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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 »

You Need Improvement (The Book, That Is)

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Looking for your next favorite read? Improvement might be it. Take it from Ann Patchett, who says: “Joan Silber has been turning out reliably fantastic books for a long time. Writers adore her, reviewers love her, but somehow she stays under the radar. I would love to see Improvement catch fire. This is such a terrific book. It’s time for Joan Silber’s breakout.” Read the rest of this entry »

Get Books, Give Back to Our City: IndieNashGiving

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It’s an interesting time to live in our city right now, as “new Nashville” and “old Nashville” blend to become the Nashville of tomorrow. Whether you’re excited for all the fresh faces and businesses showing up in Tennessee every day or getting a little tired of the cranes perched over the skyline (or both), here’s something we can all agree on: Nashvillians care. We care about our city’s future, we care about honoring the heart and soul of Nashville, and — most importantly — we care about each other. Coming up this Saturday, November 25, lots of Nashville businesses are showing just how much we care by donating a portion of sales to local nonprofits, in an effort called IndieNashGiving. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »