Really insightful, and Richard Pryor had a very different life to the average person, so it is just good to get a perspective on how different people's living conditions are growing up etc. Richard had loads of personal demons and didn't seem to cope alone well at all, and had honest relationships with people, though to others they might seem complex or abnormal. His stand-up was always great and he's really honest about his work, and how off the mark some of his films were. It amazed me to know how much he made and wasted, but there were things in the book that I hadn't heard anywhere else. I would recommend this book to anyone with any sought of interest in the man. He was earlier than I thought, born in 1940 I believe, and really was part of a renaissance of talent in America at the time. He brushed shoulders with some interesting characters and you won't be disappointed. The only set back is that the book is written like one would write a diary, i.e. not necessarily in a reader friendly, or lineal fashion. there's jumping back and forward, but I like the way some of his stand-up transcripts are mapped onto stories, which is a testament to how real his material was. Richard said it, and it is true, the best material comes from real-life and real characters. He indulged in all of them and shared it with the world and I'm grateful for this book and Richard's life as a personal journey of discovery and overcoming. There is also a nice section written by Jennifer Lee Pryor and a link to a fan website with loads of cool things for fans to indulge in, headed by Jennifer (his wife before he died; no. 7 I think). Enjoy it!