I have read 3 of his books, and have 2 more to go. They are all sets of short stories. The 3 I read are more or less autobiographical, the one I am reading now, Barrel Fever seems to just be fiction. Its not as good.
The author is from Raleigh, NC and I have lived here for 20 years. That is in part why I find him interesting, is that every thing is set in my town. Kind of like watching a movie that is filmed where you live. More entertaining that way.
He has an interesting sense of humor, and reveals a lot about his himself and difficulties he overcame, speech impediments, obsessive complusive disorder, ect… He also covers his homosexuality, but does not ask the reader to feel sorry for him or approve of his behavior. Just tells the truth about himself.