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October 2, 2013   

Back by popular demand -- the GIANT PUMPKINS! Bill and Gillian, our owners, visited whichever magical pumpkin patch grows these magnificent gourds and brought back some for the front and back of the store. Come in and check them out!

Independent Author Evening Your local, independent bookstore supports local, independent authors! In a unique reception on Thursday, October 3 at 6:00pm, we will be hosting a number of writers from our community who've published books themselves or through indie publishers. Meet and mingle with these authors at different stations, learn about their new books, and enjoy some light refreshments in the warm ambiance of our bookstore. We'll be featuring books for all ages. This is the ultimate way to shop local!

Cathrynne Valente Join us Sunday, October 6th at 2:30pm for an enchanting afternoon with New York Times-bestselling author, Catherynne M. Valente. She'll be speaking to fans about the third installment in her Fairyland series, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two. We'll be serving tea and treats and we encourage fans to come in your favorite Fairyland-themed costume. Perfect for ages 10 and up.

Kevin West October is the perfect time to start home canning, pickling, and preserving.  Join us at Volante Farms on Tuesday, October 8th at 10:00am for an event with Kevin West, author of Saving the Season:  A Cook's Guide to Canning, Pickling, and Preserving at Volante Farms. Kevin will be demonstrating two of his recipes from the book for the audience:  sauerkraut, and chunky cranberry jam with orange and ginger. Yum!

Susan Cooper Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, author of the award winning The Dark is Rising sequence, is coming to the Wellesley Free Library on Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00pm. With her signature sense of history and enchantment, Ms. Cooper ignites the imagination of young readers with her latest historical novel, Ghost Hawk. Don't miss this chance to hear about her writing process, ask questions, and get a book signed by this beloved author.

Bill's Book Group for Guys is a relaxed evening in the store discussing a great book accompanied by a beer, glass of wine, or a select single malt whisky. $25 buys the book and a ticket to the event on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00pm, including libations.
The selection for December's meeting is A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers.
O hushed October morning mild, 
Begin the hours of this day slow, 
Make the day seem to us less brief... 
Retard the sun with gentle mist; 
Enchant the land with amethyst... 
~Robert Frost

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

Upcoming Events

Local Independent Author Evening - Thursday, 10/3
Catherynne Valente - Sunday, 10/6
Canning Demo w/Kevin West - Tuesday, 10/8
Susan Cooper - Wednesday, 10/9
Lunchtime Book Club - Tuesday, 10/15
Storied Sips - Tuesday, 10/15
Lincoln Peirce - Thursday, 10/17
Suzy Duffy - Thursday, 10/17
M.L. Nichols - Wednesday, 10/23
Kerri Majors - Thursday, 10/24
Eileen Christelow - Saturday, 10/26
Clay Rice - Tuesday, 10/29
Meg Lukens Noonan - Tuesday, 10/29
 Donna Tartt - Friday, 11/1
Karen Covey - Wednesday, 11/6
Ann Hood - Thursday, 11/21

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Thank you teachers!


This year we are celebrating teachers the first week of October and we would like to give you the opportunity to help us!  Stop by the store from now until Sunday, October 6th and submit the name and school of your favorite teacher to give them a chance to win a basket of literary treats.  We will have four baskets: Preschool/Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School and High School.  The raffles will be located on a table in the Children's section.  Winners will be chosen at random from submitted names.  Drop by and give your favorite teacher a chance at winning!

Bookseller recommendations 

Burial Rites Burial Rites   
by Hannah Kent

Dark, atmospheric and compulsively readable, Burial Rites is based on the true story of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland. Agnes is brought to a small, isolated farm to await her execution as there are no prisons. Horrified at housing a murderess, the family avoids her at first, then they are drawn to her as they realize there is another side to her story. Hannah Kent beautifully tells this haunting story both of Agnes, and of life in stark, uncompromising 19th century Iceland.
The Signature of All Things The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was very happy to be immersed in the life of Alma Whittacker in the 1800's born to a wealthy family. "What Alma wanted to know most of all was how the world was regulated. What was the master clockwork behind everything?" I spent a delightful time reading about her discoveries, most notably in Botany. Alma ultimately becomes an expert in moss and I for one will be grabbing a magnifying glass to take a closer look at moss in my garden!
The Stranger The Stranger    
by Camilla
Detective Patrik Hedstrom has his hands full with a fatal drunk driving accident, a murdered reality show contestant, and his new female colleague, to say nothing of his upcoming wedding.  During the course of his investigations, Hedstrom begins to suspect that the two crimes may be connected to a string of unsolved murders across Sweden.  In this fourth installment of a series, Lackberg delivers an intriguing and fast-paced thriller: a surprise until the end.
The Best of Connie Willis The Best of Connie Willis   
by Connie Willis

If you haven't read anything by Connie Willis, this collection of award-winning short (science) fiction is an excellent place to start. Her writing is sharp, funny, intelligent, often tragic, but almost always brilliant. I still can't get the final story "The Last of the Winnebagos" out of my mind. This collection also includes a brief afterword to each story by the author, as well as several public speeches she has given.

New in Hardcover

  The Lowland The Signature of All Things Bleeding Edge  Doctor Sleep The Tilted World   
The Rosie ProjectDavid and Goliath One SummerBook of Ages Tip and the Gipper   

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
 Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
  Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell   
One Summer by Bill Bryson
Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
Tip and the Gipper by Chris Matthews 


New in Paperback 

In Sunlight and in Shadow    The Good House   Thursdays in the Park  Shadow Catcher  May We Be Forgiven 
Newton NeighborsBlasphemy  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore A Thousand Mornings A History of the World in 100 Objects  


 In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin
The Good House by Ann Leary 

Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd
 Shadow Catcher by James R. Hannibal
     May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
Newton Neighbors by Suzy Duffy
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor 

In the Kids Section

  • Reader Tested 
A selection of our ARC reviewers favorite new and noteworthy titles....

Sky Jumpers Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
Recommended by Henry, age 10
Sky Jumpers was an interesting book. It was interesting what things Peggy Eddleman made up like the bombs breath. I liked the book because it was exciting and I had no clue what would happen next. This could be a great action movie and I'm wondering what the next book will be like.

Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Recommended by Gabriella, age 9
Treasure Hunters is about four children whose mother is trapped in Cyprus and whose father disappeared in a raging storm. Since they've lived on a ship their whole lives treasure hunting with their parents, they don't know what to do besides keep up their family business. While treasure hunting they meet up with some nasty enemies and defeat them hilariously.

The Magician's Bird The Magician's Bird by Emily Fairlie
Recommended by Adham, age 11
I read the book The Magician's Bird by Emily Farlie. It is about two kids named Bud and Laurie. Their school's founder Maria Tutiweiler, has been accused of murdering Marchetti the Magician. Bud and Laurie know that she wouldn't do that but need to find evidence to keep their school open. They find a secret room that belonged to Maria Tutiweiler. What will they find? Read The Magician's Bird to find out.

The Burning Sky The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Recommended by Ben, age 12
Iolanthe Seabourne has been told that she is one of the greatest elemental mages of the 19th century. Her life is peaceful while she trains her powers. However, things change when she meets the master of the Domain, Prince Titus. Iolanthe goes into hiding to be safe from from the non-mage district of Atlantis. To protect her identity, she is disguised as Archer Fairfax, a normal student at the Eton school for boys in London. This thrilling story by Sherry Thomas is part romance novel, part action, and part fantasy. I liked how the author switched views between both Iolanthe and Titus, which made the story more fun to read. Readers who are in grades 6-8 who like the Harry Potter series would probably enjoy this book. I am excited that it is the first in a trilogy and can't wait for more to come out.

In the Gift Aisle

  • Scarves & Gloves 

Have you missed wearing fabulous scarves over the summer?  Fun, colorful scarves are one of our favorite things about the arrival of the fall season. We have both lightweight and warm 'n' toasty in many different patterns and great fall colors.  


Pair them with fingerless or texting gloves and you are ready for the chill when it finally gets here. Come stock up now for the widest array of colors and styles.

The cute owls, penguin and bear faces are animal boot cuffs. Tuck them in at the top of your boots for a cute and cozy look. (It's never too early to begin your holiday shopping -- wouldn't these make a great gift?)  


Used Book Cellar 

  • Ā la carte    

Have you seen the used book cart out in front of the store? Some have referred to it as the "Serendipitous Cart" as it can grab your eye with just the title you forgot that you wanted to read. It will disappear inside when the weather turns, so we are featuring it in this newsletter while it is still out front keeping the giant pumpkin and basil plant company. 
Here are some titles currently on the cart:

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesy
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Karasote
Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Run by Ann Patchett
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Heft by Liz Moore
Jefferson's Great Gamble by Charles Cerami
Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
Longitudes and Latitudes by Thomas L. Friedman            

Trade Your Used Books:
Saturdays from 11am - 3pm

The Used Book Cellar is always open for browsing during regular store hours except during

author events. We will be happy to look for a title after the event and place it on hold for you. 

Dog of the Week 

  • Lori            

Lori Meet Lori, an 11 year-old Tibetan Terrier.

As far as she is concerned, all walks lead to Wellesley Books. Regardless of what her owner has in mind, Lori is on her way to the bookstore.  




What We're Reading Now...

A House in the Sky
The Signature of All Things
Steve Jobs
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
The Boy on the Porch


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independent bookstore!



Kym Havens 
Wellesley Books
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