You can tell from checking my million updates on this book whether you'll like it or not. My husband surprised me with a copy -- no special occasion, he just knew I'd love it -- so I wanted to share the wealth.
There were two awesome anecdotes that were too long to share as updates. This one made my son do a spit-take:
PATRON: [Gestures at son.]
He doesn't like to read, but he needs a biography. It has to be more than one hundred eighty pages.
ME: Do you know if autobiographies count? Hole in My Life
is a pretty engaging story.
PATRON: What's it about?
ME: Well, Jack Gantos is a Newbery-winning children's author now, but when he was a teen he ended up in jail.
PATRON: [Snatches book out of my hand.]
No. No. Absolutely not. I want something Christian.
ME: Well, uh...he learns a lot from being in jail and ends up being a writer who doesn't commit any more crimes.
PATRON: What about Anne Frank? (note from reviewer: my son was taking a drink of water as I read to him, and almost choked when I said this. "It gets better," I told him, and continued.)
Do you have anything about Anne Frank? He'd like that, right? It's got trapdoors and secret passages?
I want to file this last story wherever Dewey keeps "straight, priorities":
MAN: Them's toilet is broke.
ME: Pardon me?
MAN: Yer toilette
ME: Oh! Is it not flushing? Did it overflow or...?
MAN: It 'pears someone put a Pabst down that thang.
MAN: Yar. A can of it.
ME: I'll go check it out.
MAN: Waste of a beer, y'ask me.
Keep this book in mind the next time you need to buy a gift for someone. It's the kind of book even nonreaders will enjoy.