For Your Beach Bag: Summer Reads

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Are you one of those folks who reads more during the summer than at any other time of year? We hear you. And we know it can be hard to come up with what to read next after you’ve made it to the bottom of your beach stack. Here are a few we’ve loved lately, plus the most recent picks from our First Editions Clubs, Book Clubs, and more! Read the rest of this entry »

Local Flavor in a New Cookbook (Plus a Pound Cake Recipe You’ll Want to Make Right Now)

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A common request we get from customers is, “I’m looking for a cookbook to give as a gift, and I want it to have something to do with Nashville.” Luckily, Parnassus has no shortage of those, and we’re delighted to report that there’s a brand-new one on the shelves now from local foodie-writer Nicki Pendleton Wood: Southern Cooking for Company. Read the rest of this entry »

You Might Find Waldo, But Can You Spot the Shop Dogs?

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It’s that time of year again: Where’s Waldo season! Each July, kids come into Parnassus to start their Green Hills neighborhood scavenger hunt for that little guy in stripes. And we canines are prepared. In fact, we decided to get into the spirit by hiding all around the shop. Well, all of us except Opie. He doesn’t quite get it. Here, take a look . . . Read the rest of this entry »

Let Them Read What They Want: Author Annie Barrows on Books and Kids

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(Author Annie Barrow’s website indicates her dual readership.)

Annie Barrows’ audience is split between children — who adore her stories, such as the Ivy + Bean series for elementary school age readers — and adults, who have been eagerly awaiting her next novel after the success of her first, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This Thursday, June 25, Barrows comes to Nashville for the Salon@615 author series to present her new new book for adults, The Truth According to Us. Read the rest of this entry »

Dad, Dad, He’s Our Man…

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He taught you to ride a bike. He paid for your braces. He walked the dog you asked for and promised to take care of yourself. Let’s show him a little love, shall we? Here are some gifts for dads of all tastes. Stop by or order online, and let us know it’s a gift — we’d be happy to wrap up Dad’s new books at no extra charge! (PS: Don’t forget a card and a few extras… perhaps a Nashville-themed coaster or a little Shinola notebook?) Read the rest of this entry »

Your Booksellers’ Current Favorites — Early Summer Edition

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Typically, we try to make sure that no two staff members recommend the same book for this list in a given month. In reality, of course, it’s often the case that several of us love a book equally. This time, we lead off with Hold Still by Sally Mann, enthusiastically recommend by both Ann and Karen. (They do own the store, after all. They can break the rules.) That and many more great reads for June — plus the latest picks for the Parnassus Book Clubs, First Editions Club, and YA First Editions Club — right here: Read the rest of this entry »

Love a Good Paperback? Three Bestsellers Come to Nashville

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Remember when summer TV meant reruns? For book nerds, our version of reruns is paperbacks. There’s something deliciously satisfying about scooping up a bunch of books you haven’t read before — and maybe even a few you have — in lightweight, less expensive paperback versions. As they used to say on TV, “If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s new to you.” Read the rest of this entry »