The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Walls, Jeannette

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Glass Castle
In the tradition of Mary Karr's "The Liars' Club" and Rick Bragg's "All Over But the Shouting," Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2006
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780743247542
Branch Call Number: B Walls W
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 21 cm.


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Feb 24, 2015
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Super well-written, the story is so crazy it is hard to believe, and - what I really appreciated - is how she wrote with such compassion about the family who caused her so much pain. I got into it, and just wanted to be reading it all the time.

Feb 16, 2015
  • lukefortuny rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This memoir is a page turner. An amazing compilation of memories. As if you are right there with the author. It does not get dull at any point.

Feb 01, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you read and enjoyed Mary Karr's memoir The Liars' Club, you will love The Glass Castle. Growing up with parents who instill a wonderful sense of excitement in a young child but can only offer heartbreaking chaos as they mature, Jeannette struggles with her love, sadness, anger and final detachment from her parents.

Dec 16, 2014
  • KindianaJones rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The book was beautiful and balanced. Her upbringing wasn't simply impoverished or simply abusive; there was love and joy and poetry in her family life as well. Walls does a very good job of writing her story in a touching (not syrupy) way.

Nov 25, 2014
  • midnightreader27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a good read! I recommend this book to absolutely everyone. I'm not one to ever reread a book but this I could read over and over again. Walls is an amazing story teller and her tales are incredible. Funny, adventurous, inspiring.

Nov 17, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was recommended to this book by my former English teacher, and I was so glad she told me about it, because I really did love it. I still don't know what to think about her parents, whether they were loving in their own weird and unconventional way, or truly abusive. Maybe a little bit of both. I think everybody would get something out of this book, and how truly blessed you are to live in such a great city and that you can succeed no matter what kind of life you've led in the past.

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Oct 27, 2014
  • readerpat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An unbelievable story. Four kids living in total poverty with two useless parents. It is hard to imagine how they made it through to adulthood,
Don't read this book if you are offended by bad language which is sprinkled all through the book.

Aug 20, 2014
  • kindrabirss rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've just finished reading this book for the second time and again I read it in 2 days and loved it. While the writer's parents were completely unconventional, irresponsible, and neglectful she also describes them in a way that is so loving. They at times have an endearing quirkiness about them. I cannot believe what the author endured all her life with her parents but am amazed at how she could pull herself out and become successful. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

Aug 09, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it! You would not think you were reading a memoir at all. Awesome!

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May 06, 2011
  • Bonavista rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved that she went through so much as a child and teenager but still held the faith the whole time and came out of it. I think, a better person for it.

May 03, 2011
  • carlakacz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a very intriguing book to read, a glimpse into someones life that is almost unbelievable.

Remarkable memoir of resilence and redemption and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeanette's brillant and charismatic father catured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishones 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 propsered.


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Nov 17, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I'm not upset because I'll miss you," Mom said. "I'm upset because you get to go to New York and I'm stuck here. It's not fair."


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