Staff Picks

43 Books to Read Right Now

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Sometimes, when we know there’s a slew of spectacular books coming out later in the season,  we have to force ourselves to slow down and savor the books we can enjoy today. Are there some awesome books coming our way later this fall? Yes, indeed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Here are some of our booksellers’ current book-crushes — brand-new September releases, new-in-paperbacks, and even a few old favorites.  Read the rest of this entry »

Beach Bag Refill: More Great Summer Books

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Summer? Oh, it’s not over until we say it’s over. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle School Booksellers Report: What We’re Really Reading This Summer

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If you’ve been in the young readers section of our store lately, you may have seen a couple of middle schoolers wearing name tags and hanging around. These bookstore kids (kind of like shop dogs, but human — the children of booksellers) spend a lot of time reading while their mom is working, and this year they struck a deal: for every required summer-reading book they had to read for school, they were allowed to pick a couple of books they wanted just for fun. Here’s their list of the ones they loved best. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: What Makes a “Beach Book”? (Plus 44 Suggested Answers)

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Here’s a topic we’ve been chatting about in the back room at Parnassus: What exactly is a “beach read”? Lately we’ve realized that we — booksellers and customers — use the term to mean different things. Read the rest of this entry »

Reconnaissance: Your Top-Secret Report on the Latest Espionage Thrillers

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Those of us on staff here at Parnassus would like to assure you that our store manager, Andy Brennan, is probably not some kind of secret agent / CIA operative / undercover-something. We’re not absolutely positive he’s not a spy, mind you . . . but we’re pretty sure. We suspect the reason he knows so much about espionage has nothing to do with any sort of training as an elite double-crossing intelligencer, but instead with how many spy books he reads. (Still, if we were you, we wouldn’t tell Andy any secrets. Loose lips sink ships, you know?) Read the rest of this entry »

What Your Booksellers Are Reading This Month

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May is our month, book-lovers! Some of the books we’ve been most anticipating are finally available, and some of our favorites are now out in paperback. Whether you’re grabbing a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, shopping for a graduate, or starting your own summer to-read pile, our booksellers absolutely insist you take a look at these books they’re enjoying right now.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Fresh Crop of Spring Books: Our Latest Favorites

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It’s a good thing there are plenty of readers working at Parnassus, because there are so many fantastic new books out this spring. Here are our booksellers’ latest favorites — from fiction and memoir to cooking and kids’ books. Read the rest of this entry »