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Recommended by Mrs. Dalloway's staff for summer reading!




Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley. What a fun read! Clare Pooley is a genius at transforming something as monotonous as a daily commute into a story of self-discovery and friendship. A medical emergency on the train forces engagement amongst seemingly indifferent fellow commuters, encouraged by the eclectic advice columnist, Iona Iverson. A feel-good read about human connection and the rewards of friendship. – Jessica
Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley. I read a review of this book recently that called it "zany," and that's definitely spot-on, but it's also so so funny and smart and enjoyable. Crosley is an astute observer of the modern dating scene and the sad-sack contemporary man, in particular. It's worth buying just for her one-liners, which will alternatively make you cackle and singe your eyebrows. Hilarious and fun! - Nick

TIME SHELTER bGeorgi Gospodinovtranslated by Angela Rodel. Bulgarian author Gospodinov’s narrator meets (invents?) Gaustine, a psychiatrist who creates “clinics for the past," perfectly reproducing prior decades to help dementia patients recall that time and thus improve their memory. The concept grows in popularity and unexpectedly transforms Europe. Mind-bending, it’s a meditation on time and memory and how one’s perspective on both can evolve. - Eric

FIVE DECEMBERS by James Kestral. This year's Edgar winner for Best Mystery is a hard-boiled delight, following a Honolulu detective immersed in a murder case over five years of World War II. Although there is no shortage of violence and mayhem, Kestral effectively evokes a historical time and place and weaves a surprisingly moving love story into his rich crime classic. - Hut

THIS TIME TOMORROW by Emma Straub. Straub deftly uses time travel in a fresh manner to weave a moving and endearing tale that in the end is about a daughter’s ache to “solve” her ailing father’s health issues and the eternal bond of love between them. Engaging, funny, hopeful. “It’s not about the time, it’s about how you spend it." - Eric



These blue and white Miya ceramic bowls are back by popular demand. Their versatile size and shape - 6" in diameter - is perfect for cereal, soup, and snacks, and they are both microwave and dishwasher safe. Mix and match your set!


Many thanks to ANITA BARROWS, whose recent in-store reading from her new novel The Language of Birds, was a big hit with her engaged and enthusiastic crowd. (Photo by Andy Ross)

Check out our upcoming author events at the top of the right hand column on this home page.


June is LBGTQIA+ PRIDE Month! Click here to find a list of noteworthy children's books, published since June 1, 2021, featuring LGBTQIA characters and experiences. For additional noteworthy titles, published before June 2021, please see our LGBTQIA--CLASSICS list here. Books are organized by age from young readers to young adults so be sure to scroll down.



RANDALL MUNROE is the bestselling author of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - one of our favorite (and most offbeat) science books. The millions of people who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness Munroe has the answers.

Planning to ride a fire pole from the Moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.

What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions will publish on September 13. Click on the image to preorder, and receive an Exclusive Enamel Pin with your book (while supplies last).



Hard-working children's author JOANNA HO surrounded herself with three of her latest picture books - Eyes That Speak to the Stars, Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, and Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma, in a recent visit. Her newest book, The Silence That Binds Us, is a departure for Joanna - a young adult novel that explores timely themes of mental health, racism, and classism through a Chinese Taiwanese American family. It publishes June 14.

Artist CASSANDRA ROCKWOOD GHANEM, illustrator of Basho’s Haiku Journeys, (written by Freeman Ng), came by and posed with her children's picture book about the 17th-century Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Basho, who is  best known for his travel journals. This delightful volume--written entirely in haiku and illustrated by Cassandra with vibrant hand-painted scenes taken directly from the poet's written travelogues--tells the true story of Basho and of the five great journeys he then took through the length and breadth of Japan.

Middle grade author ANNE NESBET holds two of her historical fiction paperbacks. In Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screenthe 12-year old star of silent films faces villains both on and off screen when a fake kidnapping goes terribly wrong, The Orphan Band of Springdale is a historical novel set in 1941 in which a young girl is sent to a prphange and discovers small-town prejudices--and a huge family secret.

Summer is here, and there are plenty of good books for young readers waiting to be read. From new picture books to the latest YA, please take a look at our lengthy list of recommendations!


Longtime customer and teen book reviewer Calliope Cameron has recently posted a glowing review of I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston on her "Confessions of a Reading Addict" blog. You can read the review by clicking here - it's a great book for Pride month! McQuiston is also the author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue - both staples on our adult fiction bookshelves.

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Next Event

Join us for a special in-store book launch to celebrate local author SANA RAFI'S new picture book,  A Mermaid Girl, recommended for ages 3 - 7.  A young girl celebrates the experience of wearing a burkini for the first time in this lyrical and heartwarming story that casts a fresh light on timeless summer activities, and celebrates cultural traditions and intergenerational bonds.

To register for this event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or come to the store in person prior to the event date.

SANA RAFI is a Muslim American author who received her MFA from Columbia University in New York. She's passionate about showcasing Muslim and immigrant characters in her books. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, visiting beaches or being silly with her son. Rafi currently resides in sunny California but is often found daydreaming of her hometown, Lahore, Pakistan. Find out more at

Signed copies of A Mermaid Girl are available from Mrs. Dalloway's. Orders can be personalized as well. Please include inscription instructions in the comments field at checkout.

This is a free event though we encourage you to purchase a signed copy of the book through our website or at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, pre-registration is required; and attendance will be limited to 40. Proof of vaccination necessary for entrance, and masks will be required during the event.


Sunday, June 26, 2022 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
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A Mermaid Girl Cover Image
By Sana Rafi, Olivia Aserr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593327609
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2022


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