Author Graham Salisbury recommends This Boy’s Life, A Memoir by Tobias Wolf. “This is a book to read for sheer pleasure, even in its wild darkness. It’s also one to pour over as a writer, to study it’s structure and savor it’s sentences. But what held me close was the way it resonated. I stood in that boy’s shoes from the first to the last page. Now that’s something! I read to feel. This book was a hammer.”
This Boy’s Life, A Memoir (Grove Press, 2000) is recommended for young adult readers.
Be sure to check out Salisbury’s historical fiction novel Hunt for the Bamboo Rat (Wendy Lamb Books, a Penguin Random House imprint, 2014).