This trilogy of philosophy books come from Simon Van Booy, a young British who has caused a stir as a short story. The books, Why We Need Love, Why Our Decisions Don't Matter, and Why We Fight (Harper Perennial), collect some of literature's most canonical passages to shed light on life's most essential questions. Don't be surprised to come across Blake's natural poetry or a character analysis of Hamlet. As a matter fact, these series of edited excerpts touch almost major literary pole from biblical (the story Cain and Abel) to classical (Antigone) to existential (Camus' L'Etranger). They make the perfect companion for that cocktail party brush-up.