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Notes From Ann: Re-reading

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Every now and then a book comes along that is held in such universally high regard — great reviews, staggering sales, ebullient word of mouth — that I don’t feel the need to read it. Somehow I missed it when it first came out, and then time went by and, for reasons I can’t explain, the moment passed. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, was just such a book. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Less Is More

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I recently read Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.  This is a perfect book for Parnassus. After all, we are a business founded by two introverts (Karen Hayes and myself), staffed with introverts (probably everyone in the store except Niki and Lauren who run events and therefore really can’t be introverts). We feature a product mostly created at home by introverts (books), which we then sell primarily to introverts (readers). In short, it’s our kind of book.  Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Father’s Day

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Somewhere back there several book reports ago I made note of the fact I was writing too much, and that I would appreciate it if readers would remember this fact in February when I wasn’t writing at all and give me a pass. At the time I hadn’t actually intended to slack off, but I did. Let’s hear it for being able to know the future! Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: The Ice Storm

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As anyone who has spent any time in Nashville knows, weather reports, especially winter weather reports, are often a hoax. They tell us it’s going to snow. We run to the grocery store and buy up all the hot chocolate mix and frozen pizza. Children, certain that schools will be closed, refuse to do their homework. We run inside, light a fire, and wait. No snow. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: The December Report

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Since last I wrote, Parnassus has turned one. I think of one as an adorable, charming, and dangerous age – lots of falling over, inconsolable weeping, giggling, sleep. It’s not been like that for us. Unlike most babies, we marvel at all the things we’ve figured out in one short year. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Underground New York Library

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An editor I know at the Wall Street Journal sent me this link from Underground New York Public Library, a website of photographs of people reading books on the New York subway. She sent it to me because there was a picture of someone reading my novel, State of Wonder, but that’s not the point. The point is that these are utterly mesmerizing photos of people from all walks of life being mesmerized by books. I cannot stop looking at them. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Too Much, Too Soon

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I’m sorry, I’m blogging again. Oh, how I hate that word. Isn’t there a better word? Let’s work on it. In the meantime, there are a few books I want to recommend, so even though I’m coming back too soon, please bear with me. Read the rest of this entry »