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Happy Belated Birthday To Us!


*We are open for prepaid pickup and sales at our front door, now from 10AM - 6 PM, Tuesday - Saturday.*
*Appointment Shopping is available Tuesday - Saturday mornings, from 10-1. Call or email the store to schedule a visit for up to 30 minutes. At this time, we are not offering in-store browsing unless you have an appointment, but please come say hello during our curbside hours and check out our regularly updated window displays!*
*While we encourage online shopping, please understand that most online orders will not be available for pick up immediately. Books for sale on our site are either on our shelves or available for us to order.*
*In addition to an auto-reply email you should receive when you place an order, you'll receive a personalized email update from a bookseller with the status of your order, usually within 24 hours. For more about how web orders work, please visit our FAQ page. Sincere thanks for your patience while we work on making your books available!*

*Questions? Call us at 510-704-8222 or send an email to us at*


October 27, 2020

Sweet Sixteen

We were so busy last week that we forgot to celebrate our sixteenth anniversary! This year we’re going to remember as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, filled with twists and turns and surprises, not all of them welcome by any means. Though we may be suffering from collective whiplash, we’re very much still here and a large part of the reason is that you’ve chosen to ride along with us. As we head into the fall holidays--Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa--remember that we’ve got books and gifts and games and puzzles for whatever you celebrate. Shop Early and Shop Local! 

Since lockdown began in March, we have tried to offer innovative ways to get books to you. Here are the current options:

Personal Shopping helper - click here.  Tell us who you are shopping for, what their interests are, etc. Fill out the form and we’ll get back to you promptly with a list of possibilities.

Appointment Shopping. 10-1, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call for your appointment; the slots go fast and it is not usually possible to take one same-day.

Curbside Pickup. 10-6 Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

Online. 24/7

Phone. (510) 704-8222.

Email. For help and recommendations:

In-Store Browsing. Coming soon, provided we can do so safely. Watch this space.



We are thrilled to host Flavia Z. Drago for a Mrs. Dalloway's Storytime on Instagram this 
Saturday, October 31 at 11am (PT). 
She will read Gustavo, the Shy Ghost and 
Gustavo, El Fantasmita Timido -- 
perfect for celebrating Day of the Dead!
Click below for more details and to order the books


Memorial by Bryan Washington. A sweet and affecting look at love and family that centers around two gay men. Japanese-American chef Mike and Black daycare teacher Benson begin reevaluating their stale relationship after Mike departs for Japan to visit his dying father and Benson is suddenly stuck with his visiting mother-in-law, who becomes an unconventional roommate.

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter. bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins comes a richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early 20th century. Older brother Gig fights with union men for a better life, while younger and less idealistic Rye finds himself drawn to the fearless 19-year-old activist and feminist Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child. Author Lee Child is retiring and turning the Jack Reacher franchise reins over to his younger brother. For now, the pair are collaborating, and Reacher remains much the same - using both brains and brawn to confront a conspiracy involving cyber ransom, election sabotage, and a Cold War secret.

House of Correction by Nicci French. A woman accused of murder attempts to solve her own case from the confines of prison. But as she unravels the truth, everything is called into question, including her own certainty that she is innocent. Part prison drama, part legal thriller, and a clever twist on the locked-room mystery.

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food - A Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson. This groundbreaking new cookbook from the chef, author, and host of TV's No Passsport Required gathers together an unforgettable feast of food, culture, and history to highlight the diverse deliciousness of Black cooking today. The book features 150 recipes.

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark. The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. Meticulously researched witht the help of newly-accessed documents.






A Promised Land: Presidential Memoirs, Volume 1
(Crown, $45)
will be published on Tuesday, November 17th


In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency - a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

CLICK HERE to read more and pre-order! This Will Be THE Book of the Season!

Also available (Tuesday, November 24) on CD-Audio and read by the author



Next Event

reading Gustavo, the Shy Ghost and Gustavo, el fantasmita timido on Instagram IGTV. Please join us for a special Day of the Dead special event. The video will be posted for 24 hours, so be sure to watch before it disappears! Follow along @MRSDALLOWAYS.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 11:00am
Gustavo, the Shy Ghost Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536211146
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

Gustavo, el fantasmita tímido Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536214147
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin.

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