The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Set in South Carolina in The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.
My mom read this book to me every night before bed "I'll Love you forever, I'll Like you for always, As long as I'm living . My Baby You'll Be" This book is amazing, I now give it to every friend who is going to be a mother. It's a REMARKABLE BOOK.
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova. This wonderful, mesmerizing story offered a trip through time and around the world. And though the antagonist (or protagonist depending on your view) is Dracula, this is NOT a vampire book people!
Corduroy by Don Freeman is the first in a long series of picture books about little teddy bear. In this one he's living in an apartment store, forgotten on a shelf long enough he's lost one of his buttons. This book is part of my childhood!