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October 24, 2012  

Boston Book Festival Wellesley Books is setting up shop in the Boston Public Library tomorrow as part of the Boston Book Festival! If you are at the BBF, be sure to come by and say hello. It is sure to be a fabulous day for book lovers with lots of free talks.

Mimi's Village This Sunday, October 28th at 2:00pm here at the store, local author Katie Smith Milway will read from and talk about her new picture book Mimi's Village: And How Basic Healthcare Transformed It. Learn how health care, hygiene, and nutrition can change the lives of those living in developing nations and how positively affecting health can have a broad impact. Katie Smith Milway's book The Good Garden was one of Wellesley's "One Town, One Book" selections. 


Jayne Larson On Tuesday, October 30th at 7pm we welcome author Jayne Larson to the store to discuss and sign her new book, Driving the Saudis. In this engaging memoir, Jayne Larson, a struggling Hollywood actress/producer describes her experiences as a chauffeur for the women of the Saudi royal family. Based on the author's successful one-woman stage show, the story paints a vivid portrait of the Saudi royals as few ever get to see them.


Benjamin Busch We begin our exciting series of events in November with notable fan of independent bookstores Benjamin Busch on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm here at the store. We are happy to be a stop on his Marathon Indie Tour. Benjamin -- decorated Marine officer, veteran of two combat tours in Iraq, actor on the hit HBO series The Wire, and son of acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch --- will discuss his exemplary debut, Dust to Dust - an original, emotionally powerful, and surprisingly refreshing take on an American soldier's story.    


Bring Up the Bodies Congratulations to Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2012 Booker Prize for her second book, Bring Up the Bodies. She is not only the first author to win for a sequel, she is also the first to win twice in such a short period of time (Wolf Hall in 2009).    


Here are my two favorite Wolf Hall 6-word reviews:


Betty - Henry's wives' intrigues, Cromwell masterfully navigates.


Melinda - Be careful which side you pick. 


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

Upcoming Events

Boston Book Festival - Saturday, 10/27
Katie Smith Milway - Sunday, 10/28
Jayne Larson - Tuesday, 10/30
Benjamin Busch - Friday, 11/2
Vernona Gomez - Thursday, 11/8
Kitty Martin - Sunday, 11/11
Lunchtime Book Group - Tuesday, 11/13
Marguerite Bouvard - Tuesday, 11/13
Michael Stedman - Thursday, 11/15
Coleen Paratore - Saturday, 11/17
Deb Perelman - Tuesday, 11/27
Lee Woodruff - Thursday, 11/29

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Bookseller  Recommendations

Hand-picked favorites from our booksellers are back! One of the best things about fall is all the new books hitting the shelves. Here are some new picks:
My American Unhappiness My American Unhappiness
by Dean Bakopoulos

Zeke Pappas is on an imminent deadline to find a wife and on a personal mission to re-establish a place for the humanities in a modern society more focused on crude entertainments and instant commercial gratification. Dean Bakopoulos is funny, thoughtful, and touching as he establishes his claim as this generation's great documenter of all the little imperfections of American life.
The Stockholm Octavo The Stockholm Octavo
by Karen Engelmann

This fabulous debut takes place in late 18th-century Stockholm with revolutionary politics and intrigue, cutthroat rivalries, gambling clubs and tarot card readings - particularly the Octavo. There are lots of characters, all of them wonderfully vivid and entertaining. This is a fun, magical page-turner!  

The Cat's Table The Cat's Table
by Michael Ondaatje

I would definitely recommend this novel! It takes place in the 1950's with three 11-year-old boys on a ship departing Columbo and heading to England. The voice of the boys is perfect. As the mother of three boys, their timeless antics rang true. Lots of mayhem, some of which is serious mayhem. They are seated at the most lowly table in the dining room, the Cat's Table.
Where'd You Go Bernadette Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

Madcap, aggressive, light-hearted and hilarious. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is a satirical sendup of the Pacific Northwest which brilliantly skewers TED talks, overinvolved parents, tech culture, uber-P.C. liberalism and the city of Seattle. A modern epistolary novel, it's told primarily in a hodgepodge of emails and other digital communications, which makes it a lightning-quick read and nearly impossible to put down! 


New in Hardcover

  Back to Blood   The Racketeer Astray     Silent House The Bone Bed    

  Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
 The Racketeer by John Grisham
  Astray by Emma Donoghue
  Silent House by Orhan Pamuk
Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell 


New in Paperback 

Lone Wolf   Carry the One Nanjing Requiem Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble A Train in Winter  

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin
Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron
A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead 

In the Kids Section 

  • Classics & New Releases!      
Classics --

The Fairy-Tale Princess The Fairy-Tale Princess: Seven Classic Stories from the Enchanted Forest by Su Blackwell & Wendy Jones
A visually stunning fairy tale collection, that is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.  Amazing papercut sculptures make this book a feast for the eyes.  As Marilyn exclaimed while perusing, "this just keeps getting better".

Treasure Island Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
A great gift edition of  this classic tale of piracy on the open seas.  N. C. Wyeth's illustrations bring to life the characters and tone of this story.

New Releases from our ARC readers --

The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Recommended by Gina, age 11
Laurie doesn't like her new school, Tuckernuck Hall, where the school mascot is a chicken. (Enough said.) But when she and her fellow 6th grader Bud, a class outlaw, start a hunt for the Tutweiler Treasure, hidden 75 years ago by their school founder, things get interesting. Will Bud and Laurie solve the baffling clues? Can they save Tuckernuck Hall, which is going to close? And can they do it all while dealing with two psychotic class pets? Written through traditional prose, lists, e-mails, and notes, anyone who loves humor and mystery will read this book again and again.

Mystic City Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Recommended by Olivia, age 14
In a futuristic Manhattan, the rich live high in the Aries, out of the sweltering heat caused by global warming, and far away from the common masses in the Depths.  Two political fractions vie for rule over Manhattan. Now there is a threat to their rule- a Mystic is running for governor. Aria Rose, daughter of the leader of one of the political fractions, is their solution to all of this. This book combined the best aspects of a romance with the intrigue of a mystery and the excitement of a adventure novel. I loved this book because it kept me constantly guessing.

Time Between Us Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Recommended by Noelle, age 15
Anna Greene,  a cross-country runner who dreams of traveling the world,  is an average high school student in Chicago, 1995.  When Bennet Cooper travels back in time from 2012 and accidently meets Anna, their lives change dramatically. Anna soon falls in love with Bennet and his powers. When things go wrong in their travels, they must decide how much their love is worth, and if it can survive the tests of time. This book is a dramatic love story which pushes the boundaries of fate.

In the Gift Aisle

  • Call me!             

Call Me!

It is now almost Halloween, and we have had beautiful fall weather! Being in New England, we know this can change on a dime. Or in an hour. So while you may not be prepared for the chill -- we are! We have plenty of scarves, gloves both fingerless and made for texting, mittens, hats and socks. All available in lots of beautiful colors and patterns. Alexa, our gift buyer, sent these fingerless gloves to her daughter at college - and Marika did call her. This great smile I caught was right after she finished telling me that story. Love it!


Used Book Cellar 

  • Ghosts & Vampires!                       

Halloween Get in the Halloween spirit with these spooky titles for both kids and adults - with devils, ghosts, witches and vampires, these are guaranteed to scare your socks off!  

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Favorite Ghost Stories chosen by Aidan Chambers
More Ghost Stories chosen by Aidan Chambers
Ghost Horses by Gloria Skurzynski & Alane Ferguson
The Hunted by Gloria Skurzynski & Alane Ferguson
The Haunted States of America by Joan Holub
The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Spooks' Surprise by Karen Dolby
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell
Night Shift by Stephen King
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Our last trade-in day before the holidays will be Saturday, November 17th, 2012.  
We will resume again in 2013!

Trade Your Used Books:
Saturdays from 11am - 3pm
Always open for browsing during regular store hours.

Please note: The Used Book Cellar will not be open for browsing during author events. We will be happy to look for a title after the event and place it on hold for you. 

Dogs of the Week 

  • Gracie        

Gracie You would not believe how many pictures it took to get a non-blurry shot of Gracie! She is a 16 week-old Toy Fox Terrier and is all wiggly puppy! Scrolling through the pictures was like watching a movie -- all action. Rebecca finally prevailed with everything in focus except Gracie's right ear. She is so cute!     

What We're Reading Now...

The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds
The Art Forger
The Better Angels of Our Nature
In Sunlight and in Shadow


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Happy Reading!

Kym Havens 
Wellesley Books
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