10 Must-Read Summer Books

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Byline: Malcolm Jones And Lucas Wittmann

Nazis. Wonder drugs. Uzi-toting mothers. Here's what to pick up this season.

Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden

Century-old letters composed in the wilds of Colorado by two young schoolteachers provide the backbone of this stirring narrative by one of their granddaughters.

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal

At 17, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter left Germany for the United States, where he pursued a two-decade career as an imposter, most famously as Clark Rockefeller. This spectacular story is all in the entertaining details.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A female research scientist from a Minneapolis drug company is sent to Brazil to find a doctor working on a wonder fertility drug. Think Heart of Darkness with women.

Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

His creator may be long gone, but James Bond (with his gadgets, women, and suave lines) lives on in the skillful hands of a suspense superstar.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

A stunning work of history that tells the story of the professor turned U.S. ambassador who witnessed the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s. …