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Boom Town Boy
by Jack de Yonge

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Product #: 7064
Price: $15.95
224 pages
Trade Paperback
5 1/2" by 8 1/2"
Memoir/Coming of Age
40 b&w photos
Fairbanks, Alaska, circa 1944 maps
Pub Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781935347064
A GREEN BOOK: The text of this book was printed on recycled paper with 100% post-consumer waste.

Coming of Age on Alaska's Lost Frontier

This is the witty, ironic, and deliciously outspoken coming-of-age memoir of Jack de Yonge set in Fairbanks, Alaska -- a once thriving little mining town slowly dying in the remote center of the vast territory in 1934. As Jack’s dad liked say, no matter what direction you went out of town, you soon arrived in Nowhere.

Then, World War II breaks out, and the Japanese attack Alaska. The sleepy little river town springs back to life with the arrival of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Russian lend- lease pilots, and construction workers who keep the red-light district busy and the bars rocking around the clock.

The son of a hardwareman at the N.C. Company and a black Irish daughter of the gold rush, de Yonge is a fist-fighting, music-loving, reluctant altar boy who discovers his own truths about sex, religion, racism, and how the world works. His earthy story describes how war arrives in a small Alaska town next to Nowhere— and nothing is ever the same again.

A memoir as sparkling as a spring- thaw icicle and as honest and revealing as yellow snow.
    --Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

It must be said that BOOM TOWN BOY is a unique contribution to Alaska history.
    --Michael Carey, KSKA public radio, Anchorage

Jack de Yonge's memoir starts as a wry, engaging story and quickly becomes a great read. He was a Tom Sawyer on the tundra and his tale is worthy of Mark Twain.
    --David Horsey, Seattle.PI.com, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jack de Yonge is a retired newspaper reporter- editor, political-environmental activist, and avid fly-fisherman who lives with his wife, Sonjia, in Concrete, Washington. De Yonge's journalism career took him to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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