Ok, this is admittedly a niche market, but no book I have read thus far captures the current emotional state of South Africa like this one, by Antjie Krog (most famously known for 'Country of my Skull'). It moves back and forth between contemporary scenes (from 2000-2003) and flashbacks of her childhood. She mingles with presidents, folk, and volk alike, in a unique position as an Afrikaner to both observe and analyse, which she does with a journalist's eye and a poet's pen. There are a few profanities sprinkled in, but half of them would be totally unfamiliar to an American reader. I really couldn't put it down.