Wellesley Books Newsletter | July 21st, 2021
Many of us have felt compelled to reassess our possessions within the past year, given all the time we've been spending at home. If you've saved up a couple bags' worth of choice paperbacks culled from your shelves, now's the time to bring them in: our Used Book Cellar is once again open for trade-ins! At present, all trade-ins are by appointment only; please read our trade-in guidelines before calling to book your time.

Speaking of tidying, we've also been hard at work rearranging our store for better flow. Some of your favorite sections may have moved, so just ask us to show you around!
Upcoming Online Events
Friday, July 23rd at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a bedtime story with the illustrator himself! Scott Magoon, illustrator of Rescue & Jessica, Misunderstood Shark, and author/illustrator of Breathe, reads CHIRP! Chipmunk Sings for a Friend, a sweet and funny picture book about a singing chipmunk and the value of friendship.
Staff Recommendations
Eliza recommends:
The Therapist by B.A. Paris
If you're in search of a thriller that's unpredictable, visceral and haunting--look no further. Alice's move into an idyllic gated community becomes anything but, as she begins to untangle the truth about herself, her neighbors and her friends. Refreshingly original and complex, but not for the faint of heart!
Sally recommends:
Intimacies by Katie Kitamura
A young woman moves from NYC to The Hague for the complicated and fascinating job of interpreter for the International Court. Told in the first person, we view her relationships with a friend, a lover, a client, an enigmatic bookstore owner. There is an underlying dread to the unfolding events and it soon becomes a puzzle where no one is really as they seem. Katie Kitamura weaves a great tale in her second novel.
Sofia recommends:
The Rehearsals by Annette Christie
This Groundhog Day-esque romance about a rehearsal dinner to be relived again and again was an absolute delight. I sped through this perfect summer read! While this was a light, romantic read, it also had a substantial exploration of relationships (both familial and romantic). I found this book to be both enjoyable and thought-provoking about my own relationship.
New in Hardcover
Joyce Maynard
Daniel Silva
Matt Bell
Bracken MacLeod
Omar El Akkad
Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker
Rachel Yoder
John Lewis
Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang
Leigh Montville
New in Paperback
Katherine Center
Elinor Lipman
Jasmine Guillory
Sarah Stewart Johnson
Bookseller Recommendations for Kids & Teens
Cassie recommends:
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Daunis Fontaine, a bi-racial Ojibwe-Italian-American girl, has just graduated high school and has deferred enrollment at the University of Michigan to attend the local state school. She plans to spend more time with her best friend Lily, her ailing Grandmother, and her mom who was recently rocked by the sudden death of her brother, Daunis’ uncle. But then tragedy strikes, and Daunis is the eyewitness. And she is thrown headfirst into an FBI investigation of meth addiction and distribution within the reservation her family lives on and the greater Upper Peninsula area. A nuanced and compassionate look at addiction and the justice system and the risks one girl takes to help her friends, her community, and herself. The truth is a tangled web that it seems only Daunis is willing to carefully pick apart to not only expose the criminals but heal the victims as well.
Lucy recommends:
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
The final installment of Rowell's Simon Snow trilogy is just as inventive, engrossing, and romantic as the last two. Rowell wraps up Simon and Baz's relationship with so much care and depth, and gives every one of her characters a satisfying (if sometimes surprising) ending.
New! Middle-Grade Subscription Club!
We're thrilled to announce a new subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month, our children's buyer Lauren and school liaison Cassie will 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 July 2021 pick is Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is a 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 July 2021 pick is Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Releases for Kids & Teens
Kayla Miller
Katy Farina
Stephanie Cooke & Mari Costa
Gordon Korman
Lexi Ryan
Cassie Gustafson
TJ Klune
Axie Oh
In the Gift Department
We've restocked our assortment of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putties, just in time for those long, fidgety summer car trips.
What We're Reading
Dog of the Week

Rory is a one-year-old English Coonhound who lives with Wellesley's very own Lisa Rogers. Found as a stray in Virginia, he's been with the family for three months and likes to announce his presence with a hearty arrooo! He's a bit wiggly but would almost hold still for long enough to pose--with his chewy toy, of course--next to Lisa's Hound Won't Go.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482