Nashville’s own bestselling author Ann Patchett’s independent bookstore in Green Hills is a local darling. The name Parnassus comes from the Greek mountain where music, literature, and poetry were born, if that gives you any indication of the big dreams Patchett has for this store. Fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books attract crowds, as do book signings. Despite being right in the middle of traffic-choked Green Hills, the store keeps its personal feel with thoughtful touches like a children’s reading room. If you do have little ones, check the website and try to stop by when local favorite Emily Arrow is leading kids in songs, stories, and fun. The store is relatively small, so don’t go in search of something specific; just go in search of something great.