Wellesley Books Newsletter  
March 27th, 2019

Throughout March, we at Wellesley Books have been marveling at the rotating display of youth art (in honor of Youth Art Month) behind the children's desk. If you haven't been by yet to check it out, it's not too late to catch the last round of works produced by Wellesley High School students.  Images of previous student drawings and paintings on display can be seen here. They're a far cry from the lumpy ceramics some of us remember making as teenagers.

Looking ahead to April, we're busy hashing out plans to celebrate five years of Independent Bookstore Day. As always, we'll have literary trivia and a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. We'll also be celebrating another big-deal anniversary--stay tuned.
Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line .
Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:00 PM
In Christine Lynn Herman's riveting debut novel, The Devouring Gray, four teenage residents of Four Paths, New York, band together to unearth the dark truths in their families' pasts before a monster from an otherworldly dimension devours them all. Fans of YA horror and fantasy (as well as Stranger Things) won't want to miss this evening and this author on the rise.   
Friday, April 5th, 7:00 PM *Sold out--Waitlist Only*  
In Lessons from Lucy, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry shows how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.
This is a ticketed event. Tickets are currently sold out, but you may call or stop in to add your name to the waitlist. You can also request a signed copy by phone, in store or through our website. Forever Home Rescue of Medfield, MA will join us at this event with some dogs from their shelter!
Monday, April 8th, 7:00 PM
In honor of National Poetry month, join two local poets (both Wellesley College writing instructors and recent Pushcart Prize nominees), Lynne Viti and Heather C. Bryant, for an evening of readings and discussion.  Lynne and Heather will be in conversation about a variety of topics related to poetry and writing, and will be signing their books after the reading.
Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00 PM
Local author (and Bill's Book Group for Guys regular!) Joseph Moldover presents his YA debut, Every Moment After. Joe's timely and  psychologically astute novel follows two teenage friends and recent high-school graduates as they cope with the aftermath of a long-ago tragedy.  Male friendship and the aftermath of trauma are at the heart of this powerful story.  

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 April...
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Adam Gidwitz

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 Andrew Sean Greer

Once-promising author Arthur Less is fast approaching 50 years old (and a mid-life crisis) when he gets a wedding invitation from his partner of the past nine years. To avoid the wedding awkwardness, he embarks on a bizarre round-the-world tour of marginal literary events to re-kindle his flailing career.

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

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.  
Bookseller Recommendations

Barry Recommends:
The 100 Most Jewish Foods, edited by Alana Newhouse
You want erudite? This book is erudite, although it wears its learning lightly. (Oy--only the second sentence, and already he's dragging out the cliches.) You want funny? Trust me, it doesn't stint on the funny. You want definitive? Of course it's not definitive--take a look at the subtitle. You want good writing? Contributors include Ruth Reichl, Mimi Sheraton, Joan Nathan, Maira Kalman, Ian Frazier, Daphne Merkin, and plenty of others who are comparably gifted.

There are people who won't appreciate this book, but they put mayonnaise on pastrami and ketchup on scrambled eggs.

Rebecca Recommends:
Damon Young is a co-founder of verysmartbrothas.com. You might be thinking that lots of people write personal-political stuff for publication online, so what makes this collection stand out? It's all about the voice. Every single one of these essays, even when addressing the hardest stuff, contains a bunch of witty aper├žus that will forever change how you see certain people and things. (There are several politicians who I'll forever associate with their Youngian nicknames.) Young's riffs on things he particularly dislikes, where he really lets it rip, bring me a lot of joy. 
Jess Recommends:
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
Mira Jacob's latest book is a graphic memoir that begins with trying to talk to her 6-year-old son, who just happens to be obsessed with Michael Jackson, about race. Altogether hilarious and pointedly serious, Mira Jacob shows us what it's like to be the mother of a small brown boy in America by examining her own adolescence and move towards adulthood. Good Talk is a great conversation starter! 
New In Hardcover

by Candice Carty-Williams

Run Away
Harlan Coben

The Parade
Dave Eggers

On the Bright Side
Hendrik Groen

White Elephant
Julie Langsdorf
by Nathan Englander

by Barry Lopez

Doing Justice
by Preet Bharara

The American Agent
by Jacqueline Winspear
New In Paperback

Stray City
Chelsey Johnson

Kiese Laymon

The Punishment She Deserves
by Elizabeth George
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Adults
Cassie Recommends:
Leah on the Off Beat by Becky Albertalli
Leah is sarcastic, dramatic, and anxious. Like, all the time. Leah is a mostly good daughter, a kick-ass drummer, and she's also bisexual. NBD. Despite her best friend Simon's (of Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda) coming-out ordeal last year, she still struggles to be vulnerable with the people she loves the most.
In this companion novel, Leah faces prom, graduation, casual racism, friendship drama, and relationship drama. Ultimately a feel good story, with a focus on personal growth, Leah's story had me wanting to simultaneously hug and high-five my teenaged self.
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readers
Peter Recommends:
Grandfather has not returned to his homeland in the north since before the war, but he knows that nature's resilience knows no boundaries. So when he returns to the border every year he doesn't just see the barbed wire and the soldiers marching, he sees the birds, the fish, and the other animals. This beautifully illustrated tale has a wonderful ending and a hopeful spirit to match.
New Books For Kids

Sweeping Up the Heart
by Kevin Henkes

Tangled in Time: The Portal
by Kathryn Lasky

Because of the Rabbit
by Cynthia Lord

Bad Dad
David Walliams

Over the Moon
Natalie Lloyd

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story
by Susan Tan
New Books For Young Adults

Girls With Sharp Sticks
by Suzanne Young

Samira Ahmed

Killing November
Adriana Mather

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
by Ally Condie

The Lady is a Spy
Don Mitchell

Once & Future
by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
New in the Gift Department
New arrivals include these customer-favorite bamboo bowls. They're handcrafted, lacquered and a great alternative to plastic--perfect for serving up a fresh springy salad with ingredients from our friends at Volante Farms. They also weigh next to nothing, making them easy to carry out to the porch or a picnic table. (Who else is excited for the start of outdoor dining season?)

What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
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If you're thinking about joining the movement and making a commitment to listening while also supporting Wellesley Books each month, we're here for you whenever you're ready. But if you need to break up with another audiobook company first (which we know can be tough) this letter might help.

Dog of the Week
Tashmoo & Zoey

Tashmoo is an eight-year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi (named after the lake on Martha's Vineyard) and Zoey is Tashmoo's five-year-old neighbor and BFF.  Uniquely for a Pembroke, Tashmoo has a tail; when the neighbors brought Zoey home, they didn't realize that she was a different breed of Corgi. The dogs are now frequent sleepover buddies when their respective families go on vacation.
Zoey aquired her regal bearing from a stint at Westminster!

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independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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