The third book in my Books of a Lifetime series is The Cracker Factory, by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt, one of my top three favorite books ever. Written in 1977, I probably picked it up in the early 80’s. It tells the story of Cassie Barrett, an alcoholic wife and mother. Her life is the definition of chaos as she tries to get her problems under control; dealing with her husband and mother, who she thinks are conniving against her (they are!), her three children, her lover and her shrink. Plus all the patients and medical folks she meets in her stays at a psychiatric hospital.