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June 2016

reads from his novel, Sensing Light, a stunning story of three doctors' struggles in San Francisco during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic.

"In Sensing Light, Mark Jacobson creates a moving tapestry of the doctors, the patients, and their lovers, both gay and straight, caught up in the AIDS epidemic. A compassionate, intelligent novel, part medical thriller that only someone who was there from the start could've written."—Bill Barich, staff writer for The New Yorker, 1980-95, and author of Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781612435701
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ulysses Press - July 5th, 2016

In March,1979, a young street hustler in San Francisco stumbles into an emergency room with lungs so congested he can barely breathe. Seen by a perplexed medical resident, the patient becomes the first of many thousands to die from a yet-to-be named plague. Sensing Light is a raw, compelling novel that follows the personal and professional lives of the men and women on the front lines of the emerging AIDS epidemic.

reads from her new novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374280130
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 7th, 2016

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old.

reads from her new young adult novel, Outrun the Moon.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399175411
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

From the author of the critically-acclaimed Under a Painted Sky comes a powerful novel set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

July 2016

Where's Waldo? In the Elmwood, of course!

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 6:00pm
Where's Waldo? Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763634988
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2007

Beginning July 1, the famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs will be hidden in twenty different businesses throughout our neighborhood. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons, and more!

Come by Mrs. Dalloway's to pick up your Find Waldo Passport with the list of participating merchants. Get your passport stamped for each Waldo you spot. If you spot 15 or more Waldos, you'll be eligible for the grand prize drawing at the end of the month.

These ten titles, selected by our Mrs. Dalloway's booksellers, will be discounted 10% through the month of July.

FICTION

The Green Road by Anne Enright. "One of the truest and most beautiful fictions about the family I have read in a long time."--James Wood, The New Yorker

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Frederik Backman. "Full of heart, hope, forgiveness, and the embracing of differences."--Library Journal

Sensing Light by Mark Jacobson. "A compassionate, intelligent novel, part medical thriller, that only someone who was there from the start could have written."--Bill Barich

The Third Swimmer by Rosalind Brackenbury. "Deeply, warmly, beautifully engaging, this tale of love, war, secrecy, and redemption . . . will knock your socks off."-- Diana Abu-Jaber

Turner House by Angela Flournoy. "Masterful: a novel full of history and lies and the myths that can bring a family together, or tear it apart."--Daniel Alarcon

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 6:00pm
The Green Road Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2016

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501115073
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

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Sensing Light Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781612435701
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ulysses Press - July 5th, 2016

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The Third Swimmer Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781564745828
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Published: Daniel & Daniel Publishers - March 7th, 2016

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The Turner House Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544705166
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 2016

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The Argonauts Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451697728
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781476785066
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 19th, 2016

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A Wilder Life: A Season-By-Season Guide to Getting in Touch with Nature Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781579655938
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Published: Artisan Publishers - January 26th, 2016

NONFICTION

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. "An elegant, powerful, deeply discursive examination of gender, sexuality, queerness, pregnancy and motherhood, all conveyed in language that is intellectually potent and poetically expressive."--The Washington Post

reads from Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others).

"The memoir of a woman who has learned that 'having it all' is only possible by 'sharing it all,' from finding a partner who values your work as much as you do to fighting for family friendly policies. You will learn that finding allies is crucial, blending families after divorce is possible, and that there is neither a good time nor a bad time to have children. Both women and men will find a friend in these pages."--Gloria Steinem

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 7:30pm
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By Myra Strober, John J. Donahoe (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780262034388
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Published: Mit Press - April 2016

Myra Strober became a feminist on the Bay Bridge, heading toward San Francisco. It is 1970. She has just been told by the chairman of Berkeley’s economics department that she can never get tenure. Driving home afterward, wondering if she got something out of the freezer for her family’s dinner, she realizes the truth: she is being denied a regular faculty position because she is a mother. Flooded with anger, she also finds her life’s work: to study and fight sexism, in the workplace, in academia, and at home.

Please join us for a panel discussion on Planting Design for Dry Gardens: Beautiful, Resilient Groundcovers for Terraces, Paved Areas, Gravel and Other Alternatives to the Lawn by Olivier Filippi. Presenters: Sean A. O'Hara and Jeff Rosendale, moderated by Bracey Tiede. Filippi will not be able to join us, but we will have a lively discussion with our panel whom are all highly knowledgeable with his design work and the plants highlighted in the book. At the end of the discussion there will be a raffle of plants provided by Sierra Azul.

 

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 4:00pm

This book is for dry region gardeners in particular, and for anyone who wishes to reduce maintenance and water demands of their garden and create an outdoor space that is dynamic, environmentally responsible and unexpectedly beautiful. Come take this journey to the South of France with three mediterranean plant professionals to experience the beauty of a home landscape that uses less water and incorporates a fabulous plant palette.

Join your fellow Potterheads for a night of magic as we countdown to the release of the eighth installment of the Harry Potter Saga!

The festivities start at 7:00 pm, with a round of butterbeer for everyone! We will be hosting "classes" throughout the night including Defense Against the Dark Arts, Wand-Making, and Herbology! Do you have what it takes to beat our extreme Harry Potter Trivia? Winner will receive a spellbinding prize!

We anticipate high demand for this title. PRE ORDER your copy today!

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 7:00pm to Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 1:00am
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781338099133
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

August 2016

to celebrate the release of her newest YA novel, The Smaller Evil.

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 4:00pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994702
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016

Sometimes the greater good requires the smaller evil.

Seventeen-year-old Arman Dukoff is crippled by anxiety and chronic illness when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He's taken a huge risk for a chance to "evolve." Beau, the retreat leader, is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman's not sure, but more than anyone he's ever met, Beau makes Arman feel something other than worthless.

September 2016

reading from her new (adult) novel, Another Brooklyn.

“A sort of fever dream, containing both the hard truths of life and the gentle beauty of memory. The story of a young girl trying to find herself in the midst of so many conflicting influences and desires swallowed me whole. Jacqueline Woodson has such an original vision, such a singular voice. I loved this book.”— Ann Patchett

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$22.99
ISBN: 9780062359988
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

present The Hunting Ground: The Inside Story of Sexual Assault on American College Campuses, the companion volume to their film of the same name featured at Sundance and broadcast on CNN.

PRAISE FOR THE FILM: 

"Terrifyingly true."--Newsweek 

"An unblinking look at sexual assaults on campus."--New York Times 

"Triumphant... a stunning call to action."--Indiewire  

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$21.99
ISBN: 9781510705746
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Published: Hot Books - May 17th, 2016

The debate over sexual violence on campus is reaching fever pitch, from headlines about outof-control fraternities, to the mattress protests by female students at Columbia University and other colleges.
 

reads from her marvelous novel, The Past, in which three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house. These three weeks may be their last time there; the upkeep is prohibitive, and they may be forced to sell this beloved house filled with memories of their shared past (their mother took them there to live when she left their father). Yet beneath the idyllic pastoral surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them.

“Exquisite…. For anyone who cherishes Anne Tyler and Alice Munro, the book offers similar deep pleasures. Like those North American masters of the domestic realm, Hadley crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural.... Extraordinary.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062270429
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 20th, 2016

Over the course of this summer holiday, the family’s stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life—bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican—winds down to its inevitable end.

October 2016

presents The Rye Baker: Classic Breads from Europe and America.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780393245219
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 27th, 2016

reads from The Jungle Around Us: Stories (Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction).

"Anne Raeff's exquisite stories are remarkable for their combination of intimacy and reverence for the mysteries and private griefs her characters fold their lives around. Seldom have I read work so confident in the power of what s left unspoken and in the deep eloquence of gesture. . . .A haunting and breathtakingly beautiful book."--Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
The Jungle Around Us: Stories Cover Image
By Anne Raeff, Nancy Zafris (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780820349893
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - October 2016

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