'GMA's' Picks for Great Summer Reading

"The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane," by Katherine Howe

This beautifully written piece travels between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods of American history -- the Salem witch trials.



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"Losing Mum & Pup," by Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley describes coping with the death of his father, William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, and his mother, Patricia Taylor Buckley, one of New York's most glamorous socialites.



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"Not Becoming My Mother: And Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way," by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, begins to understand the depth of her mother's sacrifices for her family after discovering her hidden letters and diaries.



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"Paul Newman: A Life," by Shawn Levy

Early on, Paul Newman realized that his good looks and baby-blue eyes would help him get in the door, but it was his work ethic that ultimately catapulted him into the ranks of America's finest actors.



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"Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men On The Moon," by Craig Nelson

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Craig Nelson presents a well-researched account of the landmark event on July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, their families and the NASA ground crew share the spotlight in this story.

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"Black Hills," by Nora Roberts

In the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, two childhood sweethearts, wildlife biologist Lil Chance and ex-cop/PI Coop Sullivan, reconnect after many years apart. When Lil is targeted by a killer, Coop will stop at nothing to keep her safe.



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"Twenties Girl," by Sophie Kinsella

Twentysomething Lara Lington is newly single and on the verge of losing her start-up business when she's visited by the ghost of her great aunt Sadie, making a bizarre request: that Lara find the missing necklace Sadie owned for more than 75 years.



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"Best Friends Forever," by Jennifer Weiner

Addie Downs believes she and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever, but everything changes after a fateful betrayal. Fifteen years later, Valerie shows up on Addie's doorstep, frightened and in bloodstained clothes, pleading for Addie's help.



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"The Castaways," by Elin Hilderbrand

Four successful Nantucket couples have dubbed themselves the Castaways. When Castaway members Greg and Tess MacAvoy sail to Martha's Vineyard for their anniversary and mysteriously drown, their deaths unravel plenty of secrets.



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"Mercury in Retrograde," by Paula Froelich

The story revolves around three struggling Manhattan women: anxious socialite Lena Lippencrass, intrepid reporter Penelope Mercury and high-flying lawyer Dana Gluck, who all wind up in the same former tenement building in SoHo.



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"Queen Takes King," by Gigi Lavange Grazer

After being married for 25 years, ex-ballerina Cynthia and her husband Jackson, a real estate mogul, are headed for divorce, and their work lives are in disarray, too. Jackson's condo project might not survive and Cynthia's ballet board is in turmoil.



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