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The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Title: The Glass Castle
By: Jeannette Walls

At once heartbreaking and heartening, Walls describes her peripatetic childhood taking on adult responsibilities at an extremely young age because her parents, though physically present, lived mostly in their own worlds. They obviously loved their children but felt no need to parent them in the conventional sense. At the age of three, Jeanette was routinely cooking meals on a gas stove. The family moved from small town to small town often one step ahead of the law and/or the debt collector. Jeanette's mother was an artist and sometime teacher, but when she had a job, her three older children were the ones who kept her organized, wrote lesson plans, and got her off to work each morning. Her father Rex was a charming drunk, inventor, and self made scholar who rarely held a job for more than a few months.
The family finally settled in West Virginia near the paternal grandparents where Jeannette and her older sister and younger brother worked hard in and out of school to support the family and gradually all of them moved on to New York, higher education, and careers.
I listened to the audiobook version of The Glass Castle and highly recommend it, but the library also has regular and large print versions of the book.

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Posted by ogradyj on Sept. 21, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.


September 30, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.:

Jeannette Walls is a tremendous story teller and her unconventional life is enthralling, horrifying and uplifting. I was hooked by the first page and highly recommend this book. It will certainly inspire reflection about your own childhood, the resiliency of children, and like the best stories, allow you to travel to another place and experience life through Jeannette's eyes.

December 15, 2011 at 12:45 p.m.:

My women's book group found plenty to say about the provocative book. I read the book twice over a period of two months, and found the second reading to be even better. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

February 8, 2012 at 4:36 p.m.:

I read this when it first came out and I believe it to be the best book I have read in many years. It touched me deeply and stayed with me.

April 5, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.:

I echo the sentiments of these reviewers -- this book assured me that I'm an okay Mom. I recommend a follow-up read, the prequel, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel. (In the SCPL catalog in audio book and print formats)

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