A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
The founder of McSweeney's journal, Eggers is an author and entrepreneur and one of the key voices of Gen X. This is his personal history of parental loss and fathering his younger brother while trying to start his businesses, get on The Real World, and find love in 90's San Francisco.
Written like a novel and taking many liberties, this memoir will draw you in and have you rooting for Dave through every up, and through many downs, of his most formative years. Incredibly funny, heart warming, often frustrating, and ultimately extemely human. This is a must-read for the 20-something in your life trying their best to piece together the hand they've been dealt into a life they're proud of.