His first book was the Neon Bible. I haven't read that one. I'm really surprised more people haven't mentioned David Foster Wallace. The guy was brilliant and it's a shame he's no longer with us.
I really liked Bursten. We're you there when they had the fire in the Coleman labs?
2002 Chemistry grad here. I also started out pre-med (Biology major/Chemistry minor) and later as a result of a great Organic professor (Todd Lowary) switched my major to chemistry and never looked back. After five years of graduate school at another B10 school (UIUC), I landed a biotech job out here in NJ.
Gravity's Rainbow by yours truly.
Anything by David Foster Wallace. If you like to laugh, you should pick up A Confederacy of Dunces.
Caruana is the real deal. He'll give Carlsen a run for his money after this next championship cycle.
Charles G. Dawes. Vice President and Noble Prize Winner
Can't believe Papa Jerry went to my hometown school!