This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff

This Boy's Life is a memoir by Tobias Wolff first published in 1989. It describes the author's adolescence as he wanders the continental United States with his itinerant mother. The first leg of their journey takes them from Florida to Utah, where Mom, fleeing an abusive partner, hopes to get rich quick finding uranium (they do not). Eventually Wolff's mother becomes involved with Dwight Hansen (see below), and they settle in Concrete, Washington, north of Seattle, a place with plenty of natural beauty and, in their case, more than its share of personal desolation.

The 241st greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 86th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  3. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (

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This Boy's Life (30th Anniversary Edition): A Memoir Paperback 7372257 $11.90 2019
This Boy's Life Audio CD 2315849 $12.35 $23.08 2010
This Boy's Life Audible Audio Edition 19428 $20.95 2010
This Boy's Life: A Memoir Kindle Edition 46450 $8.61 2007
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