Staff Picks

We Loved These Books — You Might, Too

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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 »

Under the Stars: 10 Spectacular New Picture Books

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Do you know how to find the kids’ books at Parnassus? It’s easy: Just follow the stars! Under our twinkly lights, you’ll find a carefully selected assortment of the best in classic and contemporary books for all ages. This summer, we’re highlighting some of the latest and greatest, hand-picked by Stephanie Appell, our manager of books for young readers. We’ll start here with picture books. Stephanie recommends:

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For Your Beach Bag: Summer Reads

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Are you one of those folks who reads more during the summer than at any other time of year? We hear you. And we know it can be hard to come up with what to read next after you’ve made it to the bottom of your beach stack. Here are a few we’ve loved lately, plus the most recent picks from our First Editions Clubs, Book Clubs, and more! Read the rest of this entry »

Dad, Dad, He’s Our Man…

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He taught you to ride a bike. He paid for your braces. He walked the dog you asked for and promised to take care of yourself. Let’s show him a little love, shall we? Here are some gifts for dads of all tastes. Stop by or order online, and let us know it’s a gift — we’d be happy to wrap up Dad’s new books at no extra charge! (PS: Don’t forget a card and a few extras… perhaps a Nashville-themed coaster or a little Shinola notebook?) Read the rest of this entry »