Up Up, Down Down


Insightful, big-hearted, and entertaining, these essays are an essential appraisal of modern life.

By Cheston Knapp Read by Cheston Knapp Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories & Collections English, Unabridged 9h 47m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							Daring, wise, hilarious, and tender, this exhilarating collection of seven linked essays by Cheston Knapp tackles Big Questions through seemingly unlikely avenues: an examination of a local professional wrestling promotion becomes a meditation on pain and his relationship with his father; a profile on UFO enthusiasts ends up probing his history in the church and, more broadly, the nature and limits of faith itself; attending an adult skateboarding camp launches him into a virtuosic analysis of nostalgia; and the shocking murder of a neighbor expands into an interrogation of our culture's prevailing ideas about community and the way we tell the stories of our lives. Even more remarkable, perhaps, is the way he manages to find humanity in a damp basement full of frat boys. 

Taken together, the essays amount to a chronicle of a young man's journey into adulthood, and his formative experiences ultimately tilt at what may be the Biggest Q of them all: what are the hazards of becoming who you are?

"His very first sentences are so good and specific that I felt myself to be in capable hands from the start...He has his own voice, an authentic voice worth developing and savoring..." - New York Times

"Starred Review. Knapp is a smart writer using the power of his pen to come to terms with no longer being a 20-year-old." - Library Journal

"Takes a firmly tongue-in-cheek approach to the existential crises of male maturity for the millennial generation...This intelligent take on coming-of-age deserves to be widely read..." - Publishers Weekly

"A master of collage, both in subject and in tone..." - Booklist