I just finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (which I thought that Crusty had reviewed but I must have dreamt that). This memoir is about the Walls family, a family with four kids and pretty nontraditional parents. Because her dad is a drunk and her mother doesn't take care of them, they basically raise themselves.
It's crazy, though. They live in about twenty different desert towns and eventually settle in Welch, W. Virginia, which must be one of the most god forsaken parts of the United States.
Anyways, I'm not sure if I recommend, but it did keep me interested. If you've read it, let me know what you think.