The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude.
Get this from a library! The language of flowers : a novel. [Vanessa Diffenbaugh] -- "The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past"--
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls- Reading this now. It is a fantastic memoir. She paints magical pictures of a childhood of neglect and the journey to a better life. It's inspiring, really, and I haven't even finished it yet. (recommended by Jenni)
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver. "The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in (Harper Perennial)