I seem to be so behind my reading that it's really hard for me to pinpoint one book that hasn't already been recommended by others. I'm currently in the middle of reading Harry Potter while juggling my ever expanding list of books I want to read. So, the book I'm go to pimp is a little unusual because it's not fiction.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson.
It's basically about this man who goes to Afghanistan to help build schools, but the prose is so rich it almost feels like he's weaving a fictional tale. But, its an insight into a country and world that is so easily judged. I read this a few years ago and when I'm feeling philosophical, I pick it up and reread my favorite passages. It really is a wonder and it's the book I've chosen to pimp. The really cool thing about this book is that the there is a website devoted to this book. It's really inspiring and I'll stop now.