The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls

  • Release Date: 2006-12-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,892 Ratings

Description

Soon to be 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.

Reviews

  • Couldn't Put It Down

    5
    By BakerReader
    Jeannette has a unique perspective in her writing style; I don't recall ever reading anything like her. She had me at hello. Started reading this is the morning, finished it that night. Excellent book.
  • The Glass Castle

    5
    By Allrtsken135
    Jeannette Walls captivates her readers with a truth that reveals courage and vulnerability. A page-turner that uncovers resiliency of spirit and the power of unconditional love.
  • 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

    1
    By monicccaaaah
    Boring book, not worth it.
  • Good read

    4
    By Roll tide homicide
    It has a great sequence, and is a great read. The only bad thing about this book is the profanity.
  • Frustrating, more than anything...

    3
    By CMBinNY
    I'm writing this review before I'm done with the book bc I must vent! There's only a chapter left and -- don't get me wrong -- I'm enjoying the book. It's one of those stories where I want to scream at the main character (in this case, the author) and knock some sense into her/him. For the writer to be loyal and to love parents like hers, only fills me with anger and disbelief. Bad parents don't deserve love and respect and her parents go way past being just lousy parents. They are truly insane and that mother goes beyond selfish. The writing is decent but it's a very easy read. I wasn't bored and it held my interest. If I could understand the author's naive loyalty better, I would like the book more. Spoiler: the parents refused to work their entire lives while their children starved. The children should have left and never looked back. I'll finish the book but I'm mostly angry and confused about loving two people that deserve it least in the world.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Kate7337
    This book is a masterpiece. I couldn't put it down.
  • An amazing book everyone should read

    5
    By Stephve
    I absolutely love this book, I could not put it down. I hope this authors writes more books. I've referred this book to several of my friends. She wrote it in such a way it's as if you were right there with her during her life. Beautiful and yet made me shed some tears.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Mongo411
    I recommend this book to everybody who enjoys a story of success!
  • What An Amazing Book..

    5
    By Lady_Sydney
    Hands down my favorite book of all time. Absolutely love it.
  • Fave

    5
    By Picy203
    This is one of my favorite books ever. Couldn't put it down.