John Steinbeck's younger son, John IV, died in 1991 of a heart attack following surgery for a ruptured disk. His manuscript for this memoir was unfinished, and his former wife, Nancy, completed it and it was published in 2001. She added her own chapters about their life together and interspersed them with John's chapters. There's also a long foreword by someone else followed by a long introduction by Nancy, much of which gets covered again in the chapters ahead.
There were many interesting and even eyebrow-raising sections, especially about John's early life, but there were even more long sections that were repetitive, rambly and disjointed. John Steinbeck IV could write clearly and had a sharp sense of humor and irony. I can't help feeling that his unfinished project would have turned out so much better with a different editor. I hate to say that I didn't like it or finish it, for it was obviously a labor of love for Nancy Steinbeck, but I only managed to get halfway through before giving up.