The Glass Castle
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Fascinating story! Great writing! Amazing woman to have escaped what could have been a life following in her parents footsteps.
Couldn't put it down! Read it!
When the masterful ability to write a great story, and a live worth telling converge something truly beautiful can be created, and that is the way the Glass Castle was brought forth. In this literary masterpiece, Jeanette Walls foretells the hardships of her childhood masked in poverty and the fear of not finding food. This book is one I'd highly recommend to anyone. This is one of the few books, I actually read in one day because of the lack of power of being able to put it down.
this is an honest, book spoken with great compassion and draws you in. you want to read more and more and more till your finished, never have I read a great book like this, holding back nothing.