Wellesley Books Newsletter  
November 14th, 2018

On Thanksgiving, we all take time to give thanks for the good in our lives, or we at least get to eat tons of turkey and watch parades and football!  At Wellesley Books, we'd like to take the time to thank the authors and publishers for putting out such terrific titles every year -- just look at those new page-turners below this introduction.  Most of all, we want to thank you, our customers.  You make every day exciting and new, and we love helping you find the perfect book, whether it's for yourself or to give as a gift.  We want to thank everyone who attended one of our exciting events this year (there are still a few more!)  We truly appreciate your enthusiasm and excitement.  It always brings a smile to our faces and warms our hearts, so, thank you so much.  Now, bring on the turkey and football!

Wellesley Books will be open from 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 21st.
We shall be closed on Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line
TONIGHT!  Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 PM
Join author Amy Blumenfeld as she reads from and signs her debut novel, The Cast.   Twenty-five years ago, a group of ninth graders produced a skit-filled videotape to cheer up their ailing friend. Now, the friends reunite over the Fourth of July to celebrate Becca's good health -- but nothing goes as planned in this tale of forgiveness and the value of enduring friendships.
Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 PM
The Boston Bruins are one of the most successful and historic teams in the NHL, with six Stanley Cup championships and counting. Author Dale Arnold, longtime broadcaster for the team, has witnessed more than his fair share of that history up close and personal and he shares his best stories in his new book, If These Walls Could Talk.  This book provides fans with a one-of-a-kind, insider's look into the great moments, the low moments, and everything in between. Bruins fans will not want to miss this event. This is a free event -- please RSVP by clicking HERE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Thursday, November 29th, 7:00 PM
Shannon Messenger is known far and wide as the best-selling author of the Keeper Of The Lost Cities series of middle-grade books, and she is reading from and discussing the newest installment: Flashback.  This event will be held at Rivers School and is a ticketed event.  Your $5.00 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.   Click HERE to buy tickets. 
Saturday, December 1st, 3:00 PM
Are you a Pats fan?  If so, you'll want to join us for an afternoon with Boston Globe's sportswriter John Powers as he reads from and discusses his new book, Fridays With Bill:  Inside The Football Mind Of Bill Belichick This is a free event -- please RSVP by clicking  HERE.            
Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00 PM  
James Beard Award Winner Dorie Greenspan's food is powerfully cookable -- her recipes always become instant classics. In her new book,  Everyday Dorie, she invites readers into her kitchen to savor the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop.  This is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a food tasting at the event, with recipes from the book.  Click HERE to buy tickets. 
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by James Rebanks

Mr Rebanks, the latest in a long family line of Herdwick sheep farmers, has become an international phenomenon with his evocative prose and blunt observations on the rugged lives and culture of his native English Lake District.

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.
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group
by Lisa Halliday

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 Katherine Rundell

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

Betty Recommends:
Listen To The Marriage by John Jay Osborn
The beauty of this new novel is that you can "do" marriage counseling by eavesdropping.  Sandy is working to help Gretchen and Steve repair their broken marriage, and it's fun to listen in on their process week after week.  Screenwriter Osborn has given us perfect dialogue as he takes us through the nuances of saying what we mean.  And while your marriage may not look like the one on display here, I'll bet you'll learn a thing or two to tune up the relationship you're in.  This is a book that seems light, perhaps, but one that resonates.

William Recommends:
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Tana French's new novel is her best in many years -- possibly her most powerful novel ever.  Using familiar murder mystery tropes, French brings us a brutally existential examination of identity, memory, and the value of a human life.  This isn't to say it isn't suspenseful -- I devoured the final 200 pages in a single night -- but it is SO much more than a page turner.  This one will sear your brain and make you think for days after you turn the last page. 
Bill Recommends:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
In 1986, a massive fire at the Los Angeles Public Library was obscured in the national media by the concurrent Chernobyl disaster. Orlean uses the fire as a springboard to spin portraits of a variety of fascinating personalities and extended discourses on such unrelated topics as the birth of the city of Los Angeles and the difficulties of arson investigation. Her reassuring message throughout the book is that libraries are thriving despite (or maybe because of) the dual pressures of the digital age and the rise in homelessness.  A current librarian quotes  Albert Schweitzer and this important message "All true living takes place face to face."  Highly recommended!
Sally Recommends:
A Ladder To The Sky by John Boyne 
Maurice Swift wants to be a famous writer. But to what lengths will this charlatan go to achieve this role? With an appearance by Gore Vidal as well as references to other bookish figures and publishers, this is a clever and engaging literary thriller from the author of The Heart's Invisible Furies
New In Hardcover

Past Tense
 Lee Child

Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty

Long Road To Mercy
David Baldacci

 Michelle Obama

Churchill: Walking With Destiny
Andrew Roberts

Why Religion?
Elaine Pagels

Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel's Classroom
Ariel Burger

The Colors Of All The Cattle
Alexander McCall Smith

Night Of Miracles
Elizabeth Berg
New In Paperback

Heart Spring Mountain
Robin MacArthur

The Music Shop
Rachel Joyce

The Great Halifax Explosion
John U. Bacon

Alternate Side
 Anna Quindlen

Ali Smith

Future Home Of The Living God
Louise Erdrich
Used Book Cellar News

This Saturday (November 17th) is our last day for trade-ins before the holidays.  Melinda will resume her post on January 5th, 2019.  In the meanwhile, visit our Used Book Cellar and explore all the great titles.  You never know what you will discover!

Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
Rachael Recommends:
by Ken Oppel
Ke nneth Oppel's enchanting middle grade novel explores what would happen if an ink splot in a cartoonist's notebook magically came to life. Chaos ensues (of course), but for Ethan Rylance and his family the titular Inkling might be just what they need to get back on their feet in the wake of a devastating loss. Not only is Oppel's latest novel heart-warming, it's also a touching look at how grief can affect people in different ways. Paired with Sydney Smith's wonderful illustrations, this story is perfect for fans of Inkheart (Cornelia Funke) and The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole (Michelle Cuevas).
New Books For Kids

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown
 Jeff Kinney

Little Dreamers
Vashti Harrison

Sasquatch And The Muckleshoot: The Unicorn Rescue Society 3
Adam Gidwitz and Joseph Bruchac
New Books For Young Adults

Girls Of Paper And Fire
Natasha Ngan

Marissa Meyer

Brandon Sanderson
Thanksgiving Table Settings
Our gift department has everything you need to set your table for the big Thanksgiving meal.  Entertain the kids with placemats that you color (don't forget the crayons while you're here).  Decorate your table with Fall-themed glassware, paper plates, napkins, and place-settings, including this lovely sunflower serving tray.  Our pumpkin spice and apple spice teas are a delicious way to top off a big meal.  Get them while they last, because they're sure to be gobbled up!

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Dog of the Week
  Finn is a five month old French Bulldog with an old soul.  He lives in Wellesley and he enjoys having treats and peanut butter along with his two best friends -- two other Frenchies!  He is a gentleman, and he already knows the commands for sit, paw, and down like a pro!  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Finn! 

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