When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Highly recommend this book.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks--I love the 'ripple effect' of life wherein any of us ordinary souls can affect generations beyond us. I also admire a writer who can write and research a book so patiently for years and so effectively that the real life characters will remain endlessly in a reader's mind.