The Glass Castle
[a Memoir]Large Print - 2009
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The Glass Castle isn't technically true crime, but it is an amazing story of horrible family dysfunction and, in the end, resilience. It was a difficult but powerful read for me. The film version has been in theaters, starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.
CRRL_MegRaymond Apr 06, 2015
Walls was one of four children brought up by a mom and dad who were charming non-comformists, and often, unfit parents.
This one hooked me on page one. A wonderful, hard-to-believe memoir. It is very popular, with good reason.
(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 (Walls) the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
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The story revolves mostly around the childhood of the author. It describes the nomadic lifestyle of the Walls and how the children have learned to grow without their parents' support. The Glass Castle is mainly telling the dysfunctional connections in this dysfunctional family.
A journalist remembers her challenging, unconventional and impoverished childhood & the family with whom she shared these challenges.
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.
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.