An Independent Bookstore
For Independent People

Find a Book

The Parnassus Book Club

We meet three times a month to discuss outstanding books.  

Good news for readers of classics! The Davis-Kidd Classics Club will reform in the fall here at Parnassus Books! We will meet several times over the next year to talk about important, older books (generally published before 1960) that we either missed or want to revisit. Scroll down for upcoming dates and book selections!


"It's all about the book."



This week at the Merle Haggard concert at the Ryman Auditorium, I had "classic" on my mind. Surely what we were hearing and seeing there Tuesday night qualifies as "classic." It was music that had been around a long while and that still resonates with an audience, sung by a 77-year-old who still has what it takes. If "Mama Tried," "The Bottle Let Me Down," and "Place to Fall Apart" have a more mature vibe now, we didn't care; the sound was pure and true. Two sold-out shows testify that Haggard music has lasted nearly 50 years and still "plays well" with audiences all over the country.

Classic books are much the same, it seems to me. A classic has been around a long time, is still read and can still speak to readers today. Oftentimes it will mean something different if read at different ages or stages of life, but it will still resonate with readers. At Davis Kidd Booksellers, I facilitated a Classics Club for 15 years, and we read and discussed more than 120 classic books. In effect, we taught each other during the meetings about important books we either missed or wanted to revisit.

I am going to reconstitute the Classics Club here at Parnassus in November, planning to meet every few months rather than monthly. I hope that attendees will actually re-read the chosen book rather than just "sort of remember" it from high school or college. This should be a fun thing, not a class or anything stressful. We will try to determine why these selections are deemed classic, and if they "play well" with us.

Parnassus Book Club Selections

September - Regeneration, by Pat Barker

  • Monday, September 15 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 18 at 10am






October - Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger

  • Monday, October 13 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 16 at 10am






Parnassus Classics Club - The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler

  • Monday, November 10 at 10am and 6:30pm






Parnassus book club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion!

Kathy Schultenover, Book Club Coordinator

Regeneration (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780142180594
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Plume, 12/2013

Ordinary Grace (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781451645859
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books, 3/2014

ISBN-13: 9780060883287
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2/2006