I love this memoir because it is so much more than "How I survived my horrific childhood." While the evil and depravity of Joe Straczynski's father and other family members curdles the blood, that isn't the point of his book. Instead, Straczynski fearlessly and clearly examines the course of his incredible life and how he became a writer. Here is a boy whose only positive role model was Superman, who grows up to write Superman comics and create multiple groundbreaking TV series (among other accomplishments). This is a many-layered, riveting, inspiring read, told in a straightforward and relatable style devoid of melodrama, about the life-saving craft that is writing.