The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke. A flawless memoir in which Beneba Clarke reveals her story of growing up as a black girl in a very white Australia. Self-discovery and reader discovery are strong components.
The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa - a book translated to English. A very gentle read about the relationship between a mathematics professor with an 80 minute memory, his housekeeper and her son.