Wellesley Books Newsletter May 15th, 2024

Warm, spring weather has greeted us this week. Let US at Wellesley Books greet YOU with new books, toys, games, and more! Every Tuesday is new release day for hardcover and paperback books, and we're constantly receiving new, unique gifts. And, in keeping with the season, we're ready to help you with cards and gifts for dads and grads.There's a surprise awaiting you every day here at the bookstore.

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, so come and check out our curated collections in the kids and adult department. We're sure you'll find something you'll like!

Upcoming Events


Thursday, May 16th at 7 PM (in-person)

Melanie Brooks, author of Writing Hard Stories, joins us to discuss her new memoir, A Hard Silence. Melanie will be in conversation with Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog and his latest novel, Such Kindness.

A Hard Silence is an intimate glimpse into Melanie's memories of coping with the tragedy of her father's illness and enduring the loneliness and isolation of not being able to speak. With candor and vulnerability, Melanie opens her grief wounds and brings her reader inside her journey, twenty years after her father died, to finally understand the consequences of her family's silence, to interrogate the roots of stigma and discrimination responsible for the ongoing secret-keeping, and to show how she's now learned to be authentic.

“A profound and riveting journey through shame and grief, A Hard Silence is, quite simply, unforgettable.” Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys

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Friday, May 17th at 3pm (in-person)

Horn Book Honoree Loree Griffin Burns joins us for a Meet & Greet in honor of her new book, One Long Line: Marching Caterpillars and the Scientists Who Followed Them. No need to RSVP, just come by anytime between 3:00–4:00pm to say hi!

About the book:

The first title in a brand-new early chapter book series from Loree Griffin Burns, Jamie Green, and MITKids spotlights remarkable creatures, inquisitive people, and fascinating conversations. The creatures? Pine processionary caterpillars with mysterious group marching habits. The people? Jean Henri Fabre and, many years later, Terrence Fitzgerald—scientists who became intensely curious about the caterpillars and their marching. And the conversations? They span lifetimes, as one researcher continues a dialogue started by the other. In this playful, candid, and accessible book for young readers, Burns pulls readers straight into the “ask, test, repeat” nature of the scientific process, demonstrating how human curiosity creates one long line of learning.

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Sunday, June 2nd at 1 PM (in-person)

Todd Boss, author of the picture book The Boy Who Said WOW, joins us along with the book's star, Ronan Mattin, for a meet-and-greet. No need to RSVP, just come by anytime between 1:00–2:00pm to say hi!

About the book:

Inspired by the beautiful true story of a nonverbal boy moved to speech at his first Mozart concert, this picture book is a testament to the power of art and the boundless joy it can bring.

When Grandfather comes to take his grandson to a concert, Ronan is quiet as they leave the house, quiet in the car, and quiet at the concert hall. But when the performance is over and the beautiful music fades out at last, Ronan opens his mouth…and lets out a great big WOW!

Not any old WOW, but Ronan’s very first WOW! That one word fills up the hearts of Ronan’s family, the musicians, the audience, and—when the recording goes viral—the world.

Thursday, June 6th at 7 PM (in-person)

Ann Leary, bestselling author of The Foundling and The Good House joins us to discuss her new collection of essays, I've Tried Being Nice.

Having arrived at a certain age (her prime), Ann Leary casts a wry backward glance at a life spent trying—and often failing—to be nice. With wit and surprising candor, Leary recounts the bedlam of home bat invasions, an obsession with online personality tests, and the mortification of taking ballroom dance lessons with her actor husband. She describes hilarious red-carpet fiascos and other observations from the sidelines of fame, while also touching upon her more poignant struggles with alcoholism, her love for her family, her dogs, and so much more.

“[A] winning essay collection…The humor lands and the lithe prose elevates Leary’s musings on life’s mundanities. This is a gem.” —Publisher's Weekly

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Bookseller recommendations

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Lia recommends: The Boston Raphael by Belinda Rathbone (New in Paperback)

This fabulous book is centered on a watershed moment in Boston’s cultural history. It is an adventure story, even part crime caper – when first published it was a NYTimes Bestseller in the “Crime and Punishment” category. It is a thoughtful, cautionary tale of the role of a museum director and a board of trustees as museums started their evolution into a transformative role in shaping our society. It is also a beautiful tribute to a father, from a daughter who comes of age as former MFA Director (from 1955-1972) Perry T. Rathbone experiences a revelatory period of vulnerability.

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Sally recommends: The Safekeep by Yael van der Wouden

Pub Date 5/28/24

Isabel is a young woman living in a house in the Dutch countryside in 1961. She is obsessive about the details of the house and keeps things in perfect order. When her brother goes on a business trip, he demands that his girlfriend Eva stay in the house with her. Isabel dislikes this girl immensely and does not trust her, thus she is always keeping inventory of items in the house that seem to be disappearing. In time, this relationship becomes something else--sensuous, intense and mysterious. After Isabel peeks at Eva’s diary, an entirely new and disturbing story is evident.

This first novel is slow burning and quietly explosive, with unexpected details of World War II emerging, which changes the perspective completely. A very compulsive read!

New in Hardcover

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Every Time We Say Goodbye

Natalie Jenner

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Very Bad Company

Emma Rosenblum

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Last House

Jessica Shattuck

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Bad Men

Julie Mae Cohen

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The Shadow of War

Jeff Shaara

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A Good Life

Virginie Grimaldi

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This Strange Eventful History

Claire Messud

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The Situation Room

George Stephanopoulos

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The Klansman's Son

R. Derek Black

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New in Paperback

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The Old Lion

Jeff Shaara

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Summer Stage

Meg Mitchell Moore

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Elliot Page

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Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?

Crystal Smith Paul

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The Paris Daughter

Kristin Harmel

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The Detective Up Late

Adrian McKinty

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Bookseller recommendations for Young Readers

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Amy recommends: Ahoy! by Sophie Blackall

I love Sophie Blackall's newest book, AHOY! It's a great story full of imagination and play, and the illustrations are stunning. I got lost in it and wished for my son to be 4 years old again, if only for a day!

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Sarah recommends: Dalmartian by Lucy Ruth Cummins

An intergalactic guest gets left behind on earth, but Stephen immediately accepts the guest and gives them a place to stay (and bacon). But when the adventures are done and the guest returns to space, they re-imagine what "home" means, and where it is...

I absolutely LOVED the illustrations of this book. Such a sweet and sometimes silly story about making friends.

New Books for Kids

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Keep It Like a Secret

John David Anderson

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Camp Sylvania: Moon Madness

Julie Murphy & Crystal Maldonada

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Kristiana Kahakuwila

New Books for Young Adults

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Jas Hammonds

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Kasey LeBlanc

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True Love and Other Impossible Odds

Christina Li

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 May selections are Built to Last by Minh Le and With Twice the Love, Dessie Mei by Justina Chen. Please click on the covers for more information.

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In the Gift Department

With all of this warm weather, you know what's coming next...summer! We already have lots of fun toys and games and gadgets to keep everyone in the family busy, so drop in and stock up on fun outdoor activities.

What We're Reading Now

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Plain Jane and the Mermaid


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City in Ruins


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Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent


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The Familiar


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And Then, Boom!


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Pub date 7/16/24


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Same As It Ever Was

Pub date 6/18/24


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Funny Story


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Six Truths and a Lie


Dog of the Week


Charlie is a 4 year old Standard Poodle who lives in Natick. He might look different the next time you see him, as he had a hair stylist appointment after his paw-parazzi shoot!

He loves watching football. Whoever is winning is his favorite team because he loves hearing people cheer.

Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!


Sarah Cyr

Wellesley Books

82 Central Street

Wellesley, MA 02482


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