Wellesley Books Newsletter  
December 12th, 2018

At this, the busiest time of year for booksellers and our customers alike, we'll keep our newsletter short and sweet. Our shelves are full to bursting with new titles for adults and children, and some of the best are featured in our annual Holiday Picks booklet. Copies are available at both the front and back registers, and booksellers are always happy to walk you through our selections. Do you have an especially difficult-to-shop-for friend or relative? Stop in and tell us what you know about his or her taste, and we'll play matchmaker -- few things are as satisfying as matching up a reader with a book he or she will love.

Amid the hustle and bustle of those last few weeks of December, we would like to take a moment to thank you all for enabling Wellesley Books to thrive for another year. The best part of the holiday season for all of us is seeing so many faces, both familiar and new, and uniting with other local merchants to keep Wellesley Square a destination for local shopping. (Here at the bookstore, for example, we like to refer to Black Friday as Friends and Family Day.) Thanks to all of you for continuing to bring your friends and your family (and your dogs) year after year.  We couldn't do it without you, and we are forever grateful.
Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line
TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 12th, at 7:00PM 
The New England Patriots are one of the most successful teams in the NFL, with five Super Bowl championships and a perpetual playoff presence. As a broadcaster and former player for the Patriots,  Scott Zolak, author of If These Walls Could Talk: Stories From The New England Patriots Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Boxhas witnessed more than his fair share of that history up close and personal. Through singular anecdotes only Zolak can tell, as well as conversations with current and past players, his book provides fans with a one-of-a-kind, insider's look into the great moments, the lowlights, and everything in between. Pats fans will not want to miss this event.    
The event is free; however, we request that you RSVP. You can sign up in-store at Wellesley Books, by phone at 781-431-1160, or online by clicking on the picture of Scott.                                                                    
Bill's Book Group For Guys

by Ali Smith

We continue our recent seasonal theme with Autumn, the first installment of a quartet of novels by Ali Smith, one of my favorite authors. A lover of language, wordplay, and puns, Smith pens an unforgettable story about aging, time, love and stories themselves.

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.
Betty's Lunchtime Book Group
(Paperback due February 5th)
by Tayari Jones

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 Jack Cheng

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for a new 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!
Bookseller Recommendations

Pete Recommends:
The Patch by John McPhee
it always feels as though McPhee can make any subject interesting and this collection is more proof of his talent. Even the bits on matters that I thought I would have no interest in left me caring about the man writing these stories.

Rachael Recommends:
Aidan Bishop has been having a bad day. In fact, he's been mysteriously experiencing the same bad day over and over again. But unlike "Groundhog Day," Aidan wakes up in a different body every morning. The only way for him to escape the loop he's stuck in is by solving the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle before it happens at 11 PM. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the type of thriller that you'll finish in a day. It's strange, and fun, and the plot twists don't stop coming. Stuart Turton's debut novel will keep you guessing right up until the end.

Lorna Recommends:
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
The LaCruz family has come together for two momentous occasions, a funeral and a birthday party. I loved every bit of this wonderful family saga. This is a must-read for lovers of John Irving.
Peter Recommends: 
Milkman by Anna Burns 
Middle sister navigates the rumors, gossip, codes, silences, and hidden meanings of daily life during civil war with a wonderfully unique voice that fills Milkman with character, intelligence, and sly wit. Anna Burns' third novel, her first to be published in the U.S., is a deserving winner of this year's Man Booker prize.

New In Hardcover

Into The Night
Sarah Bailey

Kitchen Yarns
Ann Hood

The Dakota Winters
Tom Barbash
New In Paperback

The Ice House
Laura Lee Smith

Only Killers and Thieves
Paul Howarth

Akwaeke Emezi
Used Book Cellar News

We have paused used book trade-ins for the rest of the year, until after the holidays.  Melinda will resume her post on Saturday, January 5th, 2019.  In the meanwhile, visit our Used Book Cellar and explore all the great titles.  You never know what you will discover!

Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
Nandini Recommends:
 The Art of The Swap
 by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
In this middle-grade time travel mystery, set at The Elms in Newport just before the legendary art heist of 1905, Hannah (daughter of the present-day caretaker) and Maggie (resident tween heiress circa 1905) swap places via a magical mirror. Viewing the culture of the two periods through the girls' switched-in-time eyes is fascinating and the pace of the plot is perfect for young readers -- as well as a fun way to learn about history!
New Books For Kids

Little Owl's Snow
Divya Srinivasan

Amber And Dusk
Lyra Selene

The Silk Roads
Peter Frankopan
Everything You Could Possibly Need for the Holidays
Our gift department has been hard at work stocking the store with an incredible assortment of gifts for everyone on your list: everything from reliable favorites like soft scarves, warm gloves, and scented candles, to a hip new assortment of ornaments for the Christmas tree.  (The avocado and sparkly croissant are staff faves.)  In the kids' section, we have tables of artsy and STEM-friendly maker kits for the budding roboticist. Booksellers can attest that, this time of year, customers repeatedly tell us, "There's so much to see here!  You guys have fantastic gifts."  The picture shows just a small slice of what we carry -- come in and see for yourself.
What We're Reading Now...
Downloadable Audiobooks

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Dog of the Week

Suki is a five-month-old mini Goldendoodle who is happy to show off her excellent manners and festive bow. Her greatest joy in life is to make kids happy, though her charm also works on booksellers and customers of all ages.  Welcome to Wellesley Books, Suki!

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Rebecca Stimpson

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