Indie Booksellers Target Summer's Best Reads Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food — three themes that factor prominently in the books recommended by our independent booksellers.

Indie Booksellers Target Summer's Best Reads

Indie Booksellers Target Summer's Best Reads

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Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food. We hope that all three figure into your summer plans this year. As it happens, those themes also happen to be featured prominently in some of the books that our trusty independent booksellers are recommending for your summer reading pleasure.

This year's warm-weather picks come from Lucia Silva, the book buyer at Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City, Calif; Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Co. in Milwaukee, Wisc; and Rona Brinlee of The BookMark in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Happy reading!

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Swamplandia!
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Karen Russell

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The Sisters Brothers
By Patrick deWitt

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The Sisters Brothers
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Patrick deWitt

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The Family Fang
By Kevin Wilson

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The Family Fang
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Kevin Wilson

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The Great Night
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Chris Adrian

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The Ada Poems
By Cynthia Zarin

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The Ada Poems
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Cynthia Zarin

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A Moment in the Sun
By John Sayles

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A Moment in the Sun
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John Sayles

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The Sorcerer's Apprentices
By Lisa Abend

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The Sorcerer's Apprentices
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Lisa Abend

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers
By Paolo Giordano

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers
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Paolo Giordano

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My Korean Deli
By Ben Ryder Howe

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My Korean Deli
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Ben Ryder Howe

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My American Unhappiness
By Dean Bakopoulos

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My American Unhappiness
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Dean Bakopoulos

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Ex Libris
By Martin Hopkinson

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Ex Libris
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Martin Hopkinson

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World Without Fish
By Mark Kurlansky

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World Without Fish
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Mark Kurlansky

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The Poison Tree
By Erin Kelly

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The Poison Tree
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Erin Kelly

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22 Britannia Road
By Amanda Hodgkinson

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22 Britannia Road
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Amanda Hodgkinson

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You Know When the Men Are Gone
By Siobhan Fallon

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You Know When the Men Are Gone
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Siobhan Fallon

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