i just finished
light in august -- faulkner
james clavell's NOBLE HOUSE
you may have heard of shogun which was a ripping mini series.
well, this book is a popular novel but damn long and intricate and fun and intelligent. SHOGUN is also good. Not what is usually considered the heaviest of brain food but worth a nibble. 1500 pages worth; yow! go for it, daddy-o!