Wellesley Books Newsletter | April 14th, 2021
Independent Bookstore Day is a nationwide celebration of locally-owned bookstores – and the customers who support us and help us thrive! It's a special day to enjoy what we all love: the feel of books in our hands, the power of personal recommendations, the things that make us unique. It’s also a way for us to say “thank you” for supporting us, especially during this past year. We’ll be featuring exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise, kids’ activities, literary trivia, and publisher giveaways – all with social distancing safely in mind. We’ll also be running our first sidewalk sale since 2019(!), and our friends at Libro.fm are offering a free audiobook with your purchase. Join us Saturday, April 24th, and help us celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2021!
Mother's Day Signed Book and Gift Medley
Celebrate the mothers in your life with our Mother's Day Signed Book and Gift Medley. Choose from a selection of newly-released signed books and we'll add assorted goodies from our gift department, including soft bamboo socks, botanical hand lotion and a box of sumptuous, sea-salted dark chocolate peanut butter melts. We can even pop in a pretty note card with your personal message. Your book choices include Come Fly the World, Elizabeth & Margaret, Finding Freedom, Good Company, Libertie, and When the Stars Go Dark—click below to make your selection!
Upcoming Online Events
Friday, April 16th at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with the author herself! Danielle Joseph reads I Want to Ride the Tap Tap, a day-of-the-week picture book about a young boy and his parents who ride the taxi-bus service—called a tap tap—in Haiti, and the fascinating people they meet along the way.

In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with the author herself! Andrea Wang reads Watercress, a picture book in which gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family’s Chinese Heritage.

In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 PM
J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Maine and Saints For All Occasions, joins us to celebrate the paperback release of her 2020 bestseller, Friends and Strangers. Courtney will be in conversation with Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty and his latest, Leave the World Behind.

This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off a copy of Friends and Strangers. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 PM
Pam Jenoff, author of The Lost Girls of Paris, presents The Woman with the Blue Star, a riveting tale of courage and unlikely friendship during World War II. Pam will be in conversation with Lisa Wingate, author of The Book of Lost Friends.
This event is brought to you in partnership with Park Row Books.

This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off a copy of The Woman with the Blue Star. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 PM
Edward Rutherfurd, author of Paris and New York, takes on an exhilarating new world with his trademark epic style in China. Edward will be in conversation with William Martin, author of The Lincoln Letter.

This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off a copy of China. In order to gain access, attendees must register by clicking the link below:
Bookseller Recommendations
Jess recommends:
The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade
Amadeo chooses to be nailed to a cross on Good Friday. He does it to prove that he's capable of something, anything. His daughter, whom he rarely sees, showed up on his doorstep (really his mother's doorstep) 16 and pregnant. A story about what one family has lost, what it will lose, what possibilities exist as five generations navigate the baby's first year.
Cassie recommends:
Persephone Station by Stina Keucht
A little bit A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, a little bit Mandalorian, a little bit Rat Queens, Persephone Station is a rollicking, heartfelt, adventure (in space!). An interplanetary corporation and its recent leader (who may have obtained the position through less-than-legal means) are trying to colonize “backwater” and "abandoned" land. Our morally-grey cast of characters won’t let that stand. The pay doesn’t hurt either. The not-quite-blackmail hurts a little though. The story follows three fascinating characters: Rosie, owner of Monk’s bar with dark secrets behind their tourist-slash-criminal bar; Angel formerly of the Corpse Corps who leads a rag-tag group of criminals and assassins; and one-of-a-kind Kennedy, who despite outward appearances, is not human at all. Persephone Station shines with colorful worldbuilding just brimming with enchanting details. The danger might be intense, but you’ll still want a front seat to the show.
Gillian recommends:
Blow Your House Down by Gina Frangello
Gina Frangello bares her soul with unflinching candor as she takes you through the self-inflicted destruction of her marriage. As her story unfolds you despise her, you pity her, you admire her, you want to scream at her and you can't take your eyes off her as she examines the cumulative pressures of a women's traditional place in our society.
Sofia recommends:
Armed with her signature wit and conversational writing style, Jenny Lawson has done it again! Her 4th book is laugh-out-loud funny (as per usual) and will be sure to satisfy existing fans while earning new ones. From heartfelt and honest explorations of her struggles with depression and anxiety to outrageously funny stories of things that could probably only happen to her, Lawson brings readers on a ride that's the perfect cure for pandemic blues.
Jane recommends:
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
Can Paula McLain switch from writing historical fiction to writing a complex, psychological thriller? Why yes, yes she can! When the Stars Go Dark is the story of a troubled female detective trying to solve the disappearance of a teenage girl, in the town where she herself was raised in foster care. It is rich in detail and expertly plotted. McLain weaves the detective’s personal traumas, the ongoing investigation, and a series of unsolved crimes with an evocative description of the book’s Northern California setting. This is a great page-turner - I can’t wait to see what she writes next!
New in Hardcover
Blake Bailey
Rachel Kushner
Helen Oyeyemi
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Sanjena Sathian
Haruki Murakami
Natalie Standiford
Michaela Carter
Hunter Biden
Patrick Radden Keefe
Leidy Klotz
Admiral William H. McRaven
Elizabeth McCracken
New in Paperback
Janelle Brown
Claire Lombardo
Jennifer Weiner
Alka Joshi
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Bonnie Tsui
Julia Alvarez
Lulu Miller
Paulette Jiles
Abby Jimenez
Amy Poeppel
Emma Straub
Ivy Pochoda
Anne De Courcy
Alex Speier
Bookseller Recommendations for Kids and Teens
Sofia recommends:
Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd
A heartwarming coming of age tale, Allergic is the sweetest graphic novel I've read all year. Kids and parents alike will appreciate the themes of family and friendship, as well as the realistic portrayal and discussion of life with severe allergies. This story will make readers feel all warm and fuzzy in the best way (not the allergic way)!
New! Middle-Grade Subscription Club!
We're thrilled to announce a new subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month, Rachael and Lauren 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 April 2021 pick is The Anti-Book by Raphael Simon aka Pseudonymous Bosch. 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, our children's book buyer, 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 April 2021 pick is The Duck Who Didn't Like Water by Steve Small. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
AAPI Voices
Supriya Kelkar

Tina Cho
Christina Soontornvat
Stephan Lee
Nandini Bajpai
New Releases
Jon Klassen
In the Gift Department

Welcome to Spring! I know we're all anxious to get out to our backyards and porches with a cold drink in our hands while the food simmers on the stove. Come check out our new Swell bottles with athletic designs, ice bucket, and shakers. New bags to carry your things! And new cookbooks to get you through to the summer where the grill awaits!
What We're Reading
Dog of the Week
Huge Bashful Fudge Puppy - what a mouthful! When he sees all the other dogs visiting the store, getting pets and treats, he wishes he, too, had a name of his own, and a human to take him for walks around town. Until that day comes, though, he'll remind you he's not that huge and he's not that bashful. But he does love fudge!
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