The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson. I loved this not so much for the serial-killer story (which was as appalling, or even more so, than one might expect) but for the narrative about the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Fascinating and well-told tale.
Murakami's 1Q84. The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo. Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world.