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The Glass Castle A tender moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own termsJeannette 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



10 thoughts on “The Glass Castle

  1. says:

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said “Oh I read that It’s kind of ” then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute “Well I was going to say it’s kind of like us a little bit but not –““Yeah” I said “I wasn’t going to say it – because not a


  2. says:

    Now I get why people like this memoir so muchThough it is a memoir and a true story both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like of a fairy tale My favourite non fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a good fiction book that still pull


  3. says:

    Another Update I just saw the movie I liked it Woody Harrelson Brie Larsonand Naomi Watts were all great I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right On one end the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all lots of crazy dangerous chaos On the other end there was no uestion the p


  4. says:

    This memoir has to be one of the most uniue memoirs I’ve ever read My review might contain spoilersJeannette Walls shares the raw and honest story of her childhood leading up to adulthood She was raised in a highly dysfunctional family with her three siblings Her parents were like nomads and just couldn’t reall


  5. says:

    It took me a while to get into this book but there's a lot of interesting family dynamics and complicated familial love despite all the awful things that happened I think this book would feel complete if the author had written personal insights rather than recounting things that happened I want to read about her refl


  6. says:

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here I can relate to many of the lessons she learned and as such I never had an issue believing her These things can and do happen The system fails children and addicts whether they're addicted to alcohol or excitement will seek their fix ab


  7. says:

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? I am thinking of the American version but I know there is a British one too that it is based on To me that show could have been inspired by this memoir Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guyI enjoyed all the vignettes from Jeannette Walls' life She did a great job throwing them all to


  8. says:

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world Just waiting for you to give them a chance Don't let them wait too long You need them in your life


  9. says:

    The warning is this If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being too bohemian Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful you will end up eating trash off dark alleywaysPeculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of We saw this in the Frank McCourt gray sad Angela's Ashes even so in any of the August


  10. says:

    The Glass Castle is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family after she has made it and become a successful writer living in New Yo


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