Wellesley Books Newsletter  
April 10th, 2019

April mornings in Wellesley mean streams of runners flowing past our front door, fresh stacks of new releases on our front tables, fresh arrangements of flowers in our planters, and overflowing baskets of all things bunny & chick in our gift department.

An ideal April Saturday might begin with a cup of coffee and a poetry collection--in honor of National Poetry Month--to take onto the front porch as you ready yourself for a day in the yard (and we have books to help with all of your gardening dilemmas, too). If there's a budding poet in your own family, you'll be pleased to hear that out annual Kids' Poetry Contest is back for 2019, judged once again by our fearless school liaison and kids' book club leader, Rachael.

All signs point to spring being finally, reliably here. Take advantage of light-jacket season and stroll on down to celebrate with us.
Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line .
Thursday, April 11th, 7:00 PM
Melissa de la Cruz presents the conclusion to her wildly popular Alex & Eliza trilogy, All for One . In this dazzling finale, the curtain closes on the epic romance of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. New additions to the family and a bit of matchmaking make for a fun historical romp. If you know all the words to the Hamilton soundtrack, this is an event for you.

Wednesday, April 24th, 7:00 PM
Legions of loyal fans of Mary Ann Esposito's groundbreaking PBS cooking show, Ciao Italia, have enjoyed cooking and learning with this beloved television personality. Join Mary Ann as she introduces her new cookbook, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures In Italy
This is a ticketed event. Your $10 ticket includes a food tasting at the event with recipes from the cookbook! Buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the image of Mary Ann at the left.  
 And coming later in the season... 
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group

by Trevor Noah

Betty Sudarsky, unparalleled bookseller 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.  
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Ben Guterson

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for a book club 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 e-mail rachael@wellesleybooks.com to reserve your spot!
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by Joseph Moldover

Every Moment After is an introspective, astute YA debut about teenage friendship and life after trauma, written by Bill's Book Group all-star Joe Moldover.

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 Recommendations
Colleen recommends:
The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg
"I didn't want to die with everything in my head. The knowledge that all my memories would be lost was too painful" says our main character, Doris. At 96, her life has spanned countries and continents along with love in all of its incarnations. A red leather address book has become the map of her life.  In it she has collected all the people she has met and all the places she has been since receiving it on her tenth birthday.  Doris has decided to write her life story for her grandniece, Jenny.  Along the way Doris and Jenny both come to find you are never too old for surprises!  A lovely read.
Lorna recommends:
Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger
On the surface this novel is the story of Helen, a single mom, living in Cambridge, who happens to teach at MIT and writes bestselling books about physics. The death of her college roommate, and a mysterious phone call, make her look back on their friendship and how they each made their way in male dominated careers. It also makes Helen wonder about her life choices and what she may have missed along the way. An intriguing mix of science and emotion makes this a compelling read.
Gillian recommends:
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
Already my favorite book of the year! This extraordinary coming-of-age tale is based on the author's own early life in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, where his beloved mother and stepfather were heroin dealers and his babysitter was a notorious prison escapee. Stubborn, charismatic and ever-resilient, Eli Bell is an unforgettable character.
Sally recommends:
Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick
Ilya and Vladimir are brothers in Russia who each take their separate paths. Ilya teaches himself English and goes to America as an exchange student, while Vladimir is riddled with drugs and violence. Their unshakable bond and a murder mystery are at the heart of this beautifully written novel.

New In Hardcover

Henry, Himself
Stewart O'Nan

I Miss You When I Blink
by Mary Laura Philpott

The Editor
Steven Rowley

Soon the Light Will Be Perfect
by Dave Patterson

Lost Roses
Martha Hall Kelly

The Book of Dreams by
Nina George

Greek to Me
by Mary Norris

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

American Moonshot by Douglas Brinkley
New In Paperback

by Michael Ondaatje

The Overstory
by Richard Powers

Bunny Mellon
by Meryl Gordon

Washington Black
Esi Edugyan

Tin Man
Sarah Winman

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readers
Cassie Recommends:
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Violet Saunders is new to Four Paths -- a town whose population is rapidly decreasing as the Gray begins picking them off one-by-one. But Violet, along with Justin, May, Harper, and Isaac, are all descendants of the town founders who originally trapped the monster. I'm not saying they're the only ones who can save the day, but despite the secrets they've been burying for years, the missing hand, the grief they carry, and their magic powers -- they might be the best qualified.
The Raven Cycle meets Stranger Things in this unearthly, spine-tingling read you won't want to put down. Plus! multiple!! on-page!! multi-generational! bisexual! and queer! characters!!! My favorite book of 2019 so far.
New Books For Kids

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer
by Lamar Giles

The Strangers
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Caterpillar Summer by
Gillian McDunn
New Books For Young Adults

Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover

White Rose
by Kip Wilson

The Red Scrolls of Magic
by Cassandra Clare
New in the Gift Department

The Easter Bunny shops at Wellesley Books.
What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
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Dog of the Week

If your dog has a literary name, he or she is extra likely to make it into the newsletter.  Quimby is three years old and is named after, who else, Ramona Quimby. Quimby's humans say that she is their personal therapy dog and, additionally, is the best girl ever and the cutest dog in the world. She also knows how to work a scarf and earrings!

Thank you for supporting your community
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Rebecca Stimpson

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