Staff Picks

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 »

Your Booksellers’ Current Favorites — Early Summer Edition

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Typically, we try to make sure that no two staff members recommend the same book for this list in a given month. In reality, of course, it’s often the case that several of us love a book equally. This time, we lead off with Hold Still by Sally Mann, enthusiastically recommend by both Ann and Karen. (They do own the store, after all. They can break the rules.) That and many more great reads for June — plus the latest picks for the Parnassus Book Clubs, First Editions Club, and YA First Editions Club — right here: Read the rest of this entry »

Word to Your Mother

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Oh, Mama! This is a big one. Not only does this edition of Musing come with all our monthly staff recs (on a Mother’s Day theme, of course), but for the first time, it will also include the latest picks from our Parnassus Book Club, Classics Book Club, First Editions Club, and YA First Editions Club. Need something to read? Look no further. Read the rest of this entry »

Books Spring Eternal

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Have you taken a look at the Parnassus events calendar lately? Things are starting to get really busy around here. It’s a great time to be in Nashville, as the chill is just about out of the air, and everything is in bloom. We hope you’ll come in soon to meet the authors of some of your favorite books, or just pick an event that sounds good and come discover something new. Meanwhile, our staff would love to share what they’ve read and loved lately. Check out the list below, or stop by and let’s swap suggestions! Read the rest of this entry »