday, June 4th, 7:00 PM 
Local author (and Wellesley Books regular) Jennifer Blecher launches her debut middle-grade novel, Out of Place. Twelve year-old Cove Bernstein weathers the departure of her best friend for the big city, as well as a bullying campaign that threatens to overtake her school, even as she discovers new interests and talents that sustain her during a tough year. This quirky, voice-driven story, set on Martha's Vineyard, will resonate with anyone who's ever missed a best friend or dreamed big. 
Thursday, June 6th, 7:00 PM
Come meet local celebrity chef and huge personality Jason Santos--of Buttermilk & Bourbon, Abby Lane, and Citrus & Salt--and taste New Orleans-inspired recipes from his new cookbook Buttermilk & Bourbon. This event is ticketed. Your $10 ticket includes a food tasting at the event featuring recipes from the book. Buy tickets in-store at Wellesley Books, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Jason at the left.  
And coming later in the season...  
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

by Esi Edugyan
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 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!
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by Joseph Moldover

Every Moment After is an introspective, astute YA debut about teenage friendship and life after trauma, written by Bill's Book Group all-star Joe Moldover.

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.
Bookseller Recommendations
Bill recommends:
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
This novel, inspired by a real event, revolves around a two-day discussion by a group of isolated and illiterate Mennonite women to determine a course of action upon discovery that, over a period of years, they have been systematically drugged and raped by a group of men and boys from their community.  Women Talking lights a slow fuse that burns, builds and ultimately blows the lid off any concept of patriarchy.

Peter recommends:
The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
Set mainly in Palestine between the wars, the title character in this breathtaking debut novel aspires to a life of culture and refinement, while surrounded by the forces of upheaval unleashed by the fall of the Ottoman Empire after WW1. Hammad's sensitivity toward all of her characters imbues her writing with power and grace.
Sally recommends:
Look How Happy I'm Making You by Polly Rosenwaike
This beautifully written debut story collection explores motherhood and reproduction, ranging from miscarriage to unplanned pregnancies, as well as abortion and adoption. Whether you've been there or are going to be there, these stories will resonate deeply.
Colleen L. recommends:
Lessons from Lucy by Dave Barry
Have you ever noticed how happy dogs are?  Dave Barry has! As he begrudgingly faced turning 70 (equivalent in human years to the age of his dog, Lucy) he decided to pay close attention to how Lucy  remains happy day in and day out. Thus came "seven lessons" from Lucy. Barry is his wonderfully witty self. I laughed out loud and loved it!
New In Hardcover

Fall and Rise
Mitchell Zuckoff

Jared Diamond

The Pioneers
David McCullough

Ali Smith

Our Man
George Packer

The Guarded Gate
Daniel Okrent
New In Paperback

There There
Tommy Orange

Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng

The Mars Room
Rachel Kushner

The Word is Murder
Anthony Horowitz

The Book of Essie
Meghan Maclean Weir

The Perfectionists
Simon Winchester

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Stuart Turton

The Oracle Year
Charles Soule

Clock Dance
Anne Tyler

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Ruth Ware

Dark Sacred Night Michael Connelly

The Soul of America Jon Meacham
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readers
Rebecca recommends:
How to Walk an Ant by Cindy Derby
An instant quirky-kid picture book classic in the vein of Frog Belly Rat Bone, with a visual nod to Ralph Steadman. Amariyah gives you step-by-step instructions for finding, befriending and walking ants, and you'll learn some ant facts too. I would have been so into this book if someone had given it to me when I was six or seven.
Colleen recommends:
A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo
A Piglet Named Mercy is a PERFECT prequel to the Mercy Watson series! The Porcine Wonder popped into the lives of the Watsons, and their lives were never to be predictable ever again. A great backstory with fun illustrations (by original Mercy Watson illustrator Chris Van Dusen) that POP!
New Books For Kids

Shouting at the Rain
Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Endling the First
Katherine Applegate

Hurricane Season
Nicole Melleby

Fenway and Hattie in the Wild
Victoria Coe

Just Jaime
Terri Libenson

Dream Within a Dream
Patricia MacLachlan

Finding Orion
John David Anderson

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game
Chris Grabenstein

A Wolf Called Wander
Rosanne Parry
New Books For Young Adults

Hot Dog Girl
Jennifer Dugan

With the Fire on High
Elizabeth Acevedo
Broken Throne
Victoria Aveyard

Cinderella Liberator
Rebecca Solnit

Maya Motayne

Nnedi Okorafor
New in the Gift Department

Feather your nest with these egg-cellent new soaps and a robin's-egg blue Joy Susan tote.
What We're Reading Now...
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.

Dog of the Week

Murphy is a seven-and-a-half year-old Golden Retriever who belongs to our very own Judy.  Here he's showing off his new  "Koosh Ball haircut" to manage his extra-thick coat. He was bred as a show Golden but now spends most of his days running around and getting loved on here at the bookstore. Thanks for visiting, Murphy!

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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