These essays, recollecting Gregory Orfalea's American life, are delightful and wise. I don't think Los Angeles has ever received such lovely valentines from a native son.
—Richard Rodriguez, author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Southern California has produced its distinct literary voices, from Nathaniel West and Joan Didion to Walter Mosley and Michael Connelly. Gregory Orfalea is the next in this series, with his moving essays about a Southern California culture that will ring true to locals and surprise many outsiders. I was delighted to read this addition to the literature of my homeland and recommend it to readers, wherever they are from.
—James Fallows, author of Blind Into Baghdad: America's War in Iraq