I don't read many memoirs, but this one (recommended by Novel Journey) had me on page one. It tells the story of a street, one side Jewish, one side Christian, in an English mill town in the early 1900s, beginning when the author was four or five years old. The book's subtitle, A Love Story That Broke Barriers, provides a huge clue as to the underlying power of the book.
From the back cover:
Harry Bernstein has published two more books. The Dream and The Golden Willow.
Happy Birthday, dear Harry. Your book opened up a whole new world for me, and an era I knew very little about has come alive. A fitting gift to celebrate 100 years of living!