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We've been receiving new merchandise every week, from solar powered lanterns in various colors (left) and colorful totes for your beach reads (right) to a wide assortment of home & garden gifts. Come in for a look!



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We've received some serious interest and are now evaluating possible buyers for the store. To reiterate, we are selling, not closing. There will be no "last day." Rest assured, the store is in fine shape and remains open. (In fact, we just had the best April in our history, thanks to you.) Your gift certificates are still valid. You may still order books online, over the phone, or in person. Nothing has changed in our day-to-day operations. We have every expectation of finding brilliant new owners and until we do, we're staying right here doing everything we've done for the past 17 years. We'll keep you posted. 











Join us Saturday, May 15 for our newest Storytime on Instagram IGTV!
Caldecott Honor author/illustrator Elisha Cooper will be reading his wonderful new picture book, Yes & No.
"It's hard to imagine a more perfect bedtime story for the end of an adventurous ... day." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Be sure to watch to the end when Elisha shares a sneak peak into his process. The video will be live for only 24 hours, Sat. 11am - Sun. 11am, you definitely won't want to miss it! Copies available at Mrs. Dalloway’s.

 We were so pleased when local author Nick Greene dropped by to pick up a book he'd ordered, because he also autographed the copies of his new book, How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius, that we had on hand. The book, which is subtitled What Game Designers, Economists, Ballet Choreographers, and Theoretical Astrophysicists Reveal About the Greatest Game on Earth, is a great read for fans!


The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin. This is a lovely, quiet story of three lonely and grieving characters who come together on a honeybee farm and form unexpected friendships. The joys of beekeeping provide needed healing for all three, and a fight to thwart an odious pesticide company gives them new purpose and connects them to a newfound community. Just wonderful.  - Hut

Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin (now in paperback). This beguiling novel transported me to France during the darkest days of lockdown. The story of Violette, who tends a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne, and the many people, dead and alive, who visit regularly, is life-affirming and beautifully observed. A bestseller in France and Italy. - Marion

What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins. This is a mystery about the deaths of two teenage boys, but it's also a beautifully written novel about grief and families and what binds us together. It's set in Washington state, full of mist and beauty, and is intense and unforgettable.  - Carolyn

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (in paperback). After her family deserts her over a four year period, 10-year-old Kya is completely on her own, using what she learned about the natural world around her to survive. The novel intersperses Kya's life and involvement with two boys she meets as a teenager with the investigation of a murder that finds the now-adult Kya as the prime suspect. Mystery, romance, and a protagonist to fall in love with.  - Hut

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. This book should come with a warning label, so here it is - It Is Devastating. Billed as a novel, the author's critical interest in online life and her prowess as a poet are on full display here - startlingly powerful and tragic. Highly recommended. - Nick

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (in paperback). This was my favorite book of 2020 (and I read a lot in 2020!). Wonderful characters, artful plotting, and a deep love for humanity that shines through the pages...this is McBride at the top of his game. Highly Recommended. - Nick

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Next Event

Reading Ruby's Reunion Day Dinner, a joyful picture book that taps into the rich African American tradition of family reunions, with delicious food at the heart of the celebration.

On Here Wee Read's 2021 Ultimate List of Diverse Children's Books

Be sure to watch within 24 hours of the broadcast before the video disappears!

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 11:00am
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ISBN: 9780063015746
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperCollins - May 18th, 2021

Once a year, each of Ruby's relatives prepares a special dish to share at their family reunion. Daddy calls it their "signature dish"--and Ruby wants one of her own. She wanders through the bustling kitchen looking for inspiration.

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