The Liars' Club - Mary Karr
This is a wonderful memoir of family love in the face of great unhappiness -- though Mary Karr's mother's misery, her turbulent behavior and heavy drinking, overshadowed the family, they managed to stick together and get through. The life of the Texas refinery town took its toll too, though Karr's father was made steady by his identity as a union worker, drawing the same pay as everyone else. He fell apart after he retired, though. The demanding childhood made Karr's older sister tough as nails; as for the poet herself, she came through with a store of words and images that have served her excellently.