Portrait of a Bookstore in Los Angeles is among the indie booksellers consulted for this summer's reading roundup.
"I lean and loafe at my ease," poet Walt Whitman wrote, "observing a spear of summer grass." But when you get tired of watching the grass grow, you might want to pick up a good book.
Suggestions from three independent booksellers follow. Their tastes range from "flawless" short stories, to novels about love and late-life epiphanies, to elegiac nonfiction about baseball. Read on for their endorsements.