Wellesley Books Newsletter  
February 13th, 2019

In Ex Libris, a collection of essays beloved by many Wellesley Booksellers, Anne Fadiman writes about a memorable birthday present from her husband that consisted of 19 lbs. of dusty books. Here at Wellesley Books, we also think a stack of books (maybe not dusty ones, though) is the ideal gift for your sweetie. For the bibliophile, a carefully chosen book, whether it's an airplane read or something more esoteric, says "I love you" as much as a bouquet of roses, a romantic evening out, or a clean sink and an empty dishwasher that you didn't even have to ask for. For Valentine's Day, pick up a card--our selection ranges from sweet to irreverent--and tell us what your other half likes to read.  We'll take it from there.
Upcoming Events

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

Tuesday, February 26th, 7:00 PM *ticketed event*
Elinor Lipman is the award-winning author of eleven novels, including The View From Penthouse B and perennial favorite The Inn at Lake DevineGood Riddance is her delightful new romantic comedy in which one woman's trash becomes another woman's treasure, with deliriously entertaining results. Please note that this is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.  You can buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Elinor Lipman at left.   
Fe bruary 23rd, at 12:30 PM *sold out*
Bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with Never Tell, an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D.D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there. Please n ote that this special luncheon with the author is ticketed. Your $39 ticket includes the luncheon as well as a personalized copy of Lisa's new b ook. This event is now sold out, but please call us at the store if you would like to add your name to the wait list.
Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00 PM
Four locally-connected kid-lit favorites--Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Dana Alison Levy, Jen Petro-Roy and Padma Venkatraman--return to Wellesley Books for an evening of panel discussion, signings, and writerly camaraderie. Join our local community of children's authors and readers for a lively and entertaining evening.
Thursday, March 14th, 7:00 PM 
Susan MacKenty Brady, Executive Vice President at Linkage, is one of today's leading voices for women in business. Mastering Your Inner Critic . . . and Other Hidden Hurdles to Advancement provides the knowledge, insight, and tools women need to change the game in business and beyond. Readers learn how to build confidence, set clear goals, build effective networks, negotiate with skill, combat inner biases, and ultimately overcome the seven hurdles that hold women back.  
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by Gabriel Tallent

Turtle, a 14-year-old girl being raised by her charismatic and domineering survivalist father in Northern California, courageously battles to emerge from an isolated and abusive world she has inhabited since the death of her mother years earlier.

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.
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Joseph Bruchac

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for a 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!
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

by Tayari Jones

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.  
Bookseller Recommendations

Lorna Recommends:
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
A famous artist is found standing by the dead body of her equally famous photographer husband one night and she won't say a word, for years, even after she is found guilty of his murder. Enter a criminal psychologist who is obsessed with getting her to talk.

Jess Recommends:
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
George Washington Black is born on a plantation in Barbados, but he is not fated to stay. Surrounded by violence, Wash becomes a manservant for Titch, the owner's brother, who is a naturalist and leads Wash around the plantation grounds to record and draw. When Wash witnesses a white man's suicide, Titch makes plans for them to escape, leaving the island on a hot air balloon and setting off on a journey to the arctic. As the plot unfolds, and Wash becomes more aware that a man is looking to collect a reward for his capture, he understands Titch is trying to get rid of him, and Washington Black must become his own person.  
Rebecca Recommends:
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This short, sharp satirical novel might be for you if, like me, you're so over earnest realism right now.  Korede, the plain, responsible one, is compelled to clean up the literal and figurative messes left by her beautiful, murderous sister Ayoola (who has a social media addiction that undermines her half-hearted attempts to present herself as the grieving girlfriend of her deceased boyfriends).  I don't have a sibling, but I loved how the author explores the bond between sisters.
Peter Recommends:
Hollywood's Eve by Lili Anolik  
If this book does nothing else but drive you to read the great Eve Babitz herself, it will have done its job. Anolik's obsession with the enigmatic L.A. writer/artist knows no bounds--much like Babitz in her heyday--and the result is a fascinatingly well-rounded account of the highs and lows of life in and around Hollywood in the 60s and 70s.

New In Hardcover

Maria Popova

Dave Cullen

The Lost Man
Jane Harper

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James

Leading Men
Christopher Castellani

by Valeria Luiselli

Thomas Mallon

The Last Romantics by
Tara Conklin

The Girls at 17 Swann Street
by Yara Zgheib
New In Paperback

The Immortalists
Chloe Benjamin

A Long Way from Home
by Peter Carey

The Pisces
Melissa Broder

Our Towns by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

The Friend
Sigrid Nunez

The Perfect Couple
Elin Hilderbrand
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
Geoff Recommends:
A mix of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Korean mythology, this middle-grade novel follows thirteen-year-old shape-shifter Min as she hunts for the truth behind her brother's disappearance and how it might relate to the mysterious Dragon Pearl. With ghosts, intergalactic pirates, spaceship battles, mythical creatures, and the drama of life as a teen cadet in the Space Forces, this book should appeal to a range of young sci-fi and fantasy readers.

New Books For Kids

New Kid
Jerry Craft

Song for a Whale
Lynne Kelly

Pay Attention, Carter Jones
by Gary D. Schmidt

Corey Ann Haydu

The Simple Art of Flying by
Cory Leonardo

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
New Books For Young Adults

On the Come Up
Angie Thomas

Gita Trelease

Courting Darkness
Robin LaFevers

Crown of Feathers
Nicki Pau Preto

Dark of the West
Joanna Hathaway

Watch Us Rise
by Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan
New in the Gifts Department
Don't be caught without a card!  We have them all, from silly to sweet to sassy.
What We're Reading Now...
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Dogs of the Week
Stella and Pearl 
Stella and Pearl are three-year-old best buddies--though it's hard to see in this photo, they have matching tan and black spots!  Pearl is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Louisiana and Stella is an American Pit Bull Terrier rescue pup. Both of them do agility and are sweet as can be.  (Stella is an avid kisser.)  Thanks for coming in, ladies! 

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Rebecca Stimpson

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