In 13 chapters Paul Mullin mixes up a potent cocktail of working, drinking, family and Zen. It all starts - where else? - at the Starting Gate: a shit-kicker country bar in Northern Maryland where the author first started working at the age of 13, and where his boss once shot a man dead for trying to rob the local drug store. Other jobs follow, like when he works as the only white kid on an all-black labor crew at the National Archives, or the years he spends as a high-rise window cleaner in Manhattan.
"Great book, especially for a guy"