It’s Almost IndieNashGiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving Week, readers! At the top of our gratitude list is you, everyone who loves books and visits us here in the bookstore and online every day. In honor of this wonderfully supportive community of readers, we’re doing something special this weekend, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

It’s called IndieNashGiving, and it’s a joint effort of the Nashville Independent Business Alliance and a bunch of fabulous fellow independent businesses here in Nashville. These local establishments have pledged to give 5-10% of their sales on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28 – this coming Saturday after Thanksgiving) to the local charity of their choice. So when you shop, dine, get your hair done, grab coffee, or work out at any of these Nashville-owned businesses this Saturday, you’ll not only get fantastic homegrown goods and services and fuel the local economy — you’ll also make a real impact on those among us who most need a boost this holiday season. (See list below.) Doesn’t that feel good?

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 12.14.59 PMHere at Parnassus, we’re setting aside 10% of all sales that day and splitting our gift between two nonprofits we love: Book ‘Em and the Nashville Humane Association.

What’s more, when you come to the bookstore on Saturday, you’ll feel like you’re at a party! Local authors will be stringing up lights, wrapping gifts, and making personal book recommendations. Guest author-booksellers include:

Julie Danielson · JT Ellison · Ariel Lawhon · Andrew Maraniss · Carson Morton · Ann Patchett · Mary Laura Philpott · Alice Randall · Daniel Sharfstein · Chuck Schumacher · Kristin Tubb · Caroline Randall Williams · Jessica Young



And don’t forget storytime! Our regular 10:30 a.m. event for little ones just may include a few special guests, too.

Book-lovers, we couldn’t be more thankful for you this week and every day, all year round. We wish you and yours a peaceful Thanksgiving.

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Thank you for supporting the indie shops that make Nashville truly Nashville! Every purchase you make at these IndieNashGiving businesses this Saturday, Nov. 28, benefits their selected local charities:

Ash Blue -> The Land Trust for Tennessee

Bang Candy -> St. Jude Children’s Research Fund

The Beveled Edge -> Project Redesign

Blowout Co. -> Heaney Pancreatic Cancer Fund

Bongo Java Belmont -> Second Harvest Food Bank & Hands on Nashville

Bongo Java East -> Second Harvest Food Bank & Hands on Nashville

Cadeau -> W.O. Smith Music School

DCXV -> Second Harvest Food Bank

Dozen Bakery -> Room in the Inn

Fenwick’s 300 -> Second Harvest Food Bank & Hands on Nashville

Fido -> Second Harvest Food Bank & Hands on Nashville

Fox’s Donut Den -> Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Grins -> Second Harvest Food Bank & Hands on Nashville

Halcyon Bike Shop -> Oasis Center

High Note Gifts -> Oasis Center

Hot & Cold -> Second Harvest Food Bank & Hands on Nashville

Little Gourmand -> Monroe Harding Inc.

Little Octopus -> Nashville Food Project

M.Florita Handcrafted Jewelry -> Alive Hospice

Old Made Good -> Nashville CARES

The Painted Cupcake -> Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Parlor and Juke* -> Room in the Inn

(*Closed on 11/28. Participated on 11/21!)

Parnassus Books -> Book ‘Em & Nashville Humane Association

Tea Tea and Company -> Southern Word

The Trunk -> The Tiny But Mighty Fund

Wilder -> Crossroads Campus

Willow Pilates + Core Fitness -> Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue

The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills -> Iroquois Steeplechase

WOO Skincare + Cosmetics -> The Women’s Fund

Woodland Wine Merchant -> Nashville Food Project & Plant the Seed

Yeast Nashville -> Pet Community Center

Want to get your local business on the list? There’s still time! We invite all independent, locally-owned Nashville establishments to get in on the good karma. Simply click the “Join the Movement” button on the IndieNashGiving site, or email to pledge your commitment.

Jane Smiley: Still Lying for a Living

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We’re so excited that next Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jane Smiley is coming to visit Nashville as part of the Salon@615 series. If you’ve been reading “The Last Hundred Years” trilogy, you’ll be thrilled to know that Golden Age, the third and final volume in the series, delivers just what you’ve been waiting for — a rich, complex conclusion to the storylines developed in Some Luck and Early Warning. If, on the other hand, you haven’t read the first two, you’re in the enviable position of getting to binge-read the entire epic family saga now that all three are available. Either way, lucky you. Read the rest of this entry »

The Shop Dogists: A Canine Book Review

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, received an assignment from our people last week: to “read” (or sample with any of our other senses) a new book called The Dogist. You may have read about it. Based in New York City, photographer Elias Weiss Friedman snaps photos of dogs on walks, out to play, and at rest for his popular Instagram account of the same name. Now those dogs have their own book, full of 1,000 friendly faces like these: Read the rest of this entry »

Courtney C. Stevens Writes the “Moments When Life Falls Apart”

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The name Courtney C. Stevens could be familiar to you for any number of reasons. Maybe you loved her last book, Faking Normal. Perhaps you’ve seen her cheerleading for other writers’ books on Twitter or in person here at the store. Maybe you remember her interview in USA Today earlier this year — “What Entrepreneurs and Artists Can Learn from YA Authors” — where she explained her dedication to supporting fellow writers: “If my name ends up on more spines than acknowledgements, [then] I have lived my life incorrectly.” That’s the kind of person she is. Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering New Things: Our Latest Favorite Books

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While you're visiting the Staff Picks shelf up at the front of the store, be sure to check out other themed displays, like this one -- all about running! (Thanks to our neighbor, Fleet Feet Green Hills, for the props.)
While you’re visiting the Staff Picks shelf up at the front of the store, be sure to check out other themed displays, like this one — all about running! (Thanks to our neighbor, Fleet Feet Green Hills, for the props.)

Booksellers learn a lot from working with one another. Someone who might never pick up a book of poetry may learn to like it, based on the recommendation of a colleague. Die-hard fiction readers may get talked into trying a thrilling biography. We have fun making this list every month, because we love finding out what one another has been reading. Who knew River was a Bill Murray fan? Or that Kathy can name six novels she loves about India? Or that Andy loves boating and maps? (Well, we did know that one.) Read the rest of this entry »

Maile Meloy on “Aspirational” Reading for Middle Schoolers

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You may know Maile Meloy from her award-winning literary fiction (including the novel Liars and Saints and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It). Your kids, however, would recognize her as the author of the thrilling Apothecary series, which continues right here at Parnassus Books next Tuesday, November 3, with the release of the third book, The After-Room.  Read the rest of this entry »

Garth Risk Hallberg Brings His City to Ours

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One would be forgiven for feeling a bit wary of the bigness of City on Fire, the much-heralded debut from novelist Garth Risk Hallberg. Clocking in at over 900 pages, this substantial novel has reviewers using terms like “epic,” “sweeping,” “ambitious,” and even, as the The New York Times called it, “Dickension.” Then there are the stories about how it came to be published — how it sold in a hot bidding war two years ago for nearly $2 million to Knopf, with film rights purchased by producer Scott Rudin. When a novel and its writer burst onto the scene under the weight of all those great expectations (sorry, we had to), it might seem more than any book could carry. Gracefully and impressively, Hallberg proves that City on Fire can do it. Read the rest of this entry »