Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
by Lisa See - I will never look at female friendship the same way again after reading that book. It's wonderful.
My Enemy's Cradle
by Sara Young - Oh my gosh, this book was so good I read it in a single afternoon. It is set during WWII, but it is a side to the war that I've NEVER read about before. Read it.
Lady Crispina, Confector of Pharmaceutria and Conjurer of Exquisitus JuJu, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders