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The Fall Season Begins

Big Name Authors Releasing Big New Books in September

The Fall book season starts off with a bang in September as a slew of books from popular and award winning authors take center stage on the adult side, and eagerly anticipated  additions to popular children's book series also arrive. Here are a few examples:

FICTION

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett - A richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates - The dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children - the violent and capricious separation of families - and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved.

Testaments by Margaret Atwood - This sequel to The Handmaid's Tale picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie - A dazzling modern day Don Quixote - an epic tour de force that is as much an homage to an immortal work of literature as it is to the quest for love and family.

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson - An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us.

NONFICTION

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell - The author of Outliers, The Tipping Point and more offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers - and why they often go wrong.

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith - A lyrical memoir about one transformative year that evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre - including loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.

Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters by Rebecca Solnit - Who gets to shape the narrative of our times? Women, people of color, non-straight people are telling their versions, and white people - particularly white men - are trying to hang onto the old versions. Solnit appraises what's emerging and why it matters.

CHILDREN

Guts by Raina Telgemeier - Another funny and poignant graphic memoir  about growing up and gathering the courage to face - and conquer - fears and childhood anxieties. (SAVE THE DATE: We're hosting an offsite event with Raina on Tuesday, November 5. Books and tix available in-store or through Eventbrite.)

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart Some time has passed since the inimitable quartet of Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance have had a mission together. But with the arrival of a new Society member - and a new threat - they must reunite to face dilemmas more dangerous than ever before.

Crossover: The Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander -Newbery Medal-winning story of a 12-year-old in love with basketball and rapping is vividly brought to life as a graphic novel with stunning illustrations.

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo - With this companion to Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana's Way Home, the Newbery Medalist turns her focus to the tough- talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

The Tyrant's Tomb: The Trial of Apollo, Book 4 by Rick Riordan - On his path to reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo travels to the Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. 

The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade, Book 5 by Max Brallier - Surviving their first winter after the Monster Apocalypse was no easy feat, yet Jack and his buddies waste no time springing to action against some of the nastiest, most evil monsters around.


Make a Date to Get Your 2020 Calendars

Yes, it's only September, but customers are already asking for calendars. So our displays are going up, and we'll be featuring a full range of styles - wall, datebook, page-a-day, and more. Come in this month and get an early start!


Listen Up - Audiobooks from Libro.fm

We're delighted to be offering our customers an independent source for audiobooks, offered through our partnership with Libro.fm. Here's a little about the company, in its own words: 

"By choosing Libro.fm 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."

Interested? Sign up and get your first selection for free!


LITTLE LIBRARY

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 (or the one here) to be taken to our Subscription page.

 

Next Event

host an interactive party/workshop inaugurating a new series for writers: LIT STARTS. Writing Action is the focus of this evening, with Foreword author Bonnie Tsui reading and guiding a prompt-and-response session.

To reserve your seat, please purchase any of the four LIT STARTS books listed below by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the covers below. Bring a writing instrument and your creative juices!

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Writing Action (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738302
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 10th, 2019

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Writing Character (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738326
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 10th, 2019

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Writing Dialogue (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738319
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 10th, 2019

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Writing Humor (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738333
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 10th, 2019

Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

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