The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Young Theodore Decker survives an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He will now embark, parentless, on a life's journey that will keep you spellbound. The characters he meets along the way will live with you for a long time after you have finished this amazing story.
Amsterdam by Russell Shorto
Amsterdam is a fascinating biography of a city which is famous for its liberalism. From the 1300's with the digging of its first canals till today, the story reads like a novel. As one of its mayors said of Amsterdam, craziness is a value.