The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The movie was good, but the book was a-mazing. I just finished last night and I seriously could not put it down. It's a timeless, coming-of-age novel, yet Sue Monk Kidd does an amazing job at keeping it fresh and exciting. Her imagery of the South and the complexity of the characters makes everything come alive. And to top it off, there aren't any vampires (sorry I couldn't resist).
Sometimes I go to Barnes and Noble and look at all the new releases and wonder what people will read in the future to study the literature of today. I sincerely hope this book makes it on future reading lists. If you get a chance, pick it up. I read a good portion of it at Seven Peaks-- with tears streaming down my face. haha. It's not a hard read, but Kidd does everything right. This book has definitely earned a spot in my library (which is harder than you might think).