Several years ago, Paul Auster began the National Story Project in which he invited Americans to send stories to NPR. The only requirements were that the stories had to be true and they had to be short. Over 4,000 stories were submitted within months and from those, Auster selected the 179 stories included in this volume. A wonderful read. Americans are living intense, wacky, wonderful lives and are willing to share them. One of my favorites was the story of a small boy who heard his father tell one of their neighbors to drop dead and shortly thereafter the man did. Obviously the boy drew the obvious conclusions about the power of his father. A great book to pick up and read in short sessions.