Staff Picks

Lovable New Books for Your Kids (And Beyoncé’s, Too)

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Our booksellers who specialize in young readers really specialize in young readers. Some are full-time here at the bookstore, out on the floor talking to kids and observing which books draw the eager eyes and hands of customers. Others are with us part-time and also have roles as librarians, teachers, and YA/middle-grade novelists. The point is: they know that of which they speak, and we’re lucky to have them on staff!
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A Thank-You Note to Books in General (And Our 27 Current Favorites Specifically)

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Dear Literature,
Thank you for keeping us entertained, making us think, showing us other worlds, and offering glorious distraction when reality has us freaking out. What would we do without you? We love you forever.
Signed,
Readers
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The Big List: Part Two (Books for Young Readers)

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Just as they do with food, clothes, and, well, pretty much everything, children and teens have specific tastes when it comes to reading, which can make it seem daunting to give books as gifts. Never fear! The good news is that if you can tell us a bit about their personality or a book they’ve liked in the past, we can help you find a whole pile of others they’ll love. And don’t fret if you have a young person on your list who’s a more reluctant reader. We can help you introduce them to the fun of reading by selecting books about the things that interest them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big List: Part One (Books for Adults)

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First, a disclaimer: If you’re a family member or close friend of one of our booksellers, you might want to glance away for a minute. Otherwise, you may find out what you’re getting for Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

30+ Books to Make Your Days Different

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In honor of the many exciting author events on the Parnassus calendar this month, we’ve borrowed a title for the theme of our November book picks: Today Will Be Different. Read the rest of this entry »

Small Presses: Little Gems with Big Impact

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Small presses are having a moment, and for good reason. Some of our favorite new releases this year have come from publishers you may not have heard of, but which are publishing books you absolutely need in your life if you love great literature. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Next Favorite Reads, Selected by Your Own Personal Booknerds

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(Booksellers Sissy and Tristan with some of the books our staff love so much they’re recommending them to you.)

Ever wish you had a personal assistant to help you get more done in a day? We can’t quite offer that (trust us, we can’t even remember to pick up our own dry cleaning); but we can offer you a cadre of personal book-shoppers.  Read the rest of this entry »