Wellesley Books Newsletter  
May 23rd, 2018

TODAY! Wednesday, May 23rd from 12:00 noon till 1:30PM. 
Join best-selling author Dave Eggers ( The Lifters, The Monk Of Mokha, A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius) for a very special pop-up event at our store!  We will have copies of his books on hand if you'd like one (or more) signed, and he is anxious to discuss books, writing, and his non-profit organization, 826 Boston.  If you need a special gift for a graduate or Dad for Father's Day, a signed book is a personal and thoughtful gift.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet an award-winning author!
Employment Opportunities

Do you love shopping at our store?  Do you enjoy staying current with the worlds of books and gifts and sharing your favorites?  We are looking for a part-time bookseller for evenings and weekends, as well as a part-time giftseller for day shifts and occasional weekends. If you would like to learn more about either of these opportunities, please stop by the store for a job application, or send your resume to peter@wellesleybooks.com.

Upcoming Events
All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line


Sunday, June 3rd, 3:00 PM.
From Picture Books To YA: Seven Children's Authors Discuss the Wide World of Children's Literature.
Kid-lit authors extraordinare Megan Frazer Blakemore, Julie Dao, Erin Dionne, Debbi Michiko Florence, Cordelia Jensen, Jarrett Lerner, and Anna Staniszewski will hold a panel discussion on the wide world of children's literature, with a book signing to follow This is certain to be a lively conversation about their various viewpoints on children's books and how to write with many different audiences in mind.  Copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase at the event.

Tuesday, June 5th, 7:00 PM. SOLD OUT! WAIT LIST ONLY!
Gail Honeyman joins us to celebrate the paperback release of one of our favorite books of last year, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine .   This funny and uplifting novel is about two very different strangers who meet when they help an old man who falls in front of them -- but can they help each other?  Tickets for this event are $5 and can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.

Thursday, June 7th, 7:00 PM. 
Get ready for How Hard Can It Be, the hilarious and poignant new adventures of Kate Reddy, the beleaguered heroine of Allison Pearson's groundbreaking bestselleI Don't Know How She Does It (the basis for the film). Meet Allison and laugh along as Kate experiences workplace ageism, teenage daughter selfie angst, and a husband who has become a MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra).  This is a free event; however, we ask that you RSVP.

Friday, June 8th, 7:00 PM.
Copley Square is one of Boston's most significant and instantly recognizable public locations, home to Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and the Hancock Tower.  Architectural historian Leslie Humm Cormier explores this contemporary landmark in her new book Copley Square: History Through Architecture, from its origins as an estuary to its vital significance as a stylistic link between old-world style and new-world design.  This is certain to be a fascinating evening of local history!


Friday, June 15th, 7:00 PM.  
Jenna Blum, the bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in her new novel  The Lost Family.  This emotionally charged story spans a generation in Manhattan, centered around Masha's Restaurant and its owner and head chef, an Auschwitz survivor. The Lost Family is a charming and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love.  Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Charles Portis

Charles Portis, author of the masterpiece True Grit, is an American treasure.  Gringos is one of my favorite recommendations -- a perfect beach read, whether you are heading
 to the beach or not.

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
by Jesmyn Ward

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

Sally Recommends:
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
In postwar London, Nathaniel and Rachel's parents have gone abroad, leaving them in the care of a possible criminal -- a man known as The Moth. This exquisitely written novel by the author of The English Patient is atmospheric, mysterious, witty, and just wonderful!

William Recommends:
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
This is an exceptional book that proves that big ideas (and big emotions) can come in small packages.  Two boys meet as twelve-year-olds, form a bond of love and friendship, and then go their own ways.  What happens when someone we love drifts out of our lives and leaves a hole?  The book is filled with beautiful examples of people caring for each other and striving to understand their lives. It's the kind of book you want to shove into people's hands and shout, "Read this!" 

Barry Recommends:
Of course Michael Jordan is pictured on the cover, because -- and I say this with full awareness that I'm at risk of being tried, convicted, and sent to Clichémongers Prison -- this book is the Michael Jordan of anthologies of basketball writing.  Take a look at the table of contents: John McPhee, Pete Axthelm, David Halberstam, Frank Deford, Curry Kirkpatrick, Bob Ryan, Charlie Pierce, Darcy Frey, John Edgar Wideman, Pat Conroy... a veritable Dream Team! (Did I really say that?) 

Marilyn (and Rachael) Recommend:
Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee  
I eagerly traveled with this world-renowned chef as he explored various regional cuisines and brought the diverse dishes of immigrants into focus instead of concentrating on modern trends.  Lee writes beautifully about his experiences, tastes, emotions, and the sundry philosophies behind food.  He even provides recipes based on regional traditions and makes them his own.  Delicious!   
New In Hardcover

The Outsider
 Stephen King

A Shout In The Ruins
Kevin Powers

How To Change Your Mind
Michael Pollan

Pops: Fatherhood In Pieces
Michael Chabon

The Restless Wave
John McCain

The Favorite Sister
Jessica Knoll
New In Paperback

Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward

 Andrew Sean Greer

The Breakdown
B.A. Paris

The Jersey Brothers
Sally Mott Freeman

Love, Africa
Jeffrey Gettleman

Yuval Noah Harari
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
William Recommends:
Grumpy Monkey
by Suzanne Lang, Max Lang
There are so many books that try to teach kids to smile and be happy; it's delightful to discover this one, that shows kids it's okay to feel grumpy or sad or pained --  you will eventually work through the emotion.  Jim Panzee feels grumpy, and that's fine.  He will feel better soon!

Lorna Recommends:
The Penderwicks At Last
by Jeanne Birdsall
I have so much weepy love for the last of the Penderwick books.  It took mere pages to draw me back in as the Penderwicks return to Arundel, the house were it all began. There are all the elements that you expect from a rousing Penderwick adventure, including music, dogs, new friends, and an appearance from the dreaded Mrs. Tifton.  From the very beginning, the Penderwick books have been modern and classic at the same time.  I am sad to leave them here, but am grateful for the years I have spent with them.  
New Books For Kids

A Whale In Paris
Daniel Presley and Claire Polders

Secret Sisters Of The Salty Sea
Lynne Rae Perkins

Ocean Meets Sky
 The Fan Brothers
New Books For Young Adults

How I Resist
 edited by
 Maureen Johnson

From Twinkle, With Love
Sandhya Menon

 Claire Legrand
Gifts For Grads and Dads

Need an inspiring gift for a graduate?  How about something from our selection of gorgeous pottery from Mudlove, each sporting an encouraging message ("Be the change" or "Breathe") and made in the USA.  We also have picture frames, cards, mugs, passport holders, and even more gifts to celebrate your graduate.

Don't forget Dad!  Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th, and we have everything you need for Dad.  We have fun gifts like baseball socks, as well as serious, thoughtful gifts, including etched tumblers and locally made coasters.  We have plenty of cards and gift wraps to choose from as well.  Let Dad know you love him with a special gift.
What We're Reading Now...






Audiobook of the Year
Lincoln in the Bardo

  The Indies Choice Book Awards reflect the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide. We are thrilled that this year, for the first time ever, an Indie Choice Award was given for Audiobook of the Year! And, despite the many wonderful new audiobooks we've enjoyed in the last year, we couldn't agree more that George Saunders' groundbreaking and heartbreaking novel deserves this honor! Listen now!
Dog of the Week

  Philip is a Corgi in the finest royal tradition. He's a sweet-natured 16-month-old who loves walking, loves people, and loves other dogs. He also has impeccable timing, as he arrived with his owners recently just in time to help us celebrate the upcoming royal nuptials during our Independent Bookstore Day festivities.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Philip!

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independent bookstore!
William D. Carl

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