Staff Picks

What Book People Give When They Give Books: Our Ultimate Holiday Guide

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The best thing about Parnassus Books staff: They’re real people. They love to read and talk about books, and they also have a wide range of other interests. They have cool hobbies, nerdy obsessions, favorite bands, beloved pets (see: Sparky, above, getting into the holiday spirit), friends and families. Many of them have fascinating past careers and world travels. Some of them are writers or have worked in publishing. And all of them have holiday parties to go to and gifts to give, which means that just like everyone else, they’ve been making shopping lists. So when a group of professional book-people with diverse interests give presents, what do they pick? We asked our booksellers to share their lists. Read the rest of this entry »

Great September Reads: What Our Staff Loves Right Now

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Anyone who’s been in Nashville lately knows that after an unseasonably mild summer, we’ve gotten walloped with an oppressive heat wave. It’s enough to make a person take to the indoors… and if you do, you’ll need something good to read. Here are our latest favorites. (PS – May we ask a favor? Scroll all the way to the end if you have a sec. Thanks!)  Read the rest of this entry »

Parnassus Kids: What We Read This Summer

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Are the young book-lovers in your life looking for their next great read? It’s one thing to get book advice from an adult — ugh, what do grownups know? — but it’s something else entirely to get a recommendation from another kid. In this special guest post, our “junior booksellers” (children of shop staff) report on the books they loved most over the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Summertime, and the Reading Is Excellent

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Summer is a great season to be a bibliophile, because it’s considered a totally normal activity to sit in a beach/pool/lawn/whatever chair and plow through books one after the other. (Speaking of which, check out Zadie Smith’s fantastic What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: “The beach is one of the few places pathological readers can pass undetected among their civilian cousins.”) In addition to Ann’s current favorites, here’s what our staff is reading and loving right now. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Give the Graduate: 18 Books We Love

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When selecting a gift for someone who’s graduating from school and moving on to the next step in life, it’s important to balance your envy (oh, to be just starting out!) with your relief (thank goodness I’m not just starting out!) with your bossiness (I should probably tell this person everything they need to know about just starting out!). A great way to do that is to tape your mouth shut and hand over a wonderful book. Let it do the talking for you.  Read the rest of this entry »

25 Books Almost as Rad as Your Dad

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For the man who who sat patiently by your side as you sounded out that Dr. Seuss book for the 37th time, the guy who taught you to drive, the man you’ve had your differences with but still visit at least once a year, the grandfather who sneaked you candy before dinner, the stepdad who made your family complete, and the father figure, uncle, best friend, or mentor — here are a few can’t-go-wrong gifts for Father’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »