2. 'Lit' By Mary Karr
If ever there were an essayist who could pluck you from your own life and toss you in the pages of hers, it's Mary Karr. In Lit, Karr recalls her coming of age, her alcoholism, her brief tryst with fellow writer, David Foster Wallace, and the overall struggles to which we can all relate. It's gritty and dirty as it is enlightening and inspiring.