Perhaps this resonated for me because I am from Chicago and grew up reading Ebert from a young age. I liked reading about familiar (and sometimes now gone) Chicago landmarks and celebrities. I've always appreciated Ebert as a good writer. I felt most of the story was compelling. The only chapters that didn't interest me were about actors Lee Marvin and Robert Mitchum. The chapters on the directors were interesting. Ebert does quite a lot of name dropping, but he did travel in those circles and most of the story kept my interest. Two thumbs up. Especially for the endearing bits about his relationship with Gene Siskel.