Indie bookstores always have the best book recs. So we asked them what to read this summer.

If you want a really good book recommendation, go to the critics, by all means — but don’t neglect your local independent bookstore. Booksellers have to stay on top of an enormous volume of books, and they have a unique perspective on what’s selling to whom. And really good independent bookstores will carefully curate their stock, so that the books on offer reflect the preferences and personalities of the people who work there: a Herculean task that requires enormous amounts of both taste and knowledge.

To prepare for this summer’s onslaught of new releases, I asked staff members from independent bookstores across the country to name the one book they’re most looking forward to sharing with the rest of us this summer. With their recommendations in hand, go forth and read....more