What a Barrio Life, Ese! Ay, Que Padre es la Vida! is the story of barrio life and culture. Felix’s father, Felix G. Figueroa, Sr., and his brother-in-law, Edward Garcia, shared many stories with him about their lives as young boys, which he details in his book. The stories are interwoven with real-life accounts, Mexican-American folklore, culture, and tradition; and lots of dichos. The book tells the story of one family, the Porfirio Parcelona family, comprised of a womanizing, beer drinking, and always-scheming father; an overbearing and extremely religious Catholic mother; a large number of brothers; and a hopelessly romantic older sister. On one occasion, the youngest child in the family, Panchito, is accidentally hurt by his overweight sister, causing the determined father to help his 20-year-old daughter find a boyfriend so she can fall in love, get married, and move out of their tiny and cramped two-bedroom cottage. The father goes to church to pray, but winds up getting thrown out by the stern priest because he is drunk when he attends mass and causes trouble with one of the parishioners. He goes to the bar but gets thrown out for offending the gringo bartender. On his way home, he walks through the town cemetery and falls into a recently dug grave where he falls asleep and dreams about an encounter with the devil.