The Glass Castle

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Little, Brown Book Group, Feb 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

Now a major motion picture starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson.

This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents.

At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.

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The Glass Castle is a beautiful story about the harsh and exiting childhood of Jeannette Walls.Jeannette is a truly talented artist who's righting is pres iced and detailed,it was honer to read and learn about her defying life and childhood.

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The Glass Castle is probably the most well written, abundant book I have ever read in my life; with Half Broke Horses resulting. The book is packed with enough inspiring emotions to furnish a full body with any affection you could dream of. I would acclaim this book to any reader searching for a book that will always inhabit their memories and give them a great flare of delight in reading. Jeannette Walls has a unique way of making words on a page become a essence around you. Well done Jeannette. 

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About the author (2010)

Jeannette Walls lives in New York and on Long Island and is married to writer John Taylor. She is a regular contributor to

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