The Glass Castle
A MemoirBook - 2005
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DCLadults Feb 06, 2020
A story of courage and resilience despite a severely dysfunctional childhood.
coffeebookie Apr 10, 2018
Loved this book. It was compelling and fascinating even though some parts were quite surprising and disturbing. There are so many things the book conveys about hope, love, family and perseverance that it is definitely worth reading… and one you won’t easily forget!
vm510 Jan 11, 2018
Most of this book is rather shocking, but I think what really made this story shine is the narrative style Walls uses. Her voice is engaging and at times even entertaining. All of Walls' life stories and realizations are complex and she shows the reader how she could disapprove of her parents' de... Read More »
DCLadults Dec 26, 2017
Heart-wrenching memoir of Walls' life growing up in poverty with "eccentric" parents. Available in book, large type, audiobook CD, Playaway, e-book, and e-audiobook formats.
DCLadults Jul 25, 2017
Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the amazing story of growing up in a loving but wildly dysfunctional family and the author carving out a successful career for herself in spite of her crazy upbringing.
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The Glass Castle is a story about the author's rather dysfunctional childhood and how she, along with her siblings, overcame challenges from childhood through adulthood. From the very first page, she is able to capture exactly how she felt in pivotal moments perfectly, allowing the reader to feel exactly as she felt - embarrassed, sad, afraid, and, in some cases, happy.
As children, the Walls took care of themselves. Their parents, under the premise of making them strong, often did questionable and downright abusive things. The story is spread across the author's entire childhood and ventures into her adult life, and it's an amazing tale of how her perception of her mother and father changes throughout the years. Despite her troubles, the love she felt for her parents never faltered.
Anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional household or with an alcoholic parent will be able to relate to the way the author simultaneously loves, doubts, and sometimes loathes her father. Anyone who grew up with a self-absorbed mother will relate to the way the author explains her own mother's eccentric, self-involved, and somehow still loving ways. It's one of the most relatable books I've ever read.
The story revolves mostly around the childhood of the author. It describes the nomadic lifestyle of the Walls and how the children have learned to grow without their parents' support. The Glass Castle is mainly telling the dysfunctional connections in this dysfunctional family.
A journalist remembers her challenging, unconventional and impoverished childhood & the family with whom she shared these challenges.
I loved that she went through so much as a child and teenager but still held the faith the whole time and came out of it. I think, a better person for it.
This was a very intriguing book to read, a glimpse into someones life that is almost unbelievable.
Remarkable memoir of resilence and redemption and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeanette's brillant and charismatic father catured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishones 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 propsered.
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“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” - Jeanette Walls
“You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.” - Jeanette Walls