Staff Picks

Books After Our Own Hearts

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What’s love got to do with our latest staff picks? Very little, in some cases. Our booksellers only had one rule in making their picks for February: use the word “love” somewhere in each recommendation. We didn’t say it had to be a love story… just that they had to love it. Here’s what everyone came up with. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask Andy: What to Read If You Love Spy Books

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Andy Brennan, store manager and secret agent man

Three facts you may not have known:

1. There’s a magazine devoted to all things sleuthing. It’s called Pursuit. Seriously.
2. Our store manager, Andy Brennan, has the perfect voice for radio. How did we not know this before now?
3. There are plenty of great books about spies out there for people who think they’ve read all the great books about spies already. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »