This is one of those books that you can't put down. I bought it to occupy myself for many days and wound up reading it so often that I was done in two.American on Purpose is written in the sort of down-to-earth and easy to read language that you might expect from Craig Ferguson. His life story, seemingly lifted from the pages of a novel, is a wild up and down of triumphs that make you want to cheer and long stretches of misery that make you sad and angry at the same time. American on Purpose, as the title suggests, does offer a unique view of America from the eyes of a foreigner. More than that, though, it is a thought-provoking look into alcoholism and addiction that has resonated more profoundly with me than any other book on the subject that I've read to date.