Wellesley Books Newsletter | November 25th, 2020
November and December are the most exciting months of the year, when we get to see all of you with your stacks of books, puzzles, and gifts. This year, as one way to offer a safer shopping experience, we've taken the fun of window shopping to a new level. Introducing a New Way to Window Shop! We've placed the biggest, best books of the season in our front window, along with brief description cards for each one. We've also placed a QR code in the window, which you can scan to visit our New Way to Window Shop webpage and easily purchase any of these titles through our website. As many of you know, our website is open 24 hours and we offer mailing near and far along with curbside pickup. So come by and check it out!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. You've probably driven through town and seen more empty storefronts compared to this time last year. There's no two ways about it: It's more important than ever to shop locally this year. You want to see us in 2021, right?! There are many benefits to shopping local: Not only do you get to see our beautiful faces (and we yours), you're also supporting our local schools (such as through our school book fairs), putting tax dollars back into the community (unlike at least one large corporation), and cutting down on environmental waste. So this weekend and every weekend shop local! (Here's one way to support two Wellesley businesses at once: Buy local restarauteur Dave Becker's three wonderful cookbooks right here! We have Juniper, Recipes from Sweet Basil, and Stewed in stock, so you can take the wonderful experience of dining out home with you!)
New Holiday Bundle for Grounded Travelers
Upcoming Online Events
Friday, November 27th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story read by the author herself! Sennah Yee reads My Day with Gong Gong, about a bored little girl who makes a connection with her grandpa during a trip to Chinatown.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM
Join us for an evening with Michael Holley (NBC Sports, author of Belichick and Brady) as he discusses his new book, The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics.  

**This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be bought online using the Eventbrite link below (fees apply), or by calling us at 781-431-1160 (no fees).
Friday, December 4th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story read by the author herself! Amy June Bates reads When I Draw a Panda, about a girl who draws a panda that comes to life and helps her embrace her creativity and unique way of seeing the world.

This free online event will take place through Zoom. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Bookseller Recommendations
Andy recommends:
The Orphan of Cemetery Hill combines a fascinating historical backdrop with an exciting romantic adventure. Following the exploits of an orphaned girl who can speak with the dead, and the charming rogue who captures her heart, the story crosses years and the Atlantic Ocean as a tantalizing mystery unfolds. Fox takes full advantage of the setting in mid-19th century Boston, taking the reader on a tour of its winding streets and delving into the era’s relationship with death and the intriguing industries that surround it. A very fun read, especially for fans of the gothic and macabre.
Ashleigh recommends:
Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood
Willowjean “Will” Parker is a circus runaway-turned assistant detective; and she might be falling for a client, a socialite whose mother was murdered during a Halloween séance…possibly by her husband’s ghost. Working for Lillian Pentecost, infamous NYC private eye, Will guides us on a witty romp through murder, embezzlement, blackmail, and family secrets come to light.
Sofia recommends:
The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt
This beautifully designed book is your guide to all cities, and often overlooked elements that comprise them. From the seemingly mundane (streetlights, property limits) to the wonderfully weird (inflatable figures, fictitious map entries), this book takes you through the fascinating stories behind the design and architecture of the city components we see every day, yet rarely stop to ponder. Additionally, the fun doesn't stop once you turn the last page--the book was written by the creators of the 99% Invisible podcast, where you can continue to learn about the thought behind the unnoticed.
Pre-Order Now
(Available 12/7/20)
James Patterson
(Available 12/15/20)
Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

(Available 1/19/21)
Lisa Gardner
(available 12/1/20)
Michael Eric Dyson
(available 12/1/20)
Jane Smiley
(available 2/2/21)
Jane Harper
Art Books for Your Coffee Table
Quentin Bajac
& Christophe Cherix
Andrea Bayer
& Laura D. Corey
Camilla McGrath
Iconic Images
New In Hardcover
Tom Clancy
and Marc Cameron
James Patterson
David Baldacci
Ernest Cline
Alexander McCall Smith
New In Paperback
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Carly Simon
Demi Moore
Dan Albert
Charles Yu
Augusten Burroughs
Jenny Slate
Cazzie David
Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, and Dan Richards
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Sofia recommends:
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
First generation Haitian-American Henri Haltiwanger is charming, and he knows it. It's his senior year at the prestigious FATE Academy High School in NYC, and the popular, hard-working debate star has his sights set on Columbia University. He'll do just about anything to get in, including being blackmailed by his "intense" neighbor and fellow FATE student--Corrine Troy--into helping her become a social butterfly, lest she reveal the secret behind his dog walking business. With fun, relatable characters who you'll root for from start to finish, this YA rom-com is a funny, heartfelt (and, yes, charming) depiction of the stresses and joys of senior year.
Cassie recommends:
Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera
Eury’s life was uprooted after Hurricane Maria destroyed her home in Puerto Rico. Spending a summer in the Bronx was supposed to help her recover, but Eury is haunted by more than just a devastating storm and an absent father. And he’s followed her to New York. Pheus, who has lived his whole life in New York, could charm honey from a hive with his voice and guitar. He was excited to spend the summer with his friends, and serenading Melaina, his on-again, off-again flame. But when Eury arrives, it takes everything for him not to trip over his usually-suave tongue. A contemporary magical-realism take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, the latest from Rivera looks at generational trauma and the trauma that arises from natural disasters. But more than that, Never Look Back is about what it means to be seen, by others who see a twisted version of your reflection, and those who can see you as you are. Rivera’s exquisite writing is the literary equivalent of a lullaby, fast-dance music, an acoustic set, a full-orchestra symphony, and of course, a bachata.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is 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 or holiday gift!

The November 2020 pick is Bye, Penguin! by Seou Lee. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Pre-Order Now For Kids
(available 12/1/20)
Lincoln Peirce
(available 12/1/20)
Karen M. McManus
(available 12/29/20)
Tui T. Sutherland
Books for Hanukkah
Tomie dePaola
Eric A. Kimmel
Books for Christmas
New Books For Intermediate and YA
Gavriel Savit
In the Gift Department: Board Game Recommendations
Gillian recommends: Wavelength
For the family that loves word games, Wavelength will inject fresh life into game night!

"Wavelength is a social guessing game where two teams compete to read each other's minds. It’s a thrilling experience of TALKING and THINKING and HIGH FIVING that anyone can play—but it also has some of that deep word game sorcery, like Codenames, where your decisions feel tense, strategic, meaningful. "
Rebecca recommends: Carcassonne
The ideal board game! Free-form, not too many rules, and nobody gets bumped out early.

"A tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, et cetera. Having placed a tile, the player can then decide to place one of their meeples on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner."
What We're Reading Now...
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Rebecca
Sofia
Lorna
Geoff
Jess
Gillian
Jane
Sally
The Self-care Package
Whether you're stressed out by the general state of the world, work, Mondays, midterms, or the chilly weather, books are always there. Introducing the Wellesley Books self-care package for local customers. Each package comes with a surprise book handpicked by our booksellers and an assortment of gift items to brighten your day. These packages are available for curbside pickup only. Email orders@wellesleybooks.com for more info.
Dog of the Week
Introducing: Krispy Kreme
Krispo, short for Krispy Kreme, is 8 years old, loves walks, and is afraid of the dark. Sometimes we're afraid of the dark too! Krispo has the greatest side eye of any canine or human we've ever met.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
Wellesley Books
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