Telling stories about yourself and your family can be tricky to craft because you want to give enough details for people to understand, but not too many that the point is masked. But maybe telling these stories gets easier when your living is based on telling them, such as for Dave Hill in Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.
In a series of autobiographical essays, Hill recounts stories of his life relevant to the time after his mother’s death and his father’s move from his childhood home and how that plays into his current relationship with his father. With subject matter that is rather serious and personal, the comedic touches from Hill’s personality and manner of dealing with arguably uncomfortable things made it far more approachable and easy to relate to. With a writing style that is quite conversational, the book is quick to read and provided many opportunities for some chuckles. The use of footnotes can be aggravating, but I found that their use here was quite funny, even if they were often self-promoting.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.