Wellesley Books Newsletter June 12th, 2024

Happy Pride! We'll be celebrating all of June with books from the LGBTQ+ community. Find something across all genres in our adult and kids department. From touching memoirs, practical travel guides, sweet romances, and epic fantasy tales, support queer creatives here!

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, June 15th at 2 PM (in-person)

Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, joins us for a meet-and-greet in celebration of his latest book, Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World. No need to RSVP, just come by anytime between 2:00–4:00pm to say hi!

The true story of five castaways abandoned on the Falkland Islands during the War of 1812—a tale of treachery, shipwreck, isolation, and the desperate struggle for survival.

A tale of intriguing complexity, with surprising twists and turns throughout—involving greed, lying, bullying, a hostile takeover, stellar leadership, ingenuity, severe privation, endurance, banishment, the great value of a dog, the birth of a baby, a perilous thousand-mile open-ocean journey in a seventeen-foot boat, an improbable rescue mission, and legal battles over a dubious and disgraceful wartime prize.

Monday, June 17th at 7 PM (in-person)

Wellesley Books is happy to host poets Tatiana Johnson-Boria, Sarah Kersey, and Matthew E. Henry to discuss their collections. 

Tatiana Johnson-Boria (she/her) is the author of Nocturne in Joy (2023). She’s an educator, artist, and facilitator who uses her writing practice to dismantle racism, reckon with trauma, and to cultivate healing.

Sarah Kersey (she/they) is a poet and x-ray technologist originally from New Jersey. Her debut chapbook is forthcoming from Newfound in 2024.

Matthew E. Henry (he/him) is the author of six collections. He is editor-in-chief of The Weight Journal and an associate poetry editor at Rise Up Review.

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Tuesday, June 18th at 7 PM (in-person)

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, author of Organizational Behavior, joins us to discuss her new book, Is Your Work Worth It?. Jennifer will be in conversation with Jamie Ladge, author of Maternal Optimism.

What is work that’s worth doing in a life worth living? A revealing exploration of the questions we ask and the stories we tell about our work.

According to recent studies, barely a third of American workers feel “engaged” at work, and for many people around the world, happiness is lowest when earning power is highest. After a global pandemic that changed why, how, and what people do for a living, many workers find themselves wondering what makes their daily routine worthwhile.

In Is Your Work Worth It?, two professors—a philosopher and organizational psychologist—investigate the purpose of work and its value in our lives.

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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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Bookseller recommendations

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Caroline recommends: Annie Bot by Sierra Greer

Klara and the Sun meets Lolita in this engrossing debut that explores the emotional complexities of an AI “cuddle bot”. As Annie increases her knowledge of humans, she soon develops the desire for connection and freedom. Raising questions of bodily and emotional autonomy, I began to shockingly favor Annie Bot over her human counterpart. 

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Jerry recommends: Mona of the Manor by Armistead Maupin

The 10th book in the Tales of the City series does not disappoint and keeps the TOOC spirit alive and well. This is the first book set outside of San Francisco, specifically in a rural English countryside manor. While Mona was a secondary character in prior books, she shines in this funny, topical and political tale of people discovering themselves. There are plot twists and turns galore as this book continues the fantastic themes of the series now in a contemporary setting.

New in Hardcover

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Horror Movie

Paul Tremblay

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The Final Act of Juliette Willoughby

Ellery Lloyd

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The Uptown Local

Cory Leadbeater

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Margo's Got Money Trouble

Rufi Thorpe

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Swan Song

Elin Hilderbrand

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Mo Rocca & Jonathan Greenberg

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In the Hour of Crows

Dana Elmendorf

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Sarah Crouch

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Robin Sloan

Click here for more new hardcovers!

New in Paperback

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Everything's Fine

Cecilia Rabess

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That Night in the Library

Eva Jurczyk

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The Housemaid is Watching

Freida McFadden

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The Housekeepers

Alex Hay

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Not in Love

Ali Hazelwood

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Ink Blood Sister Scribe

Emma Torzs

Click here for more new paperbacks!

Grab your last minute Father's Day gifts here!

Bookseller recommendations for kids

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Kali recommends: Flyboy by Kasey LeBlanc

During the day, Asher is a closeted trans boy forced by his hyper-religious grandparents to spend his senior year at a strict catholic school. But while asleep, Asher can be his true self as he performs as part of a magical circus joined by other people in need of an escape. But when both his dream and waking worlds start falling apart, he must decide whether he has the strength to tell the world who he is. LeBlanc blends fantasy, queer romance, and the harsh reality that trans people face into a magical tale of self-discovery that will leave you full of hope. A wonderful book to read during Pride Month and beyond!

New Books for Kids

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Mirror to Mirror


Rajani LaRocca

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A Place to Shine

Marie Arnold

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Jupiter Nettle and the Seven Schools of Magic

Sangu Mandanna

New Books for Young Adults

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The Wilderness of Girls

Madeline Claire Franklin

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There is a Door in This Darkness

Kristin Cashore

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My Lady Jane (paperback)

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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

Be prepared for all your summer hosting with our new collection of fishy ceramicware. We also have notepads to keep track of grocery lists, fun fish pillows for the lawn chairs, and linen dishtowels that are sure to charm any guest!

Summer Reads

What are Wellesley staff reading on the beach, beside the campfire, or on a plane ride? We've compiled our favorite summer reads to help you choose one of your own for vacation or poolside lounging! (Some available for preorder)

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The Great Godden


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The Secret Life of Albert Entwhistle


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Lady Tan's Circle of Women


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New release!


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The Black Bird Oracle

Pub Date 7/6/24


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Dandelion Wine


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The Gospel According to This Moment


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A Calamity of Souls


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Last House


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All Fours


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State of Wonder


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Dog of the Week


Chunk is a 4 month old Bernese Mountain dog. He loves reading with his sister Chloe and his brother Aiden. He eats EVERYTHING (including shoes), and his favorite toy is a stuffed cow.

Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!


Sarah Cyr

Wellesley Books

82 Central Street

Wellesley, MA 02482


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