Thanksgiving is this week, which means you will probably be spending some time with your family. Spending time with family is not always easy, so you may want to escape the chaos by reading. Hopefully, these books with dysfunctional families will help you feel better about your family.
The Glass Castle-This is the remarkable memoir of Jeannette Walls. It takes you through her tough childhood, when she, along with her siblings, has to learn to take care of herself. The children deal with neglect, their father’s alcoholism and much more in this novel, but it is still a heartwarming novel about overcoming the odds. (This is a book you should read soon since they are working on making it into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence.)
Running with Scissors–Running with Scissors is a memoir of a boy (Augusten Burroughs) whose mother sent him to live with a psychiatrist. The home of the psychiatrist is not meant for a child by any means. The home is unsanitary and filled with some troubled people, including a pedophile. Despite his terrible childhood, Burroughs manages to include humor in his story. It is an interesting book and definitely worth reading.
Anna Karenina-If you are looking for a book about dysfunctional families, this is the perfect book for you. Adultery is the main topic of this book, but there are many other struggles the characters deal with as well. The opening line says it best, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Enjoy reading about these uniquely dysfunctional families and have a great Thanksgiving!