I finished these two books on the same day, so here we go:
Bad Faith by Carmen Callil
Callil starts with the death of a friend, then goes back to the nefrious lives of her parents: her father was a French anti-semite deeply involved in the French Holocaust, while her mother was an alcoholic Australian who abandoned her child. Amazing history of the French Holocaust but with a human edge.
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
A crazy family memoir. Very effective, although not as well written as one might hope: a bit too much cliche and not enough objectivity, perhaps. Still, an interesting read about people who live way too close to the edge, and maybe a bit over it.