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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 »

The Reader’s Workout: 10 Fitness Tips for Book-Loving Minds and Bodies

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If there’s one question we get most around here, it’s, “What should I read next?” If there are two questions, the other is, “How do you stay in such great shape?”* And because booksellers are nothing if not generous of spirit, we are delighted to share our fitness tips with you today. Read the rest of this entry »

Novelist Claire Cameron Does the Impossible, Twice

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One thing I always tell readers when I hand-sell Claire Cameron’s books — which I do often, and as a pair whenever I can — is that she pulls off the seemingly impossible with her choice of narrators. A five-year-old girl in The Bear? An actual Neanderthal as the narrator of The Last Neanderthal? Both times I’ve thought, there’s no way she’s going to be able to do this, and then she does it, exquisitely and believably. Read the rest of this entry »

“The Mix Tapes of Literature” – Why You Need to Be Reading Literary Magazines

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This month, the Sewanee Review — the historic literary journal published just down the road from Nashville at the University of the South — celebrates its 500th issue. Are literary magazines having a moment? To watch them flying off our periodicals shelf, you might think so. We asked Adam Ross, the Review‘s editor, to contemplate just what it is that literary journals add to a book-lover’s reading life. He writes: Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann (and Geraldine): History Lesson

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Not too long ago I was out walking Sparky when one of my neighbors stopped me on the street and asked me what she should read on vacation. I’m good at this game. I asked her what she liked. Read the rest of this entry »

Music City Food & Wine (& Books)

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It’s a two-part question: If you were invited to a fantasy literary-culinary potluck, what author (living or dead) would you bring as your guest, and what dish would you bring? We asked six chefs who’ll be in attendance at the Music City Food and Wine festival on September 15-17, 2017, when culinary experts from around the country come to show off their skills in Nashville. Here’s what they said: Read the rest of this entry »

“Parnassus on Wings” – Announcing Our New Airport Store!

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Barbecue, local brews, honky-tonk lounges, and live music — Nashville International Airport is practically a Music City destination unto itself. Now books enter the mix, as Parnassus Books and Hudson Group join forces to offer traveling book-lovers a uniquely Nashville experience. You’re looking at the first sneak-preview pictures of the Parnassus Books airport store! Read the rest of this entry »