"Though some of what I describe here was difficult to live through, and difficult to relive, I have never been happier in writing a book--recalling that crazy trip across the country, hearing my beautiful mother's laughter at some ridiculous situation we found ourselves in, remembering the open-heartedness of people we met along the way, on that road and roads still ahead . . . For all this I give thanks--for friendship, for family, for narrow escapes, for good work, for the book you hold in your hands." --Tobias Wolff, from the new introduction Excerpted from This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.