A celebration and reading from his new book The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive.
“The Orchid and the Dandelion is based on groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children–and the adults who love them.”–Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts
From one of the world’s foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health–a book that offers hope and a pathway to success for parents, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and child development experts coping with “difficult” children, fully exploring the author’s revolutionary discovery about childhood development, parenting, and the key to helping all children find happiness and success.
reads from her debut novel, Oksana, Behave!
"An irresistible, irrepressible comic saga. I utterly loved every page."--Anthony Marra
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Oksana, Behave! by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering on our website.
When Oksana's family begins their new American life in Florida after emigrating from Ukraine, her physicist father delivers pizza at night to make ends meet, her depressed mother sits home all day worrying, and her flamboyant grandmother relishes the attention she gets when she walks Oksana to school, not realizing that the street they're walking down is known as Prostitute Street. Oksana just wants to have friends and lead a normal life--and though she constantly tries to do the right thing, she keeps getting herself in trouble.
presents Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury, A captivating, spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities, passionate feelings, and aesthetic ideals drew them together, pulled them apart, and profoundly influenced the very shape of twentieth-century art.
“Intimate and exhaustively researched…offers detailed insight into one of the most important periods in American art.”–Publishers Weekly
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Foursome by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.
discussing Serpell's new novel The Old Drift, an electrifying debut that has already garnered three starred advance reviews and accolades from multiple writers.
"Recalling the work of Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez as a sometimes magical, sometimes horrifically real portrait of a place, Serpell's novel goes into the future of the 2020s, when the various plot threads come together in a startling conclusion. Intricately imagined, brilliantly constructed, and staggering in its scope, this is an astonishing novel."--Publishers Weekly
On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man's greatest nemesis. The tale? A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. The moral? To err is human.
presents Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, currently being adapted for television with Eva Longoria and ABC.
"If you have even an ounce of interest in the therapeutic process, or in the conundrum of being human, you must read this book. It is wise, warm, smart and funny, and Lori Gottlieb is exceedingly good company."--Susan Cain
"Gottlieb is an utterly compelling narrator: funny, probing, savvy, vulnerable. She pays attention to the small stuff--the box of tissues and the Legos in the carpet--as she honors the more expansive mysteries of our wild, aching hearts."--Leslie Jamison
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.
presents Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work, a close examination of Bob Dylan's songs that locates his transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art.
"A truly powerful book written by one of the leading scholars of the history of poetry today. The writing is clear and intellectually most exciting: Dylan's idiosyncratic genius is explained more compellingly than ever before. Hampton remains relevant, exciting and persuasively accurate as he shows the genesis of the songs as musical and literary forms and assesses their originality....the study sets a gold standard."--Nigel Smith, Princeton University
To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Bob Dylan's Poetics by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature recognized Bob Dylan as a major modern artist, elevating his work beyond the world of popular music. In this book, Timothy Hampton focuses on the details and nuances of Dylan's songs, showing how they work as artistic statements designed to create meaning and elicit emotion. With Bob Dylan's Poetics, Hampton offers a unique examination of both the poetics and politics of Dylan's compositions. He studies Dylan not as a pop hero, but as an artist, as a maker of songs.
returns to read from her fifteenth Maisie Dobbs novel, The American Agent, in which our beloved heroine investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.
"Excellent....In Winspear's capable hands, Maisie has evolved into a deeply sympathetic character. Readers will eagerly await her next outing."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of The American Agent by speaking with a bookseller or ordering from our website.
When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice--Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler's Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon's death.
reads from her novel, There's a Word for That, a hilarious and moving chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together--in rehab, of all places--even as each member is on the verge of falling apart.
"Full of intelligence and charm."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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Introducing the Kesslers: Marty, a retired LA film producer whose self-worth has been eroded by age and a late-in-life passion for opioids; his daughter Janine, former child star suffering the after-effects of life in the public eye; and granddaughter Hailey, the "less-than" twin sister, whose inferiority complex takes a most unexpected turn.
It's a party! Join us for the 5th Annual celebration of all things bookish!
On this special day, Mrs. Dalloway's will offer exclusive merchandise (books, pins, stencils, notebooks) created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. (Some are free!) Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. Follow this link to see this year's items. Note: Not all stores will have all items. Call to make sure the item you want is in stock.
discussing his exciting new graphic novel adaptation of Homer's epic tale,The Iliad.
"This is no mere comics adaptation of an ancient classic. Through his intricately illustrated panels, Gareth Hinds brings us The Iliad's depth, brutality, and power. A Herculean effort worthy of the original."--Gene Luen Yang, Michael L. Printz Award winner for American Born Chinese
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Iliad in advance by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.
More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation -- a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork -- renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer's epic.
presents With the Fire on High, a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.
"Acevedo has done it again: the multi-award-winning author of The Poet X here delivers perfection... This sophomore novel is simply stunning."--Booklist
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Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago's life has been about making the tough decisions--doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.
launching The Dictionary of Difficult Words: With More Than 400 Perplexing Words to Test Your Wits!
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Dictionary of Difficult Words by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.
What is a bumbershoot? Or a moonbow? And what does it mean when someone absquatulates? Find out all this and more in the Dictionary of Difficult Words. Test your knowledge with more than 400 words to amaze, confuse, and inspire budding wordsmiths (and adults). All of the words featured in this book are difficult to spell, hard to say, and their meanings are obscure to most children (and most adults)!
presents Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, an essential, empathetic look at a vital but little respected stage of life.
"In the latter years there are possibilities for joy, transcendence, and meaning, but also for just the opposite. Aronson writes like a memoirist while giving us scientific insight, philosophical wisdom, and wise counsel for a journey and destination we all share. Elderhood is a lovely and thoughtful exploration of this voyage."--Abraham Verghese
To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Elderhood by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.
For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied.
reading from Chapter Ten of James Joyce's Ulysses recalling Dublin on June 16, 1904 .
Join us for Guinness, Irish soda bread and cheer!
presents The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions, a uniquely earthbound story of space travel that follows a handful of surviving engineers from the time through their longest days, tightest deadlines, and most confounding challenges.
[Brown] has captured the soul of what was arguably the most challenging and significant engineering accomplishment of the 20th century…a great read for all audiences…I learned things about ‘my era’ that I never knew!”-- Gerry Griffin, Former Director of the Johnson Space Center, and former flight director for the Apollo Program
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Apollo Chronicles by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.
The moon landing of 1969 stands as an iconic moment for both the United States and humankind. The familiar story focuses on the journey of the brave astronauts, who brought home Moon rocks and startling photographs. But Apollo's full account includes the earthbound engineers, mounds of their crumpled paper, and smoldering metal shards of exploded engines. How exactly did the nation, step by difficult step, take men to the Moon and back?
reads from his much-anticipated The Lager Queen of Minnesota, a novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.
"Warm, whimsical, incredibly well-written and infused with Stradal's signature sympathy for his characters--those everyday heroes we all know and love. . . a thorough delight, from beginning to end."--Nickolas Butler
To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of The Larger Queen of Minnesota by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.
Edith Magnusson's rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities--they were named the third-best in the state of Minnesota and St. Anthony-Waterside Nursing Home has quickly become the hottest dinner ticket in town. Still, she lies awake wondering how her life might have been different if her father hadn't left their family farm to her sister Helen, a decision that split their family in two.
reads from Spin the Dawn, a sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
"Pure magic. Romance, artistry, and deep enchantment."--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
"What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read."--Tamora Pierce, author of Tempests and Slaughter
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Spin the Dawn by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.