I think a book is always more enjoyable when you don't have to do homework on it! My book group read "The Pearl" by Steinbeck; we all thought it was beautifully written. I just finished reading "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" -- true story of a medical tragedy that occurred due to cross-cultural misunderstanding and language barriers. This was for my book group. Next book group book, which I'll be starting soon: "The DaVinci Code"