Calm Down Jar - A creative approach to time-out. Child first shakes the jar to get their frustrations out, then they're asked to wait until the glitter has all settled on the bottom. That's when time-out is over. The kids can even make the timeout jar.
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns - Both really great books. Not for the ethnocentric folks, though. You must have an open mind about the way other cultures and societies function.