Welcome to the forum!!!!
I'm new, too!! You made some great points.
Yes, her parents were odd, however, it seems the author loved them, especially her dad- and I think she inherited their adventuous spirits. I may be the only one feeling this, but I think the author is at times bragging about her experiences.
I think it's BECAUSE of her childhood that the author is a success today, not in spite of it. I think she learned a great deal from her parents and their grand escapades! Keep in mind...I'm only midway through the book and don't know the outcome yet. I almost hate to finish it. I'm enjoying it immensely, and this book will go down as one of my top 10 favorites. I, too, have built my fair share of glass castles in my lifetime! Haven't we all?
p.s. Fact or fiction-it matters not to me. I just love the book!