It's Funny Now

Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor

By Tad Friend

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Part memoir, part family history, and part sociological study of the WASP world, (this) is a captivating examination of a cultural crack-up and a man trying to escape its wreckage.
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Daughter of the Queen of Sheba

By Jacki Lyden

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One day in 1966, when the author was 12, she returned home from school to find her mother, Dolores, garishly made up and convinced that she was the Queen of Sheba. For the next 20 years, Lyden and her two younger sisters were subjected to their delusional parent's frequent episodes of manic-depressive behavior. (from Publishers Weekly)
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Dead End Gene Pool

By Wendy Burden

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For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. By 1955, the year of Wendy's birth, the Burden's had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline-and were rarely seen not holding a drink. (from summary)
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Girl's Guide to Homelessness

By Brianna Karp

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After spending most of her life supporting her family, Karp is laid off from her office job during the recession, which sets off a chain of events that leaves her living in a trailer in an Orange County Walmart parking lot. (from summary)
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Glass Castle

By Jeanete Walls

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Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation...(A) story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave (Walls) the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. (from summary)
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I'm Down

By Mishna Wolff

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Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black..."You couldn't tell my father he was white. Believe me, I tried," writes Wolff. And so from early childhood on, her father began his crusade to make his white daughter Down .
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Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

By Mildred Armstron Kalish

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Offers a loving but realistic portrait of a "hearty-handshake Methodist" family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures...of growing up on an...Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression. (from summary)
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My Life in Orange: Growing up With the Guru

By Tim Guest

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An intelligent, wry, openhearted memoir of surviving a childhood and a cultural phenomenon that were both extraordinary. (from Booklist)
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Nothing to Fall Back on: the Life and Times of a Perpetual Optimist

By Betsy Carter

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This moving story, set against the gossipy world of magazine publishing, reveals what it is like to be stripped bare, wander through the rubble, and to put oneself together again. (from summary)
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Running With Scissors

By Augusten Burroughs

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(T)he true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. (from summary)
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