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50 Staff-Picked Books For Readers of All Ages

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Love mysteries and thrillers? Known to stay up far too late, entangled in a family story or a quirky romance? Are you a literary fiction fan or a sucker for little-known histories? Or maybe you’ve got a young reader at home who’s ready to be spellbound by a new story. Look no further. Your next read is right inside this HUGE new list of bookseller recommendations. Read the rest of this entry »

Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, on identity, history, and “the defiant strength of those who resist”

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Today’s guest post is by Steve Haruch of Chapter16.org and Humanities Tennessee. 

There is a Korean concept known as han, which is widely considered untranslatable. The Los Angeles Times once called it “as amorphous a notion as love or hate: intensely personal, yet carried around collectively, a national torch, a badge of suffering tempered by a sense of resiliency.” Min Jin Lee’s most recent novel, Pachinko, never mentions the word han. But in its beguiling and nuanced way, it is at once a kind of scrolling, epic illustration of the concept and a tender, heartrending rebuke of the notion that any sort of unifying identity, across time and diaspora, can ever be easily described or distilled. Read the rest of this entry »

New Season, New Books: 22 Staff-Picked Reads

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Spring is on its way at last! While the temps can vary wildly this time of year, the good news is that all weather is perfect for reading. Whether the sunshine has you outside soaking up warmth, or the rain suggests you stay indoors (seriously, we have had SO MUCH RAIN in Nashville), our booksellers offer some favorite reads to keep you company.
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Literary Love Note: 50+ Bookseller Favorites

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Dear Books,
Have we told you lately that we love you? You’re better than candy hearts and doilies. Be our Valentines.
Love,
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46 Books We Currently Love Even More Than Books in General

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What a season to be a book-lover. Take a look at our staffers’ latest favorite reads below and let us know: what looks good to you? And make sure you read through to the end, too, to find out the newest selections for our book subscription boxes — the First Editions Club and ParnassusNext — plus exciting previews of upcoming events! Read the rest of this entry »

Fall’s Big Books Are Starting to Arrive (And You’re Going to Love Them)

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Hellooooo, September. Just as fashion-lovers grab the giant new issue of Vogue and give their closets an overhaul at this time each year, book-lovers know it’s time to clear off some space and give the bookshelves a makeover. Here are the new fiction and nonfiction titles we’re wild about right now — plus a few we’re just getting around to that absolutely deserve a mention.  Read the rest of this entry »

Required Reading, Part One: Must-Reads for Adults

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Remember mandatory summer reading? The list from school, the inevitable back-to-school book report . . . Ah, memories. We got to talking about it in the back room of the bookstore the other day (cue Lord of the Flies flashbacks), and our booksellers had some ideas for what books they’d put on a must-read list for adults. Read the rest of this entry »