Staff Picks

Books Under the Tree: The BIG Holiday Gift List

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Great news: We’ve made your gift list for you. Well — truth be told, this list is just a start. So come by and browse! Our booksellers would love to make custom recommendations for your friends, family, colleagues, significant others, neighbors, kids, teachers… Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering New Things: Our Latest Favorite Books

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While you're visiting the Staff Picks shelf up at the front of the store, be sure to check out other themed displays, like this one -- all about running! (Thanks to our neighbor, Fleet Feet Green Hills, for the props.)
While you’re visiting the Staff Picks shelf up at the front of the store, be sure to check out other themed displays, like this one — all about running! (Thanks to our neighbor, Fleet Feet Green Hills, for the props.)

Booksellers learn a lot from working with one another. Someone who might never pick up a book of poetry may learn to like it, based on the recommendation of a colleague. Die-hard fiction readers may get talked into trying a thrilling biography. We have fun making this list every month, because we love finding out what one another has been reading. Who knew River was a Bill Murray fan? Or that Kathy can name six novels she loves about India? Or that Andy loves boating and maps? (Well, we did know that one.) Read the rest of this entry »

36 Books We Love Right Now

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What do booksellers read when they’re not selling books? Mystery, YA, literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction . . . you name it. These are the books actually sitting on our nightstands, desks, and coffee tables right now. Some of these authors are coming to town soon, too; so don’t forget to check out what’s coming up on the very busy fall events calendar! Read the rest of this entry »

We Loved These Books — You Might, Too

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They're baaaaack... The crayons have come home, and their new book is one of our favorites.
They’re baaaaack… The crayons have come home, and their new book is sure to please readers of all ages.

September is here! Before we jump into our latest list of favorite reads, you might want to take a moment to bookmark the September events calendar. We’ll be hosting authors ranging from Jenny Lawson (Furiously Happy) and Mary Norris (Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen) to Elisabeth Egan (A Window Opens) and some guy you may have heard of named Jonathan Franzen (Purity). Some of these events require tickets and are presented by Salon@615, our collaborative series with Humanities Tennessee and the Nashville Public Library and Foundation. Find out more and reserve your tickets on the Salon@615 site. Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Stars: 10 Favorite YA Novels

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It’s time to wrap up this Under the Stars series on great books for kids, so let’s highlight some awesome young adult titles for teens (as well as adults who love YA). We asked our manager of books for young readers, Stephanie Appell, to tell us about her favorites. This is what she said: Read the rest of this entry »

Summer’s Not Over — Keep Right on Reading and Relaxing

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Do not despair. Despite all those back-to-school flyers about pencils and backpacks, summer is nowhere near over. (At least not for grownups, right?) It’s August! The sun’s out, the days are long, and every week brings a new crop of fantastic new releases in your neighborhood bookstore. So plant yourself defiantly in a hammock and insist on what’s yours: one more month of leisurely reading time. Reality can wait its turn. Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Stars: 10 Awesome New Books Recommended by REAL Middle & Elementary Schoolers

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It can feel daunting to choose books for kids during those years between about second grade and seventh grade. Everyone’s figuring out this reading thing at their own pace; some are taking to it like a fish to water, and others are still just getting their toes wet. Plus, just because a rockstar reader can understand the words on a page doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a book’s content (whether it’s a too-scary ghost story, a bunch of gross-out jokes, or something just a little too grown-up). Then there are kids who claim they don’t like to read at all! We know, we know . . . and we’re here to help. Read the rest of this entry »