Staying in Touch
NOTE: Our website is undergoing maintenance and our 'curbside pickup' option has disappeared from the range of our delivery options when you check out. We're working on getting it back up. In the meantime, if you'd like to pick up your books when your order is ready, select the "free delivery in Berkeley and Oakland" option, and write in the order comments field that you'd like to pick up your books at the store. We'll contact you when they're here!
THE WEEKLY VIEW
June 2, 2020
It's been an extraordinarily tough week around the country and the world between the pandemic and civil unrest. A time for reflection and of course the solace that books can provide.
Our doors are still closed, but we’re still available and eager to get books into your hands. While we wait for City of Berkeley to give us the the go-ahead to reopen, we’re still offering free home delivery in Berkeley and Oakland, along with curbside pickup for books that have been ordered and pre-paid.
Home deliveries are made Monday through Friday, while curbside is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4. Please see below for some additional information about curbside service.
How Curbside Works
Place your order by calling (510) 704-8222, Monday-Saturday or through our website 24/7: mrsdalloways.com.
Let us know you want curbside pickup service or home delivery. Otherwise, your order will be shipped to the address you provide when you order. If no one answers our phone, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
When your order arrives, we’ll let you know it’s ready for pickup. Pickup hours are Monday-Saturday 10-4. Please wait until we contact you before coming by. Wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of distance from others at all times.
Please note: we are not able to sell you books, or have you browse titles from the pickup window. You must order via phone, or on our website and pre-pay.
Thank you very much for your understanding.
SUPPORT THE BERKELEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FUND BOOK PROJECT WITH YOUR DONATIONS!
Editor's Note: As of May 31, Mrs. Dalloway's customers have donated $1755 to this fund. 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!
NEW HARDCOVER RELEASES
A Burning by Megha Majumdar. A searing debut that casts a sharp eye on contemporary class divisions in India. Jivan, a determined young Muslim woman from the Kolabagan slum, is accused of a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. Her fate rests with a former gym teacher, now an opportunistic nationalist, and a neighbor being tutored by Jivan who is nevertheless reluctant to provide an alibi.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. The author of The Mothers now writes about twin sisters who as teens flee their small black Louisiana communiuty and ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. Bennett offers an emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing.
Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays by Alexandra Petri. The Washington Post columnist proves she's one of the top political satirists writing today with a collection culled mostly from her Post essays. "The entries of Petri's collection are satirical dances through the most baffling moments of the Trump presidency, wherein truth is malleable and injustice reigns." - Foreword
The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having - Or Being Denied - An Abortion by Diana Greene Foster. A groundbreaking look by a UCSF professor at the state of abortion access in America and the first long-term study of the consequences on women's lives of receiving or being denied an abortion.
Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum by Joe Meno. A remarkable chronicle of the true-life journey of two African migrants, from the unjust political system of their homeland in Ghana through the chaos of the United States' failing immigration system.
Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen. The award-winning New Yorker writer, an immigrant from the Soviet Union, brings her unique understanding of totalitarianism to a scathing analysis of the destruction the Trump administration has waged on our institutions, cultural norms , and our country's identity.
NEW PAPERBACK RELEASES
NEW BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS (Ages 3-17)
"Turns out all I had to do was be myself." - Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
Pride Month is the time to celebrate love and gender expression in all its forms.
Our children's specialists have created an extensive list of LGBTQ+ books for preschoolers to teens - books that are both mirrors for LGBTQ+ youth and windows for their allies.
Click here for our LGBTQ+ suggestions to enjoy throughout the year. Below are some of our favorite new releases.
BOOKS THAT CELEBRATE GRADUATES OF ALL AGES Click here for more choices!
FABULOUS BOOK LISTS AND RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS
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.
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!
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.