Wellesley Books Newsletter | September 3rd, 2020
It's almost Labor Day, and our thoughts are turning to the season ahead -- one of our favorite times of year in New England -- when we can at last put the heat and torpor of summer behind us. What better time, then, to seize the opportunity and grow our space a little? You may have seen us carrying boxes and display tables down the sidewalk. You may have wondered: What are they up to? Well, we are thrilled to announce our first ever pop-up store! The Wellesley Books Annex is now open, just two doors down from our main store. Come visit us, and say goodbye to summer with great deals on choice gifts that just never quite had their day in the sun. Annex hours are Monday-Saturday 11-4 -- we can't wait to see you!
Upcoming Online Events
Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00 PM
Jeff Benedict, special features writer for Sports Illustrated and co-author of Tiger Woods, presents The Dynasty, the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots—the greatest sports dynasty of the 21st century.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below.
Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 PM
Sue Miller, author of The Good Mother and The Senator's Wife, presents her new novel, Monogamy. Sue will be in conversation with Joan Wickersham, author of The News from Spain.

This is a ticketed online event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off a copy of Monogamy from Wellesley Books. Tickets may be purchased by calling the store at 781-431-1160 or by clicking the link below:
Monday, September 14th at 7:00 PM
Fans of young adult novels, this is THE event for you! Join us for a YA 2020 Releases Panel featuring authors Lori Goldstein (Sources Say), Jessica Goodman (They Wish They Were Us), and Natalie Mae (The Kinder Poison), moderated by author Andrea Tang (Rebelwing).

Get a head start on the event with this Q&A, in which Lori discusses the writing process behind Sources Say.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Wellesley Books is happy to announce our inaugural A Child's Library: a subscription service for children ages 0-5 (or anyone who loves picture books)! Each month, our children's book buyer, Lauren, will select one newly released picture book to be sent or picked-up from the store. The purpose 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 September 2020 pick is title by author. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Bookseller Recommendations
Sally recommends:
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Gilty immigrated from Ghana, grew up in Alabama and is working on a PhD in neuroscience at Stanford, experimenting with mice. She has always felt she “wasn’t cool enough, white enough” and tries to use her brilliance as something to prove. She tells her raw and powerful story of racism, addiction, mental illness, and especially faith and prayer. All while she tries hard to mend her complicated relationship with her mother. This second novel from the author of the award winning novel, Homegoing, is compelling and so, so beautifully written.
Gillian recommends:
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
One of the few confirmed facts about William Shakespeare’s personal life is that his only son, Hamnet, died at age 11. Not long afterwards, his masterpiece Hamlet debuted on the London stage. Curl up with this splendid reimagining of what life in Stratford might have been like for young William and his unconventional wife Anne as the allure of the city drew the aspiring playwright increasingly away from his beloved family.
Colleen recommends:
Monogamy by Sue Miller (pre-order now for 9/8 release)
Cantabrigians Graham and Annie have built a relationship around people, books and photography. Gregarious Graham is the proprietor of a little indie bookshop and Annie is a more reserved, floundering photographer. Their story unravels and reveals its true self when Graham suddenly passes. Within these pages Miller explores, exposes and dissects the heart of a committed relationship. She shows the transformative power of memory and the triumph of love over death itself. The characters are rich and complicated. The scenery is painted so clearly you feel as if you’re walking on the ice-covered sidewalk, smelling the beautiful bouquet of flowers or just opening the door into your favorite bookstore. A great read!
Gillian recommends:
Anxious People by Frederik Backman (pre-order now for 9/8 release)
When an ill-conceived bank robbery goes horribly wrong, a real estate open house turns into a farcical hostage situation. The determined realtor, the potential buyers, the inept perpetrator and the squabbling police officers are all delightful, if reluctant, participants in this clever, entertaining and poignant escapade.
New In Hardcover
Mary Gordon
Kerri Arsenault
Elena Ferrante
Chasten Buttigieg
Emma Cline
Scott Anderson
Hari Kunzru
David M. Rubenstein
Katharina Volckmer
New In Paperback
Michael Hughes
Margaret Atwood
Stephen King
Alice Hoffman
Kevin Wilson
Jacqueline Woodson
Jenny Erpenbeck
Alexandra Joel
Maaza Mengiste
Patti Smith
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Cassie recommends:
10 Things I Hate about Pinky by Sandhya Menon
This companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie, follows Pinky Kumar, a proud Social Justice Warrior who loves making her parents cringe by dating ‘delinquents’, and Samir Jha who lives every day according to his regimented lists. 10 Things is what happens when you combine rigid rules with chaotic spontaneity, possums with a fear of wild animals, and enemies-to-lovers with fake dating set to the background of saving a butterfly habitat. Menon subverts expectations at every turn and will have you fall in love over and over, break your heart when you least expect it, and piece it back together as softly as butterfly wings. Unbelievably compassionate towards young people figuring out their identities and the parents trying to guide them, this comedy of errors will have you cracking up, tearing up, and yelling at the characters in horror and delight.
New Books For Kids
Lev Grossman
Rosanne Parry
Jamie Sumner
Jacqueline Woodson
New Books For Young Adults

Mike Curato
Various Authors
Aiden Thomas
Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
Katharine McGee
In the Gift Department
We're buzzing with excitement over the most recent addition to our gift department! These wonderful Hive Lives beeswax candles are hand-molded locally from vintage bottles. Choose from individually wrapped candles or tealight sets. They make the perfect gift for any occasion, and pair very nicely with our bee-themed dishtowels.
What We're Reading Now...

Dog of the Week: Meet Pippa!
Mom and daughter-duo, Kate and Cassie brought in their 3 year old rescue pup, Pippa who came to Massachusetts from Mississippi. A DNA test revealed that she is at least 50% dachshund but also has Lab and German Shepherd somewhere in her as well, especially in her bark. Her favorite pastime includes catching Frisbees and jumping up to high places. We can't blame you, Pippa, there's so many interesting things to see up high!
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