Staff Picks

Fun Guaranteed: 16 Books We Love for Young Readers

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You know what they say: Nothing softens the blow of back-to-school season like a new book. Read the rest of this entry »

Hot Reads for Hot Days: 26 Bookseller Favorites

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When you were little, did you want to grow up and work in an ice-cream parlor so you could eat free ice cream all day? And did your parents tell you not to be silly, because of course you’d get sick of all that ice cream after a while? It’s not like that with books. Here at Parnassus, our booksellers sample the merchandise on our shelves every day and never tire of it. Here are the books we’re enjoying most — and can’t wait to share with you! Read the rest of this entry »

A Dozen Magnificent Books for Young Readers (Plus a Scavenger Hunt for Waldo Fans)

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What to do on a rainy summer day? Read! What about when it’s too hot to play outside? Read! During rest time at camp? On road trips? At grandma’s house? Read, read, read!  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

The Great Believers: An Excerpt from Rebecca Makkai’s New Must-Read Novel

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The following excerpt comes from the opening pages of The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This engaging and heartbreaking novel alternates between two storylines — one centered around a group of friends in Chicago during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and one set in 2015 Paris as a woman searches for her adult daughter. The novel is already a staff favorite at Parnassus, and you can get your copy here. 

Twenty miles from here, twenty miles north, the funeral mass was starting. Yale checked his watch as they walked up Belden. He said to Charlie, “How empty do you think that church is?”

Charlie said, “Let’s not care.” Read the rest of this entry »

22 New Favorites for Young Readers: From Picture Books to YA

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Summer’s here, and you know what that means: time to read whatever you want! We’re happy to help kids gather all their school-required books — and our kid-lit experts can show you lots of new and exciting just-for-fun reads, too. We’d love to recommend a stack tailored specifically to your young reader’s taste. 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 »

What Next? Books to Inspire Graduates (And Anyone Facing a Major Milestone)

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When someone you love is taking a big step — graduating from school, striking out on their own, or making a big life change — it can be tough to know what to say beyond the usual platitudes: Go get ’em! You can do it! (And if you’re a parent, you can’t always be sure you’ll be heard.) That’s why we’re lucky to have books to say important things for us. 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 »