Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. Since I'm hooked on competition cooking shows, I found this book about the inner workings of kitchens around the world fascinating. Samuelsson, the winner of the 2nd Top Chef Masters, grew up in a family in Norway having been adopted from Ethopia. The book explores his cultural heritage as well as his struggles to be accepted as a black man in the restaurant world. I can't wait to go to NYC to visit his restaurant, Red Rooster.
The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. What would you give up to gain your life's greatest desire? When a childless couple living on Janus Rock off the coast of Australia in 1926 find a baby crying in a row boat on their shore, their decision to keep the baby and call her their own have lasting consequences.
And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters.