Meet Your New Feathered Friends: Penguins with People Problems

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We get excited about every author event we have here at Parnassus, of course, but there’s something extra special about a book launch for a member of the family. Next Monday, June 1, we’ll celebrate the published debut of the little critters we’ve been crushing on for quite a while now: Penguins with People Problems, created by our own Mary Laura Philpott. Read the rest of this entry »

She’s at It Again: Deborah Harkness on Her Latest Bestseller

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Deborah Harkness doesn’t do anything halfway. A professor of history at the University of Southern California, she writes award-winning historical nonfiction that has been published by Cambridge University Press and Yale University Press. When she decided to try her hand at fiction, her first novel, A Discovery of Witches, debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. The sequel, Shadow of Nightdebuted at #1, as did the latest in that trilogy, The Book of LifeShe has received the Fulbright, Guggenheim, National Science Foundation, and National Humanities Center fellowships, among others. Oh, and just for fun, she keeps a wine blog, Good Wine Under $20. In keeping with the Deborah Harkness way, the site has been recognized by, Wine & Spirits magazine, and Food & Wine magazine. Of course.
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Where’s Momo? Right Here!

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Meet Momo, a border collie with a talent for disappearing into his surroundings. Read the rest of this entry »

Writers “have to create the choices to be made” — Photographer (and Author) Sally Mann

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Photo by Leslye Davis/The New York Times for the story
Photo by Leslye Davis/The New York Times for the fascinating story “Sally Mann’s Exposure”

Coming up on Thursday, May 21, we’ve got what promises to be an entertaining and illuminating conversation between Ann Patchett and acclaimed American photographer Sally Mann, author of the new memoir Hold Still. If you caught Ann’s last book report here, you know she met Mann at a party in Washington last year, and they’ve been friends ever since. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: True Confessions

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Last month I saw the preview for the new movie of Far from the Madding Crowd and I thought, wait a minute, I never read the book! How can I go see the movie if I haven’t read the book? Read the rest of this entry »

Something New from These Two

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Melissa Ann Pinney and Ann Patchett with their new book, Two
Melissa Ann Pinney and Ann Patchett with their collaboration, Two

One of the gifts we’re recommending for Mothers’ Day this year is Two, the captivating new book from photographer Melissa Ann Pinney, edited by our own Ann Patchett, with essays from authors including Edwidge Danticat, Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, Alan Gurganus, Maile Meloy, Elizabeth McCracken, Jane Hamilton, and Billy Collins. For that matter, it would also be a great gift for dads. Or grads. Or a newly married couple. Or… pretty much anyone. In fact, we’re so sure it’s a crowd-pleaser that we chose this book to send to all 400+ members of our First Editions Club this month.  Read the rest of this entry »

Word to Your Mother

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Oh, Mama! This is a big one. Not only does this edition of Musing come with all our monthly staff recs (on a Mother’s Day theme, of course), but for the first time, it will also include the latest picks from our Parnassus Book Club, Classics Book Club, First Editions Club, and YA First Editions Club. Need something to read? Look no further. Read the rest of this entry »