Staff Picks

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 »

A Bounty of Bookish Fun for Kids and Teens

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Attention, parents. If we have anything to do with it, you won’t hear “I’m boooorrrrred” this spring. We hereby promise to do our part to save your sanity and keep the kids occupied with great books and book-fan experiences. Let’s start with the teens and work our way down to the tots: Read the rest of this entry »

27 Books to Take on Spring Break

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Whether you’re hitting the road or enjoying a staycation in your backyard, the best way to forget about your cares (or drown out the sounds of your fellow spring breakers) is to lose yourself in a great book. Here are our staff’s latest favorites for the start of spring. Which ones will you stash in your carry-on? Read the rest of this entry »

“I Love . . .”

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We asked our booksellers to finish that sentence, and the results range from new fiction releases to classic novels to historical adventure, and — yes — even a few love stories. If you’re looking to fall in love with a book, here’s your list of 30+ great reads.  Read the rest of this entry »

New Year, New List: Our Favorite Books

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Remember how the Internet freaked out a couple years back about Esquire magazine’s list of books all men should read (and then last year Lit Hub published the clever 80 Books No Woman Should Read)? Now there’s a new list from Esquire80 Books Every Person Should Read. “What can we say?” the magazine explains, “We messed up. Our list of 80 Books Every Man Should Read, published several years ago, was rightfully called out for its lack of diversity in both authors and titles. So we invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create a new list.” Nice save. Read the rest of this entry »

The BIG Gift List, Part 2: Books for Young Readers

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“Young readers” covers a lot of territory, and so does this list. From sweet picture books to exciting novels to fascinating nonfiction and the best young adult literature, these are the books we recommend. Want to build a custom stack of books for the young reader in your life? Come by and chat with our booksellers, who’d love to help you find stories that will thrill all sorts of tastes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »