Chuck Klosterman, The (Sort of) Reformed Multi-Tasker

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Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of seven books of nonfiction (make that eight now) and two novels. He solved moral dilemmas for The New York Times Magazine’s Ethicist column for three years, co-founded the website Grantland, and once appeared in a documentary. He has also contributed regularly to The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and ESPN. Over the last couple of decades, he has not only analyzed popular opinion on entertainment, sports, music, and philosophy; he has helped define it. Read the rest of this entry »

What It’s Like to Experience Edan Lepucki’s New Novel, Woman No. 17

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Motherhood doesn’t turn women into saints; if anything, it exposes our faults, raising the stakes when we screw up. In real life, that’s enough to give you an anxiety attack. In fiction, it’s riveting — especially in the hands of Edan Lepucki, whose second novel, Woman No. 17, explores the cracks in two women’s facades. Read the rest of this entry »

Our New Favorites for Young Readers, From Babies to Teens (Plus the Latest ParnassusNext Pick!)

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Are the young readers in your life claiming “nothing to read”? Do you need a perfect baby shower gift or birthday present for a grade-schooler or teen? Would you perhaps just like an excuse to come browse the darling titles on the shelves of our children’s section? Come on over — we’ve got you covered. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff Favorites, Book Club Picks, and a Cover So Beautiful We’d Wear It If We Could

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Read this if:
A) You need not-boring gift ideas for Mothers’ Day.
B) You’re out of books and want to be reading something fabulous by bedtime TONIGHT.
C) You’re the person in your book club who always knows about the newest releases.
D) You’re looking for a paperback version of a great story you might have missed.
E) All of the above. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Flood

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There have been some water issues at our house. Read the rest of this entry »

Jordan Christy’s Book Launch Playlist

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We love it when local authors launch their books at Parnassus! This Friday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., Nashvillian Jordan Christy will celebrate the release of How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World (the update to her original modern-day etiquette guide How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World). To set the mood, Christy made a playlist: Read the rest of this entry »

Book Tour Perk: Dog Love

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, would like to highlight one of the services we offer visiting authors: friendly canine companionship. Traveling to promote your book and need some fuzzy four-legged encouragement? Feeling sad about leaving your own dog at home? We are just the creatures to suit your pooch-affection needs! Read the rest of this entry »