Just happened to see this thread... For those who read the Pillars of the Earth (loved it), I also enjoyed Ken Follett's Century Trilogy, which starts with The Fall of Giants.
For those that enjoy a multi-book saga, I also enjoyed (many years ago) John Jakes' historical fiction The Kent Family Chronicles of 8 books which starts with The Bastard. Haven't read his North and South Trilogy yet, but it's on the "list".
Currently reading Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family. This is a true story of a family with 12 children (8 boys, 2 girls) in which 6 of the boys are diagnosed as schizophrenic. They become one of the first families studied by the National Institutes of Mental Health.