1. All the President's Pastries--a memoir of a White House chef
2. Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish
3. The Color of Law--this is a mystery novel, nothing seriously law-related.
4. The Orchid Thief
5. Confessions of a Tax Collector: One Man's Tour of Duty Inside the IRS
also, a book about modern American nuns (I am really really interested in nuns. I think if I had been born Catholic I would've become a nun) and one about different dialects of English.
clearly I'm going through a non-fiction phase at the moment, but would be happy for fiction (or non-fiction) suggestions.