Wellesley Books Newsletter | December 7th, 2022
It's the second week of December, and things sure are getting busy here at Wellesley Books. Frosty and Rudolph, those experienced holiday pros, stopped by during this past Sunday's Holiday Stroll to browse and get some recommendations for the many readers in their lives. May we suggest you do the same this week? Our shelves are full, our minds are fresh, and the most in-demand books of the year are still in stock. Bring us your tricky questions, your special requests, your dilemmas--there's nothing we love more, as booksellers, than to send you out the door with a bag full of books that your friends and family will love.
Upcoming Events
Please note that we are now featuring a mixture of online and-in-person events.
For further details about each event, please click the author photos below.
Thursday, December 8th at 7 PM (in-person)
Disaster relief doctor Kwan Kew Lai presents The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly.

"This poignant memoir, beautifully written and filled with humor and pathos, portrays a world few of us can imagine. That such an incredible doctor and writer could emerge from such challenging beginnings is a testament to the human spirit, or perhaps to her unique spirit. I could not put this memoir down."
–Abraham Verghese, author

The author will be in conversation with E.B. Bartels, author of Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter.
Tuesday, December 13th at 10 AM (in-person)
Author Megan Litwin joins us to read her new picture book that is absolutely perfect for this time of year, Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter Night. Celebrate winter with this magical twist on a beloved nursery rhyme that brings the shimmering season of lights to life.
Bookseller Recommendations
Meghan recommends:
Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun
This book broke my heart and then put it back together. It's the sapphic holiday rom-com you didn't know you were missing. When washed-up illustrator-turned-barista Ellie discovers that the man she agreed to marry to split his inheritance is the brother of her one-night-stand from last Christmas, she ends up in a slew of holiday-themed family activities that are definitely not awkward. What could go wrong?
Tracy A. recommends:
The Midcoast by Adam White
I couldn't put this book down and immediately pressed it into a dear friend's hands so I would have someone to talk to about it. The beautiful setting of Damariscotta, Maine plays as much of a role in it as any of the main characters. In the process of trying to get to the bottom of a local lobsterman's fortune and good luck, one resident uncovers a deep history of crime, lies, and false pretenses. Read this book!
Colleen L. recommends:
Madly, Deeply by Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman was truly a Renaissance man! In this deeply personal and revealing book, we get the opportunity to live many moments in his shoes: world-wide travel, food with (famous) friends, as well as being behind the scenes on the stage and on movie sets. I've always been a fan of Alan Rickman's work--now, even more so!
New In Hardcover
John le Carré
Louise Penny
Jane Smiley
Ethan Joella
Michael Kimmelman
Kate Andersen Brower
Lily Brooks-Dalton
New In Paperback
Kerri Maher
Charmaine Wilkerson
Brendan Slocumb
David Guterson
Tabitha Lasley
Lydia Davis
Andrew Shaffer
Maria José Ferrada
Neel Patel
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Kali recommends:
Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe
Robin Roe blew me away with her exploration of trauma, identity and friendship. Every character felt achingly real and there were just enough twists to keep me on the edge of my seat, wondering how and even if Sayers would escape. This haunting tale will stay with you long after you've read it.
Caroline recommends:
The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero
A modern-day fairytale for all ages to enjoy! This book uses elegant verse to sweep readers off to the stunning countryside of Prague. What begins as a summer vacation turns into a nightmare. Fans of Grimm's Fairy Tales, first love, and coming-of-age stories do not want to miss this!
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 selects 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 December 2022 pick is Swift & Hawk: Cyberspies by Logan Macx. 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 selects 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 December 2022 pick is The Sun Is Late and So Is The Farmer by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Books for Kids & Teens
Merrill Wyatt
Jas Hammonds
Holly Jackson
Deeba Zargarpur
In the Gift Department
Our gift department is full-to-bursting with witty ornaments and unique socks! If stocking stuffers and Yankee swap gifts are what you seek, we've got you covered!
What We're Reading Now...
publishes January 3rd
Jerry & Kali
Ashleigh
Sally
Rebecca
publishes January 3rd
Tracy A.
Dog of the Week
Daisy
Daisy is a sweet, eight-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix who recently moved to Wellesley all the way from Los Angeles. She's still getting used to the weather here, but has already decided that she loves the bookstore! Hopefully a biscuit and a snuggle will be a great incentive to get outside on those snowy days to come.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Sincerely,
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
781-431-1160