22 New Favorites for Young Readers: From Picture Books to YA

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Summer’s here, and you know what that means: time to read whatever you want! We’re happy to help kids gather all their school-required books — and our kid-lit experts can show you lots of new and exciting just-for-fun reads, too. We’d love to recommend a stack tailored specifically to your young reader’s taste. Read the rest of this entry »

Faith and Family at a Crossroads: Southernmost by Silas House

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Nashville-based writer Jeff Zentner contributes today’s interview of Silas House, author of the new novel Southernmost.

I’ve been a huge Silas House fan ever since reading his novel Clay’s Quilt on the recommendation of an author friend. Nobody writes the varied landscapes — physical, emotional, and cultural — of the American South quite like he does. From the buzzsaw thrum of cicadas on a stifling summer night, to the gray smell of stones cooled in river water, to the beads of condensation on a pitcher of sweet tea, to a quiet moment of connection between a father and a son, the heart of this place beats in his books. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Summer Faves: 31 Bookseller-Picked Reads

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Our best-books-of-right-now list ranges from sweet odes upon fatherhood and warmly relatable stories about growing up to heart-stopping suspense and surreal sci-fi. Then there’s some humor and cooking, a little memoir . . . OK, we’re all over the place this month, but that’s the deal: booksellers pick their favorites, no rules. That’s what makes this list so good, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Libro.fm: The Audiobook App That’s Changing How You Listen to Books

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(Libro.fm: because you can’t just plug headphones into your favorite hardcovers.)

Love a good audiobook? Us, too. No, really — we do. Parnassus booksellers may spend their days preaching the gospel of the printed page, but sometimes we have to sit through a long road-trip or knock out a few hours of household chores (ugh, laundry) — occasions when an audiobook makes for perfect entertainment. Many of you have told us you feel the same way. Read the rest of this entry »

Escape Into These 8 Perfectly Beachy New Reads (No Invitation Necessary)

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You might typically be a green salad and egg-white omelet type, but it’s hard to resist the pull of fried shrimp and frozen margaritas at this time of year. Summer’s starting, and even those of us stuck in landlocked Tennessee are thinking of the beach. So pass the cocktail sauce, and in exchange, let us serve up some books that fit the mood, starting with Dorothea Benton Frank’s latest, By Invitation Only. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Philip Roth

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Among his many honors, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize and was recognized with the National Humanities Medal, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Fiction, and the National Medal of Arts. He won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award (both twice), as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award (three times). He died yesterday, May 22, 2018, at the age of 85.

I’m sitting in the airport, feeling terrible about Philip Roth’s death. I’ve been a devoted Roth reader since I was in high school, bought and read each of his books as they were published. I thrilled to them, learned from them, and loved them. The very worst Roth novel was still better than anything published in a given year. When I was 24 I got in terrible trouble in the English department where I was teaching for giving Portnoy’s Complaint to a college freshman. He loved it. His mother did not. Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes a “Great American Read,” Anyway?

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Want to get Americans fired up? Show them a list of “the best” anything. The best colleges. The best burgers. The best movies. Or in this case, the best books. PBS recently announced America’s 100 best-loved novels, as chosen in a public opinion survey. The survey was the first step in The Great American Read, a new PBS series that celebrates reading with a nationwide conversation about America’s most beloved books. The second step, apparently, was everyone talking loudly about the list. Read the rest of this entry »