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Review: The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Publication Date: January 9, 2006 Genres: Memoir Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Scribner ISBN10: 074324754X ISBN13: 9780743247542 About the Book Excerpt Discussion Questions Reading Guide (PDF) Jeannette Walls Biography Bibliography Find a Book View all » | By Author » | By Genre » | By Date » More to Read The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A ... Read full review

Review: The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Publication Date: January 9, 2006 Genres: Memoir Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Scribner ISBN10: 074324754X ISBN13: 9780743247542 About the Book Excerpt Discussion Questions Reading Guide (PDF) Jeannette Walls Biography Bibliography Find a Book View all » | By Author » | By Genre » | By Date » More to Read Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters Memoir ... Read full review

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In this touching novel, Glass Castle, written by Jeannette Walls, exposes her true life by the lessons, adventures, and experiences that has brought on her and her family emotionally but also rewarding. The book starts out with mid 30’s Jeannette Walls in New York City sitting in a taxi through traffic. As she waits to go to one of her expensive, nice party, she looks at a homeless woman. She notices that it is her mother and can’t believe it is her. Her reaction was to hide herself so no one could know that they could actually be related. Her battles with accepting her mother being homeless is because her whole life was just moving around, no money, no structure in the family and struggles that came between them. While growing up in her uncontrolled environment, constant hardships and realities made her want more meaning in her life. From all of this, she has become a successful, stable, hardworking and intelligent writer.  

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I finished this book in 4 hours and could not put it down. I have to say it is one of the most inspiring books that I have ever read in my lifetime. Walls is so descriptive in her memoir and holds nothing back. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to everyone 14 and up (only due to language). The best thing about her book is that I feel for her as she goes through life's hurdles and doesn't back down. I find her now as a role model for me to never feel sorry for myself and to always move forward no matter what life gives me. She has created a wonderful piece of literature everyone should have the honor to read in their lifetime.  

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The Glass Castle (Scribner) by Jeannette Walls is an extraordinary book about a dysfunctional yet captivating family. Captivating because despite the flaws these parents have, they have managed to raise children with spunk, imagination, and determination. This memoir, The Glass Castle, is named after the home Jeannette Walls’ father promised to build for his family.
Rex and Rose Mary Walls have four children. Life in the beginning was fun–Jeannette who narrates this memoir, loves living in the Southwest and living a fun, nomadic life. Rex is a brilliant man and teaches his children physics, geology, and from him they learn to embrace life and to use their imagination. Rex’s drinking problem accelerates as the story progresses, but from their father the children learn many of life’s truths.
Rose Mary prefers to spend her time painting and writing. She resents having to cook a meal or do housework when she could be spending time at her easel. Her children cook for themselves, when there’s food on hand. Meals could be nothing but popcorn three days in a row. Jeannette learns early in life that “to do the skedaddle” means when the family can’t pay their bills, they move on.
Rex’s drinking affects his earning power and the family moves to a West Virginia mining town where his mother lives. The mother takes the family in for a short while, but that doesn’t work out and they soon move to a dilapidated house in the hills. Rex still has grandiose plans of becoming rich, but the reality is that the kids have to fend for themselves to get their basic needs. Jeannette describes spending her lunch hour in the restroom, going through garbage bins to eat what other children have thrown away. In the winters, their rickety house is freezing cold with no fuel to burn. Keeping warm is a daily challenge with shoes held together by strings, thin, inadequate clothing, and thrift store coats with no buttons. Kids at school mock and tease them and the Walls have few friends, but the siblings are fiercely protective of each other.
Still the children excel at school, are in the top of their reading groups, and Jeannette’s work on the school paper is exemplary. Rose Mary has a teaching degree, but doesn’t have the heart to work full time and makes a mess of grading papers and keeping her students in line. To keep a paycheck coming in, the kids chip in and help their mother grade papers. But there comes a time Rose Mary refuses to go to school to teach; she wants to attend to her own needs to paint and write.
The Walls story is remarkable in that Jeannette has the determination to become successful on her own terms, yet still holds unconditional love for her parents. The Glass Castle is a tribute to love, fierce determination and triumph.
 

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I loved this book. Her life was shocking and amazing everyday. This book shows you how hard life really was for some people.

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Could not put this book down when I was finished with it I even went back and read a few pages over because of my disbelief in what I was reading. In the end this book never came across as feel sorry for them but rather how they were so loyal and loving to one another how the siblings help each other escape. Just amazed at these children’s resilience and their sheer will to keep pushing on no matter what was thrown their way. They manage to stay out of trouble and make a better life for themselves. 

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a fantastic read from start to finish. The fact that it was a true story made it all the more compelling. A must read a real page turner. In fact i cant believe it has not been scooped up to be made into a movie. Always recommend it one that would stay in your mind.

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This book brought me to tears and made me smile, but most of all it made me realize that I am not alone. I was angry, confused, hurt, and all of the emotions that I can think of all rolled into one big confused ball.
I loved it and I highly recommend it to others.
Thank you for writing this truly touching book.
 

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