Divergent Author Veronica Roth Explores a Different World in New Series

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Lucky Nashville! We’re one of the destination cities for Veronica Roth’s book tour. The bestselling author of the Divergent series will present her new novel, Carve the Mark, at the Nashville Children’s Theatre on Friday, January 20, at 6:15 p.m., in conversation with Sarah Enni of the First Draft podcast. For this special edition of the Salon@615 series, your ticket includes a signed copy of Carve the Mark — a book so highly anticipated worldwide that it’s being released in 33 languages at onceRead the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Thought for the Day

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Bel Canto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (photo: Todd Rosenberg)

I’ve got a card on my desk from my friend Charles Strobel’s ordination as a priest in 1970. It’s the size of a holy card but it’s plain — no prayer, no saint — just a quote by Robert F. Kennedy. I used to pick it up once or twice a year and read it, but recently I’ve been reading it every day. It goes like this, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lots of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Read the rest of this entry »

New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want to Keep

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New year, new you? We like the old you just fine (we think you’re perfect, actually), but if you want to challenge yourself to be a bolder, happier, healthier book-lover in 2017, we’re down with that idea. Here are some resolutions for a year full of literary joy: Read the rest of this entry »

A Shop Dog’s Wish (+ 17 Worthy Causes to Support This Holiday Season)

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From all of us, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, to all of you — our human and canine bookloving friends — we wish joy and peace. Please enjoy our annual holiday greeting. (See above. This year it’s a special story about how we all helped Opie.) And if there’s any way we can help you in these last days of 2016 — snuggles? noseprints on your glasses? — just let us know. We’re at your loyal service. Here’s our schedule for the next couple of weeks: Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: A Knockout Year for Books

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The New York Times Book Review asked me (and many, many other people) to recommend our favorite books of 2016 in 300 words or less. At first I planned to just recommend Jane Hamilton’s The Excellent Lombards and Patrick Ryan’s The Dream Life of Astronauts, because those are the two books I loved this year that I think got short shrift. The popular books, I figured, would get plenty of attention from other people. But in the end I couldn’t contain myself. There were some fantastic popular books this year, and I wanted to cram in as many titles as I could. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big List: Part Two (Books for Young Readers)

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Just as they do with food, clothes, and, well, pretty much everything, children and teens have specific tastes when it comes to reading, which can make it seem daunting to give books as gifts. Never fear! The good news is that if you can tell us a bit about their personality or a book they’ve liked in the past, we can help you find a whole pile of others they’ll love. And don’t fret if you have a young person on your list who’s a more reluctant reader. We can help you introduce them to the fun of reading by selecting books about the things that interest them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big List: Part One (Books for Adults)

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First, a disclaimer: If you’re a family member or close friend of one of our booksellers, you might want to glance away for a minute. Otherwise, you may find out what you’re getting for Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »