King of the Hill, by A. E. Hotchner
“I first picked up this memoir of Hotchner’s youth back in the early ’90s. I had no idea what I was reading at first, but I soon found parallels in the story with my own struggles and conquests, even though I was as far away from Depression-era St. Louis as you could get. Hotchner is able to capture the fleeting impulses of childhood and the life-or-death importance of imagination in a way that had me rereading the book for years.”
Recommended by Domingo Martinez, the author of the memoir The Boy Kings of Texas ($17, amazon.com).
To buy: $20, amazon.com.