Wellesley Books Newsletter | October 13th, 2021
Few things radiate the romance of autumn in New England like a crisp, sunny October Saturday in Boston's Back Bay. And the Saturday we usually love the most is the weekend of the Boston Book Festival, where you'd expect to find a team of Wellesley Books booksellers doggedly slinging books at one of the many venues. While this year's festival does see the return of a few in-person events, most events and lectures will still be taking place online, and so, alas, we won't have a physical presence at the Festival this year. But you can shop the featured titles on our website--and we hope to see you next October at the Boston Public Library, or perhaps in the cloisters of a historic Copley Square church!
Used Book Trade-Ins Are Back!
If you've been holding onto those gently read novels, or the kids have at long last outgrown that series of chapter books, bring them in! We're open for used book trade-ins from 1-4 on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and you do not need to book an appointment.

Upcoming Events
Friday, October 15th at 7:00 PM (online)
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story with the author herself! Donna L. Washington reads Boo Stew, her new, spooky twist on Goldilocks. The townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to avoid the culinary creations of kind-hearted Curly Locks. But when the Scares start terrorizing the town at mealtime, Curly Locks uses her smarts and unique skills to stop the Scares for good. Click here to watch a clip of Donna performing a story.
Thursday, October 21st at 5:00 PM (online)
Anthony Horowitz, author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder, returns with A Line to Kill, his third whodunit featuring intrepid detectives Hawthorne and Horowitz. Anthony will be in conversation with Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The event will be hosted by Jeff's bookstore, An Unlikely Story.
Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge, presents Oh William!, the latest novel to explore the life of her iconic heroine, Lucy Barton.

"The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement."
–Ann Patchett, author

Elizabeth will be in conversation with Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers.
Friday, October 29th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us, pays tribute to her beloved black Lab in her beautiful memoir, Woodrow on the Bench: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog.

"...[Blum brings] a mix of heart, levity, and empathy to a story that we know from the outset will end with profound sadness."
–Publishers Weekly
Bookseller Recommendations
Bill recommends:
Fight Night by Miriam Toews
Fight Night is a wildly entertaining, big-hearted, and poignant novel by one of the most inventive writers of our day. The story revolves around the relationships between a young girl, her pregnant mother, and ailing grandmother living in tight quarters in a single household as they fight, each in their own way, to life on their terms. 
Sally recommends:
What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J.A. Chancy
Eleven years ago in January 2010, yet another strong earthquake shook the nation of Haiti. This beautifully written novel tells the intertwined stories of those affected by this disaster--both those who survived and those who perished. From market women, to executives, hotel owners and drug dealers, these stories of faith, family, friendship, and resilience put a face to this unimaginable tragedy. To see it happening again makes their experiences even more heartbreakingly real.
Lauren recommends:
The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley
The true joy in reading a Susanna Kearsley novel is becoming lost within its pages. She is a master of weaving meticulous research, historical figures, and complex political ideas with fascinating fictional characters and a damn good story. One of her particular talents is her ability to restore voice to these historical figures and make you care about them just as much as her fictional characters. Set in Edinburgh and moving seamlessly between two timelines, The Vanished Days is like reconnecting with old friends and getting to know others that you hope will become lifelong friends. The dual unraveling of Lily and Adam’s stories drew me in and I was quickly entirely invested in the histories and futures of these two. As much as I wanted to know what fates awaited these characters, I found myself reading slower, not wanting the story to end. When it did, I found the resolution satisfying and heartfelt, done only the way Kearsley can. Within this story lay the foundation for my favorite of her stories, The Winter Sea, and while I never need an excuse to visit Slains castle, I simply can’t let this world go yet.
New in Hardcover
Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny
Jonathan Franzen
Gregory Maguire
Alice Hoffman
Dave Eggers
Amor Towles
Christine Pride & Jo Piazza
Heather Morris
Alix E. Harrow
Seth Wickersham
Susan Orlean
Cecily Wong & Dylan Thuras
Ron Howard & Clint Howard
Sarah Ruhl
David Sedaris
Andrea Elliott
Mary Beard
Dave Grohl
Tom Vitale
New in Paperback
Vendela Vida
Torrey Peters
Emily M. Danforth
Phil Klay
Margaret MacMillan
Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Bookseller Recommendations for Kids and Teens
Colleen L. recommends:
The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo
In the middle ages, girls were not allowed to read or write. Thanks to her mother’s strength and insistence, young Beatryce has learned both! She is an Abelard, of an old and noble family. A prophecy states that a young girl with these abilities will save the kingdom. Is it Beatryce? Can she defeat the greedy King and his evil council to fulfill this prophecy? With supportive allies and Answelica (her head-butting protective goat), she is going to try! DiCamillo has crafted a powerful story of finding our way home with courage, bravery, and friendship. Beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall, this story proves the power and the magic of the written word.
Ashleigh recommends:
Crossbones by Kimberly Vale
A whimsical adventure on the high seas where ambitious young pirate captains strive to prove themselves to their crews, each other, and themselves as they vie for the pirate throne. If you're a fan of political machinations, ship-to-ship battles, flourishing romance, and a Survivor-esque competition on a dangerous island, look no further.
Middle-Grade Monthly: A Subscription Club
Middle-Grade Monthly is our new subscription service for kids ages 8-12! Each month our children's book buyer Lauren and school liaison Cassie will select a newly-released chapter book. Get your hands on the newest and soon-to-be coveted books of the year. We offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and you can pick up your book at the store or have it mailed to you. Click on the link below for FAQs about the program.

The October 2021 pick is Cuba In My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Picture Book Subscription Club: A Perfect Gift!
A Child's Library is a subscription service for children ages 0-5! Lauren and Cassie select one newly-released picture book each month to be sent or picked-up from the store. The goal of A Child's Library is to help foster a love for books within the child's home. It makes a great baby shower gift!

The October 2021 pick is It Fell From the Sky by The Fan Brothers. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Releases for Kids & Teens
Lisa McMann
Dusti Bowling
Donna Barba Higuera
Gayle Forman
Barbara Dee
Hope Larson & Rebecca Mock
Claire McFall
Kylie Lee Baker
Aden Polydoros
Brandy Colbert
Barack Obama
Sharon Cameron
Margaret Rogerson
In the Gift Department
Our gifts section is chock-full of everything pumpkin this autumn--but we won't feel offended if you fill these mugs with hot mulled cider, either.
Gift Merchandiser Wanted!
If you love our delightfully eclectic selection of gifts, games, and more, why not join our team? We are looking for a Gift Merchandiser to help us through the holidays, and perhaps beyond. Click here for details!
What We're Reading
Colleen L.
Dog of the Week
Skipper is a 6-year-old rescue from Puerto Rico, and extremely handsome in an angular way--look at that pose! His DNA test revealed him to be 62.5% Husky, 12.5% Staffordshire terrier, and 25% mystery mix. A former Peet's Coffee habitué, he now likes to hang out at the bookstore, and was quite sad when he couldn't visit us at the height of the pandemic. Don't be a stranger, Skipper.
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson
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Wellesley, MA 02482