The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Paperback)

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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...

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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.

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    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    ISBN 9780743247542
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Format Paperback
    Pages 288
    Publisher Date 2006-01-09 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Scribner
    Copyright Year 2005
    Height 7.75 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Memoir
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Walls, Jeannette

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    • Love this story.

      One of my favorite reads ever! Both my daughters loved it as well.

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    • Good read, made me rethink retirement needs

      I read this book a couple years ago and bought it as a Christmas gift for a fellow English teacher. People have very specific reactions to it.

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    • Book

      The book is really wonderful,I love the story. Jeanette Walls is a wondreful writer.

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    • Best Book Ever!!

      This is one of the best books I can remember ever reading. So happy I purchased it. My older daughter read it all in one night! You have to get it (and no, I'm not related to the author in any way!)

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    • The Glass Castle

      Jeannette Walls also wrote half broken horses- a true life novel which enhances what you will have read in The Glass Castle. Read both starting with The Glass Castle. I love her wit and candor. I Couldn't put either down and wished she had wriiten more.

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    • weldei63

      I could not put this book down. I had not heard of it before I first saw it on a search for autobiographies on O.com. I am so glad I purchased it. It was a fabulous story. Not one I will soon forget. A must read for biography and autobiography fans such as myself.

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    • The Glass Castle

      You must read this book!!! I couldnt stop reading it!

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    • Great Book!

      This book is a terrific read and a must have. What a wonderfully written true story. It was enjoyable from the first page to the last.

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    • The Glass Castle

      Very different and interesting book. Makes you think!

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    • Awesome

      This was one of the best books I have ever read. Kudos to Jeannette Walls for surviving the dysfunction and making something of herself. I would highly recommend...very easy reading.

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