Staff Picks

Oprah’s Latest Pick Is Ours, Too: An American Marriage

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STOP THE PRESSES: We’d planned to tell you about our latest First Editions Club selection today, but as it turns out, we’re not the only ones who’ve singled out this book for recognition. Looks like our ol’ pal Oprah (hi, Oprah) loves this book too. So please allow us to introduce you to our February book for the First Editions Club and the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Read the rest of this entry »

Neon in Daylight: The Newest Book to Capture New York (Perfectly)

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Today’s post comes from Halley Parry, a Parnassus bookseller and former New Yorker.

Worst case scenario: you’re stuck somewhere without a book. (Or not enough books.) Often it’s a matter of mere moments — waiting outside a movie theater, early for a dinner reservation, or hiding in the bathroom at your cousin’s wedding. I am a chronic over-packer, bringing separate bags full of books on vacations, stuffing my purse with at least two books on an ordinary day. But every now and then it happens. I come up short. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

The BIG 2017 Gift List (Part II: Tots, Big Kids, and Teens!)

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Nieces and nephews coming to visit for the holidays? New baby joining the family just in time for all the festivity? Voracious book-eating teenager in the house? Keep everyone happy with a book to unwrap! Our booksellers name their go-to gift suggestions for all ages, from classic favorites to new releases: Read the rest of this entry »

The BIG 2017 Gift List! (Part I: For Grownups)

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If you want to feel some holiday spirit, pop into your nearest bookstore. It’s practically Santa’s workshop in here, as people browse the book tables with lists in hand, carefully choosing just the right book for each loved one. Among our favorite moments: Read the rest of this entry »

What We’re Thankful for: 19 Fantastic Books for Young Readers

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With Thanksgiving on the calendar this month, we’re feeling grateful for all our blessings — including bold heroes and heroines, out-of-this-world settings, hilarious dialogue, and heart-wrenching relationships between characters we can’t help but fall in love with on the page. These are the books for young readers, from tots to teens, that we’re especially excited about right now: Read the rest of this entry »

24 Books We’re Thankful for Right Now

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OK, don’t overthink it, just answer with the first title that comes to mind: What book are you grateful for right now? We asked our staffers that question, and you’ll find their wide-ranging answers — from new fiction and nonfiction to old favorites and classics — on this list. Read the rest of this entry »