Wellesley Books Newsletter  
November 28th, 2018

It's time for the biggest family event of the year -- the Wellesley Square Holiday Stroll will take place on Sunday, December 2nd.  More than 60 local merchants participate, and it is always a wonderful day.  Featuring roving carolers, a snowflake scavenger hunt, the Art Walk, sleigh rides, face painting, and the lighting of the official Wellesley Christmas Tree -- there is nothing else like it in the Boston area.  Don't forget, parking is free all day, so visit us and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

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Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line
TOMORROW! Thursday, November 29th, 7:00 PM
Shannon Messenger is known far and wide as the best-selling author of the middle-grade series Keeper Of The Lost Cities, and she will be presenting the newest installment, Flashback.  This event will be held at Rivers School and is a ticketed event.  Your $5.00 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.   Click HERE to buy tickets. 
Saturday, December 1st, 3:00 PM
Are you a Pats fan?  If so, you'll want to join us for an afternoon with Boston Globe's sportswriter John Powers as he reads from and discusses his new book, Fridays With Bill:  Inside The Football Mind Of Bill Belichick This is a free event -- please RSVP by clicking HERE.            
Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00 PM  
SOLD OUT!  James Beard Award winner Dorie Greenspan's food is powerfully cookable -- her recipes always become instant classics. In her new book,  Everyday Dorie , she invites readers into her kitchen to savor the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop.  This is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a food tasting at the event, with recipes from the book. 
Please call the store if you'd like to be added to the wait list. 
Wednesday, December 12th, 7:00 PM
Scott Zolak is the New England Patriots' radio color analyst and a former quarterback who played for the Patriots from 1991 to 1998.  Learn all about his up-close and personal anecdotes in his book, If These Walls Could Talk, and get your copy signed. This is a free event -- please RSVP by clicking  HERE.  
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by James Rebanks

Mr Rebanks, the latest in a long family line of Herdwick sheep farmers, has become an international phenomenon with his evocative prose and blunt observations on the rugged lives and culture of his native English Lake District.

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
(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.  
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Katherine Rundell

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!
Bookseller Recommendations

Pete Recommends:
My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper
Ellie the author is every bit as quirky and adorable as the characters she has portrayed on television shows like The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.   From her childhood in St. Louis to her life in New York as a wife and mother, these are tales of a real person finding success in a very unreal world.

Rebecca Recommends:
Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
A delightful, endlessly browseable history that explores the culture that the Beastie Boys came from as well as their creations and legacy.  It's mostly written by Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz -- the loss of Adam Yauch in 2012 and the surviving members' evident love for him lend this project weight and poignancy -- with some excellent contributions from pals & associates including Luc Sante, Amy Poehler and Andre Leon Talley (who hilariously eviscerates the group's many "interesting" fashion moments). 
William Recommends:
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Following the trails of two story-lines, Kingsolver explores a family in our current time struggling with the way they are suddenly unmoored by the loss of tenure and a job; and another family, about a hundred years earlier, in which a science teacher is demonized by religious leaders of the community after teaching Darwinism.  Kingsolver draws you into these lives until you understand how things have changed yet they're also exactly the same.  Just as we are on the verge of a new age of discovery and knowledge, we are once again pulled back into a safe place, a world where we'd rather go on as we are, collectively creating a toxic political and environmental climate. 
Sally Recommends:
Those Who Knew by Idra Novey 
This story of Lena and her abusive relationship with Victor, who has since become a very public figure,  is very timely in the age of #MeToo. Weighing the pros and cons of speaking out against a previous assault -- along with the suspicion of a second woman who may have been murdered by him -- makes this novel both a thriller and a commentary on our time.

New In Hardcover

Tom Clancy: Oath Of Office
Marc Cameron

Kingdom Of The Blind
Louise Penny

The Annotated Memoirs Of Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant

Fire And Blood
George R. R. Martin

The Adults
 Caroline Hulse

Come With Me
Helen Schulman
New In Paperback

Promise Me, Dad
Joe Biden

Enchantress Of Numbers
Jennifer Chiaverini

The Museum Of Modern Love
Heather Rose
Used Book Cellar News

There will be no more used book trade-ins for the rest of the year, until the holidays are over.  Melinda will resume her post on January 5th, 2019.  In the meanwhile, visit our Used Book Cellar and explore all the great titles.  You never know what you will discover!

Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
Lorna Recommends:
The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
This truly wonderful young adult novel-in-verse just won a well-deserved National Book award. We can sympathize with Xiomara (See-oh-mah-ruh) Batista, a high school sophomore, growing up in a tiny apartment in Harlem with her smarter twin brother and her strict Dominican mother. Her story  is every teen's story -- her body is changing and she is facing conflicts within herself and with almost everyone, especially her parents. She turns to her journal to record everything she is feeling and what is happening at school, her church, and at home. You will fly through Poet X, rising to heights with Elizabeth Acevedo's powerful words and reveling in her beautiful complicated story. 
New Books For Kids

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
J.K. Rowling

Amber And Dusk
Lyra Selene

The Silk Roads
Peter Frankopan
Happy Hanukkah Gifts
Hanukkah begins the night of December 2nd, and we have great greeting cards, gift tags, and gift wrap special for the occasion.  We also have a selection of socks featuring dreidels and menorahs for your Festival of Lights.  If you're making cookies, we have holiday-themed cookie cutters to help you get those dreidel shapes exactly right.  Our Hanukkah jigsaw puzzles are sturdy and will keep the kids busy, and we even have the candles to light atop the menorah.  Happy Hanukkah!
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Dog of the Week
  Thorfinn (The Mighty) is a ten year old Sheltie who was named after the ruler of the Shetland Islands in Norse Mythology.  He visited us and showed off his shiny new boots.   He loves to chase sticks of any size, and he is a multiple prize-winner in the sporting event called 'fun nosework.'  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Thorfinn! 

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