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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"imaginative nature" books 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 6 184 they had expected. Combining local color with forays into the worlds of video games and pharmaceuticals, Shattuck illuminates, rather than skewers, her characters as they chase the elusive "Perfect Life." Murder Imperfect, by Neal Sanders (Harrington Press, 2009) You can't help but root for Kat, a resourceful housewife (self-described "perfect hostess and slave") who dispatches her shiftless, philandering hus- band and turns to a shrewd Weston lawyer to help her get away with it. In his self-pub- lished novel, Sanders describes Kat's Wellesley Hills neighborhood as a hotbed of adultery, where the undercover action also includes wiretap- ping and surveillance by federal agents investigating stock market fraud. Local references abound, from Blue Ginger and Wellesley Booksmith (now Wellesley Books) to the stately mansions of Abbott Road. An Uncommon Education, by Elizabeth Percer (Harper, 2012) Naomi Feinstein grows up a lonely child in Brookline, iso- lated by her troubled home life and her questioning, imagina- tive nature. She finds solace where she can: in books, trips to the Kennedy family home, and an unexpected friendship with the boy next door. When her beloved father suffers a heart attack, she resolves to study pre-med at Wellesley College, the school Francis Blake: An Inventor's Life, 1850-1913, by Elton W. Hall (Northeastern University Press, 2003) A century ago much of the land at the sprawling inter- change at Route 128 and the Mass Turnpike was the site of Keewaydin, a lavish hilltop estate, complete with man- sion, cottages, ponds, and gardens. It was the home of Francis Blake, whose telephone transmit- ter helped make long-distance service possible and whose photo- graphic innovations transformed how people saw the world. Besides recounting his scientific achievements, this biography portrays — in words and photos — the civic and political life of late 19th and early 20th century Weston. As a selectman, philanthropist, and conserva- tionist, Blake was for decades a leading figure in Weston. Though his name has largely been forgotten, his legacy lives on. Perfect Life, by Jessica Shattuck (Norton, 2009) "The house was atrocious. Big, ugly and showy. The kind of bland and squeaky new that characterized the homes of the B-list celebri- ties profiled on MTV's Cribs." That's how Jenny's ex-boyfriend (and sperm donor) describes her dream house in this novel about college friends who discover that marriage, love, and children don't turn out quite as

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