The Spiral Staircase : My Climb out of Darkness
Remarkable memoir by Karen Armstrong, former nun and controversial writer on religion.
The Time of Our Singing
I've previously found Richard Powers too cerebral, but this book is absolutely mesmerizing. For some reason I am particularly fond of the music-oriented bildungsroman; this one now joins Rebecca West's The Fountain Overflows, Albert Murray's Seven-League Boots and James Baldwin's Just Above My Head on my list of official favorites.
For Love of Insects
I have never seen such beautiful photos. The narrative's pretty funny too. Highly recommended.