A summer book list like no other

  1. "Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories," by Michael Bishop (Fairwood Press).
    This new book collects Bishop's fine stories about contemporary Southern life.
  2. "Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores," edited by Otto Penzler (Pegasus).
    The subtitle says it all — except to note that contributors to this hefty anthology include some of the most admired contemporary writers of mysteries and thrillers: Jeffery Deaver, Laura Lippman, Nelson DeMille, C.J. Box, Anne Perry.
  3. “Nightmares and Geezenstacks,” by Frederic Brown (Valancourt).
    This collection gathers 47 mini-fantasies, most being only two or three pages long, nearly all of them ending with an O. Henry-like twist.
  4. "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: An Anthology of Magical Tales," edited by Jack Zipes (Princeton).
    These thought-provoking narratives from around the world aren’t particularly well known, but they repeatedly address one crucial question: Should we obey or resist?
  5. "Nearly Nero: The Adventures of Claudius Lyon, the Man Who Would Be Wolfe," by Loren D. Estleman (Tyrus).
    If you’re a fan of Rex Stout’s fat, irascible and agoraphobic detective Nero Wolfe, these 11 mystery stories will be a special treat.
  6. "Gravity Changes," by Zach Powers (BOA Editions).
    Winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize, this gathering of fabulist tales will remind many readers of Italo Calvino.
  7. "Continental Crimes," edited by Martin Edwards (Poisoned Pen)
    What is more restful than a classic murder mystery, provided it emphasizes charm and wit, puzzle and surprise? It can be even better when the setting is 1920s and ’30s Europe. In his latest anthology, Martin Edwards selects lesser-known stories by well-known grandmasters.