The first one I bought was A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. I saw it on the Politics and Prose (P&P) e-newsletter and thought that it looked good. I wasn't going to get it from Borders, but it was sitting right by the front door when you walk it - it was destiny. According to the P&P newsletter:
"introduces Tassie Keltjin a 20 year old college student at a fictional Wisconsin university, “the Athens of the Midwest.” Instead of returning to her parents’ farm at the semester break, she takes a job as would-be nanny for a restaurant owner/chef and her husband who are trying to adopt a child. Tassie’s easy-going manner, small town charm, and wry sense of humor seem to be the perfect complement to the obsessive, neurotic, demanding chef, Sarah. When Sarah does finally adopt Mary-Emma, a mixed race child, Tassie proves to be an able caretaker and learns a lot about herself and the world. I fell in love with A Gate at the Stairs in the opening pages, immediately attracted to the observant and intelligent narrator. - Mark LaFramboise"
The second, and the one that I am super excited about, is Here is Looking at Euclid by Alex Bellos. It is a unique look at the history of math. Really, can you go wrong with a book with a title like that???? I think not.
I will update you as I read both of them. I am also currently reading Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer. It is AMAZING. I love it - it is a great book not only for the topic, but for just how great of a writer he is. I will post more on this book later.
Happy Friday!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend of reading ahead :)