The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Large Print - 2009 | Large print ed
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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2009
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 1602855579 (lg. print : library binding : alk. paper)
9781602855571 (lg. print : library binding : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: LP B WALLS
Characteristics: 446 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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Poignant, moving, and transformative story of a girl in a deeply dysfunctional family that is able to overcome her odds through intelligence and resilience.

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JCLHeatherM Jul 08, 2018

Jeannette Walls storied life is retold in this intimate memoir, chronicling years of instability, uncertainty, and splashes of pleasure in between. Jeannette's strong family bonds are laid out, for better or for worse, proving that we never leave the family that we were born into. A scrappy fighter, Jeannette made a name for herself and took the positive portion of the life she was dealt.

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irenelaf
Jul 06, 2018

Amazing read! Bravo to JW and her siblings for their ability to overcome a million obstacles and be successful by their own hard-earned right. This book has 288 pages...on at least 200 of them I was saying OMG to myself...this was some crazy stuff. Still more shockers near the end.

All their achievements in the end made me so happy. JW describes her parents...'lived unruly lives battling authority and who liked it that way'. Her Mom drove me wild with her blazé/self-centered attitude!

Look forward to the movie. I recommend this to anyone as I enjoyed it even though I rarely read from this genre.

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KristenSmith1983
Jun 20, 2018

This book is hard to put down! Although some pages are hard to read, you can feel the sense of hope in the writing style of Walls. A horrific childhood but a true story of resilience and determination. After you have finished the book, be sure to check online for videos of Walls and her siblings.

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mitchelclay
May 14, 2018

Oh. My. Goodness.

I devoured this book. Jeannette Walls offers her own life story in a way that sits you right in the midst of her family. It's a beautiful and painful story of her family making it work through setback after setback. It's laid out for the reader as a gift wrapped in newspaper just like her mother used to do. Except the story that's inside is anything but ordinary. Walls' father is a genius with a tragic taste for alchol. Her mother is a suffering artist in so many ways. Her siblings are tough and absolute survivors.

If you've never read a memoir, start here. It's honestly one of the best I've ever read.

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COURIER3
May 13, 2018

CBS featured on Sunday morning show. Dis functional family Woody Harrelson

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garycornell
Apr 25, 2018

"The Glass Castle" grabs your attention right away. This family is simply fascinating. We see the world through the eyes of a daughter with parents that seem different from all the other children. Why and how did it happen! What can she do about it? How was her life changed by her parents? All are fascinating questions. True stories like "Glass Castle" makes me aware how unique all of us are.

coffeebookie Apr 10, 2018

Loved this book. It was compelling and fascinating even though some parts were quite surprising and disturbing. There are so many things the book conveys about hope, love, family and perseverance that it is definitely worth reading… and one you won’t easily forget!

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cltkamari
Mar 28, 2018

I read The Glass Castle it is a memoir about Jeanette Walls. Its 288 pages of unconditional love in her family despite the flaws and struggles they have. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among desert towns to camping in the mountains. Rex was a brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them almost everything, and how to embrace life fearlessly. Mary, self-proclaimed artist who wasn’t fit to be a parent made the kids see through a lens that makes them see things as clear as possible. Later, when the excitement of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dark West Virginia mining town, and the family Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank, stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette, Brian, Lori, and Maureen had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they stood through their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the means and will to leave home.
I felt that this book is so shocking that it seems fake. Like for instance in one part of the book she talks about how she threw rocks from afar at kids on bikes, that sounds untrue like she might have exaggerated a bit but that makes the book even better. I have never read a book by her or one with a similar theme so this is kind of new to me. I would recommend this book to people just looking for an interesting story ages 12 and up because they might understand it more than little kids.

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chrisbee55
Mar 26, 2018

I saw the movie first and I really liked it. The book was another matter. I only read half of it and put it down. The father was even more abusive an nomadic than what was portrayed in the movie. I could not read another word of it - it was not for me.

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leveta
Mar 20, 2018

I loved The Glass Castle
Thank you for sharing your life with me.

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jmli
May 18, 2017

The story revolves mostly around the childhood of the author. It describes the nomadic lifestyle of the Walls and how the children have learned to grow without their parents' support. The Glass Castle is mainly telling the dysfunctional connections in this dysfunctional family.

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bogwolf
Jun 19, 2015

A journalist remembers her challenging, unconventional and impoverished childhood & the family with whom she shared these challenges.

Bonavista May 06, 2011

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.

carlakacz May 03, 2011

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

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patl
Feb 16, 2011

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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AlignedStars
Aug 04, 2017

Coarse Language: Jeanette's father does tend to cuss frequently.

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jmli
May 18, 2017

Sexual Content: 2 somewhat sexual scenes in regards to the protagonist.

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jmli
May 18, 2017

"It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty." - Rose Mary Wells

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MADKC4Ever
Nov 17, 2014

"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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