"Mirror, Mirror" by Gregory Maguire - The year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above Tuscany and Umbria's hills and valleys at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm -- and the world comes to Montefiore. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia - decadent children of a wicked pope - no one can claim innocence for very long.
Wayfarer : a tale of beauty and madness - In this retelling of Cinderella, Ellen Sinder's violent stepmother terrifies her, her plan for surviving and getting through high school quietly begins to unravel, and Auntie, an odd old woman who takes her in, may not be as kindly as she appears.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande is an instant classic. Beautifully written with stories of men and woman, old and young, faced with difficult decisions. I believe we are only beginning to work our way through this topic.
If you ever feel like LAUGHING, or just being straight-up INSPIRED, Amy Poehler's memoir-of-sorts, Yes Please, should be your go-to read. EXCELLENT advice on how to treat your CAREER like a BAD BOYFRIEND. And how to apologize when you screw up - publicly.