Independent Booksellers' Picks: Fiction and Food

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Deck the shelves with boughs of good books. That's the seasonal wish from a trio of independent booksellers we get in touch with from time to time — for ideas on new and old books to consider. This season, they have fiction — and food — on their minds.

They've selected some captivating titles, from An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England (it's a novel, not a how-to guide) to My Last Supper (the world's most famous chefs share their final-meal ideas). And from Novels in Three Lines to a novel in 1,296 pages (a new translation of War and Peace).

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.

Lucia Silva, Portrait of a Bookstore

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



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