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The Winners by Fredrik Backman. The famed Swedish author wraps up his Beartown trilogy in superbly satisfying style. A devastating storm and the unexpected death of a beloved Beartown figure threatens to further fracture relations between small neighboring towns, but the events also prompt the return home of two key characters. As always, hockey is the glue that holds the rival communities together, but knowledge of the game is not necessary to enjoy the book. What is necessary is to want to read a novel laden with extraordinary characters - ordinary people whose strengths and weaknesses will make you care deeply and root for better lives for so many. - Hut
Suspect by Scott Turow. The dean of the legal thriller loosens his courthouse tie to produce a thoroughly entertaining crime drama featuring Pinky Granum, a free spirited, 30-something woman with an unconventional background. Pinky has found her calling as an investigator for attorney Rik Dudek, whose latest case is defending the town's female police chief from trumped-up sexual harassment charges. Pinky's investigative tactics are also unconventional, but she's pretty fearless and smart as hell. Turow throws in several enjoyable courtroom exchanges, but he clearly had fun making Pinky the star witness of this one. - Hut
Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv. An amazing first book by one of our great reporters / nonfiction prose stylists. It's a series of profiles, linked by "a setting: the psychic hinterlands, the outer edges of human experience, where language tends to fail," as Rachel explains in her introduction. It's compulsively readable, empathetic and psychologically nuanced, certain to be one of the best nonfiction books of the year. Highly recommended! - Nick
Less Is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer. Following up on his Pulitzer winning novel Less, Greer brings back his appealing, often awkward protagonist Arthur Less. At the book's outset, the gay novelist seems content with his writing career and relationship with Freddy Pelu, but financial and emotional crises find Arthur fleeing his problems on a cross-country journey to raise money. Alas, road trips are not his strong suit, but in Greer's capable hands, Less's series of near and actual disasters prove both hysterically funny and touchingly poignant. - Hut
The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West. This debut novel is a heartwarming story of friendship, empowerment and the strength of community. Set in the midst of 1960's Tennessee, Sara's journey to recreate herself is not overwhelmed by the societal tensions, but rather enhanced. The personalities that gather at Mama Sugar's hostel provide a light-hearted, supportive "village" that gives Sara the strength she needs to get through some tragic hardships. This read is an engaging, unforgettable experience. - Jessica
Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart (now in paperback). This might just turn out to be the best "COVID Novel" written, given how funny and downright enjoyable it is. In March of 2020, a struggling writer with a ramshackle Hudson Valley compound invites old friends, colleagues, and confidants to weather the pandemic. Old tensions and jealousies, along with new romances & alliances, soon emerge in a delightful feat of old-school storytelling - despite the very modern circumstances. A great read! - Nick
Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The author of Malibu Rising and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has done it again, written yet another compulsively readable novel, this time set in the 1990s in the world of professional women's tennis. Carrie Soto is making a dramatic and gritty comeback to defend her title and she's up against a pretty unsupportive sports community. The father-daughter bond, the 1990s pop culture references, the easter eggs I won't give away...I  was enthralled from the very first page. Make sure you have loads of time when you start; I couldn't put it down! - Carolyn



The glorious SANDRA CISNEROS (above left) read from her new poetry collection, Woman Without Shame, and conversed with author Reyna Grande (above right) in front of packed house in the bookstore. Following the presentation, Sandra and Reyna graciously posed with Mrs. Dalloway's owners Jessica and Eric Green, with Sandra holding Woman Without Shame and Reyna displaying her new novel A Ballad of Love and Glory.


Teen blogger and recipe creator SADIE RADINSKY shows off her book, Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Love Your Entire Self, and Make Friends with Food. In it, Sadie offers practices, tips, and exercises to help young women embrace their whole selves. Each chapter welcomes a different mood (like mad, blue, wild, cozy) to empower all parts of their lives.

Author DAVID OUIMET is also an artist and musician who has written and illustrated the companion picture books, I Go Quiet and I Get Loud. Quiet follows a lonely, introverted girl who finds her voice through hope and possibility; Loud explores the power of expression and human connection in the face of change.

That's ANNIE BARROWS hiding behind her adorable new picture book, Like. After making three - count 'em, three - in person school visits, Annie came by to sign copies of the book, which features a series of compare-and-contrasts that show how humans are much more like each other than we are different. She also inscribed books from her beloved Ivy+Bean series requested by young fans.

BRAD DELONG, a professor of economics at UC Berkeley, has written the provocative and timely Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century, a book Paul Krugman described as “A magisterial history…asks the right questions and teaches us a lot of crucial history along the way.”



ASHTON POLITANOFF appeared in person to discuss You'll Like It Here, his homage to Redondo Beach in the early 1900s, with fellow author Rita Bullwinkel. Following their discussion, the pair posed with their books, Rita's Belly Up: Stories and Ashton's aforementioned You'll Like It Here.


Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with children’s books! Here are some of our favorites for celebrating Latinx authors, illustrators, characters, and culture, every month of the year! Click HERE to find your next read.



Ask for a signed copy of any of these featured titles when you come to the store, or request one in the Comments field when ordering online. Supplies are limited, so don't delay if you're interested.




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.

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Next Event

Author MADELINE OSTRANDER will read from and discuss her new book At Home On An Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge On A Changed Earth. From rural Alaska to coastal Florida, it's a vivid and hopeful account of Americans working to protect the places they call home in an era of wildfires, floods, and uncertainty—including efforts in Richmond, California, to transform a city built around an oil industry giant, the Chevron refinery.

Co-hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, Madeline will be joined by KQED reporter Ezra David Romero and the Richmond Listening Project's Alfredo Angulo to talk about how Richmond and other frontline communities are finding resilience amid new threats, recovering after almost unthinkable disasters, and reimagining themselves in a time of climate emergency.

To register for this event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or register at the store in person at least 24 hours prior to the event.

How do we find a sense of home and rootedness in a time of unprecedented upheaval? What happens when the seasons and rhythms in which we have built our lives go off-kilter? Once a distant forecast, climate change is now reaching into the familiar, threatening our basic safety and forcing us to reexamine who we are and how we live. In At Home on an Unruly Planet, Ostrander reflects on this crisis not as an abstract scientific or political problem but as a palpable force that is now affecting all of us at home. She offers accounts of people fighting to protect places they love from increasingly dangerous circumstances, from a group of urban farmers work to transform Richmond, California, in the wake of a disastrous refinery fire to a Florida preservationist striving to protect one of North America's most historic cities from rising seas.  Ostrander pairs deeply reported stories of hard-won optimism with lyrical essays on the strengths we need in an era of crisis. The book is required reading for anyone who wants to make a home in the twenty-first century.

MADELINE OSTRANDER is a science journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the, The Nation, Sierra magazine, PBS's NOVA Next, Slate, and numerous other outlets. Her reporting on climate change and environmental justice has taken her to locations such as the Alaskan Arctic and the Australian outback. She is the former senior editor of YES! magazine and holds a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She lives in Seattle with her husband.


THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:50 pm on October 5th.

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.

MASKS are required for attendees during the event.

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:30 and 6:45pm for the event.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth By Madeline Ostrander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250620514
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 2nd, 2022