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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Sep 11, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir, 60-s, america, classic, coming-of-age, dark-and-twisted, descriptive-prose-most-beautiful, dialog-masters, family-dynamics, sly-wit
Read in January, 2006

Oh, you’re going to really like this one! A seething memoir featuring a totally disturbing childhood and tracing a vagabond family as they drift across America. Walls (and her 2 sisters, 1 brother, and various stray cats and dogs) were raised by 2 highly intelligent, fiercely independent, spirited and colorful characters that sadly, were also deeply flawed, delusional, selfish and wholly irresponsible. One might sum up their family life as a deranged circus of events, or just... open ended chaos. On class with “Running With Scissors,” “Don’t Lets go to the Dogs Tonight,” “Ava’s Man’ and “Liar’s Club.” Excellent story telling. You end up really caring for what happens to this particular little red haired girl. I kept telling myself, “the nice thing about a memoir is... at least you know she lived to tell the tale.” 1/12/06
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