Reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See, which a friend told her about. It's a book about ancient Chinese culture. She just started reading it and, right now, one of the characters is dying as a result of the ancient ritual of foot binding.

She reads whenever she has a chance to squeeze it in--on her commute, her lunch break, and just before bed. Recently she read Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg, which she highly recommends and The Miracles of Santo Fico, by D.L. Smith, which is set in a small Italian town.