Two books that I have read in the past year or so that have been AWESOME:
1) Jimi Hendrix: The Man, The Magic, The Truth. It's written by his friend Sharon Lawrence. A really insightful book that shows just how cool of a person Hendrix really was. It also is startling just how many people used him for their own fortune. A great read if you like his music.
2) Confederacy of Dunces. One of the funniest and strangest books I've ever read. It deals with an introvert oddball who lives in the Big Easy and sleezes his way through life. This book was made famous after the guy who wrote it died, I think his grandma or mother sent it in and it got published.
As far as sports books goes. I bought the Pete Rose book a few years ago. It wasn't too bad. If you dig baseball, it's definitely worth the money to check it out. It shows just how hard he really worked to become the hit king. It's also (of course) about how he got started into gambling, and the antics and hardships that it brought him.