Wellesley Books Newsletter | July 9th, 2020
It's hard to believe we've been open for a whole month already, but, thanks to all of you, we're feeling pretty great about it! Our shopping appointments have been running smoothly, we've been getting many compliments about the care we're taking to ensure everyone's safety, and we're generally able to accommodate walk-ins as well; just give us a call if you're in our neighborhood. If you're a fan of our gift department, stay tuned: you'll soon be able to shop it virtually via our Instagram. We'll also be expanding the gifts and puzzles available through our website. And we're also launching our new picture book subscription service this month; see below for more information.
Wellesley Books is happy to announce its inaugural A Child's Library: a subscription 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 July with local author Lisa Rogers and her book Hound Won't Go. To find out more about our subscription service, click here.
Upcoming Events
Tonight! Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 PM
Historical fiction fans, join us for an evening with these two terrific authors in conversation! Susie Orman Schnall presents We Came Here to Shine, her new novel set during the iconic 1939 New York World’s Fair. Elise Hooper presents her new novel, Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Friday, July 10th at 7:00 PM
Join Isaac Fitzgerald for a bedtime story and dream of pirates! Isaac reads his new picture book about pirates and tattoos, How to Be a Pirate, which is full of "seriously wise pirate advice for everyone" according to author Jon Scieszka. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 PM
Chip Cheek joins us for the paperback release of his bestseller, Cape May, a raw, provocative portrayal of a young 1950s couple and the temptations that upturn their honeymoon and reshape their marriage. Chip will be in conversation with Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 PM
Fans of YA supernatural romance, join us for an evening with these two wonderful authors! Tracy Wolff presents Crave, a lush tale of what happens when the one you crave is the one who could get you killed. Emily McKay presents Storybound, in which the protagonist meets her "book boyfriend" in the real world. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Friday, July 17th at 7:00 PM
Get ready for a laugh-out-loud funny bedtime story! Jamie Michalak, author of the Joe and Sparky series, reads her new picture book, Frank and Bean. When the introspective Frank meets the gregarious Bean, can they find a way to make beautiful music together? Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 PM
Join us for an evening with two YA luminaries! Sandhya Menon presents 10 Things I Hate about Pinky, the irresistible standalone companion novel to her bestsellers When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie. Sandhya will be in conversation with Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda . Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Bookseller Recommendations
Jess recommends:
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Almost like the game of Clue, the party arrives on a small island off Ireland for the wedding of TV's newest star of Survival and his very successful bride, Jules. As a storm surges in the channel, the power goes out and a waitress returns to tell everyone she's found a body. The perfect wedding is ruined. Told between alternating chapters of now and then, the story of their pasts seep to the surface and past allegiances are broken.
Gillian recommends:
Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
I couldn’t turn away from this fascinating account of the Galvin family as they cope with the devastating impact of schizophrenia on six of their twelve children. Compelling and heartbreaking, this book sheds a light on a poorly-understood disease and the generosity of a unique family who makes itself available for important scientific studies on the role played by genetics.
Lorna recommends:
Of Mutts and Men by Spencer Quinn
Like all the Chet and Bernie books, Of Mutts and Men is full of tiny moments of joy and humor. I have loved this series since it began. Spencer Quinn (pen name for Cape Cod writer Peter Abrahams) captures the spirit of all dogs in his narrator Chet. You don't have to take my word for it; he has been lauded by Stephen King: "Spencer Quinn speaks two languages--suspense and dog--fluently." The Boston Globe calls Chet "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction." If you want to feel good, pick up this book.
New In Hardcover
Kevin Kwan
J. Courtney Sullivan
Riley Sager
B.A. Paris
Spencer Quinn
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Alex North
Lee Conell
New In Paperback
Sarah M. Broom
Ronan Farrow
Adrienne Brodeur
Ted Chiang
Sameer Pandya
Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Emma Donoghue
Louise Penny
Steven Rowley
Bruce Holsinger
Chandler Baker
Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers
Cassie recommends:
You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez & Julie Maroh
The latest in DC Comics’ young adult graphic novels series from YA royalty Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh features the origin story of Aqualad. Jake Hyde is a young man who lives in Truth or Consequences, NM (a real town!) and desperately wants to go to the University of Miami to study oceanography. But he’s hiding secrets from everyone--from his mom, his best friend, and he starts learning secrets about himself. And not just about the strange “birthmarks” on his body. You Brought Me the Ocean has a cinematic quality that makes the joys more joyful, the heartbreaks more sorrowful, and the discoveries even more captivating.
New Books For Kids
Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen
Carrie Firestone
James Bird
Wendy Wan-Long Shang & Madelyn Rosenberg
Dashka Slater
New Books For Young Adults
Jeff VanderMeer
Julie Murphy
Melissa Bashardoust
Becky Albertalli
James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet
In the Gift Department
Whatever else may have changed, there's always the beach! After you've grabbed a few beach reads, we also have beachy games and insulated drink cups, and t-shirts for the sailing or Fenway enthusiasts in your life.
What We're Reading Now...
Colleen L.
Bookseller Pets On Vacation
Sydney is the eight-year-old Australian Labradoodle companion of bookseller Sally. Here she's enjoying a sunny moment on the Jersey Shore. We'll try not to feel too jealous.
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