The glass castle: a memoir, Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls

The glass castle: a memoir

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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, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.
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Lori G
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This autobiography is very good and well written. It is about the hardships and life that a family endured. The author writes about her childhood and her siblings how they lived and were brought up by their parents. It is sad. I feel sorry for her parents. They were not bad but they were too carefree and...honestly they needed help. Counseling or therapy. They were not mentally well. As a result, it is very sad what those poor children went through. I recommend this book.

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Great book. Can't wait to see the movie.

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Какима Кастуганова
Какима Кастугановацитирует3 месяца назад
Eventually, even Mom acknowledged that I'd done all right. "No one expected you to amount to much," she told me. "Lori was the smart one, Maureen the pretty one, and Brian the brave one. You never had much going for you except that you always worked hard."
Екатеринацитирует8 месяцев назад
It wasn’t like there was some complicated recipe that you had to be old enough to follow.
Mike Merinoff
Mike Merinoffцитирует9 месяцев назад
Dad’s plan was for us to move to Blythe, twenty miles south, which was such a big town it had two movie theaters and two state prisons.

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