Having been out of town for the weekend, I'm behind on the news, but I just read that Frank McCourt died.
If you have never read his books, go get them. They are wonderful and his death is a real loss.
You should read Angela's Ashes first; 'Tis picks up where it leaves off. Then Teacher Man, which helped me a lot when I taught a Creative Writing class! It's a must-read for teachers of any subject.
McCourt grew up in extreme poverty but he tells the story with wisdom and humor. His life is a testament that you can do anything you set your mind to.