Nonfiction That Seeks to Understand Our Past and Present

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Looking to shake up your reading life with some nonfiction? Over the next few weeks, Parnassus Books is hosting some author-led discussions that delve into both current events and timeless issues, featuring prominent guest writers. Whether you’re in the mood for political journalism, social commentary, or historical perspective, we hope you’ll join us for any or all of these community conversations!  Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Nickels

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I’m writing a novel. It’s going okay. I wrote a chunk of it over the summer, then had to leave it because I was traveling around giving talks. When I came back to the book after Christmas, and then again after the flu, I no longer liked what I’d written. Last summer I thought I had things figured out, but I was wrong. A couple of weeks ago I threw it all away and started again. This is the kind of thing that felt like the end of the world when I was 26, but at 54 feels like, Oh, now I’m at that part where I realize all the previously completed work is trash and must be thrown away. Okay. I remember when I realized the first 30 pages of Bel Canto were unsalvageable dreck. I sat at the kitchen table and wept. Those pages had taken eight months to write (because true dreck is composed very slowly). Someone walking into the kitchen at that moment might have thought something very bad had happened to me, and I would have had to explain that I was learning a lesson and it was hard, that’s all. Read the rest of this entry »

18 Lovable New Books for Young Readers

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Novels are fun
Short stories are, too
Candy rots your teeth
So these books are for you
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Literary Love Note: 50+ Bookseller Favorites

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Dear Books,
Have we told you lately that we love you? You’re better than candy hearts and doilies. Be our Valentines.
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Oprah’s Latest Pick Is Ours, Too: An American Marriage

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STOP THE PRESSES: We’d planned to tell you about our latest First Editions Club selection today, but as it turns out, we’re not the only ones who’ve singled out this book for recognition. Looks like our ol’ pal Oprah (hi, Oprah) loves this book too. So please allow us to introduce you to our February book for the First Editions Club and the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Read the rest of this entry »

Nashville Reads: When the Whole City Joins the Same Book Club

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See that guy at the bus stop? He’s in your book club. The front-desk lady at your salon? She’s in your book club. The fancy-looking couple at the restaurant table next to you? Them, too. People say the bachelorettes are streaming into Nashville for the honkytonks and tasty food, but we know why they’re coming to town: to join this book club. It’s called Nashville Reads, and it unites the city once a year in a synchronized reading experience. This year, we’re reading The Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge, and Nashville’s throwing a season-long series of events to celebrate it. Read the rest of this entry »

Nashville Schoolchildren Discover New Equation: Bus + Books = Magic

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Beep beep! Your bookstore’s here.

Want to make a crowd of schoolchildren go wild (without serving even a single ice cream cone)? Pull up in a bus full of books and let them climb inside and browse. When we put the Parnassus on Wheels bookmobile on the road nearly two years ago, we had a hunch it might be popular at local schools — but even we didn’t realize what a hit it would become with kids, parents, and teachers. Sure enough, Nashville-area schools are falling in love with the little roving bookshop.   Read the rest of this entry »