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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It is amazing the Jeannette Walls and her siblings not only survived their childhood, but seemed to love their drunkard father and sometimes indifferent mother in spite of extraordinary neglect. I kept wanting to remove these children from abuse, but they grew stronger in spite of it. Read full review

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This was a quick read - entertaining, yet creepy and sad - about the second daughter of two overwhelmed and irresponsible parents. Yep, living with craziness and in poverty is not fun. I've heard worse stories, but this one was told well and with kindness on the part of the teller. Read full review

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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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