Wellesley Books Newsletter  
February 27th, 2019

Hot off the presses! Get 'em while you can! Our Bestsellers of 2018 bookmark is here, an event that has been eagerly awaited by many of you. (We even mailed one out to Minnesota last week.) Lots of customers enjoy seeing how many of these titles they've read. Others use the bookmarks to help with book club suggestions. If you save them year after year, they also become a fun time capsule, for booksellers too. (Remember when Sally and Betty hand-sold Rules of Civility to everyone? Then there was that year that everyone loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle...) Stop by and reminisce with us, or click on the image at left to order one of these titles through our website and we'll include a bookmark or two for you.
Upcoming Events

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line .
Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00 PM
Four locally-connected kid-lit favorites--Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Dana Alison Levy, Jen Petro-Roy and Padma Venkatraman--return to Wellesley Books for an evening of panel discussion, signings, and writerly camaraderie. Join our local community of children's authors and readers for a lively and entertaining evening.
Thursday, March 14th, 7:00 PM 
Susan MacKenty Brady, Executive Vice President at Linkage, is one of today's leading voices for women in business. Mastering Your Inner Critic . . . and Other Hidden Hurdles to Advancement provides the knowledge, insight, and tools women need to change the game in business and beyond. Readers learn how to build confidence, set clear goals, build effective networks, negotiate with skill, combat inner biases, and ultimately overcome the seven hurdles that hold women back.  
Saturday, March 23rd, 5:00 PM 
Local award-winning short-story author Gregory Wolos presents his new collection, Women of Consequence. Victims or victimizers, the mothers, daughters, sisters, lovers, friends, and ghostly presences in these stories face their unique circumstances with passion and creativity.  Join Gregory for an evening in celebration of the launch of his book. 

Monday, March 25th, 7:00 PM *At Tenacre School* 
Legendary thriller writer Harlan Coben joins award-winning author and storied local investigative reporter Hank Philippi Ryan for an evening of dynamic conversation about Coben's newest novel, Run Away. This is a ticketed event. Your $31 ticket includes a copy of Coben's new book in addition to a seat for his discussion with Hank Phillippi Ryan and entry into the signing line. You can buy tickets in-store, by phone, or online by clicking the photo at left.    
  Upcoming in April...
Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Joseph Bruchac

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 Hope Jahren

This entertaining memoir is as funny as it is informative on so many different levels. You'll never look at or think about trees, labs, or scientists the same way again.

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 Tayari Jones

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:
Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich
David Reich of Harvard Medical School is one of the geneticists who led the way in developing new methods for studying very ancient DNA and using those techniques to sequence the genomes of individuals who lived many thousands of years ago. Here he combines the results (many of which came out of his own lab) with findings from archaeology, anthropology, and historical linguistics to tell a substantially revised story of how early humans spread out of Africa and settled the globe. If you're familiar with an older version of the migration-out-of-Africa-to-everywhere-else story, you're in for some stunning surprises.

Peter Recommends:
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
The scale of devastation inflicted in the Chernobyl disaster is still almost impossible to fathom, but Higginbotham does a great job describing what led up to what is still the world's worst nuclear accident. What's best here, though, are the personal stories of the workers on the front lines, who sacrificed themselves in the effort to contain the damage and prevent an even worse disaster. Despite the inevitably confusing tangle of Soviet bureaucratic acronyms, this was a very hard book to put down.  
Lorna Recommends:
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the surface this is a novel about an inner-city girl who wants to be a rapper and has the skills and lineage to get her there--but it is much more than that. Angie Thomas brings us back to the world she created in her first powerful bestseller The Hate U Give. Both novels go way beyond just the social issues they portray because Angie Thomas is a crazy-talented writer. I can't wait to see what she will share with us next.
New In Hardcover

The Source of Self-Regard
by Toni Morrison

The Uninhabitable Earth
by David Wallace-Wells

The White Book
Han Kang

The Threat
Andrew G. McCabe

Isaac Mizrahi

Say Nothing
Patrick Radden Keefe

The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon

The Border
Don Winslow

Daughter of Moloka'i 
Alan Brennert
New In Paperback
Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine
by Alan Lightman

Born a Crime
Trevor Noah

The Secret of Clouds
Alyson Richman

I'll Be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara

To Die But Once
Jacqueline Winspear

The Huntress
Kate Quinn
Bookseller Recommendations For Young Readers
Lauren Recommends:
Enchantée by Gita Trelease
After smallpox kills her parents, Camille has to rely on petty magic--la magie ordinaire--to buy food and desperately needed medicine.  When her brother takes off with the family's meager savings, Camille turns her eye to a new, and much more dangerous, mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.  But all magic has a cost and Camille is starting to lose control. The effortless mix of fantasy and historical fiction drew me right alongside Camille and I loved experiencing Paris through her.  The true magic of Enchantée is in the characters.  They are so genuine, so well-developed, and spellbinding that I just couldn't stop reading until I knew their fates.  If I could jump into the pages of a book, I'd definitely jump in this one with both feet. 

Cassie Recommends:
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
The novel follows Marin, a college freshman who has decided to stay in her dorm room for winter break. Her best friend Mabel is traveling from California to spend a few days with Marin and try to convince her to spend the break with her family. While Mabel is visiting, readers learn about the events of the summer leading up to the girls' starting college. Calling this a narrative about love and loss would be reductive, because the story is so much more than that: found families, evolving relationships, understanding how someone you thought you knew isn't who you thought they were, and how you can still love them anyway.
New Books For Kids

Revenge of the EngiNerds
by Jarrett Lerner

A Drop of Hope
Keith Calabrese

How I Became a Spy
Deborah Hopkinson

Game of Stars
Sayantani Dasgupta

Lion Down
Stuart Gibbs

The Light Jar
Lisa Thompson
New Books For Young Adults

Four Dead Queens
Astrid Scholte

The Beauty of the Moment
by Tanaz Bhathena

The Music of What Happens
by Bill Konigsberg
New in the Gift Department

Dream of spring with our yummy new scents from Paddywax, Beekman 1801 and The Cottage Greenhouse.  (If soaps with jokes are your thing, check out our selection from Whiskey River.)

What We're Reading Now...
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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
Sparky is a four-and-a-half year-old North Carolinian mix with quite the adoption story. He was days away from being euthanized when his family traveled from eastern Massachusetts to a gas station in Albany in the middle of the night to pick him up. To quote his mom, "He has exploded our hearts. Best decision we ever made." We're pretty fond of him, too. 

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Rebecca Stimpson

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