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November 16, 2011

Join us tonight, Wednesday, November 16th at 7pm here at the store for a reading and discussion with mystery writer Angela Gerst, author of The Crack in Everything, a street-smart Boston-area debut mystery novel. Sure to be a great evening for mystery lovers and aspiring writers!

Grin and Bear It! On Thursday, November 17th at 4:00pm, share your favorite jokes at our Kids Comedy "Night" with author Leo Landry! He will be reading from his new book Grin and Bear It, starring Bear who comes up with great jokes but is too shy to tell them. We'll have some hilarious jokes to tell if you need inspiration and kids are invited to bring their favorite funnies to share with everyone. Light refreshments will also be served.

Quest for Good Manners Author Karin Lefranc will lead a special storytime at 10:30am on Saturday, November 19th based on her new book, A Quest for Good Manners, a rousing tale of dragons, princesses, knights, wizards, and more! Enjoy a snack and do some fun craft activities, including decorating magical items to share with the whole family.

Google e-books As the holidays approach and you are considering purchasing an e-reader for yourself or as a gift, we ask that you consider options other than the Kindle.  As you may know, we now sell e-books on our website via Google. However, the e-reader you choose makes a huge difference. Amazon dictates that all e-books for the Kindle be purchased on their website. If you choose either an iPad, Nook, Sony Reader or Kobo, you can still support your local, independent bookstore.



At the bottom of our newsletter, we have listed ten reasons to shop early! One of the best reasons for choosing to shop with us is our personal shopper service. We will help you find just the perfect book for each reader on your list, then we will wrap your gifts at no charge. Our goal is to make your holidays effortless!
On Saturday, November 26th
, American Express is holding its 2nd annual Small Business Saturday®. You can get a $25 statement credit if you spent at least that much at a small business that day - including Wellesley Books - so register your card today on their website.

You can find the most interesting information on Facebook sometimes - HarperCollins posted a link courtesy of the New York Public Library on the
Dos and Don'ts of taking care of your books. Maintaining your books is key to a beautiful library that will bring enjoyment for years.

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 Wellesley, MA 02482



In This Newsletter...
Books We Recommend
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
In the Gift Aisle
Used Book Cellar
Dog of the Week
What We Are Reading...

Upcoming Events

 Angela Gerst - Wednesday, 11/16
Leo Landry - Thursday, 11/17
Karen Lefranc - Saturday, 11/19
Turn Out the Lights Celebration - Saturday, 11/26
A.B. Bourne - Saturday, 12/1
Holiday Stroll - Sunday, 12/4
Joanne Chang - Tuesday, 12/6
Lunchtime Book Group - Tuesday, 1/10

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Turn Out the Lights is a farewell to the Wellesley High School building and a celebration of over 70 years of educating Wellesley's students.Find out all the information on their website! 
"When the wind is blowing and the sleet or rain is driving against the dark windows, I love to sit by the fire, thinking of what I have read in books of voyage and travel."   ~Charles Dickens

Books We Recommend

For great suggestions for holiday gift giving, stop in and pick up our Season's Readings holiday gift booklet or shop it online here. Here is a sneak preview of some of our favorite books of the season:

  • Hardcover Fiction 
The Prague CemeteryThe Prague Cemetery
by Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco takes his readers on a unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events in 19th century Europe. This is Eco at his most exciting!

  • Paperback   
Hero Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
by Michael Korda

Hero is the magisterial story of one of the most unique and fascinating figures of modern times - the arch-hero whose life was, at once, a triumph and a sacrifice.

  • Great Gift Books  

Pilgrimage Pilgrimage
Annie Leibovitz    

In Pilgrimage, Annie Leibovitz chose subjects and places simply because they meant something to her. The result is a personal and stunning collection of photographs from landscapes to rooms - from Thoreau's cabin to Niagara Falls.
  • Sports

Wonder GirlWonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrickson Zacharias 
Don Van Natta  

As an amateur, feisty Babe Didrickson excelled in basketball and track, winning Olympic medals. Undaunted by her limited prospects as a professional athlete, she turned to, and then dominated, golf. The first woman in the PGA, she started the LPGA. Here is her brilliant life story.

New in Hardcover

 V is for Vengeance The Angel Esmeralda   Gabby Catherine the Great     

  V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
 The Angel Esmaralda  by Don DeLillo
 Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly
   Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie        

New in Paperback

An Object of Beauty Silver Girl The Mind's Eye  I Remember Nothing  


An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
 Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
 The Mind's Eye  by Oliver Sacks
    I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron  

In the Kids Section 

  • Sequels, Sequels and More Sequels...
'Tis the season for a fresh batch of books that continue the stories of some of our favorite characters. Some of the most eagerly awaited titles are highlighted below. To find out when the next chapter in your favorite series will be released, feel free to call us or stop by and chat with a bookseller.


For Young Readers:

Elephant and Piggie: Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems

Goonie Bird on the Map by Lois Lowry

Ivy and Bean # 8: No News Is Good News by Annie Barrows

For Middle Grade Readers:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

Heroes of Olympus, Book 2: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

How To Train Your Dragon, Book 8: How to Break a Dragon's Heart by Cressida Cowell

Inheritance, Book 4 by Christopher Paolini

Mother Daughter Book Club # 5: Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick

For Young Adult Readers....

Crossed by Ally Condie

Infernal Devices, Book 2: The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (due 12/11)

Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure by James Dashner

In the Gift Aisle

  • Add some color...   

Who doesn't love to add a pop of bright color to their day? Just add one of these beautiful silk scarves in lots of bright colors and patterns, or fun beaded jewelry from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Their new line of beaded jewelry is designed to represent the jewelry in their collection. A fun and light way to illuminate your fall wardrobe. They also make perfect gifts, so buy two - one for you and one for a friend.        

You may not be ready for the cold weather, but we are! Warm, cozy, and colorful earmuffs, hats and gloves, so you'll be ready when the winter weather gets here. Brrrr! 


Down in the Used Book Cellar

  • What's your guess? 

What's Your Guess?We have a mystery theme in the Used Book Cellar this newsletter. Can you guess what was going through the minds of Kym and Mayre as they gathered these books?  


Underworld by Don DeLillo  

Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George 

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse   

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough  

The Collected Stories by William Trevor
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The first person to correctly name the theme will win a $10 gift card! Email Kym with your guess.
For more information about UBC buybacks, please check out our website with frequently asked questions and information about what kinds of books we are looking to acquire. We appreciate your limiting the amount of books you bring in to about 2 boxes, or 50 books. No donations, please.  


The Used Book Cellar is open for shopping during regular store hours,  

Monday-Saturday 9-9 and Sunday 11-6.

UBC Buybacks are every Sunday from 1-5.

Last UBC Buybacks before the holidays will be on Sunday, November 20th.
We will resume on Sunday, January 7th, 2012.
(The Used Book Cellar is not open for browsing during events)


Dog of the Week

  • Jack 

JackThe charming and adorable Jack was in this morning with his human companion, our longtime customer Anne. You would never know it from his puppy-like enthusiasm, but he is 4 years old.  Since he was obliging enough to pose for his dog of the week photo, he was able to have 2 treats! Thanks, Jack!    


Quest for Good Manners
Wellesley Books Storytime happens every Friday at 10:30 am in the children's section of the store.  Join Melinda as she surprises you with her story selections. Guaranteed to please!

Attention all Knights and Princesses! Ready for a quest? Author Karin Lefranc will lead a special storytime on Saturday, November 19th at 10:30am based on her new book, A Quest for Good Manners, a rousing tale of dragons, princesses, knights, wizards, and more! Enjoy a snack and learn some top secret, royal tips on how to impress grown-ups at the dinner table just in time for the grand feast of Thanksgiving! Karin will also be leading young readers in fun craft activities, including decorating magical items to share with the whole family.

We will have a brief Storytime hiatus during the holiday rush.
Our last storytime will be on Friday, December 2nd,
and we will resume on Friday, December 30th.

What We're Reading Now...

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
A Pleasure to Burn
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011
The Stranger's Child
Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)


Top 10 reasons to shop now for your holiday gifts...

1.  None of the hot titles have run out.

2.  Expert gift advisors have time to spend with you before it's too busy.


3.  Why wait until the stores are crowded? 


4.  Why not shop early and have fewer bills to pay post-holiday? 


5.  Gift cards are always the right size, and always available. 


6.  Books are affordable gifts, and you can buy them early because they don't spoil.


7.  Because it gives you time for leisurely gift wrapping (or better yet, take advantage of our complimentary wrapping!) 


8.  New England weather is unpredictable; don't let a storm leave you without that special book for that special someone.  


9.  It will give you time to send those cards that you mean to send every year. 


10.  You'll be able to brag to your friends that you're finished.  



Thank you for supporting your community

independent bookstore!



Kym Havens 
Wellesley Books
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