The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Recommended by: Sarah
I would like to add a recommendation: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It is a memoir written by a gossip columnist at The New York Post: she was haunted by the irony of outing the secrets of celebs when her own past was vaulted in secrecy. The book begins with her riding along in a taxi and watching a homeless woman root through the trash, when she realizes it is her mother. When she asks her mother later what she should tell people about her life, her mother looks at her with not a blink and says, "the truth." The truth of this woman Jeannette's life is incredible in its terrible poverty and neglect coupled with spirited genius and love in a family that is never boring. I couldn't get over it; and, it's funny.
It's available online at Amazon.ca, Indigo.ca, and Amazon.com.