Notes from Ann: The First Editions Club, Where We Just Keep on Winning

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Like the rest of you, I’m sorting through an onslaught of holiday catalogs these days, and what seems especially popular now is any gift that can keep on giving. Sure, you can order up 12 months of boxed fruit, but you can also get the pastry of the month, or pajamas of the month, or licorice, or floral arrangements. Pretty much anything you wanted to give to someone once you can now give to that person 12 times. Read the rest of this entry »

The BIG 2017 Gift List (Part II: Tots, Big Kids, and Teens!)

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Nieces and nephews coming to visit for the holidays? New baby joining the family just in time for all the festivity? Voracious book-eating teenager in the house? Keep everyone happy with a book to unwrap! Our booksellers name their go-to gift suggestions for all ages, from classic favorites to new releases: Read the rest of this entry »

The BIG 2017 Gift List! (Part I: For Grownups)

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If you want to feel some holiday spirit, pop into your nearest bookstore. It’s practically Santa’s workshop in here, as people browse the book tables with lists in hand, carefully choosing just the right book for each loved one. Among our favorite moments: Read the rest of this entry »

You Need Improvement (The Book, That Is)

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Looking for your next favorite read? Improvement might be it. Take it from Ann Patchett, who says: “Joan Silber has been turning out reliably fantastic books for a long time. Writers adore her, reviewers love her, but somehow she stays under the radar. I would love to see Improvement catch fire. This is such a terrific book. It’s time for Joan Silber’s breakout.” Read the rest of this entry »

Get Books, Give Back to Our City: IndieNashGiving

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It’s an interesting time to live in our city right now, as “new Nashville” and “old Nashville” blend to become the Nashville of tomorrow. Whether you’re excited for all the fresh faces and businesses showing up in Tennessee every day or getting a little tired of the cranes perched over the skyline (or both), here’s something we can all agree on: Nashvillians care. We care about our city’s future, we care about honoring the heart and soul of Nashville, and — most importantly — we care about each other. Coming up this Saturday, November 25, lots of Nashville businesses are showing just how much we care by donating a portion of sales to local nonprofits, in an effort called IndieNashGiving. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »