Wellesley Books Newsletter  
January 2nd, 2019 

Happy New Year!  Take a deep breath - you've made it through another holiday season.  It may not feel like it yet, but the days are getting longer.  Hopefully you can take a break this month, whether it's in a warmer location (with a good beach read) or snuggled under a blanket with a mug of cocoa. 

Many New Year's resolutions concern improving health and fitness, or reigning in the use of technology, or addressing bad habits, but here at the bookstore in January, our thoughts often turn to our reading goals for the coming year.  Have you been meaning to explore a neglected genre or finally take on that project (hi there, Moby-Dick) that's been winking at you from the nightstand? Stop in if you'd like some guidance. The Best of 2018 lists are out in force, and new-release and events season will be upon us in no time. To your health and to plenty of time to read in 2019!

Rachael's Book Club For Kids
by Jack Cheng

Rachael Conrad carefully curates choices for a new 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 Ali Smith

We continue our recent seasonal theme with Autumn, the first installment of a quartet of novels by Ali Smith, one of my favorite authors. A lover of language, wordplay, and puns, Smith pens an unforgettable story about aging, time, love and stories themselves.

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
(Paperback due February 5th)
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
Peter Recommends:
Into the Night by Sarah Bailey
Gemma Woodstock is back in Sarah Bailey's follow up to the 
spine-tingling debut, The Dark Lake. Having left her small town behind for the big city (Melbourne), Det. Woodstock finds herself torn between the life she's left behind (including her small boy) and the demands of two possibly linked murders. Paired with a less-than-helpful partner and unsure where she stands with her station chief, Gemma has to fall back on her instincts. Bailey knows how to combine great storytelling with tightly wound suspense -- I can't wait for the next installment!

Rebecca  Recommends:
The Last Pass by Gary M. Pomerantz
The "last pass" of the title concerns Bob Cousy's late-in-life letter to his Celtics teammate and friend, Bill Russell.  While Cousy was enlightened for his time on matters of race -- the product of a difficult childhood, he empathized with those who felt like outsiders -- he wishes he'd done more to publicly and privately support Russell during a particularly racist era in Boston history. The coming-of-age of basketball as a professional sport, the Red Auerbach Celtics, the racial strife surrounding Boston's attempt to integrate its public schools, and the national Civil Rights movement are all sensitively woven into the story of the partnership between these two men.  (P.S., I highly recommend that you  click here for a bittersweet interview with Bob Cousy courtesy of NPR's Only a Game.)  

New In Hardcover

The Martha Manual
Martha Stewart

In a House of Lies
Ian Rankin

Watching You
Lisa Jewell
New In Paperback

The Perfect Mother
Aimee Molloy

Grist Mill Road

Christopher J. Yates

Always Hungry?
David Ludwig, MD
Used Book Cellar News

Great news, used book fans: Melinda will resume used book trade-ins on Saturday, January 5th, from 12pm-3pm. She is currently seeking popular kids' series (e.g. Geronimo Stilton, Nate the Great) and adult fiction and nonfiction bestsellers in paperback. In the meanwhile, visit our Used Book Cellar and explore all the great titles.  You never know what you will discover!

New Books For Kids

The Terrible Two's Last Laugh
by Mac Barnett and Jory John
Mac B. Kid Spy: The Impossible Crime
by Mac Barnett
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild
by Dav Pilkey
A Book and a Beverage
Toast your favorite scientist with our new Heroes of Science pint glasses, featuring luminaries like Ada Byron Lovelace and Florence Nightingale.  If coffee or tea are more your speed, we have a clever and giftable selection of mugs from The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild and others, many of which feature designs that emerge or colors that change when the mug's hot. We also have glass tumblers depicting the structure of some of your favorite molecules (caffeine, for example). Grab a book and a throw, get a fire going and enjoy!
What We're Reading Now...
Downloadable Audiobooks

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Dog of the Week

Barnaby is a two-year-old Goldendoodle and an exceedingly dapper gentleman.  His favorite hobbies include running very fast and seeking out forbidden sources of drinking water.
A highly social fellow, he enjoys doggie daycare and visits to the bookstore.  Thanks for stopping by, Barnaby!

Thank you for supporting your community
independent bookstore!
Rebecca Stimpson

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