It could be that Dr. Easson's and my practice patterns are, indeed, worlds apart because he has more administrative staff without the individual, group, and family therapy that I do, but we seem to see adolescent psychiatry from slightly different perspectives. Nonetheless, one consistent leitmotif shines through this and his first book: here is a man of massive compassion and generosity of spirit. As Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., said in Kitchen Table Wisdom (2), no human story is invalid or a lie. Each story is valid and true. And instructional. As the Buddha said, "When the student is ready, a teacher always appears." Dr. Easson's book is full of instructional pearls of wisdom culled from years of practice, hearing the stories that make up the multipatterned, multicolored quilt of the human experience. It is a story worth taking in, like a fireside chat with someone who has been through "the wars" who can still chuckle with the reminiscing.