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Some books take a chapter to draw you in, the Glass Castle in a page sweeps the rug out from under..

  • Jul 14, 2010
Some books take a few chapters to draw you in, the Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, takes a page to completely sweep the rug out from under your feet.

"You had me at Hello." Random movie quote.

My deepest gratitude and praise to Jeanette Walls for laying herself bare in the pages of this book. You made me laugh and cry, and by the last couple of chapters I had to lock myself in the bathroom so I wouldn't be disturbed while I finished your journey with you. 

What hit me so hard, I have to ask myself. Definitely the relationship between you and your dad. I am a father, and I have a daughter and a son. Just to see you, with the amount of faith a daughter has in her dad, and to see that veil get torn away as life keeps piling it on you, just broke my heart wide open and made me yearn for your dad to be able to build the wonderful world that he wanted to create for you. 
The glass castle was always you and your dad's place. The fact that you believed in him much longer than anyone else, kept that place alive in him. 

Your parents kept their childlike essence alive and sacrificed many of live's stabilities in doing so, ie. house, car, food, electricity, clothes...
They didn't feel the adult responsibilities that are so conditioned in the rest of society. These responsibilities usually impact people by making them stay at a job they don't like, because they need the money, to keep the roof over their kids heads, clothes on their backs, and food in their bellies. This wasn't the first priority in your parents' lives. They were true to themselves in a way that would seem reckless and endangering to most other people in today's society. 

All I can say, I don't want to give away any info on the story, just read the book.
I loved this book!

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review by . July 05, 2010
Jeannette Walls reveals to all the truth of her impoverished childhood...one of which you thought did not exist in America.      The book starts with Jeanette being a successful MSNBC writer and is on her way to a ritzy party in a NYC cab and at a light sees her mother digging through a dumpster.  This scene compelled the writer to tell the truth about where she came from and who she really is and stop hiding from herself and her family.       The …
review by . July 21, 2010
the glass castle, while at times an emotionally challenging read, is one of the more uplifting and triumphant books that i have read.  jeannette walls and her siblings had an incredibly difficult childhood, suffering through poverty, countless moves, an alcoholic father, and a mother described as at best  a 'free spirit.' the children manage to survive through the trials of their childhood, and are actually able to use these trials and lessons to become generally successful and …
review by . July 12, 2010
The Glass Castle was difficult for me to read because it was emotional and there were some very difficult situations to stomach. Jeannette Walls lead an interesting childhood, to say the least. I think the emotional aspect is what made it so hard for me to read. I can't imagine a parent who would willingly provide such a rough childhood for their children. I would recommend reading this to someone who isn't overly emotional (like I am) because they would probably get more out of this book …
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
Heart-touching story. Incorporates a family's determination to survive while the father battles his own demons.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Very well written memoir. Hard to believe that there are places like this in the US. Highly recommend this book!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A sad, but good memoir
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Fascinating exploration of grown up off the grid...
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I couldn't even finish this book...it just couldn't capture my attention.
review by . February 22, 2010
While reading The Glass Castle I found myself swinging from one extreme to the other--one minute condemning the irresponsible Walls parents, the next minute shaking my head at the wasted brilliance and originality of these people. Jeannette Walls parents, who spent her childhood running from police, bill collectors and child protection, refused to take charity or welfare, and filled their broken down home with library books were simply amazing. How one wonders again and again, was it possible for …
review by . January 11, 2010
This is one of those stories that no one could possibly make up. By now everybody knows that Jeannette Walls and her siblings spent their childhoods traveling all over the country from flop to flop, living on bare subsistence with a father and mother who wouldn't take a stable home on a bet. That, however, is not what I find so astonishing; there are probably thousands of families just like that, and social workers write books about them and appear on morning talk shows. It's a lot more common than …
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Jeannette Walls's father always called her "Mountain Goat" and there's perhaps no more apt nickname for a girl who navigated a sheer and towering cliff of childhood both daily and stoically. InThe Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. To call the elder Walls's childrearing style laissez faire would be putting it mildly. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets. Walls describes in fascinating detail what it was to be a child in this family, from the embarrassing (wearing shoes held together with safety pins; using markers to color her skin in an effort to camouflage holes in her pants) to the horrific (being told, after a creepy uncle pleasured himself in close proximity, that sexual assault is a crime of perception; and being pimped by her father at a bar). Though Walls has well earned the right to complain, at no point does she play the victim. In fact, Walls' removed, nonjudgmental stance is initially startling, since many of the circumstances she describes could be ...
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ISBN-10: 074324754X
ISBN-13: 978-0743247542
Author: Jeannette Walls
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Scribner
Date Published: January 9, 2006
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