The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Told from the perspective of a race car driver’s aging dog, the book is packed with so much heartfelt human insight. I still can’t reread it without tearing up. It’s a beautiful, wonderfully written book.
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini. Story of a boy Amir, from Afghanistan who needs to find his way in the world as he realizes that his own belief system is not that of his dominant culture. Set in Afghanistan and the United States.