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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......more

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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.

Author:
Walls, Jeannette
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
288
Language:
English
Publisher:
Scribner
Publish Date:
01/09/2006
Copyright Year:
2005
ISBN:
9780743247542
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.55 lb
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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.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? spot on
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    jr24 from NJ, Dec 11, 2011

  • Book

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

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? exactly
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? very good
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. good
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    webarthelmas from Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sep 7, 2011

  • 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!)

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    dianasnow1958 from Cleveland, OH, Mar 25, 2010

  • 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.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    rosey75934 from morrisville, pa, Mar 25, 2010

  • O.K. Read

    This book was a quick read and mildly entertaining. Although I feel for the way the kids in this family were raised, the author uses a very simplistic writing style for her story. There is no "flow" to the book and the story of her childhood is choppy and lacks emotion. It's interesting and can be read over a weekend.

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    123454 from Pittsburgh, Feb 16, 2010

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