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More Than They Seem: 3 Books That Explore Backstory

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We love to imagine backstories for our favorite fictitious characters as we wonder, what from their past made them the way they are?  Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee recommended three books that explore “Backstory: We Are More Than We Seem.” This week’s selections were chose by Parnassus’ Social Media Director Mary Laura Philpott, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post and is the founder of the online magazine MUSING. Parnassus opened in 2011 when author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes realized that bookstores were disappearing from Nashville, a city with a rich cultural tradition. “I have no interest in retail…but I also have no interest in living in a city…

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Heat Index: 5 hot new books that bring the drama

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It’s no surprise that our must-read lists multiply every day. But what does one do when there’s just TOO many books in the “Need to Read” pile? We make even more piles! This summer our most exciting stack at BookTrib is The Heat Index. We’ve already told you what page-turners to bring poolside, so this week we’ve decided to share our top five drama-packed, female-friendly reads that will fill any guilty-pleasure void. The Mountain Story, Lori Lansens (Simon & Schuster, June 30) “Lansens has written a colorful, adventurous wilderness survival novel…The realistic details, such as the traditional herbal medicine used to fight Nola’s broken-bone infection, provides the narrative’s raw edge.” —Publishers Weekly Heat Index: This novel offers a unique look at…

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