The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, is a historical fiction novel set in Nazi Germany. Told from the perspective of a personified version of Death, The Book Thief is a outstanding and unique story that shows what it's like to be alone and afraid.
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan. Loved Amy Tan after the first chapter. Gives endearing insight into the mother-daughter dynamic among Asian immigrants. Bottom line: all mothers and daughters have the same challenges.