One of the books I've read in the last few months that has really stuck with me is Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs. A series of essays that speaks to anyone born to the late or post-boomer generations, this is an incredibly entertaining look at what the author terms "low" culture. To me, it's just a look at the the elements that have defined the cutural existance of me and my cohort.
Whether Klosterman is opining on why Lloyd Dobler has ruined his lovelife (and if you know who I'm talking about you're certainly in the target audience for this book), why Billy Joel is the coolest un-cool rock star there is, or why Pamela Anderson is the Marilyn Monroe of our time, he is hitting every pitch out of the part (or at least for extra bases) and making you think of why this insignificant stuff is so important to us. It's not a book that's getting a lot of attention, but it should. If you were born between, say, 1962 and 1970, do yourself -- and Klosterman -- a favor and read this book.