The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2006)
A memoir documenting Jeannette Walls’ tumultuous childhood.
Her father, a charismatic genius, is crippled by alcoholism, and her mother, an artist who sees the best in everyone, suffers from chronic depression.
With both parents unwilling or unable to take care of the family, Jeannette and her sibling have to take care of themselves, relying on their own hard-won ingenuity and perseverance in the face of poverty and starvation.
At times romantic, at times horrific. This is one of those books that you read and go “Wow. That’s crazy.” A truly exceptional tale of American poverty. Big ups to Lauren Vogel for recommending this bad boy!