The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls

Cecilia Mann Page Turner! Great Book Club Read! A memoir with parts that are truly unbelievable in their challenges and "so" encouraging to witness her triumph over them!
Rating:*****

Stephanie Stiles Weird and wonderful -- I cannot believe I'm recommending a book about child neglect so dramatic as to be more abusive than neglectful, but there it is: I am recommending it. The Glass Castle, a memoir by journalist Jeannette Walls, is not only memorable, but life-affirming in its own peculiar way. She tells her story of growing up with parents so odd as to appear mentally unhinged, and her brother and sisters who provide the real framework of the family structure. It's a story of triumph -- and you'll never feel better about your own parenting skills than when you're reading about theirs.
Rating:*****

Barb Crout: I read Jeannette Walls second book, "Half Broke Horses," first and I am glad that I did...it gave me a background for the mother in "The Glass Castle." This is an autobiography of a remarkable women from a family that is disturbing and unique. The father is a loving, brilliant man whose dreams of inventions and "the glass castle" consume his life and lead to alcoholism. The mother's life is ruled by compassion and art. Their four children live through unthinkable hardships and their outcome in life is nothing short of miraculous. This is a powerful book about strength of character, even in those who are homeless by choice.
Rating:*****

Kaaren Dolinsky: A facinating memoir by a non-judgemental daughter of two unusual parents who gave their 4 children a most bizzare upbringing. A page turner that is thought provoking!
Rating:*****

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