Townie, A Memoir, by Andre Dubus III
The story of growing up with a difficult father, childhood, etc. in New England has been told many times. But never with the startling vibrance — and violence — of Andre Dubus III's take on his youth rising out of the Merrimack River area, shadowed by tragedies that included '70s stoners, a sister who met with a brutal moment in Dorchester, a horrible accident to his famous dad — and, eventually, salvation through a soulmate. Townie is a touchstone story for the region.