On my last first date (the Yorkie, for those of you who know my dating history), we spent an afternoon at a used book store. I bought her a copy of E.L. Doctorow's _The Book of Daniel_ and told her she must read it. She is a medievalist, and wanted to know what all the fuss about "postmodern" was, and which contemporary author I thought was the most interesting and engaging.
I am always tempted to buy copies of that book (used, of course), and just hand them to people. It's an amazing read.
In a similar vein, what was the last book that was handed to you in such a way? I honestly think, for me, it was bestfriend handing me a copy of _The Book of Daniel_, at the same used book store. But I cannot recall.