September 2016

A Monthly Look at Hot Books and Cool Reads


Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer

Join us on September 15 at the Nashville Public Library for this Salon@615 literary event. Foer is the author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (as well as the nonfiction Eating Animals), and his third novel centers around a Jewish family—mother, father, and three sons—in present-day Washington, D.C. Foer gets into deep territory again here, forcing us to consider moral issues and spiritual questions, but he does it while telling an utterly engaging story. You’ll be hooked.



A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

Readers who recommended Rules of Civility to all their friends will be delighted to know there’s a new Amor Towles book to put on everyone’s must-read list. A Gentleman in Moscow tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced in 1922 by a Bolshevik tribunal to live out the rest of his days in the Metropol, a fancy hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Meet Towles when he visits Parnassus on September 13.



 Love Warrior: A Memoir

Glennon Doyle Melton

Melton grew her audience on her popular “Momastery” site, which led to her first blog-to-book memoir, Carry On, Warrior, in 2013. In Love Warrior, she returns to autobiographical material, writing in conversational style and with bold candor about the realities of modern marriage and questions of commitment, fidelity, and intimacy. She’ll read to a Nashville audience on September 8 at the War Memorial Auditorium. Tickets on sale now.




Ann Patchett

It’s the new novel from Parnassus Books co-owner, PEN/Faulkner Award and Orange Prize-winning author Ann Patchett! Commonwealth follows writer Franny Keating from infancy to middle age, beginning at her christening party, where an uninvited guest named Bert Cousins kisses Franny’s mother, Beverly. When Bert and Beverly leave their marriages to wed each other, they create a blended family of siblings and step- siblings who grow up together, bonded by shared experience and a heartbreaking loss. Patchett will sign books and speak at Montgomery Bell Academy on September 12.

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