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A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own termsJeannette 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 4.5 5This was really good Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, Oh, I read that It s kind ofthen she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute Well, I was going to say, it s kind of like us, a little bit, but not Yeah, I said I wasn t going to say it because not all of it Yeah, not all of it We didn t talk about it again When I first saw this book, I think I died a little inside because of the cover I didn t hate The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood like My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, Oh, I read that It s kind ofthen she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute Well, I was going to say, it s kind of like us, a little bit, but not Yeah, I said I wasn t going to say it because not all of it Yeah, not all of it We didn t talk about it again When I first saw this book, I think I died a little inside because of the cover I didn t hate The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood like I hated The Mermaid Chair or shudder Bastard out of Carolina, but when there s a little girl on the cover of a book, looking all innocent, it s like a movie with the word Education in the title You just know you re in for a published trip to the psychiatrist s couch Kiddy sex and soul searching I m not saying people shouldn t tell their stories I mean, look at me, I m all up in your website telling my stories , but I do think people should get a handle on what their story is before they try to tell it Or at least before they make me read it Sorry, that s kind of asshole ish of me to say, but I just think a lot of books with innocent little girls on the cover are really arrogant They have this sense that since some man did something horrifying, everything that women do, including dancing around a fire with girlfriends or taking exotic lovers, is just part of the loving circle of nature s healing I am such a fan of women, and so I take it personally when we look like morons This book has absolutely nothing in common with its cover I haven t written a review of it before because I think it is a perfect book, and how do you review a perfect book I m like Wayne and Garth when they meet Alice Cooper This book is my Alice Cooper I m sure it wouldn t be everyone s Alice Cooper, but to me this is exactly what a book should be Everything about the book is simple, concise, and action packed It makes me laugh and it makes me cry The people are incredible, but deep and smart and human In some ways, I think this book is the Great American Story, but it s the story none of us talk about and all of us live In other ways, the book is so specific and personal to the Walls family that I never would have imagined the stories if I had not been told them Virginia Woolf and Rainer Maria Rilke, two of the wisest people I have read, both ask when and how women will be able to tell stories without being self conscious that they are women How can we write, or even live, not as reactions to men, but as separate masters of our own experiences I don t know where the genders are on the space time continuum of respecting each other, and I think there are probably gender related specifics to any story maybe that s just natural and not even bad , but there is something about this book that is just human and strong It is compassionate and unflinching Oh, I hate adjectives Just, read the first chapter of this book, and if you don t think it s compelling, don t keep reading because it s probably not for you My family was nomadic, like Jeannette Walls s family, but, like I say, all of her stories, and my stories, are unique When I last lived with my parents, it struck me that we never really understand other people s relationships with each other I grew up, probably as many of us did, thinking that my parents never really got along and that my mom was a victim of my dad s anger and wild scheming But, later, I realized they probably both got something that I never understood out of their relationship I think a lot of this book is about how we know the people we are close to and, also, never really do how it is useless to hold other people to our own standards of what love or responsibility looks like But, still, it is about holding each other responsible Or, maybe the book is just about her family with no real moral lesson at all Walls is so loyal to her stories in an almost scientific way None of the adult outrage that contaminates so many stories of children creeps into Walls s She tells you what happened, and maybe how she felt about it at the time, but she doesn t impose emotion on the reader Here s just a small part well, actually, halfI couldn t resist of the first chapter to give you a little taste Mom was sitting at a booth, studying the menu, when I arrived She d made an effort to fix herself up She wore a bulky gray sweater with only a few light stains, and black leather men s shoes She d washed her face, but her neck and temples were still dark with grime.She waved enthusiastically when she saw me It s my baby girl she called out I kissed her cheek Mom had dumped all the plastic packets of soy sauce and duck sauce and hot and spicy mustard from the table into her purse Now she emptied a wooden bowl of dried noodles into it as well A little snack for later on, she explained.We ordered Mom chose the Seafood Delight You know how I love my seafood, she said.She started talking about Picasso She d seen a retrospective of his work and decided he was hugely overrated All the cubist stuff was gimmicky, as far as she was concerned He hadn t really done anything worthwhile after his Rose Period I m worried about you, I said Tell me what I can do to help Her smile faded What makes you think I need your help I m not rich, I said But I have some money Tell me what it is you need She thought for a moment I could use an electrolysis treatment Be serious I am serious If a woman looks good, she feels good Come on, Mom I felt my shoulders tightening up, the way they invariably did during these conversations I m talking about something that could help you change your life, make it better You want to help me change my life Mom asked I m fine You re the one who needs help Your values are all confused Mom, I saw you picking through trash in the East Village a few days ago Well, people in this country are too wasteful It s my way of recycling She took a bite of her Seafood Delight Why didn t you say hello I was too ashamed, Mom I hid Mom pointed her chopsticks at me You see she said Right there That s exactly what I m saying You re way too easily embarrassed Your father and I are who we are Accept it And what am I supposed to tell people about my parents Just tell the truth, Mom said That s simple enough It s been a while since I read this book, so a lot of the stories aren t fresh in my mind, but some are so vivid to me that I think of them whenever I see a trash can or think of the desert In high school, I thought that American history was the most boring topic imaginable Then, in college, I took a class called the History of Women in the U.S., and I realized that I think the history of industry and conquest is mind numbing, but the history of actual people is riveting The Glass Castle is a real, honest history or as honest as histories can be of people in America It is so close to me and so foreign in just the way this country is It is also, in a way, a tribute to family oral histories My dad has alooserelationship with the truth, as I ve probably mentioned on this site before In the past couple of years, every time I see one of my siblings, we sit around and tell stories from my dad or about my dad, trying to weed out what actually happened, what got a nice polish in the story factory, and what is an outright lie I get that same feeling from this book of siblings sitting around and saying, Do you rememberand You weren t there this one timeor No, that s just what Dad said happened, what actually happened wasI m sure someday, my siblings and I will put together a history of our own, since every one of us seems to have inherited the storytelling gene Whatever I write will be in some way inspired by this book Now I get why people like this memoir so much.Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem likeof a fairy tale My favourite non fiction books are those that don t lose the compelling flow of a good fiction book that still pull you into another world and life, dragging you along for the ride This is one of those.I especially liked reading about Walls complex and conflicting thoughts about her parents and ch Now I get why people like this memoir so much.Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem likeof a fairy tale My favourite non fiction books are those that don t lose the compelling flow of a good fiction book that still pull you into another world and life, dragging you along for the ride This is one of those.I especially liked reading about Walls complex and conflicting thoughts about her parents and childhood When she s writing about her youth, she writes with the rose tinted glasses of a young girl who loves her family as she grows, she begins to see the shadows of reality creeping in her father s alcoholism, her mother s selfish behaviour, the lack of food in the cupboards as a parental failure and not a normality And, through it all, she still loves her parents She remembers her father as an intelligent man full of fantastical stories, and her mother as a spirited artist It s interesting, though, how differently I felt toward them Normally, a convincing story has me feeling the same way as the narrator, but even though I could understand Walls s love for her parents, I despised them for being selfish and neglectful I hated them for allowing a 3 year old to use the stove and cause herself serious burns I felt extreme anger, not love and understanding, towards them.But that s not a criticism The Glass Castle is a beautifully written, emotional read A true bildungsroman, full of dark and happy times.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Another Update I just saw the movie I liked it Woody Harrelson Brie Larsonand Naomi Watts were all great I thought they got the important duel emotions just right On one end the parents did not protect their kids appropriately at all lots of crazy dangerous chaos On the other end there was no question the parents loved wholeheartedly their children AND there were some great gifts they gave their children so our emotions are mixed At the end of the movie when they show Another Update I just saw the movie I liked it Woody Harrelson Brie Larsonand Naomi Watts were all great I thought they got the important duel emotions just right On one end the parents did not protect their kids appropriately at all lots of crazy dangerous chaos On the other end there was no question the parents loved wholeheartedly their children AND there were some great gifts they gave their children so our emotions are mixed At the end of the movie when they show the real Jeanette Walls her mom plus wonderful photos of the kids growing up it s very touching Update I just read some place that a movie is being made of this book I want to share something about my relationship with The Glass Castle that I ve shared with a few people on this site but never with the larger community I read this book in 2006 It was a gift from a friend She mailed it to me from New York She said YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK The book had only been out about a week I wasn t much of a reader.My friend knew me well knew about my childhood and said you will read this book.Paul and I were leaving for Harbin Hot Springs a regular get a way place for us at the time I took The Glass Castle with me I mentioned in my other little review that I read it while sitting under a tree The author became my hero What I didn t say was I then read another book, right away I liked it too Then another book Then another I HAD NOT BEEN A READER UNTIL THIS BOOK I m not saying this was the best book in the entire world but it was great , but I m saying something happened to me I have been reading book after book after book never NOT reading a book since 2006 Looking back, I m thankful the following few books were all good experiences Had they been awful books.I might not have kept reading Having several good books under my belt, if I hit a book I didn t like later on, I didn t worry any longer I knew reading was enjoyable I felt comfort in ways I couldn t explain I wanted to call my long time friend reader friends from Jr High School Lisi, Renee, Ron friends who were always reading and say why didn t you tell me why didn t you tell me how intimate personal WONDERFUL READING WAS Now, as an adult, I was not reading for a class.or a grade I wasn t reading to please anyone I m still clear I have holes in my education I KNOW I m a LATE BLOOMER READER For many many years of reading these past years I still wasn t sure if I would call myself a reader I just knew I was always reading Point is I found READING LATE IN LIFE Its NEVER TOO LATE.Nobody can take away something you really enjoy I may not be the smartest cookie in the room but I mhonored to be in the room I love to hear from THE FLASHLIGHT READERS Oh my gosh you guys have such great childhood reading memories I melt hearing them sometimes cry.I love to hear from the READERS whose parents read to you OFTEN as a child.I love to hear about books YOUR parents gave youI love to hear about books Members share with their childrenI love to CHAT about books we love together this si get to participate with you now I love to read too If I left this site tomorrow I d still have reading I d still have friends to chat about with about books.Its real now I read THIS BOOK for whatever reason kicked my new reading habit into high gear So, I m very thankful to Jeannette Walls she changed my life Any 3 year old who tries to cook her own hot dog on the kitchen stove alone my god bless the little girl Jeannette was has me melting in the palm of her hands Thanks its never too late to become a reader Agree with my friend, Victoria who just read the book and wrote a 5 star review 5 stars I read this book sittng under a tree at Harbin Hot Springs one summer Jeannette Walls became my hero