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Next week is the start of April, so you know what that means -- it's time for another monthly book preview! As always, our selections are organized alphabetically by author last name.

The Line Tender, by Kate Allen
A middle-grade novel that is heartbreaking but full of hope, the story follows Lucy, a daughter of a marine biologist and a rescue diver, through the summer that changes her life.

The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook, by America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen struck gold with their first kids cookbook, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, which is our store's bestselling cookbook, so we're of course excited about their new cookbook! This one is geared toward the youngest age bracket, and has everything from puree recipes to finger foods and beyond. There are tons of great recipes here!

The Next Great Paulie Fink, by Ali Benjamin
Ali's first novel, The Thing About Jellyfish, was a finalist for the National Book Award. No pressure, right? But with The Next Great Paulie Fink, she looks to have knocked it out of the park once again. The book, which is geared toward the middle-grade audience, follows Caitlyn Breen, a new kid at a small school in Vermont that has just lost its school prankster, Paulie Fink. Ali, who hails from western Mass., will be here for an event in support of this book on Independent Bookstore Day, April 27th, and we couldn't be more excited! 

Her Fearless Run, by Kim Chaffee
April is Boston Marathon month, and as such, it is the perfect time for a biography of Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run Boston. Kim has put together an awesome biography of Katherine and her first race, when she had to run as "K.V. Switzer," and was nearly pulled off the course by angry race organizers. We're excited to welcome Kim here for Saturday Morning Story Time on April 20th to talk about the book, which is really gorgeously done by the fine folks over at Page Street Kids.

Sprawlball, by Kirk Goldsberry
One of the absolute best basketball researchers on the planet, Goldsberry rose to internet fame over at Grantland before the San Antonio Spurs hired him out of the public sphere. Now, he's back as an analyst for ESPN, and in this book, he meticulously documents the rise of the three-point shot in the NBA. This will be one of the best basketball books of the year!

The Girl He Used to Know, by Tracey Garvis Graves
Our buyer Kristin is making this her staff pick for April. This novel follows Annika, an English major at the University of Illinois who enjoys the quiet solitude of chess more than interacting with other people. Then she meets Jonathan at chess club. The book follows their love affair, and then picks up 10 years later. Will their second chance be forever?

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, by Tyler Kepner
This is sure to be one of the best baseball books of 2019, if not all sports in general. Tyler, who is an exemplary reporter for The New York Times, has packed this book with never-before-heard anecdotes from just about every single one of the game's greatest pitchers. Each chapter is organized by pitch, with 10 pitches in all as the title suggests. This book is a must-read for sports fans, and we're very excited to welcome Tyler, along with Boston Globe writers Chad Finn and Alex Speier, to talk about the book on April 10th!

I Miss You When I Blink, by Mary Laura Philpott
The No. 1 Indie Next pick for April, this memoir was named one of 2019's most-anticipated books by Buzzfeed, Bustle and Literary Hub, among others. It's about what happened to Mary after she checked off all the boxes on her successful life’s to-do list and realized she might need to reinvent the list—and herself. 
Wolfpack, by Abby Wambach
The Women's World Cup will be played this summer, and as such, there will be a spate of books about women's soccer (two out this month include The National Team by Caitlin Murray and Soccerwomen by Gemma Clarke). This book, from the highly-decorated Wambach, is not strictly about women's soccer -- it is based on a commencement speech she gave last year about empowering all women -- but she'll always be associated with her time on the US national team. 

White Rose, by Kip Wilson
This is a novel-in-verse aimed at upper-middle-grade and young adult readers from a great new local author. It is a novelization of Sophie Scholl, who along with her brother and his friends, spread anti-Nazi letters throughout Germany during World War II, which ultimately cost her her life. We are thrilled to be welcoming Kip to the store on Sunday, May 19th, when she'll be in conversation with local author (and our Middle-Grade Book Club leader) Rebecca Caprara.

Also of Note:
- David Bowie Made Me Gay, by Darryl Bullock
- Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants (The Questioneers #2), by Andrea Beaty
- Aru Shah and the Song of Death, by Roshani Choksi
- A Piglet Named Mercy, by Kate DiCamillo
- Spy School: British Invasion, by Stuart Gibbs
How Poetry Can Change Your Heart, by Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb
- Meet Cute, by Helena Hunting
- Indian-ish: Recipes & Antics from a Modern American Family, by Priya Krishna
- Caterpillar Summer, by Gillian McDunn
- Falter, by Bill McKibben
- Every Moment After, by Joseph Moldover
- The Heart of a Boy, by Kate T. Parker
- Night Train, by Annie Cronin Romano
- High Five, by Adam Rubin
- Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution, by Rob Sanders

Notable April Paperback Releases:
- The Optimistic Decade, by Heather Abel
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
- The Road Not Taken, by Max Boot
- Washington Black, by Edi Edugyan
- Monday's Not Coming, by Tiffany Jackson
- The Soul of America, by Jon Meacham
- Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje
- The Overstory, by Richard Powers
- Long Way Down and For Every One, both by Jason Reynolds
- Tin Man, by Sarah Winman


We've got a full weekend! Join us for three different events:
  • Tonight: Anders Cahill, Gradient, 7 pm: Stop by to hear about this excellent debut sci-fi novel from local author, Anders!
  • Saturday: Luke Reynolds, Fantastic Failures, 2 pm: This event with former Acton resident and Harvard public schools teacher Luke will be held at the Harvard Public Library.
  • Sunday: Leigh Belanger, with special guests Farmers To You, My Kitchen Chalboard, 2 pm: This cookbook has been tantalizing our taste buds since we got it. But it's more than a cookbook -- it's also a guide to meal planning. Don't miss this great event!!!
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Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: Revolutionary Woods

We are forming a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club chapter at the store, called the Revolutionary Woods. Our Friday Fiction Book Club leader Kyra Wilson Cook is heading it up, and she hopes to hold the first meeting in May. If you're interested, check out the group's Facebook page and newsletter to keep abreast of book selections and engage with other members!

March 29
7 pm

Sci-Fi Event: Anders Cahill, Gradient

March 31
2 pm

Cookbook Event: Leigh Belanger, My Kitchen Chalkboard

April 4
7 pm

Young Adult Event: Julie Berry, Lovely War

April 5
10 am

Friday Fiction Book Club: Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

April 6
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: The Writer's Loft, An Assortment of Animals

April 6
1 pm

A-B Elementary School Jazz Band Performance

April 8
5-7 pm

Mt. Cavalry Preschool Night

April 9
6 pm

Middle Grade Book Club: Art of the Swap, by Kris Asselin & Jen Malone

Kris Asselin will be in attendance!

April 10
7 pm

Baseball Event: Tyler Kepner, K: A History of Baseball In Ten Pitches, in conversation with Alex Speier and Chad Finn

April 13
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: Andrea Wang, Magic Ramen

April 14
2 pm

History Event: Christina Thompson, Sea People

April 20
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: Kim Chaffee, Her Fearless Run

April 22
6-8 pm

Conant School Literacy Night

April 27
All Day

Independent Bookstore Day!!!

April 27
2 pm

Middle Grade Event: Ali Benjamin, The Next Great Paulie Fink

April 27
7 pm

Mystery/Thriller Event: Jessica Barry, Freefall, in conversation with Megan Collins, The Winter Sister

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