Bookseller Recommendations Galore
OUR NEW INSTAGRAM CAMPAIGN - MEET THE BOOKSELLER!
MRS. DALLOWAY'S OWNERS FEATURED ON TV
A KTVU-TV news crew, doing a segment on Small Business Saturday for the 6pm news on Saturday, November 25, chose Berkeley's Elmwood district as its location. The reporter interviewed several business owners, including our own Jessica and Eric Green. Here’s the link and a photo of the TV interview set-up: https://www.ktvu.com/video/
OUR STAFF CHOOSES SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2023!
Click below to read what we liked - 36 titles in all!
OUR HOLIDAY RECOMMENDATIONS - FICTION, NONFICTION, CHILDREN & TEENS
Prophet Song by Paul Lynch. Set in Dublin -- could be Cambridge-turned-Gilead from The Handmaid's Tale. This chilling tale is centered around Eilish Stack and her family of 5, in which everything is going from normal to slightly off, to absolutely not normal, terrifying even, very quickly. When the government that is supposed to keep you safe turns on its citizens with cold-hearted precision, you just can't stop reading, with a shiver of dread. Written in an unconventional flowing style, with uncanny relatable detail, the story propels you along with the intensity of a Hitchcock film. For the Stack family and the reader, it all feels unreal but could absolutely happen to any and all of us! - Heida
The End of the World is a Cul de Sac by Louise Kennedy. Wow. This short story collection by Louise Kennedy (author of debut novel Trespasses) is simply fantastic. Kennedy's writerly chops are on full display in these breathtaking and haunting stories of women on the edge of control, struggling for selfhood, fighting for a marriage, at odds with life and their surroundings. To create a world, to introduce characters and make us care, and to instill tension in just a few pages is an art form, and with this collection Kennedy proves she is in the full power of her craft. Brava. - Hannah
Baumgartner by Paul Auster. Baumgartner is a quietly elegant character study, a novel about a man in his twilight years forging ahead, sometimes reluctantly, in the years after the sudden death of his wife. In the face of profound loss and his own mortality, Auster's 71-year old protagonist slips into tender memories of before, yet a desire to know others and a curiosity for life persists. Find me in the store so we can discuss the ending... - Hannah
Gwen & Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher. This delightful queer YA romance is set in historical Camelot but several hundred years after the time of King Arthur Pendragon. The Gwendoline and Arthur of this story have been matched for marriage by their families since birth, but as young adults they can't stand each other. A supportive friendship eventually emerges when they discover that they're both gay and may be able to help one another. Gwen is attracted to the knight Lady Bridget, and Art may have a thing for Gwen's brother Gabe. A fake engagement would seem to temporarily fool their families, until it doesn't. The characters feel fresh and modern, the supporting cast is terrific, and the story is smart and well-paced. There's even a nod to Mary Oliver that was a wonderful surprise. - Carolyn
Orbital by Samantha Harvey. A single day, (which seems much longer due to being divided into 16 orbits), one space capsule, and six space station astronauts – likely the last of their kind as the space program has moved on to Mars. Through snapshots of their orbital observations and eavesdropping on their internal musings, Harvey brings the reader a deeply moving and thoughtful ode to Planet Earth and humanity’s humble existence on Her. Beautiful, touching, and meditative, it’s one that will linger with you. - Eric
SPECIAL OFFER ON AUDIO GIFT CERTIFICATES
(Libro.fm calls them credit bundles, but they're the same thing)
TONY PIEDRA (right) and MACKENZIE JOY, co-creators of One Tiny Treefrog: A Countdown to Survival, dropped by the bookstore after a well-received school visit. The duo has crafted a dazzling spin on the life of one of nature’s darlings, the red-eyed treefrog, in this bold and visually arresting countdown book, which also invites budding naturalists to discover a wealth of treefrog facts, revisit the pages to spot other Costa Rican species, and check out a bibliography.
Hungarian-born artist BALINT ZSAKO has created Bunny & Tree, a beautiful wordless picture book about an unlikely friendship that leads to a fantastical road trip adventure.
A ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFT FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING!
This 576-page deluxe, hand-numbered volume--a collectible edition limited to a single printing of 1500--pays homage to the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the book business in the late 20th century. In personal and informative essays, more than 100 prominent figures in publishing and bookselling (including Mrs. Dalloway's bookseller Hut Landon) recall their careers from the postwar period through the independent publishing revolution of the 1960s and '70s to the new millennium. The book is also illustrated with original photography of vintage book jackets, archival photos and period graphics. Click here for more details or peruse our display copy in the store.
PREORDER OFFER FOR GORGEOUS SPRING 2024 RELEASE
Click here for details and to preorder your signed copy!
AUTOGRAPHED COPIES AT MRS. DALLOWAY'S
We have lots more signed titles - click here to check them out!
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."