Far from the cliche memoir tracing the path of a kid with superhero powers who rises above troubles and challenges to become a successful and famous adult, Fiotzgerald's self-described "confessional" is different. Yes, he leads us through his personal story, from an undeniably difficult childhood into adulthood. But his main point is that he's no hero, he's just an ordinary person,one who, like the rest of us, has made his choices--some good, some bad, some cringeworthy, some celebratory, and some merely serendipitous. Like a Popeye without spinach, he's content to declare, "I am what I am."
Dirtbag, Massachusetts, by Isaac Fitzgerald