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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (Jan. 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074324754X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743247542
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Freelance writer Walls doesn't pull her punches. She opens her memoir by describing looking out the window of her taxi, wondering if she's "overdressed for the evening" and spotting her mother on the sidewalk, "rooting through a Dumpster." Walls's parents—just two of the unforgettable characters in this excellent, unusual book—were a matched pair of eccentrics, and raising four children didn't conventionalize either of them. Her father was a self-taught man, a would-be inventor who could stay longer at a poker table than at most jobs and had "a little bit of a drinking situation," as her mother put it. With a fantastic storytelling knack, Walls describes her artist mom's great gift for rationalizing. Apartment walls so thin they heard all their neighbors? What a bonus—they'd "pick up a little Spanish without even studying." Why feed their pets? They'd be helping them "by not allowing them to become dependent." While Walls's father's version of Christmas presents—walking each child into the Arizona desert at night and letting each one claim a star—was delightful, he wasn't so dear when he stole the kids' hard-earned savings to go on a bender. The Walls children learned to support themselves, eating out of trashcans at school or painting their skin so the holes in their pants didn't show. Buck-toothed Jeannette even tried making her own braces when she heard what orthodontia cost. One by one, each child escaped to New York City. Still, it wasn't long before their parents appeared on their doorsteps. "Why not?" Mom said. "Being homeless is an adventure."
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*Starred Review* Walls, who spent years trying to hide her childhood experiences, allows the story to spill out in this remarkable recollection of growing up. From her current perspective as a contributor to MSNBC online, she remembers the poverty, hunger, jokes, and bullying she and her siblings endured, and she looks back at her parents: her flighty, self-indulgent mother, a Pollyanna unwilling to assume the responsibilities of parenting, and her father, troubled, brilliant Rex, whose ability to turn his family's downward-spiraling circumstances into adventures allowed his children to excuse his imperfections until they grew old enough to understand what he had done to them--and to himself. His grand plans to build a home for the family never evolved: the hole for the foundation of the "The Glass Castle," as the dream house was called, became the family garbage dump, and, of course, a metaphor for Rex Walls' life. Shocking, sad, and occasionally bitter, this gracefully written account speaks candidly, yet with surprising affection, about parents and about the strength of family ties--for both good and ill. Stephanie Zvirin
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This is one of the wildest and most fascinating books I've ever read--in a lifetime spent mostly with my nose inside one book or another. Better yet, it's true! I won't go into the details of the life Walls and her family lived, but I want to say that I simply couldn't put this down. Written in a manner that shows her generosity and love for her increasingly dysfunctional family, it's got pride of place in my library, along with other books I'll take with me to my last days. What a journey!
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This book is beyond incredible... the author's story of her life growing up is so vivid and incredible. I promise you won't be able to put this book down! It is a really fast and easy read but it's such a fulfilling read! You must read this book; it's written for any audience and you won't be disappointed.
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A beautiful thought provoking book about a child's survival and ultimately moving beyond parental neglect and abuse. It is written from the child's perspective, innocent of knowing her experiences are neglectful, this is the only life she has known her parents to her are loving. though the subject matter is heavy it is not depressing. It highlights the importance of the need for teachers, doctors and neighbours to advocate for children and give them a voice when they don't have one.
On following up on the three children in the story the situation affects them each in a different way. Everyone has a story that is unseen and this book reminds me to be non-judgmental and kind to others for I have not walked their journey.
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I have always enjoyed memoirs and have read several that were quite memorable, but "The Glass Castle" tops them all. I started the book in the afternoon and had it finished within a few hours because I simply could not put it down for any length of time. Besides having led an extraordinary life, Jeannette Walls has an impeccable way with words. She evoked frustration, shock, joy, and anger in me through recounting the often bizarre circumstances of her past, but she never evokes or encourages pity at any time throughout the book. I felt satisfied when I came to the end of "The Glass Castle", which doesn't happen very often and is a real treat. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, regardless of whether or not you enjoy memoirs.
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Couldn't put it down. I thought our family might have been dysfunctional but wow! this family takes the cake. I'll read anything Jeannette Walls writes as she has now become my new favourite writer.
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I started to read this book, and I just couldn't put it down. Jeannette Walls is one of those rare storytellers where you feel as if you are right there experiencing everything with her. It is an enthralling read, and the worst thing about it is how it draws you in so much that you want to do little else but sit there until you reach the very last page. I highly reccomend this novel!
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Great book. I read it after North of Normal (see my review of that) because the author of North of Normal wrote her book after reading The Glass Castle. Truly amazing memoir that really shows just how resilient kids are even in the face of some of the most useless parenting you're likely to read about. The parents in this story truly infuriated me but without them there is no story so it is what it is. I highly recommend this book and North of Normal.
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This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is about 8 months later, after reading the book, and I still think about the story of this family. It is an easy read and I continue to wish for more. I don't think you will regret reading this book, not only because of the fascinating people she writes about, but I am sure some people can relate to it and it is easy to get wrapped up in this book.
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