Celebrate the Women Who Raise Us & Our First Staff Picks- 20% Off in the Month of May!

Mothers' Day this year is Sunday, May 14th! We went ahead and picked out a few titles that we thought might appeal to the Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, and all the amazing women we celebrate on Mothers' Day. These books will be 20% off all month, just in caaaaaaaaaaase you miss Mothers' Day for whatever reason.

Feel free to let us know which titles you'd want for Mothers' Day if you are a maternal figure in someone's life: @belmontbooks on Twitter and Instagram.

But as we get closer to our opening--yes, you read that correctly--we wanted to share our first round of staff picks! These picks will be on sale through the end of June; 20% discount as usual. BUT there are a few special things about these books. Number One: The list is highly curated by our brand-new, awesome, super-cool staff. Yay staff! We can't wait for you to meet them all.
Number Two: There's a written recommendation from the staff members about their picks! That's right! These booksellers will tell you exactly why they think you should read these books. Just click on the title below to see what they have to say.
And Number Three: These books will be for sale, live and in person, on Saturday, May 20. No, that's not our opening date. May 20th is Belmont Town Day!

"What is Town Day?" you may ask. Town Day happens every spring, when Belmont Center is closed to traffic, and a town festival is held. We'll have actual copies of these books for sale,
and you can meet Chris, Kathy, Tildy, and maybe even Simon! (Okay, probably not Simon. Someone has to be in the office. We guarantee he'll be grumpy about it when he finds out.)
They'll also have free bookmarks and a few giveaway items that we won't mention here to leave you in antici.......pation. The 20% discount for these books is online only.
But hey! You won't have to pay shipping if you come visit us and pick up one of these titles at our table. So, without further ado, here are the very first Belmont Books staff picks!

Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers Cover Image
By Lucy Gray, Lucy Gray (Photographer), Hilton Als (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781616892548
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 10th, 2015

There are few jobs more rarefied or as physically and mentally demanding as prima ballerina. And yet, despite very real professional risks, three dancers from the world-class San Francisco Ballet all decided to have children at the pinnacle of their careers.

Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399169854
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 7th, 2015

Irreverent, thought-provoking, hilarious, and edgy: a collection of personal stories celebrating motherhood, featuring #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner, and many other notable writers.

Happy Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316342599
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - March 7th, 2017

One of these things is not like the other. That's how Cheri Matzner felt growing up in her adoptive family, and it's what continues to define her as she tries to start a family of her own. Funny and fierce, desperate for connection yet pushing it away with both hands, she needs to jump-start a marriage in danger of flatlining and save her career from scandal.

First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062439666
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 17th, 2017

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

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ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen.

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316247757
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage
A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann.

Feeding a Family: A Real-Life Plan for Making Dinner Work Cover Image
By Sarah Waldman, Elizabeth Cecil (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781611803099
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Published: Roost Books - April 11th, 2017

40 seasonal meals, 100 recipes, and loads of tips and strategies to make weeknight dinners work

Someday Cover Image
By Alison McGhee, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416928119
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Published: Atheneum Books - February 27th, 2007

A mother's love leads to a mother's dream -- every mother's dream -- for her child to live life to its fullest.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.

Stop Here, This Is the Place Cover Image
By Susan Conley, Winky Lewis (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781608936205
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Published: Down East Books - April 15th, 2016

Winky Lewis and Susan Conley, a photographer and a writer in Portland, tried an experiment. At the start of every week for a year, Winky sent Susan a photograph: of their children, of the street where they live as neighbors, and of other green places in Maine. By the end of that week Susan sent a tiny story back that talked to the photograph.

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The Small Backs of Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062383259
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 26th, 2016

National Bestseller

A masterful literary talent explores the treacherous, often violent borders between war and sex, love and art.

With the flash of a camera, one girl's life is shattered, and a host of others altered forever. . .

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

New York Times Best Seller
A Skimm Reads Pick

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today--written as a letter to a friend.

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Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393254389
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 18th, 2016

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How to Be Both Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307275257
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Published: Anchor Books - October 13th, 2015

A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Financial Times

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The World's Greatest Detective Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062368270
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Published: HarperCollins - May 16th, 2017

Caroline Carlson, author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, returns with The World's Greatest Detective, a story of crime, tricks, and hilarity for those who know that sometimes it takes a pair of junior sleuths to solve a slippery case.

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How I Became a North Korean Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670025688
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Published: Viking - August 2nd, 2016

"Lee takes us into urgent and emotional novelistic terrain: the desperate and tenuous realms defectors are forced to inhabit after escaping North Korea. Adam Johnson, author ofThe Orphan Master's Son

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Anything Is Possible Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812989403
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Published: Random House - April 25th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

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The Vegetarian Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize

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Euphoria Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction
A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
A Best Book of the Year for:

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Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101983300
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Instant New York Times Bestseller

Romeo loves Juliet. Or Rosaline. And Juliet loves Romeo. Or Viola. Or Orlando. It's Shakespeare as you've never played him before.

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763680947
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

The instant New York Times bestseller

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

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Behold the Dreamers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812998481
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Published: Random House - August 23rd, 2016

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream--the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy

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News of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062409201
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

National Book Award Finalist--Fiction

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

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They All Saw a Cat Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452150130
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 30th, 2016

A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book
A New York Times bestseller
★"An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized." --Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel's book feels like a game changer." --The Huffington Post