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Paperback The Glass Castle - A Memoir New Edition by Walls, Jeanette (2006) Paperback Book

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The Glass Castle - A Memoir New Edition by Walls, Jeanette (2006) Paperback

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This description may be from another edition of this product. 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...

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Beautifully honest and harsh.

This is a must read. The book is intense and eye opening. An insightful look into the life of a neglected and abused young woman.

The Glass Castle is an amazing read start to finish.

I couldn't put this book down. An absolutely unbelievable story about a woman's childhood, struggles she faced living with eccentric parents, and strength to hold herself together.

I felt like I was reliving my childhood!

As a child we moved about every six months I went to so many different schools I can't even remember them. It's amazing how much of your childhood you carry through to your adult life. For me the refrigerators and cupboards are always packed full of food. As a child I wore rags today I wear beautiful clothes. My parents tried to keep me from reading I don't know why! Of course today I'm a read aholic! God is so good he brought beauty out of ashes. Oh that's right, this is supposed to be a book review haha. Needless to say I thought the book was incredibly wonderful. And a completely Unthinkable end!

U ever get that feeling where you intuitively know something is off?

Something didn't ring true with me. Have you read Regina Calcaterra, David Pelzer, Cathy Glass, Frank McCourt, or Shenandoah Chefalo? Then you know what true stories of abuse look and sound like. People who grow up in abusive homes can be resilient and recover. But there is always a struggle. At best, survivors struggle w/ anger, depression, anxiety; at worst they struggle w/ substance abuse and mental problems. Where is the anger in this book? There is none. Just quiet acceptance, and heroism. So is she really a hero, or is she the sneaky conniving golden child? She's painted the scapegoat sister into a corner, and manuevered her mother into a pampered life in the warm cushion of her farm. But there are no third party stories, and no reports from other siblings. You be the judge. TL/DR: Intriguing well written story. But the story rings false, red flags. The abuse is believable, the protagonist is not. Look to other writers for stories that are more authentic.

Did not want this book to end!

Loved the book. and the concept. a modern Pollyanna outlook on a grim life! One of the best books I have read!

Truly Enthralling

This book is so sad, yet happy a full roller coaster. It is now one of my favorite book I have ever read.

Compelling Story!

A truly page turning story. You truly get attached to these characters. Engaging book. I loved it.


This is an ingenius memoir of one of the strongest women I have ever read of. Truly eye opening as to the horrors of poverty

Excellent Read

What a STORY!

Este libro es un libro magnifico! Muy divertido! This book is very well written and in spite of the constant heart breaks and gypsy-like life style of the parents, who cast their children into a world of constant uncertainty and slight borderline running from the law, the children are a delight! They are smart and just full of life. They love their parents! They admire their parents. This is definitely a story that needed to be told. I was not thrilled with my childhood. After reading this, I realize that my childhood could have been worse. The good thing is, children do not realize how irresponsible their parents can be when they are drunks, or selfish beyond comprehension. However, any adult in his or her right mind cannot help but notice that this book is an unbelievable story of how selfish, incompetent, pathetic and pitiful parents can be when they are EXTREMELY irresponsible toward their children. These children were loved; they were not cared for properly, but very haphazardly! The writing is superb! The story is poignant and the book is hard to put down. In some way, I think every child can relate to parents hoodwinking them in certain aspects, even if they do not realize that until they are adults. But these parents hoodwinked these kids for a long time. In the end, all things are what they are (I won't discuss the end). Our bodies and minds can live through all kinds of things, we are far more resilient than we can ever believe we are. This book is a triumph for each of the sibling in the book, although it was written through the voice of one particular sibling. A really good read!

family story

EXCELLENT BOOK Our book club chose this one. It's a real page turner, a true story about a disfunctional family. This one's a keeper! I highly recommend it.

Inferno to Paradiso (or close enough)

Jeannette Wall's trek, as depicted in "Glass Castle", recalls Dante's journey through Hell and eventual ascenscion to Paradise. The comparison may seem risibly over-dramatic, but just as Dante had to go through the experience of the Netherworlds before he could be led to Heaven, so, too, is Jeannette's eventual triumph the FRUIT of a childhood filled with poverty and, what some would call, parental neglect or even abuse. In the opening section about Jeannette's early childhood, sort of the outer rungs of hell, we are introduced to the author's quirky family. Her father, Rex, is a brainy underachiever who cannot keep a job and has a bit of a "drinking situation". The mother is an eccentric artist who cannot be bothered too much by mundane tasks- you know, like cooking or cleaning the house. The children, all extremely bright, are often underfed and left to fend for themselves. However, if the parents have failings, they also have redeeming qualities. The children are immersed in an environment that values art, music, intellectual pursuits, freedom and self-sufficiency and spurns racism and all forms of bourgeois superficiality. Above all, the reader never doubts that Rex and his wife truly love the children. One gets the feeling throughout that Jeanette never doubts that either. In any case, the early years are bittersweet. If there is squalor and hunger there is also humor and magic. Most of all, there is hope. The family frequently moves and, although that is frustrating, it also provided the background for a myth: that the next town would provide prosperity. But then to Welch they did go! And, it is in this West Virginia town where her father grew up,the "Nation's Coal Bin", that Jeannette and the rest of the family descend into the lower regions of hell. All the problems are exacerbated. The father, having returned to the place he said he never would, drinks with abandon and applies more and more of the family's slim resources toward his habit. Jeanette resorts to scaveging trash barrels for sustenance and is humiliated for her tattered clothing. There is not water in the house for bathing and no heat in Winter. Swallowed by the appalachian mountains with only the two-lane US 52 out, you feel stuck. Even the pilgrim parents are unable to muster the strength to break the gravity of this place. With this immobility came the final destruction of the myth (that the family would move somewhere else and find prosperity) and, as a consequence, the destruction of hope. However, it is in this darkness that Jeannette finds her calling. She becomes a reporter for the "Maroon Wave", the Welch High School student newspaper. The rest of the book details how her dream to become a "high falutin" journalist led her to New York City and her current incarnation. Maybe not Paradiso, but close enough considering her formative years. A number of components conflate to push Jeannette towards a succeful resolution. Certainly the positive legac

Courage to move forward....

Jeannette Walls is familiar as a face and voice for Her husband is writer John Taylor. Her parents were non conventional and non-conforming, and she was often left to take care for herself. Through the book I kept looking for bitterness or residual shame just as the author often had to rummage for food in a dumpster but she is so contented and the book is her memoir of thriving and letting go of negative feelings. Her parents, Rex and Rose Mary Walls and their four children had a bizarre existence, but Jeanette is testament to survival and functional achievement regardless of what type of spoon you're born with in your mouth. The spoon in her mouth may have been plastic but she turned her life into gold.

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