Been a long time since I've read books that didn't have pictures in them, but here's a quick list of books I've really enjoyed in the last year or so:
Still by Lauren Winner: Beautiful exposition of her life post-mother's death, post-divorce, and in a spiritual lull... thought it was very sensitive and thoughtfully written. I went to a lecture series by her in Charlottesville years and years ago and wasn't super impressed, but I find her writing much more accessible. I'm ready to dive back into her "Girl Meets God" memoir which I got distracted from a long time ago.
A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet both by Beverly Cleary; Beverly Cleary is one of the most gifted writers of all time. Yes, they are children's books, but beautiful, funny, and heart-warmingly close to home for me. Her real life story is equally well written, very matter-of-fact-ly, but with a lot of heart. A really fantastic woman.
The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma This book has a really simple thesis and it doesn't stray into wild calls to action. Libraries matter, reading with your kids matters. I really enjoyed this daughter-dad reading streak story as my Dad was a fantastic reader in his own right... I will never forget the voice he did for Little Bear from Indian in the Cupboard. I related, and I loved this story.
Baby 411 we've got a lot of baby how-to books and this is the best resource we've got. Hands down.