I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High. This is a great book! A must read for everyone who thinks teachers are overpaid and underworked! He learns how hard a job it is, and how teaching is really a vocation.
I am an Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran -Very non-traditional short stories about love. . . For instance, the love story of the bengal tiger, Ming, who mauls his trainer because he is so in love with him. Or the executioner whose wife has a difficult time dealing with his career.
Patti Smith and Robert Maplethorpe -- book about when they were yOung and were starving artists
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor - She recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. This is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who diee when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself.
Robert Moses bio "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro-winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Over 1000 pages, a monumental undertaking and an excellent history of 20th century NYC history.