Books for the holidays — whether they're hardcovers or digitized — are always good gifts. NPR's Susan Stamberg talked with some of our go-to independent booksellers — Lucia Silva, former book buyer at the now-closed Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City, Calif.; Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Co. in Milwaukee; and Rona Brinlee of The BookMark in Neptune Beach, Fla. — to find out what's on their Best of 2012 lists. This year's crop includes gritty, free-verse fairy tales; ballerinas who hug their children the way we normal folks do, but more prettily; and a grim Southern story about a small town that would rather its unleashed ghosts remain at rest.
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