Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

This book is unlike any book I've read before.  It may be my first autobiography ever and I have had it on "to read" shelf for well over a year.  I LOVED IT!  I would laugh out loud at times, get frustrated, and outraged and sad.  In the early years, you know she doesn't have the best of parents, but you can give them credit for some of the advice they give and making the best of everything.  But, the older they got, I found it harder and harder to like the parents.  This is NEVER boring.  I highly recommend it.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest 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 prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing--a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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