Our Favorite Books of 2023
MRS. DALLOWAY'S STAFF CHOOSES SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2023!
Click below to read what we liked - 36 titles in all!
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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
Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly. The always reliable Connelly is at the top of his game with his new Lincoln Lawyer legal thriller. The flamboyant Mickey Haller, with the able assistance of his half brother Harry Bosch, takes the case of a woman in prison for murdering her husband. She says she’s innocent, and investigations into her bad-cop hubby and the sleazy defense lawyer who convinced her to cop a plea provide plenty of ammunition for a new trial. Once in the courtroom, where Connelly’s writing skills shine, Haller mounts an against-all-odds defense laden with twists and surprises. A page-turning delight for fans of the genre. - Hut
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GENNIFER CHOLDENKO, author of the acclaimed Tales of Alcatraz middle grade series that begins with Al Capone Does My Shirts, holds Dogtown, the first in a series of books co-written with fellow author Katherine Applegate. Dogtown is a shelter for stray dogs, misbehaving dogs, and discarded robot dogs, whose owners have outgrown them. When Chance, a real dog, and Metal Head a robot dog, embark on an adventure to find their forever homes, there is danger, cheese sandwiches, a charging station, and some unexpected kindnesses along the way.
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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.
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