Train Dreams by Denis Johnson -- favorite from 2011 -- Train Dreams is the story of Robert Grainier, “a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in ordinary times,”
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine.
A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison. Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai's seedy underworld--and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade.