Wellesley Books Newsletter | July 20th, 2022
This past Saturday saw Wellesley Square's first full-fledged July Jubilation since 2019--though we were low-key jubilant in 2021--and our community was out in force. Many thanks to those of you who showed up to stroll, socialize, listen to some live music and to browse our sale tables. It felt good to see a bustling summertime Wellesley Square again.

Speaking of community enhancements, have you visited the parklet just down the street from us? Our buyer took the books out for a field trip on a recent New Book Tuesday and photographed them basking in the sun, amidst some tables and Adirondack chairs, for our store's Instagram. To quote Lorna, the Cross Street parklet is "the perfect spot to read, eat some takeout or play a game of cornhole, checkers or giant Connect Four." We're partial to reading in a hanging chair with a cold drink.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Emmy Award-winning reporter Jen Maxfield joins us to discuss More After the Break, her fascinating and touching book about memorable news stories from her career.

With breathtaking detail and insight, Maxfield describes how each event unfolded, then takes the reader forward by years—sometimes decades—to find out what became of the subjects of the stories.

"More After the Break strengthens your faith in humanity, and, not incidentally, in the still noble profession of journalism."
–Gary Tuchman, CNN
Saturday, August 13th from 2:00--3:00 PM (in-person)
Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, joins us for a meet-and-greet and signing for his new novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy.

Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy Moy connects with past generations of women in her family. But she finds trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited: a stranger is searching for her in each time period who has loved her through all of her genetic memories.

Registration is not required to attend this meet-and-greet, so don't hesitate to come anytime between 2–3pm to say hi!
Bookseller Recommendations
Cassie recommends:
Dirtbag, Massachusetts by Isaac Fitzgerald
Dirtbag, Massachusetts is an unflinching memoir-in-essay that kinda rocked me, Mr. Fitzgerald. I’ve got more stuff to talk about in therapy this week than I was originally planning on; can I send you the bill? Fitzgerald’s writing is vulnerable, tender-hearted, and full of charm; reading it felt equal parts familiar and revelatory. He recalls scenes from his life with the emotional clarity of the greatest storytellers, offering readers glimpses into his past, lessons learned, and the kind of persistent work it takes to become the best version of ourselves, jagged edges and all. Reading Dirtbag, Massachusetts is like watching a man turn the soil of his life, digging up the cold earth in preparation of a glorious, and colorful life.
Eliza recommends:
Body Grammar by Jules Ohman
A splendid debut novel that's moody and evocative and might just pair especially well with a steamy cup of tea and your coziest blanket. Lou is a Portland teen until she isn't, suddenly an international modeling sensation. Yet her newfound success does not lift her nostalgia for the Pacific Northwest and the love she left behind, nor protect her from grappling with her own body and identity. Ohlman masterfully puts words to the complexity and broodiness of emerging adulthood, and has blessed the queer coming-of-age literary canon with a true gift.
Colleen L. recommends:
Write For Your Life by Anna Quindlen
As one who enjoys books on the writing process, I sit in awe of Quindlen’s contribution to this genre. Not only is it filled with useful “tools and tricks of the trade,” but she highlights wonderful examples throughout history on how writing has and continues to educate, enhance and encapsulate moments that we can all treasure. This book pays homage to writing and reading; as she says, “How it’s done is how you do it.” So, grab your favorite pen and paper and BEGIN!
New In Hardcover
Sarah Pearse
Ruth Ware
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Jenny Mollen
Blake Crouch
Sarah Gailey
Casey Sherman
Damien Lewis
Stephanie Johnson & Brandon Stanton
New In Paperback
Liane Moriarty
Katie Kitamura
Ethan Joella
Martin Walker
James Patterson & Bill Clinton
Poppy Alexander
Ruby Tandoh
Adam Stern, MD
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Lucy recommends:
She Gets The Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick
Unexpected sparks fly when confident and worldly Alex agrees to help awkward Molly woo the girl of her dreams during their first semester of college. Reading this book felt like watching one of my favorite ‘90s/2000s rom coms (cool girl gives nerdy girl a makeover, teaches her to flirt, and then proceeds to fall for her? Come on!) but without the problematic parts AND it’s queer! Lippincott and Derrick handle the awkwardness and excitement of starting college—making new friends, separating from your parents, and figuring out who you want to be as an adult—with such authenticity, so I would especially recommend this book to anyone who is about to head off to college themselves, although it’s accessible to a younger (or an older!) reader. Also, the authors are married in real life?? So cute!
Elle recommends:
The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton
Looking for something to scratch the Harry Potter itch? An incredible, multi-cultural magic school filled with the most unique magic system I've ever read! Everything you'd want from a fantasy novel is here. If the magic isn't enough to interest you, the mystery will keep you hooked.
Middle-Grade Monthly: A Subscription Club
Middle-Grade Monthly is our subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month our children's book buyer Lauren and school liaison Cassie select a newly-released chapter book. Get your hands on the newest and soon-to-be coveted books of the year. We offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and you can pick up your book at the store or have it mailed to you. Click on the link below for FAQs about the program.

The July 2022 pick is Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is our subscription service for children ages 0-5! Lauren and Cassie select one newly-released picture book each month to be sent or picked-up from the store. The goal of A Child's Library is to help foster a love for books within the child's home. It makes a great baby shower gift!

The July 2022 pick is Berry Song by Michaela Goade. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Books for Kids
Pablo Cartaya
Kwame Mbalia & Prince Joel Makonnen
Reece Eschmann
Lakita Wilson
Anna Rose Johnson
New Books For Teens
TJ Klune
In the Gift Department
Make your backyard BBQ a little more interesting than the norm with seasoned salts from Salterie One, Runamok syrups, Camp cocktail kits, fruity olive oil (in decorative jars) and sturdy, smash-resistant melamine platters and bowls.
What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
Colleen C.
Sally
Ashleigh
Dog of the Week
Cooper
Cooper is a spry 11-year-old Labradoodle who lives with bookseller Elle. He comes from a family of longtime Wellesley Books regulars. He may be stately and handsome, but his beauty is more than skin deep: he's a retired service dog who now works as a therapy dog for the Pets and People Foundation. He loves long walks, receiving all the attention, and being read to. We'd read you a bedtime story any time, Cooper!
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
781-431-1160