8. The Hundred Dresses
A mother immobilized by mental illness and alcoholism. A father holding on to his sanity by a thread while doing his best to raise two daughters in a highly dysfunctional setting. Whether our upbringing was as volatile or not, chances are we can identify with a little bit of the craziness that Karr so deftly recounts. If this memoir teaches us anything, it’s that as long as there is love, there is hope.