Running With Scissors
"Running with Scissors" is a book by Augusten Burroughs in which he details his unorthodox upbringing that had more than it's share of abuse, although he would probably not define it that way.
Throughout the book, you have to keep reminding yourself that it's not fiction. A pedophile, a crazy psychiatrist and a lesbian mother become backdrop of a most unusual childhood.
One of the things I love in a book is great character development. This has it. No question about it. On the 5 point scale, I give it a 5.
One of my new favorite fantasy dinner parties is Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris talking. I just want to listen.