WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

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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180 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 while much attention has been given to Suzy Duffy's comic romance Wellesley Wives, it was hardly the first or last word on our pair of "W" towns. With the help of local librarians and book sellers, we've assembled a list of books where Wellesley and Weston — present and past — figure prominently in fiction and nonfiction. Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted, by Andrew Wilson (Scribner, 2013) In 1942, at age 10, Plath moved with her mother, brother, and maternal grandparents to a small wood-framed house at 26 Elmwood Road (now a historic landmark) in the Fells neigh- borhood of Wellesley. In greater depth than her other biogra- phers, Wilson describes how her decade in the town affected Plath (the person and the writer) and those there who knew her. Despite — or because of — her inner demons, she pushed herself both academically and socially. She belonged to the Girl Scouts, played viola in the school orchestra, and addressed the First Unitarian Society — while still finding time to build a house of ferns and branches in the woods near her home. Already a voracious reader and writer as a young teen, Plath came into her own thanks to a gifted and unconventional high school English teacher, Wilbury Crockett, who would remain a presence well into her adult life. Murder at Morses Pond, by Linda Rosencrance (Pinnacle, 2004) and A Murder in Wellesley: The Inside Story of an Ivy-League Doctor's Double Life, His Slain Wife, and the Trial That Gripped the Nation, by Tom Farmer and Martin Foley (Northeastern, 2012) The 1999 murder of Mabel Greineder has been the topic of two books by journalists and library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors Wellesley and Weston by the Book S T E V E a n d J U D Y M A A S writer books

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