I Thought My Father Was God: and Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project by Paul Auster

"I am obsessed with people's stories and backgrounds and the inner workings of America, especially from years ago." - Brian, Public Relations

I Thought My Father Was God gathers 180 personal, true-life accounts in a single, powerful volume. They come from people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Half of the contributors are men; half are women. They live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas, and they come from 42 different states. Most of the stories are short, vivid bits of narrative, combining the ordinary and the extraordinary, and most describe a single incident in the writer's life.