Wellesley Books Newsletter  
February 19th, 2020 
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As our soggy February draws to an end, it's natural to dream about the first blooms of spring. So we're thrilled to announce that, beginning this April, we'll be a pick-up point for Many Graces CSA members! Many Graces is an extraordinary flower farm in Hadley, Massachusetts; their spring flower subscription presents you with a variety of specialty tulips (Many Graces' own favorite flower). You can see some of their handiwork in the photographs above, taken from their swoon-worthy Instagram accountSign up here to bring a bit of beauty into your home; be sure to select us as your pick-up location.
Upcoming Eventsevents
Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 PM
Local historical-fiction favorite Kerri Maher launches The Girl In White Gloves. This vivid reimagining of the life of Grace Kelly depicts her transformation from Hollywood star to Princess Grace of Monaco, and her subsequent search for meaning twenty years into her marriage. Please click here to RSVP; registration is required.
Tuesday, March 10th, 7:00 PM
Join chef Dave Becker for a tasting and signing of Juniper: A Quasi-Mediterranean Restaurant. Regulars know that Dave's warmth and good humor are a vital part of the Juniper experience; his cookbook is a charming amalgam of recipes, cocktails and irreverent musings.  Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

Wednesday, March 25th, 7:00 PM
Award-winning journalist Joan Lunden presents Why Did I Come Into This Room?, a book for anyone who's "too old for Snapchat, too young for Life Alert." Joan candidly shares her anxieties and breakthroughs, as well as some of the science behind aging, all while making us laugh. Joan will be in conversation with Kelley Tuthill, formerly of WCVB; click here to purchase tickets to this event.
Tuesday, March 31st, 7:00 PM
Join contributors Melanie Brooks, Nina Gaby, Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, Marianne Leone, Amy Roost, and Jaimie Seaton for a panel discussion on Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era. The powerful and authentic personal essays collected in Fury grapple with the challenge of maintaining good mental health during a time of profound political upheaval.

Book Clubs & Workshopsbookgroups
Teen Writers' Workshop

Join writing instructor (and children's book expert) Cassie Duncanson for a 90-minute workshop aimed at writers aged 14 to 18. Classes began in September and will run monthly through June. To sign up, please contact Cassie.

Rachael's Book Club for Kids
Tuesday, March 10th, 4:30 PM

John August

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for children aged 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 contact Rachael to reserve your spot!
Highly Educated: A Book Club for Teachers & Librarians

Geraldine McCaughrean

Highly Educated, a new book club for teachers and librarians, will meet once a month to discuss a middle-grade or Young Adult book. Please contact our School Liaison Rachael Conrad to join!
Bill's Book Group for Guys

Joshua Ferris
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

Barbara Kingsolver
Betty Sudarsky, unparalleled bookseller emerita 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 Recommendationsrecs
Rachael recommends:
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
The Monster of Elendhaven is a compulsively readable debut that draws from gothic tradition and is not for the faint of heart. Its characters are vengeful and violent, and you can't help but cheer them on in their quest for retributive justice. Fantasy readers won't want to miss out on this unsettling tale.
New In Hardcovernewreleases

House of Trelawney
Hannah Rothschild

The Mercies
Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Illness Lesson
Clare Beams

Aravind Adiga

Saint X
Alexis Schaitkin

The Holdout
Graham Moore

Dark Towers
David Enrich

The Man in the Red Coat
Julian Barnes

Citizen Reporters
Stephanie Gorton

The Falcon Thief
Joshua Hammer

Author in Chief
Craig Fehrman

The Escape Artist
Helen Fremont
New In Paperback

Normal People
Sally Rooney

The Bird King
G. Willow Wilson

Late in the Day
Tessa Hadley

The Stationery Shop
Marjan Kamali

The Library of Lost and Found
Phaedra Patrick

Summer of '69
Elin Hilderbrand
Bookseller Picks for Young Readerskids
Colleen L. recommends:
Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker
In an abandoned church lot, Ware, an introverted medieval knight-in-the making, meets and befriend Jolene, a tough, street-wise realist. Together, they find refuge and purpose in building a sanctuary for themselves and the area flora and fauna. This touching story is full of real-life worries and ups-and-downs but leaves your faith in humanity intact and your heart happy.
Cassie recommends:
The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder
Terrance the box turtle was born without a shell, so his parents gave him a shell of his own. But when someone points out that his non-traditional apparel looks "weird," Terrance begins a hunt for a different shell that reflects who he is and looks good. This sweet picture book features tiny turtle butts, a very good hermit crab friend, a trash-loving raccoon, a lot of imagination, and ALL of the shells. Punny, colorful, and adventurous, this picture book will keep young readers entertained, even on the twentieth re-read.
New Books For Kids

New Books For Young Adults

Of Curses and Kisses
Sandhya Menon

The Blossom and the Firefly
Sherri L. Smith

Foul is Fair
Hannah Capin

In the Shadow of the Sun
Em Castellani

Turtle Under Ice
Juleah del Rosario

At the End of Your Tether
 Adam Smith, V.V. Glass & Hilary Jenkins
New in the Gift Department gifts

We all love these mugs and stickers from Citizen Ruth (as seen on a nifty magnetic board-and-letters set that we also sell). Are you a Dolly or a Daria?

Available for Pre-Order Now

We Ride Upon Sticks
Quan Barry

Glennon Doyle

The Mirror & the Light
Hilary Mantel
What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
Prison Book Program
  For close to a year, we've been partnering with the Prison Book Program to send books to people in prison. Thanks to your generosity, we've filled eight large boxes and counting!

We've added some new titles for Black History Month; please check out our new wishlist here.

Dog of the Week
Gus is a 9-year-old Cockapoo who loves anything with a heartbeat. He's a therapy dog and can often be found enjoying a story at the library as part of the Read to a Dog program. He also does this adorable trick when asked nicely. Thanks for the therapy, Gus! 

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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