Wellesley Books Newsletter  
June 6th, 2018

Father's Day is rapidly approaching (June 17th), and we have everything you need to show Dad how much you appreciate him.  From fantastic books, like the new David Sedaris, Fredrik Backman, or Matthew Pearl, to action-packed mystery / suspense novels, like the new collaboration between Bill Clinton and James Patterson or the new Anthony Horowitz (check out some of the hottest new titles below); from Gronk and Tom Brady socks to bar tools to manly soaps to sturdy journals; there is something for every father's fancy.  Don't forget the cards and gift wrap!  We wish all the Dads out there a very Happy Father's Day, and if you get a gift card from us in one of those greeting cards, be sure to visit us soon.

Employment Opportunities

Do you love shopping at our store?  Do you enjoy staying current with the worlds of books and gifts and sharing your favorites?  We are looking for a part-time bookseller for evenings and weekends, as well as a part-time giftseller for day shifts and occasional weekends. If you would like to learn more about either of these opportunities, please stop by the store for a job application, or send your resume to peter@wellesleybooks.com.

Upcoming Events
All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
 Purchase the lead title  from Wellesley Books to enter the signing line

TOMORROW! Thursday, June 7th, 7:00 PM. 
Get ready for How Hard Can It Be, the hilarious and poignant new adventures of Kate Reddy, the beleaguered heroine of Allison Pearson's groundbreaking bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It (the basis for the film). Meet Allison and laugh along as Kate experiences workplace ageism, teenage daughter selfie angst, and a husband who has become a MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra).  This is a free event; however, we ask that you RSVP.

Friday, June 8th, 7:00 PM.
Copley Square is one of Boston's most significant and instantly recognizable public locations, home to Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and the Hancock Tower.  Architectural historian Leslie Humm Cormier explores this contemporary landmark in her new book Copley Square: History Through Architecture, from its origins as an estuary to its vital significance as a stylistic link between old-world style and new-world design.  This is certain to be a fascinating evening of local history!


Friday, June 15th, 7:00 PM.  
Jenna Blum, the bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in her new novel, The Lost Family.  This emotionally charged story spans a generation in Manhattan, centered around Masha's Restaurant and its owner and head chef, an Auschwitz survivor. The Lost Family is a charming and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love.  Your $5 ticket can be used as a coupon off the price of the book.

Bill's Book Group For Guys
by Charles Portis

Charles Portis, author of the masterpiece True Grit, is an American treasure.  Gringos is one of my favorite recommendations -- a perfect beach read, whether you are heading
 to the beach or not.

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 Jesmyn Ward

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

Gillian Recommends:
Invitation To A Bonfire by Adrienne Celt
A young Russian emigre falls under the spell of a venerable author who has taken a teaching position at the school where she works. Already enchanted by his writing, Zoya becomes infatuated by his attentions but fails to account for the machinations of Orlov's formidable wife, who is playing her husband while he plays Zoya. Inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's real-life marriage, and fraught with tension from the get-go, this novel is beautifully written and completely absorbing; I almost needed to take a step back to avoid getting burnt!

William Recommends:
How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson
Pearson's long awaited sequel to the best-selling I Don't Know How She Does It, is a deeper and more thoughtful book than its progenitor.  Kate Reddy has hit Perimenopause, her daughter is in the middle of a social network belfie (selfie of your bum) scandal, her husband has taken a very uncharacteristic liking to Lycra and biking, and she is trying to ease her way back into the workplace -- by lying about her age. This is sharply written, literate, funny fiction for women and the men who just want to understand them! 

Lorna Recommends:
Calypso by David Sedaris
Funny as always, but poignant too, David Sedaris is back with a new collection of essays. His family looms larger in this book.  As his father ages, Sedaris gathers his family for vacations at the house he has bought near the Carolina coast.  Along with his usual sharp observations about store clerks, his Fitbit, and life with Hugh, he opens up about the loss of his mother and his sister Tiffany.  Whether you chose to read it yourself or listen to him read it to you (on CD or Libro.fm download), you will find yourself making time to stay with it just a little longer.

Rebecca Recommends:
There There by Tommy Orange  
It's been years since I've been this excited about a new novel. Tommy Orange weaves together the stories of many individuals meeting at a large Oakland pow-wow, examining what it means to be an "Urban Indian" (his term) existing off the reservation. Whenever something gets pre-publication comparisons to both Gertrude Stein and George Saunders, the seasoned bookseller might be forgiven for rolling his or her eyes, but the comparison turns out to be weirdly appropriate in this case -- though neither reference prepares you for the emotional experience of reading this novel. 
New In Hardcover

The Dante Chamber
Matthew Pearl

The President Is Missing
Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Rachel Cusk

 Lauren Groff

The Death Of Mrs. Westaway
Ruth Ware

The Word Is Murder
Anthony Horowitz

When Life Gives You Lululemons
 Lauren Weisberger

Us Against You
Fredrik Backman

The World As It Is
Ben Rhodes
New In Paperback

Saints For All Occasions
 J. Courtney Sullivan

The Fourth Monkey
J.D. Barker

Theft By Finding
David Sedaris

The Burning Girl
 Claire Messud

The Last Ballad
Wiley Cash

The Cuban Affair
Nelson DeMille

The Golden House
Salmon Rushdie

John Hodgman

Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan
Bookseller Recommendations For Kids
William Recommends:
Neck & Neck
by Elise Parsley
Leopold the giraffe is beloved by everyone who visits the zoo, and they feed him delicious giraffe yum snacks.  When he is faced with competition in the form of a giraffe-shaped balloon, he must discover the one thing he can do better than his nemesis.  For Leopold alone must be adored!  This rib-tickling picture book is filled with whimsical illustrations and silly sounds that will be extra funny when read aloud.

New Books For Kids

Liesl Shurtliff

The Chosen Ones
Scarlett Thomas

Lions & Liars
Kate Beasley
New Books For Young Adults

Lies You Never Told Me
Jennifer Donaldson

Dear Rachel Maddow
 Adrienne Kisner

Stephanie Garber
Gifts For Dads

Don't forget Dad!  Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th, and we have everything you need to make your father feel special, including complete shaving kits from Spinster Sisters Co.  These include shaving soap, a shaving mug, a brush, and a handy bag to keep everything nice and tidy.  If your father is a letter-writer, our marbleized paper notecards are beautiful -- each box comes with ten cards.

Take your Dad out to the ballgame -- to Fenway Park, of course.  We have Boston Red Sox merchandise, perfect for Father's Day.  Puzzles, socks, coasters, and more featuring the iconic park as well as other Boston-themed gifts are certain to please any paternal figure.
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June is Audiobook Month

To celebrate Audiobook Month, our partners at Libro.fm are offering the first month of membership for FREE! This means you can try your first audiobook-picking from the library of 100,000+ audiobooks for free and then pay $14.99/month after your trial month. The best part? Continuing to support Wellesley Books each month.
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Dog of the Week

 Sasha, the Wonder Dog, is a 14-week old mini-poodle who was extremely excited to visit us.  She loves walks and spending time with her big sister.  She is a hugger and really appreciates a good hug!   Welcome to Wellesley Books, Sasha!

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