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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Nov 30, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 26 to 30, 2011

Jeannette Walls is going to be a guest speaker at Denver's Pen and Podium series in January and I felt it was important to read the book she is most known for. The story is well constructed and is certainly fascinating. But I feel that one of her other books, Half Broke Horses, is better written. It is intereting that The Glass Castle is considered a memoir, but Half Broke Horses is listed as a novel.
While reading The Glass Castle I thought of the similarities between it and J.R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar. Both are memoirs, both feature the voice of very young children with detailed dialogue and I wonder what part of memoir is real memory and what part is fiction. I am hoping Walls will touch upon that subject during her talk in January.

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Janet Bettye,
Let me know what you think. I read it a couple years ago.

Bettye Janet, did I tell you Jeannette Walls was in Denver a few weeks ago as part of the Pen and Podium series. Ah, I see from glancing up at my first review that in fact I did. She is a great lecturer. Let's talk soon ... my turn to call.

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