Staff Picks

Question: What Makes a “Beach Book”? (Plus 44 Suggested Answers)

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Here’s a topic we’ve been chatting about in the back room at Parnassus: What exactly is a “beach read”? Lately we’ve realized that we — booksellers and customers — use the term to mean different things. Read the rest of this entry »

Reconnaissance: Your Top-Secret Report on the Latest Espionage Thrillers

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Those of us on staff here at Parnassus would like to assure you that our store manager, Andy Brennan, is probably not some kind of secret agent / CIA operative / undercover-something. We’re not absolutely positive he’s not a spy, mind you . . . but we’re pretty sure. We suspect the reason he knows so much about espionage has nothing to do with any sort of training as an elite double-crossing intelligencer, but instead with how many spy books he reads. (Still, if we were you, we wouldn’t tell Andy any secrets. Loose lips sink ships, you know?) Read the rest of this entry »

What Your Booksellers Are Reading This Month

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May is our month, book-lovers! Some of the books we’ve been most anticipating are finally available, and some of our favorites are now out in paperback. Whether you’re grabbing a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, shopping for a graduate, or starting your own summer to-read pile, our booksellers absolutely insist you take a look at these books they’re enjoying right now.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »