Patti Smith - Coveting the World Book Encyclopedia, Volume I.
Great, great story about growing up poor and nerdy. Here’s a taste:
My mother had to shop very carefully, as my father was on strike. She was a waitress, and her paycheck and tips barely sustained us. One day, while she was weighing prices, a promotional display for the World Book Encyclopedia caught my eye. The volumes were cream-colored, with forest-green spines stamped in gold. Volume I was ninety-nine cents with a ten-dollar purchase.