Booksellers' Picks for the Beach — or the Backyard

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Rainy Day Books

Rainy Day Books, in Kansas City, Kan., is one of three independent bookstores we polled for summer-reading picks. hide caption

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The Complete List

Get a printable list of all our summer 2007 book picks.

If your idea of packing for vacation is a suitcase full of books and two bathing suits, you've come to the right spot. We've gathered suggestions from three independent booksellers about hot-weather reads to go on your packing list.

The moods range from mystery to giddy romp, the topics from life behind the veil to wedding-night anxiety to superhero angst — and the literary modes from sprawling apocalyptic novel to what might be called a puzzle-master's experiment with form. Read on to meet our bookseller friends and discover their recommendations — including several not heard in the radio broadcast — about what the well-read traveler will be carrying this summer.

Lucia Silva, Portrait of a Bookstore

Lucia Silva is the book buyer at Portrait of a Bookstore in Los Angeles and also endorses titles at her Web site, First Cut Books.

Steve Shapiro, Rainy Day Books

Steve Shapiro is the official Book Maven at Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Kan.

Rona Brinlee, The Bookmark

Recommendations from a store by the sea, The Bookmark in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

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