September 2016

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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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.

presents her new book, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us about the Relationship Between Parents and Children.

“What a relief to find a book that takes a stand against the practice of “helicopter parenting” so prevalent today . . [It] not only dispels the myth of a single best model for good parenting but also backs up its proposals with real-life examples and research studies . . . will provide helpful inspiration for parents and may prompt some to rethink their strategies.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780374229702
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 9th, 2016

Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call "parenting" is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multibillion dollar industry surrounding it have transformed child care into obsessive, controlling, and goal-oriented labor intended to create a particular kind of child and therefore a particular kind of adult.

October 2016

Join us in welcoming author Madeleine Dunphy as she reads from her newest picture book, Cat in the Night.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
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ISBN: 9780988330368
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Published: Web of Life Children's Books - September 13th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what your cat does at night? Read Cat in the Night and find out! A little girl falls asleep just as her cat wakes up. Children will experience the world through the cat's eyes, ears, nose, whiskers, and feet as he travels the neighborhood, meeting up with other denizens of the night.

Join us for a reading with Grace Lin in celebration of her new book, When the Sea Turned to Silver, a breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore, a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
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ISBN: 9780316125925
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Join us as we welcome back Joel ben Izzy for the launch of his new middle grade novel, Dreidels on the Brain.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780803740976
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Published: Dial Books - October 4th, 2016

 One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask?

Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hanukkah 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, the “Land of Shriveled Dreams”). That’s no small task when you’re a “seriously funny-looking” twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman. And Joel’s a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that’s not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke.

The Elmwood Business Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. are hosting the 1st Annual Harvest Wine Walk in the Elmwood

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout two blocks of College Avenue and on one block of Ashby.

Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website ( The on-site ticket sales table is located at Ashby & College Ave.

Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations.  Ticket sales on the day of the event will be “Cash Only.”

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

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780393245219
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 27th, 2016

To many Americans, rye bread is a bland, store-bought loaf with an oval cross-section and, sometimes, a sprinkling of caraway. But true rye bread— the kind that stands at the center of northern and eastern European food culture—is so much more. Join us for tastes from recipes in the book and a lively discussion of this hearty grain.

Launch party for The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

"This sumptuous book will inspire you to create your own water-saving paradise."--Flora Grubb

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
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By Johanna Silver, Marion Brenner (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781604696707
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - October 5th, 2016

Join us in celebrating the book that documents the unique Brancroft garden, located in Walnut Creek, one of the first gardens to be honored by joining the Garden Conservancy. Since then, Bancroft’s masterpiece has become one of America’s most acclaimed public gardens.

reading from his enchanting new novel (his first in eighteen years), Summerlong, "a beautifully detailed fantasy."--Kirkus

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781616962449
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Published: Tachyon Publications - September 6th, 2016

It is a dark and stormy Puget Sound winter--until the arrival of Lioness Lazos. Even the weather takes notice when Lioness appears, as if out of nowhere, waiting tables in a diner.

As though compelled, a complicated family brings the young woman into their lives. Energetic Joanna, academic Abe, and lovelorn Lily each fall under Lioness's spell, and she in turn awakens their long-hidden dreams and desires.

As an impossibly beautiful spring leads into a perfect summer, Lioness's influence only grows. But lingering in her past is a dark secret--and summer days must pass.

Mrs. Dalloway’s will be selling related books on site Saturday, October 15th at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00am

Join Pacific Horticulture for an autumn weekend in the bucolic Russian River Valley as we explore the power of gardens in the context of their natural surroundings. This important summit features nationally renowned speakers from across the horticultural horizon and offers visits to superb gardens that respect the region’s watershed.

Summit 2016, the latest in Pacific Horticulture's Changing Times, Changing Gardens seminar series, is for anyone eager to support the environment within the context of engaging, lively and resilient landscapes.

Join us as we welcome Marie Lu, reading from The Midnight Star, the thrilling finale to the Young Elites series! This event will be held offsite in the Community Meeting Room of the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:30pm
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ISBN: 9780399167850
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy what she’s achieved.

reads from her new novel, Mercury.

"No one plumbs the depths of ordinary human folly and its consequences like the brilliantly perceptive Margot Livesey. Be prepared: Mercury will take you on quite a ride."--Julia Glass

"A haunting, meticulous inquiry into the nature of blindness--its insidious power to corrupt marital trust, even between those with perfect vision. Margot Livesey is a searingly intelligent writer at the height of her powers."--Jennifer Egan

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780062437501
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Published: Harper - September 27th, 2016

Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optometrist in suburban Boston, he is sure that he and his wife, Viv, who runs the local stables, are both devoted to their two children and to each other. Then Mercury—a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past—arrives at Windy Hill and everything changes.

Co-winners of the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for The Jungle Around Us: Stories and The Current That Carries: Stories talk and read from their respective works.

"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 on The Jungle Around Us

Strongly reminiscent of the stories of Annie Proulx: all these lives at—or near—the end of the road reluctantly offering up their secrets.”—Ron Carlson on The Current That Carries


Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780820349893
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Published: University of Georgia Press - October 2016

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ISBN: 9780820349879
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2016

The Jungle Around Us: “You’ll see how beautiful it is in the morning—jungle all around us,” says one of the characters in Raeff’s story collection, referring to the way that the jungle that threatens can also provide solace. The jungle in these stories is both metaphorical and real, taking the reader from war-torn Europe to Bolivia and from suburban New Jersey to Vietnam. Raeff examines how war and violence, like the jungle, seep into our lives, even when we are no longer in danger and long after the war is over.

November 2016

presents NOW: The Physics of Time, a remarkable work on the physics and flow of time that Neil deGrasse Tyson describes as “a master-class in what time is and why we perceive it the way we do.”

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780393285239
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2016

Since Einstein established his relativity equations, physics has understood the basic properties of time. We know, for example, that we exist in four-dimensional space-time. We know that time stretches and flexes and flips. We know that the pace of time dilates—that, instead of being constant, it varies, depending on local conditions of velocity and gravity.

Once again Mrs. Dalloway's will donate 20% of pretax sales made by our partner school communities back to the individual schools. Everything in the store applies to the benefit: kids' books, adult books, cook books, gardening books, merchandise, gift certificates ... everything!

Online purchases also qualify--all we need is a receipt dated November 11-13.

So, encourage your friends, neighbors, and out-of-town family members to get a jump on the holidays by shopping (at the store or online) for your school during the benefit weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 5:00pm

reads from his new poetry collection, Walking on Darkness.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781937679644
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Published: Sheep Meadow Press - September 6th, 2016


Peter Dale Scott’s poems have been praised by Robert Hass, Thom Gunn, and Robert Pinsky; and in 2002 he won the Lannan Poetry Award. His eighth book of poems looks back on six decades of experiences as a confused student in Paris, a diplomat in Poland, Vienna and New York, a professor of English at UC Berkeley in the tumultuous sixties, and after retirement a tutor in Buddhist Thailand- all of the poems in search of “this oxymoron/ the meaning of life".

The inimitable trombone quartet returns to Mrs. Dalloway's sidewalk to entertain you with holiday favorites and contemporary jazz.

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

December 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780062427861
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

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