Here at the Shop

A December Like No Other



*We are open for prepaid pickup and sales at our front door, now from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday.*

*Appointment Shopping is also available Tuesday - Saturday from 10-6. Call or email the store to schedule a visit for up to 30 minutes.*

*While we encourage online shopping, please understand that most online orders will not be available for pick up immediately. Books for sale on our site are either on our shelves or available for us to order.*

*In addition to an auto-reply email you should receive when you place an order, you'll receive a personalized email update from a bookseller with the status of your order, usually within 24 hours. For more about how web orders work, please visit our FAQ page. Sincere thanks for your patience while we work on making your books available!*

*Questions? Call us at 510-704-8222 or send an email to us at*


December 1, 2020
Few of us will be sorry to see 2020 in the rear view mirror and we’re almost there! If you are reading this newsletter you are already supporting small businesses and we are grateful.  
As we continue on in this David and Goliath fight we want to remind you that a purchase from any merchant on College Avenue supports the whole neighborhood.  In addition to keeping the Elmwood a vibrant place to visit, Mrs. Dalloway’s has a long history of supporting our local schools. We just finished a four-day fundraising event that raised $4,700 for 28 schools. Most of those schools will turn around and buy books from us for their students with these funds. We are proud of this tradition and it is another way your purchases act to enrich our community.
Current Hours & Ways to Shop:
Appointment Shopping: Half-hour in-store appointments are available Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10-5:30. Call (510) 704-8222 to arrange a convenient time. On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays we have children’s book specialists available.
Personal Shopping: Help is only a click away. Fill in the form that lets us know the people you are shopping for, their ages and interests, and we’ll be back to you within 24 hours with suggestions.
Online: 24/7 at You can specify curbside pickup, have your order sent, or request local delivery (within 3 miles of the store).
Phone: (510) 704-8222 for help and recommendations, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Because of volume, please be patient, as we field many calls with a small staff. 
Write: Send an email to, particularly if you have a long list of books to ask about.
Four Important Messages: 
1. Shop Early! Everything takes longer these days due to social distancing requirements--from our vendors, in our store, at the post office. The more lead time we have, the more smoothly your shopping experience will go.
2. Please Pick Up Your Orders! We are still holding hundreds of your orders--many going back to the first days of the lockdown in March. 


3. No Gift Wrap! Unfortunately, we cannot offer our free gift wrap service this year--we simply do not have the space to both wrap and socially distance ourselves in the store. We hope you’ll understand. Packaged gift wrap is available for sale. 


4. Please Be Patient! Our reduced staff is working under pressure (and under reduced hours) but we are still trying to give you the best service possible. 



Join us this Saturday, December 5 at 11am PST for our newest installment of Saturday Storytime on Instagram IGTV! 
Local author-illustrator and activist, Innosanto Nagara, author of A is for Activist,will be reading his latest book, Oh, The Thing's We're For! "An accessible, all-too-timely manifesto for young activists (and everyone else)." (Kirkus
Purchase your copy from Mrs. Dalloway's. Storytime videos disappear after 24 hours so be sure to watch.

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Are you looking for a new book for yourself or a gift for someone special? Mrs. Dalloway’s specialists are here to help! All you need to do is complete a request form for each of the adults or young readers on your shopping list. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for us to find the perfect book for everyone on your list! This is ideal for getting Holiday shopping (or any other kind of shopping) done and leaving you with more time to read! Click here to find out how it works.


Our shelves are overflowing with new books in Spanish for kids and teens. If you'd like to peruse our shelves in person, we're open for browsing by appointment, Tueesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm. Otherwise, we've created booklists for you to browse. If you don't see what you are looking for, we can special order most titles and have them at the store often within 24 - 48 hours.



 We know virtual browsing isn't the same as the real thing, but it does give you the opportunity to keep up with and purchase new titles from Mrs. Dalloway's. 

Our most recent page highlights new and recommended Poetry books in both hardcover and paperback - 15 titles that offer a range of styles and sensibilities.


We also have a display page of selected titles for Young Adults. Our YA book buyer has put together an engaging selection of books for teens - both hardcover and paperback - meant to entertain and elucidate. 


We've also updated our Cookbooks and Food Writing page, adding three new titles that will help inspire eating - and creating - at home.


We also have pages highlighting our 2021 calendar selection, featuring wall, engagement, and page-day formats.


In addition, we're featuring new and recent titles in both hardcover and paperback in our Mystery/Crime  section.


We're updating the pages as new titles arrive, so keep checking back. You'll see links to all the Virtual Display pages in the column to the right on this page. Once you're on the pages, you can click on any image to read more about the calendar or book.




Our children's books specialists have compiled a wonderful list of children books for various ages and interests. The lists were organized for teachers and others educators, but they serve as great resources for families as well. And as new titles are bering published, the lists are being regularly updated and refreshed. The list of New and Noteworthy Books is part of the For Families and Educators tab at the top of our home page.  All the book covers have live links that take you a page with full descriptions and an online order option.

Also, be sure to check out the Resources page for Families & Educators. While we've been Sheltering In Place, some of our favorite authors and celebrities have been recording themselves at home reading their best-loved children's books. The Resources page has some of our top picks.

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"By choosing over other audiobook services, you support your local bookstore and invest in your local community. We offer over 125,000 audiobooks via our premium platform (which we built with love from scratch) and give you bookseller recommendations for great audiobooks. And when you contact us, you'll hear directly from one of our team members who will ensure your listening experience is unmatched."

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Give Children in Your Life the Gift of Books! 

Start a library for the young reader in your life with Mrs. Dalloway's Little Library subscription service! 

We've made it easier than ever to sign up and tell us about your young reader's interests, allowing our expert staff to choose books that will engage and delight. If you look on the left-hand column of this page, you'll see a Little Library link — simply click on the image above to be taken to our Subscription page.

Next Event

reading Oh, The Things We're For! 

Join us on Instagram IGTV. Follow along @MRSDALLOWAYS. Videos disappear after 24 hours so be sure to watch!


Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 11:00am
Oh, The Things We're For! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644210147
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Triangle Square - October 6th, 2020

This book is for kids and for the young at heart of all ages, a celebration of the better world that is not only possible, but is here today if we choose it.

New and Recommended