An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken. A book about the tragedy of stillbirth and infant loss. Somehow this book manages to be sad, very funny, and amazingly uplifting.
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. Pulitzer Prize winner and author conveys cross cultural conflict in the 1660's through a fictional account based loosely on the 1st Wampanoag Native to graduate from Harvard (1965).