Wellesley Books Newsletter  
February 5th, 2020 
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If you're in elementary, middle, or high school, or you just know someone who is, then you're probably aware that there's never been a better time to be a comic-book enthusiast. Even in our present-day golden age of kids' graphic novels, though, several books stand out--and one of them is Jerry Craft's New Kid, a Wellesley Books staff favorite and winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal. We're thrilled to host Jerry himself at 2 PM this Sunday for a signing and discussion, but tickets are going fast--click here or call the store to reserve your spot.
Upcoming Eventsevents
Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 PM 
Join 2020 Newbery Medal winner Jerry Craft as he discusses and signs copies of his graphic novel New Kid. Seventh-grader Jordan Banks dreams of attending art school but is instead enrolled in a prestigious private academy, where diversity is low and the pressure is high. Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 PM
Local historical-fiction favorite Kerri Maher launches The Girl In White Gloves. This vivid reimagining of the life of Grace Kelly depicts her transformation from Hollywood star to Princess Grace of Monaco, and her subsequent search for meaning twenty years into her marriage. Please click here to RSVP; registration is required.
Tuesday, March 10th, 7:00 PM
Join chef Dave Becker for a tasting and a signing of Juniper: A Quasi-Mediterranean Restaurant. Regulars know that Dave's warmth and good humor are a vital part of the Juniper experience; his cookbook is a charming amalgam of recipes, cocktails and irreverent musings.  Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

Wednesday, March 25th, 7:00 PM
Award-winning journalist Joan Lunden presents Why Did I Come Into This Room?, a book for anyone who's "too old for Snapchat, too young for Life Alert." Joan candidly shares her anxieties and breakthroughs, as well as some of the science behind aging, all while making us laugh. Joan will be in conversation with Kelley Tuthill, formerly of WCVB; click here to purchase tickets to this event.
Book Clubs & Workshopsbookgroups
Rachael's Book Club for Kids
Tuesday, February 11th, 4:30 PM

Michelle Cuevas

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for children aged 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 contact Rachael to reserve your spot!
Bill's Book Group for Guys

Peter Carey
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.

Highly Educated: A Book Club for Teachers & Librarians

Jen Wang

Highly Educated, a new book club for teachers and librarians, will meet once a month to discuss a middle-grade or Young Adult book. Please contact our School Liaison Rachael Conrad to join!
Teen Writers' Workshop

Join writing instructor (and children's book expert) Cassie Duncanson for a 90-minute workshop aimed at writers aged 14 to 18. Classes began in September and will run monthly through June. To sign up, please contact Cassie.

Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

Barbara Kingsolver
Betty Sudarsky, unparalleled bookseller emerita 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 Recommendationsrecs
Marilyn recommends:
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
The story centers around a notebook, left at Monica's Cafe in London, which encourages the recipient to write a secret and thereby free themselves. A fabulous book club pick--the idea is therapeutic, like a book chat or where a story can take you to or from a place in your mind. I think of our Wellesley Books as a Monica's Cafe: a unique place in the area to meet, browse and think about ideas presented by stories, author events and fellow shoppers and booksellers.
Perfect for the new year/new decade!

Peter recommends:
When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann
As a young child playing spies with her neighborhood friends, Ariana Neumann stumbled on a small box tucked away deep inside a closet in her house. Inside was a document written in a strange language, with a photo of her father as a young man. Thus began a journey of discovery that brought the adult Ariana face-to-face with the young man in the picture and his gripping story of survival during wartime. Ariana Neumann artfully balances the historical and the personal, casting a fresh light on the plight of Czech Jewry in the years before and during WW2.

Lorna recommends:
Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump
Life isn't easy on the South Side of Chicago for Claude McKay Love. His Grandma and her friend Paul are all he has left to guide him through. I read this wonderful debut novel in one sitting. Just read the first two pages and you will be hooked, too. The characters, the voice, the action are all new, fresh and appealing. I loved entering this other world, this other life that Gabriel Bump has created.
Colleen L. recommends:
Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
Fly over to Paris with Sarah Smith and enjoy the City of Lights through a newcomer's eyes. Will she get the happy ending that she craves as a reader of romance novels? Curl up, get cozy and enjoy this light read!
New In Hardcovernewreleases

Run Me to Earth
Paul Yoon

The Cactus League
Emily Nemens

Eoin Colfer

When We Were Vikings
Andrew David MacDonald

The Resisters
Gish Jen

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
Deepa Anappara

Brother & Sister
Diane Keaton

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
Michael Zapata

When My Time Comes
Diane Rehm

Why We're Polarized
Ezra Klein

Race Against Time 
Jerry Mitchell

The Making of a Miracle
Mike Eruzione with Neal E. Boudette
New In Paperback

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marlon James

A Woman is No Man
Etaf Rum

Lost Children Archive
Valeria Luiselli

Good Riddance
Elinor Lipman

Lights All Night Long
 Lydia Fitzpatrick

Daisy Jones & The Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid

Maria Popova

Bad Blood
John Carreyrou

Midnight in Chernobyl
Adam Higginbotham
Bookseller Picks for Young Readerskids
New Books For Kids

Kate Messner

When You Trap a Tiger
Tae Keller

King and the Dragonflies
Kacen Callender

Here in the Real World
 Sara Pennypacker

Things Seen from Above
Shelley Pearsall

Pippa Park Raises Her Game
Erin Yun

New Books For Young Adults

Kat Leyh

Deathless Divide
Justina Ireland

Yes No Maybe So Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
New in the Gift Department gifts
It's right around the corner--whether you need cards, packs of kids' Valentines, or party accoutrements, let us help make it as easy as possible. 

Available for Pre-Order Now

Jenny Offill

The Splendid and the Vile
Erik Larson

Colum McCann
What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
Prison Book Program
  For close to a year, we've been partnering with the Prison Book Program to send books to people in prison. Thanks to your generosity, we've filled seven large boxes and counting! We've recently added some new books in different genres; please check out our expanded wishlist here.

Dog of the Week
Tucker is a four-and-a-half year-old micro Labradoodle who has dreamed of being Dog of the Week for a long time! He's a playful little dude; his two favorite toys are a Halloween spider and an orange fox. Our school liaison/children's bookseller Rachael was particularly taken with him. May all your dreams come true, Tucker!  

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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