The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. I loved the animated film as a child, even though it always left me unsettled at the end. As an adult, I picked up the novel and discovered that what is a charming children's story about a unicorn is also a story about learning to be human. I still love the animated film, and would recommend both it and the book to anyone.
40 Banned (or challenged) Books to Read at Your Own Risk. Have read many of these - comments after the list are interesting. One banned book not on the list: Little Black Sambo (loved it as a kid, "turned into butter", but can see why some banned it...)
Skinny Dip. This is my favorite Carl Hiassen novel. The lead female character is smart and quick, and the supporting case of characters are one of the most entertaining entourages I've ever had the pleasure of reading.