Phil Dhingra's book makes me want to immediately log on to MetaFilter and answer Jeremy Osborn's question about "a single experience in your life, as a child...[that] contributed to the person you are today." Dhingra has done us all a favor by gathering the honest stories posted on MetaFilter over the course of several years. He has thoughtfully divided the stories into short, readable chapters on different topics, which draws out the themes across all sorts of intense human experiences and emotions.
From the first account, I was struck by the candor of these anonymous storytellers. It might be that anonymity is what garnered such bare snapshots into people's lives, but regardless, they are moving, and they also catch a specific moment of time on the Internet (as Osborn says in the foreword, a similar question might be deleted off MetaFilter now).
I was gifted the book on Amazon from the author to read and review it, but I had a hard time putting my iPad down. It's rare to have such a collection of people talking about life and death without some sort of agenda. I particularly liked the stories of how people discovered their passions (unsurprisingly for MetaFilter, reading, writing, music, computers) and their private pivotal experiences. Well done!