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Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town—and the family—Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

Synopsis:

The first book by the beloved author of the new novel The Silver Star, the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than six years.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. 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—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Synopsis:

The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

About the Author

Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in the southwest and Welch, West Virginia. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than five years. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416550600
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
Scribner
Author:
Walls, Jeannette
Author:
Jeannette Walls
Author:
ities.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Childhood Memoir
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Biography & Autobiography-Entertainment & Performing Arts -
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Biography & Autobiography-Literary
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Biography & Autobiography : Childhood Memoir
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Biography & Autobiography : Literary
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Biography & Autobiography : Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Adult Children of Alcoholics
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Childhood Memoir
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Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Homeless persons
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Editors, Journalists, Publishers
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Dysfunctional Families
Subject:
Problem families -- United States.
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Children of alcoholics -- United States.
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Audio Books-Biographies
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Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Self Help-Memoirs
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology-Poverty
Subject:
Self Help-Family Issues
Subject:
Recovery and Addiction - General
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main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
jeanette walls; christopher award; books for a better life award; literature to life award; alex award; frank mccourt; mary karr; memoir; half broke horses; silver star; homelessness; dominick dunne; patricia bosworth; dani shapiro; rosie o donnell;
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20060117
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
203.2 x 133.35 x 17.78 mm 273.97 gr

Related Subjects

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Biography » Women
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History and Social Science » Sociology » Poverty

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Product details 304 pages Scribner - English 9781416550600 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The first book by the beloved author of the new novel The Silver Star, the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than six years.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. 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—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

"Synopsis" by , The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.
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