Even though I'm only half-way through it, I just HAVE to recommend the book I'm reading now. It's THE HELP, the first novel by Kathryn Stockett.
I think it's one of the finest books I've read in a long time. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962-1963, the story of a white woman, recently graduated from Ole Miss, trying to be taken seriously as a journalist in a world where everyone's main objective is to land a husband; and also the story of two "colored" maids, and how their lives weave together and the stories they tell of the time and place that was the South during the early days of the Civil Rights movement.
That's absolutely ALL i'm going to say about it, because I would like it to unfold for you as deliciously as it's unfolding for me.
Beautiful, beautiful story.