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The Book of (More) Delights by Ross Gay. The acclaimed poet's second foray into the realm of noting daily “delights” is sure to please. Eighty-one of his daily ruminations over the course of a year are included, each no more than a few pages. Dip In, Dip Out. Or read it through. You’ll smile, laugh, and whisper “Wow!” inside, probably more than once. You’ll feel happier than when you began, and who of us couldn't do with more of that? Jump in to #72 to read Gay’s thoughts on books and bookstores, “wandering through other people’s minds.” Love it! - Eric

The Golden Gate by Amy Chua. Boy, is this a good one! Set in Berkeley in 1944, the story starts out with a bang (literally) in the Claremont Hotel, where a presidential candidate has been assassinated. For homicide detective Al Sullivan, solving the case means dealing with white privilege at its most imperious, with the formidable Bainbridge heiresses and their intimidating grandmother - all suspects - offering up flirtations, misdirection, and disdain. Throw a tragic death in the Bainbridge family 14 years earlier and Sullivan's precocious niece into the mix and you have a terrific, multi-layered story. Oh, did I mention Madame Chiang Kai-Shek also makes an appearance? - Hut

Stay True by Hua Hsu (now in paperback). I loved Hua Hsu's elegiac memoir about growing up the son of Taiwanese immigrants in the Silicon Valley in the 80's and 90's, the friendships that shaped and defined his identity, about loving emo music and thrift store duds and zine crafting and drinking Newcastle, about the wild leap from youth into adulthood, about UC Berkeley and the East Bay at the end of the 90's, and about the heartrending grief that bloomed in Hsu after the senseless murder of his close friend Ken.  - Hannah
Wandering Through Life by Donna Leon. Entering her ninth decade, the author of the Commissario Brunetti mystery series offers up a series of delightful semi-chronological vignettes about her life, travels, and myriad interests. Leon describes growing up in New Jersey, teaching overseas in Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia, and her love affair with Venice - now tempered by the influx of cruise ships. Her self-deprecating style belies a natural curiosity (I loved her chapter on bees), and her writing here -  casual and straightforward - has its own elegance. Fans curious about her creative process may be disappointed by her avoidance of the subject, but I was thoroughly taken with this leisurely, anecdote-filled memoir.  - Hut

Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Strout (now in paperback). Grounded in the Covid landscape, Lucy by the Sea explores social and personal oppositions brought into stark relief by the pandemic. All this a  metaphor for America today: a country divided and oppositional. Strout is an absolute master at creating flawed and relatable characters, and writing characters whom, within the space of one conversation or memory, walk a razor's edge of emotions— happiness abuts fear, longing leans into loneliness, nostalgia presses against regret, regret morphs into relief, awkwardness rubs elbows with tenderness... reading a writer with such an arc of nuance at her fingertips is a marvel and a joy.  - Hannah

The Winners by Fredrik Backman (now in paperback). Backman wraps up his Beartown trilogy in superbly satisfying style. A devastating late-summer storm and the unexpected death of a beloved Beartown figure initially 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

What You Are Looking For Is In the Library by Michiko Aoyama. Looking for a feel-good story about the joy of books and all that they can bring to a person’s life? This is it!  In this Japanese bestseller coming to the US for the first time, each chapter follows one character as they find themselves in front of the mysterious Reference Librarian at their local community library. Along with the list of books recommended for their actual request, she always includes an unexpected nugget bonus suggestion (along with a special gift) that ends up being the perfect book for their current life journey. Joyous and life affirming! – Eric  


During a whirlwind series of appearances at Oakland and Berkeley schools to celebrate the publication of Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods, GRACE LIN came by the bookstore to autograph more than 200 copies of her lushly illustrated and beautifully written book that explores the whimsical myths and stories behind a world favorite cuisine.


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


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by Shira Gill
All preorders will be signed by the author
First 20 orders receive a limited edition Organized Living home organizing label pack
Priority seating and signing line access at in store event 10/12
by Mandy Aftel
First 20 preorders will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents
by Maggie Tokuda-Hall           

All preorders personalized upon request and include a special sticker         


Mrs. Dalloway's is proud to team with local children's author ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE in offering signed and personalized copies of her award-winning Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration. Earlier this year, the American Library Association awarded Seen and Unseen the 2023 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children, and Elizabeth dropped by recently with her medal.


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


Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Tuesday, September 26th, 7 pm when Bay Area author SARAH EZRIN reads from, discusses, and signcopies of her new book The Yoga of Parenting: Ten Yoga-Based Practices to Help You Stay Grounded, Connect with Your Kids, and Be Kind to Yourself. Sarah's book will help bring the wisdom of yoga into your parenting journey. She will be joined in conversation by SUZANNAH NEUFELD.

The event is free, but you must reserve through Eventbrite or at the store.  Click here to preorder a copy of The Yoga of Parenting.

Mom and yogi Sarah Ezrin offer 34 practices to find more presence, patience, and acceptance—with your child and with yourself.

“I can say without a doubt that the most advanced yoga I’ve ever done is raising a child,” writes Sarah Ezrin. While many people think of yoga as poses on a mat, The Yoga of Parenting supports people in bringing the spiritual principles of yoga into their lives—particularly their families. Ezrin, a longtime yoga teacher, supports readers and practitioners in slowing down, becoming present with our children and ourselves, and acting with more compassion.

Each chapter highlights a yogic posture and theme and explores how it relates to parenting, including presence, boundaries, balance, and nonattachment. Chapters include prompts such as intention setting, breathwork, and journaling. Ezrin also features the stories and insights of a wide range of yoga practitioner parents whose experiences include single parenting, grandparenting, and passing on intergenerational yoga traditions. In addition to the opening posture, each chapter includes:

  • “Breath Breaks” invitations to mindfully breathe.
  • “On the Mat” practices to show us how we can apply the lessons on our yoga mat in a more general sense.
  • “Parenting in Practice” offering and advice from parents in the US and abroad.
  • “Off the Mat and Into the Family” fun exercises to help us bring the work off the mat and into our homes.

Practicing yoga can help us become kinder to ourselves, more aware of our thoughts and actions, and more present in our lives. What more important sphere to want to become kinder, more aware, and more present than with our families?

SARAH EZRIN is a freelance writer, yoga educator, mama based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and author of The Yoga of Parenting. Her honesty and innate wisdom make her writing, classes, and social media sources of healing for many people. Sarah is a frequent contributor to Yoga Journal, as well as Yoga International and LA Yoga. She has been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and, and she has appeared on NBC News. She also writes for parenting outlets, including Scary Mommy, Motherly, Healthline, and Mind Body Green. For more information, please visit

SUZANNAH NEUFELD, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and certified eating disorder specialist based in Berkeley, CA. She has been dedicated to supporting individuals and families with eating disorders, body image concerns, and maternal mental health since 2003. Suzannah is the author of Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood. Learn more at

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on SEPTEMBER 26th.

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.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.


Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Yoga of Parenting: Ten Yoga-Based Practices to Help You Stay Grounded, Connect with Your Kids, and Be Kind to Yourself By Sarah Ezrin, Jennifer Pastiloff (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sarah Ezrin, Jennifer Pastiloff (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781645471172
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Shambhala - June 6th, 2023