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September 15, 2020


Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16, we will open for limited appointments of 30 minutes each, between 10am to 1pm, with booksellers (including children’s book specialists) on hand to help you find whatever you’re looking for. If you prefer to browse on your own, that’s OK too.


For the time being, we will provide this service on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please call the store (510.704.8222) to make an appointment and if you can, indicate generally what you’re interested in. To keep employees and customers safe, we must limit to two customers per time slot. Please note that we cannot accommodate same-day walk-up appointments. We look forward to seeing you!


*We are open for prepaid pick up and sales at our front door, from 1-6, Tuesday - Saturday. We are not open for in-store browsing at this time.*
*Web 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. You'll receive an email update from a bookseller with the status of your order, usually within 24 hours. For more about how web orders work, please read our FAQ page *

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


We hope to be opening our doors to shopping soon, but in the meantime, we are creating online display pages to keep you up to date with new books and merchandise. 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 newest display page features new and recommended Cookbooks and Food Writing. One consequence of these unprecedented times is the return and rediscovery of home-cooked meals. Shelter in place also means eating in place, so we've created a page of inspirations.


We also have pages highlighting our 2021 calendar selection and new & recent titles in both hardcover and paperback in our Mystery/Crime  section. We're updating the page 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. We offer three ways to purchase titles: 1. Click on the images to order online. 2. Contact us at the store and we'll set them aside for you to pick up - or 510-704-8222. 3. Visit the store during curbside pickup hours and buy them at the door.


Rage by Bob Woodward. The Pulitizer Prize winning journalist gets unprecedented personal access to Donald Trump and reports on a presidency's response to a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest, including the decision to downplay the coronavirus from the outset.

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett. A master of the historical saga delivers a weighty (900 pages) prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, set in England at the dawn of  the Middle Ages and spanning the years 997-1007 CE.

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar. Blending and fiction and memoir, Akhtar offers a unique immigrant experience, told through eight linked short stories, as a father and son deal with longing and dispossession in an America that 9/11 helped create.

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith. Writing under her mystery pseudonym, JK Rowling's fifth novel featuring London detective Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott finds the pair tackling an intriguing cold case and wrestling with ongoing feelings for each other.

Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre. The true story behind the Cold War’s most intrepid female spy, a Russian agent code named Sonya who influenced the course of the Cold War.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. The author of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell sets her new work in a dreamlike alternative reality where a naive man a man living in a labyrinthine building with infinite rooms interacts with a mysterious figure obsessed with finding the Great & Secret Knowledge. 

If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lapore. A revelatory history of The Simulmatics Corporation, founded in 1959, that mined data, targeted voters, manipulated consumers, destabilized politics, and disordered knowledge - setting the stage for the future we now live in.





Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with books! Here are some of our favorites for celebrating Latinx authors, illustrators, characters, and culture, every month of the year! There is much more comprehensive list on our website - click here to view. (The booklist is organized by age - picture books at the top and YA titles at the bottom. Be sure to scroll down to see all the great books!) 


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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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

Join us for a lively discussion about their creative process, latest projects, fatherhood and more! This event will take place live on Crowdcast. Register ahead of time to save your spot!

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 2:00pm
Little Fox and the Wild Imagination Cover Image
By Jorma Taccone, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250212504
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 8th, 2020

This is a free event, though we encourage you to purchase a signed copy of the book through our website and / or to make a contribution

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