While I loved TAKE IT LIKE A MAN, I think that George's writing on STRAIGHT is even better - deeper, more insightful, eloquent, hard-hitting, and often LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY! Those hoping for a simple "bio" or gossip rehash like much of his first autiobiography might be let down, but if you want to know about George's creative process/thoughts/sensibility, STRAIGHT is a compelling, sometimes heart-breaking read. The moment I received it in the mail, I read it cover to cover, up until 4:30am last night! The BONUS CD is also a keeper - while a bit "indulgent" for pop radio tastes, most of the songs have George's cutting lyrics and strong melodies - but while these may be his most truthful songs he's even penned, I only wish his vocals matched the tone and clarity of his younger days - but alas, we all age. At last George know show to do it gracefully and with signature wit & style. My only complaints? Some of the chapters are a bit brief/abrupt (owing to their previous incarnation as newspaper columns?) and I wish he didn't skip over the recording process of his albums like Martyr Mantas and others - I'd like to know more about his creative process. Final note: living in LA, we sadly never even got the chance to see TABOO on stage - and now that I own both the London & Broadway cast recordings, I can confirm that George was totally slighted in getting the props he deserved for composing one of the most heart-breaking, indelible stage soundtracks of the last 25 years, hands down! Maybe, just maybe, with any luck, someone will have the good sense to finance a DVD version of TABOO so the world can find out what the fans already know: George is the real deal - while other 80s acts keep flogging dead horses with their "I Love the 80s" one-hit-wonders, Mr. O'Dowd definitely likes it...STRAIGHT.