Wellesley Books Newsletter |August 3rd, 2022
It's still high summertime outside, but, here in the independent bookselling world, our thoughts are turning to the fall--traditionally the busiest season for new books and events. As we resume our in-store programming, we also have the opportunity to reimagine it, and we would love your input. Our events coordinators would particularly like to hear from you if you're a parent/caregiver to a young child, or a member of a book club. Read on for details!
Calling all book clubs!
Here at the Wellesley Books Events’ Coordinating Desk, scheduling and brainstorming the Autumn program is in full swing. It’s our (fingers crossed) first majority in-person season since before Covid, and my first season as Events Coordinator. One thing I’d love to do is connect with book clubs and literary discussion groups in the Metrowest. Uniting our dedicated bibliophiles with authors, both old favorites and new discoveries, is my goal, and I would so appreciate your help. Please reach out via Ashleigh@WellesleyBooks.com if you and your book club are interested in learning more about our events, and maybe taking group outings to join us. If you‘re not in a book club but know friends who are, I’d be delighted to connect with them if you’d be so kind! (Also, you should join our fabulous Betty’s Lunch Time Group and Bill’s Book Club for Guys!) Thanks very much, and I hope to see you at our events soon.
Story Time @ Wellesley Books
Cassie Duncanson, School & Children's Events Coordinator, has created a survey meant to gauge interest and to establish a potential schedule for in-person Story Time at Wellesley Books. We're looking to create an ongoing series where we invite authors to read their picture books to our local young readers and their families.

We appreciate any and all feedback! Please feel free to share this survey with other local families.

Any questions? Please reach out to Cassie at Cassie@WellesleyBooks.com.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, August 13th from 2:00--3:00 PM (in-person)
Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, joins us for a meet-and-greet and signing for his new novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy.

Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy Moy connects with past generations of women in her family. But she finds trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited: a stranger is searching for her in each time period who has loved her through all of her genetic memories.

Registration is not required to attend this meet-and-greet, so don't hesitate to come anytime between 2–3pm to say hi!
Bookseller Recommendations
Sally recommends:
Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
This beautifully detailed and mesmerizing novel backtracks between Sicily and Hollywood, splicing together the past, the present, and the future. Written in gorgeous prose which is both witty and heartbreaking, it highlights Hollywood studios--Mercury Pictures--during the war years with the racial injustices and propaganda of the era. The cast of characters will all find a place in your heart.
Tracy A. recommends:
Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean
I'm so glad I picked up this book. The main character, Mika, is in her mid-thirties and struggling with what her life looks like when she is unexpectedly reconnected with the daughter she gave up for adoption 16 years earlier. As the story unfolds, we meet a host of (mostly) lovable peripheral characters who support Mika despite some of her questionable decisions. Mika in Real Life is ultimately a heartwarming novel, but that sentiment is hard-fought after dealing with loss, silence, and the weight of secrets.
Cassie recommends:
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
I listened to the audiobook in two days! This fake-dating, friends-to-lovers, bisexual AF rom-com-romp has it all. What do you get when you add one PhD candidate who just wants some stress release in the form of a good lay, plus one former rugby player who now dedicates his time to his mental health-sports charity and reading bodice rippers? Certainly this can't add up to the two catching feelings for each other, right? Equal parts hilarious, heartwarming, refreshing, and compassionate. Perfect for the beach, a vacation, or a quiet afternoon.
New In Hardcover
Mohsin Hamid
Tess Gunty
Marianne Wiggins
Gillian McAllister
Natasha Pulley
Clare Pollard
Jonathan Lemire
Ella Risbridger
Coming in November...Available for Pre-Order
There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?
New In Paperback
Ann Cleeves
Alexander McCall Smith
Richard Osman
Claire Luchette
Kwana Jackson
Nnedi Okorafor
Mona Awad
Stephen King
Judy Batalion
Rick Bragg
Julie Kavanagh
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Rebecca recommends:
Two Dogs by Ian Falconer
This is one of those rare picture books that does something with the picture-book format that feels new and fresh, while remaining kid-friendly and age-appropriate. Ian Falconer takes the close siblings/opposite personalities trope--always a winner--and runs with it in this story of two Dachshunds left alone for the day. The illustrations are an interesting combination of pastel or colored pencil and photo collage. I want to buy this for all of my friends' kids.
Meghan recommends:
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang & Matt Wilson
Heartstopper meets Stranger Things! Halloween, 1988. Everything is about to go completely awry for these four girls in Stony Stream, Ohio just trying to complete their paper routes. Soon, they find themselves stuck between two morally gray sides of a time war they didn’t sign up for as they race through time–crossing paths with many unexpected characters–to try to find their way home. Fun and unpredictable with headstrong female protagonists. Aliens! Time travel! Disappearances! Action! Paper routes! Character Development! Self-discovery! Sci-fi fans look no further!
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
Christina Diaz Gonzalez & Gabriela Epstein
Sonia Manzano
Kelly J. Baptist
Natalie Lloyd
New Books For Teens
S. Isabelle
Amanda Quain
Cristin Terrill
Francesca Padilla
J.C. Cervantes
William Ritter
In the Gift Department
Summer isn't over! Pick up some beachy vibes in our gift department. Our post-July Jubilation sale is also going strong, with sales on Swig thermal mugs and water bottles for your beach bag.
What We're Reading Now...
Dog of the Week
Ollie is a 10-month-old mini Goldendoodle who looks and feels remarkably like a Jellycat stuffie. He's learning to swim and has two Savannah cat sisters, with whom he gets along...swimmingly. When he and his feline siblings are not paddling about, Ollie loves to walk the Brook Path. Walk this way any time, Ollie.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482