Book Club Reading Suggestions

Book Club recommendations from Parnassus book club guru Kathy Schultenover.

Kathy’s Book Club Choices:Flora

  • Flora by Gail Godwin
  • Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert
  • Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
  • Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
  • Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips
  • The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Nashville Home Sales September


Single Family Home Sales Davidson County YTD September 2014

In Davidson County, there were 6717 home closings reported for the first nine months of the year. This figure represents an increase from the 6380 closings reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price increased to $265,534 from $241,343.

Single Family Home Sales Williamson County YTD September 2014

In Williamson County, there were 3536 home closings reported for the first nine months of the year versus 3467 closings reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price of $457,170 is 6.5% higher than last year.

Condominium Sales Davidson County YTD  September 2014

In Davidson County, there were 2014 condo closings reported for the first nine months of the year  versus 1825 closings reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price increased this month to $197,964 from $190,932 .

Home sales in Nashville still going strong!

"Stone Entry" by Dru Anderson, watercolor

“Stone Entry” by Dru Anderson, watercolor

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the BoatThe Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Everyone loves an underdog, and The Boys in the Boat has all the elements of a classic comeback story— farm boys from the wrong side of the country (Seattle) overcome a chronic lack of funds,  illness, and weather to triumph over the Eastern elite and the Germans to win the 1936 Olympic gold medal in rowing. A remarkable, feel-good tale!

If you liked Seabiscuit and Unbroken, you’ll enjoy this Depression era tale of American grit.


What You Get for …$459,000

What You Get for …$459,000 in Williamson County

The average sales price for a home in Williamson County is almost $459,000 (up from $428,000 in 2013.)

What can you find for that price?

Here are three choices:

A new Victorian with over 5 acres of land

5619A Pinewood Rd MLS#1555379

5619A Pinewood Rd MLS#1555379

A townhome in the ever popular Westhaven

1016 State Blvd No.156 MLS#1566426

1016 State Blvd No.156 MLS#1566426

A cottage-style home in Willowsprings, a  mere 1.5 miles from downtown Franklin

107 Tulip Lane MLS#1572853

107 Tulip Lane MLS#1572853


Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day by Winifred Watson

Miss P Lives for a Day LargerMiss Pettigrew Lives for A Day by Winifred Watson

First published in 1938, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day is a completely silly, dated, and beguiling novel.

Middle-aged Miss Pettigrew, tired, out of work, and not a little depressed, is sent by her employment agency to the home of Miss Delysia LaFosse to fill the position of nursery governess. After a few minutes in Miss LaFosse’s company, Miss Pettigrew, unsophisticated though she may be, is fairly certain that the extremely glamorous and young Miss LaFosse   has no need of a nursery governess.

But when Miss LaFosse (nee Sarah Grubb) unquestioningly embraces Miss Pettigrew’s presence, Miss Pettigrew is (not unwillingly) swept along by the younger woman’s charm and the non-stop action at No.5 Onslow Mansions.

The hour-by-hour plot involves visits from Miss LaFosse’s three boyfriends and her best friend Miss Dubarry, a makeover for Miss Pettigrew, a visit to a nightclub, and large quantities of drink.

At the end of the day, romantic entanglements are happily resolved, and Miss Pettigrew finds courage, confidence, and a new home.

In 2008, a film version of the novel (which I haven’t seen) was released staring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.

Miss Pettigrew

Brussels Sprout Books

2100205-010While dining at PKC’s house last week with the O. Coltons, the talk turned, unsurprisingly, to books.  Amy recently read The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. Since I haven’t read the widely talked about novel, I asked Amy how she liked it.The Goldfinch

Amy grimaced a bit, and conceded that it was engaging, but she’s not sure she’d recommend it.

 Is The Goldfinch a brussels sprout book?

Brussels sprouts, nutritious and recently chic, make you feel virtuous and hip, despite the fact that you wouldn’t serve them at home, and let’s be honest, brussels sprouts only taste good when smothered with something else.

Brussels sprout books share the same qualities as their cabbagey namesakes, and frequently occupy places on the lists of 100 Books Every Educated Person Should Read.

I have read plenty of brussels sprout books and even enthusiastically recommended a few.

But recently, I instituted the fifty page rule in which I abandon a book if I am not sufficiently overjoyed after fifty pages-despite the brilliant writing or the rapturous reviews.

So will I read The Goldfinch? Maybe. I’ll see how the first fifty pages go.

What brussels sprout book have you read recently?

Factory Man by Beth Macy

Factory Man by Beth Macy

Factory ManBeing a Bassett of Bassett furniture fame was a good gig for a lot of years. As long as you could stomach working for one of your unreasonable, dictatorial, and micromanaging kinfolk, the pay was good, and the living, if not easy, beat the alternative which was not being a Bassett in Bassett, VA.

And then came China’s admission to the World Trade Organization,  and it all changed. Continue reading

Home Sales Nashvile

428 Sandcastle Temple Hills

428 Sandcastle Road, Temple Hills

Home Sales Nashville

An eager pool of buyers and a limited supply of homes for sale, especially under $500,000, has been the top story in real estate this year.

On Labor Day, there were 2341 homes for sale under $500,000 in Davidson County and 611 pending sales resulting in 3.8 months of inventory.  In Williamson County, there were 877 homes for sale under $500,000 and 537 pending sales—or a startling low 1.6 months of inventory. Since a balanced market is considered five to six months, this situation is pretty sweet for sellers.

Should you wish to purchase a home priced over $500,000, there is more selection and negotiating room, at least in Davidson County.

But the numbers don’t tell the whole story because the housing market is hyper-local. Circumstances vary from community to community and block by block.

Before you make any assumptions, talk to a trusted real estate professional about the specifics of your situation, or request a copy of my comprehensive report of single family home sales in Davidson County, Area Two (I-65 to Charlotte Pike), Williamson County or condominium sales in Davidson County.

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