Wellesley Books Newsletter 
  January 31st, 2018

Valentine's Day is in just two weeks, so this is your official heads-up to find the perfect present for your sweetheart.  What could show your love more than a beautiful card and a book that you have personally chosen for your better half?  They don't have to know you had assistance from our staff in choosing that perfect book.  We are ready to help you discover something that will make your Valentine smile, something that will show how much you care about them.  Why not add a thoughtful gift to go along with the book -- some candy or a stuffed animal?  This is the one day out of the year clearly designated to show people that you love them and appreciate them.  Whatever you do -- don't forget the date! 
Employment Opportunities
Do you love shopping at our store?  Do you enjoy staying current with the worlds of books and gifts and sharing your favorites?  We are looking for a part-time bookseller for evenings and weekends, as well as a part-time giftseller for day shifts and occasional weekends. If you would like to learn more about either of these opportunities, please stop by the store for a job application, or send your resume to peter@wellesleybooks.com.
Upcoming Events
All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line!   
Saturday, February 3rd, 4:00 PM. Elly Swartz, author of last year's wonderful Finding Perfect, brings us her new novel for middle school kids, Smart Cookie.  This charming story revolves around the importance of family and the occasional need to keep secrets.  Frankie is determined to find her Dad a new wife, and she posts a profile on a dating website.  With humor and heart, Swartz details the results of this escapade.  
Thursday, February 8th, 7 :00PM.  Join best-selling author Kristin Hannah ( The Nightingale) as she presents her new novel, The Great Alone.  When thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright's unpredictable father loses his job, he makes an impulsive, desperate decision to move his family to Alaska, where they will live off the land.  Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book. This Wellesley Books event will take place at The Rivers School in Weston.

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy's true epic is based on historical events from the 1850s on the Texas-Mexico border. It traces the fortunes of the Kid, a 14-year-old from Tennessee who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered for their scalps.

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 Min Jim Lee

Guest Moderator -- Julie Buchta

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

William Recommends:
King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich
It's 1918 in New Orleans, and the Big Easy is a pressure cooker about to explode.  A young musician decides to play his own kind of music, something new called jazz.  A police officer is haunted by a mistake made in his past.  A crime-family matriarch is preparing her trigger-happy son to take over the family business.  Then, the bodies begin turning up in the new canal being built in the Ninth Ward.  This is a brilliant historical novel, filled with colorful characters, that be-bops to a new, edgy rhythm.

Phyllis Recommends:
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
This is a wonderful story about two broken people who desperately need to find each other but don't quite know how.  Frank, a quirky music lover, is committed to vinyl and being alone.  Elsa, whose real secrets we don't learn until quite late, has moved to London to start a new life.  As Frank and Elsa's worlds collide in unexpected ways, we are treated to a unique love story full of the fabulous characters who populate the shops and flats in a down-and-out council road designated for demolition. 

Lorna Recommends:
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
I'm always intrigued by co-written novels: how do they do it? These two have the background you want to see in an author (or two). Sarah Pekkanen is a novelist and former investigative journalist, and Greer Hendricks is an editor with a masters degree in journalism. They met when Greer became Sarah's editor, a friendship bloomed, and they are now co-authors. This perfect writing duo has created a fiendishly clever thriller, with a plot twist (or two), that has to be read to be believed. 
New In Hardcover

Still Me
Jojo Moyes

Mothers Of Sparta
 Dawn Davies

The Grave's A Fine And Private Place
Alan Bradley

Blood Sisters
Jane Corry

Our Lady Of The Prairie
Thisbe Nissen

The Monk Of Mokha
Dave Eggers
New In Paperback

The Late Show
Michael Connelly

A Piece Of The World
Christina Baker Kline

The Stranger In The Woods
Michael Finkel

My Last Love Story
 Falguni Kothari

The True Flag
Stephen Kinzer

The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley
 Hannah Tinti
New Books For Kids

Yellow Kayak
Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillon

 Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You
Marley Dias

The Word Collector
Peter H. Reynolds
New Books For Young Adults

The Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert

Down And Across
Arvin Ahmadi

Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
New Gifts

Looking for a great gift?  We have several items specifically designed to spread the East Coast love, from Wellesley glasses and mugs to Boston magnets and tea towels.  They make great Valentine's Day gifts, too!

Take note -- our calendars and planners have been reduced to half-price.  If you've been putting off buying that new calendar, wait no longer!
What We're Reading Now...






Dog of the Week
   Sophie is a six year old black lab who visited us recently and posed beautifully.  She loves the beach and is very food-motivated.  We love her smile and her soulful brown eyes.   Welcome to Wellesley Books, Sophie!
Introducing Libro.fm Memberships
Do you love listening to your favorite books on the go?  More and more people do -- and Libro.fm offers the best way to listen, with superior audio quality audiobooks (2x industry standard) -- and more than 70,000 to choose from!. The folks at Libro.fm are indies, just like us, and a portion of every sale goes to your favorite independent bookstore.  It's the best way to "shop local" for digital audiobooks.  Plus, Libro.fm now offers monthly memberships! For just $14.99 each month, choose one free audiobook, and get 30% off all additional purchases.  To celebrate the launch, your first month's membership is just 99¢! All Libro.fm audiobooks are DRM-free -- you buy it, you own it -- and unused credits never expire. You'll get a great listening experience at a discounted price, along with a huge selection, and the satisfaction of supporting your local business.  Visit  libro.fm/wellesleybooks  to start your membership and get your first month for just 99¢! (Have unused Audible credits? Come see us in the store -- we can help you convert up to two Audible credits over to Libro.fm!)


"Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is
 more real than the person standing beside us?"
 -- Cornelia Funke

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William D. Carl

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