New Year, New Books
Thank You for Another Great Year!
2019 was a banner year for Mrs. Dalloway's, and we have you, our customers, to thank for it. Highlights included a celebration of our 15-year anniversary in October, the hosting of sold out offsite events with children's authors Angie Thomas and Raina Telgemeir, and a very special evening with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
We also presented more than 60 free author events in the bookstore and donated more than $10,000 in discounts and donations to East Bay schools. In addition, we gift wrapped over 3,000 books in 2019, using a half a mile of wrapping paper in the holiday season alone.
Special Offsite Event with Peggy Orenstein!
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore and the East Bay School for Boys are thrilled to welcome Peggy Orenstein and Judy Campbell, discussing Orenstein's new book, Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent and Navigating the New Masculinity, on Wednesday, January 29.
Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, Boys & Sex reveals how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy. The result is a provocative and paradigm-shifting work that offers a much-needed vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men. Get more details, including event time and location, by clicking here.
This event is a co-production of Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore and East Bay School for Boys. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or in-store at Mrs. Dalloway's. Ticket price includes a copy of the book.
Great Reads to Kick Off 2020
A highly-anticipated and moving novel about Mexican immigration is among a passel of new titles - both hardcover and paperback - arriving this month. Topping the list is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, the story of a middle-class mother and young son forced to beat a hasty retreat from their Acapulco home to escape the head of a drug cartel who wants them dead. In recounting their harrowing journey north to America as migrants, Cummins has created what author Ann Patchett has called "both a moral compass and a riveting read," while adding, "I couldn’t put it down. I’ll never stop thinking about it.”
January also heralds the arrival of A Long Petal of the Sea, a new novel from Isabel Allende about two young people who flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home, and a new book of poetry from the incomparable Robert Hass titled Summer Snow. There is also a lot of buzz around a debut novel called Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, who deftly tackles issues of race and white privilege set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and the consequences of a racially-motivated (and false) charge of kidnapping.
On the Nonfiction side, we're excited about the paperback releases of Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, the hubris-laden tale of Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes, and Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, David Blight's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography. In hardcover, Nobel prize–winning economist Paul Krugman delivers an accessible, introduction to today’s major policy issues in Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future, a collection of essays drawn largely from his popular New York Times column.
On a lighter note, New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, and iconic cartoonist Roz Chast deliver a wonderfully funny compendium of love and relationship advice in You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples. You can click on any of the images here to read more about these books or order online.
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.