The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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Read The Glass Castle Online Free - 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.

Title : The Glass Castle
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ISBN : 074324754X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Sparrow rated it ★★★★★

May 09, 2010

My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, “Oh, I read that. It’s kind of . . .” then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. “Well, I was going to say, it’s kind of like us, a little bit, but not –“ “Yeah,” I said. “I wasn’t going to say it – because not all of...

Emily May rated it ★★★★☆

March 31, 2016

Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a good fiction book...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2017

Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- On the other en...

Angela rated it ★★★★★

November 21, 2007

I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted to alcohol...

Krenzel rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2008

"The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: after she has "...

Raeleen rated it ★★★★★

June 07, 2017

4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book.

Annalisa rated it ★★★★★

October 13, 2007

What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it would not ha...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2007

This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is a conspiracy. He c...

Fabian rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2017

The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the Frank McCourt g...

Juliet rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 03, 2013

Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its self-conscious na...

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