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Beach Bag Refill: 18 Books We Love Right Now

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Amazing how much you can read during the summer, isn’t it? Lucky for readers everywhere, fantastic new books are coming out every week. If you’re looking for your next great read, consider these titles our own staffers are enjoying most these days: 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 »

29 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day (Plus Your Soon-to-Be-Favorite New Books)

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In his autobiography, Mark Twain wrote: “My mother had a good deal of trouble with me but I think she enjoyed it. She had none at all with my brother Henry, who was two years younger than I, and I think that the unbroken monotony of his goodness and truthfulness and obedience would have been a burden to her but for the relief I furnished in the other direction.” If that experience feels a little familiar, let us remind you that Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13, 2018, and Parnassus can help you pay Mom back for all the “relief” she put up with from you. Read the rest of this entry »

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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