WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, by Lynne Olson (Random House, 2010) Lynne Olson focuses on three extraordinary Americans who were in London from 1939 to 1945, Edward R. Morrow, the broadcast jour- nalist, John Gilbert Winant, the American ambassador to Great Britain, and Averell Harriman, a confidante of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Their relationships with each other and others, including Pamela Churchill, the prime minister's daughter-in-law, and Tommy Hitchcock, a wealthy bon vivant who flew fighter planes, changed the course of history. This book was a great hit with the library's nonfiction discussion group. * * * BEN COES of Wellesley just published Independence Day, the fifth novel in his New York Times best-selling series featuring former US Special Forces operative Dewey Andreas. As to his own reading pleasure, Coes's current favorite is a hero who fights wizards, not terrorists. Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling (Scholastic Paperbacks) When my kids were young, I read to them at bedtime. As they grew older, that nightly ritual somehow got lost. A few months ago, my nine-year-old daughter, Esmé, asked if I would read to her. Together, we decided on the Harry Potter books. I had never read any of these special books, thinking they were for children. And they are, but they're so much more. The writing is beautiful, the characters well- drawn. There is intrigue and suspense, humor and sadness, and a hero as courageous as any hero I can remember. I would recommend Harry Potter to readers of any age — but especially those dads out there (moms too) who perhaps forgot, as I had, the simple pleasure of read- ing to your child before turning out the lights. * * * GILLIAN KOHLI has co-owned Wellesley Books with her husband, Bill, since 2010. Kohli, who used to practice construction law, is vice presi- dent of the New England Independent Booksellers Association. Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg (Gallery/Scout Press, 2015) This high-powered literary agent — who chronicled his struggle with drugs in the memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days — sets his debut novel in a rural Connecticut town with an afflu- ent summer community. The story begins with a tragic house fire the night before a wedding. That sounds grim, and it certainly is a sad premise, but the novel is less about the tragedy itself than about the complicated lives of all the people it touches. Each chapter is told from a different character's perspective; through each we learn a little more about the events before and after the fire. We hear from the bride's devastated mother, from the caterer no one remembered to pay, from the teenage boy in the house next door. The pages turn quickly as we unravel the details of the fire's origin, all the while savoring the elegantly intertwined stories of a community and all the human connections it contains. * * * 192 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 books "a hero who fights wizards, not terrorists"

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