Wellesley Books Newsletter | December 8th, 2021
'Tis the season for packed aisles and lines at the registers...but it needn't be for you! We're now open until 9 pm, Monday through Saturday--and if you come in before 10, or after 6, you'll be able to enjoy a much lower-key version of the Wellesley Books holiday shopping experience. Pick our brains about books for your five-year-old niece over a morning coffee, or enjoy a leisurely post-dinner browse. We're opening earlier on Sundays, too, and are now ready to help you with your literary dilemmas from 10 am to 6 pm.
Looking for a one of a kind gift? How about two of a kind? Renegades: Born in the USA is one of the biggest books of the holiday season, expanding on the Higher Ground podcast with new material, photographs, and documents. A very limited deluxe edition - signed by both Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen - will be released 12/14, and Wellesley Books is excited to be receiving two copies for our customers. Call us at 781.431.1160 (from 9:00 to 9:00) to place your order. We expect they will go fast - do not delay!

We also have unsigned copies of the regular edition, which you can order here or by calling the store.
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.

Upcoming Events
Monday, December 13th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Jeremy Sewall, chef/restaurateur behind Row 34 (located in Boston, Burlington, and Portsmouth), presents The Row 34 Cookbook: Stories and Recipes from a Neighborhood Oyster Bar. Containing more than 120 easy-to-make recipes and rich storytelling, this cookbook is for any home chef who appreciates delectable seafood.

In addition to discussing the book, Jeremy will lead a cooking demonstration and offer a food tasting!
Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00 PM (in-person)
Kerri Maher, author of The Girl in White Gloves and The Kennedy Debutante, presents The Paris Bookseller, the dramatic story of how a humble bookseller fought against incredible odds to bring James Joyce's controversial novel, Ulysses, to the world.

"What must life have been like for Sylvia Beach? Most of us know her now, if at all, as the proprietor of the renowned Shakespeare & Co., or as the first person brave enough to publish a complete edition of James Joyce’s controversy-laden Ulysses. Let Kerri Maher take you inside Sylvia’s life – as a friend, sister, daughter, businesswoman, and lover – with her wonderful new book, The Paris Bookseller."--Peter
Bookseller Recommendations
Colleen L. recommends:
Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan
"There is magic inside these pages!" This story is steeped in world mythologies, faith, fairy tales and personal experience. Themes of love, family and wondering what lies beyond life on this Earth are woven throughout. Through the art of storytelling, the characters learn to let go of fear of the unknown and of loss, to let love in while drawing strength from the stories that bind us and offer comfort.
Rebecca recommends:
Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott
In 2013, journalist Andrea Elliott wrote an arresting series for The New York Times about a young homeless girl in New York City, Dasani Coates. I've occasionally thought about Dasani ever since. It transpired that Andrea had been following Dasani and her family for close to a decade--trailing them through virtually all manner of place, from homeless shelter, to the school Dasani must leave her family to attend, to party--and the result is this book. It is unmissable, particularly if you care about breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty, access to housing in the United States, powerful long-form journalism, or just if you're a human being who reads.
Cassie recommends:
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Equal parts a love letter to '80s horror movies, a coming of-age and survival story. Black sheep Jade will claw her way out of the slasher she has literally found herself in--just not the way she expects to. A perfect read for any fan of all things spooky (not just horror movies), and high-intensity thrillers, Jones' latest will keep you on the edge of your seat.
New In Hardcover
Jodi Picoult
Amanda Gorman
Rachel Trethewey

Brené Brown
Faith Jones
Kirthana Ramisetti
Mel Brooks
Claire Keegan
Tabitha Lasley
Lisa Harding
Stephen Spotswood
New In Paperback
Stina Leicht
Michael J. Fox
Daniel E. Lieberman
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Sofia recommends:
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
What if Captain Nemo had been a real person, and what if Jules Verne had been reporting the truth about his adventures and technology? In a departure from his usual mythology based novels, Rick Riordan tries an exciting new direction with his latest book. Fast-paced and full of underwater adventure, this 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea retelling about freshman Ana Dakkar and her classmates' fight against their rival school is an excellent addition to any Riordan or Verne lover's shelf.
Lia recommends:
A beautiful historical novel in which a young woman coming of age in San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s does not follow the model life of marriage and family, as expected from her community. Lily's journey to self-confidence and finding unexpected love with her classmate Kathleen is layered and thoughtful. Winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!
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 December 2021 pick is Tangled Up in Luck by Merill Wyatt. 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 December 2021 pick is Little Messy Marcy Su by Cherie Fu and Julie Kwon. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
New Books For Kids
Jason Reynolds & Raul the Third
Karen M. McManus
Andrea Contos
Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich
Matt Fraction & David Aja
In the Gift Department
Christmas is happening all over the store, but our favorite thing might be these hooked throw pillows. Come in and feel them to become a believer.
What We're Reading Now...
Dog of the Week
Henry Higgins is an eighteen month-old English American Lab who belongs to the author Jenna Blum. He paid a visit to Wellesley Books during her Holiday Stroll book signing. Henry loves shoes and rubber door stoppers, but most of all he loves the ladies!
Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482