Reading Forrest Gump, by Winston Groom. She bought the book about five years ago and tried to read it but, because she'd seen the movie recently, it bored her. This time through it's holding her interest, though she's still disappointed--only about 20% of it follows the movie. Usually she reads the book first and it's the movie that disappoints her.

Her favorite book of all time, Queen: The Story of an American Family, by Alex Haley and David Stevens, who finished it after Alex Haley's death in 1992.

Alex Haley is the creator of the high grossing and award winning 1977 miniseries, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which followed the life of Kunta Kinte, a slave taken from Africa. Queen is about the female side of the family. The books/miniseries are part historical, part fiction. Queen, the child of James Jackson, a white man, and his slave, Easter, is Alex Haley's grandmother.