The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
This is non-fiction that trumps any fiction story of survival. Jeannette Wall became a successful gossip columnist in New York while managing to hide her childhood story. It is her telling of overcoming such abject poverty along with her brother and sisters, that startles the reader with its impossible truth. Jeannette’s parents were selfish or immature in their choices and addictions, yet they were extraordinarily creative in providing their view of the world as adventure for their children. One Christmas, the father took each child out separately to pick out the star that they wanted. What a special moment. There are many incidences of horror, laughter, and compassion for this family. It begs the question, what would have happened if Human Services had stepped in?