South And West by Joan Didion - In 1970 California native Joan went on a road trip through the southern states. This book is the notes she took on that trip. The writing is amazing. The second part of the book is California notes begging the question of who we are because of the places we hail from or live.
French Women Don't Get Facelifts by Mireille Guiliano - Not because they don't have to, but because they don't want to. A lifestyle guide to staying youthful looking after Even though 40 is pretty youthful nowadays.
Ask Me Again Tomorrow A Life in Progress by Olympia Dukakis - Olympia not only tells about her life and issues; she also analyzes it all for herself and her reader. An inspirational and aspirational book.
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell - As a lowly kitchen maid up to cook, Margaret worked in various British homes in the early part of the century and saw it all. Especially great if you love the british Upstairs Downstairs genre.
The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements - "The Inside Story of Fashion's Most Illustrious Magazine" is mostly the inside story of Vogue Australia. The author started there as a receptionist and 15 years later was named Editor. A good read for those interested in fashion/journalism.