Took a chance on a book I saw at Borders that looked interesting, though not sure how much of a "beach read" it might prove to be. It's called What Is the What by Dave Eggers. "Separated from his family, Valentino Achak Deng becomes a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan. His travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)—the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Based closely on actual experiences, What Is the What is heartrending and astonishing, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy and, finally, triumph."
This has turned out to be a fascinating story, one in which I knew little about. Very eye-opening and educational, and highly recommended. Amazing read.