I recently read "If All the Seas Were Ink" by Ilana Kurshan and really enjoyed it. It is a memoir about how the author started "Daf Yomi", studying a page of Talmud each day while in the depths of despair after divorce and how, while completing the whole cycle of reading through the entire Talmud over 7.5 years, she found that many topics were relevant to her own life. Kurshan is also passionate about literature: she majored in it in college and has had a career in working for publishers and translating. So she also often thinks of quotations from literature in the context of daily life. I loved the book, but I'm also a "nerd" at heart (albeit more in math/science and only secondarily about literature) and I think that people who don't understand the power of academic passion might not like this book as much as I did.
If you have ever wondered how Talmud scholars could spend their entire lives full-time studying the work, I think this book gives a good view of how expansive the topics are and in what detail the ideas are explored in the Talmud. The book also shows how Jewish text could give this woman a way to connect deeply with Judaism. Here's a nice review of the book on the Tablet website: Bringing 'Daf Yomi' to Life. And Vice Versa.
I enjoyed this book enough that I carefully "saved" it as Shabbat reading to spread over a couple of Shabbat afternoons and a day during the Thanksgiving break rather devour the whole book in a single bout of "binge" reading. I highly recommend it.
I am reading that book now too, Debbie! There was a review of it in the WSJ and I bought the book. I read it every night before I go to bed so it will take me awhile to read. I think that I am about a third of the way through now. I was so pleased to hear that you read it too!
I heard about it on the podcast "Talking in Shul" which I would also recommend. Full disclosure: one of the hosts of the podcast is a now adult, "child" of founders of my lay-led congregation. The podcast is three Jewish women who are about 30 plus-or-minus a few years. One is Orthodox, one is egalitarian traditional, and one is Reform. They discuss many topics about the Jewish world and it really is an interesting podcast. They interviewed the author of the book on the podcast before the most recent one which you can find at the above link. If you are enjoying the book, I think you'd enjoy listening to the interview of the author on the podcast.