A literary novel filled with characters who are guided by love, loyalty, spirituality and the power of medicine.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I'm not quite sure where to begin with this book--it is so full of rich characters, medical procedures (with perhaps a little more detail than you'd like), political turmoil, etc. Verghese doesn't jump straight into the story, but builds a back story that gets filled in throughout the rest of the novel. This is my favorite book of the year!
Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? from Barnes and Noble. One of our favourite books when we were kids!