'Running with Scissors' by Augustine Burroughs. We read this in 2005 and have also read Dry by Augustine Burroughs. This shocking memoir is a funny but difficult read. His craft is being able to tell about a painful experiences with humor and insight.
WRITE EVERY DAY. "I started writing one afternoon when I was twenty, and ever since then I have written every day. At first I had to force myself. Then it became a part of my identity, and I did it without thinking." - David Sedaris