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Thank You for Your Continuing Support!

It's been an interesting first week of staying in place, to say the least (feels more like a month)! First and foremost we hope everyone is safe and sheltered and staying healthy. Second, we are humbled and grateful for the online orders that have been made since we closed our doors on March 16th. Many of you have ordered gift certificates in multiple denominations, have requested stacks of books, and have bolstered us with your kind and heartwarming messages about what we mean to you. Thank you!
We are processing your requests each day, and we so appreciate your business. If you haven't tried it yet and need to buy books or gift certificates, our website is open 24/7 at  We're updating the site regularly with information about new books, merchandise, and resources of interest.
We're also monitoring our emails and phone messages, and can help you with book orders over the phone at 510-704-8222. If you want to reach us by email, please use our address. Finally, some of you have made the audiobook switch via our partner and we're feeling the love there as well.
These are strange and unprecedented times, and we hope to keep providing the balm for the soul that books and reading offer. We'll continue to let you know about what's new and exciting on our virtual front table, share staff recommendations, and help you with your book needsWe'll also continue to keep you updated if anything should change with respect to the services we can provide while we're closed to the public. No matter what, we'll be open as soon as it is safe to be your neighborhood bookseller again. We can't wait.

The Gift of Giving, Doubled

If you'd like to support the bookstore and make someone else feel good as well, consider purchasing a Mrs. Dalloway's Gift Certificate. The upfront purchase helps us at a time when revenue is tight, and during this time of shelter in place, who do you know who would appreciate the gift of books?

  • Any parent or guardian with restless school age children

  • Restless school age children themselves

  • A friend or relative living on their own

  • Book club buddies

  • People who need a break from Netflix binges 

  • Someone laid off from work who could use cheering up

Oh, let's face it, who wouldn't like a free book or three? You can even buy a gift certificate for yourself and start your own bookstore tab

Click here to order. Thank you so much, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions - 510-704-8222 or


(Click on cover images to order or for more details)


The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

Unrigged: How Americans are Battling Back to Save Democracy by David Daley. The author of Ratf**ked, which exposed GOP gerrymandering efforts, reports on citizen activists fighting back across the country, providing a hopeful portrait of a nation transformed by a new civic awakening.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. Freddie, the love of Lydia's life has died in a horrible accident, forcing her to deal with grief and building as new life. At the same time, sleeping pills prompt realistic dreams in which Freddie is alive and the pairs' wonderful life continues in a parallel universe.

The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It by Robert Reich. An urgent analysis from Berkeley's own economist extraordinaire of how the "rigged" systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.

Ledger: Poems by Jane Hirshfield. This new collection from one of our most celebrated contemorary poets inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments. In its starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote, “[Her] world is one filled with beauty, from the ‘generosity’ of grass to humanity’s connection to the muskrat."





Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang. In this compelling graphic novel, Yang turns the spotlight on Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd high school (where he teraches math), focusing on the boys varsity basketball team and their bid in 2014 for the state championship.

Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Chloe Bristol. A lyrical and beautifully illustrated picture-book biography of eccentric and beloved writer and artist Edward Gorey, one of literature’s most creepily creative - and silly - authors and illustrators.

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Stuart Gibbs. In the latest installment of the  FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to solve his most improbable mystery yet—this time with a victim that’s 65 million years old.

Brown Girl Ghosted by Mintie Das. For young adults, a timely #metoo thriller with a supernatural twist about mean girls, murder, and race in a quiet Midwestern suburb.



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"By choosing 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."

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


Next Event

reads from her new volume of poetry Ledger, a book of personal, ecological, and political reckoning from the internationally renowned poet named "among the modern masters" (Washington Post).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:30pm
Ledger: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657804
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Knopf - March 10th, 2020

From one of our most celebrated contemporary poets--long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize--comes Jane Hirshfield's Ledger, her most important work yet.

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