White, who was raised in San Lorenzo, California, recalls that postwar suburban utopia through tenuously connected tales blending wonder, myth, and history. Rising from the melting pot of diverse cultures, the wacky escapades he relates are like tattoos that San Lorenzo wears beneath the cloth of the American dream. The ``idea of home'' that White uncovers is indeed a synthesis of cultures, ranging from the ticky-tacky houses of postwar America and the mythology of Disneyland to the traditions of Native Americans and Spanish conquistadores. Thus, White's youthful alter ego discovers mystery hidden in streets with Spanish names and finds that Native Americans were defeated because of a curse emerging from a Texas canyon where they slaughtered thousands of buffalo. A 19th-century man is raised from a peat bog; when the memories in his brain cells are tapped, he hauntingly recollects a forgotten past from a sunken yet not decayed mouth. Provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining, this work is recommended for public and some academic libraries.-- Brack Stovall, Carrollton P.L., Tex.