Wellesley Books Newsletter |August 17th, 2022
Oh, August--the Sunday of the year. The days may be shorter, but our autumn events calendar is growing! We'll be announcing new events continuously as we head into September, but keep reading for a mini Fall Events Preview--we're excited to bring you in-person readings, as well as virtual events with some of our international favorites. Thanks to everyone who came out to meet Jamie Ford last Saturday--read our event coordinator Ashleigh's rave review for his new book The Many Daughters of Afong Moy below.
Used book trade-ins are back!
What better time to organize your book collection than those last few weeks of summer? If you've read it and loved it, but you're ready to let it go, bring it to our Used Book Cellar! We're now accepting trade-ins of your gently-read paperbacks from 1pm to 4pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Make some space on your shelves while delighting a future used-book browser. For a complete list of guidelines, click here.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 8th at 6:00 PM (online)
Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera and Shetland series (both of which are hit TV shows), presents The Rising Tide, the stunning tenth Vera Stanhope novel.

"The ending will take your breath away. My knuckles were white, nails dug into my palms as I read, then just when I thought it was all over…BAM. A totally unexpected ending. It’s what puts Cleeves in a league of her own among crime writers."
–Patricia Uttaro, library director

Ann will be in conversation with Paula Munier, literary agent and author of the Mercy Carr mysteries.
Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Rita Zoey Chin, author of the memoir Let the Tornado Come, joins us to discuss The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern, a luminous novel about a fiercely lonely young woman's quest to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Rita will be in conversation with E.B. Bartles, author of Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter.
Friday, October 7th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Matthew E. Henry (aka MEH) joins us to discuss his debut collection of poetry, the Colored page.

"In a debut where no one is left unaddressed, Matthew E. Henry poetically investigates issues of the modern world including conversations with Marxists, ‘well actually’ guys, the odd questions from coworkers, and racism of all forms. This is a collection of advocacy where educators are seen and the thoughtless are forced to reflect. In the Colored page, MEH manages to capture all of our collective rage and grievances at a time where the world is ablaze." –Chris L. Butler, author of Sacrilegious: Poems & Prose
Tuesday, November 15th at noon (online)
Anthony Horowitz presents The Twist of a Knife, his fourth literary whodunit following The Word is Murder, The Sentence Is Death, and A Line to Kill. This time around, Horowitz becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation—and only one man can prove his innocence: his newly estranged partner in solving crime, Detective Hawthorne.

Anthony will be in conversation with Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door and Not a Happy Family.
Bookseller Recommendations
Ashleigh recommends:
This remarkable book is a Best of 2022 for me. Achingly poignant and conceptually fascinating, it weaves together the lives of a woman, Afong Moy, and her descendants over 200 years. Their experiences are passed down epigenetically, or as such powerful interactions as to alter DNA; and we see both the whispers of similarities and direct warping of time and space to connect one woman to another. It is compelling, devastating, haunting, and ultimately a hopeful story about the power of inheriting trauma, but also the capacity to survive, thrive, and love.
Tracy A. recommends:
Bookish People by Susan Coll
So much love for this little gem of a book set in an independent bookstore in 2017! Sophie, the owner of the store, has grown weary of the day-to-day workings of her bookstore and lacks the enthusiasm needed to do her job well. An author event scheduled with a controversial author who has recently been cancelled only adds to her desire to want to sell the store and retreat quietly from her life as a small business owner. A wide and mostly lovable cast of characters supports Sophie: her events coordinator Clemi, her aspiring yoga teacher son Michael, and a handful of booksellers with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. The book is set shortly after the Charlottesville car attack and the author nimbly weaves in references to those horrific events to give the reader a sense of how fraught the energy is during the week the story takes place. Bonus points for the end of day reports issued by the bookstore manager and filled with largely useless information such as, "We briefly lost internet." This book will you make you smile, giggle, nod, and shake your head. Booksellers and non-booksellers alike will enjoy this one equally.
Colleen L. recommends:
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
Funny, fierce and full of heart! This fantasy reads like a memoir. "Scientific research" will fuel the reader's belief in the existence of female dragons who have risen above sexist oppression to excel in all areas--but mostly to help raise independent, loving and successful younger generations.
New In Hardcover
Julian Barnes
Brenda Lozano
Belinda Huijuan Tang
Lisa Jewell
Lauren Acampora
Kayla Maiuri
Michael W. Twitty
Beth Macy
Moiya McTier
New In Paperback
Colson Whitehead
Tasha Suri
Sara Nisha Adams
Joy Harjo
Lee Mandelo
David Rooney
L. Alison Heller
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Cassie recommends:
My Pet Feet by Josh Funk & Billy Yong (publishes August 23rd)
*Jean Ralphio voice* Laugh-out-loud funny, vibrant illustrations, a page-turning mystery, pirates???, this picture book has it all. My Pet Feet will keep the entire family entertained and asking to be read to again and again.
Ashleigh recommends:
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace (publishes August 30th)
Dark, intense, witty, and deliciously romantic, Death and his young protégé make for excellent banter, adventure, and slow-burn desire. This is a creative, spellbinding story of life, death, wealth, greed, and one young woman's desire to both belong and be free. Kristin Atheron's narration, on Libro.fm, is excellent--Death is sardonic, charming, and lonely; Signa is defiant but vulnerable; and the supporting cast are distinct and well-created. The tension was well-developed and the sparks between Signa and Death are utterly bewitching. I can't wait to see what Fate has in store...
Middle-Grade Monthly: A Subscription Club
Middle-Grade Monthly is our subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month our children's book buyer Lauren and school liaison Cassie select a newly-released chapter book. Get your hands on the newest and soon-to-be coveted books of the year. We offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and you can pick up your book at the store or have it mailed to you. Click on the link below for FAQs about the program.

The August 2022 pick is Tumble by Celia C. Pérez. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is our subscription service for children ages 0-5! Lauren and Cassie select one newly-released picture book each month to be sent or picked-up from the store. The goal 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 August 2022 pick is The More You Give by Marcy Campbell & Francesca Sanna. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Books for Kids
Rob Buyea
signed copies available
Faith Erin Hicks
Jen Calonita
Megan Wagner Lloyd
Cao Wenxuan & Helen Wang
New Books For Teens
Ryan La Sala
Ben Oliver
In the Gift Department
Ready or not...it's new-planner season. Get ready for the academic year with our selection of planners and organizers.
What We're Reading Now...
Tracy A.
Colleen L.
Dog of the Week
Murray is a Labradoodle from Australia, by way of Needham, Mass. He can give a high-five in exchange for treats, which he demonstrated for us. He loves peanut butter, running around with his friends, and the bookstore--where he always hits up the biscuit stashes at both registers. Double-dip any time, Murray.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482