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 landing page
(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 »

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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