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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
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
A BIG THANK YOU TO GRACE LIN!
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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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.
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