Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
This one was seriously very difficult to pick! I almost went with Green Eggs and Ham, Charlotte's Web, or A Wrinkle in Time, all childhood favorites.
But I finally went with Cannery Row and its sequel, Sweet Thursday, by John Steinbeck. They are rich novels about poor people scraping to get by on the California coast in the 30s and 40s, and they are also very, very funny. (Skip the 1982 movie Cannery Row; Debra Winger is a piece of brilliant casting, but Nick Nolte as "Doc" is badly miscast. However, the novels also inspired Duke Ellington; I'd go with that, instead!)
And a happy Fourth of July to all!