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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Jul 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: child-abuse-survival, relationships, biography-autobiography, adult

I found Jeannette Walls' story of her childhood fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the unique mixture of humor and pathos that Walls handled so deftly.

It is a no brainer to label the author's unusual parents as irresponsible and selfish, but it is also clear that Walls loves her parents and appreciates the ways her upbringing made her strong. Many of the stories are simply horrifying; nevertheless, the book is priceless because Walls is able to explain what motivated her parents and how they looked at the world. Walls not only tells her story with no self-pity, she infuses it with the lovable qualities of her dysfunctional parents as well.

This is a book that makes you look at yourself and the people around you with more awareness. I highly recommend it. (Language is PG-13, but then so are the situations which are true and very eye-opening.)

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