The art of racing in the rain : a novel by Garth Stein. I'm not a dog lover but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It has twists and turns beyond the car racing references. Wonder what my dog lover friends would think.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This book chronicles the fascinating life of Chiyo, who is sold to a geisha house, where she later becomes the star geisha, Sayuri. Excellent read and although not as good the movie was well worth seeing