Erik Larson is possibly the best current nonfiction author, due to his unique ability in the genre to breathe life and intrigue into each of his subjects, and this may be his best book yet. It's amazing and unsettling to see how naive the world was to the impending dangers of the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. Might be the best book of 2011.
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not a romantic, so that's not what impressed me, rather the practical way in which the female character changed her mind, lived her life, and then did what she wanted...again.
My favorite book of all time is on this list and it makes me so happy that someone out there agrees with me that it is an incredible and underrated book! It makes me curious about the rest of the books on the list.