Wellesley Books Newsletter  
November 6th, 2019
   Events      Book Clubs       Bookseller Picks      New Releases      For Kids      Gifts 
By the time you read this newsletter, Wellesley Books may very well have sold out of our first shipment of the newest Keeper of the Lost Cities book. (If you're not sure what we're talking about, ask a 12-year-old.) The latest adventures of Greg Heffley and family are flying out our doors, as is the first installment of a new trilogy from Maggie Steifvater. You may know a young reader who remembers exactly when every hot new book is coming out (and won't hesitate to remind you), but, if you don't, why risk missing out? Pre-ordering with us is super easy. Tell us your name and number or e-mail address, and we'll call or e-mail you as soon as your book goes on sale. Sometimes an author even includes something special for readers who pre-order his or her new book, ranging from a signature to exclusive artwork. There's enough to remember already at this time of year!
Upcoming Eventsevents

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line .
Our November 7th event with Joanne Chang is sold out!
If you would like to purchase a signed or personalized copy of her new cookbook, Pastry Love, or any of her previous titles, you may visit our website (please specify "signed copy" in the order comments at checkout), give us a call, or stop by the store. Call the store to be placed on our event wait list.  

Tuesday, November 12th, 7:00 PM
Join Massachusetts author George Howe Colt to learn about one pivotal football game, and its relevance in the present day, in The Game. On November 23, 1968, there was a turbulent and memorable football game: the season-ending clash between Harvard and Yale.
The Game is the story of an iconic American year, as seen through the young men who lived it and were changed by it.  
Our November 14th event with Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush is sold out!  
If you would like to purchase a signed copy of their forthcoming book, Sisters First, you may visit our website (please specify "signed copy" in the order comments at checkout), give us a call, or stop by the store. Call the store to be placed on our event wait list.

Monday, November 18th, 7:00 PM
Join author and editor Adrienne Brodeur as she presents one of the year's most talked-about memoirs (that's also a Wellesley Books staff favorite). Wild Game is the harrowing, compulsively readable story of a daughter looped into a mother's decades-long deception. This event is free; however, we ask that you RSVP.
Book Clubs & Workshopsbookgroups
Rachael's Book Club for Kids

Jen Wang

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for children ages 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!

Teen Writers' Workshop

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

Highly Educated: A Book Club for Teachers & Librarians

Adib Khorram

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!
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

Nicole Chung
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.
Bill's Book Group for Guys

Susan Orlean
 Fascinating characters, topics, and the birth of the city of Los Angeles revolve in this story of an arson fire in the LA public library, obscured in the media by the concurrent Chernobyl disaster.

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.

Bookseller Recommendationsrecs
Lorna recommends:
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
What seems like the most unbelievable part (brother and sister spontaneously combust when emotional, yet are unharmed) becomes totally believable in the hands of Kevin Wilson, known for his humorous and intelligent novels The Family Fang and Perfect Little World. So enjoyable to read, with a fascinating cast of characters!
Rachael recommends:
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
In Little Weirds, Jenny Slate embraces her weirdness with open arms and encourages others to do the same. It's clear that she has poured her heart and soul into this book. It's compulsively readable (you'll finish it in one sitting), relatable, and righteously angry at the state of the world we live in. Little Weirds is as much a collection of introspective essays as it is a call to arms for women to realize that nothing and no one can (or should) hold them back.
Sally recommends:
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The story of Toby Fleishman--short, Jewish, doctor--and his marital troubles with his wife Rachel is witty, raunchy, endearing, and thought-provoking. It's the perfect combo of Roth, Franzen and Updike in the telling of a marriage from both sides. And it's also perfectly fabulous!
New In Hardcovernewreleases

The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern

Find Me
André Aciman

Blue Moon
Lee Child

The Old Success
Martha Grimes

The Siberian Dilemma
Martin Cruz Smith

The Accomplice
Joseph Kanon

Finding Chika
Mitch Albom

Conversations With RBG
Jeffrey Rosen

The Witches Are Coming
Lindy West

Mo Rocca

The Great Pretender
Susannah Cahalan

An Elephant in My Kitchen
Françoise Malby-Anthony
New In Paperback

Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo

Evening in Paradise
Lucia Berlin

Book of Colours
Robyn Cadwallader

Valley Forge
Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

Mary Oliver

Elizabeth McCracken
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readerskids
Rachael recommends:
Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack
If you're in the mood for a tale that is jam-packed with Eastern European folklore, magical creatures, terrifying vikings, unlikely heroes, and high-stakes adventure, then Anya and the Dragon is exactly what you're looking for. Sofiya Pasternack has crafted a truly magical debut that feels as much like a fresh take on the genre as it does like an old favorite. Anya and the Dragon is a gorgeous story of friendship, bravery, and discovering that power comes in all shapes and sizes.

New Books For Kids

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball
Jeff Kinney

The Fowl Twins
Eoin Colfer

The Forgotten Girl
India Hill Brown

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy
Shannon Messenger

Bone Talk
Candy Gourlay
New Books For Young Adults

Renegades: Supernova
Marissa Meyer

Call Down the Hawk
Maggie Stiefvater

Arc of a Scythe: The Toll
Neal Shusterman
New in the Gift Department gifts

Colorful craft kits from Ann Williams make fantastic birthday party gifts (or rainy day entertainment.)

Available for Pre-Order Now
What We're Reading Now...
Colleen C.
Colleen L.
Prison Book Program
  For over half 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 five large boxes and counting! The Prison Book Program's needs are always changing; stay tuned for their new holiday wish list, which you'll be able to browse online and in store. Many thanks, on behalf of all of us, for your ongoing support!

Dog of the Week
Skippy is a beautiful, social and sweet 11-year-old Border Collie. A remarkably calm girl, she loves people--both small and full-grown--and other dogs. She also loves listening to music but, like many dogs, decidedly does not enjoy thunder and lightning. Hope there's only clear skies ahead for you, Skippy! 

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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