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For Everyone's Safety

July 26, 2020
A part-time employee of Mrs. Dalloway's has tested positive for the coronavirus. Our colleague is asymptomatic and is self-isolating. We are taking immediate action to keep our employees and customers safe.
Mrs. Dalloway's will be closed for two weeks while we disinfect the store and make sure everyone on staff gets a coronavirus test. 
We are still open 24/7 at and we will do our best to get your books to you in a timely way. We'll deliver if you live in the immediate neighborhood, and we have arranged with the cafe Baker & Commons next door to leave some packages for pickup there if you'd prefer to come and claim your books yourself. If you intended to pick up a pre-paid order within this time frame, we are also happy to ship it to you free of charge. You can request cafe pick up, neighborhood delivery or free shipping by writing to us at We can check stock availability and provide recommendations if you write to us there, as well. Please bear with us; we will have limited access to phones but will answer messages as soon as we can. Keep those orders coming!  We'll be back soon. 

We very much hope to return to offering curbside pick-up by August 10 - we will keep you posted if circumstances change. Please stay healthy and safe, and thank you so much for all the notes of understanding and support we have received in the past few days.


The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue. A novel set in 1918 Dublin that follows the efforts of a trio of women working over the course of three days in the maternity ward of an overwhelmed and understaffed hospital during the height of the Great Flu pandemic.

The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender. Twenty years after her mother's breakdown, 28-year-old Francie revisits the traumatic event and the resulting changes in her life, a journey of self-examination that brings into question her relationship with reality. From the author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle. A retired married couple seek in separate ways to better understand their pasts, which leads to buried secrets and unwelcome memories. McCorkle is a skilled and empathetic storyteller, as this  powerful evocation of loss and yearning proves.

Empire of Wild by A Canadian woman searches for her missing husband, but when she finds him, he claims to be a different man. She fears he may be possessed by a Rogarou, a mythical half-man, half-wolf creature from her indigenous Metis culture.

A Star is Bored by Byron Lane. The author has fashioned a dishy roman à clef about his time as Carrie Fisher's personal assistant, chronicling the relationship between a well-known actress and her new celebrity assistant that, as befits Hollywood setting, develops into something beyond professional.

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey. A former US Poet Laureate revisits her past as she reckons with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather in a  moving story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy.







July is Disability Pride Month, coinciding with the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Here are a few of our favorite children's books to help celebrate people with disabilities and advocate for a more inclusive world - every month of the year! Click here for more suggestions.



We miss seeing you in the store but did you know we're still available to help find the perfect book for your young reader?  Send an email to, and one of our children's specialists will reply with suggestions just for you!   

Looking for great books to read this summer?  Click the links below:


Purchase a book from our kids' summer reading lists and receive a tiny Art Surprise - signed original artwork from a children's book illustrator! Be sure to mention Art Surprise when you order. Offer good while supplies last.

Practice Antiracism.  Choose books with Black main characters. Read books written by Black authors.  Seek out books that celebrate Black lives.  Children's books are powerful tools for starting critical conversations and for changing attitudes.

Below are 10 books our children's specialists suggest to get you started.  Click here for more suggestions. We'll be updating frequently. 


We strongly urge you to check out last week's #KidLit4BlackLives Rally which included the biggest names in kid's literature:  Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Elizabeth Acevedo, Jason Reynolds, Gene Yang, and many more.  (Note: the actual event begins at minute 10:08 of the video). 


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.


Editor's Note: As of July 3, the Book Project has raised more than $4500. That will buy a lot of books - thank you to all donors!

The Berkeley community is working hard right now to get books into the hands of our students, especially those who do not have access to books at home. Your donations to the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Book Project will help us purchase high-interest books for our youngest readers, K-5. These books will be distributed directly to families at BUSD's new Ed Hub. Please give whatever you can - donate here. Thank you for supporting the love of reading in Berkeley Unified School District!

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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.






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