Season's Readings: Top Picks From Indie Booksellers Correspondent Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Daniel Goldin and Lucia Silva. Their selections include comics about philosophy, novels about building families, and a box set that dives into the process of writing.

Season's Readings: Top Picks From Indie Booksellers

Season's Readings: Top Picks From Indie Booksellers

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In this season of tight wallets and open hearts, it might be wise to choose holiday gifts that will stay around for a while. And who better to turn to for reliably stirring seasonal picks than your trusty independent bookseller?

This year, the booksellers reach into their shelves and pull out tomes on a wide range of weighty topics, from a family in mourning in Jonathan Topper's This Is Where I Leave You to a Nigerian girl, rebuilding a family under duress, in Little Bee. Other selections are heavy simply by virtue of their page count: the four-volume collection of Paris Review Interviews packs 50 years of conversations with some of our greatest writers into some 2,000 pages. Which should just about keep the book lover on your list occupied until next year.

The Contact Sheet
By Steve Crist

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Selected Poems
By Wallace Stevens, John N. Serio

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Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire
By Graydon Carter, Risko

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The Pattern in the Carpet
By Margaret Drabble

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The Paris Review Interviews, III
By Paris Review, Margaret Atwood

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Bad Things Happen
By Harry Dolan

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This Is Where I Leave You
By Jonathan Tropper

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Logicomix
By Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou

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Going Away Shoes
By Jill McCorkle

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The Hour Between
By Sebastian Stuart

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Raymond Carver
By Carol Sklenicka

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Little Bee
By Chris Cleave

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Await Your Reply
By Dan Chaon

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Blame
By Michelle Huneven

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