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Why Exit West Is a Must-Read

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We’ve been so enamored with the novel Exit West around here since we read early copies — it’s been darn near impossible to wait to talk about it. What a joy it is to be able to share it with readers this month at last!  Read the rest of this entry »

26 Books We Strongly But Politely Insist You Read

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So many good books, so little time. These are the books our booksellers are reading in their downtime, and they’d like you to read them right now. Or as soon as you can. At your convenience really. But soon, please. Thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

30+ Books to Make Your Days Different

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In honor of the many exciting author events on the Parnassus calendar this month, we’ve borrowed a title for the theme of our November book picks: Today Will Be Different. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Next Favorite Reads, Selected by Your Own Personal Booknerds

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(Booksellers Sissy and Tristan with some of the books our staff love so much they’re recommending them to you.)

Ever wish you had a personal assistant to help you get more done in a day? We can’t quite offer that (trust us, we can’t even remember to pick up our own dry cleaning); but we can offer you a cadre of personal book-shoppers.  Read the rest of this entry »

43 Books to Read Right Now

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Sometimes, when we know there’s a slew of spectacular books coming out later in the season,  we have to force ourselves to slow down and savor the books we can enjoy today. Are there some awesome books coming our way later this fall? Yes, indeed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Here are some of our booksellers’ current book-crushes — brand-new September releases, new-in-paperbacks, and even a few old favorites.  Read the rest of this entry »

Beach Bag Refill: More Great Summer Books

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Summer? Oh, it’s not over until we say it’s over. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: What Makes a “Beach Book”? (Plus 44 Suggested Answers)

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Here’s a topic we’ve been chatting about in the back room at Parnassus: What exactly is a “beach read”? Lately we’ve realized that we — booksellers and customers — use the term to mean different things. Read the rest of this entry »