8 Fabulous Fall Books, Recommended By Your Favorite Authors

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Last fall, we were raving about their books. This fall, we’ve brought them on board to share the books they’re most excited about. Please welcome novelists Caroline Leavitt, Ruth Ware, Jade Chang, and Jeff Zentner as our guests on Musing today — and find out what books they’re anticipating most for the upcoming season. Who better to recommend a good read than the people who wrote some of your favorites?  Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: The Backlist

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Imagine you have a new baby who’s getting all the attention from everyone who walks in the door, while meanwhile your perfectly well-behaved older children don’t get the time of day. Imagine how lovely it would be for someone to say, “I think this new baby of yours is so terrific that I’m inclined to invite your 7-year-old to the park.” Wouldn’t that be nice? Or conversely, imagine someone saying, “I love your 7-year-old so much that I’m going to babysit your new baby, because based on past experience, I know your children to be delightful.” I bet both scenarios would rock a parent’s heart with joy. Read the rest of this entry »

The Debut Novel that Packs Love, Loss, and Heart-stopping Drama into Just 260 Pages

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How’s this for an endorsement: When Michiko Kakutani, the famed and feared book critic at The New York Times, decided to step down from her post after 38 years, she chose Stay With Me, the debut novel by Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo, for her final review. She called it “stunning” and “entirely fresh.” Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: LESS is More

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Excuse me for interrupting, but I found the book I’ve been looking for, and it seems quite possible it’s the book you’re looking for too. It’s called Less by Andrew Sean Greer. I read it because the glowing front page review in the New York Times Book Review promised I would laugh out loud. The review also said it was well-written and big-hearted, but it was the promise of a good laugh that made me get in my car and drive straight to Parnassus. I need a laugh right about now. Read the rest of this entry »

All the Light We Cannot See (And Other Books That Aren’t Really About the Eclipse, Plus a Few That Are)

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Raise your hand if you’ve gone a little eclipse-crazy. (Everyone in this bookstore just raised both hands.) Things have been especially exciting around Nashville lately, as hotels are filling up with visitors wanting to view the sky along the “path of totality.” As usual, we’re processing this moment by gathering books about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Ann Powers Spins the Sexy Soundtrack of Our Nation’s History

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This week’s contender for Best New Book Title is . . . drumroll, please . . . Good Booty. (It’s fun to say, isn’t it?) To understand what it’s about, you should probably know that the author, NPR music critic Ann Powers, gave it subtitle, too: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.  Read the rest of this entry »

Required Reading, Part Two: Must-Reads for Tots, Kids, and Teens

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For kids, August means it’s time to hurry up and finish all that mandatory summer reading. (Everybody did the reading, right?) While reminiscing over back-to-school memories, our specialists in books for young readers started talking about their old favorites, their new favorites, and what they’d assign on a must-read list if they could. Read the rest of this entry »