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Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. We follow the Fletchers, a wealthy Jewish family in 1980’s Long Island. Carl Fletcher, the patriarch, is kidnapped, and although he is returned after a hefty ransom is paid, the whole family is forever altered. At breakneck speed, we meet the rest of the Fletcher family in all their reckless, heart wrenching, hilarious glory, trials and tribulations.  The novel is very Jewish, very funny, very sharp, very mean, and a total page turner. Taffy Brodesser-Akner writes shrewd, cutting descriptions of inherited wealth and family traditions, and soul-searching passages on inherited trauma, and how it affects each of the Fletcher children, and each of us. I was amazed at how her story-telling exposes you to the very worst a person can be while still making you ache for them, and root for them! - Heida

 

Sunrise Nights by Jeff Zentner and Brittany Cavallaro. I love this swoony, smart and provocative young adult novel that gives Before Sunrise vibes!  Florence and Jude meet at the end of summer arts camp just in time for "sunrise night", the annual tradition when participants are allowed to explore the nearby town overnight. A sparkling connection and slow-burn conversation begins as they wander, and the two promise to return to camp the following year but agree to no contact outside of their summer bubble. Three "sunrise nights" play out over the course of three years, written in alternating voices with some portions in verse (this totally adds to the romance of the book). The deepening connection between Florence and Jude as well as the reveals we learn over time are creative and original, and themes of grief and health challenges lend depth to the story. - Carolyn

 

All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby (now in paperback). Racial tensions in a small Southern town impede a Black sheriff's determined search for a serial killer in a compelling and tension-filled thriller from one of the hot new voices of crime fiction. Cosby's gritty storytelling and rich characters - especially protagonist Titus Crown - definitely put All the Sinners Bleed a cut above. One of my new faves. - Hut

The Connellys of County Down by Tracey Lange (now in paperback). I've been so excited for this author's second book, and it has been well worth the wait! The Connelly siblings are struggling: Tara has recently been released from prison, Eddie is coping with the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury, and Geraldine is trying to maintain her role as the eldest who's in control; but that facade is cracking. They only have each other, and they're all harboring secrets that will continue to impact them unless resolved. A terrific novel about love, hope and healing (and a nice little easter egg is included from Tracey's wonderful first book, We Are The Brennans). - Carolyn

Tabula Rasa: Volume 1 by John McPhee (now in paperback). A nonfiction master offers a fascinating look back at his writing career in a series of 50 short essays (some less than a page) and recollections that focus on projects and inspirations that never came to fruition. And while you wish he would have pursued some subjects, his descriptions of why they intrigued him in the first place are delights on their own.  - Hut

The Librarianist by Patrick deWitt (now in paperback). I enjoyed getting to know Bob Comet and understanding why he is a quiet, lonely man in his older years. He’s kind and attentive – has been all his life. We are introduced to three distinct, formative times in Bob’s life where he is present yet not an active participant.  He's such a quiet, observant character providing peace and solace to those with whom he comes in contact. I wish we got more of Bob’s innermost thoughts to see how decades of being a librarian influenced his outlook - this book should be called The Introvert rather than The Librarianist. All in all, a pleasant read! deWitt’s writing is subtle and all-encompassing at the same time; it leaves me wanting more of this world - Jessica

The Cliffs by J. Courtney Sullivan. A remote piece of land in Maine, its homes and its inhabitants over the centuries are at the heart of this fabulous new novel that explores history and generational trauma. Jane has returned to her small town to help sell her recently deceased mother's home. Her best friend asks her to research the history of another house that Jane has always loved, and she seizes upon the opportunity to be distracted from her grief and her own failing marriage. Secrets are soon revealed not just about Jane's family but also that of the first inhabitants of the land where Jane grew up. Beautiful writing, a few ghosts and the gorgeous Maine setting make this a winner. - Carolyn

The God of the Woods by Liz Moore. When a teen girl goes missing from her family's summer camp in upstate New York in the summer of 1975, echoes of her brother's disappearance from the family's property years before reverberate across the small community. The narrative is a puzzle of multiple perspectives, each character holds a secret, their own unique view, a piece of the story. Moore has penned an expertly-plotted and gripping literary mystery, full of family intrigue, class dynamics, and the uneasy relationship between human nature and the natural world. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Makkai and Chris Whitaker. - Hannah

What We Kept to Ourselves by Nancy Jooyoun Kim (now in paperback). When a stranger is found dead in the Kim family’s Los Angeles backyard holding a mysterious letter addressed to their missing mother, a wave of family secrets comes crashing down. Old wounds are reopened, feelings of desertion and betrayal revisited, and more questions are raised about their mother’s disappearance. The story spans several decades with tensions exacerbated by the backdrop of 1990s Los Angeles, the treatment of immigrants (especially Koreans) during the Rodney King riots, and the anxiety and fear of a Y2K armageddon as the end of the millennium approaches. A riveting mystery intertwined with intergenerational trauma, the destructive nature of secrets, and the human ability to build strong, healthy relationships through honesty and understanding. - Jessica


BLACKWING PENCILS SALUTE TO THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

The Blackwing 746 Collection (set of 12) is a tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge. Each pencil features a firm graphite core and is finished with a special multi-layered technique to bring out the iconic International Orange color of San Francisco’s world-famous span. We're also selling a companion set of three pocket-sized lined notebooks - the perfect complement!


WHERE'S WALDO? HIDING IN THE ELMWOOD ALL MONTH LONG!

The 10th annual Find Waldo in the Elmwood scavenger hunt kicked off oMonday July 1st! Waldo is hidden in 30 businesses in our neighborhood, including the Claremont public library and Boichik Bagels. He's a small cardboard figure that may or may not be easy to spot right away, but that's part of the fun.
 
Here's how to play: pick up your game card and scavenger hunt instructions at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore. When you have found at least 20 Waldos hidden in the participating businesses, return your game card to Mrs. Dalloway's by July 31 and receive a sticker and a coupon for $1 off any Waldo book purchase. If you find at least 25 Waldos, you will also be entered in our prize-giveaway drawing, which will be held Sunday, August 4, 2:00pm at the bookstore. 

All ages welcome! This is the perfect opportunity to re-discover shops in the expanded Elmwood community. And when you pick up your game card, check out our Waldo book display.


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AUTHOR DROP-INS

ELIZABETH STIX has written Things I Want Back From You, a poignant collection of 20 linked stories, set in the fictional California town of San Encanto. It's a place where suburban angst coexists with hopelessly flawed characters who flail against their own insecurities, seeking one true moment of connection, and if they're lucky, winning that rarest of gifts - a second chance. 


LITTLE LIBRARY

Help start a library for a young reader in your life with Mrs. Dalloway’s Little Library subscription service! Every month for the length of your subscription, we'll gift wrap and send your recipient a book that fits their age and interests. Our experienced staff selects titles from our ever-changing inventory of new titles and rediscovered hidden gems. To find out more and sign up, click here.


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."

Next Event

 

Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd, at 7pm when bestselling author AMY STEWART comes to the store to present her new book The Tree Collectors: Tales of Arboreal Obsession. Amy will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. Her book includes fifty gorgeously illustrated vignettes of remarkable people whose lives have been transformed by their obsessive passion for trees, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist. (Amy's photo by Terrance McNally).

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to preorder a copy of The Tree Collectors.

The Japanese practice of forest bathing, shinrin-yoku, changes the levels of stress and pleasure hormones in the body, decreasing cortisol and increasing serotonin. And if being around one tree feels good, imagine how a hundred trees would feel. In her first botanical nonfiction in more than a decade, Amy Stewart brings us captivating stories of people who spend their lives collecting trees and asks them: what drives one to collect something as enormous, majestic, and deeply-rooted as a tree?

In her gentle, intimate, slyly humorous way, Stewart brings fifty of these people to life, organizing their stories into categories. There are the community builders--like Shyam Sunder Paliwal who, after the death of his daughter, began a movement in his Rajasthan village to plant 111 trees whenever a girl was born--who do the remarkable work of knitting people together under an arboreal canopy. There are seekers who have taken their passion for trees around the world, or even into space. There are visionaries--the former poet laureate, W.S. Merwin, who planted a tree a day for over three decades, until he had turned a barren estate into a palm sanctuary. And there are healers--like Joe Hamilton, who plants trees on land passed down to him by his formerly enslaved great-grandfather--who have found a way to heal their own lives, the lives of others, or even wounds of the past, by planting trees.

Vivid watercolor portraits of these extraordinary people, populate this lively compendium along with with sidetrips to investigate more about trees, including: famous tree collections, necessary terms, and even "tips for unauthorized forestry." This book will be a gift for the hundreds of thousands of readers who have come to Amy's previous nature books and a delightful, informative, and often poignant treat for a whole new audience.

AMY STEWART is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and several other popular nonfiction titles about the natural world. She’s also written seven novels in her beloved Kopp Sisters series, based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on July 23rd.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780593446850
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - July 16th, 2024