Paula McLain on the Appeal of “Hedonism, Recklessness, and Misbehavior”

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Paula McLain gets into Beryl Markham's frame of mind (and into a bi-plane -- the Gypsy Moth, which was used in the filming of Out of Africa). Photo by Liz Wheeler.
Paula McLain gets into Beryl Markham’s frame of mind — and into a bi-plane (the Gypsy Moth, which was used in the filming of Out of Africa). Photo by Liz Wheeler.

Summer feels like the perfect time to wallow in an epic adventure, a sweeping romance, a riveting history with bold characters and juicy plot. What a treat it is when they’re all the same book. Several staff members at Parnassus passed around (the more accurate term would be “fought over,” but whatever) a manuscript of Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun back in the spring to prepare for selling it this summer. In a rare consensus, we all loved it. You’ll like it, too, if: Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Seuss Asks, Shop Dogs Answer: “What Pet Should I Get?”

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Please join Sparky, Opie, Bear, Belle, and Eleanor Roosevelt in welcoming the newest addition to our shop dog workforce: Mary Todd Lincoln Coffman

We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, have something to say. Inspired by today’s new book release, we shall now speak our truth in the style of Dr. Seuss.* Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Stars: 10 Awesome New Books Recommended by REAL Middle & Elementary Schoolers

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It can feel daunting to choose books for kids during those years between about second grade and seventh grade. Everyone’s figuring out this reading thing at their own pace; some are taking to it like a fish to water, and others are still just getting their toes wet. Plus, just because a rockstar reader can understand the words on a page doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a book’s content (whether it’s a too-scary ghost story, a bunch of gross-out jokes, or something just a little too grown-up). Then there are kids who claim they don’t like to read at all! We know, we know . . . and we’re here to help. Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Stars: 10 Spectacular New Picture Books

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Do you know how to find the kids’ books at Parnassus? It’s easy: Just follow the stars! Under our twinkly lights, you’ll find a carefully selected assortment of the best in classic and contemporary books for all ages. This summer, we’re highlighting some of the latest and greatest, hand-picked by Stephanie Appell, our manager of books for young readers. We’ll start here with picture books. Stephanie recommends:

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Big Book Arrives, Shop Dogs Pout

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It was a Tuesday in July, and the people of Parnassus Books were very busy. Every Tuesday is busy, of course, because Tuesdays are when new books come out. But on this particular Tuesday, the new releases included a book that people worldwide had been talking about. Many folks had already pre-ordered it and were on their way to the store to get their copies. There was lots to do. Read the rest of this entry »

Brad Thor’s Nashville: First Impressions, Favorites, and Fun Facts

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photo by John Reilly 2009
(photo by John Reilly)

This time last year, prolific thriller author — and #1 New York Times bestseller –Brad Thor joined a growing trend when he up and moved his household from Chicago to Nashville. As we prepare to celebrate the release of Thor’s 15th book in the Scot Horvath series, Code of Conduct, we thought we’d check and see how he’s settling in. Read the rest of this entry »

An Ode to Sewanee, by Novelist Leah Stewart

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Photo by Leah Stewart
Photo by Leah Stewart

Kirkus Reviews described Leah Stewart’s latest novel, The New Neighbor, like this: “Stewart’s prose is remarkable for its well-shaped sentences and nonshowy but sharp observations. Quietly incisive.” Quiet is a great word for this novel. It’s not trying to knock your socks off and blow your mind with fireworks and loudspeakers. Rather, it offers a gentle intertwining of two character-driven mysteries. An elderly woman and a young mother become neighbors, and — page by page, chapter by chapter — we learn their backstories.  Read the rest of this entry »