This was a little different than I was expecting. I wanted a memoir focusing on growing up in a small town, which the beginning touched on. It then morphed into a memoir about Russo's mother, their relationship, and her idiosyncrasies. Eventually at the end it even dealt with mental illness and its effects. There was quit w a lot to touch on and truthfully, it was difficult to like Russo's mom. I'm anxious to read more of his books now.