Wellesley Books Newsletter  
May 22nd, 2019

Finally, some sunshine!  Do you find yourself a bit pressed for time after days of hiding from the rain?  If so, we're happy to be your one-stop shop for dads, grads and teacher gifts.  (For the local educator in your life, few things are as appreciated as a Wellesley Books gift card and a little something to go with.)  This has also been one of the most chockablock months for new releases in recent memory--our hardcovers table is piled high with new books from David McCullough, Julie Orringer, Ian McEwan, David Brooks, and more. Put on your sunglasses and enjoy your springtime stroll to the bookstore!
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, 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.  
Wednesday, June 5th, 7:00 PM
Local kid-lit author extraordinaire Erin Dionne presents her new middle-grade novel, Secrets of a Fangirl. Sarah Anne must hide her geeky interest in a series of books from her popular friends--until a once-in-a-lifetime fan contest forces her to take a hard look at who she really is. Come spend an evening with an expert in writing for middle-schoolers and a true force in the local children's literature community. 
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.  
Monday, June 10th, 7:00 PM**SOLD OUT**
Are you unable to attend our event with David Sedaris?  We can still get you a signed copy of his latest book, Calypso. Please call the store to place your order. 
And coming later in the season...  
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
Kenneth Oppel

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!
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

by Luis Alberto Urrea
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.  
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by Anna Burns

Middle sister navigates the rumors, gossip, codes, and hidden meanings of daily life during civil war in Northern Ireland. Her unique voice fills Milkman with character, intelligence, and sly wit. Anna Burns' third novel, her first to be published in the U.S., was a deserving winner of this year's Man Booker prize.

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:
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
An established food writer and Berkeley hippie goes corporate when she gets tapped by Condé Nast to run Gourmet magazine at just the moment the food, restaurant, and farm-to-table movement hits the mainstream. She courts big time chefs and writers (I particularly enjoyed the chapter on David Foster Wallace) to modernize the magazine to meet the challenge. Reichl's evocative descriptions will have you making a restaurant reservation, trying a new recipe, or even booking a flight to Paris! I will never experience a glass of champagne the same way again...
Rachael recommends:
Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer
Every year, in the grasslands of Mongolia, a competition takes place that has been dubbed the "longest and toughest horse race." It's a brutal test of endurance, and Lara Prior-Palmer's stunning debut will leave you feeling every bruise, callus, and heartache she experienced during the race.
Peter recommends:
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
At the heart of Bowlaway is the mysterious Bertha Truitt and the gravitational pull she exerts on the eccentric residents of Salford, Massachusetts (think Somerville) around the turn of the last century, over a hundred years ago. Her women-only candlepin bowling alley becomes the heart of a community full of fascinating characters. With delicious prose and a colorful cast, this is a welcome return from one of our best novelists. 

New In Hardcover

Orange World
Karen Russell

America Was Hard to Find
Kathleen Alcott

Resistance Women 
Jennifer Chiaverini

A Bend in the Stars Rachel Barenbaum

Cari Mora
Thomas Harris

Randy Susan Meyers

Mistress of the Ritz
Melanie Benjamin

The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Sara Collins

The Paper Wasp
Lauren Acampora

Howard Stern Comes Again
Howard Stern

Out East
John Glynn

Sea Stories
Admiral William H. McRaven
New In Paperback

The Female Persuasion
Meg Wolitzer

Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic

The Clockmaker's Daughter
Kate Morton

Stephen Greenblatt

Seymour M. Hersh

How to Change Your Mind
Michael Pollan

Birds by the Shore
Jennifer Ackerman

The Rosie Result
Graeme Simsion

The Scholar
Dervla McTiernan
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readers
Cassie recommends:
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and Naomi Novik's Uprooted, in her latest novel Jennifer Donnelly combines elements of the original Grimm Brothers story with the Disney version of Cinderella. This time, the tale follows the youngest stepsister, Isabelle, after Ella gets her prince. This novel is an earnest, beautiful howl and a refusal to fit into the glass slipper presented to us. 

New Books For Kids

The Queen's Secret
Jessica Day George

Zenobia July
Lisa Bunker

Worldquake: Galloglass
Scarlett Thomas
New Books For Young Adults

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon
Anthony Horowitz

Meredith Russo

Empirium: Kingsbane
Claire Legrand
New in the Gift Department

Emma Bridgewater mugs and dishes, made in the historic British  ceramics town of Stoke-on-Trent, are here and ready to steal the show at your summer gatherings.

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

This very good boy is a four-month-old German Shepherd who is training to be a seeing eye dog. His family was inspired to raise a service dog after meeting Rescue and Jessica and hearing their story. His most favorite things include snacking on peanut butter and going for long walks in the woods.  He charmed us all with his deluxe ears and fetching red vest. Good luck, Russell!

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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