If you haven't read D'Ambrosio before this is a good place to start. These essays, many of which appeared in the Stranger, are intense. His writing is immediate; full of a love of language, probing and wide-ranging. He writes of suicide; the puzzling aspects of experience; family and its fragility. D'Ambrosio is a rare talent and this book is a treasure. Did I say his short stories are also incredible?