The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Format:  Paperback,

139 pages

Edition: Anniversary

Publisher: New Amer Library Classics

Publish Date: Apr 1996

ISBN-13: 9780451526342

ISBN-10: 0451526341

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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.

Specifications

Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Nov 2011
ISBN-13: 9780399536984
ISBN-10: 0399536981
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 185
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.75 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 074324754

About the author

Biography of Walls, Jeannette

Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona on April 21, 1960. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her books include her memoir entitled, The Glass Castle and a fiction novel based on her grandmother entitled, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel. Walls novel The Silver Star made the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. Walls has also written for New York Magazine, Esquire and USA Today.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2005-02-15)

MSNBC gossip columnist Walls (Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip) wants to set the record straight about her background. Writing from a child's perspective, she relates the peripatetic lifestyle of her family, brought on by an alcoholic father and an artist mother who feels that rules and discipline hold people back. Neither parent holds a job for long, which forces the family either to skedaddle when the bills mount up or to move in with in-laws.

The kids end up having to fend for themselves, endure the teasing of their schoolmates, sleep on cardboard boxes, and scrounge for food. This is an extreme example of a dysfunctional family, and Walls does not shrink from exposing every detail. With one parental relapse after another, the reader begins to wonder how Walls will break out. Finally, she does so by joining her school newspaper and finding her calling, then moving to New York City to pursue it.

Walls, who openly expresses her shame and embarrassment about her parents, seems to have written this memoir to forgive herself for hiding her background. While she may be glad to get it off her chest, the reader is none the better for it. For large public libraries only.

-Gina Kaiser, Univ. of the Sciences in Philadelphia

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, 2008 (United States)
  • Christopher Book Awards, 2006 (United States)
  • New York Times Notable Books of the Year, 2005 (United States)
  • Book Sense Book of the Year, 2006 (United States)
  • Garden State Teen Book Award, 2008 (United States)
  • Virginia Reader's Choice Awards, 2008 - 2009 (United States)
  • Garden State Children's Book Awards, 2008 (United States)
  • Quill Awards, 2005 (United States)
  • American Library Association Notable Books, 2006 (United States)
  • Alex Awards, 2006 (United States)

Book description

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.

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Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 18reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A very touching true life story After reading "The Glass Castle" I wanted to buy a copy for all of my friends. The author uses humor in such a unique way in describing her dysfunctionalchildhood. She is an amazing person and a verygifted author. I loved this book enough to read it more than just once. It's a keeper. 03/06/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by No shipping fee! Great product for the lowest price in my area. No shipping fee as it was shipped to store.Timely shipping and the check out at the ship to store was super fast. 06/08/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Enjoying the book, very much My book arrived very fast, in excellent condition, the Guy at Walmart was very friendly..Will most certainly buy other items and have them sent to the store..Great service.. 06/22/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by According to the reviews this book is amazing.. And I agree! I chose to read this book for a summer AP Lang essay. Along with this and the Handmaid's Tale I was able to really broaden my reading "Horizon" if you would say. After reading Mrs. Walls' book I was amazed at some of the things I read in her memoir including the part when she and her brother had to eat out of the dumpster in order to be fed... that broke my heart and left me dumbfounded that such things do ACTUALLY go on not only in this world but in this country. This book has made me look at life differently as a teenager. By that, I mean it has made me be more appreciative of my upbringing and be thankful for every little thing in my life even if it's not what I would've signed up for. I've realized that there will always be a time in everyone's life when you will be better off than someone else.. so be thankful for what you've got and to help you with that please read this book :) 07/08/2012
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Someone else has been there I can totally relate to this book. It give me incite and also provides a comfort that others have gone through similar life experiences. 12/30/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Everybody should read! This is an amazing book. It is incredible how Jeannette Walls took her childhood and turned it into such an amazing story.I recommend reading her other book "Half Broke Horses" before you read this book. 01/26/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A Fun Read It is so well written, you just get totally wrapped up with the experiences of this family and their way of life. A different type of story and exposes a way of life most of us have not experienced; loved the author's honesty. 03/16/2014
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome read. I bought it for my philosophy class. This book was in excellent condition. I paid less for this book than I would have at my school bookstore. 10/28/2012
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