Or, the upshot of losing your memory, according to my dad's friend.
  1. Candide by Voltaire
    Because sure, syphilis sucks, but it came back from the New World along with chocolate, so: worth it.
  2. Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
    No, this is not a self-help book. Yes, there's an exclamation point in the title. Yes, you should still read it.
  3. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
    Thirteen year-old me thought this was an effing riot. Can't remember the last time a book made me audibly and uncontrollably laugh.
  4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
    Don't skip the liner notes.