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What It’s Like to Experience Edan Lepucki’s New Novel, Woman No. 17

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Motherhood doesn’t turn women into saints; if anything, it exposes our faults, raising the stakes when we screw up. In real life, that’s enough to give you an anxiety attack. In fiction, it’s riveting — especially in the hands of Edan Lepucki, whose second novel, Woman No. 17, explores the cracks in two women’s facades. Read the rest of this entry »

Jordan Christy’s Book Launch Playlist

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We love it when local authors launch their books at Parnassus! This Friday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., Nashvillian Jordan Christy will celebrate the release of How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World (the update to her original modern-day etiquette guide How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World). To set the mood, Christy made a playlist: Read the rest of this entry »

What Do You Give a Bookmobile for Its Birthday?

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, love a birthday. When a shop-person has a birthday, there are cake crumbs on the staff room floor and lots of hugging and singing and sometimes clapping, which always makes Opie bark. So we were extremely excited to hear that Peggy, the Parnassus on Wheels bookmobile, would be celebrating her first birthday and hitting the road to celebrate all over Nashville. We wanted to get her a present! Read the rest of this entry »

Why Exit West Is a Must-Read

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We’ve been so enamored with the novel Exit West around here since we read early copies — it’s been darn near impossible to wait to talk about it. What a joy it is to be able to share it with readers this month at last!  Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Preview: 5 Guest Authors Pick 10 Upcoming Favorites

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Generally, we don’t post about books that aren’t out yet. This is a bookstore, after all, and if you get excited about a book, we want you to be able to walk right in and get it. But over the weekend, Nashville experienced a nasty cold snap. After weeks of temps in the 70s, blue skies, and budding flowers, Mother Nature came along and snowed on our parade, plunging us back into winter. You can understand why we’d feel the need to think ahead to sunnier times. Read the rest of this entry »

Mercy & Magic: An Evening with Mary Gauthier and Wally Lamb

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Ah, celebrity pals: Oprah and Gayle. George and Brad. Tina and Amy. Mary and Wally.

You know, Mary Gauthier and Wally Lamb. Read the rest of this entry »

Literary Lights: Come See Beautiful New Installations from Local Artists

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“Look up, people,” says Ann Patchett. “There’s an astonishing piece of art floating just above your heads.”

“One of the best things about having more space in the bookstore is thinking up creative uses for it,” says Ann Patchett. It didn’t take long after the store’s renovation was complete for Ann and shop co-owner Karen Hayes to decide the shop needed not only more books, but more art.  Read the rest of this entry »