After the garden plans have been drawn, build one of the final fires of the season and curl up with The Garden of Reading, a collection of short fiction about gardens edited by Michele Slung. This appealing anthology of stories by some of the America's best-loved writers, including James Thurber, Stephen King, Sandra Cisneros, Eudora Welty, Jane Smiley and Garrison Keillor, will inspire daydreams featuring sunshine, acres of fresh soil and a handful of seeds. Deanna Larson is a writer in Nashville who describes herself as a journeyman gardener.

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