Please Don't Eat the Daisies (Doubleday 1957) by Jean Kerr. Read only if you love laughing.
The Necklace and Other Short Stories (Dover 1992) by Guy de Maupassant. Read if you (as I do) love comedy with a dark underlayment.
The Secret River (Cannongate 2005) by Kate Grenville. Saucy, female Dickens.
When the World was Steady (Granta 1994) by Claire Messud. Don't you love reading about sisters?
Fire to Fire (HarperCollins 2008) by Mark Doty (his selected and collected). Give this book to all of your friends.
White Noise (Penguin 1985) by Don DeLillo. How I miss this funky book in the 80's?