Since this thread has meandered a bit from the OP (meandering....it's what we do here) I'll toss three more into the winter ring of readership:

'Dispatches' by Michael Herr........the Vietnam War in a nutshell

'The Short Happy life of Francis Macomber' by Ernest Hemingway ........ the artist, Papa, and the story

'The Art of Racing in the Rain' by Garth Stein ..... love dogs? this is cover-to-cover hard to put down once you start

Enjoy