Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
The legacy: Many consider Wallace, who took his life in 2008 after battling depression, to be one of the best writers of our time. Plot notes: Fifteen essays all previously published but collected here in book form. If you've never read DFW before, his masterful study of Roger Federer, included in this anthology, is an ideal place to start. The Tupac of books: He just keeps publishing posthumously. The Pale King, DFW's unfinished novel released in 2011, three years after his death, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.