Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.
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)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - "Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps, this debut novel tells the story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko.
Chip Kidd on Charlotte's Web: This was the first book I read that was really about the power of design and typography. I would say that Charlotte’s typographic web-o-grams represent the first depiction of a successful ad campaign in children’s literature.