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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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May 14, 2010

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This is a memoir written by the daughter of an alcoholic father and a mother who doesn't particularly want to be tied down to domesticity. She tells the stories of their family's wanderings and survival and her own eventual exit from poverty. It was a quick read and very interesting, albeit sad. The writing is good and kept my attention wonderfully. She did a nice job addressing some of the reasons her family stayed the way it was. My only hesitation is that I don't believe what's true for this family is true for all poor families. Walls' father is extremely intelligent and it seems like her mother comes from an upper middle class upbringing. The mother also has several resources at her disposal which she chooses not to use to help the family. While I think there is a strong argument that this couple chose poverty, though the father seems to have a lot of demons making completely functional life more difficult for him, it should be said that many poor families do not have comparable resources, education or opportunities. This is a great story about the triumph of the human spirit as well as what it's like to be poor, but probably not a good representation of the causes of poverty in America. Maybe I should give it four stars; we'll say three and a half.

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Mica Humes It seems like you enjoyed it. I'm glad because I really liked it too. I agree, not a good representation of the causes of poverty in America, but a good story nonetheless.

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