Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America by Natalie Goldberg.She, my favorite writing teacher, spoke this book to me in the car ride after my mother's funeral, from Chicago to Madison. Ironically, this book deals very much with grief.
Angels and Demons is my favorite Dan Brown book. Also have read, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. I feel that Dan Brown is an author who you just have to experience at some point along your reading journey.