Everyone Loves a Surprise (Even the Shop Dogs)

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In these days of wish-lists and registries, the element of surprise has been all but lost. As satisfying as it is to receive something you’ve specifically asked for, it’s even more delightful to open up something you’d never have thought to ask for but which you love just the same — isn’t it? 

In a recent article for Nashville’s 12th & Broad, our Musing editor Mary Laura Philpott suggested subscription boxes might be just the thing to bring surprise back into gifting:

“For the recipient, there’s the anticipation and wonder of not knowing what’s inside. For the giver, there’s convenience — you simply sign up, and the gift is selected and boxed up on your behalf. All the ease, but with mystery and delight added back in.”

Great news: We have TWO book subscriptions available for the book-lovers in your life. Choose our regular First Editions Club for a selection of adult fiction and nonfiction, or ParnassusNext, for a new YA novel every month. There’s no membership fee or add-on costs; you pay only the price of the book plus shipping. Simply purchase a membership of 3, 6, or 12 months, and we’ll take care of the rest!

The best part? These autographed, first-edition hardcover books — which go straight from the author’s hands to the readers’ — are selected by our expert booksellers and Parnassus owners Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes. These new releases have gone on to become bestsellers, garner critical acclaim, and win big awards. Month by month, your library grows with the best new books.

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Who doesn’t love a little something unexpected and wonderful? Fun facts: First Editions Club picks have predicted the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. ParnassusNext was the first YA subscription box — it started three years ago! Both clubs are always first editions, always signed by the author.

So stop by the store, give us a buzz at 615.953.2243 or click over, and let’s arrange to deliver a little surprise on their doorstep every month. BOOM — you’ll be the best gift-giver ever.

Still need a few more ideas? 

Speaking of surprises, check out the sweet one our shop dogs received last week:

With holly jolly book-love,
The human and canine staff of Parnassus Books