Laura Amy Sclitz (a librarian, mind you) is the recipient of the Newbery Award this year with Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices From a Medieval Village. The book is a drama with mostly single character pieces. Basically it is a collection of monologues of chracters ranging from paupers to traveling salesman to nobility.
The collection offers a brief glimpse into this particular village. The information learned from such brief pieces though, is amazing.
A lot of people are facinated with different time periods and cultures. This title is for them as well as someone who just needs to beef up a bit on medieval life.
It's non-fiction yes, but dramatic and enjoyable to say the least.