'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' - by Jean Dominique Bauby. The Frenchman suffered a massive stroke and ended up physically paralyzed. . He wrote the entire book by blinking his left eyelid.
'The Joy Luck Club' - by Amy Tan is based on the story of four Chinese mothers and their very Americanized daughters. (translated into 35 languages).
'Watching The Tree' - by Adeline Yen Mah, a book about Chinese traditions.
Anything by Michael Palin (travel writer)