Wellesley Books Newsletter  
January 16th, 2019

What's  that on the horizon--could it be a faint reflection of actual sunshine that's still with us at 5pm? Or the beginnings of our spring events programming here at Wellesley Books? Both are welcome signs of what's to come. "New year, new you" may be a bit of an ask, but we do have two forthcoming events that might make you see certain aspects of your life in a new light, whether you're trying to become a more mindful teacher and learner, or that pesky inner critical voice is holding you back at work. Midwinter blues-buster Elinor Lipman will also be returning in February to discuss her forthcoming novel, or you can enjoy lunch and a thriller with Lisa Gardner. Crack open that fresh 2019 day planner!
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 12th, 6:00 PM
Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her new book Mindful by Design, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with their audiences. Mindfulness is the building of three capacities: awareness, advancement, and authenticity. Built upon these core capacities, Mindful by Design provides 24 detailed exercises for teachers and students, including step-by-step mindfulness lessons embedded into specific curriculum areas, ready to implement immediately.
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 *ticketed event*
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 a copy of Lisa's new b ook, Never Tell, as well as food at the luncheon. You can buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Lisa Gardner at left.
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.  
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Vera Brosgol

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!
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.  $35 buys the book and a ticket to the event.
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

(paperback due February 5th)
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

Colleen Recommends:
The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Mystery, intrigue, travel and more than one romance makes this a pleasing page-turner! The purchase of a little antique shop in the English countryside sets this novel circa present day. A troubled ghost and rare antique trinket magically sends our protagonist back in time to the early 1600s. This first book in a new series is a fun jump between now and then. The only downside is finishing it and having to wait for book two to come out!

Marilyn Recommends:
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
We meet Hedwig Kiesler, an actress in Vienna, Austria in 1933 and follow her to Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr. In the ten years this book covers, we see through her eyes moviemaking, the rise of Hitler and World War II, her abilities with scientific inventions, and, throughout it all, a woman's place in the world. I've never seen a movie starring Hedy Lamarr, so that's next on my list.
Bill Recommends:
Winter by Ali Smith
Ali Smith writes beautiful prose, loves language and a good pun, lightly tackles weighty topics, and many of her plots could provide the makings of a Shakespearean comedy.  In Winter, a struggling 30-something son, in an attempt to impress his successful and domineering mother, hires a young vagrant woman to impersonate his girlfriend, who walked out on him the week before his Christmas visit home. Add an estranged sister, absent for 30 years, all together on a rambling Cornwall estate for a perfect Smith-mix to tackle love, family, as well as the current global political backdrop. 
Peter Recommends:
Come With Me by Helen Schulman
Amy Reed's life is not what she'd planned. She loves her family, but with her husband out-of-work (and not dealing very well with it), kids to worry about, and a nowhere job working for her best friend's tech-genius-wannabe son, her life has lost a lot of its meaning. When she has the chance to see what might have happened if... well, you'll have to read to find out. If you like Tom Perrotta, you will  feel right at home with Schulman as her characters explore the boundaries between what is and what might have been.
New In Hardcover

The Winter of the Witch by
Katherine Arden

Sam Lipsyte

Laura Sims

An Anonymous Girl
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Orchestra of Minorities
Chigozie Obioma

You Know You Want This
Kristen Roupenian

The Red Address Book
Sofia Lundberg

The First Conspiracy
Brad Meltzer

Ghost Wall
Sarah Moss
New In Paperback

Love and Ruin
Paula McLain

Christine Mangan

The Power
Naomi Alderman

The Monk of Mokha
Dave Eggers

Force of Nature
Jane Harper

Leila Slimani
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
Colleen Recommends:
Max and the Midknights
by Lincoln Peirce
If you like magic, wordplay, and all-around tomfoolery then you'll love this madcap adventure from Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series!  It's 14th century style with 21st century humor!  Max and the Midknights is great fun.  And if you like a touch of drama, listen to this story performed in full as an audio book on Libro.fm.  A full cast of talented actors bring this story to life.
New Books For Kids

The Friendship War
Andrew Clements

Dragon Pearl
Yoon Ha Lee

Warriors in Winter
Mary Pope Osborne

My Heart
Corinna Luyken

The Gilded Wolves
Roshani Chokshi

Genesis Begins Again
Alicia D. Williams
New Books For Young Adults

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
Ally Condie

The Wicked King
Holly Black

Two Can Keep a Secret
Karen M. McManus
Warm Feet, Warm Heart

Pudus, a staff and customer favorite, are back in stock for kids and adults. These slipper socks and mittens have a fluffy lining that you have to feel to believe. Your newsletter editor wears a pair of the slippers every day in the winter. They wash well, and if someone sees you wearing them, you'll probably have to buy that person a pair, too. If you're still cold, we have a great selection of scarves and gloves on clearance while they last.
What We're Reading Now...
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Dog of the Week
   Gracie is an exceedingly well-trained, four-year-old Golden Retriever with a dazzling smile.  She can do sit pretty (as demonstrated in the picture), peekaboo, left and right spins, and crawl--all tricks her family learned to teach her through working with service dogs as part of NEADS' Prison PUP program. Our busy December store didn't faze her a bit!

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