August 2017

The Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints & Pigments

Patrick Baty

What’s the first thing you notice when you walk into a room? If it’s the color of the walls (and we bet it is), this gorgeously illustrated and aptly colorful coffee-table book is for you. Historian and paint expert Patrick Baty has used his treasure trove of archives to uncover the truth behind our use of colors in paint.

Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

Sam Kean

Take a deep breath. Now read this book and you will fully understand the magnitude of what you just inhaled. Within each breath lies the history of everything, and Sam Kean has set out to explain—in his signature vigorous and fresh style—how air has shaped the world and the secrets it hides in every breath we take.

Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel

Tom Perrotta

This remarkable novel “goes there.” And oh, it does it so well. We watch a mother send her son off to college and the drama that ensues—culminating on one fateful night in November—and it is hilarious, sexy, and heartbreaking. Perrotta is a master of voice, and you won’t be able to turn away from Mrs. Fletcher. Meet Tom Perrotta at Parnassus on August 9!

Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music

Ann Powers

From NPR’s renowned music critic comes a revelatory look at the roles that race, sex, and gender play in shaping American popular music. Sex is inextricably linked to the music we love, and we finally have a book about it. This may even be a book that has you shaking your booty despite yourself. Don’t miss Ann Powers at Parnassus on August 17!

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