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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Jan 28, 08

it was amazing
Read in May, 2007

Jeannette Walls memoir of growing up with an intelligent,soulful, but unemployed father and a creative, artistic educated mother who refused to work because she wanted to be an artist. Jeanette and her siblings ( four kids, if I recall correctly), were accustomed to living in poverty, to getting their Xmas trees and toys from the side of the road after Christmas was over. Her dad did things like tell her she could choose a star and it would be hers,(for Christmas), and both parents had a disdain for normal society and living inside the confines of the American dream, way before hippies came along.Yes,they were poor, and sometimes horribly so, as in when they had to move to West Virginia, where her dad's family lived, and they were the poorest family in a coal mining town. The parents tried to instill their children with intellect and curiosity, and after reading this book, I think they did a fine job, at least where Jeanette is concerned.Although, admittedly, the hardships and poverty their family experienced were at times solely due to the negligence of their parents and could have been avoided.This book made me look at my values and lifestyle and also made me think about the lives of those who choose to live out of the box, a very difficult choice in our society.
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Ruth Segal Nitya,
This looks like one I would be into reading.
Do you still have a copy on hand?

Nitya I do, I'd have to locate it, but it's on my shelves. I'll look for it.

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