Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
I read this more for its content than anything to do with literary value. The essays sometimes contain personal stories but they are not personal essays; they are observations of, critiques of, and suggestions for society.
Solnit writes elegantly–it’s smooth and unobtrusive, an almost transparent conduit for ideas that it’s all too easy to forget to think about.
And perhaps irrelevant but on my mind: I love the cover. It’s just a bold bright blue with the title and her name in big white text. So simple. So striking.