One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This book is a series of vignettes from the lives of strangers trapped by an earthquake. To distract themselves from their grim situation, they each tell a story -- a defining momoment from their life. I enjoyed these snapshots into the lives of such very different people. And I liked that through these stories, we're reminded that while we may not have anything in common on the surface, at heart we are all human beings with shared emotional experiences. Love, loss, family, hope, despair, success, failure. The writing was lovely as well. It's a short book, but deep, and fully engrossing.
Bottom line: worthwhile reading.