June 19, 2013

Nashville, TN: Parnassus Books

On Monday I drove to Nashville, Tennessee to visit Parnassus Books. If you live in Nashville or if you're ever visiting, go visit this store! (As I wrote that I thought to myself, "Sheesh, I'm saying that a lot. I love all these stores.")

Parnassus Books is still a relatively new store that was co-founded and is co-owned by author Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes.This store has a special place in my heart for two reasons. First, I grew up in Nashville so I'm glad (and relieved) there is still a great indie bookstore in the neighborhood. The second reason is that the article written by Ms. Patchett in The Atlantic about Parnassus Books helped convinced me to move forward with this indie bookstores of America project. It was a real pleasure to get to visit this fantastic store and meet their wonderful staff.

And you guys remember in the last blog post how I said all parents should send their children to summer camp? Well meet Augusta! Augusta is nine years old and wanted me to take her picture to be on this blog. She was picking out some books at Parnassus to take to summer camp. How perfect is that?

After finishing up at the bookstore, my two friends and I went to visit some of the places where I grew up. I first moved to Nashville when I was nine, and I moved away right before my 17th birthday. This trip was my first visit back to the city since I'd left. It was cool to drive around my old neighborhood and to play tourist a little by visiting the Parthenon and driving around downtown.

Monday I made it to Nashville, Tuesday I went to Lexington, KY to visit the Morris Bookshop, and today was my birthday! Stay tuned for more about the awesome store in Kentucky. Next indie bookstore stop: Woodstock, GA

Leslie, Me, and Jessi out having birthday fun!

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