I'm reading a very unusual and almost startingly good book right now called The Dogs of Babel
by Carolyn Parkhurst. My mom picked it up from the library and realized when she got home that the author received her B.A. from Wesleyan University (where my brother goes to college), and her M.F.A. from American University (where I went to college).
The book is about a man named Paul, whose wife dies in strange circumstances, with their dog as the only witness. So he embarks on this journey of doing experiments with the dog in an attempt to try to get her to communicate her story. It sounds preposterous, but the book is not so much about trying to teach a dog to talk as it is a story about a man's process of grieving. And the prose is almost poetic. I picked the book up after I got home from work yesterday, and I'll probably have it finished before I leave for work today, a total of less than 24 hours.
This is definitely a book I would recommend, if only because its so unusual and based on the subject matter, the depth of this book is surprising, but in a very good way.