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Swell Books for Summer Loafing

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Swell Books for Summer Loafing

Swell Books for Summer Loafing

Swell Books for Summer Loafing

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Portrait of a Bookstore

Portrait of a Bookstore in Los Angeles is among the indie booksellers consulted for this summer's reading roundup. www.portraitofabookstore.com hide caption

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"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.

Lucia Silva, Portrait of a Bookstore

Lucia Silva is the book buyer at Portrait of a Bookstore in Los Angeles, Calif.

Rona Brinlee, The Bookmark

Recommendations from a store by the sea, The Bookmark in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Rona offers two bonus suggestions here, not heard on the radio.

Matt Tannenbaum, The Bookstore

Matt Tannenbaum has owned The Bookstore, which is in Lenox, Mass., since 1976.

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