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The Glass Castle: A Memoir


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cerabe1, April 28, 2015 (view all comments by cerabe1)
I normally shy away from memoirs of dysfunctional families - after all, those are all families with more than one person in it (a description that is uncannily accurate if you think about it). But Jeannette Walls' portrayal of life with her uber-bohemian parents and confused siblings is not morbid or self-pitying. Instead, it's a fascinating peek into the unconventional unbringing that led Walls to her career in journalism and a stirring account of her love for her parents, especially her mother.
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Colorado Jess, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by Colorado Jess)
This book will shock and amaze you. Not only is it like no other story of a family living on the edge of society but it is true!
The author makes it out of poverty and shares her shocking story.
The book Jeannette Walls wrote after this is actually chronologically before "The Glass Castle". Entitled " Half-Broke Horses" it too will hold you spellbound in disbellef.
I counted my blessings after reading these!
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dick, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by dick)
this is a really fantastic book in a variety of ways-it should be mandatory reading for all sociologists, inter alia!
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Jonathan Zilberman, May 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jonathan Zilberman)
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Few people can survive in the desert with little or no food or money, let alone children. But this is exactly what the children of The Glass Castle have to do. The Glass Castle is a story in the life of Jeannette Walls, a little girl of Rex and Rosemary Walls. She, along with her brother, Brian, and her sister, Lori, have to take care of themselves, as they endure a poor existence. Their father is a drunk and their mother has no time for them, so they essentially raise themselves. The children manage to improve their lives and make the best of their experiences. They roam from town to town because their father is constantly losing jobs. A side effect of this is that the Walls children never truly receive a thorough education. They manage to learn useful things through their father, who is very intelligent, despite the fact that he is often forgetful and doesn’t carry through on his promises. Throughout this story there are many times in which the incidents that befall Jeannette are shocking. It seems that this book must be fiction because the events seem so outrageous to normal people. This book was extremely detailed and it is amazing how much of her childhood the author remembered. It also showed a side of life that many experience, but that few or none document. It expressed thoughts clearly and transitioned ideas easily. I personally found that this book has a unique personality that mesmerizes and intrigues. It tells a story that is like no other. The Glass Castle has left me with the insight that money is not everything in life. As well, it has the theme of hope, because no matter how bad the Walls' life was if they retained hope it always improved. This book left me with a respect for the life that I live.
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eleekendrick, March 20, 2013 (view all comments by eleekendrick)
One of the best books I have read in a long time, and possibly the best memoir I have ever read. It is so beautiful, haunting, and disturbing all at the same time. I love that the mood of the book changes as she gets older (the book starts when she is 3) with the beginning feeling more adventurous and free-spirited and about 1/2 way through it becomes more dark as she gets older and feels the stress of poverty and her own feelings of responsibility in taking care of her family and finding a way to make a different life for herself. I found myself angry at her parents for the life they put their kids through, especially when they had opportunities to make changes and receive support, but there were also times that I respected their choices and the creative ways they loved and took care of their children. This is a must read, especially for anyone working in social services or who grew up in poverty or a dysfunctional family of some kind (and really, who didn't?).
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Walls, Jeannette
Scribner Book Company
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Homeless persons
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Childhood Memoir
Personal Memoirs
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Dysfunctional Families
Problem families -- United States.
Children of alcoholics -- United States.
Biography - General
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Publication Date:
January 2006
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8 x 5.25 in 9.38 oz

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Product details 304 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743247542 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art."
"Review" by , "Walls's journalistic bare-bones style makes for a chilling, wrenching, incredible testimony of childhood neglect. A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story."
"Review" by , "Jeannette Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhoods ever to be set down on the page. This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit."
"Review" by , "The Glass Castle is the saga of the restless, indomitable Walls family, led by a grand eccentric and his tempestuous artist wife. Jeannette Walls has survived poverty, fires, and near starvation to triumph. She has written this amazing tale with honesty and love."
"Review" by , "Just read the first pages of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and I defy you not to go on. It's funny and sad and quirky and loving. I was incredibly touched by it."
"Review" by , "Memoirs are our modern fairy tales....The autobiographer is faced with the daunting challenge of attempting to understand, forgive, and even love the witch....Readers will marvel at the intelligence and resilience of the Walls kids."
"Review" by , "The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
"Synopsis" by , “Nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly), The Glass Castle is the bestselling, critically acclaimed, highly publicized, and celebrated memoir by Jeannette Walls. Millions of readers have been transformed by Jeannette Walls’s award-winning memoir of resilience amid a deeply dysfunctional childhood. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered. The Glass Castle is truly astonishing and poised to stand the test of time.

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