Why you should read this: It's a wonderfully quirky peek at the poor "serfs" who worked at the Microsoft campus in the early 1990s. The story is presented as a series of diary entries on a PowerBook... sound familiar, fellow bloggers?
Why you should read this: Language. Language. Language. Probably some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read.
Why you should read this: Simply put, this book is a masterpiece. There's a reason it won the Pulitzer.
Why you should read this: Because it's Joan Didion. The memoir is an insightful mix of Didion's personal history with that of the great state of California's.