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March 14, 2012  

We have sprung right into Spring! Check out our lovely daffodils out back. Now it's time to think about getting out in the garden.

We have a very special event coming up on April 5th at 7pm with Chef Didi Emmons, whose new book is Wild Flavors: One Chef's Transformative Year Cooking on Eva's Farm. The book is about her experience cooking from Eva Sommaripa's bucolic, slightly chaotic 2-acre organic farm. Didi will bring an intriguing selection of  locally grown plants to taste, as well as delicious samples of foods prepared from her book's recipes.  Gustare Oils & Vinegars will bring unique oils and vinegars to sample as well! This is a ticketed event so please visit our website for all the important details.

Ralph Masiello's Farm Drawing Book Young artists take note!  On Saturday, March 17th at 2pm you can come to Wellesley Books to learn techniques for drawing everything from robots to farm animals and more. In honor of Youth Art Month, artist/illustrator Ralph Masiello will take us on a tour of his renowned HOW TO DRAW series which shows you how to draw all sorts of subjects through simple step-by-step diagrams.  Young artists are invited to bring their own favorite drawing supplies but paper and pencils will be available so that everyone can draw along.     


As you can see from the list on the right, we have a great line-up of events for March and April! Be sure and check our calendar of events on our website so you don't miss out!


Local Student Art Exhibits at Wellesley Books!


March 13 - 18: Lilja Elementary School 2nd graders; bird artwork and sculpture

March 21 - 25: Sprague Elementary School 3rd graders; Eric Carle collages

March 27 - 31: Tenacre Country Day kindergarteners; fairytale sculptures

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In This Newsletter...
Books We Recommend
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
In the Kids Section
In the Gift Aisle
In the Used Book Cellar
Dog of the Week
What We Are Reading...

Upcoming Events

Ralph Masiello - Saturday, 3/17
Carolyn DeCristofano - Tuesday, 3/20
Susan Fillion - Saturday, 3/24
Michael Grant - Monday, 3/26
Susan Newman - Wednesday, 3/28
Rachel Hawkins - Thursday, 3/29
Brandon Mull - Tuesday, 4/3
Didi Emmons - Thursday, 4/5
Tad Hills - Saturday, 4/7
Tsoknyi Rinpoche - Monday, 4/9
Lunchtime Book Group - Tuesday, 4/10
Jerry Pallotta - Saturday, 4/21
Susan Senator - Friday, 4/27

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"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald


Books We Recommend

So many new books, so little time! Jump right into the good ones with our recommendations:

The All of It The All of It
by Jeannette Haien

When Kevin Dennehy gives a deathbed confession to his priest and friend, Father Declan de Loughry, that he and Edna were not really married for the last 50 years, it is up to Edna to explain the "all of it", but only if Father Declan can listen as a friend.  This puts the priest in the uncomfortable position of having to decide how to deal with such a transgression. Irish storytelling at its best, this is a tale of love, friendship, and redemption.
Nothing to Envy Nothing to Envy
by Barbara Demick
Journalist Barbara Demick pulls off the impossible, humanizing the drab masses of faces in newsreel footage from one of the most repressive, authoritarian, and isolated societies in modern history. Demick follows the daily lives and struggles of six citizens in intimate detail over a 15 year period as North Korea fails to navigate the changes brought on by the collapse of the Soviet Union, China's initial steps towards a market economy and a volatile internal leadership transition. This topical work reads like a novel and is a perfect complement to Adam Johnson's excellent new book, The Orphan Master's Son, if you are looking for an interesting combination for your book club. 

The Pumpkin Eater The Pumpkin Eater
by Penelope Mortimer

The plot of this novel is straightforward - it's all in the telling.  The reader is immediately grabbed by the voice of an unnamed narrator with an unspecified number of children.  She's married to a famous, serially unfaithful screenwriter in the pre-feminist upper-middle-class London of  the early 60s.  Whole chapters unfold in dialogue that burns with wit and intelligence.  I was amazed by this book and I'd love to discuss it!
The Expats The Expats
by Chris Pavone

Kate is a wife, a mother to two young boys, and an ex-CIA operative. When her husband relocates the family to Luxembourg for his new job, Kate is soon bored with her new domestic life. Suspicions become deceptions and this fast-paced spy thriller really takes off. 


New in Hardcover

  Arcadia   The Song of Achilles Carry the One     Rogues and Redeemers Island of Vice  

  Arcadia by Lauren Groff
 The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
 Rogues and Redeemers by Gerard O'Neill
Island of Vice by Richard Zacks 


New in Paperback 

 Turn of Mind The Trinity Six   When the Killing's Done The Information   The Foremost Good Fortune  

 Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
 The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming
When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle
     The Information by James Gleick
 The Foremost Good Fortune  by Susan Conley 

In the Kids Section 

  • Picture Books   

 A wonderful new season of picture books is upon us....
"Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalizing gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader's imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book." ~Anthony Browne, UK Children's Laureate, 2009-2011


Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
At first this book appears to be a basic alphabet story, "A is for Apple", "B is for Ball" and so on.  However, Moose quickly makes his appearance and we realize that we have a rogue animal on our hands who is anxious to get his time in the spotlight.  When we get to the letter "M" and it is "M is for Mouse" and not for "Moose" the fun truly begins. A hilarious introduction to the alphabet.
No More Kisses for Bernard by Niki Daly
What could be the problem with four wonderful doting aunts?  If you ask Bernard, it all comes down to kisses - sneaky on the nose ones, squeaky sweet ones, and lip-sticky red ones.  Thus he announces, "No more kisses!"    What are the aunts to do?  No fear - the aunts come up with a clever way to express their affection.  A sweet funny read.

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
This is the story of Ruth Harkness who in 1936, at a time when it was not popular for women to do such a thing, set off on an expedition to China with the goal of bringing a panda back to the United States.  Amazing illustrations by Melissa Sweet add visual appeal to this inspirational tale.  Great for March's Women's History Month.  
Outside Your Window - A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
Wonderful illustrations accompanied by nature inspired verse, encourage readers to look at the beauty around them.  Out just in time to make it a perfect read for April's Poetry Month.

In the Gift Aisle

  • Easter Hunt

Easter Hunt

Instead of an Easter Egg Hunt in the store, we are going to have an Easter Gift Hunt! Come on in and see if you can find:
  • Easter crackers
  • Marshmallow Bunnies
  • Grow-Your-Own Chick
  • Chick Earrings
  • A Hippie Chick
  • Easter Cupcake Kit
  • Easter Gel Gems
  • Chocolate Bunny Rings
  • Eco-egg Egg Coloring Kits
  • Bunny, Chick and Egg-shaped Cookie Cutters
  • Rabbit Ear Salad Servers (so appropriate!)
  • Lollipop Bouquet
  • A Bunny in a Carrot Car
  • A Frog with Bunny Ears

Let me know how you did!


If you have been in shopping for cards lately, you know that we have the best cards around. Fun, sweet, artistic and LOTS of choices for Easter and Passover. Come on in and take a look!


Down in the Used Book Cellar 

  • Youth Art Month           

Youth Art MonthWe are celebrating Youth Art Month here at Wellesley Books with displays of artwork by local elementary school students. While you are admiring the work of these talented young artists, you can also pick up some books about art while you are here:     

Faces, Places, and Inner Spaces: A Guide to Looking at Art by Jean Sousa
Masters of Art: Leonardo da Vinci by Francesca Romei
Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz & Hudson Talbot
Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius Who Invented the Renaissance by John Phillips
The Usborne Introduction to Modern Art by Rosie Dickins
My Animal Art Class by Nellie Shepherd
Calligraphy for Kids by Eleanor Winters
Paint and Painting by Scholastic Voyages of Discovery
AMAZEing Art by Christopher Berg

Trade Your Used Books:
Saturdays from 11am - 3pm
Open for browsing during regular store hours.

Please note: The Used Book Cellar will not be open for browsing during author events. We will be happy to look for a title after the event and place it on hold for you.

Dog of the Week 

  • Kendall

KendallKendall is a beautiful 3 year-old poodle and loves to visit Wellesley Books. She came in last night to say hello to Mayre and browse the books with her human pal. She was wearing her St. Patrick's Day collar in a lovely pink with clovers.  Maybe she was eyeing the pink rope bone we have on display. Biscuit loves hers! 








Quest for Good Manners
Wellesley Books Storytime is changing to Saturday!
Beginning on Saturday, March 3rd, storytime will be every Saturday at 10:00 am in the children's section of the store. Get ready for a whole new storytime for ages 2 to 5 with stories and crafts guaranteed to please!

March 17th: Happy St. Patrick's Day! Be sure to wear green -- and bring a lucky clover if you have one!

March 24th: Spring! Today we will read stories about our favorite season.

Special Author Storytimes: 
April 7th - Tad Hills reads Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny!
21st - Jerry Pallotta reads F is for Fenway Park 

What We're Reading Now...

The Butterfly Clues
The Bridge of Sighs
Mistress of the Art of Death
The Double Comfort Safari Club


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Kym Havens 
Wellesley Books
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