Right now, "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson is my happy diversion from grading. :)
I've said it before and I'll say it again - you need to be reading Sarah Vowell's books. I just reread The Partly Cloudy Patriot, which reminded me of you.
Anna Karenina! But you knew that. So good.Also, Dear Sugar book, which is perfect to read because I can read just one letter. Down side: they always make me cry.
I'm reading the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I think you would like it! Lots of beautiful fruits and veggies becoming sublime desserts and entrees.
A Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character by Jack . I think his central thesis is bogus, but he tells good stories about amateurism in America.