This memoir is the definition of enthralling. For some time, this book sat on my shelf, waiting ever-so-patiently for me to be brave and crack its spine. It knew that it would consume me. Jeanette Walls is brilliant, pure, simple, and fresh in her writing style. Reading it was like having a conversation with my best friend - the kind of conversation that makes a person your best friend in the first place. It has been two years and I can still travel the journey with her in my mind; the stark desert landscapes, the urban Phoenix concrete, the slime of Welch weather and the disjointed jaunts into New York City. You won't regret reading this book; in fact, you will recommend this to everyone you know. Were you to sit at my mother's kitchen counter long enough, she, too, would place this in your hands. Be brave. Crack this spine.— Jordan
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MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest 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 prospered.
The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
About the Author
Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.
"Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art."
"Walls has a God-given knack for spinning a yarn, and The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
— Entertainment Weekly
"Each memory is more incredible than the last... That Walls recounts them so well and in such detail is our good fortune."
— The Plain Dealer
"On the eighth day, when God was handing out whining privileges, he came upon Jeannette Walls and said, 'For you, an unlimited lifetime supply.' Apparently, Walls declined His kind offer."
— Chicago Tribune
"Charles Dickens's scenes of poverty and hardship are no more audacious and no more provocative than those in the pages of this stunning memoir."
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Some people are born storytellers. Some lives are worth telling. The best memoirs happen when these two conditions converge. In The Glass Castle, they have."
— New York Newsday
"The Glass Castle is the kind of story that keeps you awake long after the rest of the house has fallen asleep."
"The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
— Entertainment Weekly