I've been through a few books in the past couple of weeks; lots of time to read on the New York subway! Right now I'm reading two great books.
First up is Elders, by Ryan McIlvain, a very solid and serious treatment of its subject, Mormon missionaries in Brazil. The book follows two young men- one privileged American who grew up in the elite of the church, and one convert raised in poverty in Brazil- as they navigate their mission and their relationship with each other. I'm about 3/4 of the way through and it's beautifully written and very engrossing. So far highly recommended!
I've finally gotten to In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, which has been in my TBR piles for ever. It's the story of a family of sisters who stood up to the Dominican Republic despot Trujillo and paid the ultimate price. I only just started but it's wonderful so far.