The House at Riverton From the author of The Forgotten Garden. I haven't read anything by Kate Morton, but The Forgotten Garden caught my interest when it was released, and since then I've heard from a couple of people that they liked The House at Riverton better, so I might just start out with that one.
The Elements of Style is just something that should be on every English lover's bookshelf. And yes, I would actually read the thing too.
The Elephants of Style : A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English because I just can't resist non-fiction books that combine education with humor.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks just because of the great things I've heard about it. It is a non-fiction book about science, medical research, cancer, and who owns our genetic material.
Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred I've been really wanting to know more about the Great Irish Famine, partly because of the importance in general history, partly because of the importance in my personal family's history.
Cold Comfort Farm I didn't know anything about this book until I read Precious Bane by Mary Webb, and found out through some research that Cold Comfort Farm was written partly as a parody of Mary Webb's work. I still don't know much about it, but it does look interesting.