A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Geniusby David Eggers. From Amazon: “The moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.”
Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir by Doron Weber. "a memoir in which the author tells the story of his son who is born with a serious form of congenital heart disease. The son is gifted and attends Brooklyn Technical High School. He ultimately receives a heart transplant at age 16 at Columbia Hospital in NY. The father/author, a former Rhodes Scholar and current VP of the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, writes movingly of the family’s journey."
Another contributor writes: “A record of the manor home where Downton Abbey is filmed, written (ghost written more likely!) by the current owner the Duchess of Carnarvon; great fun to read about the real occupants of the just as grand home.” [Ed: Once again, they had me at “Downton.”]