I realized after glancing at the back that this was a different James and a different kind of book: a collection of thoughtful, humorous, bittersweet essays about love, growing up, sports, politics and telephones. There was also a short story thrown in at the end as a kind of bonus.
The personal essay is not an easy form to master, but it is also the most compelling reading, and I found myself thinking of people who would like to read certain essays. My father-in-law would love his essay on the Washington Redskins (in fact there was a whole series of sports essays that for some would be quite compelling.) The ministers at my church would have loved an essay titled God, Gordo and Gandhi. Anyone who has been in love would like The Conjecture Chamber. There is something here for everyone.
I hope more than a few people notice this small book. I enjoyed every essay and found them all to be clear and intelligent and worthwhile. He manages to tell stories and be thoughtful. He draws almost always from his rich and interesting life as a sports fan and a musician and son. James J Patterson is a good writer and you will spend an enjoyable afternoon with this collection.