ParnassusNext: Unboxing Your New Favorite YA Read

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“You’ve got mail.” It’s not just the title of the classic Tom Hanks / Meg Ryan rom-com about a bookstore — it’s also music to a book-lover’s ears. Who doesn’t love finding a box on their doorstep with a surprise inside, signed by a favorite author and lovingly packaged by an indie bookseller? For YA fans, the ParnassusNext subscription box delivers that thrill every month. Read the rest of this entry »

What We’re Thankful for: 19 Fantastic Books for Young Readers

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With Thanksgiving on the calendar this month, we’re feeling grateful for all our blessings — including bold heroes and heroines, out-of-this-world settings, hilarious dialogue, and heart-wrenching relationships between characters we can’t help but fall in love with on the page. These are the books for young readers, from tots to teens, that we’re especially excited about right now: Read the rest of this entry »

24 Books We’re Thankful for Right Now

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OK, don’t overthink it, just answer with the first title that comes to mind: What book are you grateful for right now? We asked our staffers that question, and you’ll find their wide-ranging answers — from new fiction and nonfiction to old favorites and classics — on this list. Read the rest of this entry »

The Reader’s Workout: 10 Fitness Tips for Book-Loving Minds and Bodies

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If there’s one question we get most around here, it’s, “What should I read next?” If there are two questions, the other is, “How do you stay in such great shape?”* And because booksellers are nothing if not generous of spirit, we are delighted to share our fitness tips with you today. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Salinger

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Have I mentioned my friend Jim Fox lately? Surely I have. Jim Fox is, among many other things, my reading soul-mate. If Jim likes a book, I like it. If Jim doesn’t like a book, I don’t like it. I’m not sure he loves everything I love but I know I love everything he loves. So when Jim told me that his most profound reading experience of 2016 had been rereading Franny and Zooey (first published in 1961), I was on it. Read the rest of this entry »

Leigh Bardugo Interviews YA Legend Tamora Pierce

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Author Tamora Pierce made a name creating trailblazing heroines long before “strong female protagonist” became a YA buzzword and a way to bank millions at the box office. Her pioneering stories earned her the Margaret A. Edwards’ Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens,” the American Library Association’s highest honor for young adult writers. Many of today’s most well-regarded and bestselling YA writers also consider Pierce’s books something of a touchstone.  Read the rest of this entry »

How Billy Collins and Dan Rather Really Feel About Dogs

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, have been doing some research. All the shop people are talking about two visitors coming to Nashville soon, and we wanted to know what all the excitement was about. So we decided to look into it: who are “Billy Collins” and “Dan Rather”? Read the rest of this entry »