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Swell Books for Summer Loafing

"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.

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Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is a special correspondent for NPR.