I checked out The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. She is a journalist and I think is featured a lot on MSNBC.com. This is her memoirs of her childhood being raised by two very eccentric parents. Although eccentric is just really the PC term for crazy and irresponsible.
As I read the first few chapters, I didn't know if I could continue reading this book. It is disturbing sometimes, the neglect she and her 3 siblings received. But she manages to write the book in a way that she shows the "good" that was experienced, how it built her as a person and how incredibly she and her siblings managed to accomplish what they did after such an upbringing. She also manages to write it in a way that she does not show a lot of anger towards her parents, which was amazing. It is a quick read - I finished it in about a week (just reading in the evenings before bed).
She is a very admirable woman and it was a true uplifting story in the end about acceptance of people and situations and rising above those things that could easily prevent you from achieving your dreams. I look forward to reading some more of her books and writings.
NOTE: If you do not use your public library, you are DUMB and letting a fantastic free resource go to waste. I used to be dumb as well and bought the books I wanted to read. Even though I went to Half Price Books most times, I still should not have spent the money when I could get a book for FREE.