Booksellers' Selections for Summer Afternoons

Independent Bookseller

hide captionThree independent booksellers offer reading suggestions for your summer afternoon pleasure.

Erin Englund

Novelist Henry James once said the two most beautiful words in the English language were "summer afternoon." And what better way to spend a summer afternoon — or a spring, fall or winter afternoon for that matter — than curled up with a good book?

To that end, we huddled with booksellers from three independent bookstores to get their selections for the very best reads this summer.

And the picks are in! This year's selections feature a little bit of everything: from Don Lee's wacky brussels spouts farmers in Wrack & Ruin to Irina Reyn's re-imagined (and thoroughly modern) Tolstoy heroine in What Happened to Anna K. Whatever your reading fancy, our booksellers promise many pleasant afternoons, summer or otherwise.

Rona Brinlee, The Bookmark

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

Steve Shapiro, Rainy Day Books

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

Lucia Silva, Portrait of a Bookstore

Lucia Silva is the book buyer at Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City, Calif.

Last Year's Summer Suggestions



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: