Susan Orlean’s collection of essays explores a whole host of topics ranging from surfer girls in Maui to high school basketball stars to a female bullfighter from Spain. Each essay is a personality profile highlighting the unique and fascinating aspects of each person and their deeds. Orlean focuses many of her essays on people that wouldn’t ordinarily end up in a personality profile such as real estate agents and grade school children. However, each essay shines and points out the humorous along with the extraordinary details of each central character. Her use of the essay form also adds to the accessibility of her writing. Each profile is a clean and intense look at an entire person, and Orlean is able to reveal such a large quantity of information to her readers in relatively few pages.