**Keep in mind that the following may include plot spoilers**
- Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg - All-in-all, this is a cute story about a spunky girl who grows up in a quirky, struggling family. Some parts are a bit off-color, there is fornication, and marriages break up, but the title character overcomes. However, in one scene, a character goes to procure an abortion and learns that the abortionist has a successful front business because she knows everyone's "dirty" secrets.
- The Color of Water by James McBride - This is a riveting read about religion and race relations and the son who grows up in a mixed-race, mixed-religion family. Just be warned that a character is basically coerced into getting an abortion when she finds herself pregnant at the age of 17.