The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
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Paperback, Scribner Book Company, 2006, ISBN# 074324754X

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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.


Publisher: Scribner
Publish Date: Jan 17, 2006
ISBN-13: 9780743247542
ISBN-10: 074324754X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.0 x 5.3 x 0.7
Walmart No.: 74324754

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5.0 stars by lindseyb

You won't be able to put this book down. Astonishing stories lurk around the turn of each page; you won't be able to stop until you know what happens next. Jeannette Walls is an amazing writer with an even more thrilling and amazing story. This book is uplifting and inspiring. The story had depth, growth and left absolutely nothing out. It brought me to places unimaginable and I hope one day I will be able to travel to some of them. The Glass Castle had everything from crazy family members to family members who just want to get out and forget. Growing up was an experience to be had, both amazing and difficult for the children in this novel. For example the neurotic father in the story takes his children to pet untamed lions and made them travel up and down the western US with no idea of a stable home. The reader really feels a part of the story and there are times where you will want to reach into the book and save these children. You will be shocked, warmed, dumbfounded, and enraptured by this book. It's amazing how strong people can really be and the lives that each of us lead can be so much deeper than we imagine. I would advise young readers to stay away from this book, because some of the scenes can be quite graphic, and the language is bad. I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults who are looking for a captivating read, which will keep you thinking all the way through. Read this book.

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5.0 stars by Lovetoread789

This book was hard to put down and was one of the best books I have ever read. It was hard to believe that the author had endured so many hardships as a young child right here in the United States. The author does an excellent job of telling her story and it is hard to stop thinking about it long after you finish reading her true life story. I would say it is a "must read".

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This is a great book. The parents of the author are unusual parents. You would expect the writer to be angry with their lackadaisical life style. Just when you think they have hit bottom, something worse comes along. This is a book you can't put down.

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