Starting Anew: What We’re Reading Now

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Staff Picks

New year, new additions to the must-read stack. Here are the books that have captured our booksellers’ attention at the beginning of 2014. (Note that many of them have been around quite some time. But if you’ve never read it, it might as well be new, right?)

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A Day in the Life of an Independent Bookstore

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On a Thursday morning a couple of weeks ago, I strolled into Parnassus Books with a cup of coffee and my laptop, ready to meet with Niki Castle, the marketing director, about this site. I figured midmorning on a weekday would be a slow time, perfect for sitting around a computer.

Not so much. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Behave In a Bookstore: A Shop Dog’s Guide

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Hi. I’m Sparky, Ann’s dog. I work at Parnassus Books, where I have a variety of important responsibilities. (You’ve probably seen me around. People say I look like Rocket in How Rocket Learned to Read. This is not true. Rocket looks like me.) I won’t lie to you — the lifestyle of a shop dog is pretty swanky, and the perks are sweet. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: On a Low Limb — Heading Out on a Book Tour

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photo by Heidi Ross

Okay, friends, I’ll admit it, I’m on a low limb. (“On a low limb,” a fabulous colloquialism cribbed from my Mississippi mother-in-law, Jo VanDevender). Today is pub day for my new book This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and while you might think that publishing a new book would be cause for joyous celebration, the whole business makes me queasy. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Here Come the Big Fall Books

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After my last book report in which I recommended a ridiculous number of books, I had a great idea – I would post a book report in which I only recommended one book.  Wouldn’t that have been genius? Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Cheating

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I often say that the one thing I’m most likely to do on any given day is answer five questions for a newspaper in Australia, by which I mean I spend a lot of my time filling out forms. None of them are hard, many of them are from other countries, and for the most part they’re all pretty much the same. A very clever writer friend keeps a computer file of answers and just pastes them into different questionnaires. I keep meaning to be that organized. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Re-reading

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Every now and then a book comes along that is held in such universally high regard — great reviews, staggering sales, ebullient word of mouth — that I don’t feel the need to read it. Somehow I missed it when it first came out, and then time went by and, for reasons I can’t explain, the moment passed. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, was just such a book. Read the rest of this entry »