Wellesley Books Newsletter  
March 4th, 2020 
   Events      Book Clubs       Bookseller Picks      New Releases      For Kids      Gifts 
 Think ahead a bit, because the first weeks of April bring tulips and Lilys to Wellesley Books, as well as A Child's Library, a new picture book subscription service we're thrilled to launch with local favorite Lisa Rogers's new book, Hound Won't Go. (Read on to find out how you can sign up.) But wait, you say, what about March? Not to worry--this month, we'll alternately be charmed by Dave Becker and Joan Lunden, and challenged by a timely political panel discussion. With these, plus a copious lineup of new releases throughout the coming season, it's safe to say: spring has arrived at Wellesley Books!
Upcoming Eventsevents
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
Additional seats now available!
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.

Saturday, April 4th, 10:00 AM
Beloved local librarian Lisa Rogers launches her new picture book,  Hound Won't Go. Out for a walk on a cloudy day, Hound suddenly decides that he's gone far enough...right in the middle of a busy intersection. Then those clouds open up into a thunderstorm--and Hound goes and goes. Inspired by a real-life hound, this story will inspire knowing laughs from anyone who's ever lived with a dog.
Monday, April 6th, 7:00 PM
New England author Lily King presents  Writers & Lovers, her first novel since the critically acclaimed, bestselling Euphoria. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. Her fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.  Click here  to purchase tickets to this event.
Book Clubs & Workshopsbookgroups
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.

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.

Bookseller Recommendationsrecs
Sally recommends:
Apeirogon by Colum McCann
You may not know that an apeirogon is a shape with an infinite number of sides. This novel is like nothing you've read before. At its heart are Bassam and Rami - one Palestinian and one Israeli. Based on actual events, both fathers have lost daughters due to violence in the region. But there are also facts about migratory birds, and the story of Philip Petit's highwire walk in Jerusalem, and Steven Spielberg, the Dead Sea, and mostly the struggle for peace. Colum McCann, the most elegant of storytellers, weaves these together to tell a tale of 2 men who have worked to humanize the opposing sides in the Palestinian - Israeli conflict. Just brilliant!
Jess recommends:
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Shay Miller witnesses a woman's suicide at the 33rd Street Subway station in Manhattan. Lonely and working a temp job, Shay falls in with the woman's caring and popular friends after attending the woman's memorial service. The new friends take her to dinner, suggest a makeover, and help find an apartment. Shay's life seems to be turning golden just like her new friends until she wakes up one morning feeling drugged, surrounded by a stolen wallet, a bloodied dress, and the police standing over her.
Bill recommends:
Weather by Jenny Offill
A big book in a small package. Jenny Offill's deft deployment of imagery, observation, and seemingly random thought conjures pure magic.  Weather is beautiful, sad, funny, ultimately hopeful and totally of the moment. Do yourself a favor, set aside a couple of hours and swallow it in one go.
New In Hardcovernewreleases

Michael Christie

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood
Sarah J. Maas 

The Night Watchman
Louise Erdrich

Oona Out of Order
Margarita Montimore

Writers & Lovers
Lily King

Anne Enright

Trace Elements
 Donna Leon

Separation Anxiety
 Laura Zigman

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Josie Silver

Deacon King Kong
 James McBride

Sharks in the Time of Saviors
Kawai Strong Washburn

We Ride Upon Sticks 
Quan Barry

New In Paperback

Machines Like Me 
Ian McEwan

Lost Roses
Martha Hall Kelly

The River
Peter Heller

Women Talking
Miriam Toews

Say Nothing
Patrick Radden Keefe

Madame Fourcade's Secret War
Lynne Olson
Picture Book Subscription Servicekids
Wellesley Books is happy to announce A Child's Library, our new s ubscription service for children ages 0-5 (or anyone who loves picture books!). Each month, our children's book buyer, Lauren, will select one newly released picture book to be sent or picked-up from the store. The purpose 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 program kicks off in April with local author Lisa Rogers' new book Hound Won't Go. Please call the store or e-mail us to be notified when A Child's Library officially launches!
Bookseller Recommendations for Kids
Cassie recommends:
How to Be a Pirate by Isaac Fitzgerald & Brigette Barrager
When CeCe is told by the neighborhood boys that she can't be a pirate, she goes to her grandfather--a man with a ship and a lot of tattoos--to see if he can teach her all about a pirate's life. Smart, vivid illustrations by Brigette Barrager adorn Isaac Fitzgerald's rollicking text. As CeCe learns just what it takes to be a pirate, readers are immersed in increasingly colorful and high-spirited adventures. For all young readers, the sailors, the swashbucklers, the landlubbers, and any oceanically inclined. You'll find your adventure in between these pages.
New Books For Kids

Pam Muñoz Ryan

Things You Can't Say 
Jenn Bishop

Show Me a Sign
Ann Clare LeZotte

The Queen Bee & Me
 Gillian McDunn

The Revenge of Magic: The Future King
James Riley

Prairie Lotus
Linda Sue Park

A High Five for Glenn Burke
Phil Bildner

The Wonder of Wildflowers
Anna Staniszewski

Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark
Jonathan Stutzman & Jay Fleck
New Books For Young Adults

The Kingdom of Back
 Marie Lu

The Midnight Lie
 Marie Rutkoski

When We Were Magic
 Sarah Gailey
New in the Gift Department gifts

Jellycats caught some sun on our patio during a decidedly springlike Tuesday.

Available for Pre-Order Now

We Are Water Protectors Carole Lindstrom & Michaela Goade

Dragon Hoops
Gene Luen Yang

The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
What We're Reading Now...
Many Graces Flower Farm CSA
Wellesley Books is pleased to partner with Many Graces of Hadley, Massachusetts as a
pick-up location for their spring flower subscription. Beginning in April, you will receive four weeks of specialty tulips, picked at the peak of their beauty and artfully arranged. Click here to sign up; be sure to select us as your pick-up location.

Dog of the Week
Mimo (Spanish for "cuddly") is a two year-old Labradoodle who is a notorious Qdoba burrito thief. Speaking of stealing, he's also been known to abscond with clean laundry in the middle of the night to create a maximally cozy bed. Just don't go stealing hearts, Mimo. 

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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