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Getting Specific in the Kitchen: 13 Niche Cookbooks

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“When a person dies, a casserole is born.” That’s according to Garden & Gun magazine, which gave rave reviews to The Southern Sympathy Cookbook: Funeral Food with a Twist. As the title of this new book by Memphis-based writer Perre Coleman Magness indicates, this is no catch-all cooking guide. Magness, whose last book offered 50 different pimento cheese recipes, has a knack for zooming in for a close look at a distinct food group. This time it’s recipes for food you can take to friends, family, and neighbors when it’s time for that unique cultural experience — the Southern funeral. (Bonus: You’ll also get spot-on observations about Southern traditions and excerpts from unexpectedly funny obituaries.) That got us thinking about other super-specific cookbooks we love. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

Neon in Daylight: The Newest Book to Capture New York (Perfectly)

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Today’s post comes from Halley Parry, a Parnassus bookseller and former New Yorker.

Worst case scenario: you’re stuck somewhere without a book. (Or not enough books.) Often it’s a matter of mere moments — waiting outside a movie theater, early for a dinner reservation, or hiding in the bathroom at your cousin’s wedding. I am a chronic over-packer, bringing separate bags full of books on vacations, stuffing my purse with at least two books on an ordinary day. But every now and then it happens. I come up short. Read the rest of this entry »

14 Picture Books for Raising Kind Young Citizens

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Today’s post is from Parnassus manager of books for young readers, Stephanie Appell.

This time last year, my friend Jane and I were warming our hands around some mugs of Fido’s life-giving Firepot Chai. Jane is both a librarian and a mom of two young girls. She and I gather about once a month with other friends whose passions or professions involve young readers and their books to unleash our inner nerds and geek out about books even more than we do in our admittedly already very nerdy daily lives. This time, however, Jane had me — and everyone at our table — stumped. Read the rest of this entry »