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The Glass Castle

A Memoir
Walls, Jeannette (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Walls, Jeannette
Title: The glass castle
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2005.
Characteristics: 288 p. :,ill.;,24 cm.
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ISBN: 0743247531
Statement of Responsibility: Jeannette Walls
Subject Headings: Walls, Jeannette. Children of alcoholics United States Biography. Children of alcoholics West Virginia Welch Biography. Family problems United States Case studies. Dysfunctional families West Virginia Welch Case studies. Poor West Virginia Welch Biography. Homeless persons New York (State) New York Family relationships.
Topical Term: Children of alcoholics
Children of alcoholics
Family problems
Dysfunctional families
Poor
Homeless persons
LCCN: 2004058907
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Aug 20, 2014
  • kindrabirss rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've just finished reading this book for the second time and again I read it in 2 days and loved it. While the writer's parents were completely unconventional, irresponsible, and neglectful she also describes them in a way that is so loving. They at times have an endearing quirkiness about them. I cannot believe what the author endured all her life with her parents but am amazed at how she could pull herself out and become successful. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

Aug 09, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it! You would not think you were reading a memoir at all. Awesome!

Jul 17, 2014
  • ellegibson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I love how Walls told her story in a way that took, what could have been a dark story, and told it in a way that wasn't super sad and depressing. While we can look at the events of her life and feel sorry for her I think she helped the reader realize that it was just her own reality. It wasn't meant to be sad, I think it was just meant to be told. She wanted to put it out there to help people understand where she came from.

I have since watched interviews with Walls about this memoir and love her attitude towards life and to the reactions this book has had. She helped me understand that for her this was a normal childhood. Her mother and father were all she knew to be right..

One thing I liked was that the book starts off in a way where we know she has escaped a bad life and made it! So I think that sets the tone for the book throughout. No matter what hardship she endures we know that eventually she comes out on top.

Jul 09, 2014
  • teal_tiger_lilly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i enjoy this book so much it amazes me of how hard it is moving from one place to another every minute and living a life that is not perfect but they manage to take care of themselves and one another... the only part i found crazy was when jeanette was burned when she was cooking at the stove at age three.... and when she dropped out of the car and roled down a hill and no one noticed until her parents came back for her... ofr when she as well as lori, brian and there mother shopped lift in order for maureen to have somre decent clothes to were for school... or even when there was no food brian and jeanette was going dumpster diving for school and jeanette got raped by bill.. a bo y from her old town... and how he came to the house with a bb gun and how they aimed a pistle at him and almost shot him as he ran for his life
..... this bookj is good because it causes u to think about everything that people go through :)

Read this book when I was in grade 8 or 9. It never gets old :)

May 22, 2014
  • Stillreading rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was great.

May 05, 2014
  • Persnickity_squirrel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When reading this book I thought it was an interesting take on life because most of us hear that the parents are stable and the kids are messed up. With this being the opposite it made for a very interesting read.

What got me was the last chapter and the twist that came with it. I would almost say it was worth reading just for that.

I don't like to give the plots away in reviews of movies or books, but I would say that this would have been a lot easier to take if Jeanette's parents were described as "Freegans" and not "homeless", but her life had to be hard and it is hard to believe that Jeanette didn't turn into a psychopath.

Very well written and an excellent read!

Apr 30, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I recommend this book because it is one of the best memoirs I've ever read and her story will move you.

Feb 18, 2014
  • Kabej48 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Book.
Her book Half Broke Horses first. When I re-read them both, I may do that.

Jan 04, 2014
  • emmadragons rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Honestly this is the most shocking book i have ever read . It continuously takes your breath away.

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May 06, 2011
  • Bonavista rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved that she went through so much as a child and teenager but still held the faith the whole time and came out of it. I think, a better person for it.

May 03, 2011
  • carlakacz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a very intriguing book to read, a glimpse into someones life that is almost unbelievable.

Remarkable memoir of resilence and redemption and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeanette's brillant and charismatic father catured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishones and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed and protected one another and eventually found their way to New York.Their parents followed them choosing to be homeless even as their children propsered.

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