Wellesley Books Newsletter June 26th, 2024

The heat waves have declared that it is summer...and summer it is! If your student has a reading list they need help filling, we have just what you need in stock, from middle grade to high school and anyone in between. There are lots to choose from!

Upcoming Events

Friday, July 5th at 5 PM (in-person)

Beatriz Williams, bestselling author of The Summer Wives, joins us to discuss her new release, Husbands & Lovers.

Two women—separated by decades and continents, and united by an exotic family heirloom—reclaim secrets and lost loves in this sweeping novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives. Timeless and bittersweet, Husbands & Lovers draws readers on an unforgettable journey of heartbreak and redemption, from the revolutionary fires of midcentury Egypt to the moneyed beaches of contemporary New England. Acclaimed author Beatriz Williams has written a poignant and beautifully voiced novel of deeply human characters entangled by morally complex issues—of privilege, class, and the female experience—inside worlds brought shimmeringly to life.

"[A] captivating novel of love and love lost . . . With well-drawn characters and sweeping drama, Williams’ latest is a gripping journey as secrets and hidden desires are exposed." –Booklist

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Friday, July 19th at 7 PM (in-person)

Coinneach MacLeod, internet sensation known as the Hebridean Baker, joins us to discuss his latest cookbook, The Hebridean Baker At Home: Flavors & Folklore from the Scottish Islands.

The Hebridean Baker at Home is filled with comforting cakes and bakes from his Double Dram Cake to Marmalade Shortbread, Fern Cake to Ecclefechan Tarts. Alongside delicious, hearty savory dishes, including Leek Bread & Butter Pudding and Salmon Wellington, which are served up with a chapter full of Celtic recipes and signature Christmas bakes.

"Filled with beautiful landscape photography of the island and happy portraits of the author, the book is steeped in the welcoming presence of a slower-paced lifestyle and an overall wholesomeness that readers are sure to enjoy." —Booklist

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Wednesday, July 24th at 7 PM (in-person)

Ben Shattuck, author of Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, joins us to discuss his new collection of stories, The History of Sound.

In twelve luminous stories set across three centuries, The History of Sound examines the unexpected ways the past returns to us and how love and loss are entwined and transformed over generations. In Ben Shattuck's ingenious collection, each story has a companion story, which contains a revelation about the previous, paired story. Mysteries and murders are revealed, history is refracted, and deep emotional connections are woven through characters and families.

"Exquisitely crafted, deeply imagined, exhilaratingly diverse, The History of Sound places Ben Shattuck firmly among the very finest of our storytellers." –Geraldine Brooks, author of Horse

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Bookseller recommendations

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Jerry recommends: James by Percival Everett

A masterful retelling of Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of Jim (James) the slave who accompanies Huck. While the story is familiar it takes on a new life as we discover James and his fellow slaves various coping mechanisms for surviving their day to day lives. As narrator, James provides a first hand look at the duality of his intelligence; reading, writing, logic and survival skills while offering none of this knowledge or understanding to the slave owners and other white people he encounters, including Huck. In fact James must be coyly manipulative in his use of language to ensure Huck and others understand his direction. A true masterpiece in storytelling and enlightenment for anyone familiar with this story and the time setting.

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Sally recommends: All the Colors of the Dark by Chris Whitaker

(New release!)

My favorite book of the year! Everything about this novel is perfect. The exquisite language. The descriptions. The short chapters. The characters all bound together by unspeakable tragedy - some having experienced it and some having borne witness to it. Your heart will break in a hundred pieces. Then heal and break some more. It is painful and thrilling and so beautiful. You’ll never forget it.

New in Hardcover

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Pitch Dark

Paul Doiron

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A Novel Love Story

Ashley Poston

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Husbands and Lovers

Beatriz Williams

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Julia Phillips

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Trust Her

Flynn Berry

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Becoming Earth

Ferris Jabr

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Santiago Jose Sanchez

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Woman of Interest

Tracy O'Neill

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Rosalind Brown

Click here for more new hardcovers!

New in Paperback

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin

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Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

Matthew Perry

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Tangled Up in You

Christina Lauren

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The Art Thief

Michael Finkel

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Foul Days

Genoveva Dimova

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The Year of What If

Phaedra Patrick

Click here for more new paperbacks!

Prison Book Program

Our nonprofit partner, Prison Book Program, will be hosting an art exhibit at the Wellesley Free Library. The "Art from Inside" exhibit features drawings and paintings by individuals incarcerated in the prisons and jails across our country. The art expresses their creativity, as well as emotions that range from regret to hope. You can see it in the foyer of the Main Library on Washington Street throughout the month of July.

If you are moved by the untapped talents of individuals behind bars, PBP invites you to support their creative endeavors by purchasing a copy of the classic book, How to Draw What You See, by Rudy De Reyna, from the PBP wishlist on our website.  

With your help, PBP will continue, as it has for 52 years, to send people in prison the free books that help them learn and grow!

Bookseller recommendations for kids

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Liz recommends: Bubbly Beautiful Kitty-Corn by Shannon Hale

Your know that feeling of really being seen? That one friend that gets you? There will always be nay-sayers (in the form of a gecko and a parakeet) but when you have a true friend by your side anything is possible. Even making your biggest dreams come true!

Bubbly Beautiful Kitty-Corn is the third book in this fun, imaginative series, further cementing this lovely, though unlikely, friendship between Kitty and Unicorn.

New Books for Kids

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Willow the White House Cat

Jill Biden

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The Evers: Forever Twelve

Stacy McAnulty

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Villain's Academy: Baddies in Training

Ryan Hammond

New Books for Young Adults

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Children of Anguish and Anarchy (Legacy of Orisha Book 3)

Tomi Adeyemi

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Miles Morales Suspended

Jason Reynolds

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Sleep Like Death

Kalynn Bayron

Click here for more new kids' & YA!

Kids' Subscriptions

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A Child's Library and Middle-Grade Monthly are our two book subscriptions for children aged 0-5 and 8-12, respectively. Each month, Lauren and Kali select a newly-published picture book or middle-grade novel. Subscriptions can be purchased on a month-to-month basis, or for a year, and may be shipped to the child's home or picked up in-store. Our June selections are Nen and the Lonely Fisherman by Ian Eagleton and The Truth About Triangles by Michael Leali.

Please click on the covers for more information.

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In the Gift Department

Come meet our new friends! We've restocked our selection of JellyCat brand stuffed animals and they are wanting new homes, maybe you can help?

What's for dinner?

What's cooking in the Wellesley Books kitchens? Our staff have compiled a list of their favorite cookbooks for the summer months to help inspire your next dishes.

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Come Hungry


"Kale Cobb Salad with Crispy Shallots"

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The Hebridean Baker


"Honey, Raspberry and Oat Slice"

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Taste Buds


"Pansy Fresh Spring Rolls"

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"Chinese Hot Noodles with Boy Choi"

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Salad Meals


"Thai Pork Larb Salad"

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Mediterranean Summer Table


"Carrot, Parmesan, and Basil Fritters"

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"Vietnamese Hotpot"

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The Young Forever Cookbook


"Mussels with Lemongrass and Ginger Broth"

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Cool Pasta


"Green Goddess Orecchiette"

Dog of the Week


Tilly is a 3 1/2 year old Chi-Lab-Staff mix (that's Chihuahua, Labrador, and Staffordshire Terrier). Tilly can be found reading in the Wellesley park on sunny afternoons with her parent, who works here at Wellesley Books! She likes to stop by and visit with staff and fellow book lovers.

Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!


Sarah Cyr

Wellesley Books

82 Central Street

Wellesley, MA 02482


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