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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

byJeannette Walls

Paperback | January 17, 2006

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

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.

Heather's Review

When Jeannette Walls’ father was sober, he was the best dad a kid could ask for, wild and inspiring. But when he was drunk, he would steal, lie, and abandon his family for days at a time. Jeannette’s mom hated the idea of domesticity and motherhood, and from an incredibly young age, Jeannette and her siblings were forced to take care...

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Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her books include the memoir The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel.
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Title:The Glass Castle: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 inPublished:January 17, 2006Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I had to write a book review on an autobiography in grade 11 and my teacher suggested this book along with others. I was very pleased that I chose it as it was a fascinating view into a type of lifestyle vastly different from the one I had experienced growing up. I have since bought the book and now it sits on my shelf with the rest of my favorites! Jeannette Walls tells it how it was and her stories will grip you till you've read the final word.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can I give this 10 more stars? This was an AMAZING book. A little skeptical about the movie. I read it in grade 9 after my teacher recommended it and I'm glad I did! Its sad, funny, and full of wisdom. Can't wait to read her other books.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A deeper look into the struggles and challenges of life!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! An amazing book. It's incredible that it's non-fiction, often I forgot that this is an autobiography. Incredible book, emotional, and gripping.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful memoir Jeannette Walls is a fantastic writer -- she has a gift. The way she portrays her family is poignant and raw and it will stay with you for a long time after you finish.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable Loved this book...absolutely could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An overwhelming read! I bought this book recently after quite a few people suggested for me to read it. It was such a beautiful book and overwhelmed me to the point of tears.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! Did not put this down from the day I started reading it. Incredible, emotional, heart-wrenching story. Absolutely read this book!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written1 A truly inspiring story of survival above all else. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read!! What a beautifully written memoir. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite one This book has changed me. There were moments that I had to close it, took a deep breath to keep reading it. I cried many times. This is so powerful, so strong that after finishing the book, you will look at your issues from a different perspective.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Looking forward to the film
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book was difficult to put down. I had to keep reminding myself that it is a memoir and not a work of fiction. I'm so happy that Jeannette Walls decided to share her story. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read A good story overall. A bit slow/hard to get through in a few spots but still decent read. I had to put it down for a bit and go back to it when it got hard. But was a good book to keep at till the finish.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting! This was definitely a fresh and interesting perspective. I loved the honesty and I really felt all of Walls' emotions through the pages #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and well-written Great story with great characters as well #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great read this was a beautifully written story to read, however hard to read at times as well... the main character overcame so much during her childhood and adult years but shows strength throughout. Will be interesting to see how the movie is in comparison to the book.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gripping read The writing in this book is outstanding and the story as well is compelling. I keep going back to this book again and again to read just for how well it is crafted. A work of art!
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult to put down This book is both astonishing and touching. Although there are parts that are difficult to read regarding the dysfunction in her family, Jennette Walls helps us understand how she and her family coped with difficult situations and shaped the people that they are today. Highly recommended read.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story It takes a strong person to be able to write a story about their life
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it It is a good tale of a family with issues and I really enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this was an exceptional read
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from memoir movie + book are vivid and astonishing
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from glass castle touching read of dysfunctional family
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite One of my favourite novels of all time, the story is beautifully written, the characters are unlike any others, and captivating from start to finish
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book I enjoyed this book but struggled to get into it at first.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful An astonishing memoir on how alcoholism, mental illness and poverty can effect a family. Jeannette Walls holds nothing back when describing her unbelievable childhood. It's amazing to me how she can write so matter of factly and without resentment for her parents, when I felt so much anger towards them just reading this book. This story is a must read for everyone. 5 stars!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite book This book is one of my all time favorite books. It is very well written and keeps you interested the entire book. Definitely recommend this book over the movie.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Memoir Love the whirlwind of emotions, turmoil, dysfunction, and life lessons.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I loved this book and look forward to watching the movie! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel! A story about a young girl and her life with her dysfunctional family. The novel takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions and shares insight into life lessons learnt unconventionally. Great read and perfect for book clubs and classroom literature circles
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful Apparently I am in the minority of people who found this book awful. It was whiny and exaggerated and the writing just sucked, at least to me. Definitely do NOT recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite One of my all time favourites, finally a book concept that hasn't been done a million times before
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book I always share This is one of the books I always suggest to friends or lend them my copy. It's interesting and a great ready. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this for a high school English assignment and it was one of the best books I've ever read. It is an intriguing story where you follow Jeannette through her life in a dysfunctional family. There are some important life lessons in this book. Totally would recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this for a high school English assignment and it was one of the best books I've ever read. It is an intriguing story where you follow Jeannette through her life in a dysfunctional family. There are some important life lessons in this book. Totally would recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow yes, i loved this book. i really resonated with it and it is so beautiful written. i can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! A delectable book; easily read in a day. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring An incredible story complete with amazing characters.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glass Castle My friend watched the movie and said it was really good, so I went out and got the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read. Loved it!! I have actually read the book twice. I've passed this book around to many others to read. A fabulous memoir. Just say the movie. The book is better.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Great read, but sad story as its what the writer went through as her childhood.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great a great book thats hard to put down
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An eye opener I bought The Glass Castle as it peaked my interest as a book to read. I could not believe how someone could raise their children in such surroundings and yet was amazed at how the children survived. I found it truly amazing how the children accepted their lifestyle and finally found the courage to stand up to their parents towards the end.. In some ways, it was valuable lessons of strength and faith that allowed the children to leave and embark on a life of their own while still wanting to help their parents even though they did not want any help at all.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An incredible tale of resilience and family bonds At times, The Glass Castle is a heavy read, but the sheer resilience of the Walls children is so profoundly moving that I couldn't bring myself to put the book down. Jeannette Walls weaves a captivating account of her life from childhood to adulthood, growing up in poverty to free-wheeling and reckless parents who moved her and her three siblings around the country to avoid bill collectors. It's a heartbreaking story, but Walls finds a way to brilliantly convey the great internal struggle that is remaining loyal to loved whiles while holding them accountable for their actions. A magnificent read - I only wish there was more.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Well written and emotional, but not too heavy for the nightstand. I totally recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good memoir their inst too much of story, but more just memories in an order. still very good
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lux: oblivion This was a great book that I did not know I needed. At first, I was not sure if I should read it, thinking it is a classical ''write exactly the same thing but the pronoun change'' but it was not the case. It added so much to the story, telling us things that we missed, and adding another aspect of the event that are necessary to understand better the character decison. It was well written, and even in the scene that were in the other books, you have the feeling to read a new story
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This memoir is remarkable, a great story and interesting lesson
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Story... OMG This book hits you in every way possible. Sadness for the family and the children. Anger and pity towards the parents for being in this position... Outraged for allowing the situation especially when you find out the GREAT twist about their mother's little secret. Highly recommend and SO EXCITED about the movie!!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I read this years ago, and it's still one of my favourite books. As I read it I was in disbelief that the events actually happened in Jeannette Walls' life! I really look forward to how they bring it to life in the movie.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reminder to all The Glass Castle is truly the kind of book that appears almost out of the blue but stays in our hearts forever. Written with passion and care, we are allowed to live through Jeanette's childhood as she deals with her alcoholic father who she can't help but stand by, and the rest of her dysfunctional family. The true charm in this novel lies within Jeanette's impeccable ability to recount memories of her parents and siblings and the tribulations that they face, whether it be protecting each other from gropers or running from the police. This story is a one way ticket to a normal day in the lives of the Walls family.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from inspiring gives the reader a whirlwind of emotions, it's not easy writing about personal experiences
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was a wild ride I loved this memoir, it makes my childhood seem so tame in comparison. Beyond that it is well written and overall very charming.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Re-reading this right now (first read a few years ago) and it's just as powerful as it was the first time around. It's very Angela's Ashes-esque
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This is a great book which you will likely read in one day. Im curious to see how the movie will go. Read before seeing it.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I bought this a few weeks ago and received it a week ago. Took me four days to read and I truly loved it. Her style of writing is so amazing. The way she describes her childhood and goes into detail about her father is just so enthralling. I had to go out and buy her other books. Can't wait to read those as well!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good very well written, nice story
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ... A classic! One of my favorite books
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and compelling! Walls presents a genuine voice that draws readers into her story and allows them to walk her journey with them.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourites!! i read this in my last year of high school, i couldn't get enough! it's fantastic, definitely one of my favourite books
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best I've read Unexplainably amazing. Well written and a great read. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books ever I read this book several years ago. I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. An incredible story and the writing style really put some incredible pictures in my mind. I found myself looking for Little Hobart Street on google maps to compare it with the pictures in my mind. I've recommended the book to friends and they too couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't stop talking about this book I ready this about a year ago and wouldn't shut up about it. I'm excited that it's a movie, I hope it holds up to the standard of the book.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love!! One of my favourite books! Such a raw story.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome story I passed over this book for years, thinking it wasn't for me. Finally read it in anticipation of the upcoming movie. So glad I did. This is an incredible real life story. Can't wait to see the movie.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it amazing read, loved the truthfulness and the characters
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I felt like I was there experiencing every emotion with the author. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written Not so much a book as it is an experience. While reading the details the author uses, it is so real i felt as if i was feeling her emotions as well.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible read amazing book, can't wait for the movie
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb read. Couldn't put it down. Fascinated by the authors personal story. Heart-felt narrative of J. Wall's story.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shocked and amazed I just got this thru chapters the other day and I have read half of it basically in one sitting. I have wanted to read it for years but kept putting it off. Now they are making a movie of this woman's story. It's so well written, so full of bare faced truth and yet there is a shocking and often appalling way the parents raised their children. They took personal freedom to a whole new level and yet obviously it shaped who the children are today. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who wants a truthful, gritty, absorbing read.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shocked and amazed I just got this thru chapters the other day and I have read half of it basically in one sitting. I have wanted to read it for years but kept putting it off. Now they are making a movie of this woman's story. It's so well written, so full of bare faced truth and yet there is a shocking and often appalling way the parents raised their children. They took personal freedom to a whole new level and yet obviously it shaped who the children are today. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who wants a truthful, gritty, absorbing read.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Considering a re-read I read this book a few years ago and I don't find it all that memorable. It was good, and I remember liking it, but I don't understand all the hype. I would consider giving it another try.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing! I read this book in one sitting, I could not put it down!!! I will always carry parts of the book with me.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I really enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The father character is absolutely incredible!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Just extremely incredible.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it It was surprisingly funny and just an overall great book
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it It was surprisingly funny and just an overall great book
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I read this book a few years ago and I enjoyed the read. Interesting story line on family history and how life twists and turns. Great book and this one I will read again.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing story excellent read. Kudos to the author for telling the story
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good I read this with someone I was helping with school, and I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this memoir! Beautifully written, would recommend to everyone who is interested in a strong lead and family hardships.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing novel This was an amazing read, a book I won't forget and recommend to others.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heather's Pick When Jeannette Walls’ father was sober, he was the best dad a kid could ask for, wild and inspiring. But when he was drunk, he would steal, lie, and abandon his family for days at a time. Jeannette’s mom hated the idea of domesticity and motherhood, and from an incredibly young age, Jeannette and her siblings were forced to take care of themselves. Wall’s powerful memoir of her unique family story has been one of my favourite biographies for over a decade, and I am so pleased to hear that the upcoming movie is already garnering Oscar buzz. I’m excited to reintroduce this book to a whole new generation of readers who will discover this stirring tale of personal strength and the inescapable ties of family.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read Amazing book, can't wait for the movie
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling Read Really fascinating story - especially as a memoir. It seems too incredible to be real life! Very inspiring to know what the author came from and what she was able to make of her life.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a memorable book! What fantastic character and plot development, you really admire the characters and their individual stories.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great memoir Witty and odd. This is a great story to read in the summer or holed up in bed.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Wow! Just wow! What an amazing book.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly one of my favourite reads ever My mother in law original recommended this to me several years ago and I don't think I've read anything since that has resonated with me so much. Reading about Jeanette's childhood is almost hard to believe and yet there are moments that feel familiar and parallel. This truly was an all emotions in, laugh, cry and shake your head book. I've given it as gifts, I've reread it myself and even repurchased it when my copy was lent out and never returned. When life gets tough and I feel I can't scratch to nickles together, I often think about The Glass Castle.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put down! I had to read this memoir for school, and I couldn't put it down. From the catchy chapter titles to the unbelievable events that take place in her life. Walls writes beautifully and brings you into a completely different world. When they say you want a book that will transport you, this is it.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fave Book Ever This is hands-down my favorite book of all time. Well written and easy to read, this book with a joy to read. A very original story of a girl's childhood. Simple and complex all at the same time! Must read this before the movie comes out!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable! One of my favourite books! The book is very well written and the unbelievable stories the author endured throughout her childhood makes you wonder how they all survived. It is obvious Jeannette Walls is a stronger person for what she went through and I'm glad she felt the strength to share her story with others. The book will stay with you long after you have finished.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an all time favorite great story, memoir to fall in love with.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very great memoir! It was my first time reading a memoir and I have to say I was cut off-guard; I really enjoyed it. I've learned a lot of useful and great lessons while reading this book. It made me look at life with new eyes and somehow, lowered some standards. If you read this, you will get to see how The Walls are a creative, charming, intelligent, and unique family of their own. They really worked hard.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I've read this book over and over and over. And loved it every time. It's the memoir that made me fall in love with memoirs. A must read!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved these books I have read all 3 of these books and I loved them. The glass castle was my favourite. I always recommend glass castle when someone is looking for a book
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Caught me off guard; in a good way! I brought this book without thinking because I love books and buying more and more was always something I did for fun, this memoir is by far the best one I've come across on my own. I'd recommend to anyone and everyone who respects a good read every now and then.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Bought this book years ago and it just sat on my shelf until I had nothing else to read .... what a great book, should have read it sooner.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soul-Spoken This memoir of a uniquely dysfunctional family captures the essences of unconditional love, and loyalty within siblings faced with unconventional parents. From the beginning, the travel-ridden family takes the reader to unique settings with unforgettable events. The novel is soul-spoken, and promotes resilience while the young characters make lives for themselves amidst the unknowing and challenging parts of growing up wilder than most.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that I recommend This book I found amazing. It takes a strong person, to write this story. I recommend this book to people that are looking for something to read.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable story It's hard to imagine living the life described in this memoire. Truly a story worth telling!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! My favorite memoir. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing memoir! I couldn't put this book down. It was absolutely amazing and captivating from start to finish. It's such an incredible story about human resilience and family.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable Eye and mind opening memoir. Very inspiring and well written.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Loved this book, such an incredible story.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book! this book took me on a journey! I couldn't put it down, the hardship this family went through...the honesty.... my all time favourite #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story Amazing story-this memoir is so honest. I read it a few times. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short and sweet Great read. Short and sweet but takes you on a journey! Would be an awesome book club choice!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story One of my favorite books! This memoir is so beautifully written and so honest. I have read it at least three times and I have enjoyed it each time. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glass Castle This is one memoir that I found fascinating.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Read this years ago & absolutely loved it. I just re-read a few months ago & now am so excited to hear the movie is coming out. It's such a wonderful book it's understandable that it would be made into a movie. I really respect the author for such honesty about her childhood.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Incredible I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from the second page, and read it in hours. The book flows so well that you are able to really envision the situations and almost relive the experiences that the character is in. You can see how the writing style changes as the main character grows up, and it's those details that make this book so beautifully written. It's even worth a re-read
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Best book i have read in a long time. What a life, what a family. So honest and beautifully written. I loved every minute of this book and could not put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glass Castle A beautiful and entertaining story.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sticks with You It's a good book that is well-written and lingers with you for days afterwards.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting, honest read! Despite the cringing moments in the book, I foud it really interesting and well- wtitten.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book Very fast moving and amazing book.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This is the best memoir that I've ever stumbled upon. The story is told from the child's point of view and will truly touch your heart. The raw emotions shown make it so easy to keep reading.
Date published: 2017-04-28
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Date published: 2017-04-26
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Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner Riveting story. I was very drawn to the story. Felt very angry as a parent about how some people are so unfit to be parents and how lucky they are that their kids turn out alright.
Date published: 2017-04-25
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Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glass Castle The Glass Castle was reccomended to be by a friend/employee of Chapter's. What a fascinating life Jeanette has. The book was a great read and makes you really look at many life situations differently. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing and heartbreaking. I couldn't put this one down as I was so entrapped in Jeanette's story.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book, wonderfully written great book, hard to put down!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty dark, but really good Had to read this one for an english course, and I'm really glad i had to. It is so captivating!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! You always see books on awards lists and must read lists etc and then they don't end up being good and you question why on earth it made it there. This book deserves to be on every list. It was an amazing memoir and was crazy to keep reminding myself that it is in fact a memoir. Loved it. It was written well and it was just a great read.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautifully written - must read! Amazing book - I could not put it down. You could see the world through her eyes. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every minute spent reading! I've read this book three times so far, and each time I find myself more captivated by the story. Jeannette Walls makes you feel like you're a part of the family, living through their challenges and overcoming obstacles with them... a heartfelt reminder that everyone has a story worth telling!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Memoir Walls does a phenomenal job of depicting her childhood plight. This book opens your eyes to the squalor that some people are forced to live in and how they adapt to survive. A real page turner!
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story This is by far one of my favourite books! Walls captivates you from the very first page. You see the world through her eyes. She has an amazing ability to make you really feel her story. I could not put the book down
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I loved everything about this book, the way Jeannette writes and puts it all together is phenomenal.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read memoir This is one of my go-to book recommendations. Wonderful story about a chaotic childhood
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written story What a well written account of her life story. What a interesting family....you get really invested in this book. Great read.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! A must have for your library.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read I read this as a class back in highschool, really shows how someone can make something for themselves out of nothing
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Absolutely loved this memoir; one of the best I've ever read.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Written beautifully I read this book when I was 17 for an English class and I absolutely loved it. A page turner for sure
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glass Castle Stunning memoir that will capture you and make you believe you are part of Jeannette's family. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read Great book, highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotion provoking. Impossible not to feel a range of emotion while reading this. Certainly recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable! I loved this book; a fantastic family story that will captivate you from page 1.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs Up Great family story, very intriguing to the reader
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! This book was such a great pick for our book club. I really enjoyed it. Such a dysfunctional family that it almost seemed unreal.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling read A book that stays with you. Shows the resilient of mankind by glimpsing into real life of many people and children. Soul searching contextual commentary on how humans treat each other and embrace different lifestyles.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book! This is a great read, definitely recommend to my friends
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read Read this in high school, still one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! My sister told me to read this book and I absolutely loved it. The book is heart-breaking but at the same time you almost feel like you have gone through the same thing. It is a very relatable book. I have re-read this book many times.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book! I couldn't put this book down, this is one of my favorite memoirs.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Authentic and Raw A friend loaned me this book and I am so glad she did! What an amazing memoir! It's gritty, interesting and feels so honest. If you try this book and like it, check out Jeannette Walls' Half Broke Horses.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book very touching! one of my fave
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! My mom lent me this book and we both loved it. It is an amazing book to read. Makes you really appreciate the small things in life. It was amazing to read about a life that most people don't experience. Definitely would recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved this Book I had heard so many good things about this book that I finally decided to buy it and take it with me on a summer vacation. I figured I would be so busy on my trip, that I wouldn't have much time to read it, so it was the only book I brought with me. Lo and behold, I read the first half on the plane and finished it a few short days later because I could not put it down! (I had to buy another book less than halfway through my vacation!). Jeannette Walls' memoir is so beautiful and from the very first page, you become captivated with the lives of the Walls family. I loved this book so much, and have recommended it to all of my friends, who have also loved it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book I Will Not Forget! I absolutely could not put this book down. This story is about a young girl's life in her "dysfunctional" family, and how she copes. This book really opened up my perspective on other people's lives, and I know some teachers are even using it in English class to demonstrate this issue of perspective/difference in other lives. I brought this book with me everywhere until I finished it. I think anyone would enjoy this book, but those who love memoirs will especially love this book.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book had come to me highly recommended, and as a book lover, I was really looking forward to it.... Honestly though, it fell kind of flat for me. I had a difficult time finishing it, and am surprised to still see it getting such high reviews.
Date published: 2017-01-31

Read from the Book

Chapter 1: A Woman on the StreetI was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster. It was just after dark. A blustery March wind whipped the steam coming out of the manholes, and people hurried along the sidewalks with their collars turned up. I was stuck in traffic two blocks from the party where I was heading.Mom stood fifteen feet away. She had tied rags around her shoulders to keep out the spring chill and was picking through the trash while her dog, a black-and-white terrier mix, played at her feet. Mom's gestures were all familiar -- the way she tilted her head and thrust out her lower lip when studying items of potential value that she'd hoisted out of the Dumpster, the way her eyes widened with childish glee when she found something she liked. Her long hair was streaked with gray, tangled and matted, and her eyes had sunk deep into their sockets, but still she reminded me of the mom she'd been when I was a kid, swan-diving off cliffs and painting in the desert and reading Shakespeare aloud. Her cheekbones were still high and strong, but the skin was parched and ruddy from all those winters and summers exposed to the elements. To the people walking by, she probably looked like any of the thousands of homeless people in New York City.It had been months since I laid eyes on Mom, and when she looked up, I was overcome with panic that she'd see me and call out my name, and that someone on the way to the same party would spot us together and Mom would introduce herself and my secret would be out.I slid down in the seat and asked the driver to turn around and take me home to Park Avenue.The taxi pulled up in front of my building, the doorman held the door for me, and the elevator man took me up to my floor. My husband was working late, as he did most nights, and the apartment was silent except for the click of my heels on the polished wood floor. I was still rattled from seeing Mom, the unexpectedness of coming across her, the sight of her rooting happily through the Dumpster. I put some Vivaldi on, hoping the music would settle me down.I looked around the room. There were the turn-of-the-century bronze-and-silver vases and the old books with worn leather spines that I'd collected at flea markets. There were the Georgian maps I'd had framed, the Persian rugs, and the overstuffed leather armchair I liked to sink into at the end of the day. I'd tried to make a home for myself here, tried to turn the apartment into the sort of place where the person I wanted to be would live. But I could never enjoy the room without worrying about Mom and Dad huddled on a sidewalk grate somewhere. I fretted about them, but I was embarrassed by them, too, and ashamed of myself for wearing pearls and living on Park Avenue while my parents were busy keeping warm and finding something to eat.What could I do? I'd tried to help them countless times, but Dad would insist they didn't need anything, and Mom would ask for something silly, like a perfume atomizer or a membership in a health club. They said that they were living the way they wanted to.After ducking down in the taxi so Mom wouldn't see me, I hated myself -- hated my antiques, my clothes, and my apartment. I had to do something, so I called a friend of Mom's and left a message. It was our system of staying in touch. It always took Mom a few days to get back to me, but when I heard from her, she sounded, as always, cheerful and casual, as though we'd had lunch the day before. I told her I wanted to see her and suggested she drop by the apartment, but she wanted to go to a restaurant. She loved eating out, so we agreed to meet for lunch at her favorite Chinese restaurant.Mom was sitting at a booth, studying the menu, when I arrived. She'd made an effort to fix herself up. She wore a bulky gray sweater with only a few light stains, and black leather men's shoes. She'd washed her face, but her neck and temples were still dark with grime.She waved enthusiastically when she saw me. "It's my baby girl!" she called out. I kissed her cheek. Mom had dumped all the plastic packets of soy sauce and duck sauce and hot-and-spicy mustard from the table into her purse. Now she emptied a wooden bowl of dried noodles into it as well. "A little snack for later on," she explained.We ordered. Mom chose the Seafood Delight. "You know how I love my seafood," she said.She started talking about Picasso. She'd seen a retrospective of his work and decided he was hugely overrated. All the cubist stuff was gimmicky, as far as she was concerned. He hadn't really done anything worthwhile after his Rose Period."I'm worried about you," I said. "Tell me what I can do to help."Her smile faded. "What makes you think I need your help?""I'm not rich," I said. "But I have some money. Tell me what it is you need."She thought for a moment. "I could use an electrolysis treatment.""Be serious.""I am serious. If a woman looks good, she feels good.""Come on, Mom." I felt my shoulders tightening up, the way they invariably did during these conversations. "I'm talking about something that could help you change your life, make it better.""You want to help me change my life?" Mom asked. "I'm fine. You're the one who needs help. Your values are all confused.""Mom, I saw you picking through trash in the East Village a few days ago.""Well, people in this country are too wasteful. It's my way of recycling." She took a bite of her Seafood Delight. "Why didn't you say hello?""I was too ashamed, Mom. I hid."Mom pointed her chopsticks at me. "You see?" she said. "Right there. That's exactly what I'm saying. You're way too easily embarrassed. Your father and I are who we are. Accept it.""And what am I supposed to tell people about my parents?""Just tell the truth," Mom said. "That's simple enough."Copyright © 2005 by Jeannette Walls

Bookclub Guide

A #1 BookSense Reading Group Pick! The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls Reading Group Guide 1. Though The Glass Castle is brimming with unforgettable stories, which scenes were the most memorable for you? Which were the most shocking, the most inspiring, the funniest? 2. Discuss the metaphor of a glass castle and what it signifies to Jeannette and her father. Why is it important that, just before leaving for New York, Jeannette tells her father that she doesn't believe he'll ever build it? (p. 238). 3. The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: "You're safe now" (p. 14). Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir? 4. Rex Walls often asked his children, "Have I ever let you down?" Why was this question (and the required "No, Dad" response) so important for him -- and for his kids? On what occasions did he actually come through for them? 5. Jeannette's mother insists that, no matter what, "life with your father was never boring" (p. 288). What kind of man was Rex Walls? What were his strengths and weaknesses, his flaws and contradictions? 6. Discuss Rose Mary Walls. What did you think about her description of herself as an "excitement addict"? (p. 93). 7. Though it portrays an incredibly hardscrabble life, The Glass Castle is never sad or depressing. Discuss the tone of the book, and how do you think that Walls achieved that effect? 8 Describe Jeannette's relationship to her siblings and discuss the role they played in one another's lives. 9. In college, Jeannette is singled out by a professor for not understanding the plight of homeless people; instead of defending herself, she keeps quiet. Why do you think she does this? 10. The two major pieces of the memoir -- one half set in the desert and one half in West Virginia -- feel distinct. What effect did such a big move have on the family -- and on your reading of the story? How would you describe the shift in the book's tone? 11. Were you surprised to learn that, as adults, Jeannette and her siblings remained close to their parents? Why do you think this is? 12. What character traits -- both good and bad -- do you think that Jeannette inherited from her parents? And how do you think those traits shaped Jeannette's life? 13. For many reviewers and readers, the most extraordinary thing about The Glass Castle is that, despite everything, Jeannette Walls refuses to condemn her parents. Were you able to be equally nonjudgmental? 14. Like Mary Karr's Liars' Club and Rick Bragg's All Over But the Shoutin', Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle tells the story of a wildly original (and wildly dysfunctional) family with humor and compassion. Were their other comparable memoirs that came to mind? What distinguishes this book?

Editorial Reviews

"The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."