This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Portland has a terrific arts and lecture series that invites great authors from around the world. This year, Tobias Wolff was one of the speakers. I had heard about him but never read any of his books. The day after his highly entertaining talk I bought his most famous work – his memoir, "This Boy's Life." The book covers the teenaged Wolff's coming of age as he moves around the country with his divorced mother. It is beautifully written and very moving.