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STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS

The History of Sound: Stories by Ben Shattuck. In this collection of exquisite and elegiac short stories, Ben Shattuck proves that he is a writer in the full command of his craft. The eponymous first story, "The History of Sound," won the Pushcart Prize in 2019 and the movie based on that story, starring Paul Mescal and Josh O'Connor, will land in 2025. All the stories within, which move between historical New England/New Hampshire settings and the current day, spark with a timeless and old-world grace. Themes of relationship and connection-—to others, the interior self, and the world at large—play out across the page with a quiet and profound longing, and glimmers from one story show up in another, subtly linking the narrative and characters on the page, in life, and across time. A beautiful collection from a writer on the rise. - Hannah

How to Love Your Daughter by Hila Blum (now in paperback). A quietly devastating and profoundly moving novel about a mother's love for her daughter and their estrangement. Told with resonant insight in lucid memory vignettes that weave back and forth through time, How To Love Your Daughter delves into the "journey of everyday love," latching onto the very heart of what it means to be a mother—the inevitable separation of self and the beloved, the damage inflicted in the longing to protect and the simultaneous desire to set free, the extreme sweetness and utter sorrow when every day is a revelation and a loss. Eloquent and heartbreaking. - Hannah
 

Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. We follow the Fletchers, a wealthy Jewish family in 1980’s Long Island. Carl Fletcher, the patriarch, is kidnapped, and although he is returned after a hefty ransom is paid, the whole family is forever altered. At breakneck speed, we meet the rest of the Fletcher family in all their reckless, heart wrenching, hilarious glory, trials and tribulations.  The novel is very Jewish, very funny, very sharp, very mean, and a total page turner. Taffy Brodesser-Akner writes shrewd, cutting descriptions of inherited wealth and family traditions, and soul-searching passages on inherited trauma, and how it affects each of the Fletcher children, and each of us. I was amazed at how her story-telling exposes you to the very worst a person can be while still making you ache for them, and root for them! - Heida

Sunrise Nights by Jeff Zentner and Brittany Cavallaro. I love this swoony, smart and provocative young adult novel that gives Before Sunrise vibes!  Florence and Jude meet at the end of summer arts camp just in time for "sunrise night", the annual tradition when participants are allowed to explore the nearby town overnight. A sparkling connection and slow-burn conversation begins as they wander, and the two promise to return to camp the following year but agree to no contact outside of their summer bubble. Three "sunrise nights" play out over the course of three years, written in alternating voices with some portions in verse (this totally adds to the romance of the book). The deepening connection between Florence and Jude as well as the reveals we learn over time are creative and original, and themes of grief and health challenges lend depth to the story. - Carolyn

All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby (now in paperback). Racial tensions in a small Southern town impede a Black sheriff's determined search for a serial killer in a compelling and tension-filled thriller from one of the hot new voices of crime fiction. Cosby's gritty storytelling and rich characters - especially protagonist Titus Crown - definitely put All the Sinners Bleed a cut above. One of my new faves. - Hut

The Connellys of County Down by Tracey Lange (now in paperback). I've been so excited for this author's second book, and it has been well worth the wait! The Connelly siblings are struggling: Tara has recently been released from prison, Eddie is coping with the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury, and Geraldine is trying to maintain her role as the eldest who's in control; but that facade is cracking. They only have each other, and they're all harboring secrets that will continue to impact them unless resolved. A terrific novel about love, hope and healing (and a nice little easter egg is included from Tracey's wonderful first book, We Are The Brennans). - Carolyn

Tabula Rasa: Volume 1 by John McPhee (now in paperback). A nonfiction master offers a fascinating look back at his writing career in a series of 50 short essays (some less than a page) and recollections that focus on projects and inspirations that never came to fruition. And while you wish he would have pursued some subjects, his descriptions of why they intrigued him in the first place are delights on their own.  - Hut

The Librarianist by Patrick deWitt (now in paperback). I enjoyed getting to know Bob Comet and understanding why he is a quiet, lonely man in his older years. He’s kind and attentive – has been all his life. We are introduced to three distinct, formative times in Bob’s life where he is present yet not an active participant.  He's such a quiet, observant character providing peace and solace to those with whom he comes in contact. I wish we got more of Bob’s innermost thoughts to see how decades of being a librarian influenced his outlook - this book should be called The Introvert rather than The Librarianist. All in all, a pleasant read! deWitt’s writing is subtle and all-encompassing at the same time; it leaves me wanting more of this world - Jessica


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AUTHOR DROP-INS

Fulbright Scholar EMILY VAN DUYNE has written Loving Sylvia Plath: A Reclamation, which focuses on the accomplishments and the enduring power of Plath's work. Emily radically reimagines the last years of Plath's life while confronting her suicide and the construction of her legacy.

SHARON FUJIMOTO-JOHNSON is a Japanese American author-illustrator whose picture book The Mochi Makers tells the story of a girl and her grandmother spending the day making mochi together. It's a gentle and joyous celebration of family and tradition that includes information on mochi as well as a recipe.

NANCY JOOYOUN KIM holds the newly released paperback edition of one of our staff favorites, What We Kept To Ourselves, a novel about a family that unravels when a stranger is found dead in their backyard, only to find he might hold the key to finding their mother who disappeared a year ago.

Three years after its publication, NAAZ KHAN's picture book Room for Everyone remains a popular title on our shelves. The story follows a young boy on a crowded bus who discovers that, after some wiggles and giggles, there's room for everyone in this lighthearted rhyming picture book set in Zanzibar.


WHERE'S WALDO? HIDING IN THE ELMWOOD ALL MONTH LONG!

The 10th annual Find Waldo in the Elmwood scavenger hunt kicked off oMonday July 1st! Waldo is hidden in 30 businesses in our neighborhood, including the Claremont public library and Boichik Bagels. He's a small cardboard figure that may or may not be easy to spot right away, but that's part of the fun.
 
Here's how to play: pick up your game card and scavenger hunt instructions at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore. When you have found at least 20 Waldos hidden in the participating businesses, return your game card to Mrs. Dalloway's by July 31 and receive a sticker and a coupon for $1 off any Waldo book purchase. If you find at least 25 Waldos, you will also be entered in our prize-giveaway drawing, which will be held Sunday, August 4, 2:00pm at the bookstore. 

All ages welcome! This is the perfect opportunity to re-discover shops in the expanded Elmwood community. And when you pick up your game card, check out our Waldo book display.


AUTHOR EVENT RECAPS

Well, this was quite the party! AIMEE LUCIDO (right) launched her new picture book Pasta Pasta Lotsa Pasta with fellow author LISA FRENKEL RIDDIOUGH (Pie-Rats). They both read from their books and engaged the attendees with fun conversation and pasta trivia before signing books and visiting with attendees. There was a crafting station for people to make macaroni necklaces and a fun Pie-Rat Name Generator, along with coordinating stickers available for all. For refreshments Aimee brought two kinds of pasta and Lisa brought an amazing cake elaborately decorated to coordinate with the Pasta Pasta Lotsa Pasta book cover.

SAFIYA SINCLAIR (right) celebrated the release of her powerful new memoir How To Say Babylon, which chronicles her upbringing with and eventual rebellion against her Jamaican father  -  a reggae musician and a militant adherent to a strict sect of Rastafari who was obsessed with the ever-present threat of the corrupting evils of the Western world. Safiya's conversation partner, JONATHAN ESCOFFERY, led an eye-opening and contemplative discussion about Jamaican and Rastafarian history and the treatment of women throughout. Safiya also read a powerful excerpt then signed copies of her book.


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Next Event

 

Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd, at 7pm when bestselling author AMY STEWART comes to the store to present her new book The Tree Collectors: Tales of Arboreal Obsession. Amy will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. Her book includes fifty gorgeously illustrated vignettes of remarkable people whose lives have been transformed by their obsessive passion for trees, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist. (Amy's photo by Terrance McNally).

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to preorder a copy of The Tree Collectors.

The Japanese practice of forest bathing, shinrin-yoku, changes the levels of stress and pleasure hormones in the body, decreasing cortisol and increasing serotonin. And if being around one tree feels good, imagine how a hundred trees would feel. In her first botanical nonfiction in more than a decade, Amy Stewart brings us captivating stories of people who spend their lives collecting trees and asks them: what drives one to collect something as enormous, majestic, and deeply-rooted as a tree?

In her gentle, intimate, slyly humorous way, Stewart brings fifty of these people to life, organizing their stories into categories. There are the community builders--like Shyam Sunder Paliwal who, after the death of his daughter, began a movement in his Rajasthan village to plant 111 trees whenever a girl was born--who do the remarkable work of knitting people together under an arboreal canopy. There are seekers who have taken their passion for trees around the world, or even into space. There are visionaries--the former poet laureate, W.S. Merwin, who planted a tree a day for over three decades, until he had turned a barren estate into a palm sanctuary. And there are healers--like Joe Hamilton, who plants trees on land passed down to him by his formerly enslaved great-grandfather--who have found a way to heal their own lives, the lives of others, or even wounds of the past, by planting trees.

Vivid watercolor portraits of these extraordinary people, populate this lively compendium along with with sidetrips to investigate more about trees, including: famous tree collections, necessary terms, and even "tips for unauthorized forestry." This book will be a gift for the hundreds of thousands of readers who have come to Amy's previous nature books and a delightful, informative, and often poignant treat for a whole new audience.

AMY STEWART is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and several other popular nonfiction titles about the natural world. She’s also written seven novels in her beloved Kopp Sisters series, based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on July 23rd.

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, July 23, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Tree Collectors: Tales of Arboreal Obsession By Amy Stewart Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593446850
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Random House - July 16th, 2024